Lee DeWyze is the new American Idol! He beat out Crystal Bowersox on Wednesday night to be crowned the winner.
"I have never been happier in my life," said a stunned Lee.
But come on, we all knew he was the favorite and was going to beat out Crystal. As incredible as she is, she's more of an Indie artist than an Idol, we see this as a win-win--Lee can be groomed to put out top 40 manufactured songs, while Crystal will be free to write and sing her own music. It's very similar to the Kris Allen/Adam Lambert scenario of last year.
Th finale was quite the show! Tons of artists took to the the stage, including Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Alanis Morrissette, and even Bret Michaels!
All of the past winners (except David Cook) also joined each other on stage for a song, surrounded by numerous contestants from past seasons.
But the biggest part of the evening was focused on the one and only Simon Cowell. Idol did a major tribute to the judge, running video of the past 9 seasons, and bringing And Paula Abdul on stage for a special farewell to her good pal.
She told the audience, "My darling Simon. I've worked with a lot of people over the years...but none of them holds a candle to you, my friend.
"I have loved all the fun we had together. American Idol is not gonna be the same without you. But as only I can tell you, it will go on," she said.
Congrats to Lee for becoming the new winner! Are you surprised Lee won last night? And more importantly, will you continue to watch Idol now that Simon's gone?