Friday, June 21, 2024

“American Idol” Finale: Will Moseley Loses But Sends 1st Single to Top 3, Over Winner Abi Carter, Plus Katy Perry Throws Pizza at Audience


Last night’s three hour “American Idol” finale was a spectacle.

The winner was Abi Carter, a pop singer in the mode of Sara Bareilles. For her final song she didn’t sing “This Isn’t Over,” her own composition, but Billie Eilish’s “What Am I Made For?”

Runner up was country singer Will Moseley, who performed his “Good Look Bad.”

The result is that Moseley today has the number 3 song on iTunes, and Carter is at number 10.

The big winner is Cece Winans, whose “Goodness of God” is number 13. Winans was easily the best performance of the night. Her voice is a gift from God! Her whole number was incredibly moving.

The loser of the night was Jon Bon Jovi. I’m sure someone told him the publicity would help him, but his new song, “Legendary,” is lodged at number 100.

Embarrassing performance of the night: New Kids on the Block. They are the New Residents of the Nursing Home.

Worst moment: Katy Perry eating a slice of pizza while a few of the girls in this year’s competition sang a shrill medley of some of her hits. Katy threw the remained of the slice into the audience. Katy looked unimpressed with her farewell episode, and there wasn’t much emotion shown about it. She’s made her money there. Now it’s time to get back to her music career. Pronto.

“American Idol” long ago became like Velveeta or Spam. The contestants are unimpressive. No one would idolize them. The best of the winners are long ago, like Fantasia — who was there last night — and Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson (who didn’t win at all but got the best revenge).

Who will succeed Katy at the judge’s desk? Maybe Fantasia’s appearance last night was a test. She’d be great, and at least not part of the white bread gestalt that permeates this show. It’s kind of amazing that “Idol” has no white finalists, just three bland All Americans. Very disappointing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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