According to Ryan on Twitter, there were a record 132 million votes last night.
My guess is that the final vote was close this year. Really close. Within-a-reasonable-margin-of-error close. But who knows.
Also, I'm not 100% certain about this—it ain't over till Mo does the math—but I think I'm actually going to win the Weetapidol pool this year, after years of being in the metaphorical cellar. This is tremendously exciting!
Finally, I've done a bit of research (which is to say, I got around to consulting Google) and found out who the saxophone player who often performs with Phillip is. Her name is Mindi Abair, and she has several albums and a radio show. Her website is here, though note that it will start playing music at you when you open the page.
Anyway. On to the show!
Group number: "Runaway Baby" (complete with what I assume was a "So You Think You Can Dance" dance break).
That was fun!
Phillip and John Fogerty perform "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising."
Montage of wacky antics (by the judges and others) at the auditions.
Joshua performs "Take Me to the Pilot" with Fantasia.
Montage of Jimmy getting Jennifer's name wrong (as "Jessica," his daughter's name) in previously unaired clips.
The distaff finalists (minus Jessica) perform a medley of "Ain't Nobody," "Through the Fire," and "I'm Every Woman," joined by Chaka Khan on the last of those.
Ford video: "I Was Here"
Ford gives a new Ford Escape to the "music mentors" of the top 2.
(Somewhere in the audience, Joshua's music mentor is trying not to be too disappointed.)
And also a new Ford vehicle of their choice to the top 2 themselves.
Rihanna performs "Where Have You Been."
Skylar performs "Turn on the Radio" with Reba McEntire.
Montage: "The world of Steven Tyler."
Jessica performs "I Will Always Love You."
The datstaff finalists (minus Phillip) perform "America," "Cracklin' Rosie," "I'm a Believer," and "Sweet Caroline," predictably joined by Neil Diamond on the last of those. I actually typed the end of that sentence before he came out. I think the only surprise here is that the Idol producers didn't manage to have Jessica be joined by a holographic Whitney Houston.
(Okay, fine, "datstaff" might not be a word, but it should be.)
Montage: Randy (and a bit of Steven) saying "you could sing the phone book," followed by the Idol finalist choir actually singing the phone book.
Okay, that was actually brilliant. Who composed this?
J.Lo performs something from Step Up 2 that I don't know the name of, and "Follow the Leader."
Ryan calls Idol's "first couple," Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, to the stage.
Kieran dims the lights, the dramatic Idol music plays, and Ace gets down on a knee and proposes.
And she says yes!
Way to upstage the results, you two. :-)
Hollie performs "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Jordin Sparks.
Robin Gibb tribute from the guys: "Words," "How Deep Is Your Love," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," "To Love Somebody."
Jessica and Jennifer Holliday perform "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."
That. was. fabulous.
...I mean, Aerosmith performs "Legendary Child" and "Walk This Way."
With about two minutes to go till the show heads into overtime, Jessica and Phillip perform "Up Where We Belong."
Across the nation, TiVos very likely stop recording just before the results.
Ryan has the envelope!
Here we go!
The winner... of American Idol... season 11... is... Phillip!
Scotty comes on stage with the trophy.
Phillip performs "Home," breaking down along the way, before leaving the stage to hug his family. (Aww.)
Aside from the coronation of the fifth straight White Guy With Guitar, that was a fun finale.
Pool results: Mo wins for the third time! TeKay swung for the fences and comes in second, with Pam close behind.
Mo Pie: 22
See y'all next year? Maybe? I'm not even sure myself. But maybe!