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The 'American Idol' Final!

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momlogic's Vivian:Last night's "American Idol" was a smackdown of the fittest! Lee DeWyze and Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox went head-to-head on the very last Simon Cowell-sanctioned sing-off. And it seems that unless there's an upset tonight, a clear winner lunged for the crown and stole the show. Read on and find out who!

Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze

The two remaining "Idol" hopefuls had to perform three songs: their personal fave of the season; producer Simon Fuller's choice; and the song they'd release if they won (surprisingly, both were covers). If you ask me, the choice should've been Cowell's (as a nod of respect to his imminent departure), but whatevs.

Anywhoodle, Lee "Paint Store" DeWyze had to go first, because Crystal had won the ring toss and chose to go second. Something was up with the poor guy, because he seemed deflated throughout the evening -- almost like his synapses weren't that into firing. Then again, the dude was in the process of getting his ass handed to him.

When he began his previously mind-blowing rendition of "The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel, I asked my hubs if Lee wasn't going about this face-off thing too softcore. The judges seemed to agree: Kara asked him to "punch harder" and Simon likened Lee's performance to getting a "kiss on the cheek" when he wanted "a kiss on the lips."

Clad in a modern waistcoast like a cowpunk Stevie Nicks, Crystal was on fire from the get-go, tossing her trademark reserve aside and bantering with the judges and audience like someone had slipped some Ecstasy in her Kombucha. Her rendition of "Me and Bobby McGee" was slow to rise but rose high;as Kara said, Crystal showed us all that she had a "fire in [her] belly."

Round one: MamaSox.

Simon Fuller's choice for Lee wasR.E.M's "Everybody Hurts," andLee warbled through it adeptly but sounded as if he was running out of air. There was still something amiss I couldn't quite put my finger on. Randy, however, thought it was "definitely better" and Simon thought it was a "brilliant choice of song" but said that for Lee's last song, he wanted "a 10 out of 10."

Fuller's pick for MamaSox -- the Alannah Myles song "Black Velvet" -- might have fallen right in Crystal's register, but between the brothel-red lighting and the snarling Les Paul off in the distance, it seemed like Crystal couldn't help but look daunted when first waltzing out into the midst of the garish display. Ridiculous lighting aside, she sang the living sh*t out of the song. Randy declared that our MamaSox was "in it to win it!" Ellen, nodding at the campy intro, said, "With the wardrobe changes, it's like a Cher concert in here." And although Simon said he was "almost allergic to that song" because he'd heard it bastardized so many times, he said Crystal had "absolutely nailed it."

Round two: Crystal clear.

Surprisingly, the producers decided to forego those horrifically cheesy original singles that newly crowned "Idols" have released in the past in lieu of a couple of decent cover songs. Lee rallied above perfunctory with his take on U2's "Beautiful Day." But Kara may as well have told him to go home when she said, "You've grown the most on this show. You have one of the most commercial voices of the season, and you deserve to be here tonight."

Uncharacteristically, Simon got more personal when he told Lee, "You've worked hard, you've remained a really, really nice person throughout, and I genuinely wish the best for you." Um ... check please!

Finally, Crystal sang Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain" (accompanied by just an acoustic gee-tar and backup singers), and she slayed --- really, really slayed. Randy called it "one of [her] best moments at the perfect time," Ellen said she was "so happy to witness the rise of [her] career" and Kara called it "amazing." In a final moment of a**-kissing, Crystal asked to congratulate Simon, wishing him well on his journey and in his "future endeavors." In return, as his very final critique, Simon called Crystal's performance "by far the best performance and the best song of the night."

DING DING DING: Go, MamaSox, go!

You all know I've been calling Crystal the champ from day one, but I'll admit I've started to second-guess myself a little as of late because Lee has been putting out harder. Hey -- he's a cute, talented dude with one of the most radio-ready voices I've heard in years. But based on last night alone, I say our GURL MamaSox will be crowned queen "Idol" tonight!

What do you guys think?

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