Congratulations to Lee DeWyze, American Idol Season 9 winner! America looked on as Lee celebrated victory with utter astonishment and happiness. It was not since Kelly Clarkson won Idol in Season 1 that another contestant seemed so shocked to win the competition. But it was no surprise to most of America, as it was obvious Lee was going to win by his in-house support. The ratio of Lee signs to Crystal Bowersox signs were about 25 to 1. And during the in-between-commercial chatter, audience warm-up comedian Cory Almeida was running around asking attendees who they voted for Tuesday night. Not a single person over the course of the two-hour show said Crystal. AND, let’s not forgot all of the millions of teeny-boppers and menopausal women with a new crush, who called and texted in millions of votes after last night’s show!! In any event Crystal has a beautiful voice but seemed old at heart and not really “in with the times”, especially evident in many of her song choices and styles throughout the show and her performances tonight. The night was full of many performance duets and appearances by celebrities such as Alanis Morissette, Christina Aguilera, Bret Michaels, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, and of course the first Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson. As the finale concluded, Simon Cowell received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his tribute, as he will not be returning to Idol next season. This season finale marked more than just another season winner, budding artist, star, but the end of an era…one where Simon Cowell, with his brutal honesty, presided over American Idol! And now, next year will be more than just another set of aspiring artists…but a new team of judges! Idol fans, this season is over, but next year will undoubtedly be full of new exciting beginnings!