Mikalah Gordon reports tonight from Conway, AR (home of Kris Allen), while Carly Smithson reports from San Diego (home of Adam Lambert).
The entire Top 12 then performs P!nk's "So What". Afterwards, last season's champion David Cook performs his new single "Permanent".
Golden Idol Award #1- Outstanding Male Performance: Nick Mitchell ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going")
After that, Lil' Rounds & Queen Latifah sing "Cue the Rain".
Anoop Desai & Allison Grace then perform "I'm Yours" with Jason Mraz amongst several other singers!
Next, Kris Allen does a duet with Keith Urban on "Kiss a Girl".
This season's female finalists then perform Fergie's "Glamorous". Afterwards, Fergie herself comes out to do her biggest solo hit to date, "Big Girls Don't Cry". She then joins the rest of the Black-Eyed Peas to do their current new hit single "Boom Boom Pow".
(Note: Something was wrong while Fergie was singing the chorus part for "Boom Boom Pow".)
Golden Idol Award #2- Best Attitude: Katrina Darrell (who then sings "Sweet Destiny" with judge Kara DioGuardi!)
Then, Allison Iraheta (the female singer who made it the furthest this season) & Cyndi Lauper perform "Time After Time".
Danny Gokey, this season's third-place finisher, then sings "Hello"; afterwards, the singer of that song, Lionel Richie, comes out to join him and sing duets of both "Just Go" and "All Night Long".
The current favorite to win, Adam Lambert, then comes on stage to sing "Beth" by KISS; said group then comes out and sings "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock & Roll All Night".
Next up, Carlos Santana plays the guitar while Matt Giraud sings the Santana song "Black Magic Woman". Then, everybody sings "Smooth".
In the final Ford music video of the season, the song used is "I Will Remember You" by Ryan Cabrera. At the end of it, they each learn they have won the all-new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid!
Then, Megan Joy & Michael Sarver sing something with Steve Martin playing the banjo.
All of this season's male Top 13 members then sing "Do You Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart; Stewart then appears and performs "Wake Up Maggie".
Final Golden Idol Award- Outstanding Female: Tatiana Nicole Del Toro
Just before the final announcement, Allen & Lambert sing Queen's "We Are the Champions" with said band!
AND NOW, FOR THE MOMENT OF TRUTH. JUST UNDER 100 MILLION VOTES WERE CAST FOR THIS SEASON'S FINALE, WITH OVER 600 MILLION VOTES CAST OVERALL THIS SEASON, BOTH NEW ALL-TIME RECORDS. THE WINNER OF THE EIGHTH SEASON OF "AMERICAN IDOL" IS NONE OTHER THAN...
...MY BROTHER'S PICK OF KRIS ALLEN!!!!!