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American Idol: It's Over! (Oh yeah, Jordin Won)

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How would they fill up two hours in the American Idol finale? That was the question on LAist's mind tonight. (And we were particularly bummed since we had to give up the first hour of Lost for this!)

Since the show seemed just as long as the Oscars, it was only fitting that AI had filler like the "Golden Idols" -- awards for the freaks during the early part of the show. Remember the cougar guy from the Valley? Remember that lady in the Big Bird outfit? The Bush Baby? Yeah, the show dragged out their clips again. And a few came back to collect their statues. That kind of crap drives us nuts.

But we watched so you wouldn't have to. So here's how AI killed the rest of the two hours: They trudged out a lot of AI alumni and a few other musical surprises:

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>> Finalists Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis opened with The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There." It was just ehh. But little did we know it was the beginning of Beatles night on Idol.

>> Then the show segued to a Gwen Stefani concert where she sang "4 in the Morning." Was it just us or did it look like she was lip synching?

>> The prodigal idol Kelly Clarkson returned to the AI stage with her new single "Never Again." It was very screechy...we'd rather hear "A Moment Like This" sung by the Bush Baby.

>> The six guy finalists took the stage to sing a doo wop version of "Oooh Baby Baby." And we were reminded how well Chris "Jack Osborne" Sligh can sing.

>> Smokey Robinson then schooled the fellas in a medley on how old school is done.

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>> Next up was a Blake Lewis and Doug E. Fresh beatbox battle. Yeah, you read that right Doug E. Fresh! But we'd hate to be in the front row. You know how much spit was flying around?

>> The top six girls sang "I Heard it Thru the Grapevine." And it made us wish to high heaven that LaKisha and Melinda made it to the finals. Especially when they sang on "Midnight Train to Georgia" with Gladys Knight. Ahh-maz-ing.

>> Tony Bennett performed a song, but we missed this...and were too lazy to find it on the DVR after the show.

>> BeBe and CeCe Winans were joined by Melinda on "Hold Up the Light" Or was that the other way around? Melinda sounded great.

>> Carrie Underwood was in good vocal form with a stripped-down, country version of "I'll Stand By You." But what was she wearing? Jeans and a silky, flowing floor-length top? It was the wardrobe reverse-mullet: Party in the front and business in the back.