Fellow "American Idol" fans: We've spent four months and countless hours obsessing over the biggest show on TV -- that's right, the same show that everyone said was dead last May! -- but alas, it's time to put another season in the books. And what a season it was: from Steven Tyler and Casey Abrams' crazy talk and Jennifer Lopez's nonstop fashion show, to the shocker that was Pia Toscano's elimination and the eventual -- OK, let's face it, somewhat inevitable -- rise of Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. Here's a look at all of the moments that made "Idol" season 10 the latest bizarrely enthralling installment of this show we can't stop watching. And may the most talented (read: popular) contestant win on Wednesday!
Jacob Lusk, "God Bless the Child"
Many hopefuls attempted to top Jacob Lusk's powerhouse rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" during Hollywood Week -- including, it should be said, Jacob himself. After delivering an impassioned vocal with melodramatic facial expressions to match, Jacob made the moment extra-worthy of screentime by sprinting offstage and collapsing into the arms of family members outside. Randy Jackson even deemed it the best..."Idol" performance...ever! Sure, he was caught up in the moment, but it's pretty clear that Jacob never reached this high again in season 10 -- and no one else did, either.
Naima Adedapo, "I'm Still Standing"
Naima Adedapo earned plenty of bonus points (especially from Steven Tyler) for experimenting during her tenure on "Idol." But her version of "I'm Still Standing" during Elton John-themed Top 11 week was a classic case of creativity gone awry. Naima set the vintage tune to a reggae beat, and as Jason Castro will tell you, reggae is tantamount to a kiss of death on "Idol." When you're on the cusp of elimination, though, it's especially ill-advised -- and indeed, Adedapo was voted out the next night.
When we first met "Idol's" top 13, Haley was still a relative unknown. She was never featured heavily during the audition rounds of the show, and after making it through the first audience cuts, she was slotted in the bottom three for two weeks in a row. But then, somewhere, something clicked within Reinhart. After a highly-touted performance of "Bennie and the Jets," she hit her stride, growing into a soulful crooner that could tone down the playful growl in her voice when necessary (Casey Abrams -- take note!) and eventually make it all the way to the Top 3. Hands up if you actually expected it.
Wackiest Judge Critique
"Hellfire and save matches, fuck a duck and see what hatches" - Steven Tyler
The world collectively "huh?"-ed when Steven first uttered this phrase during the Milwaukee auditions, and then thought: how could you hate on a rock legend who says things like that? As nonsensical as he often is, though, it's entirely possible that Steven has fooled us all. After all, it was Scotty McCreery Tyler was talking about when he said this.