In what seemed to leave the "American Idol" judging panel split, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood gave their final performances last night (May 24) in search of the Fox show's fourth season crown.

In what seemed to leave the "American Idol" judging panel split, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood gave their final performances last night (May 24) in search of the Fox show's fourth season crown. Both delivered soaring ballads with a choir's backing in an attempt to win votes from the viewing audience.

Although Bice's opening original "The Long Long Road" was described as "dreary" by Simon Cowell, the judge was back in his corner after his reprise of the Ides Of March cut "Vehicle," which the 29-year-old singer performed earlier this season. Judge Paula Abdul reminded Bice that she told him he would make it to the finale and said even if he sang the dictionary, she would enjoy it.

The Alabama native finished with "Inside Your Heaven," an original performed by Underwood just a few minutes prior. Cowell believed he did it better, while Randy Jackson informed him that he's "forever in my dog pound."

For her version of "Heaven," Abdul told Underwood, "You sang the song beautifully. You hit a couple of not-so-great notes, but who cares?"

For her cover, the 22-year-old Oklahoman revisited Martina McBride's "Independence Day," which brought accolades from the judges, while her final original, "Angels Brought Me Here," earned an endorsement from Cowell. "I think you've done enough to win this competition," he said.

The winner will be revealed tonight at the conclusion of a two-hour finale, broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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