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Andrew is a staff writer at the “The Hudsucker”. He is a 30 year old lawyer living in Ottawa. Besides legal jargon, his brain capacity is taken up by reality show trivia, video game walk-throughs and room escape strategies. Andrew is also happily in a long-term, long-distance relationship. Follow him on Twitter as @sublymonal.

American Idol XIV: Finale Results

Our writer and Idol expert, Andrew Rogers is back this season covering the popular FOX reality show, “American Idol“. The pressure is on and the stakes are high as the musical competition searches for a real superstar in its fourteenth year. With weekly recaps discussing the contestants’ performances and choices, Rogers looks ahead at what’s in-store each week in his exclusive Idol recap series.

As the traditional Idol montage the played during tonight’s episode reminded us, the last four months of auditions, performances and eliminations have all led to tonight’s show where someone – either Clark Beckham or Nick Fradiani – would be signed by Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine records and start living their dream and, after a season’s worth of performances were in the books for the two of them following Tuesday night’s show, it was hard to say whether Southern soulful crooner Clark or the guitar-strumming guy-next-door Nick would be what America was looking for after 14 seasons. Who would join the elite group of singers who will have won Idol‘s grand total of 15 seasons after this time next year?

Jax and Steven Tyler rock together. [Credit: FOX Entertainment]

The answer, as always, came at the end of the night’s proceedings. We had to sit through a few performances, some of which were painful (Quick, which would you rather watch again: NKOTB and Daniel Seavey, Ricky Martin, Pitbull and Chris Brown or Steven Tyler’s “country” song?), but some of which were entertaining. Keith rocked the house with his song “Stars Fall For You”, while Tyanna fit right in with the Jackson 5 and Adanna got in touch with her inner fitness guru during Janelle Monae’s “Yoga”. Jax also teamed up with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler for a wild duet to “Piece of My Heart” that ended up with the pair of them laying on the judges table and gave Jax a chance speak afterwards and give herself a tasteful sendoff after being cut so early last night. The guests invited on for the Idol finale always have a tendency to appeal to the older crowd (Chic anyone?) but it never hurts to see if the contestants can kick it with some of the best in the business.

Clark and Nick hug it out after Ryan announces the winner. [Credit: Fox Entertainment]

The night’s proceedings finished with two strong duets from Clark (featuring Michael McDonald and duelling pianos!) and Nick (featuring Andy Grammer and Nick not playing his guitar!) and a mashup from the judges of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”. I found it a shame that the whole performance seemed to drown out Harry’s piano and didn’t give him a chance to sing, but maybe he wanted it that way. Either way, all of this was just an elaborate distraction from the nerves of the Top 2, which seemed evident when the show returned from the final commercial break, only to reveal just how big the stage was with only Ryan and the season’s final two men standing side-by-side awaiting their results. With their last words they each complimented each other, demonstrating that the two of them clearly are friends despite the show’s determination to pitch them as rivals. Then, the lights were dimmed, Ryan held that pregnant pause for as long as the nation’s DVRs would allow and told us that… Nick Fradiani was Season 14’s winner! Despite being a Clark fan myself, seeing the winner’s big moment with the confetti and the final song always gets to me. It’s great to see someone, especially an underdog like Nick, realize their dream because of a show like Idol, which is what keeps bringing me back. In the end, Nick winning is probably for the best. It gives him a chance to make the kind of music he wants to make (like “Beautiful Life”) with Scott Borchetta, while Clark and Jax can, and I believe will, sign with someone else and make music that is more true to their own respective sounds.

So with that, I’ll leave it to you to tell me what you thought of the night’s proceedings, including Nick’s win, and the season overall in the comments.

If you’re a reality buff like me, I will be recapping Fox’s reality series “So You Think You Can Dance” again this year once the live shows begin. The twelfth season’s auditions kick off on Monday June 1st. You can also look forward to an article later in the summer about what I think Idol can do to makes it’s fifteenth and final season its best. See you then!

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3 Comments on “American Idol XIV: Finale Results”

  1. Elizabeth Rosalyn The May 14, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Congratulations to Nick! If “Beautiful Life” is any indication, I think he has what it takes to be a good winner for Idol. Plus, last night’s finale performance proved that Season 14 had a very strong and diverse group of talents (with Steven Tyler and Jax being my personal favourite collaboration). Glad the year ended on a high note, and I’m excited to see what the show has in store for the final season in 2016!

    • Andrew Rogers May 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

      I agree with you completely. I think Nick has what it takes to do well in the industry, especially with Scott by his side who seems to know his sound well. The finale also did a good job of showcasing the immense talent we had this year and I wish them all the best with their future careers. I’m looking forward to Season 15 as well!


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