Pick a winning American Idol costume

The votes are already being tallied for the final showdown of American Idol’s ninth season. Who will win? Bluesy belter, Crystal Bowersox who breathes new life into rock torch songs? Or the understated Lee DeWyze whose earnest pop renderings borrow from folk and rock? The two “American Idol” Season 9 finalists are equally good, but its like choosing apples versus oranges — beyond the fact that both contestants frequently accompany themselves on guitar rather than just simply singing.

On tonight’s performance show, Crystal Bowersox performed her choice of “Bobby McGee,” made famous by Janis Joplin, producer’s choice “Black Velvet,” and a song entitled “Up to the Mountain” which will be her first single, should Bowersox take the title. Lee DeWyze performed his own choice of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer,” producer Simon Fuller’s choice song, “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M., and a cover single that will be released of U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

Tomorrow night, the winner will be decided on the American Idol season finale on Wednesday May 26, 2010. Count on lots of guest appearances by popular artist as a new winner is crowned. The American Idol finale also marks the final time that longtime judge and creative force, Simon Cowell will be a part of the show. Simon is hanging up his snarky comments to pursue other ventures, namely his new show “The X-Factor,” another reality talent competition show.

Declare which side of the fence you fall on if you have an American Idol viewing party with friends with American Idol costumes. Check out how to make your own Crystal Bowersox costume or your own Lee DeWyze costume.

Not crazy about either contestant? Voice your opinion with Brit wit and caustic sarcasm with a Simon Cowell costume. (Note: We are not responsible for any restricted breathing resulting from attempting to wear one of Simon’s too-tight shirts as suggested in the costume tutorial!) It may be your last opportunity to rock a Simon Cowell wig in the context of American Idol!! (Psst… Don’t worry! It’ll still come in handy when he hosts “X-Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” again next year!)

Even little ones can get in on the act with Future American Idol costumes that are officially licensed by the long-running FOX reality series. Each children’s, babies, and toddler costume comes in a variety of bright fabrics and colors with an audition “tag” complete with unique number and audition site.

Regardless of who wins, it’s all good music and it’ll hit the airwaves — and tour dates nationwide this summer — soon enough.

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