This is the end: weve seen all the performances, the people have voted, the Orvilles been popped and its time to announce a winner. Last night was a strong though largely safe showing for the top six, most memorable for Taylors meta-humor and Kenichis grand finale projection routine. The musicians were all well within their respective wheelhouses, and Collins Key is still a little too post-millennial MTV for the old folks like me -- that is, older than their teens. I cant make a prediction with any real confidence, but I can say that Id like to see Kenichi win this thing and Taylor be his runner-up: when you recap shows like this, you get really used to formula really quickly, and its always a joy when someone manages to surprise you with some actual creativity. Thats just my opinion, though -- I know a good many Americans who prefer clean-cut polite young Southern white Christian veteran coal-mining country singers who love their mamas, so well just have to see who comes out on top.
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