American Idol: Blake Lewis

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Remember back in season one of American Idol when the original song in the finale ("A Moment Like This") just so happened to be perfectly suited for one Ms. Kelly Clarkson and made Justin Guarini look like a talentless buffoon?

Well, ladies and gentletubers, I do believe the AI producers have stacked the cards once again.

Tonight's final showdown between Blake and Jordin ended with the performance of this year's original song, called something like "This Is My Now," and it gave Jordin such a clear advantage over Blake, it was laughable. 

I'm told AI's finale song (just like in season one) was composed weeks before the final two were announced, which leads me to believe the producers were expecting and/or hoping Jordin or Melinda would make it all the way, given that the chosen ballad is perfect for either of the soulful songstresses.

In short, the final competition was pretty much rigged from the start, and Blake is pretty much screwed. Not only was the finale song not him, but the montage clips at the end were his worst moments (IMHO) and the judges repeatedly reminded America (to the point of beating us over the head with it) that this is a singing competition and Jordin is the singer.

And the worst part of it all? The part that pains this particular Blake fan to admit? It's that, dangit, I think the judges may be...right.

As much as I've loved Blake's originality and beat-box stylings (is that what the kids are calling it these days?), Jordin proved tonight beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has the stronger vocal chops. So, I ask you, what's a die-hard Blake fan to do? My phone is in hand, my fingers are ready to do the dialing, but they can't seem to figure out which number to press.

Post your advice, slams, condolences and theories on who'll win below.

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