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‘American Idol’ Finale Shines With Stars Such As Christina Aguilera, Bret Michaels, Janet Jackson

Wednesday night’s finale of “American Idol” on Fox may have been about whether Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWyze would win; however, some other highlights of the evening were the special guest stars and a farewell to judge Simon Cowell.

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Some of the stars who rocked the stage included Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, Barry and Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), Darryl Hall and John Oates, and Alanis Morissette, who all sang with some of the “American Idol” finalists. 

A surprise guest performance was none other than the ailing Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, whose health issues have been all over the news lately. He most recently appeared on the live finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” where he won the competition. But fans were treated to a musical performance on Wednesday night by Bret Michaels when he sang “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” with “American Idol” contestant Casey James, both rockin’ their guitars.

Another highlight was the farewell tribute to the judge everyone loves to hate, Simon Cowell, who is leaving “American Idol” after this season.  Former judge Paula Abdul was present for the tribute, as were former “American Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, and Kris Allen.  The winners performed a song which also included many former “American Idol” contestants. 

Wednesday night marked Cowell’s final appearance on “American Idol.”  Cowell was pulled on stage where he thanked everyone for their support and sense of humor.

And as for the winner of “American Idol,” the honor went to Lee DeWyze.  His first single will be “Beautiful Day.”

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