Tuesday, May 22, 2007
7 News Features: Idol Final 2
Blake changed his tune mid-season as well as his hair color, and Jordin just kept lighting a spark. Idol Insider Louis Aguirre has a look at their road to the top from Hollywood.
WSVN -- Ryan Seacrest: "You have made it through to the finals."
That's the sound of success -- this is the sound of relief.
The Idol dreams of Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks are on the brink of coming true.
And it's been a long road to the finals.
Both stood out from the huge audition crowd in Seattle.
Jordin Sparks: "I'm 16 years old, from Glendale, AZ."
Jordin -- 17 years old now -- was just 16 on audition day.
From the beginning, she's caught the right breaks.
Jordin: "I was the first person the producers saw that day, and he sent me through, and they said they never did that."
And the judges loved her.
Randy Jackson: "I was blown away -- at 16 -- great."
Blake Lewis: "I'm Ryan Seacrest."
Ryan: "No, I'm Ryan Seacrest. You're auditioning, get in there."
Blake hasn't been afraid to let it all hang out from day one.
Even Judge Dread sending him on to the next round.
Simon Cowell: "You're good. You're just very over the top, Blake."
And it was on group night during Hollywood week that we saw Blake's true magic.
That week was rougher for Jordin -- she almost missed the cut.
Randy: "You were one of the brighter spots in Seattle, but you kind of fell apart during Hollywood week."
Over the 13 weeks, both became household names. Jordin's breakout performance came during country week.
Simon: "This is the first time since we met, based on that performance, I believe you could win American Idol."
And Blake became known for his fearless approach to any song he had to sing.
Bon Jovi week was his ultimate risk and reward. But, at one point, Randy warned him not to do too much of a good thing.
Randy: "Just remember, you don't have to beat box on every joint."
Both have big support from the folks back home.
Jordin celebrating in Glendale, Arizona at a rally:
Jordin: "I love you and I love everybody! Thanks."
Blake, proud to represent his hometown.
Blake: "I've never seen Seattle like this. Wow!"
Their families are in the audience week after week. Blake's dad even came up on stage last week.
Blake's father: "I hope he's the next American Idol. I know he's got the ability to do it."
Blake Lewis: "If I put it out on the table, I don't have to worry about anything else."
Now, on the eve of the finals, both are in it to win it.
Jordin: "I just can't believe I'm still here."
Blake: "It's like an out-of-body experience. It's like 'Is this really me?' It's weird."
Blake's been kicking around the Seattle music scene for seven years and has the edge of experience.
Jordin seems mature beyond her years, but sometimes her age shines through.
Jordin: "I don't know, being around everyone who's older than me, I feel totally 17. See, I just said 'totally.'"
So who's going to take the Idol title? Let's go to the judges.
Simon: "I couldn't call it, which is good."
Randy: "Remember? I said curly hair."
We find out who takes the crown tomorrow night during a two-hour special beginning at 8 p.m.