Top 10 highlights from "American Idol"

Tue May 19, 2009 8:13pm EDT
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By Monica Herrera

NEW YORK (Billboard) - The end of "American Idol" Season 8 is near.

Glam rocker Adam Lambert and soulful folk-pop singer Kris Allen will vie for the crown on Wednesday night's finale, which will also feature performances by Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Santana, Keith Urban, Queen Latifah and, rumor has it, Britney Spears. But before this year's "Idol" is finally revealed, Billboard is looking back on all of the highlights -- good, bad and ugly -- of the 2009 season.

10) Hollywood Misfits

Costume-wearing, camera-loving singers are a dime a dozen during the audition rounds of "American Idol," but none made it further than Norman Gentle and Tatiana Del Toro, who were both welcomed into Season 8's Top 36 to the dismay and puzzlement of many. Fortunately, viewers at home saw through the gimmick and promptly had them eliminated.

9) Lady Gaga Live

The electro-pop singer took a worthwhile gamble on her live performance of "Poker Face," re-arranging the song with a piano-driven introduction and singing a cappella while backed by a violin player.

8) Megan Joy's Misstep

Touted early on by the judges for her quirky, jazz-influenced vocals and "commercial" looks, Corkery made the bizarre choice to cover Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low," a song that couldn't be more poorly suited to her voice, during Popular Downloads week. Her reward? An early trip home.   Continued...