AMERICAN IDOL as we know it is now over, with the vanilla, or as my wife put it, "acoustic mayonnaise" Lee DeWyze beating out the very talented Crystal Bowersox. Simon pointed out earlier that the audience were really the judges, which explains why the second place contestants are actually far more successful than the actual winner.
I have no idea how the show will survive without Simon, who was the main draw. Of the other three judges, only Randy occasionally offers actual criticism. I'm pretty sure I will never watch this show again.