It was the battle of the country kids for the Season 10 American Idol title, ultimately won by Scotty McCreery, but the two-hour finale was a much more diverse affair, featuring everything from rock, pop, and hip hop to gospel and heavy metal. Lady Gaga and Beyoncé gave hot performances of their new singles, and two of the judges got into the act, with Steven Tyler singing his Aerosmith hit “Dream On” and Jennifer Lopez dancing seductively during husband Marc Anthony’s Spanish number.
On the red carpet before the show, Naima Adedapo was thrilled to be back at Idol to perform “alongside someone I really look up to,” she said to BET.com, referring to Beyoncé. The top six girls sang a melody of her hits before she joined them for “Crazy in Love.” Adedapo wouldn’t have changed anything about her Idol experience, including the song choice that got her eliminated. “It was important to stay true to myself,” she said, looking forward to making an R&B-reggae-jazz fusion album after the Idol summer tour, and naming Damian Marley, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu as people she’d love to collaborate with.
For Adedapo, the highlight of the Idol experience “was being able to put my artistry out there for the world to see, and being respected. I can’t ask for more.”
Equally excited about the finale and admittedly star-struck about the guest performers, Ashthon Jones reminisced about her favorite judge, Jennifer Lopez (“We had a connection”) and the best performances she gave, “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls, and the group performance of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” during Hollywood week. Her future plans include making an album and going into acting, and although she was eliminated early, “I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said, “because it was supposed to happen like it did.”
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