'American Idol' Finale Diary: Farewell Until Season Nine!

And that's a wrap!

Faster than you can say "No Boundaries," a new American Idol has been crowned. The confetti's been swept. The red carpet rolled and tossed in storage. And Paula's battery has been removed so that she can recharge.

But before I say goodbye to this season, I just want to say thanks to all the awesome readers, commenters, bloggers and MTV News staffers who helped make season eight so much flipping fun!


Yesterday, at the "Idol" finale, I got to meet a lot of fans (including Kris Allen!), and it was super cool (and totally surreal) to have random people shout my name when artists like Jason Mraz and the Black Eyed Peas were in the vicinity! All I do is write silly jokes and talk fast. To paraphrase Kris Allen, "I don't deserve this."

So, until we meet again next January (although I'll be doing tons of other stuff for MTV News! Keep watching, kids!), I'll leave you with my final "Idol" video diary. Because every "Idol" adventure should end with a hotel toilet that sounds like Danny Gokey's scream.