After 44 episodes, dozens of performances and a countless memorable moments, there's nothing left but the celebration. On Tuesday, after Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze each powered through three impressive songs for season nine's final performance episode of "American Idol," the last pair standing contemplated the end of their incredible ride.
"I'm proud of what I've done," DeWyze told a gaggle of reporters during a press conference after the live show. "We both put it out there all season, and I know confidence has been a big thing with me, but I feel pretty good."
DeWyze said that he hadn't fully contemplated the prospect of winning, though it was something on his mind. "It would be amazing [to win]," he said. "But thinking about winning ... we did everything we can up to this point. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about it. The first thing I'm going to do when I go home tonight is think about it. But what can you do? You put everything out there and you hope for the best, which is what I'm going to do."
Bowersox shared a similar sentiment and seemed just as excited to find out who the winner would be as the audience. "I think throughout the season, people have been maybe disappointed in my lack of big reactions to things. I'm just a mellow person," she said. "But I'm personally interested to see how I react tomorrow. I don't know. I might hoot and holler or something."
Whether or not Bowersox will hoot and holler in victory or defeat will be decided on Wednesday night, when the results show of the "American Idol" finale airs live at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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