Bowersox, DeWyze Wow “Idol” Judges

American-idolThe “American Idol” finale is shaping up to be a showdown between season-long favorites Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze. The two frontrunners received praises for their performances of two judges-picked songs on Tuesday, virtually putting other finalist Casey James‘ bid for an upset in jeopardy.

Bowersox performed Melissa Etheridge’s “Come to My Window” and Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” which were both picked by judge Ellen DeGeneres. Bowersox’s inspired performance, complete with across-the-stage strutting, earned a thumbs up from acerbic judge Simon Cowell, who said: “You may be thanking Ellen for putting you in the final.”

Paint sales clerk DeWyze, on the other hand, delivered A+ rendition of “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, with judge Kara DioGuardi calling the 24-year-old from Mount Prospect “the heart of the show this season.”

As for dark horse James, who sang John Mayer’s “Daughters” and OK It’s Alright with Me” by Eric Hutchinson, she may be contented of just reaching this far in the contest. James’ version of “Alright” drew a bland comment from Cowell. “If you were having dinner, that’s the salad,” said Cowell, who will be leaving the show after this season.

One of the last three finalists will go home on Wednesday night, with the last facing each other for the title next week.