They're watching the finale on the east coast even as I type, but it won't start here for another couple of hours, so let's give out the annual best and worst awards. As is my usual custom, only the singers and the performances from the final 13 are eligible; no semi-final/wild card entries.
Best performance: Haley, "I (Who Have Nothing)"
Runner-up: Pia, "River Deep - Mountain High"
Worst performance: Casey, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Runner-up: Scotty, "You've Got a Friend"
Voted off too soon: Jacob
Lasted too long: Naima, who sewed up this award the minute she made the top 13
Runner-up: Paul, the manic hobo
Most disappointing: Scotty, whose consistency masked his lazy complacency. He never cared about being the best singer of the night; he was always content to merely not be the worst.
Most pleasant surprise: Haley, though it took her most of the season to get there