With the finals coming up tonight, it's time for the annual look back at the best and worst of the season. As always, only performances from the top 13 on are considered -- nothing from the various audition rounds or the semi-finals.
Best performance: Joshua, "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
Runner-up: Jessica, "I Will Always Love You"
Worst performance: Phillip, "U Got It Bad"
Runner-up: Joshua, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Voted off too soon: Joshua
Lasted too long: Phillip
Most disappointing: Hollie. Even granted that I was somewhat overenthusiastic about her performance on Whitney night, she still took a large leap backward after that first week, and never really found her confidence or her footing again.
Most pleasant surprise: Skylar. She was never terrible, but she improved steadily throughout the season (particularly in the area of enunciation), and delivered some marvelous performances along the way. She'd have been a worthy finalist.