Casey James then trots out to sing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" on "American Idol." He's really good. Man, why didn't he sing this relaxed and passionately during the competition?!

Wow, Bret Michaels then comes out to a huge hand and he sounds and looks great. This is an electric moment. I like the sincere Bret we saw on "The Celebrity Apprentice" and it's awesome to see him looking healthy.

One of the best moments of the season.

PHOTOS: "American Idol" final round | Lee, Crystal and Casey go home | "Idol" top 12 party with "Glee" stars

REWIND: See the winners and top finalists from each season of "American Idol"

advertisement | advertise on newsday

MORE: Read all of our other "American Idol" posts

TALK: Click on "Add a comment" at the bottom of this post, or e-mail me and I'll post it for you.