American Idol Recap

In this publicity image released by Fox, Brett ... AP

Bret Michaels is back to performing on stage — and he did it on “American Idol.”

He sang “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” with contestant Casey James. The audience gave him a standing ovation.

Michaels has been plagued with health problems in the past month, including appendicitis, a brain hemorrhage, a mini-stroke and the discovery of a hole in his heart.

Other performers on the show included Alice Cooper, The Bee Gees, Michael McDonald, Hall and Oates, Chicago, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morissette, Joe Cocker and Janet Jackson. There was even an appearance from “Pants on the Ground” singer “General” Larry Platt, who teamed up with William Hung.

Lee DeWyze won “American Idol.”

American Idol winner Lee DeWyze and host Ryan ... Reuters

DeWyze closed the show last night with his version of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” which will be his first single.

Moments before DeWyze was so choked up, he could barely get a word out. He says winning Idol is “amazing.” He also told runner-up Crystal Bowersox that he loves her.

Host Ryan Seacrest says there was just a two percent margin between the two finalists going into this week’s finale. But he didn’t say how many votes were cast.

Last season, 100 million votes decided the winner.

This season, the ratings for Idol have been down.

In this publicity image released by Fox, former ... AP

Paula Abdul’s appearance topped off the show’s farewell to Simon Cowell his farewell. After several taped pieces showing Simon being Simon, Paula walked on stage in a short, hot pink dress. She told him, “I’ve loved all the fun we’ve had together.”

And, speaking from her own experience, because she left after last season, she added “American Idol’s’ not gonna be the same without you. But as only I can you, it will go on.” That seemed to break through Cowell’s veneer. He said “I didn’t think I was going to be this emotional and I genuinely am.” He then told the audience, “everybody asks who’s going to replace me, who going to be the next judge. The truth is you guys are the judge of this show and you’ve done an incredible job over the years.”

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