'Idol' Insider: Everything Came up
May 26, 2005
The big night finally arrived at the Kodak Theater
in Hollywood, Wednesday night, as Carrie and Bo faced
off in the final "American Idol" showdown,
and from the limos to the red carpet to the backstage
drama and more, "Extra" was on hand for every
The night kicked off with celebrity gridlock, as the
stars arrived, and Bo seemed to be the red carpet consensus,
as the famous faces were more than willing to share
"Weíre here for the rocker," Courtney Love
"Bo!" added Kirstie Alley.
But notably missing were former "Idol" winners
Kelly Clarkson, Reuben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino.
Word is that superstar Kelly has been distancing herself
from all things "Idol."
But Paula says nothing could overshadow the final show,
not even the controversies. "Check out the ratings!"
she insisted. "I'm still standing, aren't I?"
Even Judge Simon Cowell said this "Idol" season
was the best of all. "More than anything, I wanted
a competition this year, and that's what we got. America
got it right."
And while the stars walked the red carpet, only "Extra"
rode to the finale with Bo and Carrie's families.
"I had never flown before this competition and
so this is a whole new world," Carrieís mom said.
"We never expected this. I mean, I guess we thought,
ëOkay, sheíll make it through a couple of rounds.í"
"I waited my whole life to get anywhere near Lynyrd
Skynyrd, and here it is, the day I finally do, it's
because my son is performing on stage with them,"
Boís father enthused. "How awesome is that?"
Yes, it was certainly an awesome night, and before they
took the stage, Bo and Carrie came straight to "Extra."
"I'm not nervous," Bo told us. "This
is awesome, how could we be nervous? We have a blast
doing what we do, that's the main thing."
"I get to perform with Rascal Flatts," said
Carrie. "This is the highlight of my life so far."
And what a highlight the night would turn out to be
-- especially for Carrie. Just moments after being crowned,
she headed backstage to our Terri Seymour.
"It took me a second to realize that he called
my name," Carrie revealed. "It's just the
most incredible feeling of my entire life."
Carrie wasn't the only "Idol" in "Extra's"
exclusive interview room. "I honestly, from the
bottom of my heart, think that the right person won
this contest," Bo said. "I wish her the best."
So what did Bo say to his opponent after the competition?
"I just said congratulations, and that I loved
her," he revealed.
And what did Carrie have to say to Bo? "I love
him to death," she said. "He really is my
While Bo and Carrie were all about the love, the tension
between the judges continued. Simon was snickering since
he'd picked Carrie from the very beginning. But Paula
was always in Boís corner, although she said, "Bo
does not need to have the crown."
The Carrie and Bo battle reached from the Kodak Theater
all the way to Ryan Seacrest's post-"Idol"
radio show Thursday morning, where our Terri asked Ryan,
"Apparently there were boos when you announced
Carrie as the winner, and some people left the auditorium.
Did you notice that?"
"Not at all," Ryan replied. "I heard
cheers, and I saw raw emotion on that stage. Clearly
the nation was divided. If people reacted that way in
the theater then there's proof there was a split."
And while Bo didn't win, he did get the chance to sing
with his idols in Lynyrd Skynyrd, and "Extra"
commemorated the moment with a little present: a signed
"Oh man, this is awesome," Bo responded
And Bo had one last bit of love to share as he blew
the lid off judge dread's dreadful persona. "Simon
is such a great guy," he insisted. "I'm not
even going to blow your cover dude. I'm not even going
to tell people you're a nice guy."
Your secretís safe with us, Simon.
Congratulations Carrie, Bo and all of the "American
Idol" finalists -- we canít wait to hear whatís
next for each of you!