The conclusion of this year’s American Idol saddens me a bit. I like Taylor Hicks and am very happy that he’s the new American Idol. The Kodak Theater finale was a sheer musical delight! It also had its human moments such as when Clay Aiken suddenly appeared on the stage to the great surprise of a wanna-be fan ( I didn’t get his name but the way his jaw actually dropped upon seeing his idol was just just precious!). I enjoyed the Burt Bacharach medley and the great Mandisa’s presence dwarfed her co-stars at every turn. But the night clearly belonged to Taylor, and I felt his sincerity and gratitude when he sang the final, closing song. I do wonder though why Bo Bice was not even included in the show? Carrie Underwood opened the show with her angelic face smack in the middle of the Am Idol 12. I forgot the opening number but can’t forget the confident glow in Carrie’s soft presence. Now this recap will not ring true unless I mention Elliott Yamin. He had his own time on stage, not just with Mary J. Blige (did I get that name, right?), but in a solo number that showed him to be the true special talent that he is. I hope to hear more from Taylor and Elliott and the rest of this year’s Am Idol stars. But yes, I’m sad because it’s a long, long wait until January of next year for Am Idol 2007. Writing this blog is a way for me to stave off the withdrawal symptoms that I’m sure will hit me come Wednesday and Thursday, the routinary Am Idol days. Meanwhile, we will soon have ABC 5’s Philippine Idol. Now that’s really something to look forward to!