Some thoughts now that I've had some time to think about it.....
The finale was pretty anticlimactic for me. We knew about 3 weeks into it that these two would be the finalists. I was pretty sure Ruben would win at about the same time.
I think the difference was that Ruben was consistently good throughout the competition, whereas Clay had his up and down weeks. Clay finished stronger than Ruben, but Ruben already had a very loyal following.
Did anyone else notice that Josh wasn't there? Hubby heard that he was shipped off to Iraq, and perhaps the military told the show that they didn't want them to announce it. Still, I thought it was a glaring omission that he wasn't even mentioned. He did make it to the final 4! If nothing else, they could have just said that Josh is a Marine, and his military duties prevent him from being here tonight....
Anyone notice that Kelly ditched the dancers this time?
That was SO not her!
I'm really curious what kind of songs and image they get for both Clay and Ruben. They transformed Kelly into this sex-pot diva, total POP queen. I never saw her like that on the show.