It's time for the season finale of American Idol! Tonight, at 8:00 PM ET on FOX, either Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWyze will win, Simon Cowell will say farewell, Paula Abdul might show up, and more! Your open thread, inside.

LIVE: American Idol Season Nine Finale

As mentioned above, tonight's show airs live on FOX, starts at 8:00 PM ET, and will run for two hours. Surprise cameos and performances are sure to fill our TV screens, so it should be a pretty entertaining show.

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