CB’s Open Mic: Thank You American Idol – Personal Reflections after the Season 15 Series Finale

Season 1: Dial until my fingers fell off!

Ensuing Seasons: Text message your vote!

Season 15: SUPERVOTE via Google

This show’s been through it all, and I have too over the past 15 years. When American Idol first started, I was 22 years old and fresh out of college. When Kelly Clarkson won, I cried right along with her … and the rest of America:

Now I’m 37 with a wife and son.

At my wedding, we made our entrance into the reception hall with Kelly’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” blaring through the loud speakers. Later on, my brother quoted the immortal Renaldo Lapuz in his best man speech: “I am your brother, your best friend forever, singing the songs, the music that you love……”

To Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Elliott Yamin, Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, Brooke White, Adam Lambert, Crystal Bowersox, Haley Reinhart, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Trent Harmon, the judges (especially Randy, Paula, and Simon Cowell), Ryan Seacrest, and everyone else in between … THANK YOU!!!!!

And thank you, American Idol, for being a huge part of the soundtrack of most of my adult life.

Piece by piece, it’s been one hell of an amazing, emotional, and beautiful ride.


Confetti has fallen for 15 years
this music is the soundtrack of our lives
From Kelly to Trent there were countless tears
which is why it’s so hard to say goodbye

When I was happy or had a bad day
you were there to move me or see me through
Stuff like that there removed all the gray
I dialed until my fingers turned blue

Seasons came and went but the songs remain
Solitaire, Summertime, Valentine, Home
I feel them with me like hands feel the rain
they stick with me like a Shakespeare poem

They say night comes to give rest to the sun
Goodbye love — for now — it sure has been fun

That’s all from ME — CB.

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