Many thoughts on the finale...
Laine is an underwhelming winner. Frankly he sounds like a guy playing on a Disney Cruise going nowhere fast. Alejandro is completely unique. His voice is thin, but he can really play his instruments...which isn't a huge Idol thing, as this is more a singing contest. Madison has a terrific voice, but the things people have been criticized her for are IMO mostly because she's young and inexperienced. She'll grow and be a better performer in short time
With that said, it was a terrific final 10. The depth of quality performers was impressive. And I have to say, the stage for them was outstanding. The lasers around Jerimiah and Katy were just awesome.
My main criticism is the judges. They are just too nice to the performers. While I don't think they need to go all Simon Cowell on them...a little honestly makes the show a bit more real.
To be honest, I haven't watched Idol in many years. But I was pleased by this season and I'll be watching next season.