Bill, the avuncular producer guy, nearly made Lee the understudy cry, by admitting he should've seen that Lee was a leading man before the entire British nation had to point it out to him. Keith the former emo-boy has tonsilitis, and still turned in a rendition of "Moondance" that just made me want to fall over. His voice is so incredibly pure. And Lewis the blond who I don't even LIKE actually pulled out some dance moves and turned in a couple of surprisingly good performances.
He still went home. I don't think he was surprised. He genuinely was the weakest of the remaining three, but even John Barrowman, who's one of the panel of judges and who also doesn't like him very much, was looking pretty swollen-faced and miserable when Lewis did "Close Every Door" as his last song and went home.
Judging from the in-house audience reaction, Lee's got it in the bag. But I don't know. Lee's the complete package, but Keith's got a better voice, and I still think he'd be the more exciting choice.
I was actually sitting there mashed into the corner of the couch and chewing on my knuckles waiting for the results. The second half is just gonna kill me. God, if I were those boys I'd be backstage puking my guts out.
There will be an addition to this post later. :)
Addition! Lee won. :)
I don't think Keith was at all surprised, and he was very, very good about it. They all were: they had all of them back to do a final group number ("The Boys Are Back In Town") and after Lee sang his piece d'triumph they swarmed the stage and lifted him onto their shoulders and chanted his name and were very, very good. I was very impressed with and proud of all of them.
I do think Lee's the less daring choice, but I'd be pretty willing to fly over to London and see him perform. (I think it'd be cool to do a double-header and see Lee in Joseph and the girl who won Maria last year in Sound of Music on back to back nights.) Either of them would've been brilliant, but Lee's older and more experienced, and I reaaaallllly don't think it's going to hurt Keith any to have not won. He's got one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard, and I hope he goes on to have an absolutely brilliant career.
*beam* I enjoyed that show a *lot*.