Chris Brown and Pitbull Perform at the ‘American Idol’ Finale
Last night (May 13), Fox pulled out all the stops for the finale of the penultimate American Idol season. Naturally, this included Pitbull. The Miami rapper joined Chris Brown and Qaasim Middleton for a performance of "Fun," from last year's Globalization. The Brown-featuring cut was bolstered by Middleton, a favorite of fans and the panel of judges who was eliminated in the round of seven after singing Outkast's "Hey Ya." As for the festivities themselves, Idol crowned Connecticut's Nick Fradianai its 14th champion. Steven Tyler and Ricky Martin also performed alongside contestants--not to mention a solo turn from judge and country star Keith Urban.
Fox has announced that the next season of Idol, premiering in January, will be its last. Based on Simon Fuller's UK hit Pop Idol, the stateside edition premiered in 2001 with a judging panel of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Of the show's champions, those who have gone on to have notable careers include Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood and the show's inaugural winner, Kelly Clarkson. As for Brown, he is embroiled in his usual bevy of legal matters, including a possible battery charge after a fight that broke out at a basketball game. Pitbull is prepping the release of Dale, his ninth studio album--and second to be performed entirely in Spanish.