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American Idol coronation songs: Best? Worst?

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Lauren Alaina Scotty
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As with every American Idol finale, the last performance episode of season 10 is likely to invite plenty of corny moments: I, for one, will be rolling my eyes at Ryan’s inevitable insistence that tonight is The. Most. Important. Night. Of. Lauren. And. Scotty’s. Lives. — as well as Randy’s third-grade vocabulary level, and, well, Scotty’s rolling eyes. But perhaps the most painful moment of tonight’s telecast will be the unveiling of this season’s coronation songs, which typically run the gamut from please-turn-down-the-volume to for-the-love-of-god-shatter-my-television-with-a-baseball-bat-immediately! (And this is coming from the most hardcore of hardcore Idol fans, who still cried — covering her ears, of course — watching Kris Allen sing the Kara DioGuardi-penned “No Boundaries.”)

So before we inspect where tonight’s rumored original coronation songs for Lauren and Scotty fit in with previous seasons’ (Fox is not confirming the tunes), let’s look back at the hits and misses of Idol‘s victory songs. Which was the best Idol coronation song? Was it the inaugural Idol season’s “A Moment Like This”? Or Fantasia’s sob-worthy version of “I Believe,” co-written by season 1’s Tamyra Gray? And what was Idol‘s worst? The aforementioned “Boundaries”? Or does “Do I Make You Proud” take the cake? (Cake is far too tasty for this synonym. Let’s instead ask: Does the song take the fruitcake?) Vote in our polls below! One thing: You’ll notice a season 9 option is missing from the line-up — that’s because Idol‘s worst season managed to make the series’ best decision by opting out of an original coronation tune. Instead, winner Lee DeWyze sang “Beautiful Day” by U2, and coincidentally Bono and The Edge are performing on Wednesday night’s show. (Another note: Thanks to commenter RLA for pointing out that “Flying Without Wings” is a Westlife song, and not an original. That being said, since it was virtually unknown this side of the pond, the song will remain in our original songs poll.)

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