By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated May 27, 2010 at 10:25 PM EDT

Image Credit: Michael Becker/PictureGroupSo maybe longtime music director Rickey Minor’s exit from American Idol won’t be as obvious as Simon Cowell’s — unless, you know, contestants are accompanied by a kazoo next season — but it’s still sad that the Tonight Show-bound Minor didn’t get his own little send-off last night during the finale. Some reports claim he’s upset about that. My own report claims I can’t remember a time when Idol opted out of producing a farewell montage video. But I can’t blame them because it could just be that there weren’t enough two-second flashes of his face from the past nine seasons to make a quality video. I digress.

Love or hate his musical arrangements, Minor is well-known in the industry for his work, and he came to Idol with a hefty resume (having worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Whitney Houston). He’s also never been shy about giving us insight into the backstage happenings at Idol, like when he told EW earlier this year about the contestant’s overactive nerves. Summary: His shoes will be hard to fill, and if it’s not done properly, let’s just say if you thought this season was a stinker…

How about you, PopWatchers? Should he have gotten a send-off last night? Will you miss Rickey Minor? Or do you like the idea of an all acoustic season so we don’t have to break-in a new musical director at the same time we’re breaking in Simon 2.0?