Here is my unofficial American Idol ranting and raving: (Just my personal opinion, here. Proceed with caution.)
I am not happy. Chris was my American Idol. Here is why...
1) Stage Presence - No other contestant was more captivating to watch than Chris. Especially the last few weeks. He took some risks and blew me away with his versatility. I like how he works the entire stage and has confidence to spare. Powerful.
2) Personality - He seems most like the kind of guy you want to have in your corner: loyal, kind, but don't mess with him, ya know? And humble! I love the clip where Paula says, "Do you know how good you are?" And he responds, "Only when you tell me." Nice.
3) Voice - Some may disagree with me here, but I would prefer listening to Chris over any other contestant, especially on a ballad. Not that he was perfect; he admits he's had no formal training. But imagine that voice with a little polishing! Wow! I like how he can totally rock out, and then turn around and deliver a smooth love song that melts steel.
So for me, the competition is over. I have no opinion about who should win now. I do predict, however, that Chris' CD will outsell the American Idol, whoever that turns out to be. Rock on, Dawg!