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Beatboxer, belter battle on 'Idol'

"American Idol" finalist Blake Lewis is a guy who has multiple tatoos and isn't afraid to admit he owns a K-Fed CD.

That's why his attempt to go inspirational while performing the final song on Tuesday's finale — a saccharine ballad called "This My Now" — seemed somewhat mismatched.

The song, winner of the first American Idol Songwriter contest, was better suited for the other "Idol" finalist, Jordin Sparks, who finished the performance in tears.

The tune features lyrics like — cue gag reflex — "My fears behind me, gone are the shadows and doubts."

After Sparks sang it, judge Simon Cowell said, "You just wiped the floor with Blake."Lewis and Sparks performed two other songs Tuesday, one a reprise of a season-six performance and the other a song of their choosing.

Lewis did "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "She Will be Loved." The beatbox-driven Bon Jovi hit earned strong reviews, and Cowell called it "the best individual performance of the night."

Sparks, meanwhile, chose "Fighter" and "A Broken Wing." Cowell gave her the award for "best overall singing."

Catch tonight's results show at 8/7c on Fox. As usual, the "American Idol" blog at www.ledger-enquirer.com will be updated live throughout the show.

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