'American Idol': The New Establishment

American Idol's Final 3: Elliott Yamin, Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks.

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Slate's Jody Rosen talks with Renee Montagne about tonight's American Idol finale. A new contestant will be crowned the fifth winner in the show's history. Rosen says the show is more than just popular; it's good for pop music.

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