i loved him and was absolutely blown away by his voice. if his cd were on sale in the states, i would have run out and bought it as soon as that show ended... and i buy VERY few cds. i thought he and kelly were the only real standouts in the group that performed, with the australian guy being a close third. the difference between kelly and kurt though was that she has had the management to promote her, thus giving her the many opportunities to perform live in huge venues. she's also had the backing to make her look like a megastar. she just looks famous. kurt has so much talent, too... and with the right people around him, he could be an enormous star, i think. like someone above mentioned, it's not as if all of our famous musicians are beautiful and handsome. we've got some really different looking people making millions off of their talent. they aren't the traditional hotties. i think out of the people i saw on the show, that kurt deserves to win more than anyone... and i'm saying this as a HUGE kelly clarkson fan.