I weaned myself off of American Idol early this season once I saw the shallow talent pool that made it into the top 12. So even though last night's episode was also Simon Cowell's last, I refused to watch the over-the-top, under-talented finale. Come to find that while I was leading my own personal boycott, none other than Janet Jackson appeared on stage to show these lames how its done. The segment started out with the finalists warbling their way through Janet's "Again," then a familiar voice took over as she emerged from the shadows in a dramatic gown and with her oh-so-chic new short haircut. Taking center stage, she segued into her latest release, "Nothing," from Why Did I Get Married, Too?, and although it's not my favorite song of hers, Janet looked and sounded amazing. Her beauty--and booty!--was mesmerizing. Once "Nothing" ended, her performance thankfully continued with the familiar shout "Gimme a beat!" cueing us all into what was coming next. The stage filled with male dancers while Janet slipped behind a screen to remove her dress only to emerge in a traffic and heart-stopping catsuit. My Lawd. Miss Jackson broke out into her hit "Nasty" and didn't miss a beat with the choreography. At 44, Janet has still got it. Now that's an American Idol.