The sun is shining, the grills have been lit and the beach is calling, which can only mean one thing: It’s Memorial Day! No matter what you end up doing for the next three days — be it heading out to your local baseball stadium, lounging by the pool or just relaxing in the living room without a care in the world — you should safely enjoy the holiday and dive headlong into the first official weekend of summer. But before you do that, be sure to check out the stories you may have missed this week on the MTV Newsroom blog (and take an extra minute to vote in our 2010 summer jams poll).
» “American Idol” came to a close this week, and at the end of the road, only Lee DeWyze was left standing. Relive the magic of both the final night of performances and the grand finale via on-the-ground live blogs from MTV News “American Idol” expert Jim Cantiello.
» Perhaps the biggest highlight of the last “Idol” week was the appearance by Bret Michaels, who performed the classic “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” live on the show.
» That wasn’t Michaels’ only big victory of the week, as he also scored a win on the final episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Michaels appeared live on that show as well, kicking off an extremely active week on the way to the beginning of his tour this weekend.
» Another ending this week? “Lost,” which wrapped up its six season run with a polarizing final two-and-a-half hours. Most rock stars had trouble parsing out the show — except for Hayley Williams, who managed to nearly predict the finale despite never having seen the show.
» It wasn’t all about endings this week, though. The new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” kicked off with new rules, new judges and a whole bunch of all-star returnees.
» You know who else came back this week? Stone Temple Pilots, who dropped their new album and gave us the opportunity to re-evaluate their largely excellent back catalogue.
» Rihanna premiered a new video for “Rock Star 101,” wherein she fronted a band, dressed up as Slash and wore a guitar as an accessory — just like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Madonna before her.
» Kanye West also began his comeback with a new (and awesome) song called “Power.” Want to know where that guy has been?
» The Stanley Cup Finals kick off on Saturday night (May 29). The Chicago Blackhawks are in for the first time since 1992, when 11-year-old Christina Aguilera performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before one of the games.
» Limp Bizkit’s “N 2 Gether Now” totally rules. There, we said it.
» Finally, just in case you haven’t figured out what this summer’s official jam is, feel free to help yourself to one from the recent past. May we suggest Nelly’s “Hot In Herre”?