I've hated Elise for nearly the whole season, and Carrie was my favorite. (Tommy too, even though I knew he had no chance to win--but he was cute in that 'derpy puppy' way). But when it came time for the final 4 to run the pass? I was all for Elise being in the top two. Personally I think the only reason Will got the spot is out of pity.
The finale, to me, was so heavy-handed that it was just ridiculous. As soon as Paul started on the 'dead mother' thing, like, five minutes into the show, it was obvious he would win. No doubt he deserved it, but it just seemed so gimmicky regardless.