Tuesday, May 19, 2009

One show to go, one Idol to name

This is the final performance show.
This is the final performance blog.
And thissssssssssss is American Idol.

As Ryan said, it's the battle of the guy next door versus the guy liner.

Tonight Adam Lambert and Kris Allen each sang three songs: they're favorite from the season, the producer's pick, and this season's "cover" song, written by judge Kara Dioguardi.

Adam started out with his most favorite performance of the season, "Mad World" by Gary Jules. The judges did exactly what the judges do - Randy gave his dawg some props, Kara talked "artist," Paula looooves him, and Simon gave bad news with his good news (this time Adam was too theatrical).

Kris' favorite was "Ain't no sunshine," by Bill Withers. We remember this as the first time we heard Kris sing and stopped to say, "Wow."

Randy: Dawg.
Kara: Artist
Paula: Looooove
Simon: Good news. Bad news.

Simon called the first round - as Simon always calls the finale rounds - and gave it to Kris.

After Adam's second performance, the producer's pick (with a name we totally missed because we ran for beverage, sorry), the judges all hailed him as the best thing to hit the music scene since the electric guitar. Paula said he will be "iconic." Simon said he was back in the game. We love Kris as much as the next fan, but after hearing his version of "What's going on," think Adam was much better. Simon did, too. "Too laid back," he said, giving points from the second round "a million times" to Adam.

The third song is the season's title track. The first single. The uplifting, motivational song that could double as the anthem for the Olympics. Dioguardi's "No boundaries" is this year's choice. Judges' comments went something like...

Randy: Didn't like the song, but you sing your face off, dawg.
Kara: I wrote that song. It's so cool that you sang it. Kelly didn't do as good with my other songs.
Paula: Adjectives can't express. I don't know them anyway. Fan forever. Loooooove.
Simon: You rock, Glambert! You ROCK!

Like Randy said, Kris was a better fit for the final song. And all the judges agreed, he's done an amazing job this year - coming from someone we never saw on camera until the group rounds to the final two. Essentially it sounded like...

Randy: You aren't going to win, but we like you.
Kara: Thank you for making my song sound better than he did.
Paula: Fan forever. Looooooove.
Simon: Second place out of like 3 million is pretty awesome, lad.

We made a little sideline observation: Did you think the other judges were sort of making fun of Kara's song? She looked tight-lipped and a tad upset as she listened to the other comments about the song not being right.

So... place your bets.
Who will be the next American Idol?

Tomorrow is going to be a humdinger of a show, with lots of performances and a sure appearance from Michael Sarver! Join us here to talk about it after the votes are handed out.

Until then, Enterprise out!


  1. I think Kris will win!

  2. I thought they were both good until Kara's song. Everyone at my house hated everything about it!!!!

  3. It'll be fun to see Michael again.
    I haven't decided who I want to win. I think Adam, but Kris is more versatile.