Tonight on American Idol it is the finals showdown between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen to see who is the winner of Season 8.
The first song tonight is the contestant’s season favorite, the second song is selected by the show’s producer Simon Fuller, and the final song is a song written by Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.
Adam Lambert - ‘Mad World’ – A lot of people like this song from ‘Birth Year’ week, but it is just not my speed. It looks like they brought in some extra dry ice for Adam this week. Thousands of EMO kids across the country are slicing their arms as he sings. Elvira Presley was very solid with this song out of the gates. I wish they didn’t do repeat songs, but it is a very good start for Adam. Here starts the praise from the judges. They even dressed u for Adam’s coronation. Simon did forget to button nearly all the buttons on his shirt though. Grade: A-
Kris Allen – ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ – What no dry ice for Kris? Bad decision to wear the vest. Vests should only be worn by groomsmen at weddings and by crusty trial lawyers. Kris was smart to start off behind the piano and show is diversity. We know he will play the guitar on at least one of the other songs. He has a lot of soul and might have actually been better tonight than when he originally sang this song. Kris seems very calm, laid back, and is going to be tough to beat for Goliath. Kara is driving me nuts though. I think Laura Watson would make a much better judge than the self serving DioGuardi. Grade: A
Round 1 Results: Kris Allen 10-9 over Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert – ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ – One of my favorite songs of all-time and the most popular song of the civil rights movement. A song written by the late Sam Cooke. The lyrics of this song and Adam’s powerful voice are going to make him hard to beat in round number two. He was doing good until he started screaming and screaching. A very strong start and very glam finish which to me doesn’t match this song. Overall a really good performance. If you liked the song be sure to check out the original by Cooke. Grade: A
Kris Allen – ‘What’s Going On’ – Again one of my favorite songs and perhaps the greatest song to come out of the 70′s. A classic by Marvin Gaye. Kris has a really good vibe going on this one. Kris seems to have a more positive vibe about him than Elvira. Wow, Kris is competing with Adam this round as well. I am extremely impressed by Allen here and I am a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. It is so hard to not hear that song and not picture Marvin dancing on stage. Very close to Adam but maybe a bit short. Grade: A-
Round 2 Results: Adam Lambert 10-9 over Kris Allen
Adam Lambert - ‘No Boundaries’ – Here is Kara DioGuardi’s song that both contestants are singing. It reminds me a lot of Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb.’ I think they would have been better singing a Jonas Brothers song. I really don’t have anything to say about that performance. I think Kris will do equally as bad on it. Just a horrible song in my opinion. Minus 2 points for the stone washed acid pants. Kara is proud for getting a pay check for that mailed in song writing disaster. It is hard to judge his performance on this one because no other human would touch that song. We will see how well Allen does with it. Oh and I just got a text message from a reader that believes I should change it from Elvira Presley to Elvira Prissley. . . lol Grade: B
Kris Allen – ‘No Boundaries’ – Kris has almost trimmed his facial hair into a solo standing mustache plus 4 points. This is still a really bad song. I swear it should have been the B-side to Extreme’s ‘More Than Words.’ Kris does seem to be a bit more raw and in effect adding a bit more balls to this song. It might be enough to edge Elvira in round three. Adam for sure had the unfair edge as both singers were lighted with Adam’s trademark pink. I believe Kris was slightly better than Adam on this one I do believe. Grade: B+
Round 3 Results: Kris Allen 10-9 over Adam Lambert
Overall Finals Results: Kris Allen 2-1 decision over Adam Lambert.
With that said I still believe Adam is the favorite to win the title. As I have stated earlier this week, I believe Kris will take most of Danny Gokey’s voting base. I am not sure if this will be enough to beat Elvira but it could be just what it takes to pull off the upset.
Both contestants are going to have a lot of success in the music industry regardless of the results tomorrow night. it has been a fun season to cover and keep up with.
Carrie Underwood is closing the show live with her rendition of Motley Crue’s ‘Home Sweet Home’ from their 1985 album ‘Theatre of Pain.’ The producers of the show should have got Motley Crue to perform the song live or perhaps doing a duet with Underwood.
Percentage Chance of Winning American Idol Season 8
Adam Lambert: 60%
Kris Allen: 40%