5/19 American Idol 8 Finale, Who Will it Be? Kris Allen Shows His Metal

“The Acoustic Rocker vs the Glam Rocker. Conway vs California, The guy next door vs the guy liner.” Kris Allen vs Adam Lambert.

This week was rather surprising for us. Kris did an excellent job on his first two songs, especially his first, to make it at least seem to be a horse race.

1 Adam Lambert – Personal Favorite- “Mad World” by Tears for Fears

By the luck of the drraw, Adam had to go first, which did give Kris an advantage. Adam started off with “Mad World” which we could imagine being a huge hit right here, right now. His falsetto was flawless, but what strikes most about Adam is how effortless it all is for him. His range is super-human, his screams from the planet Krypton and his creativity from Mozart.

2 Kris Allen – Personal Favorite- “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

Could Kris follow? Kris followed with an incredible rendering of “Ain’t No Sunshine”. We didn’t think we would be impressed, and we were wrong. This was an excellent and creative version of the song and Kris could do this as a hit as well. This was a performance with the piano, and we believe it is the instrument that clearly gave Kris an advantage no one else had, because he is actually quite talented as a musician as well, not just a vocalist, and it clearly adds to his appeal.

3 Adam Lambert – Producer Simon Fuller’s Choice – “A Change is Gonna Come” by Patti LaBelle and Sam Cooke

The producer picked the next song for the contestants. Adam did “A Change is Gonna Come”, and wowed us again. What was most amazing is we feel the choices for both artists were second rate. Perhaps that is just us, but we don’t think so. Still, Adam made us love it, which as we said before, it doesn’t matter what song it is for the truly talented, and Adam is miraculously talented.

4 Kris Allen – Producer Simon Fuller’s Choice – “What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye

Kris followed with“What’s Goin’ On” on his guitar. Again, it was not a great choice, but what is key here, and something always missed when the judges judge, is he didn’t choose it. Yet he was criticized for its not being the right song. Geesh, guys, get real. At any rate, Randy and Simon did a poor critique of the song and were negative on it, which was ashame, because Kris did a commendable job of keeping in the competition, but the judges ended any chance he had with their comments.

5 Adam Lambert – Original Winner’s Song – “No Boundaries” by Kara Dio Guardi

Finally, both artists sang a new song written by Kara. It was written as a canned hit song to be done by any artist, and Kara is excellent at that. The tune has melody and is very catchy. But the song is different from the others. It has not been performed before to an audience. It wasn’t a hit last week and the artists do not get a chance to see what worked before. It is new. Here is where Adam truly separated himself from anyone we have seen. He took the new song and made it a smash hit. A song we had never heard and we loved it.

6 Kris Allen – Original Winner’s Song – “No Boundaries” by Kara Dio Guardi

Kris took the song and decided to sing it sans instruments. We think he should have stayed on the piano. It is just the artist we see him as being. Kris had no idea where to go with the melody. He started off incredibly pitchy and by the time he got to the end was an octave too high for his vocal. While he did a commendable job, it was just enough for the boy scout merit badge. It wasn’t a smash.

So, there you have it. We said before that unless Adam got laryngitis or died this past week, this year was his. Adam is the best and most diverse talent we have seen on this show. When we first discovered how good he was, we captioned our article, “The Scream Is Back”. His scream is effortless and is on par with the greats of rock like Robert Plant and Roger Daltry. There is no song he cannot do and do well. His falsetto is flawless and never off key. His range is beyond anyone we have ever seen, including the women performers. We believe if there were a contest for the best American Idol, Adam would win easily. And so Kris never had a chance. But then, neither did Danny. There were bad calls along the way, but Adam is untouchable, and if the audience did not vote for him, it would be a travesty.

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4/7 American Idol Final 8 Perform: No Tears Or Fears, Adam Lambert Becomes A True Star (Listen Here!)

There is something about a hit song that made it a hit. The judges on Idol often say that the performer should make it their own, but either the artist has to be incredible and be able to change up the song like David Cook on Billy Jean or they have to just minorly make it their own with their talent while keeping the melody. In this show, continually, the artists went too far making the show their own and ruined the performance.

In addition, we have to give a resounding thumbs down to Idol producers this week as well as Fox. They intentionally ran Idol over so that people that recorded the show on their DVR would miss the final performance. That was Adam Lambert. Because the votes are open for two hours, this could have hurt Adam’s votes too because anyone that recorded this for an hour did not see Adam perform. Boooooo Fox. Horribly unfair and amateur.

This week’s theme is songs from the year the idol hopefuls were born. Let’s begin with the performances. (Audio performance at the end of this post)

1. Danny Gokey – Stand By Me – Ben E. King — Danny started off uncharacteristically flat. The song was unrecognizable and off color. He was able to bring some character to it in the verse, but he was no winner tonight. (7/10)

2. Kris Allen – All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley — Kris took this song and overdid it. Had he kept the verse the same and made it less funky, he would have killed it. Vocally he was right on. He blew it by taking it too far out of recognition. (7/10)

3. Lil Rounds – What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner — OK, now the reverse is true. Lil tried to do this way too much like the original. She looked spectacular, and has the absolute look of a star. The camera continually takes creative license with shots on Lil’s derriere. But unlike her body, Lil sings flat and was not as good as Tina. In fact, it was an insult the original. This is the third week in a row that we have not liked Lil. (6/10)

4. Anoop Desai – True Colors – Cyndi Lauper – Anoop sang this great and bored us to tears. Lawrence Welk materials, but it will allow him to survive because the vocals were great, so we give him kudos for being on key. (6/10)

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5. Scott McIntyre – The Search Is Over – Survivor — We think Scott is horrible. He gets sympathy votes and is constantly patronized by the judges. Finally the judges took out their earplugs. They hated it. And they should have. Off key throughout. The song sounded like a deaf mute singing. And while we see that as sounding cruel, there just aren’t any hit songs sung by a deaf mute. We realize Scott is blind, but he sings like he is deaf. Horrible. (3/10)

6. Allison Iraheta – I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt — This was a tingler version of the song. One that gives you chills. Allison nailed it. She gave it just enough of her personality to make it hers without destroying the classic original. Awesome. (9/10)

7. Matt Giraud – Part Time Lover – Stevie Wonder — Matt took this in the same way Allison did. He brought a bit of his style to it without attempting to rewrite the original. It was an excellent performance with a spectactular vocal. Nice falsetto and range. Soulful. Fantastic. (9/10)

8. Adam Lambert – Mad World – Tears For Fears – Great choice of song. The haunting vocals of Tears For Fears were present, and yet it was so different from the original that it shocked. Adam has that quality David Cook had. He is so great that he can twist a song to something completely different and still make it spectactular. He sang it all in falsetto and other than one flat note at the end, he nailed it. He is the winner of Idol this week. We honestly don’t think Danny can beat someone with this vocal range. (10/10)


Adam got our first 10/10. He has incredible range. Even Simon Cowel gave him a standing O. Adam is all range and power, which allows him to have creative license with any song he chooses. It is a tad unfair in that he is a professional already, but the audience doesn’t seem to mind, and if we are judging purely on talent, Adam destroyed his competition tonight. Destroyed it.

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