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American Idol 8 – Top 2 – Finale! [review]

May 20, 2009

OH MY EFFING GOSH. DialIdol.com has placed Kris Allen is first place, he is in the lead my a mere 1.1%!!! Now I know, we can’t get too excited yet, since DI has been a bit incorrect in the past, but anyways! I really really think Kris can take the title home this year. This is going to be a very very close race!!

Even Simon Cowell was dressed for the occasion. BUTTON YOUR SHIRT, SIMON! No one likes to see your manboobs and chest hair. It should be censored. Spotted in the crowd! Season 7’s Carly Smithson looking HAWT! Top 36 contender Casey Carlson was in the crowd too. So was Katie Holmes! Holla! Best of all, THE TOP 13!!! I love seeing familiar faces again. Matty G looked so adorable. Awww, I miss all of them! What was with all the microphones? Is the Nokia Theater’s sound system that bad? Kara DioGuardi looked horrible tonight. She was so glum and her fake tan was so orange! *shudders*

Now to the serious stuff…

ROUND 1: REPRISE – CONTESTANT’S CHOICE

Adam Lambert – Of course he did “Mad World”. Duuh. It was his best performance to date. Adam came down the stairs in a coat! WTF? Was it raining in there? Hehe! There were dry ice smoke all around, it was very mysterious and intriguing. Props to Adam for planning the stage setup! However, it was rather familiar, we’ve seen it before. His voice wasn’t as good as we heard it the first time, the dramatic effects helped him a little. Simon wasn’t a fan. Randy dubbed it “Twilight”! That was exactly what I said a few weeks ago. It was a very solid performance.

Kris Allen – Oh poor Kris. His legs looked like they could barely touch the floor as he banged on the piano. Kris chose to sang “Ain’t No Sunshine” (good choice!) Kris executed the song beautifully. It was very powerful and I felt emotionally connected to him, just as Kara stated. He even changed the song arrangements here and there, so that it was different from what we’ve seen before. His performance sent shivers down my spine.

Who won Round 1? KRIS ALLEN.

ROUND 2: SIMON FULLER’S CHOICE

Bah, Clive Davis chose songs better. I don’t think either of the contestants did as good as they did in the first song, but since it wasn’t their choice of song, I don’t blame them.

Adam Lambert – Adam did “A Change Is Gonna Come”. The judges called it  his best performance of the season, I don’t think so. It was a good performance, but it wasn’t spectacular. Adam had really good control over his voice, it wasn’t all over the place. He started off good and tender, but when it got to the high notes, he lost me. However, if this were to be a genuine vocal competition, Adam would win. Unfortunately, it’s not.

Kris Allen – WTF Simon Fuller? Choosing such a light song for the finale is NOT a good idea. Kris was sitting on the stage with his guitar and some band members. Beautiful arrangement of the song, very Jason Mraz-ish. It would’ve looked good if it was a real concert, but it’s a live show for goodness sake. I loved the performance, but it just wasn’t suitable with the night’s theme. Not Kris’ fault.

Who won Round 2? Adam Lambert, by a small margin.

ROUND 3: THE CORONATION SONG

I really hate the coronation song performances. Year after year, they’re so painful to digest. This year was no different. The winning single is entitled “No Boundaries”. Name sounds good, song’s good too, right? WRONG. Last year it was magic rainbows. This year, it was about shitteous mountains and hurricanes. LOL at Simon calling out Kara’s poor penmanship. What’s with the symbolic stuff? Cheesy much. Ahhh shoot yourself in the head Kara. But I know that eventually, the song will grow on me. Bummer.

Adam Lambert – Adam sang the song better than Kris, in my opinion. His voice was high enough to hit the right notes, but there were a lot of pitch problems. Kinda uncomfortable to watch. Adam Lambert + Pop song about mountains = Do not go together. Bad combo. I just cannot picture him doing a song like this, it’s just not Adam. However, if Adam wins, it’ll have to do. I love his eye contact with the camera, very intense.

Kris Allen –  The song definitely suited Kris better, since he’s more pop than Adam is. But his performance was so painful, it was on the verge of desperation. Kris was really struggling to keep up with the song. His vocals were really weak and the whole mic-grabbing was kinda clumsy. Even so, his version of the song was more believable, and I would prefer this to be playing on the radio.

Who lost Round 3? Kara DioGuardi. Fail. Both Kris and Adam are tied.

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First of all, I’m surprised that none of the top 2 pulled a Cook and chose to sing a new song, just like Cook did with “The World I Know” last year. Maybe they were forced to do an encore, but I felt that a new song as a last chance to show the audience who they are as an artist would be splendid. Secondly, no drama? No one cried? Too bad. When Cook broke into tears at the end of his performance last year, that was the formula to his success. America was won over by his emotions, it tugged at their heartstrings, and they voted, and he won.

I was slightly disappointed at tonight’s show, it wasn’t as great as last year’s. Last year, both Davids gave awesome performances. This year wasn’t as amazing, but it surely was tight.

The finale is too close to call. I have absolutely no idea who is going to win the whole thing, but I’m fairly certain that both of the contestants deserved to be where they are right now. Kudos to them!

I’m crossing my fingers and toes and hoping that Kris wins. An upset would be EPIC. KRIS ALLEN FOR THE WIN. KRIS ALLEN FOR AMERICAN IDOL 2009.

What do you think? WHO WILL WIN? Leave comments!

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28 comments

  1. ‘Birds flying high u know how i feel… and i’m feeling good’ – I really love that song (if u ever heard the studio version, u may find it even better than “Mad world”) and that how i am right now! Even the last songs are terribly bad, still proud of Adam and Kris. They did their best!

    Love ‘Home sweet home’, too!

    Can’t wait to see the result! Adam, my one and only!


  2. For Adam’s fans only (excuse me, host!):

    “There will be no “satisfaction” in this “mad world” “if we can’t have u” to “play that funky music”. U have us “feeling good” whether we are “black or white” (or anything else xD). For, if u do not win, u’ll see the “tracks of our tears” from “crying” because u were the “one” who was “born to be wild” , create a “ring of fire” and spread a “whole lotta love” “


  3. The first song proved why Kris deserved to be in the finale, the second proved why Adam should win, and the third proved why Kris should not.

    Ultimately, this is a singing competition and as great as an artist Kris is, his vocal ability is nowhere near Adam’s. Artistry is something that can be honed and mastered by a lot of people, but true vocal talent is a trait born to only a few.

    I only hope that America makes the right decision.


    • I love everything you said, and I agree with you one hundred percent. 😀


  4. Simon Fuller’s choices reflected his appreciation for the power of music as a force of social change, i.e., “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “What’s Going On”. Listen to the words and how they performed the song. Each song suited the artist rather well, in my opinion.
    Concur with your assessment of the coronation song. They really should get rid of it.
    The contestants weren’t given a choice of new song or old favorite this year (one of the highly-touted but of dubious value “changes” for season 8) – they had to do one they’d done before.
    Both are talented “artists” (thanks, Kara!). Different styles, different appeal. Overall, Adam should win.


  5. Stupid smileys – should read “…for season 8” with a close parentheses.


  6. ADAM Wins !!!


  7. KRIS FOR THE WIN


  8. i love azuries comment. let’s make one, too. hehe:

    ‘how sweet it is’ if kris will ‘come together’ and win this thing. ‘remember the time’ when he sang ‘man in the mirror’ and we didn’t know who he was? but now, i guess, there ‘ain’t no sunshine’ in this season if we were all ‘falling slowly’ for adam and no ‘renegade’ to snatch the crown from the gay who ‘works hard for the money’. (crap. what are the other songs? haha) well, whatever…

    …shortcut…

    KRIS FTW!!! yahoo!! [:


  9. oh, and by the way, i don’t like the finale song that much either. boo kara.


  10. I also have no idea who will win. But I definitely hope Adam will win. Kris second song was too awful for me and I agree with Simon, his only highlight is on his first song. I have this feeling tomorrow is gonna very rough for me and both Idol fans


  11. i won’t be surprised if adam wins. but common, how on earth such voice can be great and worth voting? high big note, yes. agree, but it is just a painful scream.
    and his expression looked like he’d just peed in his pants. that eyebrows thing, totally a turn off. anyway, bottom line, adam is in the boring idol winner list (if he wins). sorry, adam’s fans.

    kris, i thought the second song was light and non competitive as adam’s. however, it was original. once u hear the voice and the “yeah”, u knw its kris. trademark. and third song, of course he couldn’t hit the high note. he was singing and not screaming.

    kris ftw. if he doesn’t, its ok. he’s still gna get more people screaming after him.

    and yea, the show wasn’t as magnificent as the last year’s finale, simply because, adam doesn’t have that singing voice and kris is the blackhorse. and all the favs are voted off already. but i like kris, matt, allison and megan from the beginning. so its a gd thing seeing one of them in the final.

    btw, good review :):):)


    • another tone deaf person in the house…. i,ve been a vocal teacher for yrs,,,& by far ,,adam is the best idol has ever seen,,,,as far as kris? he,s ok…..


  12. hey just wondering do you still have any studio recordings of last season performances?


  13. ok really. i have to completely disagree with you.

    Adam is one of the most amazing and talented singers this show has ever had (other than David Cook). Kris is just like every other pretty boy singer that is in the music industry. If Adam doenst win, it will be a crime…and america needs some massive mental help…man i wish i could vote.


  14. KRIS WON KRIS WON
    KRIS IS THE NEW AMERICAN IDOL


  15. I’m glad KRIS ALLEN won!


  16. sorry but America sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • The performer is talented, but I’m glad the musician won. Thank you for this blog! I agreed with most of your reviews and enjoyed your almost accurate predictions. Can’t wait for Matty G.’s album too!


  17. ADAM SHOULD HV WON!!!!


  18. agree with your review…..
    1st perf : big win for KRIS
    after 1st perf….. what happen??? i don’t remember at all…. hahahhahaha
    so….. KRIS FOR THE WIN… 😀


  19. take that ADAM fans! KRIS WON! wuhahaha.
    i’ve warmed up to ‘no boundaries’ man. hehe


  20. Aww, I thought Adam should totally have won. But I think Kris needed the win more, if he hadn’t, it’d be even easier for him to fade into obscurity. No offense, but he’s definitely not as memorable as Adam. A


  21. Aww, I thought Adam should totally have won. But I think Kris needed the win more, if he hadn’t, it’d be even easier for him to fade into obscurity. No offense, but he’s definitely not as memorable as Adam. Adam will sell records no matter what.


  22. This show is nonsense. How on earth That Kris is the winner ??!!!! He still has no capability as a show star. Gosh…. I hate cute guy.


  23. Adam should have won, I agree. He is a PHENOMENON. He’ll be HUGE when the whole Idol thing is over. Kris will do okay, but Adam will so shoot through the stratosphere (tm:J.Foxx). I’m already expecting fantastic fusion-style albums and mind-blowing concerts from the guy. CANNOT WAIT.

    (And anyway, I believe what changed the tide for Kris was the anti-gay votes he got from Gokey, so this whole thing really IS a culture war thing. Had Adam been straight he totally would have won, but this is America and they hate people like Adam, so go figure! Way to go, America. Remind me again why you are such a backwards country sometimes? One step forward- obama,one step back- adam. It’s so sad.)


    • agree.. adam lost bcos d gay thing…


  24. it was nice to *see* Megan Joy again, wasn’t so nice to hear her again… reminded me of how glad i was to see a few of the “to 13” get voted off



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