Adam Lambert and Kris Allen singing with Queen on American Idol
At first I was appalled at the news that an American Idol kid would get a chance to front one of classic Rock's greatest bands but after thinking about it for a while, it's not that bad. If I could think of one single other person that would be better than Lambert it might be different but what the heck, the guys in Queen are bordering on fossils so Adam Lambert with Queen is better than no Queen at all. Of course Adam is denying these rumors. Could he be covering for a big press release?
So at this time the answer is no. No Adam Lambert with Queen. But I wouldn't be surprised if the tour started before the end of this year.
Since I heard some rumors about Kris Allen being ahead on votes I wasn't completely surprised when he won but as much as I liked him I think Adam Lambert got screwed. I wonder why he didn't get more votes. For one I don't think his personality came through very well. He never said anything interesting, he just said it all with his performances and in this competition people want to see personality and Kris had a lot. In fact, I hated Kris at first but he seemed like such a nice kid he won me over in the end. Could it have been questions about Adam's sexuality and those pictures? I never mentioned them before because I don't think that it was anyone's business and I don't think they should affect him but maybe they did? Fortunately, Adam should easily be able to transition into doing Broadway musicals. He has the presence and voice to excel more than other Idol contestants who have preceded him. I don't know, even though I wanted Kris to win, something just doesn't feel right about this. Either way, I'm very impressed by Adam's behavior. He was gracious and didn't make any faces, cry or look bummed. In later interviews he was in good spirits but everyone knows that he really deserved this one. I wish him the best of luck but he hardly needs luck when he's so talented.
Well here we are at the last performance show of the season and it's a foregone conclusion that Adam Lambert will easily walk away with the title but it ain't over yet. Tonight each contestant will sing 3 songs.
Adam Lambert opens up with the Michael Andrews version of Tears For Fears' "Mad World". Eh, it was kind of like the first time he did it. OK but nothing new here. Kris Allen does Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and plays it on piano. I give him a lot of credit for changing it and making it one of his own. Like Simon, I give this round to Kris. Paula went crazy with the spray tan tonight! Adam's next song is the classic "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. Now this is one of my all time favorite songs and Adam should be able to really do a great job on this one but I was disappointed. I thought he would do better but he kind of did it predictable just like he does most songs. I don't know if he really did anything new or different with it. I thought he would've taken advantage of the first line to do something amazing but despite the judges raving over this one, it left me flat. Kris does another one of my all time favorites with "What's Going On" originally performed by Marvin Gaye. Wow, again Kris is doing an acoustic version and really trying something different. I give this kid a lot of credit for trying something different. He might not be able to outsing Adam but he's really performing like an artist here. Even though many will no doubt disagree, I give this round to Kris too even though he could've doing something interesting with the bridge section. Now for the original song co-written by Kara DioGuardi and Adam is up first. These are always interesting because no one has heard these before so in the past they've been pretty bad. Wow, this is the first time I think I've seen Adam struggling with a song. He usually has great pitch but he's having some trouble here. Randy is honest and agrees, it's Kara's song so she can't comment on the performance, Paula gives the same comment as always and Simon says that Adam's a star. Next up is Kris. Now here's where it gets tough. If they do the same song there's now a direct comparison so is there anything Kris can do to make himself sound as good as Adam who is a technically better singer? Kris is clearly trying hard. He's moving and feeling the song but when he's out of breath on the long passages you can tell because the words drop off and his pitch suffers. This is clearly a hard song to sing live. When the song is over you can tell that Kris isn't confident. The judges are kind as if they already know the results. Don't we all? Wait, is Carrie Underwood performing live? This it the first time in a long time that I've seen her do a weak performance. I guess if it ain't country, it's not going to be good. Try looking up Motley Crue's original version of the song. Final thoughts: OK, we're all assuming that Adam will win because he's clearly the best male technical singer we've seen on the show. But other than shoehorning in a high note into every song there wasn't a whole lot of artistry and originality. Kris on the other had shaped many of the songs to suit his personality and showed himself to be an artist. Now the big questions are is this a singing competition or an artist competition and also, did you actually like the stuff that Kris did? Clearly there's no one who's going to change their minds on the basis of tonight's performances because I don't think either guy came out and took any chances. So in less than 24 hours we should have a new American Idol. Good luck Kris, be the spoiler, pull the upset!
Tonight's show started off with an unfunny promo for Night at the Museum 2 and another bad car commercial. Since American Idol chose not to do an Idol Gives Back night, there's some slight mention and a kid comes out and sings. Danny Gokey is the first to be featured. Shots of him going home and seeing his friend were interesting but kind of dull. The best part is how much he seems to really appreciate everyone who came out to see him. Danny is clearly a nice guy and as much as I hope he wins... Kris Allen on his way home got free cheese dip for life from his favorite restaurant in Arkansas. There's a touching moment showing him and his father embracing and his father is rightfully proud of his boy. Kris is also a nice guy but I don't know if he has a big enough personality to make it as a recording star. Jordin Sparks comes out and sings a song that reminds me of Beyonce. Adam Lambert comes on stage and gets the best crowd reaction. Not surprising to anyone, there's a scene where he does the makeup of the local weathergirl. He seems like a nice kid but really hasn't shown a lot of personality. I don't think I've heard him say 2 sentences in a row. Maybe he played it right by not talking too much. I know I haven't been too kind to Adam but I think he'll make a good American Idol. Katy Perry comes out dressed like Elvis sporting a cape with Adam Lambert's name on it. Anyone else think she looks like Zooey Deschanel? And the results: Kris is the first to be announced and Simon looks surprised. Of course Adam is announced as the second finalist. Sorry Danny, I hope you're a success in the Christian market.
Danny Gokey: Terrence Trent D'arby's Dance Little Sister. Paula chose this one for him and it was alright. Not a lot of dynamics but he sounded good. The sax player sucked because he didn't play along with Danny's call and response bit. The judges response was lukewarm and I wonder if it might send him home. Kris Allen: One Republic's Apologize. Randy and Kara picked this one for him and it's kind of a ballad interpretation with no great drum groove like the original. I didn't think he should play the piano since his time is a bit off. The judges didn't like this one either. Adam Lambert performs U2's One. Simon claims that U2 gave their approval for him to sing this. The backup singers start way out of tune which does him no favors but he still does his over the top wailing. I hated it but I'm sure most of America loved it. His thin, reedy high notes sounded extra shrill and were completely unnecessary on this song but you can't stop him from oversinging. There's no emotion or feel, just high notes. As much as I hated this the judges loved it. Let's just make him the winner already. Danny Gokey's second song is Joe Cocker's You Are So Beautiful. Not the greatest pick but he does a good job. I like Danny but I'm really doubting him having any chance against Adam to win. Kris Allen's second song is Kanye West's Heartless? Seriously? This is the only time in American Idol history where someone plays the guitar and it's not just a prop. I hate the song but he really did a great job. Kris looked and sounded confident and if he's going home, he's going home on a high note. Look out Danny, it's going to be a close race for second place! Adam Lambert finishes the show with Aerosmith's Cryin'. Gee, will he oversing this one? Yup. I know all of you out there are really impressed with this guy but he's just not a convincing rock singer. I've spent my life around great rock singers and just because someone can hit notes doesn't make them great. Clearly it doesn't matter what I say because he's going to cruise for an easy win.
Tonight starts out with a guest appearance by Slash as the kids perform Alice Cooper's School's Out. It's not awful but clearly there's not a real rocker in the bunch. Trying to shoehorn in an R&B vocal fill into this song sounds ridiculous but Adam and Allison look like they're having fun while Kris and Danny seem clearly out of place. They talk about Danny's bad note and he has a great sense of humor about it. I gotta tell you that this is the right attitude because I don't know many people who could make a joke about it, especially not me. Did Allison swear because the sound dropped out. Paula Abdul performs next. Will she really sing or lip-sync? There has never been such an obvious lip-sync performance since The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears on the 2003 MTV VMA awards. On a positive note, she looks and moves great for 46. Next up is No Doubt rocking their hit "Just A Girl". The look and sound great but the vocals are mixed too hot and the band isn't loud enough. Gwen Stefani is a little out of breath but still does a few push ups as a callback to their video. She proves that you can be active and still sing for real. They're showing how many people turned out for the past top 3 contestants in their hometown. I wonder how many people Bo Bice or Taylor Hicks could get to show up now? There's a minor surprise as Kris Allen is the first to go to safety. So it should be either Allison or Danny. Daughtry plays their new song "No Surprise" and he sounds really good. After he gets presented with a platinum record with 5-million sales. This guy has really proven himself over the last year. Adam is safe next and the bottom two are Allison and Danny and Danny is safe. For the first time in American Idol history we have an all male top 3. As she sings her way out she cries a little. Good luck Allison, I hope you can have some sort of career after this is over.
Slash sells out and works with the American Idol kids for rock night. I'm gonna burn my Appetite For Destruction CD. Not really. Adam Lambert - Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love: Fucking awful. I usually try not to swear but I'm a huge Zep fan and I thought this was so hokey and cheesy. Not rock but cabaret. I know everyone will disagree with me but no one who owns the Led Zep Complete box set will enjoy this performance. Allison Iraheta - Janis Joplin's Cry Baby: Wow. How predictable and awful. Looking like a less attractive Joplin clone, Allison butchers this one up. Her hair looks 2% better but it still looks like she has a huge wig on. The judges liked it a little better than I did meaning she could be in the bottom this week. Allison argues with Simon a bit and even though it's justified, this never is a good move. Kris Allen and Danny Gokey do a duet of Renegade by Styx and it's a little shaky. They both look nervous and it doesn't feel authentic. I like these two guys the best but this isn't good. Danny blows the last line of the song. Too bad. This was the first duet on AI and it was an awesome idea but unfortunately it didn't come off well. Kris Allen does the Beatles' Come Together: Slash lets him play his Gibson Les Paul in practice and Kris decides to play guitar during his performance. He sounds soooo much better on this one than the last song. The judges didn't like this one as much as I did. Danny Gokey is going to attempt Aerosmith's Dream On: This could be awesome or a trainwreck but probably one or the other. Wow, he really doesn't look very "rock", more like disco with the purple shirt and more necklaces than Paula. The performance is pretty mediocre, he blows the end note and he knows it. Too bad because he's my favorite. Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert do Foghat's Slow Ride:Adam sounds better on this one and Allison looks more comfortable. They actually look like they're having fun as opposed to Kris and Danny's duet. My two least favorite contestants but they did a really good job on this one. Bottom Line: Well this was an awful night for my two favorites and a good night for the ones I don't like. This will be awesome because anything can happen with the voting tomorrow night. Did you know that Adam has been selling the most songs on iTunes? This won't necessarily translate into sales of his CD but I'm sure the individual song sales will affect who the American Idol producers select to win. What, you didn't think that your votes actually determines the winner now do you? Maybe in the beginning but this all about creating an artist who sells well and if you read the fine print at the end of the show, the executives have ultimate power to choose the winner and change the vote.
Well another results show, another lip-synced tune and a bad commercial. We can look forward to two kids going home since the judges used their "save" last week on Matt Giraud. In a surprise move, Adam is in the bottom 3 but don't worry, the show would never let him go this early. Natalie Cole comes out and sings and clearly she's seen better days. If only she could sing as good as she's looking. Taylor Hicks is up next to embarrass himself and the people who voted for him. Look, he's pretending to play guitar. "Whoooo, Soul Patrol!" In a surprise move, Kris is safe and Adam and Matt are in the bottom two. Next up, Jamie Foxx comes on to use Auto-Tune on a singing show. He doesn't need it but he still sounds better than all the other singers using it now. So in what comes as a surprise to no one, Matt is going home. He knows he was on longer than he deserved. Overall, this was a show worth skipping completely.
Well tonight's episode starts off being "Rat Pack" week? Seriously? What next, big band and delta blues week? And who does American Idol think of as the best person to represent the Rat Pack but Jamie Fox. Yeah. Jamie is talented but he looks like the kind of guy who doesn't want to be on this show.
Kris Allen - The Way You Look Tonight: Jamie likes Kris because he's not trying to oversing the song. I like Kris a lot but I don't think I'd really consider buying his CD until he does something original. Allison Iraheta - Someone To Watch Over Me: Meh. Alright but nothing different or original. Randy says she looks like Brittany Murphy. Is that a compliment? Matt Giraud - My Funny Valentine: Matt should do well with this standard but for some reason it just never feels right. I thought this would be a slamdunk week for Matt but he didn't look comfortable and he didn't take command of the song. Danny Gokey - Come Rain or Come Shine: I think Danny should hit this one out of the park and he does. He's the only one who sings with a believable passion. Ladies and Gentleman, the winner of American Idol is... Danny Gokey Adam Lambert - Feelin' Good: Think he's going to oversing this one. Yup. The Rat Pack would not approve of this guy but it won't stop America from voting for him in droves. Adam does the predictable showtune version. Nothing cool about this version, pure corny but people will eat it up. Final Thoughts: Danny and Adam come out so far ahead of everyone else that they might as well just send Matt, Allison and probably even Kris home and have the final vote. My vote as of today goes to Danny. Unless he really screws up he should be the winner with a small possibility of Adam beating him.
The opening shows Paula teaching the kids some dance moves and I feel bad for them having to learn actual choreography. They do a bad lip sync to match some horrible dancing but fortunately this isn't a dance competition. Lil Rounds is the first to be cut. She was good but just never developed with any originality. While she's an awesome imitator it was hard to picture her as a real solo artist. Hopefully a good producer out there might have a vision for her future and want to work with her. Frieda Payne comes out and does a pretty stiff version of her hit "Band of Gold". Thelma Houston is next followed by KC and the Sunshine Band. I gotta say that even though these disco legends sounded fine they also looked very old. I hope this appearance sells well for them because I really don't want to see them doing these hits live again. So this week it's Allison Iraheta and Anoop Desai in the bottom but before we get results we have to put up with an out of tune David Archuleta proving us right for not making him last year's American Idol. Well Allison gets saved by the audience (or Idol producers) for another week. I thought Anoop had been getting better every single week and he deserved another week but I'm not in charge of the votes. As Anoop sings his final song, Paula can be heard yelling for him and clapping off beat. I'm surprised that I'll miss him.