In a packed 60 minutes, the final ‘American Idol’ showdown between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and I was blogging it live! Click on the module below to get a minute-by-minute breakdown on all the action, but here’s a quick summary.
First Round (Singer’s choice of their favorite performance of the season): I agree with Simon Cowell that Kris took it. Adam’s “Mad World” was just as good as the first, but Kris reminded us with his rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine” that he’s been a great performer all season, even if we only started paying attention in the past four or five weeks.
Second Round (‘Idol’ creator Simon Fuller’s choice): Adam takes it easily, through no fault of Kris’. Adam was handed a great song (Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come”), and he did a fantastic job with it, without a doubt. Kris was given a folksy song (Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?”) and wasn’t able to do much with it. Them’s the breaks, though. Round two goes to Adam.
Third Round (Performance of winning song, “No Boundaries,” co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi): It’d be nice to take the easy way out and call it a draw, but it wasn’t. The song was better crafted for Kris, and he did a better job with it. Still, I don’t envy either of them for having to sing it, and release it as a single in the coming weeks.
Final decision: Four hours of voting is a long time and it might just be the voters with the most stamina who make the difference. It’ll clearly be a record number of votes. Adam should win the competition if it’s based on overall performance throughout the season. It’s not easy to be an early favorite and hanging on through the finish. (Right, Danny?).
That said, my prediction is that Kris Allen wins tomorrow night. He’s come out of nowhere and earned himself a loyal fan base, and proven himself a worthy contender. He deserves it, too.
So, there’s my pick. What’s yours?