It’s finally here! It has been a long journey and last night the final two gave it their all in night one of the two-night season finale of American Idol. This season has had its shocking moments (i.e. the early departure of Alexis Grace) but all of that has been said and done and the battle for the title of the next “American Idol” is down to the Frontrunner (Adam Lambert) vs. The Dark Horse (Kris Allen).
From the beginning Adam Lambert has been the considered the front runner of Season 8 and all of the judges slated Adam to have a one way ticket to the finals. Kris Allen on the other hand has slowly emerged as one to watch as his “artistic” performances from week to week has shown great progression during the course of this competition.
Last week, Kris Allen won the coin toss and chose to sing second. Each contestant performed 3 songs. Their favorite song of the season, a song chosen by Simon Fuller (Creator of American Idol), and an original song: “No Boundaries” co-written by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.
**All videos are courtesy of AmericanIdol.com**
Round 1: Contestant’s Choice
Adam opened the show with “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. I’m glad that Adam chose this song, as it was one of his best performances on the show this season.
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Kris performed “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. A great choice by Kris because I really believe he had a breakthrough “Idol” moment when he first performed this song earlier this season, but his performance last night was even better than the first time he performed it.
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Round 2: Producer’s Choice
The song that was chosen for Adam was Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”. This performance was stellar, and the judges collectively agreed that it was one of his best, if not, the best performance he has ever given on the show.
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Simon Fuller’s choice for Kris was “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye. It was a solid performance, but in my opinion it really didn’t have the “wow” factor.
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Round 3: Coronation Song
For the past few seasons, the Idol coronation song was the result of the Idol songwriting contest. This year Kara DioGuardi, co-wrote the Idol Coronation song entitiled: “No Boundaries”. Simon Cowell said it best when he said: “I’m going to comment on your performance and not the song.” To be honest…I wish the Idol producers heard the song before deeming it the Idol coronation song. In the spirit of Idol fanfare, the song is inspirational and tries to reflect the Idol journey with themes of “hope” and “dreams”, but in my opinion this song is one of the worst Idol coronation songs in the show’s history. Objectively speaking, Adam did a better job with the song than Kris, but the song seemed to fit Kris’s voice better. Sadly, the song was a little out of Kris’s vocal range so it seemed like he struggled with it. Kara DioGuardi made the comment to Adam that she was “moved by the performance” and was proud that someone with such great talent sang her song.
Adam Lambert: “No Boundaries”
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Kris Allen: “No Broundaries”
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So who’s going to win this season? DialIdol.com shows that it is neck and neck, but gives the slight edge to Kris Allen. Looking at the night as a whole, I think Adam Lambert was better than Kris Allen. Adam definitely gave two great performances, while Kris’s momentum seem to fade after his first performance and his performance of “No Boundaries” was really all over the place. No matter what happens, I have no doubts that the runner-up this season will get a record deal. I think Adam deserves to win, but he might benefit from not winning as he probably will have more artistic freedom if and when he makes an album. If Kris wins “American Idol”, it would be a great story to print. I can already picture the headline now: “The Dark Horse prevails and wins the title of American Idol”. Either way…I am really looking forward to hearing the “final” results.
My pick to win and who should win is: Adam Lambert
Tonight is the 2-hour season finale of American Idol which promises to be chock full of performances and guest performers including the Season 8: Top 13, Cyndi Lauper, Santana, Jason Mraz, and much much more. Associated Content posts the rumored guests set to perform on tonight’s Season 8 finale!