Thursday, May 21, 2009

YOUR American Idol- Kris Allen?

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20:  Contestant Adam Lam...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
I admit it. I am a huge fan of American Idol (and a bunch of other reality TV shows). It's great entertainment for the family. This season, there was an abundance of uniquely talented people on the show. IMO, for the most part, America got it right. Until last night when Kris Allen was chosen over Adam Lambert as the winner. Kris was deemed the "dark horse" a few weeks back. And, last night in a result that shocked Kris himself, he was declared the American Idol.

I wasn't a big fan of Adam at the beginning.  I still don't care for a lot of his music. I don't care for his screaming. I was a Danny fan. I love Danny's story. I love his voice. And, I love his attitude. Danny is the kind of guy who I could see leading a contemporary Christian group, the kind of music I listened to a lot, back in the day. But, as the weeks wore on, I had to admit that Adam not only was a little better than Danny, Adam had lapped the entire field. When you look at stand out performances for the season, each Idol may have had one or two, while Adam had several. When you look at the ability to take a song and "make it your own", Adam clearly blew everyone else off of the stage. When you look at the range of emotions the contestants were able to display, Adam could croon an old soul song, do a killer remake of "Mad World", do Steven Tyler proud or mix a Johnny Cash with an Indian feel in a way you'd never imagine it otherwise. Slowly, I had to admit that Adam deserved to win.

I heard a rumor a few weeks ago that Adam is gay (or bi-sexual). I don't know if it's true and I don't care. There was speculation about whether that would hurt his chances of winning. I don't know if it did or not. I sure hope not. After Danny was the last to be eliminated, there was speculation that Danny's clean cut (Christian?) fans would all side with Kris Allen. Is that what pushed Kris over the top?

Anyway, it's just a title. Adam will be fine. More than fine. Adam will have a stellar career. But, last night, America got it wrong. Adam Lambert should have been the American Idol 2009.

p.s.- the finale show last night was fantastic.  My favorite performance was (surprisingly) Cyndi Lauper and Allison doing Time After Time.  That was awesome!

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amy said...

I have to disagree; I think America surprisingly got it right, considering how much Idol pushed for Adam. I do think Adam can sing, he's got quite a range and he has stage presence, but that screaming thing he does (which he did on every song save "Mad World") guarantees that I would never buy any album of his. I can't imagine who would buy his albums. He puts himself out as this rocker, but I can't imagine rock fans buying his stuff. And little old ladies (the Clay Aiken crowd) won't because of the screaming.

Kris on the other hand, can sing, can play piano, can play guitar, and has a very marketable style.

Honestly, though, it doesn't matter who wins Idol. Daughtry came in fourth, I believe, and his career has taken off amazingly.

I think we'll be hearing from Adam Lambert on Broadway, but not on the radio.

Brian said...

It'll be interesting to see what type of music Adam puts out. I think he can do everything from rock to Broadway. So, how he puts that into a consistent package will be a challenge, I think. I'm not likely to buy one of his CDs because my guess is he'll be more hard rock than I care for and I also am not a big fan of his screaming.

Kris does have a more predictable style and it's easier to imagine what type of music he'll do. So, in that sense you could say he's more consistent. What I appreciate about Adam is his versatility and his creativity. That's also what I liked about David Cook (even though I haven't bought his CD) and Daughtry when he was on the show. All of them did really creative things with their songs.

You're right. It doesn't really matter who wins. If you come in in the Top 10 or the Top 5, you've got a shot at an amazing career.

Drew Costen said...

I was forced to watch the last 10 minutes or so of American Idol every Tuesday while I was waiting for Fringe to begin (annoying, I must say, since I generally hate any television that's not fiction), so I have to say I was shocked when I read this too.

Brian said...

I LOVE Fringe. I'm about three weeks behind though. Now that all these season finales are over, maybe I can catch up again.

Don said...

Brian- I'd like to send you a picture from Texas. Need you email.

Don said...

Brian- I'd like to send you a picture from Texas. Need you email.

Brian said...


My email is

kc bob said...

No surprise that I agree with you Brian.. don't I always?

Someone commented on Wednesday that Kris would win because all of Danny's fans would vote for him.. that made sense to me. American Idol watchers are not ready for a eyeliner rocker like Adam.. but I think America is :)