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Buzz about American Idol — Season 8

By Dr Matt 

Final 2 Contestants

Dr Matt's weekly review of American Idol from the Top Thirty Six Singers to the Final Two:

36 - 1       36 - 2       36 - 3       Wild Card     13     11     10  
  9       8       7       6       5       4      3
   Final 2 

Howdy American Idolaters?

Time to stick a fork in this Show, and bring on So You Think You Can Dance. Give Adam Lambert the Idol Crown. He deserves it. But because he is "gay," he may not win the vote in the end.

Based upon quality of his performances, Adam should win,
but will the "gay" factor may bite Lambert in the butt?

America Online Poll - Post-show May 20th
The Popular Vote — from Lowest to Mowest:  

         13.  Jasmine Murray          
   12.  Jorge Nunez           
  11.  Alexis Grace           
10.  Michael Sarver   
        9.  Megan Corkrey        
8.  Scott MacIntyre         
 Lil Rounds                      
      6.  Anoop Desai               
       5.  Matt Giraud               
     4.  Allison Iraheta         
3.  Danny Gokey        
 Kris Allen + 1         
     1.  Adam Lambert = 0 

Dr Matt's Red-Hot Reflections:

Adam has been leading the AOL Poll throughout the entire season, and he's on top in the very last week too! The Dial Idol Poll suggest a possible, unexpected surprise!

Dial Idol Results for the Top 3
from Less to Best:

            2.  Adam Lambert - 1  
1.  Kris Allen + 1                      

Kris as the American Idol . . . that's a new concept!

Last week's elimination:

 3 - Danny Gokey"Dance Little Sister" & "You Are So Beautiful"
        Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This song really fits Danny's sand-paper, husky voice! A good song choice via Paula Abdul. However, Simon dissed the choice, saying that the , but should have chosen a more popular songs from the Terence Trent D'arby collection.

After reminding the two female judges that this is NOT a dancing show, but a singing contest, Simon admited that "the dancing was a bit desparate" — agreeing with Kara.

"Stunning" . . . "You left us breatheless" . . . "I would call that a vocal master class" . . . WHAT? The first time hearing this piece, I was thinking: "where is Joe Cocker when you need him." Simon said it: Don't mess up the original arrangement. I just could NOT enjoy this song at all, because it wasn't even close to being as passionate and pleading and rought as Joe Cocker's classic rendition.

But, second time through, and putting the Joe Cocker comparison to the side, he sung this song pretty well.

Dr Matt's Red-Hot Rankings from Less to Best

 6 - Kris Allen "No Boundaries" (Kara's Crappy Coronation Song)
        Home Town: Conway, Arkansas

Can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. This song was a real loser. It was hard for the singers to sell this one. And how do you NOT adjust the key to Kris's best vocal range? It was painful to listen to. A real BOMB for Kara D.

 5 - Adam Lambert"No Boundaries" (Kara's Crappy Coronation Song)
        Home Town: Los Angeles, California

Adam is NOT scoring big points tonight, because he's doesn't have a screaming-rocker song to Belt out of the Ballpark. He sang this pickle-sucking song better than Kris.

 4 - Kris Allen "What's Goin' On" (Producer's Choice)
        Home Town: Conway, Arkansas

I really like what Kris did with the song, although it sounded suspiciously like "She Works Hard For The Money." I don't agree with the criticism for not being big enough for the stage because what COULD he do with that song to make it bigger while still staying true to himself? He didn't pick this song!

 3 - Kris Allen "Ain't No Sunshine" (singer's favorite performance)
        Home Town: Conway, Arkansas

Speaking of Sunshine, Kris really "shined" on this song better, compared to the first time he performed it. His vocal nuances and dynamics were fantastic. Kris has been picking up momentum throughout the season. Adam has been at a high level from the start.

 2 - Adam Lambert"A Change Is Gonna Come" (Producer's Choice)
        Home Town: Los Angeles, California

Vocally, he really sounds amazing. He didn't take it too far with the high notes this time. His lower register sounded great. It was his most balanced vocal performance of the year.

 1 - Adam Lambert"Mad World" (Singer's favorite performance)
        Home Town: Los Angeles, California

Quite a mysterious entrance with the fog — very Phantom-esque. It's hard for Adam to top his earlier performance of this song. I think he should have sung one of his up-beat songs. Still a great performance.

Who will be the American Idol?

Based upon his performances, Adam Lambert deserves it. He's been head and shoulders above the competition for many weeks. BUT the vote is in the hands of the American people, and if they decide they don't want a "gay" American Idol . . . then, Kris just might win!

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

Surprised Look: Indeed Kris was the Underdog!
America voted for the Underdog, and against the Gay Guy

Top 3 Results Show: the Contestant Kicked to the Curb

Idol Producers are getting better and better at putting on a great Finale Show:

Here's Adam rocking the house with Kiss — Awesome!

Kris does a nice duet with Keith Urban — Excellent!

Dr Matt


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