American Idol Finale: The Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Face off

by th0ughts on May 20, 2009

While this season finale was tagged the battle between “the guy next door versus the guyliner”,  as Ryan Seacrest puts it. The most watched Reality TV Show in America is about to come to an end. The pre-finale show was just as exciting as the previous year when the two Davids–Archuleta and Cook went head to head. David Cook took home the title and David Archuleta settled for the runner-up but looking back after season 7 and seeing them together perform live in concert in front of 50,000 crowds when they hit Manila by storm last May 16, 2009 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City is more than any idol aspirant could ask for. Video footage from the concert is shown below wherein David Cook sang, “A Daily Athem”, while David Archuleta invited the audience to make waves just before the song ends.

The warm welcome of the Filipino audience and fans in the Philippines is so overwhelming and that makes them full-pledged international stars after their idol streak. The rivalry that has between thrown over them is just part of the whole journey to stardom and it made them stronger as a person and as a performer turning them into good friends like brothers.

Do you think the rivalry between Allen and Lambert will be over after the season or will it stay for good? They are good guys and very talented people but I certainly doubt that they can be like the two Davids after the season.

Going back to the pre-finale performance show, it has been a tight race. No doubt, both guys did an excellent job. Not counting the final performance on Kara DioGuardi original, “No Boundaries,” which was an awfully written song such that both finalists cannot pull it off, so I think it was all tied up. Adam kicked off first with “Mad World” by Tears for Fears which Simon thought was a little ”theatrical.” What can Simon expect? Of course, Adam grew up performing in theaters! Kris then performed a passionate and powerful rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine” on piano. Simon said that he was unsure whether America had made the right choice last week–which was heck of a comment as he always swallows a massive doze of humble pie after so many non-winner idol successes especially Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson wherein Simon Cowell apologized to Jennifer on Oprah. The good thing is–he took it back. He even gave the first round to Kris.

Simon Fuller picked Sam Cooke’s 1964 classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” to gave Adam the performance of the night. Kris on the other hand, on acoustic guitar tackled Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” which was too laid back according to Simon.

Now, it’s time to vote. Again, we would like you to try “The American Idol Experiment: How to choose the next American Idol” and see if it works for you.

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