So Kris made it into the American Idol top three
by Allison Waldman, posted May 8th 2009 6:00PM
It was really nice of you guys not to write scathing shout-downs in the comments of my story about how Kris Allen was going to be sent home from American Idol the other day when it turned out I was wrong. Well, thanks for that, everyone, but I'm here to tell you that I was wrong. America voted and they want the cute guy to be in the finals. It didn't matter that he didn't rock out with the Beatle song that would have shown him off better.
What did matter is that at this stage in the competition, Allison Iraheta had impressed with her voice but not her personality. Ultimately, that seems to be what we've got with the three finalists -- Kris, Adam and Danny.
Kris is the nice guy, the sweet humble fella who's just happy to be in the competition and engenders our good will and admiration. He's a feel-good story and he sings the soft stuff really well. He's flew under the radar for a while, but now he's definitely in the spotlight.
Danny Gokey has the story. He's been downplaying it for weeks, but from the start he's been known as the young widower who's entire family is behind his musical career. He's skated through the competition and is no surprise to be in the Final Three.
Adam Lambert's the odds-on favorite in many circles because he exudes the confidence and artistry of an established professional. He's ahead of the curve, and it's more than just the experience he gain on Broadway. Week in and week out, Adam's made his mark, which is why when he was in the bottom two a few shows ago it seemed so out of whack.
Who's going to win the whole thing? I'm done predicting. Looking into the future, I can see Adam becoming a very successful performer. A year from now he could be playing Elvis on Broadway in a musical biography of Presley's life. I could also imagine Kris selling records like John Mayer. Danny's tougher to pigeon-hole, but maybe that's my lack of imagination. Whatever, it should make for an interesting couple of weeks to come.