American Idol: We have a winner!
At long last, the season 8 finale of American Idol has arrived! It's been fun watching all of the Idols grow in their musical prowess (that's a Paula word), especially Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, the final two performers who couldn't be more different, but are both awesome in their own way.
Ryan started things off by introducing the judges, along with a funny video clip for each of them -- Randy Jackson saying "For Me" throughout the season; Kara DioGuardi saying "sweetie" and "honey" to people who didn't make it past the audition process; Paula's round-up of colorful adjectives (vocal prowess, masterful and effortless, palette, etc.); and Simon's issues with hearing what people say (as in, he could probably use a hearing aid!).
Both Kris and Adam wore white and looked fab in it. Back in their hometowns were past Idol contestants Mikalah Gordon in Conway, Arkansas, and Carly Smithson in San Diego, California. Then the top 13, all clad in white, performed Pink's "So What." They either trashed it or did a good job. I'm not really sure which, but then, not a big fan of the group numbers here.
David Cook sang "Permanent," dedicated to his brother, Adam, who died on May 2. Proceeds from the iTunes downloads of the song will go towards ABC2, an organization searching for a cure for brain cancer.
Next up was "The Golden Idol Awards." This is the part where they basically make fun of all the people who bombed out in the audition process. I'm not sure I like it, because I'd rather give props to people for at least having the guts to audition in the first place.
That said, it was fun seeing Nick "Norman Gentle" Mitchell again. He gave a funny acceptance speech, ripped off his black outfit to reveal a sparkly shirt, then sang an abridged version of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." Then the camera panned back to Ryan, who was wearing Nick's trademark glasses and headband.
Tonight's show featured several duets with celebrities, and I really enjoy these, for the most part. Queen Latifah and Lil Rounds sang "Cue the Rain," and I love that Queen wore a skintight black bodysuit. You go girl! (Though I'd be lying if I didn't say I wondered how many layers of Spanx she had on underneath it - it's a girl thing.)
This was followed by another group number, then a video of Kris Allen's journey to the Idol stage. I love that he started out humble and he's still humble. In his words, "Opportunities are given, and I feel like I'm just kinda running wtih this one."
The next duet was Keith Urban and Kris Allen singing "Kiss a Girl." They complement each other well, though it seemed like maybe Kris was more into it than Keith. Still, I can see Kris doing this kind of music.
The Idol girls performed next, then Fergie joined them for a medley of "Black-Eyed Peas" tunes. I like Fergie's new dark 'do, and her legs are to die for. I think I have a little girl-crush on her after watching this. The Black-Eyed Peas joined Fergie for "Boom Boom Pow," and they had these dancers dressed in black-and-white striped bodysuit things. They're definitely a high-energy group and seem like they'd be a lot of fun to see in concert. Ryan agreed, saying "Three Grammys – That is how you do it!"
Oh dear. More Golden Idols. "Best Attitude" went to Bikini Girl, who came out (in a bikini, of course) and kissed Ryan on the lips. He took one look at her new boobs and said, "I was gonna ask you what's new, but I think I know."
Then there was a funny bit where she sang the song that she and Kara sparred over in the auditions, and then Kara came out singing it, too! At this point, this is my favorite part of tonight's show. Bikini Girl did NOT look happy to have her spotlight stolen, and I sort of wondered if she knew Kara was going to make an appearance. To top it off, Kara ripped her dress open and revealed a black bikini! I'm not sure what to think about this, but both Ryan and Kara assured us that Kara only did it so a bunch of money would go to charity. What do you think? Was this in poor taste, or done for a good cause?
Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper sang "Time After Time," with Cyndi playing a a very cool Appalachian-type lap instrument (anyone know what it was?), and she looks great. I love the version of this song, too. It's a hard song to mess up.
Danny Gokey and Lionel Richie were next, followed by Adam's video journey. Then Adam took the stage in a black outfit with these wild iron-pad shoulder things. He was joined by KISS, sporting their trademark makeup, sparkly guitars, and platform shoes. That's when I noticed that Adam was wearing platform shoes, too. It must have been a blast for him, though I was secretly worried that he might trip and break a bone or something. Not to worry. He's a platform-shoe pro.
Carlos Santana performed next, followed by the Ford commercial - a compilation of all the previous Ford commercials -- and then David Cook presented Adam and Kris each with a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Nice.
Awww, I love Steve Martin! He played his banjo, as Megan Joy Corkrey and Michael Sarver sang "Pretty Flowers," which is on Steve Martin's album released yesterday (and he wrote the song, too). Then Rod Stewart performed - he'll be on tour this summer, with a new album in the fall. Apparently, anyone with either an album or a tour coming up is on tonight's Idol.
More Golden Idol awards, with Tatiana Nicole Del Toro winning for "Outstanding Female." Ok, do you think this was a set-up, or did they actually have to drag her off the stage while she was singing? I think it was probably a set-up, but Ryan sure looked serious about having to cut to commercial break!
Then Kris and Adam sang their last song together, "We Are the Champions" with Queen backing them up, which was cool.
Finally, at long last, an official-looking guy strolled out with the official results envelope. Almost 100 million votes were cast, and Kris Allen is the winner of American Idol season 8!
I'm really happy for Kris, and he was so awestruck that he didn't know what to say. Adam doesn't seem too sad, and I'm sure he has a big career ahead of him.
Both Kris and Adam sang "No Boundaries," written by judge Kara DioGuardi, Cathy Dennis and Mitch Allen, and produced by Eman. The song will be available for purchase on iTunes, but you can hear Kris sing it at PopEater.com.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on tonight's finale!
|Yes! I love Kris!||802 (57.4%)|
|No! Adam should have won!||594 (42.6%)|