I think Adam won the night although, overall, this finale program was very limp and underwhelming (and Simon dressed up!) Judge Kara Dioguardi’s song (co-written) “No Boundaries” was really sad. To decide this competition, I hope that voters completely disregarded this song. If Adam couldn’t save it, it is unsalvageable.
Adam Lambert has been my favorite for many weeks and I still believe Adam is the best. This doesn’t mean he will win tonight with votes, but he is a winner just the same. I am in awe of his talent. What a gift.
Kris Allen is very sweet (I bet he hates that people say this) and, yes, he is talented. He has a real 80’s Christian pop music vibe and I am sure he will have an enduring audience. Danny is talented, and don’t get me started on Allison and the others in the top 12. Mostly wonderful. Can’t wait until Adam and Allison release their first album together.
Yet, the American Idol machine made it very challenging for both these artists last night. Each contestant picked his own first song, and no matter what the judges said, Adam won that one. Simon Fuller’s choice for Adam was fine, but it was unexciting and Kris’ was a flatliner. They would have done better if they had talked about song choice so at least one of the songs for each could have the potential to have been a show-stopper. (Where was Clive Davis? I thought he was going to pick a song for each….)
My advice to the American Idol machine? Go back to the song contest for the AI song of the year. If this is the best the pro’s can do, give it to the amateurs; that is what this show is all about, right? Anything has to be better than “No Boundaries.”
Adam and Kris, you are both winners. Bless you!