Kris Allen beat out Adam Lambert. The underdog, as Ryan Seacrest noted.
“Adam deserves this,” Kris Allen said. “I don’t even know how to feel!”
He sings “No Boundaries” much better the second time around thanks to starting at a lower key. But somehow, the emotional crescendo was lacking from past years, perhaps because he seemed more dumbfounded than joyously happy. Simon didn’t even look all that thrilled. At least Adam appeared to take it all gracefully.
The readers of this blog, according to the polls yesterday, favored Kris but just barely. And they actually thought, 51 to 49 that Adam would win. Based on the early results of tonight’s poll, the split continues though I suspect the bitter Adam supporters are likely to be voting more often.
A reminder for newbies: this blog is year around. I also post every weekday on the offseason. There are 95 “Idol” alums to follow, the “Idol Live” tour as well as Ryan and the judges to track. Some of you won’t be back til January but feel free to stop in on occasion and say hey. A few of the regulars here stay with me and I appreciate that.
Ryan throws out some impressive number: almost 100 million votes and 624 million total this season, best ever with the latter total.
Randy says “for you for me” a lot. Kara calls everyone “sweetie.”
Mikalah Gordon at Kris Allen’s hometown of Conway, Ark. was stupid enough to try to interview a little girl, probably no older than four. That failed.
Fellow San Diego-ian Carly Smithson in the correspondent for Adam Lambert’s home crowd. (In the end, we never really saw either of them again!)
Group sing with the top 13 (yes, and that includes Scott): “So What” is the song and so what is my reaction to the group sing. Did they recycle those blindingly white costumes from “Idol Gives Back” 2008?
David Cook sings “Permanent”: Amazingly good tune, in honor of his late brother. And proceeds goes to ABC Squared, which helps seek a cure for cancer.
The Golden Idol Awards: “Outstanding Male” – Norman Gentle (Nick Mitchell)> Of course! No way he’s going anywhere! It’s the same ol’ schtick.
First duet: Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah with “Cue the Rain”: Lil felt kinda wannabe in this one but she held her own against Queen Latifah, whose outfit is, um, unfortunate.
Second group sing: Anoop Desai, his beard gone since his Variety Playhouse appearance two weeks ago, joins Alexis Grace for his recent hit “I’m Yours” with Jason Mraz. Anoop sounded a bit better than Alexis during their brief solos but it made me miss Alexis even more. I still say she should have made the top 10 over Michael Sarver.
Second duet: Kris Allen with Keith Urban doing “Kiss a Girl.” I don’t think Kris has quite the star power of Keith Urban but it’s a good pairing.
Third kinda sorta group sing (with the ladies) “Glamorous”/’Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie. Megan hit a really foul note there (or shall we say fowl?) No somersault this time for Fergie. She has even gone brunette. Then it was Black Eyed Peas with “Boom Boom Pow.” The “Idols” were relegated to dancing in the aisles at this point. Oops. Fergie must have cursed or something. Big black out there for a few seconds.
Golden Idol Awards: “Best attitude” Naturally, Miss Self Absorption Bikini Girl won and she came out in a bikini of course with a bit of an enhancement. Best line of the night: “I’d ask what’s new but I think I already know.” Then they have the heinous future Hooters employee sing, unfortunately. Fortunately, Kara comes in and saves the day. And shows off her bikini bod.
Third duet: Cyndi Lauper with Allison Iraheta with “Time After Time.” Lovely, even if they got into a bit of a wailing contest at the end.
Fourth duet: Danny Gokey starts with “Hello.” Pretty, of course. Lionel Richie does “Just Go,” a catchy song Richie originally did with Akon. (I may have to download this.) Lionel has barely aged a day since 1984. Then they finish with “All Night Long.”
Duet appearance by Adam at 9:18 p.m. He goes for a Kiss song called “Beth.” Then Kiss show up from the ceiling and start with “Detroit Rock City,” then “I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night.” Good thing about the makeup. It covers up how darn old they are now. Adam proves that he should be helming a metal band — from the 80s.
Next is the group sing with Carlos Santana. Matt Giraud gets a few notes with “Black Magic Woman,” then “Smooth.” Even Jorge gets a few solo notes.
Ford commercial: a nostalgic trip through past, um, Ford commercials. David Cook gives them free 2010 Ford Fusion hybrids.
Comedic moment with Megan Joy Corkrey, Michael Sarver and Steve Martin???? Well, with the pair singing “Pretty Flowers,” there is no apparent humor as Martin strums a banjo. This duet is actually better than it should be. (That tattoo is still incredibly jarring on Megan after all these weeks…)
Group sing with Rod Stewart: They start with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.” Is it me or is Michael Sarver getting more solo airtime than Scott MacIntyre? Rod comes out to do “Maggie May” and sounds really really rough. (A blogger below says he had a bout of throat cancer, which might explain that.)
Golden Idol – outstanding female. Of course, it’s Tatiana Del Toro. Hahahahaha. The whole thing about her wrestling the mike away from Ryan and the guards is a blatant fake set up. But heck, this IS Tatiana. So why not?
Well, well, well, it’s “We are the Champions.” Tailor made for Adam, who duets with Kris. The living members of Queen come in, too. Adam is absolutely brilliant here, right in his element.
Who did you see in the audience? Heather Locklear, who has shown up many times. Ruben Studdard. Justin Guarini. Who else folks? I’m drawing a major blank because there was no tearful David Hasselhoff!