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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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5/20: American Idol recap – finale results. Who won? Kris Allen or Adam Lambert?

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.

Did America get it right with Kris?

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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!

705 comments Add your comment

Judy

May 20th, 2009
6:22 pm

I finally received my confirmation text fro AT&T today at 12:10pm.

Judy

May 20th, 2009
6:24 pm

I hope I see neither of them. I would like to hear Jared. Amazing he was passed over so that we could hear Jasmine, Megan and Norman. This is first and foremost a tv show.

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
6:26 pm

Quality > quantity

War Eagle

May 20th, 2009
6:31 pm

I wonder if we are going to see that Norman fool hump the AI sign again tonight

Judy

May 20th, 2009
6:41 pm

war eagle i must admit, i tried to find that on youtube.

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
6:51 pm

I doubt that we will see herpes girl aka Bikini girl. Ryan probably had something written into his contract to prevent it. Bring on Tatiana, Norman, and the rest of the award winning horribly bad people.

offkey

May 20th, 2009
6:58 pm

Blog friends: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all you regulars for welcoming me in and giving me enough rope to hang myself. The give and take has added a great deal to this season, and even though my daily schedule will be much busier in the months ahead, I’ll try to poke my head through the window from time to time to see what’s going on.

My wish was for an Adam vs Kris finale. It happened… so regardless the outcome I’ve enjoyed a satisfying competition. It really doesn’t matter now who wins; it’s a victory for everyone who loves contemporary music. Look at what America is listening to: The Fray, Snow Patrol, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, John Mayer. Kris Allen fits easily into that genre and there’s certainly room for another artist with creativity and style. Adam has been a gift for those of us who were ready for something different. His vocal range is breathtaking; his showmanship incredible. If he manages only to channel the glam rock era for a year or two, it’ll still be worth it, but I suspect he’s headed for stardom on stage and on screen. There’s no denying his charisma.

Next season? If the ratings are accurate, the producers need to be concerned. The have to tweak the format to keep it fresh without turning it into a complete Barnum and Bailey act, and seriously consider bringing in a new director, a new creative team that can tell the American Idol story the way it should be told. I hope they pull it off, and that, like Amanda Overmyer, the Ricky Braddys and the Marissa Rhodes of the world, get one more chance to follow their dream.

War Eagle

May 20th, 2009
7:18 pm

And I also want to know what the hell is going to be so damn important tonight that Ryan had to anounce they could not fit it into two hours.

Martha

May 20th, 2009
7:25 pm

I certainly hope Adam did enough to win….he is certainly a very good performer.

Martha

May 20th, 2009
7:26 pm

War Eagle….gotta be all the razzle-dazzle they have planned….some “surprise” guests, etc. Anything to prolong the suspense…and make us miserable during the wait.

War Eagle

May 20th, 2009
7:26 pm

Are you certain?

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
7:30 pm

Nah, they have just given up on trying to fit the show in the allotted time. They just decided to admit to their incompetence.

Martha

May 20th, 2009
7:35 pm

Ha! Just reread that….pitiful. I’ll do better next time, I’m certain. *g*

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
7:36 pm

To all the Kris fan blogsters: Before the festivities begin tonight, I want to extend my sincerest apologies to you. I had absolutely no right to suggest that you should limit your opinions and conversation. We pride ourselves on being the kind of place that accepts and respects all opinions and I did not do that last night. I ws totally out of line. Please chalk it up to my being cranky and impatient from an extended bout with insomnia.

Maybe I should have been voting for Kris all along. At least I might have gotten some sleep! ;-)

Valerie

May 20th, 2009
7:38 pm

adams ok… I think Kris is good. I hope he wins! :D Just looked them up on youtube now… I havent been keeping up… but Kris is really good! Listening to him sing Heartless right now!

DEBRINA

May 20th, 2009
7:46 pm

ADAM, ADAM, ADAM, MY GOD, HE’S THE BEST EVER, EVER, EVER. I CAN’T BELIEVE EVERYONE CAN’T SEE IT SO CLEAR. HE CAN SING SLOW SONGS, AND PULL YOU IN. HE CAN ROCK AND HAVE YOU SCREAMING MORE. HE SANG SAM COOK LAST NIGHT AND SANG IT BETTER THAN ANYONE HAS EVER SANG THAT SONG BEFORE. KRIS IS JUST AVERAGE. DANNY SHOULD BE THERE WITH ADAM. BUT ADAM SHOULD BE THE WINNER. IF HE DOESN’T WIN, IT’S ONLY BECAUSE MORE LITTLE GIRLS CALLED IN AND VOTED FOR KRIS. ADAM IS GOOD LOOKING, PERFECT FACE WITH OR WITHOUT MAKE-UP. HE JUST ROCKS. SO SMOOTH. GOOD LUCK ADAM. YAY!

Harm

May 20th, 2009
7:48 pm

I had to say Hi before idol comes on because I don’t think I’ll be on the blog during the show!

I suspect this is going to be a very close finale. I still don’t have a preference on who wins.

I also will not be giving an end of idol speech, I’ll be here during the off season rambling on about something.

DEVIN

May 20th, 2009
7:48 pm

ADAM SHOULD WIN, WIN, WIN. HE IS THE BEST OF EVERYTHING THAT AMERICAN IDOL HAS EVER HAD ON THEIR SHOW.

Ray

May 20th, 2009
7:49 pm

I agree today’s genre suits Kris very well. But Adam Lambert seems, in my limited opinion :) , to be on another level. I have not heard anybody sing like that in a very, very long time.

Best of luck to both!

Valerie V

May 20th, 2009
7:55 pm

I enjoy Kris’s work very much. His singing always touches my heart. You know? With him, you kind of hang on each word wondering where it’s going to go. And, yes, Heartless is really moving. Also, the way he sang “What’s Goin’ On” last night was a lot like a John Mayer concert arrangement onstage–that is–having musicians on either side of him just to change things up. I thought it was very cool. I just hope that when he makes his first album, they don’t digitally master the thing so much that it “blands him out” like they did to David Archuletta. Between song choice and some kind of new musical direction and/or digitizing, I found David’s first album to be fairly uninspiring. Too bad. I hope the album makers let Kris be himself and then some.

GrantPGuy

May 20th, 2009
7:56 pm

Happy Wednesday, all… I hope everyone had a great day!

Chris

May 20th, 2009
7:57 pm

This finale does not compare to last year and the talent of David Cook. I like Adam and Kris, but last night was lack luster. I much preferred last year. I think Kris did an amazing job last night and I hope he pulls out a win. I think Adam’s talent is beyond the pop/rock music arena. I think he belongs on broadway singing and acting in plays. Not sure about the mainstream. Where as Kris is very likeable and will do well. Kris also changed it up and was very versatile, with his song choices and the playing of various instruments. Without a doubt both are going to go far.
With that said I cannot wait for David Cook to do his son Permanent tonight. That will be a tear jerker moment knowing it is all for his brother who passed away a couple of weeks ago from brain cancer. Go David!

heybud

May 20th, 2009
7:58 pm

I would first like to echo the words of offkey. I too am very appreciative of y’all indulging my insane predictions (one of which actually came true) and for answering my questions.

Two weeks ago I went out on a limb and predicted an Adam-Kris finale and a win for Kris.

One of the ways people have suggested that Kris might win tonight is by grabbing some of the votes that Danny got in previous weeks, but I think he will win, because I believe he is a better singer than Adam.

I think America for the most part likes the judges on American Idol and respects their opinions. However, tonight I believe Kris will be unexpectedly crowned the winner.

At times this season I have not been so kind to Adam, but I think he is a fine young man. I just think Kris is a better singer.

Thanks again for your indulgence.

Eddie

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
7:58 pm

lyndsay

May 20th, 2009
8:00 pm

Adam is like chocolate cake. Awesome, but you can only handle him in small quantities before you wish you had skipped dessert. My vote is for Kris…

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:01 pm

Judy me too – around the same time. But the content of the text reply wasn’t the same. Weird. Conspiracy theorist in me is all a-flutter.

Mercedes S.

May 20th, 2009
8:01 pm

According to TWOP, Danny Gokey’s pastor told his congregation to vote for Kris because AI “needs a believer” to represent the show. Good grief.

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:02 pm

This is my first year too – gotta love wi-fi! Thanks y’all!!! Hope to see you in the off-season and for sure next year!!

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:03 pm

personally, i think there’s nothing wrong with the christian vote. that’s one reason i really like ‘idol’, cause its relatively wholesome and a show that my wife and kids and i can watch together. and we all say ‘go kris’!

Phillip

May 20th, 2009
8:05 pm

ADAM is a screamer…good quality for horror pictures & broadway possibly, but not our American Idol of 2009…Even on “Mad World” he hit a few eratics screams! Come on America…Quality versus popularity…Kris is the Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:06 pm

totally agree with phillip!

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:07 pm

man that bit totally sucked it

Michelle

May 20th, 2009
8:08 pm

DON’T CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:09 pm

ugh i’m totally burned on this song

harriett

May 20th, 2009
8:10 pm

Hi everyone. Just drove in from West Virginia about an hour ago. I was able to escape my dinnner companions and watch last night, so I am up on things. Just read the blog from last night, too. Good to be back. So ready for tonight. Still hoping for an Adam win! And, D, you are right about front page. :)

offkey

May 20th, 2009
8:11 pm

HA. Just reminded how sorry I am Alexis didn’t stick around longer.

gg

May 20th, 2009
8:12 pm

The group sing was cool. Good to see everyone together. Danny’s glasses matched his white outfit.

War Eagle

May 20th, 2009
8:12 pm

It’s nice to have boobs back on stage.

offkey

May 20th, 2009
8:13 pm

And seriously people, I think the time for the cheap shots, on both sides, should be over. Sit back and enjoy the show. We ALL won.

Watchingidol

May 20th, 2009
8:13 pm

Why do the Idol producers keep forcing Carly Smithson on us?

Angie

May 20th, 2009
8:13 pm

Sorry Eddie but I think Adam should win and WILL WIN. Kris is good but Adam is a much better singer. In fact, Danny was the best singer period but unfortunately he was voted off. My Danny
vote is going in Adams pile.

gg

May 20th, 2009
8:13 pm

Deidre, also on the front page is Natalie Cole. It says that her kidney transplant was a success. Great news!

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
8:14 pm

Welcome back harriett!

Cadre

May 20th, 2009
8:15 pm

Hey all, I talked with my mom earlier and her and my dad are Chris. They really shocked me that they even watch AI. She said she dialed for 1 1/2 hours for Kris and got 15 votes through. She said she did like Adam’s first song but the second two were too over the top for them.

Cadre

May 20th, 2009
8:17 pm

that should say Kris fans. Bad fingers

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
8:18 pm

Loved Cookie’s song!

That’s excellent news, gg!

gg

May 20th, 2009
8:18 pm

David sounds good. The black band on his right arm is probably in memory of his late brother.

hcamp

May 20th, 2009
8:18 pm

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:18 pm

I liked that performance by David. I was a fan of his pretty much all season last year.

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:20 pm

Who the heck cares hcamp? Its not about that!!!

Cadre

May 20th, 2009
8:20 pm

do you have inside info, hcamp?

gg

May 20th, 2009
8:20 pm

Oops, meant to type “Deirdre”. Sorry!

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:21 pm

lmao on deep voice guy

harriett

May 20th, 2009
8:22 pm

Thanks, D. It is good to be back. I sure missed everyone last night. Did have a few texts with linny, so I got a mini “fix.” Mercy sakes alive, why are they putting us through this again?

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:23 pm

usually the people who raise the gay issue are themselves gay, i’m just sayin’

Rodney Ho

May 20th, 2009
8:23 pm

I will remind the newbies here that I blog all year around so even though I don’t expect most of you to check in regularly, I hope you check in occasionally at least. And I thank in advance the folks who will stick with me “offseason.” I got home at 8:17 p.m. so I can run through the commercials and catch up live by 9 p.m.

harriett

May 20th, 2009
8:24 pm

Love seeing Nick again. I loved him on the show.

Angela

May 20th, 2009
8:24 pm

Seriously!! I am with you Harriett. Leave this part out!

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
8:25 pm

Love me some Norman Gentle!!!!

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:26 pm

ok sisters, bring it!

Angela

May 20th, 2009
8:26 pm

I guess your question is answered WE. I could do without Norman ever again.

gg

May 20th, 2009
8:27 pm

Queen should not wear a one piece. Her stylist should know better!

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
8:27 pm

NOW Lil is good???????

harriett

May 20th, 2009
8:28 pm

Me, too, D, but why can’t they bring him back without putting us through the others who were genuinely awful and not funny like Norman/Nick.

offkey

May 20th, 2009
8:28 pm

Come on. Cut Nick some slack. That was actually pretty amusing. He’s welcome at my next dinner party.

Angela

May 20th, 2009
8:29 pm

I think I’m the cranky one tonight. He just got on my last nerve but tonight I would probably get on his nerves too so I guess we are even.

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:29 pm

tnfan – if you’re comfortable in your skin you don’t. More often than not its someone who is trying so hard to be straight but just doesn’t know how to come out. I think Lance Black put it best in his Oscar acceptance speech – …”to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you…”

harriett

May 20th, 2009
8:29 pm

If he’s there, I am too, offkey!

Rodney Ho

May 20th, 2009
8:30 pm

Hey y’all! I’m a few minutes behind. Now watching Cook. Good song!

Rob

May 20th, 2009
8:30 pm

Norman always did make me laugh at the absolute absurdity!

Chris

May 20th, 2009
8:31 pm

Love David Cook. I can hardly wait to see the finale later and see David. He was great on the Ellen show today.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
8:31 pm

I wanna go to offkey’s dinner party!!!!!

Rodney Ho

May 20th, 2009
8:31 pm

And thank you offkey for being part of the “Idol” blog family here. And I really like this Cook song.

Lulu

May 20th, 2009
8:31 pm

Nick/Norman…BLAH

linny@home

May 20th, 2009
8:32 pm

haven’t read previous comments but i have a couple to make:
1 – the mics that didn’t work for Kris and Adam — indicative that the upcoming group sing was a group sync
2 – Lil proves, once again, that she CAN sing — just like someone else
3 – LOVE Norman Gentle, sorry i can’t help it, i truly hope that someone gives him a chance to develop an entire stage act and puts him in the bizness!!!

and the introductions of the judges was priceless, especially Randy’s

kris

May 20th, 2009
8:32 pm

my cable is out!!! keep me updated please!!

Martha

May 20th, 2009
8:32 pm

People, people, people….I don’t want to have sex with the guy, I want to listen to him and watch him entertain. And for those activities, I choose Adam..he is some serious eye candy! Actually for the other, given a choice, I’d prefer Adam, too. But then again, I’m old enough to be his mother, so that is a moot point (with me, anyway.) *G*

Angela

May 20th, 2009
8:32 pm

Loved David Cook. HIM I want at my dinner party. Sorry, no one else invited :)

harriett

May 20th, 2009
8:32 pm

Rodney, I like it, too! I missed you, but I saw your quote in USA Today while I was in West VA this week! I was quite impressed!!!

Chris

May 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

If Cookie is at your dinner party I am peeking in the window. The man is so beautiful! Love him!

Angela

May 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

Of course, I am old enough to be his mom so I doubt he would get very excited about that opportunity.

tnecvolfan2001

May 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

anoop doomed himself with his poor attitude and sassiness to the judges if you ask me

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
8:34 pm

Anoop and Alexis with Jason Mraz. Will someone please explain to me WHY Alexis wasn’t in AT LEAST the top 6?

Lulu

May 20th, 2009
8:35 pm

Angela…you’ve got the right idea about a dinner party…go girl!!!!

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:35 pm

Funny, once half of the stars that appear on this show get out from behind the filters, etc of a recording studio, they sound just like everybody else. Mediocre.

Watchingidol

May 20th, 2009
8:35 pm

Man, they should have used the save for Alexis!

Angela

May 20th, 2009
8:36 pm

I SO agree WI. Why Alexis wasn’t in the top 10 is beyond me. And I really liked that group song.

Lulu

May 20th, 2009
8:37 pm

Alexis should have been right up there with Allison, instead of bird girl…

Angela

May 20th, 2009
8:37 pm

I wonder if they could do that group song again at the end and spare the winner having to do that gosh awful Kara song?

Chris

May 20th, 2009
8:37 pm

Alexis should have been there and Megan should have gone home way before she did….like when she tried out.

linny@home

May 20th, 2009
8:37 pm

Okay, had a bit of a chance to breeze thru — HeyBud, OffKey, and the others who have joined us this year with intelligent, diverse, witty, amusing, thoughtful, and even daring comments — you’ve brought a lot to our little blog home, and thanks to Rodney, you know we will love having you drop in and discuss whatever topics, AI or not, come up.

To paraphrase, come on in, the Bloggin’s fine!!!

Watchingidol

May 20th, 2009
8:38 pm

What is Kris’ mom wearing? Or barely wearing?

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:38 pm

Wow! To play guitar with Kieth Errrbun. Nice!!

offkey

May 20th, 2009
8:38 pm

Thanks, Rodney. Cook is welcome to stop by the house, too. That performance was outstanding. And Alexis, day or night. Come on over.

Rodney Ho

May 20th, 2009
8:39 pm

Norman-Nick’s schtick is the same every time, isn’t it? Come up with a new act, dude!

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
8:39 pm

This rocks!!

Lulu

May 20th, 2009
8:39 pm

Hi 5 Rodney!!!!

War Eagle

May 20th, 2009
8:40 pm

Rodney, Thanks for hanging out with us tonight

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
8:41 pm

Kris singing with Keith Urban. Very good!!!! Way better than his duet with Danny!

Rob

May 20th, 2009
8:41 pm

You can kiss me Kris, wow that was a great song!