It is one of those things which cannot escape you. [ Sort of that song by Kylie Minogue -Can’t get you outta my head..for sure] You try and try, not to watch Idol every year, after the gimmicky horrendous weirdos at display year after year after year. But at last, somehow you just tend to give in. This year, I hardly followed Idol. The entire season8 of Idol was almost neglected by me like the children of slums in that Millionaire movie. But I could not help taking notice of some performances -worthy to mention are viz. Adam Lambert’s Crying (Aerosmith), Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin), Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf) and Black or White (MJ). Yes, this season has been all about Adam Lambert. His vocals are flying all over the place. Not only is he flamboyant, stylish and has that extra edge of an image to carry the weight of a showbiz icon, he can sing his lungs out. His vocals remind me of Rob Halford (Judas Priest) I swear. And peeps might comment that he overdoes that. Well, lemme just say that you need to sell what you do best, innit! There were other horrors this season like Danny Gokey’s butchering of Dream On (Aerosmith) which might even make Cacophonix deaf. And then there was the Indian connection . But coming back to the final 2- Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, how did they perform at the first part of the Season 8 finale. Here we go:
It is indeed a shame how this entire season (after all the great performances that I recently caught up through the power of the Internet) has to be sucked into an awful finale night of awful songs written by the most awful judge in the American Idol History (including guest judges)-yeah, that Kara lady. Anyway, getting back to the performances; the two contestants were to perform three songs each; 1-Encore from a previously performed song on Idol; 2- Song chosen by Idol honcho Simon Fuller; 3-Winner’s single-Written by Kara.
Adam Lambert goes first with –Mad World (Tears for Fears)
Randy: Loved the fog and the long coat
Kara: You are an incredible artist
Paula: You gave us a theatrical taste
Simon: It was a bit over theatrical — it reminded me of Phantom of the Opera
My call: It was a bit OTT theatrical, something on the lines of Dracula meets the musical. Did no justice for Adam’s vocal range and definitely not for his finale showcase. The staging overshadowed the vocals and the performance, and the arrangement wasn’t exciting enough. Too many complaints from this performance but we love Adam anyway!!
First down, it’s Kris Allen – Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
Randy: One of your best performances ever.
Kara: You sing to everyone in the audience
Paula: You are an artist
Simon: America made the right choice to put you in the Finale — Round One goes to Kris!
My call: This was genuinely a good performance, original rendition of the unforgettable song by Bill Withers. Also, he is playing the piano and showcasing his musical talents – always a plus on a finale. Deffo, round 1 goes to Kris.
ROUND 2: Adam Lambert-A Change is Gonna come (Sam Cooke)
Randy: You can sing your face off
Kara: Your winning combination is using both sides of yourself
Paula: That was the best I’ve heard you sing – You are iconic!
Simon: You are 100% back in the game
My call: Very apt song choice. Indeed very Barack Obama!!(lol) And of course, the best part is he nailed the vocals in this one. The vocals have a very bluesy inclination (unlike most of Adam’s previous performances), and I really loved this performance. And of course, the signature “open-mouth-combat-high-pitch” rampage was indeed shown-off. Way to go Adam. Idol belongs to thee!
Kris Allen- What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
Randy: It was just a little light
Kara: You make people change
Paula: You torn that song up
Simon: It was like 3 friends in a bedroom strumming to Marvin Gaye.
My call: Indeed it was more relaxed and a laid back performance. But I would say, it was a good one, especially coz Kris showed confidence, and brought a good feel to this song on-stage. Not a very memorable one though. Round 2-Adam
Final Round: Adam Lambert-Winners Single-No Boundaries
Before I pass on what the judges said, lemme just add in:-Yuck….Yuck!!!
Randy: It was pitchy
Kara: I’m moved. Thank you.
Paula: I’m in awe.
Simon: I’m not going to judge that song, I’m going to judge you. You are a worldwide star.
My call: This was a shit of a song. Not only ordinary shit, but the dirtiest, most brown poo that you can ever hear on Idol. I am not holding back anything, neither exaggerating. The song is so bad that it almost drowns Adam Lambert’s performance. Kara is for sure not returning next season.
Kris Allen:Winner’s Single-No Boundaries
Randy: Good luck!
Kara: I don’t want you to be judged on that song (that I composed — LOL)
Paula: You deserve where you are.
Simon: You deserve to be here tonight.
My call: The song still sucks. I think Kara should be fired in public, on the Finale night. As for Kris, I definitely think that he deserves to have made it this far.
Will Adam Lambert win it?
He is showy. As Simon puts it- he has a swagger. And he is everyone’s favourite to win. But will a nation vote someone who is extremely, flamboyantly gay. It is indeed a political issue and the bigger picture is that the show business is ( like it or not) homophobic. The show business and the music industry definitely has its own set of conformity rules – and that questions me if Adam Lambert winning Idol would mean he would have to conform to the many creative restrictions that a record deal would bring with it. Lemme just say this. If Chris Daughtry would have won Idol Season 5 instead of Taylor Hicks, would he be as big as he is today, releasing a self-titled album. I would definitely like Lambert to win this, but not at the cost of his musical talent being compromised. If it takes to lose Idol for Lambert to sustain as a top selling artist, I think losing Idol is actually the better result. What you say? Of course, even if Lambert does lose Idol, I can bet my laptop that Simon Cowell would definitely sign him up with his own label (the one he has with Sony BMG, and its called SyCo..named after his initials, nothing to do with his mental state).
So Cheers to this year’s American Idol. May the best man win!!! Check the liveblogging of the Finale results show on Rickey.org