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!!