SPOILER ALERT!!! If you haven’t watched the Idol final yet, don’t read this.
Ok, so last nite was the final for the 2009 American Idol. I have watched every week since the final 12 were in place, and have to say that Adam has been my favorite since day 1, but Kris was always 2nd in my book. He’s adorable. Sweet, unassuming, humble. I like that in a guy.
The show…ohhhh, the show! I loved it for it’s entertainment value, bringing in current artists as well as washed-up has-beens. Here’s a quick re-hash.
2008 winner David Cook proved that he was worthy of the title. He’s a true artist who has stayed grounded in his first year of stardom.
Do you remember “bikini-girl”? She auditioned in a tiny little bathing suit, proceeded to give major attitude to Kara (the new judge who has an unrealistically high opinion of herself). After which, she planted a full on mouth-kiss to Ryan, who did NOT return the tongue. Well, last nite she returned to accept the “attitude” award, (it should have been called the stupid bitch award) in a smaller bikini, but last night, her new set of ta-ta’s matched her humongous attitude. So Kara has to get on stage and show her up, doing her own little strip. An uncomfortable scene all around.
Kris Allen, the dark horse from day one, played a country duet with bicep-baring Keith Urban. Kris stood his own ground, and performed like the true artist that he is. Put that kid behind a guitar and he’s on his way!
The girls from the 2009 season came out singing Fergie’s Glamorous. OHMYGOD! They sucked it big time! With the exception with Allison, this was most definitely the girls weakest-ever Idol season–EVER!!! Thank god it was short-lived. Fergie came out and took over, followed by the rest of the Black-Eyed Peas doing one of their new songs that got censored during their performance. Way to go, guys! Even though I’m not a big fan, I think they are fantastic performers.
Other mentionable duets included Allison Iraheta, the 17 year-old finalist with a voice like Janis Joplin, singing an acustic version of Time After Time with dulcimer-strumming Cyndi Lauper. Their chemistry melded perfectly, and I believe Allison has a big career in front of her.
Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin-“The Jerk”, SNL…) played his new old-timey song “Pretty Flowers” on the banjo, accompanied by Michael and Megan, two of the earlier final outcasts. (in my humble opinion, I know why they didn’t make it too far). Martin has a new album out, The Crow, and it’s definitely worth a listen.
Finalist Danny Gokey did a medley with Lionel Ritchie. They played off each other seamlessly, dancing and enjoying the spotlight. Ritchie also has a new album out, Just Go.
I felt sorry, actually, for Jason Mraz. I loooove his little hot-ass barefoot self —(saw him in concert recently). He had the misfortune of having to sing with the entire “Idol Tour” group, and, to me , when you get more than 2 other singers on stage with a phenom, it just can’t be all that. Nevertheless, he’s eye-candy, so i suffered through it.
Then there was Rod Stewart, who obviously was out on a pass from the nursing home to wobble onstage and attempt (albeit lamely) to shake it up. I swear, I thought he was gonna tumble over every time he let go of the mike-stand. Fucking painful to watch.
Then there was Adam. Oh, Adam. How I’ve loved you these past months. How I still love you, even though you didn’t win. Adam came onstage in full-out gear–bejeweled shoulder-cages and 10″ platform shoes, singing Kiss’ Beth before introducing his band–the original Kiss, complete in full- regalia and continuous tongue-lashings from Gene Simmons. Dry ice and fireworks took me back to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1976, jumping and screaming at the top of my lungs I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night, and Party Every Day! Thank you Adam, thank you, Kiss.
The highlight, though, was an outstanding performance by Adam and Kris together singing We Are The Champions, backed-up by members of the original Queen! Those two guys have an obvious admiration and caring for one another, and you could tell they were having the time of their lives.
When the final results were announced–SHOCKER–that darkhorse Kris Allen was the winner, he was noticably so stunned he did not know how to react. (note to Kris–NEVER say the other guy deserved to win–NEVER!!!!) Adam was a gracious loser, but, by some accounts, may actually be considered the winner, since he won’t have to sing the lame-ass No Boundaries song, ever again, thank god! Adam is free to do with his remarkable talent whatever he chooses, and Kris will have to whore himself out to 19 Entertainment for the next year. But keep your chin up, Kris, you ARE a winner–THE winner, and after this is all over, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of the real you!!!!!!