MUSIC, LEADERSHIP, CULTURE… and humor (sometimes)

updated american idol power rankings – the finale!

Forgive my lack of graphic design skills but I thought the Idol website did a great job of putting this photo together.  I was too lazy to try and cut out the link text beneath their names so forgive me if you tried to click the links to no avail!

The finale is here and tonight, the gauntlet is laid down.  I think there has been little mystery as to who the show wants to crown as the winner but the question is, do you believe in miracles?

Let me spoil my rankings for you before you click to read more: Kris Allen is number 1, Adam Lambert is number 2.

I am sad as my wife declared her endorsement for Adam Lambert last night.  It’s not as bad as my son growing up to tell me one day that he’s a Celtics fan (and when that day comes, I will spank him), but still, there is division in my house at the moment.

Let’s get to it, shall we?  Here we go!

The Top 2:


Forget the fact that the last song he sang (the one Kara Dioguardi co-wrote) pretty much SUCKED and anti-climactically ended his string of otherwise strong, solid performances.  The question we all have to ask is, who’s album will be sexier?  It’s not, who is the most dynamic performer or who has the most charisma or even who is the better singer at this point?  The fact of the matter is, both Kris and Adam are here in the finale because they are both dynamite singers so this contest is no longer about choosing the best singer.  Truth.  Kris is a less girly, less playful version of Jason Mraz (who I have mixed opinions about) and he is also the more versatile and artistic one between the two.  (Adam has other things going for him but more on that later.)   Let’s not forget that Kris also plays the piano and guitar pretty well so he’s got actual musical ability beyond the voice.  Kris can produce an album that is more timely, relevant and easy to listen to.  Adam on the other hand will produce something simply for the moment and his sound will fizzle and become tiresome (like it isn’t already?!?).


What we’re seeing happen on Idol is a classic example of the human (or western?) need for immediate gratification;  the judges are enamored with Adam because he is unique (which I agree with) and he is most unlike any other contestant that has been on the show.  What they don’t seem to care about is the fact that he does not have the kind of voice or versatility that will allow him to be an enduring figure in the industry for years to come.  They simply want to cash in on the novelty that Adam Lambert is.  With all this hype and polarized publicity behind Adam, I believe his first album will do well.  But let’s wait and see how America reacts once they wake up from the excitement of temporary satisfaction to find that they are left feeling empty and . . . annoyed.  My suggestion?  Someone needs to write a rock-opera Broadway musical called “Glambert” starring the expert of indulgence himself and that way, everyone is happy: Adam still gets to be famous, his polished yet fake “rock” tone will be in it’s rightful theatric setting, and KIIS FM doesn’t have to play his screaming single every 15 minutes.

The Bold Prediction:

Based on last night’s performances coupled with the shameless weekly endorsements by the judges, ADAM LAMBERT will win tonight.  You can bet that throughout America, there will be simultaneous screams of joy along with many broken TV sets and fits of rage.  Never has there been a more loved and hated contestant on American Idol than Adam “WHY?” Lambert.  Good job, Adam… you have deceived enough people to win and now it has come time to go on your reign of terror.

On a happier note, DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

*It’s been a pleasure to do these weekly reviews/rankings.  Thanks so much for reading and for leaving your thoughts.  They are fuel for my writing!  Please make sure you give the time of day to my other musings as I put just as much thought into them!  Let’s look forward to So You Think You Can Dance together!*


12 responses

  1. useyourhed

    There can be miracles if you believe!

    May 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

  2. i voted for him even tho he sucked last night. your full text is up btw.

    May 20, 2009 at 8:51 am

  3. Angela

    i think kris will win even though i tried voting for adam last night – i couldn’t get through a single time… and i tried from 10:30pm-midnight.

    i think kris will win because he is more overall likeable – he is the more relateable one, he is adorable, he’s a creative singer, he is a small town boy that middle america will eat right up. kris will also most likely get all the votes that previously went to danny gokey because they seem to cater to the same audience.

    adam – you either love him or hate him – there really are no in-betweens here.

    either way, i HATED that no boundaries song kara wrote – it didn’t suit either of them and i don’t think either of them should be forced to sing that song again if they win. what a horrible way to end the season! they need to kick kara off as judge. she adds nothing to the show.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:34 am

  4. Angela

    OH and rock on sadie for her Adam endorsement! tell her she’s a wise woman and her husband should listen to her! :p

    May 20, 2009 at 9:36 am

  5. forgefitness

    adam winning would be like American Idol trying to bring a “new” Robert Plant of Led Zep back to life…however, he sucks and screams like a cat being stabbed to death by a blunt object. when he sings i am uninspired. when kris allen sings i am inspired.

    winner: kris allen.

    go kris allen.

    May 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

  6. soomp

    allen! allen! allen! allen!

    kris is going to win because i voted for him 16 times last nite.
    i totally rocked the vote.
    who in america could have possibly voted more times than me??
    that’s what i thought!

    anyways – kris’ 1st song was AWESOME, but the 2nd was ‘nice’ and the 3rd was a trainwreck unfolding before my eyes (ears). he looked like he was going to fall apart… was it fatigue? was he giving up? was it his protest to the song? ahha

    well, i can’t believe it’s over, but i do think that kris has a more-than-decent chance to win, because of the gokey’s vote factor, and i’m wondering if adam’s fans are the ‘vocal minority’ – that is, there aren’t as many fans, but the ones who are are LOUD and PROUD. i was pretty sad when i saw him on the cover of Entertainment Weekly yesterday at the train station, as if he’d already won the thing — but i feel like he may just be a media sweetheart….? we’ll see tonite!

    thanks for all your commentary this season! can’t wait to start my new life with SYTYCD! 😀

    May 20, 2009 at 10:33 am

  7. Bradd F

    Kris is more sell-able over time, but Glambert will unfortunately win. Is it wrong to compare him to the anti-christ?
    DK, I am sorry for your Sadie stepping out of line and opposing you, with bad taste. lol. Have you tried spanking her? LOL

    May 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm

  8. Ed C.

    Kris FTW.
    Adam FTL (cannot use cuss words, I can only wish).

    May 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm

  9. Ed C.

    I won’t give it away, but let’s just say it was a…blowout.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm

  10. DK

    HEY GUYS! What a great surprise! KRIS won! Thanks for a great season, everyone! stay tuned…

    May 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

  11. In the accelerated clenaup efforts in the next few months, there may await some surprises for unsuspecting non-believers before the hunt actually happens. Jason did tell Tracy that restoration efforts may stir up paranormal happenings. Unlike abandoned prisons, mental hospitals, forts or castles, in which people were tortured or killed, and their spirits reflect the surroundings, and spirits of crazy or dangerous people are reported to roam about, at BCT, average people passed through there in life, and any spirit activity at BCT would probably not be threatening in nature, but more of a lighthearted jest on their part. I’m almost looking forward to hearing footsteps with no one nearby, or seeing a mist figure standing nearby when I come up for a work party. I’m half tempted to say to that entity What are you looking at?’ or, Don’t mind me, I’m just helping out tidying the place up a bit.’. Or if spoken to, to answer in German What does it look like I’m doing here, dumpkoff?’.(EVP recorders and K2 meters are nice, but, Use the Force, Luke!’.)

    May 31, 2013 at 12:17 am

  12. A few years ago I’d have to pay someone for this information.

    November 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

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