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American Idol: The Top Two

It all comes down to this, a battle between the mellow rocker who no one predicted and the wild emo-rocker who's led the race for months. Kris and Adam's styles couldn't be more different, but who is going to win? Last week proved that "Idol" still had some shockers left in its arsenal when Danny went home, and we also learned that there were only one million votes between the Top Two. But would tonight's show be that close, or would one person dominate? Let's take a look, shall we?

During their final performance night, the singers faced off in three distinct rounds. First were songs of the contestants' choosing, followed by songs chosen by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller. Finally, both singers had to face off with a song co-written by Kara DioGaurdi. And here's how it all went down:

Round 1: Contestant's Choice

Adam Lambert: Choosing to sing "Mad World," which he sang during Songs From the Year They Were Born Week, Adam proved why he's attracted such a huge following. His delivery of the song was pretty amazing, and he always hits all the complicated, high, ear-piercing notes. Plus, with this subdued song, he had the chance to once again show his vulnerable side. But though this was a solid performance, and was arguably his best choice from throughout the season, everything seemed a little too familiar. From the smoky stage to the blue stage lighting to him screaming all the high notes, I felt like I'd seen this one too many times.

Kris Allen: Also choosing a song that ranks as one of his best performances, Kris chose "Ain't No Sunshine." But with his decision to change up the melodies and sing some different runs on the notes, Kris transformed this into an entirely different rendition of the song. He displayed the nice tone to his voice and earned high praise from the judges who said it was one of his best. Even Simon ate some crow when he took back all the negative things he'd said about Kris, and told him he had proven himself worthy to sing in the finals.

And the winner of Round 1, according to Simon, is....Kris

Round 2: Simon Fuller's Choice

Adam: This was an interesting selection for our screamy rocker guy. Fuller chose "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke, which incorporated a different kind of rock into Adam's repertoire. With the electric guitars behind him, Adam delivered a more scaled down, and controlled, performance. But I was a little turned off by the manic screaming near the end (what were the words? I couldn't understand him!). Randy said he could sing his face off, and Simon said he was "100% back in the game."

Kris: Singing "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, Kris was given a chance to tackle a song that's right up his alley. His vocals were pretty good, but it lacked power, which is ultimately what the judges concluded. Randy said it was a little light for this part of the competition, while Simon said it sounded like "three guys in their bedroom." If only Kris had added a little more oomph to the song, and maybe worked the crowd a little more, he could have won this round as well.

And the winner of Round 2 is......Adam

Round 3: Kara's Song

Both Adam and Kris were given the keys to a song co-written by newest judge Kara DioGuardi. Titled "No Boundaries," the song had the requisite lyrics about climbing mountains and being true to ones self (as is required of the winner's first single. See also: "A Moment Like This," "Inside Your Heaven"). Adam took a very 1980s approach, molding the song into a sound reminiscent of new wave. It wasn't quite a good fit for him and, as Randy pointed out, some parts were pitchy. Simon didn't even comment on the song or his performance, instead choosing to look at his season as a whole, saying Adam could be a worldwide star. As for Kris, the song better suited his voice and he hit more of the notes in the style I think Kara probably intended. By the end he was really getting into his performance, especially when he grabbed the microphone stand. None of the judges really liked his version either, though they all told him what a great performer he is. Simon then paid him a huge compliment by telling Kris how far he had come in such a short time.

The winner of Round 3 is.....Adam (most likely)

So if you add up all those performances, as well as the critiques from the judges, it looks like Adam may have won the night. But don't count Kris out. He made it this far, and who knows where all those Danny Gokey votes are going to go now.

And with that, the competition portion of Season 8 comes to a close. How did the battle between mellow and wild play out tonight? Did Adam steal the show, or did Kris do enough to win? Were you surprised by their musical selections? And which contestant did the best rendition of Kara's song? Post your comments below and tune in Wednesday night to find out who's going to be your American Idol! -Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on May 19, 2009 11:07 PM
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As much as I want Kris to win, I've learned to accept that Adam will own the crown for this season.

-- 1. Posted by: --=Vanessa=-- at May 20, 2009 6:10 AM

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