Well, after many weeks we’ve finally reached the end of the road for this year’s American Idol. The two part finale begins tonight and to celebrate I’ll be doing what the cool kids call “live-blogging.” Check back for real time updates during the show and a summary at the end.
8:00 p.m. – How many times do you think Ryan has practiced in the mirror holding up a hair brush saying, “THIS is American Idol!”
8:08 p.m. – I think I would have chose to sing first if I was Kris. Adam is going to come out and slay it. How can you follow that? So what if you get the pimp spot at the end?
8:10 p.m. – Is Adam coming out of the matrix? What is up with that cloak? The economy can’t be that bad, Idol bought fog machines!
8:13 p.m. – Never was a huge fan on “Mad World.” Completely underwhelming. I prefer Adam screaming to him brooding. Glad to see the judges dressed up for the ocassion. Randy looks like Fonsworth Bently styled him. And Randy stays current with the Twilight shout out! Wow, he is so hip yet out of touch.
8:20 – I think I like Kris’ original arrangement of “Ain’t No Sunshine” better. Didn’t it have more strings and bounce? Simon says round one goes to Kris. The real winner is Simon’s chest hair.
8:24 p.m. – Ok, you’re Kris Allen’s wife. Are you happy that your husband might win AI and have a successful music career or depressed that you’ll be divorced in three months when you found out he cheated on you when some groupie on the Idols live tour?
8:29 p.m. – I just don’t get this song choice for Adam. Love Sam Cooke and his silky R&B vocals, but his talent is in the understated quality of the delivery. I think Adam over sang it, but it doesn’t change the fact he tore the house down.
8:33 p.m. – Adam’s Dad reminds of Bruce Jenner. As hard as he’s tried all season to hide it, the Dad’s face just screams “I wish my son played football.”
8:36 p.m. – Did Kris grow a mustache over the commercial break?
8:38 p.m. – Love Simon’s critique. He also could have said “reminded me of self-righteous hippies around a campfire.” And it’s pretty preachy that Simon Fuller picked two of the biggest social commentary songs for the final. This is American Idol, not the U.N. Is Bono going to come out next?
8:44 p.m. – I think Kara’s co-written corronation song just broke the record for most cliched phrases ever in a song. Why must the contestants be forced to sing these cheesy ballads every year. You’re not getting better than Kelly’s “Moment Like This.” Adam would never sing this song on his album. He gave a good effort but this is just silly. And Randy really needs a new line than “you can sing the phonebook.” Too bad SNL season is over. Great sketch idea of a contestant actually singing the yellow pages.
8:53 p.m. – Kris seems to handle to the lower range of the verse better than Adam but he just crumbled on the big chorus. Did he flub a lyric? Notes too high for him? Is he screaming? Glad to see they changed the arrangement slightly for him, but that was a trainwreck.
8:58 p.m. – “No Boundries” was obviously written for Danny Gokey, not Kris. Ooops.
Well, as Carrie sings us out, I wonder if people will actually vote solely on tonight’s performances or whether each singer’s brand will carry them through. If we go by tonight, the crown is easily Adam’s. However, as I’ve said all along, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kris won by picking up Danny’s conservative votes and pity votes from people looking for anyone besides Adam to win. We shall see tomorrow when we do this all over again.