May 14th, 2009
10:38 AM ET

Shock and awww on 'American Idol'

It's one of the most anticipated "American Idol" finale match-ups that now will never be.

Kris Allen

The drumbeat had been pounding for weeks with how it was supposed to go down: Adam Lambert vs. Danny Gokey, the bad boy against the choirboy, to see who took the title.

The almost foregone conclusion was trumpeted in the lead-up to the final two by the judges, fans and bloggers.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the Nokia Theater: America voted for Kris Allen.

He didn't have the theatrics of Adam, whom you either loved or hated (or in keeping with his androgyny, sometimes a little bit of both) or the compelling back story of Danny the widower.

What Kris did have was the magical ability to take a song - the sort of song in which the reading of the title sent groans throughout viewer households of "Why in the world is he performing that?!" - and transform it into not only votes, but a rush to iTunes for downloading.

He did it with Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money," and he most importantly did it with Kanye West's "Heartless" Tuesday, when the race was down to the final three.

When Ryan read the results that announced Kris as the first contestant headed into the finale, the look on his face was one of stunned joy.

When the camera panned to the judges, they appeared to be just as stunned.

But Kris' triumph is what helps make "American Idol" one of the biggest shows on television: anything can happen. The viewers get the final say, not the judges.

Unlike other reality shows where the audience  waits to see  the contestants' next move, "Idol" keeps us tuning in because  "what will they do next" applies as much to the viewers as it does to the performers.

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer


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  1. Morris the Cat

    Mia, right on the money there. Obviously there was a talent gap between Lambert & Allen. American voters do tend to vote with a lot of bias and hidden agendas. Kris is the more normal kid and his sound is more related to the current suger pop and sugar pap that infests most american radio........Lambert is the risk-taker with the big screen presence and the huge voice who can front almost any band out there from Pantera to U2 to Queen to Bad Brains....Feel good for Adam cuz he doesn't have to record a sugar pap written record from Kara Delaguardia and her horrible AI writers. He'll be free to do a big album on his own and won't have trouble finding producers, backers, etc. Kris, meanwhile is saddled with the AI writers and staff putting out the sugar pap that most americans find "acceptable". Good luck to him, he'll need it. Lambert just needs to make good decisions on his future. After all, he's been on the Ed Sullivan Show for 15 weeks in a row, twice a week with massive audiences of young and old alike.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mia from australia

    Holly & T you need both your head examined! Geez.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. mia from australia

    Just saw the AI finale and congratulations to the organisers of the show bcoz it was very entertaining and we loved hearing/seeing all the talent on stage. It was sizzlin' and Keith Urban was just fine.

    However, I was totally shocked that Kris won. It was quite obvious who the real talent was, and that was Adam. Unfortunately, I do believe that a lot of American people couldn't accept him the way he was – his theatrics, quirkiness, and daring in everything that he does and instead opted for the watered down, main stream sound of their chosen winner. Time will tell who the real talent is.

    My prediction: Kris' fans will be seeing him at their local mall while Adam's fans will pay have to pay a little bit more to see him in Madison Square Garden!

    AMERICA – VERY DISAPPOINTING! from a jaded Aussie.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    I have really enjoyed this AI season. I think that the depth of talent in the top 12 was amazing.

    Danny, Kris and Adam are all talented singers. I am looking forward to the final show because both Kris and Adam are talented, they are also represent very different styles and that will give viewers a true choice.

    Personally I am leaning toward Adam if for no other reason than his absolutely stunning vocal range, but I would be happy with a Kris victory. I think both of these singers have great careers ahead regardless of who wins.

    May 19, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MM

    Adam will win and that's final. Stop all the hating......

    May 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Laura

    This is a singing contest.Who is the best singer? Who is the best entertainer? Who will sell more Cds? Who will sell more concert tickets? Adam, Adam,Adam, Adam!!!!

    May 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lola

    I wish they would get rid of the text voting. There are too many ways to get an unfair number of votes that way. It's ridiculous. If voting the old fashioned way using your phone, you should not be able to vote over 1000 times. I think this gives Kris an unfair advantage as the young girls are voting for him and using texting to do so. Not a true vote count!
    Go Adam...you truly deserve to win. You have been the only reason to watch the show this season!

    May 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ber

    for the cnn blogger Miss France and rest who are in the Kris Allen's club:go and have your ears examined,the sooner the better!!!
    Kris is MEDIOCRE,it should have been between Adam and Allison
    this AMERICAN IDOL will be another travesty of justice if Kris wins

    May 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Canucklehead

    Adam is your next American Idol! Obviously some people have issues with a rockstar being born instead of yet another John Mayer type singer ... boring!!!

    Kris will be the next one hit wonder to stroll through AI

    May 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. robin

    Adam is a flash in the pan. It's nothing but his theatrics that have people so excited. His screaming and tongue sticking are all part of it.I LOVE rock music, but this is just bazarro.

    May 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ANGELA

    I WANT KRIS ALLEN TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. G Funk

    I think Kris is the better musician and singer. He has a flow to his voice that is remarkable. He also sings from the heart. He just gets up there in plain cloths, grabs his guitar or sits behind the piano and sings from the heart. Adam is good but I don't care if he's in some costume, or coming out riding a bull, or whatever. I don't need a crazy stage show for me to see that Kris is real in more ways then one. I think he deserves the shot of the next American Idol. When he did Heartless last week I just sat there with my jaw open like "wow". Adam's aerosmith song? eh, it was kinda lame if you ask me. Too over the top, and also a bad choice for a song if you ask me.

    May 19, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Honest Dude

    Watch all their performances on Tuesday and then you decide. Remember, this is not a POPULARITY contest. This is a singing contest. This is not about you liking Kris or Adam. This is a competition on talent, quality and creativity. And THIS....IS AMERICAN IDOL!!!

    May 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Emily

    Actually I do enjoy that style of singing. My grandma doesn't, and she's about the only person I've ever met who doesn't.
    Adam is new. He's fresh. And he's got that hard rock edge we haven't seen on Idol (unless you think of Kelly Clarkson).

    May 18, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Purry Girl

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kathy E

    In my opinion, the REAL American Idol was sent home last Wednesday night. Danny Gokey should NOT have been sent home.

    May 18, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. clark

    Since when did AI become the roadway for the second coming of JC? Lay off the biblical comparisons of JC vs Satan for Kris and Adam. It's ridiculous that you would even come up with this idea and actually go to the lengths of posting it. You do not know either of these men, so you should base your comments not on what you think but what you know. You know only what AI has chosen to show you of their backgrounds and familes, and they both are shown as completely likeable, nice guys. You know only which of them possesses a singing voice that you like – more mellow or more edgy. That's it. Vote accordingly.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. GateKeeper

    ..it takes more than a stage presence, personality, and the wow factor to win an audience OVER, you have to SING with diversity..and adams doesn't..unless he tries REAL hard and is coached..

    Adam performs with voice tactics and dresses with DRAG GARG outfits as a wanna be rocker, but a SINGER in the sense of being diversed he's not that..and why he will not win.

    In fact, when adam went to his home celebration San Diego, of the three(Danny, Kris and Adam) , he had the LEAST numbers in fan base to show their support for him from his home town, what does that tell ya? Even the town of San Diego..spoke in less supporters(small) number in fan-base compared to the other two (Danny & Kris).

    So face it (Adam fans) who doesn't know that GOOD prevails over EVIL every SINGLE time?..Wake up and look at the halo over Kris Allen's head and stop praising the horns on Adam's Head...I'm sorry to say that most ENTERTAINERS who carry themselves like Adam in appearance and character.. usually don't believe in the Christian-Judea God...in fact the precentage is that rock musicians for the most part> they don't believe in God or are agnosthic .. this is what they generally say..

    Kris Allen.. the next A.I.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Ginger

    I've been rooting for Kris and Adam all along. At this point, I won't be disappointed with whoever wins.

    I do think, however, that it was in poor taste to allow Katy Perry to blatantly pimp Adam. I even wonder if the producers knew in advance what she had planned. I would hope that it came as a surprise to them, too, and that they wouldn't have allowed it otherwise.

    I've watched every season of Idol and I think this is the first season that the judges have been *SO* obvious in who they were pulling to the end. Many of their critiques this season were unfairly harsh when they were pushing for someone to go home.

    I'm very happy to see their Danny/Adam Finale didn't happen. Kris deserves to be there. Maybe this will be the first year there's a tie? 😉

    May 15, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  20. Celcia

    If Adam wasn't in the final then I think either Allison Iraheta and Danny should have been! Kris's performances are very forgettable and he lacks star quality. Although Matt Giraud and Anoop weren't the best either, I think they were better than Kris.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  21. betty

    Being on Idol should at least get Adam those leading roles on Broadway. After all, thats the only place where his kind of screaming is needed LOL

    May 15, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  22. Celcia

    Adam definitely deserves it because he has stage presence, the personality, the wow factor, and the voice of course. But I guess when something or someone becomes overhyped or the favorite for too long people start losing interest or even getting annoyed. I've been rooting for Adam all season (Danny was my second choice) and I will be voting for him next week.

    Kris is talented for sure and he can play different instruments, but his voice is average. He's too shy and modest that even a quiet person like myself gets bored. He needs to do something new or unpredictable quick. Reminds me kind of David Archuleta but David at least had a very powerful voice. I also think it's stupid how Danny fans are voting for him just because they don't want Adam to win.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  23. Yay!

    So very pleased that the possibility of having another Taylor Hicks Idol is gone! Danny was so boring in his performances, and he should consider himself lucky he didn't leave earlier after the horror that was 'Dream On'. Very little originality with his songs.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  24. Lynn

    Wow T and Holly,

    People like you make me sick. Why does Adam remind you of Satan? Instead of just saying you prefer Kris you have to demonize an innocent person? Thank goodness most of America is not as homophobic or scared of anyone different looking than them anymore.

    Adam is a nice guy who has been trying to make it for a long time. I like Kris and think he is a nice guy too but Adam is by far more talented. Even if you don't like his style of music he is in another league than Kris and he has the IT factor!! Go Adam!

    May 15, 2009 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  25. Paulina

    I heart Adam but Kris will win.

    Everyone loves an underdog and Kris has won hearts with his quiet persistence and humilty. Now he'll get Danny's votes.

    Adam's confident swagger has turned cocky, and all the judges' and celebrities' shameless and public endorsements of him leave a bad taste in our mouths - no-one wants anything shoved down their throats. Plus Adam's last two performances, whilst good, have not been as mesmerizing as previous ones, whilst Kris has risen to the occaision, giving his best performance of the competition.

    In the last 2 weeks, Kris has touched hearts but Adam's irritation factor has gone up.

    Adam will go on to have a bigger career but Kris will win in an amazing and emotional finale.

    May 15, 2009 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  26. goo goo

    I am from Conway, AR so will naturally be voting for Kris. All you people that are bashing Kris...you are wrong. He is exactly what you see a stereo type good ole Southern boy. Raised to respect others and to be humble. It is not just a show. That's Kris. You may not like his music but many people do. If you know Kris you know that he would be embarrassed by the comments made by many of his fans. The hurtful, hateful things being said about Adam would not be appreciated by Kris. Both Adam and Kris are talanted but each has their own style. Many prefer Kris' style and many prefer Adams style. Neither of these young men deserve the nasty remarks made by the opposing fans. Both are loved by the same God, let's just vote for our favorite without being hateful towards the other. Many of you don't like Kris or are angry because he is in the finals and not Danny. Many of you don't like Adam because he may be "different".....Just remember both Kris and Adam are young men who are doing their best to follow their dream and neither should be scorned or ridiculed. By the way, it isn't only the 8-18 who are voting for Kris.....Although I haven't retired....I'm old enough to.

    May 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Tina waller

    I think it is unfair what American people are doing? They suppose to vote with honesty who is the talented Mucisian on that Idol? They can not deny it It is Adame Lumbert. But The American are voting not with true talent, but only on personal life. I am very sorry to see that. How could it be America is world leader country, but a lot of problem is unresolved? I like Kerist , but truly he is not as talanted as the other two. He shuold not be on the top 3 at all. He him self know that. Why people are voting for him? Don't ask me?
    Thank you Tina

    May 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. kari

    I dont know what america and the judges see in Adam!! he is awful!! ugh..well he sounds good when he's singing normally, but he screams in every single song he sings, and he sounds the same in every song! ugh...i just dont get what his appeal is. It should of been Danny and Kris in the finals

    May 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Vickie

    This message is for T and Holly. How dare you call Adam Satan. Are you insane?

    Let me tell you one thing I am a born again Christian, and Jesus Christ has taken all of my sins away. Not perfect by any stretch, just forgiven. For you to say something like that is just insane. How do you know what is in a person's heart. Did he tell you he is Satan? I don;t think so...... Christians are suppose to love everyone and not cast stones. I don't know what kind of God you worship but it certainly isn't the same one I do. God loves everyone...... not just what you consider normal. What is normal anyway.

    Comments like this attacking a person and not the performer makes me sick..............

    May 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  30. chris k

    My vote is for Kris..Adam is such an amazing talent, he doesn't need American Idol to launch him into the stratosphere...he'll get there just fine on his own...Kris has pure talent and an amazing voice...he deserves to be the next American Idol and have the chance at stardom that Adam already enjoys.

    May 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. UsedIdolFan

    FORGET IT! As I have been saying all along, these are staged by the producers and the judges. 87 milion votes? IN THEIR DREAM! The statistics are as bogus as it may because there is NEVER a valid independent party to verify.

    Like I have said 5-6 weeks ago: Danny has NO selling point! He is good at singing on stage – but his lower register is always painful to hear, and then he would end up screaming. No one will buy his CD. And I have said as well, NO ONE will buy Adam Lambert CD, either! The dude voice is a joke. You have heard Gun 'n Roses songs with that vocals, so you simply go to the original Axl Rose for the albums.

    I have stated that only Alexis Grace, Allison and Matt are the ones to sell and be as successful as Jen Hudson, Daughtry and Elliot Yamin. The least from these group is Kris Allen. I said the least because he is the same type as Jason Myraz, which I think is WAY MORE TALENTED.

    I tell you guys: KRIS ALLEN will win over that weird annoying Adam because of this consideration. I dont really care because I am waiting for Alexis and Matt to produce their albums.

    May 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. HJO

    A flamboyant satan? Holly, puleezz. You wouldn't recognize talent if it hit you on the head. Your own horns would prevent it..

    May 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Shell

    Danny Gokey had the better voice. It depends on what you were looking for. If it was rock, Adam, cuteness, Kris, voice Danny Gokey! He has a voice that you can listen to and appreciate. Adam defintely screams too much. Kris, is cute but doesn't have a great voice.

    May 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Shell

    Danny Gokey had the better voice. It depends on what you were looking for. If it was rock, Adam, cuteness, chris, voice Danny Gokey!

    May 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mark

    I'm so offended that people assume Kris only appeals to tween girls. As a music buff, I love it when Kris' pitch perfect voice completely changes the arrangement of well-known songs to make them different. To me, that is what Idol is about. Its not a karaoke contest. If it was Danny would definitely win. It's more than that. Its about musicianship and, dare I say it, artistry. Kris has the whole package for me.

    May 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Stacey

    I'm disappointed. I would buy a Danny album but not necessarily from the other two. Adam is highly entertaining and I'd go see a show, but I don't know if I would listen to the same tracks repeatedly. Cris, though he can change things up and has a nice singing voice, I'm not convinced that he has what it takes for original material. But it is a voting SHOW, and I hope a label snaps Danny up so we can hear more.

    May 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Theo

    There's a underline current with A.I., no question about that , the show is all but rigged towards the on the competition IMPO..could the voice coaches and judges know what songs are best or considered worse per contestant ability? Could this be a undermine move by the judges and coaches to persuade the voitng audience?

    Kris Allen is more suitable for the crown, not Adam Lambert. All of the contestants will go on to be successful in their own right.

    Danny will be the voice of HEAVEN'S gospel singer, he will represent well.

    I don't have to much to say about Adam, othen than a stage performer with tactics(boring)..

    Kris has a spirit of humility and is a musician, his is TRUE artist not just a SINGER.. Kris is SMOOTH and confident, he can take any song from it original text,( hip hop, rock, jazz, R&B, blues, country, etc.,)..and make the SONG his OWN and it comes out RIGHT for the most> than not, that's the GIFT of a TRUE ARTIST of music and that is WHY KRIS ALLEN is going to take the CROWN.

    May 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Vicki

    Kris is sooooo boring.....

    May 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Josh

    What is with all the religious fanatics freaking out over Adam's singing? Why are you watching American Idol? You're not supposed to idolize ANYTHING other than your God right? Hypocrites! Shouldn't you be on another witch hunt in an era gone past? Leave the gifted alone, you're just jealous. Adam deserves to win, just so you have to deal with it! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. T

    Holly, I feel the same way. Adam reminds me of Satan also. Cast your vote next week for Kris, he is the one that I would prefer my children "idolize"

    May 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Morris the Cat

    I know the only two people (for sure) who are praying for Kris Allen to win.

    #1 – Kris Allen
    #2 – Adam Lambert

    Why Adam? More careers have been ruined by Idol's machine putting off total sugar pop on prior winners. Lambert would make it HUGE without IDOL and he'd be totally hindered by being in the Idol Machine. I agree with a previous poster. Our work is done. Vote for Kris and make Adam a SUPERSTAR!

    May 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  42. chip101

    if u can't get thru the phone lines...TEXT VOTE!!!!

    i absolutely hate texting and have limited text msg but i would sacrifice 1 for adam!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Holly

    Adam Lambert makes me sick. He is like a watching a FLAMBOYANT Satan. I will not watch the final episode of american idol. I dont care who wins now that danny is gone.
    what a waste of space Adam Lambert is. Listening to him makes me want to drill into my ears with an electric screwdriver.

    Kris has a great voice, atleast i can stand listening to him for more than 10 seconds. I hope he wins

    May 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  44. chip101

    I was a bit surprised Gokey got voted off instead of Kris. I would even pick allison over kris as a singer. Gokey and Adam were the only contestants that sing smoothly ...as if it's effortless. The others always seem as if they are trying real hard. Kris is a good singer, but i think the only reason he got this far is partly cuz of his boyish good looks. His looks and genre of songs suits the general audience. Adam is a fantastic singer...the best of any idol season, i think, but his style might be too funky for some audiences. Also, his smooth singing and confident performances can be viewed as cockiness which annoys some audiences too. I hope adam wins.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Dave in Connecticut

    You may ask yourselves how would so many Adam fans pull off a strategic move such as voting off Danny by voting for Kris. The answer is simple dear readers, they use the internet, emails, text messages and IMs, Adam fans from around the country can plant the idea and implement just by typing a few key strokes on the computer, hence upsetting the apple cart and having their contestant (Adam) a cake walk in the finals. This makes sense if youi think about it. Their is no way, no way, Kris beat Danny with talent. Danny was never in the bottom three, think about it.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Faramarz

    SORRY to hear that Danny is out. It show that younger American ha sno tast in music, singer and judgment. They only judging a person with their look and loud screeeeming noise which is not music and has no talent. American music industry has gone down because we let people with no knowledge of anything including music to decide for us..Shame shame shame...what happened to those great voices in the past. Perhaps we should listen to other country music , song and singer then vote for the Look not Voice. The people of the world will not agree with our music judgement which is decided by 13 to 16 year old young kids. We also noted that the judges were out of it this time, they do have a bad tast in music, but they are worshiped by the same 13-16 year kids.
    Good luck Danny in your future ..you'll make it because you deserve it.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  47. patNY

    People who are against Adam are homophobic. He is clearly the best singer. Kris looks like a stroke victim when he sings. His voice is non distinct. Jason Mraz comes to mind with him. Adam however, is way more talented, and the only reason people pick Kris over him is because Adam is creative in his style...and because they hate gays.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Dave in Connecticut

    This was a strategic move from Adam fans who voted for Adam and then they voted for Kris. Reason being, that Kris will be easier (alot easier) to beat in the finals. Danny was Adam's biggest threat and everyone knew it, so they got rid of Adam's only competition (Danny) simply by casting another vote for Kris. This is not the first time this technique has been used, you see it all the time on other reality shows. Think about it, out of the three who had pitch problems the most?, who was off key the most? Kris. Kris is a patsy so that Adam can win. Adam may (I do say may) not have won against Danny, but Adam's victory is a sure thing against Kris. Clever. But don't worry I am sure Danny will be getting a recording contract.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Pete

    "Bad boy"?? Since when is Adam a "bad boy"? He's about as rock as a broadway musical. I thought his Aerosmith cover was an embarrassment.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Barbara

    Adam has brought a rock edge back, It's been missing for quite some time now. Don't get me wrong, I love all the pop, rap, etc.....but what happened to rock n roll?? Even if Adam doesn't win, I think we've found a new sensation. He needs to get a band together that suits him and I promise Amercian we won"t be disappointed. Kris is ok but t here's no wow factor. I believe he's a good singer and comes from a decent family but in a couple years you won't even hear from him.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Lisa

    Yes. wrong again America. Although I am not a big fan of the show I do occasionally take a peek at the talent each week. I thought that the final three should have been Adam, Lil Rounds and Danny. Preferrably for stage presence purposes I would have picked Adam and Lil Rounds for final two. As it stands now I think Adam is a clear winner. Kris is a talented singer and all but not quite to the level of the other two I've mentioned. If Adam looses, it probably would be better for him as it will leave him a free agent to sign his own record deal. The only thing with that is he is obligated to do the idol tour. If they don't get you one way they will get you another.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Thede Vilthatiam

    I, for one, know I won't purchase any music put out by Adam Lambert. Heck, I won't even download it for free. His voice is too grating. And when he squeals... Blech.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jessica

    i agree with kelly.. i couldnt have hoped for a better finale!! i was rooting for kris all along but so suprised when he actually beat out danny to the top 2!!! last nights show was amazing– i thought katy perry looked awesomee. this site i follo on twitter has the best pics of the show http://tinyurl.com/idolphotos
    i also LOVED jordin sparks performance.. her new song is even better than no air (even tho chris brown stinks lol!) i found it ont he same site on demand in case u missed it or wanna play it on repeat like me hahah its right here http://tinyurl.com/idolupdatespage
    cant wait til next week.. GOOO KRIS!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Bruce

    Through the entire Idol series Adam and Kris have put their originality into the songs, and based on that and their talent are worthy finalists. That was what the judges have been wanting through the entire contest. Kris will win, but the future belongs to Adam. Kris is safe and America is generally conservative in their choices and attitutes. Adam would win if this was UK Idol and anywhere else for that matter. Personally I'll seek out Adam's album, I don't expect to hear from Kris again.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Farran

    I'm happy with the final two, but I will say that my mother and I talked about this before the vote and agreed that if I base my decision on whose CD I would listen to all the way through, it would have been between Danny and Kris – and I would buy both! Truthfully, Adam has gotten the mileage out of Idol he needed. He could have had a record deal last night if he'd been voted off and follow a path without the Idol machine like Daughtry. Kris and Danny both needed the Idol machine to help launch their careers. Just my thoughts. Next week should be interesting. I haven't voted all year because I hate their infinitie voting platform (e.g. all you want). It's not a true reflection of who should win with an unduplicated count.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  56. David

    Although I personally prefer Adam, I do believe Chris is going to win. I say this because I believe those that voted for Danny will most likely vote for Chris now. My prediction would have been different if the red head had made it to 3rd choice. Its always important to consider where the previous votes will end up. Chris is too middle America and to "straight" and narrow to loose. He is "cute" and less controversial and complicated.

    Adam will actually be better off, not being branded with the title of American idol any how. He will go on to have a more successful career due to his ability to perform. He also probably has the natural ability to evolve and expand as his career develops. Adam reminds me of Elvis in many ways.

    Yes...Chris will be the next American idol, and may very well sell lots of records but then will fade when his audience finds the next best thing.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Morris the Cat

    American Idol has finally got it right. They've lined up a truly powerful singing contest. Although I prefer Adam Lambert's fierce rock n' roll fire, I suspect the final result could tilt either way. More Americans are fans of sugar pop-rock vs. hard out 'n out gutsy rock songs. There's no question about that.
    Thats why Britney Spears outsells Frank Black (PIxies) or Beyonce sells tons more than Karen O. But who's the better (more interesting artist?)....I'll take Frank Black, Karen O. (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Adam Lambert anytime.
    Actually, if Adam loses who might benefit from the fact he won't have to do a typical American Idol Sugar Pop record for his debut. He'll have a free hand and won't have trouble getting producers and backers to line up..

    Actually he should probably make a deal with Led Zeppelin to front a new version of the band!

    May 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Barbara

    I totally disagree with Kris beating Danny! Kris is BORING! He should not have beaten Allison! If Adam doesn't win, I will never watch Idol again.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Chic

    The ONLY thing Kris has is a Jonas Bros. babyface and a lot of teeny bopper fans! Adam has an extremely long tongue and Paula Abdul! I was under the impression that this show was to find the next American IDOL – for Simon's record business. Tongue doesn't show on records! This is my LAST year watching AI. I have a REAL life to lead!

    May 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Chic

    The ONLY thing Kris has is a Jonas Bros. babyface and a lot of teeny toppers fans! Adam has an extremely long tongue and Paula Abdul! I was under the impression that this show was to find the next American IDOL – for Simon's record business. Tongue doesn't show on records! This is my LAST year watching AI. I have a REAL life to lead!

    May 14, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dan in B-more, hon.

    Kris >>>> Danny

    May 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Tom

    Kris is sooooooooooooo boring! How did he get to the finals?!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Scout

    I have been around for a really long time and can remember a similar situation when Elvis Presley made his debut on Ed Sullivan. The camermen had distinct instructions not to show his swivel at any costs. Mother's complained that what he did "was not music". Then along came the Beatles and yet another style. I see Adam doing the same thing by shaking up the 2009 music scene, which needed shaking up. He is a star and will fill stadiums for years. For those of you complaining about his being last and having inventive lighting and costumes. Each candidate gets to select how they present their songs. Kris and Danny showed NO originality. They could have come down a stair case, sung with the light reflecting upwards, these are things Adam has learned from his years performing. Past Idols have been professionals, even signed on record labels, so quit complaining about his experience. I'm happy he is finally getting the audience he deserves for his talents. Vote Adam for two solid hours next week!

    May 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jessica

    It would be interesting to hear Adam sing Phantom of the Opera.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  65. HJO

    OMG OMG, listen to the "One" studio version. That should silence the haters who think he screeks.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Tully

    I felt sorry for Danny because his voice was more interesting than Kris' and he was a much better singer too. However his style is more old-fashioned thus less popular with the younger crowd who prefer a cuter and more current contestant. Good for Kris then. It will be a contest between a soft Rocker (Kris) and a hard Rocker (Adam). Kris knows his limits so he chooses current songs, slows them down to a mid tempo and sings them at average range. His music is very easy to listen to. On the other hand, Adam's sky-is-the-limit range allows him to tackle every genre with ease and sing them with panache. I wish them all the best because they all have something to offer with their youth and talent. Personally, my heart and mind are rooting 100% for Adam Lambert.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  67. onelinerix

    once again the american population at large got it right when the judges faltered by picking kris over gokey just like they correctly picked cook over archuleta last yr even though simon strongly preferred archuleta. gokey wasnt good enough on wed night to make it to the final. adam finished in the bottom 2 coz his theatrics (emotional pain expressions, screaming at the end) may be getting a little old. kris will likely take the crown (and shock the judges) coz he's got solid vocals, musical dexterity and genuine humility.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  68. zephyr

    the little tweens need to realize that chris will never leave his wife for them so they can all stop voting for him now.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Nancy Peterson

    I agree with "creekgold". I tried to vote for the full two hours on both my cell phone & land line but the lines were dead. Sometimes I got a fast busy signal, sometimes it just went dead & disconnected the call. Were Danny's lines shut down for awhile? I'm beginning to think so. How can you say Adam & Kris got more votes than Danny is so many of us were unable to have our vote count. It seems to me this was geared to a adam & Kris win. I like Kris but he is not better than Danny. Won't be watching next week. No surprises. We already know Adam will win. Everything is geared to that. How could they allow Katie Perry to have Adam's name on her cape before he wins? That is so inflammatory. Hopefully next year rules will change.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  70. GateKeeper

    This opens the door for Kris to take this thing hands down. Danny is great , but a great gospel Singer in retrospect

    Adam Lambers t si nto going to be crown the next American idol, it's going to be Kris Allen and rightfully so. Kris is not only diversed singer but also a musican, which can only be a plus for him at the end.

    Adam Lambert, I believe america kinda got use to his stage tactics, his screams and whatever else he is noted for(appearance), don't get me wrong , Adams is one of the best A.I.> has produced upon contestants, but he's is NOT the next american Idol, he will be good on broadway and other threatre around the planet, but he's NOt the next american IDOL.

    Kris Allen HANDS DOWN, will be CROWNED the nexty American Idol..(I stayed with Allision and Kris from the beginning, one out two ain't bad make sit to the top is good).

    May 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  71. ayt

    Don't get the love for Kris Allen. Granted he's a good singer, but he has all the charisma of a rock. Adam has brought it every week. He's unique, dynamic, ORIGINAL and the charisma as well as the voice just blow me away every week. If Kris Allen wins this, it will just be more evidence that mediocrity is alive and well in America.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Kaye

    Heartless was brilliant and a gutsy move by Kris. Obviously he is very popular with the people voting.

    Adam has a star quality about him and will be able to sell music. He will also be able to tour and sell out venues. I think he will do as well as Carrie Underwood has done, only in a pop or rock arena. Adam is a great entertainer and has the "it" factor.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Ricky C.

    Yes, Yes, Yes...Way to go America! I was about to write AI off from my "MUST SEE" shows when the announcement was made. Adam & Kris SAFE!!! Although a big shocker seeing Danny be voted off, Kris is by far a more original and I think better vocalist performer. I'm most definetely a Adam fan but I don't for one second presume this will be an easy win for Adam. I think Kris has the chance to win it just as Adam does. His humbleness, originality and passion for music has made him a truly special candidate in this competition. I'm know certain this is a "Talent" competition...Good luck to both!

    May 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  74. RR...

    This is the first edition of American Idol that has really interested me week after week...we have all of them on the DVR....
    The reason, Adam Lambert...is amazing how he can capture the attention of the entire US audience...even international..with his amazing performances...
    We were glued to AI 8, since Black and White, on Michael Jackson night...no one, can take on Michael Jackson...Adam Lambert did a fantastic job...
    Now he's the most talented, will he win?...that's the big enigma the producers are throwing around to make the ratings for the finale reach spectacular heights...
    Kris Allen is very good...but honestly is a boring entertainer... two hour concert of Kris will be too much zzzzzzz....
    On the other hand...every single person in this great country and internationally, were waiting for Adam's performance...even his detractors...that's what a real superstar inspires, the most deepest emotions...
    We are sorry for all the red states, along the bible belt...they don't have a clue what the modern artists are performing these days... that's the reason they call " a high registrar "...schreeeching...
    "Born to be Wild", "Whole lotta of love", "Track of my Tears", no one in this or any other edition of American Idol can sing it like Adam Lambert...
    get over it, and acknowledge a true and great American talent when you see one...

    May 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  75. lovernotafighter

    I loved Alison! I thought she was amazing and original. I am sorry, but Adam has brought it every week. He has worked his butt off. Who cares if he is dramatic or showy, he is an entertainer and an incredible one at that~

    May 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  76. idolcritic

    Adam cocky and arrogant? Give me a break. He has shown more compassion than all the other contestants put together. He has been a mentor to his competition (some have had the guts to admit it), always thanked the band and the judges, and showed plenty of emotion when Danny gave his final performance last night (unlike Kris). So, I have no idea where you people are coming from. Adam is confident, not cocky, and you can't be a star unless you believe in yourself and in what you are doing.
    Kris is a nice guy, no doubt about that. He deserves lots of credit for hanging in there as long as he has. But I don't think he has the potential to make it big – no matter how much tutoring he gets. However, he has a huge fan base and may very well win it all. If he does it's definitely not because he is the most talented, it's because his young fans cast hundreds of votes each and because he is perceived as being Mr. Nice Guy. Let's face it, the public loves the underdog.
    Win or lose, Adam will rock the world stage and do very very well. My advice to Adam for the finals? Tone it down a bit for broader appeal! On the other hand, being the runner-up will give you much more freedom to pursue your career. Go Adam – you've worked hard and it'll finally pay off. And to those who 'hate' him – that's not exactly being very Christian, is it now.........

    May 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  77. R

    Who are you kidding?... DANNY DOESNT SING HE SUCKS!

    May 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  78. wayne

    Kris should win, however Adam Lambert has been the favorite of the complete panel all along. Kara DioGuardi needs not to be on the next season show. The show should replace her each week with a new member to add a little excitment to the show. Simon is great he tells you like it is, however he is betting on Adam Lambert ot win at least it appears that way when you watch the show. I love Paula she has very positive commits about each singer, thanks Paula.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. John

    I am sorry - they all seem like nice sweet kids but I don't see a legit breakthrough star in this group. Some marginal success will be seen by a few of them for a year or two, but none of them have the ability to big bigtime mainstream hits. They will get the usual post idol airtime that comes with the single, their first single off their debut album will sell well – they all do, and after that they will slowly fade. Idol has really only produced 3 sustainable mainstream acts – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwoon, and Daughtry. Jennifer Hudson was nothnig until she won an Oscar and her music career is still suspect. Their have been some niche success for a few, but this show has not produced amazing sustainable acts in it's 8 seasons. The David's from last year have proved nothing until a second CD comes out and does something.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  80. tracy

    America finally got one right, Adam and Chris definately belong in the final, Danny was just the same week after week, and by the way Joe from Texas, ur a moron.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  81. sam

    I think simon trying to promote Adam to win but Kris will be the big winner.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Larry Green

    The contestants this year are ok. But the show is about finding an "American Idol" not "idle." The person should have a presence to be entertaining to audiences not just with vocals of the song but with the whole performance. Adam seems to get that. Not everyone likes it when he "screams" with his tongue out like a panting dog, but he does put on a good show. Most importantly he shows variety. When he dressed like an Elvis knockoff and lost the eyeliner, he showed real versatility. Opinions are like *****, everyone has one, so while many will disagree, it is fair to say many will vote for Adam. Of the two contestants left, he would be worth listening to for a couple of hours in a concert venue over any of the others. Why? Because it appears he is truly being an entertainer.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Caligirl

    Hey – does that mean that WE are Middle America now???

    Love it!

    May 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  84. LuvKris

    Congrats Kris Allen. You deserve to be there, no matter what any one says. We watch every week, waiting for your performance. Don't let Simon get to you, remember how horrible he was to David Cook last year towards the end. It's either a ploy of some kind, or the judges are really delusional about what is appealing and marketable to the majority of America.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Larry

    I feel this has been a season with the best talent yet. Any idol from the past would have had a hard time competing with this years contestants. It is going to be interesting to see if Adam's talent will carry him to the title or if Kris will pull in all the Danny fans to take the title. Both Kris and Adam are talented with both having their own styles and appeals. I wish them both good luck in the finale and won't be disappointed either way. All these contestants will be going on tour and with the right management and marketing will have successful careers.

    I would hope then next season, the judges should be eliminated. Let them do their jobs at the auditions, then when we get to the show, give America enough credit to let the country decide without favoritism coming out of the judges mouths. The judges can critique back stage, but I'm smart enough to recognize talent and who's concert I'll attend or who's album I'll buy.

    What would be fun for the finale would be seeing Susan Boyle sing in the show.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  86. mh34

    All the votes for Kris are from all the 8-18 yr old girls.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  87. CherylS

    Kris has been my pick from the beginning. I think he might be able to upset Adam if the people who voted for Danny switch to voting for Kris. Adam is good and the Idol winner has never been a full-on rocker, but I'm tired of his screaming in every song. Kris has more all-around appeal and could be more flexible in the type of album he puts out. Danny will get a recording deal out of this and he deserves it. But I'm very happy about the way it turned out. Go Kris!

    May 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Darwin

    I'm very disappointed as the true singer and Adam's only competition, has left the building. How can all of the Kris fans here think that Danny fans will now vote for Chris? If we voted for Danny because he could actually sing then our next logical choice is Adam even with his occasional screaching. If Idol was a radio show, Kris would have been gone a long time ago. Just as Daughtry should have been saved, Kris should have stayed gone. Allison would have been a better save by a long shot as she easily blows Kris away vocally. 'Cutesie' Kris wins out because of heart throbbed teeny boppers texting for two hours straight. Multiple voting looks great for AI's ratings but really skews what America truly thinks. Kris had already failed when he votes were in the 30 million and not 100 million range.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Pamela

    Go Kris! He's the only performer thus far who has managed to make his songs his own. He creates his own arrangements and plays guitar and piano. Adam isn't going to appeal to mainstream Americans with his blue hair, makeup, fingernail polish and theatrical screamfest he engages in week after week. Don't get me wrong, Adam is a hard rocker with a voice. Unfortunately for him, hard rock isn't the genre of choice for the masses currently. Kris will win....the writing is on the wall.

    May 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Cycoblitz

    OK, it's down to the wire and the score is 0 to 0. Both are great talents. I hope that Adam will let his softer side sing. I still am mystified listening to "Mad World." And for once, either one chosen will be fine because both will have wonderful careers.

    It just surprises me, SR Person, why someone like you would even care to comment in here. Obiviously, anyone who compares watching American Idol to watching a dog fight has to have some serious reality issues. Makes me wonder what happened to you to become so cynical. Do you even see that you are WAY the minority here?

    May 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  91. cwilliams

    What was up with the phone lines. I tried multiple, multiple times to vote. Was this result predestined by 'technical issues'. AI's voting system sucks, and scews the results. It was so obvious the slant towards Adam, even allowing that awful guest to have Adams name on that cap (even the style of 'music' she sang was a slant to this fad).

    May 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  92. J S Ragman

    Kris has been my sleeper choice for many many weeks. I never thought he was getting the credit that he deserved and I always thought that Danny was getting way to much. Turns out I was right.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Melinda

    I think Adam should have gone long ago. He is this seasons David Archuletta. Every song is the same shriek fest as the last. It has been obvious for a long time that the judges want him in the final two. It continues to surprise me that the judges don't call him out on all of his songs sounding the same and all ending in that annoying wailing. I have to switch the channel when he comes on. Go KRIS!!!
    Compared to other Idol seasons, this one sucks!

    May 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Caligirl

    I am a die hard Adam Fan who does not care if Kris wins. I was voting like crazy against MEAN HOLIER THAN THOU Danny Fans. Cute little teenagers do not bother me. Goodbye, middle America, you lost again...my work here is done.

    Go Adam and Kris!!

    May 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  95. june

    it is a shame that the judges made it so obvious from the beginning that they were singing Adam's praises... if you like someone who has to scream his songs to perform them – then I guess you are happy – Kris seems like a nice guy – but honestly I couldn't careless how is change a song to make it his-he doesnt have a voice – or at least one that will sell records.... On the other hand - Danny - he has a voice – he knew how to put a song over – he could reach you when he would sing... But his journey is not over - he will be a star - this is just the beginning for him – just because someone wins Idol does not mean that they will be another Kelly or Carrie.... look at Jennifer Hudson – or Chris Daughtry - they seem to be doing absolutely GREAT - and so will Danny... to bad that American Idol is tainted.... the judges should just give comments on how they could be better -and not push who they want to win... Well I will not be watching Idol - not worth it effort – the one who should have won was sent home....and frankly I dont like screamers or someone who can sing.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  96. LDog

    I totally lost interest when Allison was voted off...Kris in the finale? They should leave the voting to the judges not America.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Audie

    I personally cant believe the bias shown by the judges this season. They have consistantly given Adam the upper hand by putting him either first or last int he line up, telling America that he was going to be the winner....etc. Simon needs to takes some lessons in ethical behavior and realize that all contestants should recieve the same treatment from the judges.
    I am disappointed that Danny left last night and at the same time elated that Chris made it to the final, Adam is talented but then again it isn't like he hasn't been performing since he was three, had voice coaches, been onstage...definatly had an advantage especially since the judges, especially Simon, made it their job to make sure he was targeted as their favorite and encouraged America to vote for him.
    The judges should be ashamed of their performance on this years show.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  98. tk

    Dallas said: Is this some kind of olive branch for the kill prop 8 crowd? I seriously don’t get it.

    Nuff said dude, we know what kind of person you are just by that one line. Idiot.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  99. K Perry

    Hold onto your horses Adam fans – out of 80 million votes, there was only 1 million separating Kris from Adam. Danny fans are more likely to swing to Kris than Adam, so expect an upset.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Malori

    YES!!!

    i'm so THRILLED with the final two this year. adam and kris are very different types of singers and they not only have great voices but also are creative with every song they do. we have an idea of what kind of music the two will do when they put out their cd, which i see adam doing a rock band kinda thing, like my chemical romance and kris doing something like jason mraz [if i had to compare them to other musicians] but they are both their own artist. adams voice is amazing, with his range, and kris is multitalented with not only singing but also playing the guitar and piano.

    danny is a good singer but he isnt creative with the songs he sings which makes him sound kareoke. i liked him in the beginning but over the weeks he continued to bore me. even when he got to choose his own songs to showcase what kind of singer he would be he would do lame wedding singer songs so i was glad to see him go.

    im excited for next week.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  101. rosemary

    There is no question that Adam is the best entertainer however, I think he was much too professional to have ever been in the contest in the first place – I've enjoyed watching him each week, and will enjoy seeing him as a star in the future......but, Kris should be the winner because he is the one who represents all of America with his fresh new talent – this was the best year ever!

    May 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Merle

    I can't believe people are calling Adam cocky and arrogant. He is the sweetest guy on the show and he has been known to help the other contestants with some of what he has learned by being on stage. He always thanks the band. And the judges when they compliment him. Because he was on the cover of EW magazine, he is getting a lot of heat, too. They asked him to be on it, not the other way around. Wouldn't Danny and Kris have done the same if they had been asked.
    Older Adam fans, vote until you drop next week. I'm a Grandma, and if I can do it for just a few hours, so can you. Adam is truly The Next American Idol. The best thing since Elvis.

    May 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Helen

    I said a long while back adam would be the winner.But after last night's idol I sure hope Kris Wins hands down . Adam is too cocky and Sure of himself....Kris should be Idol,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    May 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  104. dana

    Wooohooooo!!! This year I don't have to vote because I'll be happy with whichever wins!!! They're both fantastic!!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  105. LC

    Adam will have a nice career on Broadway but not as a recording artist unless he tames it back down like on "Tracks Of My Tears". But the last couple of weeks it's been more about visual and over the top singing. "One" started out nice and went downhill quickly. That won't sell cds or play on radio. A shot of humility wouldn't hurt either.

    The majority of Danny fans will vote for Kris and he'll end up winning. I'm glad AI is letting more singer/musicians on the show than just singers.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Tina

    Paula's song choice has nothing to do with the fact that Danny CANNOT sing!! He is monotone, at best. There is no range to his annoying raspy voice. He has nothing!!

    America got it right by voting for the 2 most gifted performers of the season. This will be a great finale!!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Darrell

    Sadly Kris will win. I believe this to be true due to the amount of hate against gays that still exists in this country. We voted for a black president but I don't think America will vote for a gay idol. If the vote was truly talent based Adam would win hands down. Just make a note to yourselves people if Adam looses you know why.....

    May 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  108. rob

    Allison and Adam.. they should have been the last two and that would have been amazing .

    May 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  109. surrenda

    I have been disappointed by A.I. before. But this year takes the cake! I think I am done watching it for good. America did not get it right. The judges have been bias all year long for Adam. They have persuaded a not all, but a lot of people to vote for Adam. They continue to let people vote more than once for the same person which is wrong. Just from some of the blogs I read on here the other night people were saying that they voted more than 200 hundred times for Adam. One guy said that he voted for the whole two hours. That is a shame point blank period.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  110. rob

    Lets have a reality check- of all of them from this idol -Adam is the one that will have the huge career. Kris is ok , I guess we need another Taylor Hicks , don't we... so it doesn't matter who wins this–its Adam by a landslide in cd sales. right now hes the one selling the most of all the idols on the itunes store

    May 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  111. juliette

    Argh! I like Kris but how many justin timberlake wannabees does the world need? Adam is individual and unique. Thanks to Idol for bringing him to our attention

    May 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Joe Cool

    My question is who is voting for Kris?? This dude is soooo karaoke. He's not original and definitely not an american idol. I mean it, if and that's a big IF, Kriss wins next week, I'm done with American Idol, because its fixed...

    The bottom three should have been Adam, David and Allison

    May 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  113. pottergirl

    I am so happy to see Kris Allen make it to the American Idol finale. His musical talent shines above all the other contestants this year. I have enjoyed watching him grow in confidence and popularity as the season has progressed. I have been a Danny fan from the beginning and will certainly buy his album, but from about week #2 I have become more excited about seeing Kris perform. I am so hoping that Danny fans will vote for Kris next week. Don't get me wrong, I think Adam can sing and he seems like a nice enough guy, I just don't care for his style. GO KRIS GO!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  114. NFL

    Andrew – I thought the same thing – what about all the poor children and homeless and uninsured in America?? After Katrina, I'd hoped that Idol would do something for that region rather than Africa or any other area of the world.

    I've wondered – is it confirmed somewhere that Adam is gay, or are all the rumors just assuming? And what does it matter? If one can sing and perform, sexual orientation has no bearing on the ability, talent and performance...why is this even an issue??

    May 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Amy

    I'm still stuck on Matt. He was my favorite. And Allison. I don't like Kris OR Adam, and after Matt and Allison went home, I was at least hoping for Danny to make it. American Idol was crap this year. I stopped watching after they voted off Matt. Hopefully he, Allison and Danny pull off a Chris Daughtry...

    May 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Self-Respecting Person

    Ugh. I can't believe you people still watch this crud. It's like they finally made a show that appeals to people who are both stupid AND tasteless. Why do you keep this show on the air? We could have some great, intelligent shows on in its place, but you keep supporting this sham of a show that uses gimmicks and clique-politics to control your emotional state and keep you invested in the goings-on. Are you really this weak-minded? (Need I even ask, looking at some of the conversations here?)

    NOBODY on this show is talented– Least of all the judges and producers! The wannabes are all prime examples of the downward spiral in the music industry when it comes to genuine talent and passion for music. These aren't musicians; They're just people who want to be famous and rich, and aren't completely tone-deaf. It doesn't matter who wins, because they're still going to crank out the exact same pre-packaged, commercially-approved music made by a committee that was performed by paid musicians (people with real talent) in an effort to prop up a false idol until you lose interest in him.

    My opinion of anyone who watches and supports this mindless show is hovering somewhere around my opinion of people who bet on dog fighting; What you're doing is wrong, and it's supporting an industry that doesn't care about the participants or the audience– They're only in it for the quick cash-grab, and you're the suckers making it possible for them to profit off of this garish display of vapid American consumerism whilst bringing down the general level of talent across the board.

    You're killing TV and music at the same time.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  117. MD

    Who did the best two performances of this season, maybe THE best ever of AI: "Black and White" and "Mad Word"?

    I thought AI is a singing competition. And I thought American know music.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  118. kenney

    To toler: the outcome of American Idol has nothing to do with American stupidity as you say. It has everything to do with an individual's choice of music. I listen to pop, easy listening, opera, christian, country and rock and like them all. In the end, I have continually voted this entire season for Kris because I like his music. I am not a stupid person and I believe it is very pompous for you to suggest that anyone who did not vote for Danny is stupid. As it appears, in the end, there were more people who preferred Kris's music than Danny's and that does not mean that Danny is not a great artist.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Ken

    The fact of the matter is, Adam has no business being in the top 5 let alone the top 2. The man has a heckuva range, i'll give him that much, but when it comes down to it...his voice isn't primed to do anything else but what? 80's heavy metal?? Danny was my favorite cuz he had the raw talent...that natural ability. I didn't see Kris coming but now that he's here...he seems to have a good ear and the ability to make and write his own stuff.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  120. thatsallfolks

    Kris is more marketable than either Adam or Danny. Adam will appeal to those who are into hard rock and/or emo rock. Danny will appeal to those who enjoy contemporary Christian or gospel. Kris meanwhile, will appeal to those who are into singer-songwriters and mainstream pop/rock. The latter groups are the ones who seem to have the most widespread appeal if you consider the amount of radio airplay and who is on the charts.

    Think of it this way - no matter which you might prefer - who gets more airplay - someone like John Mayer or someone like My Chemical Romance or someone like...(ok, I don't know of any contemporary Christian artists, so fill in someone popular in that genre here)?

    May 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Jen

    First off, I don't believe Kris necessarily had the most votes-having Adam and Gokey in the bottom two made it extra suspenseful, so I think they just did it that way to make it interesting.

    Secondly, I'm one of those who doesn't like Adam because he's too broadway-ey and let me say, that's not a bad thing; I LIKE broadway. On Broadway. Not on my radio. I prefer what Kris can offer-a nice, Jason Mraz-y (but not quite that lazy) pop-rock alternative sound. And I think thats why Kris may actually have a chance. Adam is obviously very vocally talented, but I don't know if his glam rock/broadway style would really fit...but that's just my personal taste.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Arkansas LOVE!

    First off, I think Adam is AMAZING! I'm the only one in my household that thinks so, but nonetheless... I can't wait to see what Adam does each week. He's so talented and I would buy his album in a heartbeat.

    However... Kris is a TOTAL American Idol. He's one of the "good guys" and you just don't see that anymore. He's talented beyond compare, a great artist and I feel that he'd be a great representation of what an American Idol is all about.

    I may be biased because I'm from Arkansas :), but may the best man win. They are both very deserving. I can't wait til next week!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Tammy

    Danny was good. And he will have a future in singing. But, I had Kris pegged for the Fianale all along. This should get interesting. I think Kris appeals to all audiences not just the rockers as adams seems to. But he does have an excellent voice. Loved his Johnny Cash Song Ring of Fire.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  124. luke

    i think raw talent is what Kris Allen epitomizes...

    Adam Lambert has been in the music and theater business for a decade and He has been exposed with a lot of Holywood actors he had worked with in the theater...He is therefore not a greenhorn in the music business compared with the country boy Allen..

    May 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Kim

    Kris is boring! Adam is by far the better singer/performer. It should of been Allison and Adam in the final or even Danny and Adam. I can't believe Kris is still in this competition. I could never buy a ticket to see him in concert.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Rita

    OMG!! I was soooo hoping that Adam would be knocked out! His screaming voice makes me ill. Sure hope Kris wins now! I loved Danny and thought it would be him in the final, but Kris is very talented too, and deserves to be in the final -AND- our next American Idol!! We don't need another "rocker dude".

    May 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Joy

    Adam???!!!??? OFF-TUNE 90% OF THE TIME??? ADAM???!!! oh my, it kills me how people that obviously can't hold a note still feel the need to comment on abilities they obviously don't understand. Wake up! You're tone deaf if you think Adam is off tune ANY PERCENT of the time!!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  128. pakean3

    I am so happy that Kris made it to the finale. Adam is too over the top for me and I love Rock. Too much theatre when it comes to Adam. He can sing, but he lacks emotion and warmth in his delivery and sometimes songs just need simplicity. Kris is the whole package. The final 3 were all good, Gokey was the least talented of the 3. He should of went home after last weeks Aerosmith scream, He was the worst then. His version of "You are so beautiful" was terrible.

    Adam will win, Kris will go farther. As a Rock fan, I don't get the appeal for Adam's way of singing. His interpretations are terrible, people just seem in awe of his hitting high notes..

    Honestly, they both are talented, I hope Kris wins, but I am OK with Adam winning, as long as it was not Gokey...

    May 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Joanna

    Everyone is going to have their favorite. And someone has to lose. I finally had to come to that conclusion when Chris Daughtry was kicked off . There were a heck of a lot people who didn't like Chris D and I never could accept it. Unfortunately, Danny G was never in the bottom 3 and never was really critiqued by the judges so he could improve( like some of the other finalists). So he never raised his game. Everyone was telling him he was safe like Chris D. Danny's voice is good but he did not have any earth shattering moments in the last few weeks except that dreaded last note during "dream on". I really think America got this right. IDOL was really pushing Danny and Adam. Adam is a great entertainer. I don't know if he will be a great recording artist. I do think Kris has the best mainstream appeal. He was the only finalist Jamie Foxx stated he wanted to record with. Yeah he has not been perfect but he has never sold himself as being perfect. I think America can see him. He's not ordinary like some other readers have suggested or he could not have pulled off that performance of "heartless" after being put down by all of the judges. If its meant for Danny G to be a hit, then being# 3 should not be a hindrance. It could be a blessing.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Patricia

    I'm sorry to all the Adam fans. He is a professional. He has been in the arena to spotlight his "talent" and has failed in that area so here he shows up on American Idol. It's taken American Idol to get his face to the general masses. Personally, this offends me since this competition should be for unknown talent. When you think about former winners, America hasn't gone for the screaming madness of what I call, hard rock. America seems to prefer real talent and someone who can send us songs that we understand and can sing along with. What Adam did to Ring of Fire was horrible. No, there was no imagination in that arrangement. He simply could NOT sing the song with the respect it deserved so he butchered it. I agree with most of the people on this blog, let's just vote for the person that really has the talent this show should showcase. Not a person that has been "in music" and failed. I hope the voters realize that we all should consider voting for someone who is talented and unknown. A kid from Arkansas with tons of talent is a refreshing option.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  131. FRANK

    What was so Shocking?? Danny SUCKED and will continue to SUCK!! America got it Right!! We are so Tired of listening to Danny's Scratchy Pitchy Off Tune Cracking Forced voice butcher Every song he has Ever attempted to sing!! The Sympathy vote has FINALLY come to an END!! GO-GO-GO-HOME-GOKEY

    May 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Andrew

    American Idol gives back. Why the heck is it always AFRICA? We have PLENTY of poor and hungry kids here in our OWN country?!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  133. S. Jones

    I was really not happy about the results. Kris is ok, but he is not as good vocally or creatively as Danny and Adam. I was so disappointed. I will not be watching the finale. Let the Kris fans take it over. It feels to me almost like the Chris Daughtry debacle.

    I am truly sad......

    May 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Lindy Loo

    The best part of American Idol are the early shows, the tryouts and then the top 12. Once they begin eliminating, Simon always makes it too obvious who his candidate is. And no matter how good or bad, that candidate always wins.

    This was one of the best seasons ever, but I never felt like Adam belonged there. He's good, but he's been a pro since he was 10. Not exactly fair. And he's just too staged and made up for me.

    Simon, if it's seasoned performers you're after, why not pick them from the same theatre Adam came from?

    Now that Danny is gone, the season is over for me.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Thorne

    So I'm just tickled with the final as I like both of the people remaining. Would I have preferred an Allison/Adam finale? Sure... but I like Kris and I think he's very musically talented even if he isn't the STRONGEST singer of the bunch, he's got some mad skills.

    Adam- why do people like Adam? Well I can't speak for anyone else... but I can tell you why I do...

    1) He doesn't have to sing his upper register (or screech as the very uniformed call it), see his Mad World or Tracks of My Tears performances, but he CAN use those upper registers and control them. Not only control their volume and pitch but his ability to HOLD those notes without going flat or sharp is just wow. As someone who trained as an opera singer and did NOT have the pipes for it, I find his ability amazing. Also people get OVER the tongue thing. I could go into why he does that, but really, get over it.

    2) I love how he has handled the media and the hate mongers. People keep calling him "too Broadway" like that's a BAD thing. Just because Broadway or stage artists don't have tons of representatives in the "pop" music bin or the Billboard Hot 100 means nothing. These are some incredibly talented people. It's so sad in this day and age that people don't avail themselves of live stage performances. Ohhh what you're missing. Please someone call Barbara Streisand just a stage performer or too Broadway. (not that Adam is Barbara.. cause he's not).

    3) He has class, charm and charisma that the AI folks can not create. It's his own. Which is beautiful. (Kris has that charm too, it's just different)

    May 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Lara

    I will not vote for either of the two that are up. And I won't watch the finals either. Next year won't waist my time.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Richard

    Kris is a wonderful singer and little girls love him, but the final should have been Adam and Danny with Adam by far the superstar.

    ps. I hope we will hear some music from Alexis Grace in the future, her voice should have been in the final three.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Jennifer

    I liked all 3 of the contestants, along with Allyson (she was a great talent and I was sad to see her go). Danny had a great voice, but I think he just fell short on the "making the songs his own". Kris really pulled it out doing that Kanye song. I loved it. They are all so talented and really deserve the best – but I'm excited to see how Kris and Adam interpret the songs that they make them sing in the finale. You couldn't ask for 2 totally different artists. They both put their own spin on things....so it should be really exciting!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  139. NFL

    I am thrilled! Kris has been quietly and humbly gathering steam and votes by making each performance his own. He never exuded expectation or smugness, just let his music speak for him. Adam has surprised us each week, and while I wasn't a fan in the beginning, now I anticipate 'what will he do' each week. Danny was very good, but didn't seem to grow and improve and draw new folks in each week, so I think the best of the best season will be on display in the finale!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  140. BJ

    To Dallas.....

    Are you for real? I mean, seriously? Adam is off key 90% of the time? You MUST be joking here... Adam is on key 100% of the time! His vocal range is amazing and the way he can control his voice and his notes are in the realm of Freddie Mercury and Steven Tyler. He has a true gift that is rare and has never been on the Idol stage before. He is way above the competition. I have studied voice performance and only a tone deaf individual would think that Adam is not great or someone that is judging him on anything else rather than his voice. You really should not comment when you do not have the knowledge to comment correctly.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Mark Lodes

    How can it be one of the most anticipated and at the same time one of the least watched seasons?

    May 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Simon

    I'm disappointed that Danny Gokey isn't in the finals.

    Danny will go further in his career than either Kris or Adam.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Duane

    I'm a huge Adam fan, but I think his best performance thus far was the slow, mellow 'Track of My Tears'.

    As BR stated (May 14th, 10:50am), Danny fans will likely vote for Kris, so Adam needs to tone it down a bit next week and try to attract these fans.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Tammy

    Kris seems like a nice boy, as does Adam. They are both gracious. But, based on raw talent, I still say Adam crushes all competition – stage presence with that unmistakable voice makes for a show every week! There is no one out there now that commands the same vocal and performance power that he does. He deserves the win, and will have an incredible career as an exciting artist that pushes boundaries after this. Adam is the true artist.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Kenneth Johnson

    No, America did not get it right!!!!!! Danny should be in the finale with Adam. Granted, Danny would not havebeaten Adam, but he is better than Kris. No disrespect to Kris, he is very talented. However, I liked Danny better in the finale. If anyone out of the 2 had a shot to take down Adam, it would have been Danny. Sad to see him go. I think they should out an age limit on voting to 18. Just kidding!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Karen

    Adam will win... Kris doesn't belong there.. Should have been Allison and Adam.. Adam will win.. No question... I won't even watch.. there's no doubt...

    May 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  147. VH

    I knew it would be down to Adam and Kris. Kris will win because everybody expects Adam to win. if you want Adam to win like i do, vote your little hearts out for him. you can vote more than once ya know!

    May 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  148. frogmann

    We have a crooked mouth little boy versus someone who can sing the pants off of any singer I have ever heard. Adam, I'll be votin' for ya next week. You are truly an entertainer, which is something I can say that Kris is not. Good luck, son.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  149. John

    Someone explain why Adam is a great singer? His high pitched voice, creaming vocals, and squeals will not play on mainstream radio. The typical idol fan base of 6 year old girls that move on once Disney pops out a new act will not have their parent buys hard rock albums. True hard rock fans will never accept Adam as a legit artist. He is slated for Broadway after getting dropped from his label just like most idol finalists. Kris has some more potential since he seems a bit more mainstream, but hs shy personality will hurt him.

    No breakout star from this crop...Taylor, Ruben, Fantasia, etc.... the list of Idol burnouts is going to get longer

    May 14, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  150. texas gal

    Let' s just hope the judges really don't have anything to do with the voting. After Simon's comment last night it all sounds fishy to me.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  151. Dennis

    HJO – you are so right, Wicked Game would be a great song for Adam.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  152. Vickie

    I guess it's all subjective.
    I really don't understand why so many people are over the top for Adam. I mean, he's a good singer, don't really want to listen to a whole album of that screeching thing he does? He's a great performer, of course, but not what I would call a "real" singer.

    When I think of Adam, I think of Broadway & Tony awards not albums and Grammys.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  153. Lindy Loo

    I'm crushed, too. No need to watch the rest of the show now that my man Danny is gone. His is the only music I will buy.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  154. Shocked & Dissappointed

    America got this one all wrong. Gokey (and Lambert) have been the two most consistent singers throughout the entire contest. Allen has been inconsistent; now just lucky.

    I feel badly for Gokey and Lambert that they will not be able to produce what was to be the best Idol finish ever.

    Hopefully, after walking off the Idol stage last night, Gokey signed a contract and started a long singing career.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  155. freddy j

    It really does not matter who wins this show. You know in the past years, the one expected to win did not. altho thier were a couple people who did win, that should have, but just two. kelly clarkston and carrie underwood. The rest of the top 1st place years have not even come close to the succsess of the rest, and that includes the runner's up. Everyone has thier time to shine and become a succsessful artist if they truly have talent to being with. Its all just hoopla' but it makes good tv, and ratings, and that is what its truly all about folks. the ones that will do best are the vocalists that can sell to radio only. Radio market is very important for an artist. You cant make great money if you dont actually write the song, and the more its played on radio the more you make. live performances are a one time flat pay. Adam is NOT a radio artist, thier is NO market for his style. Kris is younger and and very handsome and can appeal to a wider younger audience. Adam is older and not so good looking and he will appeal to the older and gay audience. more. Hey everyone will recover and go on and do something in thier field, while our everyday lives go on and we go to our every day normal jobs. What do we really make from all this anyway......

    May 14, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  156. Fransisca

    Finally, danny is out... still cannot figuring out why everyone says he is so good...

    This is the finale that i'm waiting for... I am sure Adam would win, but still hoping the best for Kris..

    Either lose or win, Adam will be a great/famous singer, he doesn't need the title as americon idol...

    Kris may need that.... GO KRIS!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  157. Jack in Texas

    And the winner is.....

    Obama 'cuz he's black;
    Adam 'cuz he's gay!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  158. creekgold

    I tried calling for Danny for 2 hours and his lines were busy at least 60% of the time so he lost out on soooooooo many votes.....I think we should know if the lines are divided up evenly?

    May 14, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  159. jenloveskris

    With over 88 MILLION votes, and the top two being within 1 million of each other.....obviously we, the voters, got it right. I am a mid-forties woman with a music background who truly appreciates both of their talents, BUT...as an Idol – knowing children everywhere will emulate and admire whoever is voted in – I pray that Kris is this season's AI !!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  160. t

    Kris sucks, he can not sing and Adam screams. The show and the media is promoting Adam, he will be successful no matter what. My vote is for Kris but he will be another Hicks

    May 14, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  161. Dave

    Loved it. Love the choices. It will be a great finale with two great singers. Kris is the better talent, although I wish he had better range. I'm thinking he will develop that over the years, because he never figured to be on Idol, a year ago. And, look how far he's come.

    Go KRIS ! Take a risk, once again, and show us what you can do! I'll be sending my votes your way next week.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  162. Dee

    Adam will sale millions of tickets to a theatre...Kris will sale millions of CD's...fo Kris!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  163. wayne

    I think Adam is already a superstar. But he totally lacks personality. Somehow I believe we're going to see the biggest upset in American Idol history next week. I don't believe Kris's vocal ability is anywhere close to Adams, but I think his talent, ability to totally take a song and re-create it into something that you'd hear on the radio right now, and his quiet humility is going to propel his waaaaay ahead of Adam. Afterall, people are drawn to and impressed by humble people. Good luck Kris!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  164. Debbie

    I really didnt want Kris to win! I thought for sure Danny would win!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  165. David McPartland

    I am soooo disappointed. You have to be kidding me. The number of off keys and pitch problems from Kris throughout the entire competition and America picked him over Danny? Wow!!. Something must be afoot, that can't be right. Allison had more singing talant than Kris and now Danny. Adam is going to put it out of the park so far passed Kris's reach, it will be an embarrasment. Honestly, Danny was the only real competition Adam had. Maybe Adam fans voted for Kris knowing he would crumble quickly. Maybe it was strategic, thats the only answer I can come up with. I feel bad for Danny and I hope he records a CD cause I will be one of the first to buy it. Good luck Danny, you were the top contender and Kris is the patsy.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  166. Merrie

    THANK GOD DANNY IS FINALLY GONE! I HAVEN'T BEEN WATCHING IDL AS FAITHFULLY AS OTHER SEASONS, SIMPLY BECAUSE THIS MAN'S SMUGNESS WERE ERKING ME BAD!

    I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED KRIS THE MOST OUT OF THE 36 CONTESTANTS, THEN THE 13 FINALISTS AND NOW EVEN MORE THEN EVER!

    ADAM IS GOOD, TOO. HE WOULD BE MY SECOND CHOICE, I WOULDN'T BUY HIS CD THOUGH, JUST LIFT A SONG FROM LIMEWIRE OR SOMETHING. KRIS, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAS MY VOTE!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  167. carol

    Right along Adam has reminded me of Elvis Presley (which may account for Katy Perry's nod to Adam) – not so much the bumps and grinds of the Ed Sullivan Show that was so over the top but certainly the bedroom eyes and curled lip. Yes he can sing, but sex appeal gets votes too. That bad boy look is great on camera.
    Danny is a sweetheart and a great singer but a bit of a geek..
    Kris has the look of a young Brad Pitt. They can all sing but that something extra is what tips the scales.
    Allison reminds me of Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz. I really thought she would make the finals. We will see a lot more of Allison and Adam. The other two??? I probably couldn’t pick out in a crowd but they will sell records because they can sing.
    I hope they all have amazing careers.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  168. Scout

    Adam, Slash gave you good advice when he said to tone down the falsetto. Please take that advice to heart for the final. I love every note that comes out of your mouth, but not all America feels that way. You can belt one out with tenderness and still be true to your rock roots.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  169. scott

    I've been a big fan of Kris since day one and think he deserves to be in the final! But his version of "Heartless" , although it was A-ma-Zing!, was not original by any means. Mia, from the reality show "Taking the Stage" did that version, on her guitar, earlier in the season. Very similar.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  170. Chris

    What a great week! We had a viable 3 horse race... You had:

    The Singer (Danny)
    The Performer (Adam)
    The Artist (Kris)

    Danny can belt, Adam can wail and Kris melts... In the end, Paula killed Danny with her song choice.

    Was anybody else totally annoyed over the last several weeks at how patronizing the judges seemed to be with Danny, and how conversely harsh and nit-picky they have been with Kris?? Don't they see that Kris is easily the most marketable of the final three?? Danny will be making AC (adult contemporary) Adam will either make a retro-rock or Emo rock album (probably Emo) and will sella ton of albums to the teeny bopper top 40 crowd (which is obviously marketable) But I see Kris as such an amazing artist and musician, touring in that big singer-songwriter folk rock genre that I am obsessed with (as a 30 year old, he hits my demographic)

    I mean, who else wants to see Kris opening for Jack Johnson, John Mayer or, in a perfect world, Jason Mraz?? He could release that version of "Heartless" right now and it would easily be a top ten Billboard hit, probably a number 1 single on more than one chart...

    May 14, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  171. LK

    I don't understand why all the hype about Katy Perry. I actually don't like her or her music... I fast forwarded her song to the end. The cape thing... she tends to be over the top so I just figured it was her "over the top" way of letting everyone know who she voted for (if she voted). I'm an Adam fan but am glad to see Kris in the finals with him. They are two very different artists which will make it very interesting. Let's see what they do with the finals!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  172. terry

    What is up with some of the hate that Adam is receiving? I hope it's not because of the "you know why but I won't say it" trait. Come on, it's a talent contest, not a presentation on morality.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  173. Kareen

    The best two won and Adam will win the big one.
    He is the ultimate entertainer and the best contestant Idol ever had.
    He reminds me of Elvis or Kurt Russel playing Elvis.
    GO ADAM and this comes from a 70 plus old woman.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  174. Julie

    I think your wrong – American didn't vote this way without a totally biased push by the judges:

    1. Adam has been last nearly every time he has sung – who do you think America remembers when they go to vote.

    2. The judges picked Adam right from the beginning because he is a showman – this is a singing contest not a dancing/makeup/costume contest. I don't actually know what Adam's voice sounds like since all he does is scream. I do know that Danny has a beautiful voice and so does Kris, but Kris does not have the range and versatility that Danny does.

    3. Simon told the entire world on Oprah that Adam was going to win – think maybe that might have slanted some votes. AND THEN HE TELLS PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR ADAM on Tuesday night. So much for impartiality! Definitely slanted the vote – especially since Adam was really awful on Tuesday.

    4. Paula picked an awful song for Danny!!!!

    4. The judges should never allowed a guest to openly promote one of the contestants – even after the voting for that week. (Adam printed on the cape).

    This was not an unbiased contest.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  175. Scout

    Adam's handlers are smart enough to know that pairing him with Allison will sell records, despite their rapport with one another. So all of you who miss Allison, vote for Adam next week to insure that they both go far. Kris would make a great cruise ship singer, or Las Vegas act. If both Kris and Adam were performing in Vegas you'd have overflow standing room only in Adams and polite, well behaved old folks in Kris'. Except for this 66 year old granny. If I'm spending big bucks to see a show I want to be entertained. Adam's got it, Kris does not!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  176. Steve

    I am crushed – won't even watch the final now.....

    May 14, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  177. KarenB, central Florida

    Kris is a nice little boy – with a sweet fresh little boy face, a nice little voice, talent within limits.
    Adam is star performer, controls the stage with his presence and his talent which seems to have no boundaries, no limits!
    Kris is "forgettable" (tho nice)
    Adam is "unforgettable" – similar to other music icons of the ages an "amazer".
    Over the 66 years I've been around, there are hundreds of "forgettables" – but the "amazers" stay with us.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  178. Jeff

    Kudos to Kris. He overcame the blatant attempt by the judges and producers to manipulate the voters into an Adam vs. Danny final, and the public didn't buy into it. From Simon's involvement in the arrangement of One for Adam, to the constant schilling for Adam and Danny by the judges, one can only hope the public doesn't fall under the judges pro-Adam sway next week.

    Also, I thought the look on Kara's face was priceless when Gokey got sent home. Whatever happened to judges being impartial? We knew that Paula was incapable of being objective and critical of any performer, but what has happened to the rest of the judges, especially Cowell?

    May 14, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  179. Disappointed

    I'm sorry America got it wrong Danny is by far a better singer than Kris. As for Adam Lambert, he is amazing and this Danny fan will be voting for Adam next week. If Kris wins his first album will only be mediocre and will go the way of Ruben Studdard and Fantasia. Danny and Adam, who I have no doubt will walk away with recording deals, will follow in the footsteps of Clay Akin and Jennifer Hudson. I also cannot wait to hear from Allison in the future.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  180. he's a winner vs a maniac

    Older woman votes for Kris. He came from nowhere and tried it out on IDOL, and got this far. No one ever heard of Kris but Adam has been in the public eye for a very long time. It really wouldn't be fair if he wins.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  181. Justin DQ

    Kris is a good singer but he is only a good singer. Adam is not only a good singer, he is also an artist. We need a great new artist like Adam, not just another good singer like Kris. Kris will end up just like Ruben Studdard or Taylor Hicks (where are they now?). Kris is just one of those nice/good-looking college boys, who just happens to be a good singer. Adam is born to be a super star. Years from now, people will still talking about Adam Lambert, but they won't even remember 'the other guy', who went to the final with Adam... Adam Lambert deserves to win this year. Don't dislike him because he's gay. VOTE FOR ADAM!...

    May 14, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  182. Joanne

    I'm a Danny fan, but I'll be voting for Adam. I'm hoping Idol won't give us another Taylor Hicks in the likes of Chris. With Chris, there's just no there, there.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  183. HJO

    Adam please perform Wicked Game by Chris Isaak, and do it soft and tender, reign in the wailing and show them who is king of the ballad as well .

    Your biggest fan (who loves your wails any way)

    May 14, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  184. Matt

    Its sad that this country has lossed its Rockin roots.. All they care about now is pop, ballads, and hip-hop... Adam is taking songs that are harder to sing, changing them up and comming out weekly with smash performances. I don't think Kris would know what to do with Cryin by aerosmith.

    Like the previous years, it wont matter who wins, both are guaranteed a contract anyway. Unless Adam decides to go back to doing theater, he will be the closest to a rocker to come out of this. I hope he does, because there isn't enough of them.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  185. Billy

    The finale should have been Adam vs. Allison, but Danny sucks, and Kris is the next best thing.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  186. Scout

    I'd like to hear Adam sing something by Elvis with just normal vocals, like Suspicion, My Way, Love Me Tender. No falsetto, just that massive voice of his. If he can show America that he can sing without screaming (as his haters call it) then he'll garner more votes. Forget rock for a moment Adam, we know you can do that, but let's hear some tenderness without the falsetto.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  187. Gokey Fan

    It was all Paula's fault!! Her song choice for him did him in! She set him for failure. When 80% of your shows fan base is tweens you dont pick a song from before they were born!!! But then again Paula is stuck in the 80's.

    Thanks Paula!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  188. Chris Kirkpatrick

    I had been dreading the ever constant drum-beat march to result night knowing that while Kris Allen had put out a superior performance he would be going home because Danny could sing "I wish I were and Oscar Meyer Weiner" and still be voted through regardless. How relieved I was when it was the underdog himself who was first to rest his bum on the couch of safety. America got it right. Next week will be good!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  189. beverly Clark

    My entire household is supporting Adam .... he has an incredible voice, and stage presence that is marvelous to watch.... he will go on to be a star no matter the outcome of AI...what a talent!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  190. Lindsey

    I'm disgusted that Katy Perry had Adam's name on her cape. I don't hold that against Adam; I hold it against American Idol. It was in very poor taste, and just more proof of how biased they are this season. Katy Perry is allowed to like whoever contestant she wants, but to be allowed to plug that contestant on the show? Very very poor taste. I'm disappointed about that more than anything.

    That being said, ALL my votes will be going to Kris! I honestly believe he is a more well-rounded musician.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  191. Elaine Mancuso

    The only reason Danny was voted off is because he's not as cute as Chris! Adam is a great entertainer but Danny is a much better singer. I can't wait for his first CD to come out because I will be the first one to buy it. Good job, Danny!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  192. Krisfan

    You go Kris. I really hope Kris wins. He has so much more talent than Adam and is more marketable too. I can sound like Adam and believe me I can't sing.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  193. H

    THE VOTERS VOTED THE WAY THE AMERICAN IDOL POWERS WANTED THEM TOO. THIS WILL BE HANDED TO ADAM.

    I ENCOURAGE ALL OF DANNY FANS TO IGNORE THE SHOW NEXT WEEK AND DONT VOTE.

    GOODBYE AMERICAN IDOL.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  194. KGM

    In every week leading up to the semi-final, Danny would wear his wedding ring respecting his relationship with his now deceased wife. I could respect his decision. However, in the final week and during the results show, he made the unfortunate decision to take off his wedding band. In my opinion, he traded his respect for his wife for votes. I am glad his run has ended. This one act undermines his respect for his deceased wife.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  195. Cindy

    I still miss the pink-haired girl. I like Danny and all 3 did one song "just OK" and one song "outstanding." I have liked Kris from the beginning. He can sing and he's just adoreable. I'm betting he's got the Tween vote (cuz he's soooo cute) and that Adam has more of a run for his money than he thinks he does! Kris has the charm that people vote for. Adam...he comes off as arrogant and overconfident.

    With Kris, we will hear SINGING and I'm betting he does something different. Adam will be the same as always. A little melody, lotta screams...more melody...more screams...over. Yes, he can sing (and scream), but it gets old.

    My money is on Kris!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  196. America Got it Right

    I agree that Danny should have left ages ago. I just never saw his stand-out quality. Kris is who America wants to win because Adam is wayyyy too much of a screecher. He is definitely quite vulnerable in the final. You can wow people with your shock and awe, but when the only thing you are is a boy wearing make-up and a screecher in every song, you can't sustain the tidal wave. By the way, I am totally up for seeing Adam being the next lead singer for Queen. Now that would be a good match.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  197. joe oroza

    Kris does not have the showmanship, the voice, the presence, the versatility or the talent that Adam possesses so I think that Adam would
    make a better American Idol and should win the contest. I would buy an album recorded by Adam but certainly not one recorded by Kris. He has a nice voice but has no presence, very forgettable and boring. Adam always has a trick up his sleeve. I felt bad for Danny but it was time for him to hit the road.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  198. Carolyn

    Fans got it right. Chris should win because he's incredibly talented. Adam is a rocker with excellent pipes but Chris has the memorable talent. I believe that Danny's fans will vote for Chris. This is going to be an upset, as Adam thinks he's in the bag. No way!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  199. Dallas

    Someone please tell me what it is about Adam that is so great or good or even average for that matter? If this were any other season, he would have been gone by week 3. He is awful... I mean, screaming bad awful!

    Is this some kind of olive branch for the kill prop 8 crowd? I seriously don't get it. Simon has killed contestants for what he called "Wild Screaming" in their songs... and that is all that Adam does. He is off tune 90% of the time. His "artistic" nature to the song's he sings is just painfully awful. It's just really bad.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  200. Nyte Tyger

    Based on their singing Tuesday, America got it right.

    Kris really changed up his song, Danny I am afraid always had to get the choir thing going.

    However, having said that, Adam deserves to be the next American Idol. I have been pulled in by his fantastic talent, and every week I cannot wait to see what he will do.

    After last night, seeing him with the children from the theater he performed at as a child, he looks to be just a great guy, as well as being the most talented Idol contestant ever.

    Go Adam!

    May 14, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  201. Allen

    It is the voters choose. Congrats to Kris and Adam. May the best man win.

    May 14, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  202. Gerry

    i think they got it all wrong. i think that chris got the votes of the children and not all of america. it was not based on vocal ability but popularity and with every child now ownining a cell phone we have children judging this contest. i also believe that Idol should remove the instrument playing by the contestants and make it truly a singing contest. again as it is supposed to be. vocally adam and danny were without a doubt the best vocalists on the show and adam is by far the best vocalist of the entire competition. he has a 4 octave range and does not need to rely on falsetto to achieve those dynamic high notes that only he can do on the show. the only good thing about the american children getting it wrong is that they definitely made it easier for adam to claim the crown. my fear is that in the future Idol will no longer be a singing contest but more like a pageant. when is the swimsuit competition?

    May 14, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  203. toler

    Just disgusted..Danny out classed the others and is the only one with with real talent. I am just disgusted... when is America ever going to learn how to cast a vote so that the right people are elected...it's just another sad case of American stupidity at it's best.

    May 14, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  204. Sandy

    SO glad it's Kris and Adam in the finals. Danny was boring. And I didn't like his attitude after he trashed the American Idol house. I

    May 14, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  205. TBollwinkel

    I have always had my hopes that Kris would make it to the finals.... and he has!!! Sad to think back and see they hardly had any footage of him during Hollywood week and didn't seem to focus on him at all till he was in the top 12. He has never been the "dark horse" to me, but the knight in shinning armor on a white horse. He represents meekness, humility, and grace a refreshing taste to American entertainment. I vote for Kris because of his amazing musical talent and more importantly the values he upholds.
    He's just someone you could listen to all day.

    May 14, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  206. snowy

    I agree with the voters (Canadian here). I like Adam, but think he will have to really soften up some ballads and try to win the Kris fans over.
    His rock style has been powerful, but I think trying out some softer tunes and changing it up to his style will impress everyone. May the best IDOL win !

    May 14, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  207. Dream Out Loud

    If this is based on talent, the finale won't even be close. Adam will continue to lap the field. He is head and shoulders better than Kris.

    May 14, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  208. BR

    It is clear that all of Danny's fans will go for Kris. Kris has a great chance of winning the idol. I'm a Danny fan, will be voting for Kris!

    May 14, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  209. Bye Danny

    Danny should have left ages ago, but he is very popular for some reason.

    The final would have been great with Allison vs. Kris, now that would have been a real contest; a talent and singing contest between two people who have a lot of raw talent and still have a lot of room for growth, which is what I thought Idol was all about....

    I'm sorry I'll have to hear yet another week of screeching whiny Adam singing. Yes, I know he can sing well, but that does not mean you enjoy that style of singing. Ugh.......

    May 14, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  210. Kelly

    I think America got it right. This is the finale I'd been hoping for all along!

    What I'd really love to know is whether or not the judges are aware of the results ahead of time. Logic would say of course they are! Ryan has the envelope and doesn't tell them?!?

    But if so, they're better actors than we give them credit for. Those expressions look real.

    Go Adam and Kris!

    May 14, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |

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