May 19th, 2009
09:13 PM ET

Top 2: Not so fast

I know this is the part where I am supposed to say Adam ate Kris' lunch and we have our new "American Idol," but my mama didn't raise no fool.

Practically no one foresaw Kris in the finals not that long ago, so I refuse to count him out of the game yet. It's up to America to choose. Who is your pick?

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May 19th, 2009
09:05 PM ET

Top 2: Carrie Underwood takes us home

I love me some Carrie Underwood, and I am glad she has ditched the Kellie Pickler hair.

Carrie Underwood

She performs "Home Sweet Home" while a montage of the past season plays. I had forgotten about some of the "special" people we met during the auditions.

I swear I want to go live in the "Idol" house. It just looks like a blast!

Filed under: Music • television
May 19th, 2009
09:02 PM ET

Top 2: Kris tests his 'Boundaries'

It's official: I do not like this song.

Kris Allen

That absolutely was not Kris' best performance, and it appeared at some points he was forcing the notes.

Even Kara appears to be almost apologetic and acknowledges that the song may have been too high for him. It seems like all of the judges are already saying goodbye to Kris.

Kris says he and Adam decided they weren't coming out tonight to compete but just to give a good show? Well, that is a problem.

It's a competition, and I hope Kris doesn't look back on this last performance as the thing that did him in.

May 19th, 2009
08:55 PM ET

Top 2: Adam knows 'No Boundaries'

Good to see all of the past contestants.

Adam Lambert

Adam takes a stab at "No Boundaries," which is co-written by Kara and I don't love the song. Maybe it's because Adam appears to be doing the Glam Rock version. When the first notes started I thought it might be a cross between a Disney theme and a Celine Dion song, but not so much.

Kara looks pleased with herself. Oh Lord, I was hoping we would make it through a finale without hearing the word "pitchy," but it's not to be thanks to Randy.

I think Paula managed to give a critique without even commenting on the song and that actual performance. That takes talent. Simon says the show has found "a worldwide star" in Adam.

I do have to give it to Lambert, he is cool as a cucumber up on that stage. So chill and completely at home.

May 19th, 2009
08:45 PM ET

Top 2: 'What's Going On' Kris?

Simon Fuller clearly has a love of soul music.

Kris Allen

He selects "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye for Kris to sing. Kris sounds good vocally and on the guitar, but it's a little "coffee house" for me.

He doesn't get the overwhelming love that Adam does. Simon calls round two for Adam "a million percent."

Some side notes here: I am distracted by Paula's plunging cleavage and the way Kara is delivering her critiques with straight attitude - all hand motions and neck action. Perhaps she is giving it all she can just in case she's not back next season.

May 19th, 2009
08:36 PM ET

Top 2: Adam has a 'Change'

Dang that Adam Lambert cleans up nice!

Adam Lambert

He is looking fine in his suit, which is perfect for the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Is Gonna Come," which Simon Fuller has selected for him to sing.

That's the good news. The bad news is I think he totally oversang that song.

He started off so well and then he couldn't resist going full throttle. The judges are going crazy and praising him to the high heavens, but I wanted him to do a less-is-more. I worry that the fans (excluding the Lambs) are going to get tired of the over-the-topness.

And holy crap on a cracker, what is Katie Holmes doing there with Suri?!?!? Isn't it past that child's bed time? Was Katie holding the baby's head like that to protect her eardrums from being "Lambasted?"

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