‘American Idol’ Kris Allen to sing national anthem at Lakers game Sunday

“American Idol” 2009 winner Kris Allen will sing the national anthem Sunday at Staples Center before Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic.

He also has no plans to add any extra touches to the anthem so no reprise of the Tyrese Gibson debacle. Tyrese, who sang the anthem at Staples during the Western Conference finals series against Denver, opted to change some lyrics from “our flag was still there,” to “our Lakers were still there.” This displeased many including our own Bill Plaschke who sent several Twitter messages exclaiming his displeasure.

Allen said he had never sung the anthem in public before and has nothing planned. “I just want to get through it and not make any mistakes,” he said today. Allen said he would also love to meet Kobe Bryant.

LA Times

Ratings for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Translate Into Emmys Glory

IT is no overstatement to say that à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  the Fox hit that has been the nationà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s most-watched series for six years running, has changed the face of broadcast television. Rival networks have imitated à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  creating their own reality-competition talent shows, while at the same time adjusting their schedules to keep their best shows from having to compete against it. Yet à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  has been all but shut out at the Emmys.

Fox executives claim not to care about the Emmy snub. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“We will take the enormous success of the show over the award any day,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  said Mike Darnell, president for alternative programming at Fox. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Obviously ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of the best TV shows on the air.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  But in both the Oscars and the Emmys race, he added, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s something about being too popular that makes it harder to win.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

NY Times

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Does This Look Like the Face of A Diva?

ADAM-LAMBERT-CLOSE-UP.jpgYà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢all Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m takinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ my heels off, for real, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m about to cut this MSNBCinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ bitch that wrote the following about the cashmere-lined bag of dander that is Adam Lambert:

OH HALE NAW. Let me say from the hour or so I spent witnessing Lambert on our natural human terrain à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  as opposed to his natural terrain, the surface of Mars à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  the above statement is nothing more than a SMEAR CAMPAIGN.

Best Week Ever

Return of the Fabulous

You always remember your first. Concert, that is. Mine was Elvis, early ’70s, the spangled jumpsuit period. I must have been about 14. I had already spent childhood years grooving to Motown, play-strutting to the Rolling Stones, falling in love with Janis Joplin, bad skin and all. Janis was dead now; so was Jimi Hendrix. I had been enthralled by a clip of Hendrix playing at Woodstock and had thought to myself, innocent of the mad specialness of the moment, “I’ll be there next time…”

The phenomenon of Adam Lambert makes sense on the shoulders of that history. He transformed the fairly banal “singing competition” of American Idol into a performance of self-possession and an occasion for all kinds of living-room or Internet chatter about what’s masculine, what’s “theatrical” (the show’s code for too Broadway, too queer) and why artifice is sometimes the surest route to authenticity.

The Nation

5 Things to Know About Adam Lambert’s Pal Drake LaBry

Since becoming American Idol’s runner-up on May 20, Adam Lambert has been stepping out with a friend whom many Lambert fans recognize from the show. His name is Drake LaBry and a source tells PEOPLE, “He’s been Adam’s best friend and totally there with him through this whole [Idol] process.” Several times he sat with Lambert’s parents in the audience during the show.

Here are five things to know about Drake LaBry:

People

Was Susan Boyle’s Britain’s Got Talent dream scuppered by wrong phone numbers on YouTube?

Clips on YouTube displayed the WRONG telephone voting number for Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle, it has emerged.

Hundreds of fans have complained that, within moments of Miss Boyle’s performance on Saturday night, YouTube was re-running clips of it carrying the wrong phone voting number for her, but not for two of her closest rivals.

Viewers believe what appeared to be a simple error could have been an attempt to get Miss Boyle’s fans to vote for rival acts.

Daily Mail

Poison, Elton John, Dolly Parton Ready To Rock Tony Awards

This year’s Tony Awards are set to include a few bonafide music stars among the usual song-and-dance numbers. Elton John, Dolly Parton and Poison will help toast Broadway’s finest at the June 7 ceremony, performing with the casts of top-nominated shows “Billy Elliot, The Musical,” “9 to 5: The Musical,” and “Rock Of Ages.”

“A bunch of the shows are getting together and doing a mash-up,” says Constantine Maroulis of “Rock of Ages,” the tongue-in-cheek hair metal tribute that also features original music by Journey, Pat Benatar and Bon Jovi and is vying for five awards including Best Musical. “It’ll be really cool; one of those TV-magic moments.” Though the Jersey-bred rock singer and “American Idol” alum couldn’t reveal which song he’d be performing with Brett Michaels and company, he hinted at “Nothin’ But a Good Time” by saying that it was “something more up-tempo” than the other Poison song performed in the musical, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

Billboard

Rock of Ages Star Maroulis Feels Honored By Tony Nomination

Rock of Ages star Constantine Maroulis, who shot to fame as a finalist on “American Idol,” says his 2009 Best Actor in a Musical Tony nomination is a major honor.

“It’s very significant to me. I grew up as an actor,” Maroulis explained at the recent Tony nominees reception. Though he’s well known for lending his soaring rock tenor to such musicals as Rent and The Wedding Singer, Maroulis is also a trained musical theatre actor with experience in classic drama.

Playbill

Kelly Clarkson On ‘Twilight’s’ Robert Pattinson: ‘Yeah, He’s Cute!’

SYDNEY, Australia — Kelly Clarkson may be a celebrity, but she isn’t above a teen girl-style crush.

During an appearance on Australia’s 2 Day “Kyle and Jackie O Show,” Kelly confirmed she’s got some puppy love for “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson.

“Yes, he’s an attractive guy,” Kelly told the breakfast show hosts. “But I think girls are more so into that whole Dracula bit. It’s very sexy… I don’t know him. I’ve never really seen him in interviews either… [But] yeah, he’s cute.”

Yahoo.com

Jordin Sparks’ New Song Revealed Through In-Studio Footage

Jordin Sparks provides fans with a tease on her new album “Battlefield” by giving away snippet of its never-heard-before song “Vertigo” through an in-studio footage. In the video blog, it is revealed that she finishes the track with the help from powerhouse producer/songwriter Toby Gad.

Ace Showbiz

Kellie Pickler would like to lick Clint Eastwood

Kellie Pickler is by far the funniest interview I’ve watched in a long time. She talks about wanting to lick Clint Eastwood’s face, how she got out of a recent traffic ticket, skydiving with Ellen (and maybe Clint Eastwood), and how she wants to Tweeter while plummeting to Earth. Oh, and she teaches us how to use hairspray.

The Insider

Idol’s Mishavonna takes stage at Christian Jubilee

LAKE FOREST à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Mishavonna Henson, who was in the top 36 contestants on FOX’s American Idol 8, will celebrate her Christianity tonight at an event expected to draw hundreds of youth from South County.

Henson, 18, from Irvine, is expected to perform during the first annual CEF June Jubilee held tonight at Coast Bible Church in Mission Viejo. The event will bring Kindergarten through eighth-grade aged club members together to celebrate a successful year of the Orange Coast Chapter of the international group known as Child Evangelism Fellowship.

OC Register

 
  • elw

    I hope Kris can ‘get through it and not make any mistakes’ too.

  • Victoria

    Was Susan Boyleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Britainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Got Talent dream scuppered by wrong phone numbers on YouTube?

    Ah, conspiracy stories. They never end.

    Good luck to Kris with the National Anthem! I think as long as it’s in his key, he will be fine.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I don’t even really care who sings the NA this year. I just want the Magic to actually play a decent basketball game and maybe actually, you know, WIN. :) Sorry, Carie. :)

    Besides, they might as well have him sing it now bc when the games come to Orlando, the NA is already booked. LOL. There’s a little 7 year old girl with a form of autism who is basically our good luck charm. We’re 6-0 in the playoffs when she sings the NA. As far as I know, she’s booked for all 3 Orlando games. :)

  • Sunn

    David Frost loves Adam. Link

  • http://www.irish-wolfhounds.com Buderschnookie

    Good luck to Kris with the National Anthem! I think as long as ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in his key, he will be fine.

    No matter what key it’s in he still has to go from the low of “oh say” to the high of “the free”- that songs spans a pretty wide range. That’s what was so hard about NB- if you start it low enough to reach the highs the lows bottom out… and vice versa.

    Best of luck to him.

  • Sunn

    No matter what key ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in he still has to go from the low of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“oh sayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to the high of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“the freeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ - that songs spans a pretty wide range. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what was so hard about NB- if you start it low enough to reach the highs the lows bottom outà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ and vice versa.

    It’s not that wide a range. Traditionally the NA spans about 2 Octaves, however it can be arranged in a way that limits it to to 1 .2-1.5 octaves which is well within Kris’s range I should think.

    Kris should be just fine.

  • sleeptalker

    Excited to see some headlines about Mishavonna! I have a feeling if we’d seen more of her, she would have gone very far in the competition. Glad to know she’s faring well so far!

  • emme

    Hey sunn…it’s David Foster….I thought that interview was somewhat misleading…Adam has worked for David Foster in the past and he made it seem that Adam was all new to him. Not that I mind…Adam would be soooo lucky to have DF produce parts of his album

  • lakhesis

    Kris doesn’t have to go the traditional way – he’ll definitely practice beforehand and choose the range and the notes that work best for him.

  • Sunn

    Hey sunnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s David Foster

    Oops sorry emme. my head is elsewhere today :wallbash_tb: . My bad. Unfortunately I can no longer edit that post.

  • Lu

    Hey sunnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s David Fosterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Ha, thanks for clarifying. I was scratching my head about the David Frost comment… is he still alive?

    On another topic… isn’t MJ’s cd supposed to be coming out this month?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Hey sunn…it’s David Foster…

    Plus, that’s an old video from back when the show was going on. I can’t remember off the top of my head, but it’s probably been posted here before.

    Please keep the headlines you post current–at least within the past couple of days.

    Thanks.

  • http://randomizeme.wordpress.com arca

    @ emme

    ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s David Fosterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.I thought that interview was somewhat misleadingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Adam has worked for David Foster in the past and he made it seem that Adam was all new to him.

    Just wondering, in what capacity did Adam work for David Foster in the past?

  • BestAI

    Hey sunnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s David Fosterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.I thought that interview was somewhat misleadingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Adam has worked for David Foster in the past and he made it seem that Adam was all new to him. Not that I mindà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Adam would be soooo lucky to have DF produce parts of his album

    I’ve never heard about Adam working with Foster. When, where, what?

  • lizardino

    And here’s a hilarious little nugget that refers to the People story about Adam’s “pal” Drake. I don’t know if “pussy-footing-est” is really a word, but it fits!

    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/celebrities/index.ssf/2009/06/people_spotlights_adam_lambert.html

  • BestAI

    From Young Hollywood website re the award Adam (and others) are receiving Sunday:

    “This week we’re counting down the Young Hollywood Award winners who we think will deliver knockout speeches, the ones whose wit and wildness will go viral immediately. (They picked the top five with Adam as #1.)

    #1. Adam Lambert: Young Hollywood Artist of the Year

    Though he finished second on “American Idol” to cuddly young dawg Kris Allen, there’s no doubt Adam Lambert is practically composed of star-power. He landed the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and he’ll soon adorn the sleeve of Rolling Stone. Throughout his tenure on “Idol,” he copped an unmistakable image that works for him and him alone. Most of all, however, he is an outspoken, articulate dude who boasts crazy-zany talent. He’s going to FLOOR the denizens of Young Hollywood.”

    Look for HL News and click on
    YHA Countdown! Part V: Top 5 Potential Viral Sensations

    http://www.yhawards.com/top_winners.html

  • BestAI

    I forgot to add to my post re Adam’s YHA. It seems to me that is alot of pressure to put on Adam, to really wow them at the awards show.

  • frogcooke

    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/2009/06/06/hollywood-turns-to-dc-to-help-kids.html

    Hollywood Turns to D.C. to Help Kids

    Next week, it’s Ziman’s and Simmons’s turn at bat as they pitch Tuesday’s star-studdedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Vivica Fox, David Archuleta, Eric Benet, Gabrielle Unionà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ”Keeping the Promise to Our Children” conference, sponsored by her Children Uniting Nations and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

    more at link

  • Lys

    No matter what key ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in he still has to go from the low of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“oh sayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to the high of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“the freeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ - that songs spans a pretty wide range.

    It’s actually not that bad. The song spans a total of 19 half-steps, and Kris displayed a range of at least 23 on the show, according to the Idol Ranges site. :-)

  • frogcooke

    and wahahahaha David doesnt like the ai tour suit ROFL. I knew he didnt like it.

    “Man, I have to pack for this summer! What do people usually wear on stage for a whole summer??? Rotate outfits? haha.”

    “Yeah so idk about having 40 different shirts heh.. how about 2 weeks worth? At least it’s not the shiny suit every night again hahaha”

    “I had to wear a shiny suit on the American Idol tour for those who never saw the shiny suit.”

    ahh he kills me

  • annabelina

    and wahahahaha David doesnt like the ai tour suit ROFL. I knew he didnt like it.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Man, I have to pack for this summer! What do people usually wear on stage for a whole summer??? Rotate outfits? haha.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Yeah so idk about having 40 different shirts heh.. how about 2 weeks worth? At least ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not the shiny suit every night again hahahaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I had to wear a shiny suit on the American Idol tour for those who never saw the shiny suit.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    ahh he kills me

    Lol! You beat me! I was just coming here to post that. I lmao-ed so hard. “The shiny suit.” Oh Archie …

    There was on solitary night when he didn’t wear it. I wonder if he tried to get away with it more often, but couldn’t. ;)

  • frogcooke

    yeah in sunrise i believe it was he didnt wear it… LOL

  • BestAI

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s actually not that bad. The song spans a total of 19 half-steps, and Kris displayed a range of at least 23 on the show, according to the Idol Ranges site. :-)

    If Kris has at least 23, then he never exhibited it on the show. Adam has 16 1/2 which is remarkable.

  • BubbleGum

    oh archie.I just want to hug him.He’s such a talented cutie.i love his random sense of humor.And i think i did see the shiny shirt on tour and I dont think
    even Adam Lambert could of wore it better.

  • saga

    If Kris has at least 23, then he never exhibited it on the show. Adam has 16 1/2 which is remarkable.

    I think Lys meant halfsteps, that is 2×11.5=23. I wonder if the idol ranges list is right because according to them Kelly showed a 12 step range (2 octaves) during her idol performances. Can that be right? I know from her music that she has a very wide range. Also, according to this site, Daughtry and Adam share first place for overall range shown in AI performances (16.5 steps).

    I should add that they don’t have information from some seasons up yet (Season 2-4 I think).

  • Lu

    There’s a site that keeps track of idols and their ranges??? I had no idea.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a site that keeps track of idols and their ranges??? I had no idea.

    http://www.idolranges.com

    The key thing to note is that the site only tracks the vocal ranges that the singers displayed on the show (not what they’re actually capable of achieving). Plus, the range figures do NOT include whatever falsettos they may have.

    Are head voice/falsetto notes taken into account for the range standings?
    No. In order to keep the comparisons consistent, head voice/falsetto are not included for the range standings, as not all contestants use head voice or falsetto. These notes are included in a separate “highest note” ranking and on the contestants’ individual pages.

    ETA: I see the site has added the separate category of “Range Including Head Voice/Falsetto”. As far as Adam is concerned, the numbers are the same, though most everyone else gains a bit in the total range.

  • SarahP

    Kelly Clarkson On à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Twilightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢sà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Robert Pattinson: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Yeah, Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Cute!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    :wub_tb: :wub_tb: :wub_tb:http://mjsbigblog.com/wp-content/plugins/lmbbox-smileys/smileys/tb/surrender.gif

  • maturin

    David Frost vs David Foster

    But it would have been so much more exciting if it were David Frost.

    NOT SINCE I exposed the sinister iniquities of disgraced ex-President Richard Nixon . . . have I been as excited as I am now about an American talent contest winner!!!

    Now I will be producing a new momentous drama: Frost/Nixon/Lambert

    Frost: Why didn’t you burn the tapes????
    Nixon: I’m saying that when the President does it, it’s NOT illegal!
    Lambert: Ah la la LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!

    It would be awesome.

  • LK09

    Ok, I have to tell you guys. A friend of mine had an extra ticket to the soccer game tonight and I was planning to go. Well, she won meet and greet tickets on the radio station, and she gave me one. I have never met him, so woohoo!

    About the video below… I prefer not to give these guys the attention they want.

  • elephant1212

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1UM-Csgn-Y

    HERE IS A NEW VIDEO OF THE PAPARAZZI IN CARS CHASING ADAM!! SCARY!

  • itsalleternal

    Good story about Mishavonna there.

    She also mentioned elsewhere that she was recovering from surgery on her tonsils, and just got her voice back.

  • frogcooke

    “Ok, I have to tell you guys. A friend of mine had an extra ticket to the soccer game tonight and I was planning to go. Well, she won meet and greet tickets on the radio station, and she gave me one. I have never met him, so woohoo!”

    ooohhhhhh lk! awesome!!!

  • hwc

    Adam would be soooo lucky to have DF produce parts of his album

    David Foster producing Adam Lambert’s album? Just shoot me now.

  • SpenserJ

    David Foster producing Adam Lambertà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s album? Just shoot me now.

    Working with David Foster is like the express ticket to a Vegas show, a PBS special, and obscurity. So, if I were Adam, I’d say no thanks. David Foster has had a lot of success, but he hasn’t produced a hit or been “current” in a very long time.

  • BubbleGum

    Is Daivd Foster really working with Adam?

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    Adam would be soooo lucky to have DF produce parts of his album

    David Foster producing Adam Lambertà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s album? Just shoot me now.

    I can’t even imagine that the idea of wanting David Foster to produce some of his album would occur to Adam. Completely what I wouldn’t expect!

  • Lu

    I would not be excited about ANY David Foster connection. Ewwwww…. zzzzzzzzzz. I just can’t picture Adam toodling around the country with David Foster and Andre Bocelli… nope, cant picture it.

  • GeminiDolly

    David Foster compliments Adam and now all of a sudden that means hes producing his album. Did I miss something here?

  • Lu

    ^^
    LOL… just taking a little jab at David Foster. It’s fun. :)

  • linsav

    BestAI Jun 6th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s actually not that bad. The song spans a total of 19 half-steps, and Kris displayed a range of at least 23 on the show, according to the Idol Ranges site. :-)

    If Kris has at least 23, then he never exhibited it on the show. Adam has 16 1/2 which is remarkable.

    From Idol Ranges:

    Range of the Finalists
    1) Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry – 16 Â ½ steps
    3) Syesha Mercado – 14 Â ½ steps
    4) David Cook and Mandisa Hundley – 14 steps
    6) Danny Gokey and Katharine McPhee – 13 Â ½ steps
    8) Taylor Hicks – 13 steps
    9) Ace Young, Bucky Covington, Carly Smithson, Chikezie Eze, David Archuleta, David Hernandez, Elliott Yamin, Jason Castro, Jordin Sparks, Lakisha Jones, Lil Rounds, Melinda Doolittle, Phil Stacey, and Scott MacIntyre – 12 Â ½ steps
    23) Alexis Grace, Amanda Overmyer, Chris Richardson, Gina Glocksen, Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, Kristy Lee Cook, Paris Bennett, Ramiele Malubay, and Tamyra Gray – 12 steps
    33) Allison Iraheta, Kellie Pickler, Kris Allen, Megan Corkrey, and Michael Johns – 11 Â ½ steps

    Head/falsetto notes are not factored into this range standings.

  • http://www.irish-wolfhounds.com Buderschnookie

    David Foster compliments Adam and now all of a sudden that means hes producing his album. Did I miss something here?

    God, I hope not…

  • hwc

    Adam did sing a David Foster song, The Prayer, in a benefit concert. Here’s the YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu_dPnRzbRQ

    I don’t think this the kind of album he envisions making.

  • TKat

    No matter what key ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in he still has to go from the low of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“oh sayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to the high of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“the freeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ - that songs spans a pretty wide range. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what was so hard about NB- if you start it low enough to reach the highs the lows bottom outà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ and vice versa.

    Our NA has 19 steps, in any key — it is enormously hard to sing. I wish Kris the best and hope he does really well. And the past 6 AI winners who sang it did it acapello. Even Danny Gokey had trouble with it a the Brewers’ game during the homecoming and couldn’t hit the high notes.

    My bet/hope is that he keeps it very plain and clean, and picks an arrangement that reduces the range. Some purests will not like it, but that is a better choice that not being able to do the 1-1/2 octave runs in that song.

    Personally, I love the SSB and don’t want to replace it, but sometimes it would be nice to have a National Anthem that most people can actually sing vs. having the National Anthem with the widest range and most demanding runs in the world. “Oh Canada!” anyone?

  • LK09

    Alex Rowe, a member of DA’s band, is not doing the summer tour. He wants to spend time with his family.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3XIpaeMwFM&eurl=http://fansofdavid.com/?p=23215&feature=player_embedded

    I am not sure who will replace him.

    On the ranges, I know those were the ones recorded during the season. I am pretty sure DA has a much wider regular range now and enormous with his falsetto.

  • Lys

    If Kris has at least 23, then he never exhibited it on the show. Adam has 16 1/2 which is remarkable.

    Note: I did say half steps in my original post. ;)

    So for Adam:
    16.5 whole steps = 33 half steps
    And for Kris:
    11.5 whole steps = 23 half steps
    NA:
    9.5 whole steps = 19 half steps

  • lizardino

    Our National Anthem is notoriously difficult to sing and sing well. I’m a trained vocalist with a large range (soprano), and I don’t even like to sing it. There is always a lot of discussion about this among singers, and I know there have been attempts to change it to something more singable. I really don’t think that will happen, and I’m not sure it should.

    I agree with TKat and I also hope that Kris finds a nice simple arrangement to sing — and then just sings from his heart like he always does. I will be keeping him in my thoughts!

  • LisaE

    I can see Kris singing the National Anthem with his guitar a la Taylor Swift during the World Series. I know Kris can sing circles around Taylor, but it would be a good way to make the song his own, his thing, and disguise any vocal difficulties (it is a HARD song to sing!).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFE2Eu8EKGE

  • lizardino

    Here’s a thoughtful little article about Adam and his potential future. I agree with what the writer says about Bo Bice (who I really liked on AI). I think Adam is too smart to let anyone take control of the direction he should go in, and luckily he has a lot of music business savvy already. Record companies can eat you alive.

    http://ondeafears.com/2009/06/04/on-the-future-of-adam-lambert/

  • LindaT

    Just read “Return of the Fabulous” (see the link above for “The Nation”). I highly recommend it — interesting article about the fascination with Adam Lambert in a larger social context. MJ, thanks for posting the link.

    (Just re-read what I wrote — I probably made the article sound boring, but it really isn’t!)

  • erinnthered

    David Frost vs David Foster

    But it would have been so much more exciting if it were David Frost.

    NOT SINCE I exposed the sinister iniquities of disgraced ex-President Richard Nixon . . . have I been as excited as I am now about an American talent contest winner!!!

    Now I will be producing a new momentous drama: Frost/Nixon/Lambert

    Frost: Why didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t you burn the tapes????
    Nixon: Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m saying that when the President does it, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s NOT illegal!
    Lambert: Ah la la LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!

    It would be awesome.

    LMFAO!!

    Love it!

  • TKat

    Regarding the NA:

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s actually not that bad. The song spans a total of 19 half-steps, and Kris displayed a range of at least 23 on the show, according to the Idol Ranges site. :-)

    If Kris has at least 23, then he never exhibited it on the show. Adam has 16 1/2 which is remarkable.

    So for Adam:
    16.5 whole steps = 33 half steps
    And for Kris:
    11.5 whole steps = 23 half steps
    NA:
    9.5 whole steps = 19 half steps

    Most vocal arrangements of the Star Spangled Banner are 13 steps; I am unaware of any 9.5 step arrangement and can’t imagine what that would sound like. The power of the song comes from the long runs and 4 distinctive slurs.

    Every voice (singer) not only has the range within which notes can be reached – but there is also an area where stamina, power and comfort occurs with ease. If you go outside that range, the notes often become weak or a singer can go off key (pitchy in Randy-talk). Setting range aside, the National Anthem is hard to sing for a variety of reasons, including:

    - The song has difficult runs of over an octave which reveal weaknesses in a singers transitions to the upper range. These big jumps are not very common in contemporary music. (This transition is often referred to as a “break”)

    - The SSB requires a singer to hit the high notes with power –and that is a problem for many singers who do not have a broad range.

    - The lyrics of the song are difficult to sing to the melody. So some of the high notes are on words that aren’t open — glare, air, free. It’s easier to hit a high note on a word like “Brave” with the long, open “A”. That’s why it is such a joy to sing in Italian, because it is a language with open vowels.

    Here’s a comment from an NYTimes article about singing the SSB:

    As a professional singer, I’ve performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” more times than I could possibly count, at occasions ranging from my high-school graduation to a stranger’s Eagle Scout ceremony. Each time, particularly when forced to sing with pre-recorded accompaniment, I approach the two high notes on the words “glare” and “free” with trepidation, no matter how confident I might be in the key and my own vocal technique.

  • storm45701

    am I the only one who simply like what he hears with his ears? To each his own.

    this may sound unpatriotic, but it’s only the Star-Spangled Banner.

  • DespiteMyself

    Thank you, TKat- I’m one of those idiots that knows what she likes but doesn’t know why, and this kind of perspective is educational and fascinating. Am I right in assuming that some of the same factors were at work with ‘No Boundaries’ and that is why I had my eyes squinched shut and my fingers crossed when Kris went after some of those big notes? Not only that, but in one of the recorded versions, I hear it pronounced ‘boundrays’ and it is much more pleasant to my ears. Now I think I know why!

  • saga

    Interesting Tkat! Now I definetely have to give this song a try…

  • maturin

    And the annual campaign to convince people that it’s impossible for mere mortals (except for FAN FAVE!) to sing a song that we all hear sung, and have sung, a million times, continues. CANNOT POSSIBLY BE DONE! The New York Times says so.

    And people will go right on singing it decently, and enjoying it, nonetheless. I love the SSBanner for containing a pretty neat poetic storyline instead of “Our fields have grain! Our mountains have tops! And where our land stops, there is seeeaa!” which a lot of kinda mediocre national anthems and patriotic songs devolve into.

    Whereas the Banner is both an account of an actual historic moment, and a prolonged metaphor: “can you still see it? is it still there? the things we wanted to have and fight for?” because a nation based on rights and equality is not the same thing as rivers and fields, which don’t go away. No more freedom, no more nation, and those are things we can lose, and that’s the truth the song is pointing to.

    That being said, so long as it’s well and respectfully sung, I myself like hearing it. To me, treating it like it’s a vocal landmine field, anticipating that each performer will be blown to bits, and using each performance as a tool for belittling the singers, seems pretty ridic.

    So cool that you can see the original defense of Fort McHenry flag in Washington at the Natural History museum.

  • lola

    I’m an Adam fan but I won’t put too much pressure on Kris on hitting the big notes on SSB. Kris will Kris and he has his own style. If he does something extraordinary with the song then that will be something to talk about. He might surprise us as Adam does. You’ll never know.

  • TKat

    maturin, “vocal landmine” is actually a really good description of the SSB. LOL.

    Look I agree. I really like this song, too. And part of the reason I like it is because it is very majestic.

    On a totally different note:

    Kelly Clarkson On à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Twilightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢sà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Robert Pattinson: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Yeah, Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Cute!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    I didn’t know that Kelly has such great taste!

  • JOJOSIE

    I didn’t know where to post this but Adam fans can download Idolatry’s interview with Adam at http://randomizeme.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/thank-you-slezak-for-adam-lamberts-awesome-idolatry-interview/. I’m not sure if Kris’s is there or not. I was just thrilled to find Adams as Slezak’s interviews are usually top notch. Yeh!!!!!!!! :wub_tb:

  • TKat

    Thanks JOJOSIE. I love that interview.

  • dyg

    Talking about the National Anthem:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2n9FZMdDEc

  • undercooked

    I think Kris will sing it heartfelt and it will be a nice performance. And let’s face it, most people listening to Kris’ SSB performance will be more interested in the game starting than if he hits it out of the park.

    By the way, dyg, thanks for Adam’s SSB. He does a terrific job with it.

  • tj17

    Talking about the National Anthem:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2n9FZMdDEc

    Thanks! I loved this version of the National Anthem by Adam.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I think Kris will sing it heartfelt and it will be a nice performance. And letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s face it, most people listening to Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ SSB performance will be more interested in the game starting than if he hits it out of the park.

    It’ll be fine. It’s a bit of a nerve-wracking experience for these newly-minted Idols, so don’t expect a home run. In the end, it’s not a big deal or a career changer.

    Talking about the National Anthem:

    Yes. We’ve seen it thank, you.

    And since Adam’s NA has been posted here on the blog, for like the zillionth time, there will be absolutely no need to post it in Kris’s thread tomorrow night.

    Consider that a warning.

  • dyg

    Yes. Weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen it thank, you.

    And since Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s NA has been posted here on the blog, for like the zillionth time, there will be absolutely no need to post it in Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s thread tomorrow night.

    Consider that a warning.

    Sorry, I don ´t read all the comments in each thread everyday – I work.

  • http://randomizeme.wordpress.com arca

    @ jojosie,

    Kris’ Idolatry interview can be downloaded from this link.

  • TKat

    MJ, you make a good point that when you write “Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a bit of a nerve-wracking experience for these newly-minted Idols, so donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t expect a home run. In the end, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not a big deal or a career changer.”

    It just makes me wonder why 19 continues to make this part of the post-AI win schedule (Except for AI3 Fantasia.). Due to work conflicts, AI7 is the first and only season since AI@ that I didn’t follow clear through. I only saw two AI7 shows last year, Final Two and Finale. The next time I saw David Cook was the NBA Final NA performance. So, for me, that “nervous” performance made a huge impact. And, even though I went back earlier this year and watch all the David Cook’s You Tube performances, it’s just not the same experience as watch the Idols progress through the season.

    Personally, I wish they would drop this event from the schedule. If they really want to find contemporary music stars, many of the winners will not be well suited to singing the SSB, and the situation makes it so much worse.

    Note: Even Whitney Houston’s infamous SuperBowl 25 version was lipsynced to her prerecording.

  • waffle

    Don’t know if this was posted before today, but I came across this article in one of our broadsheets mentioning the talent fees of the Davids at their concert in Manila – USD600,000 total. (Beyonce’s talent fee for her concert in Manila two years ago was USD800,000.) Thought it was interesting.

    http://www.bworldonline.com/Weekender060509/main.php?id=focus1

  • wellhesback

    For the fanatic Cookie fans – here are links to Andrew Cook interviewing “Terry the Blue light technician” from David Cook’s tour

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe8t9_P8dpA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri2G06zBtp8

  • lucy

    To me, the difference with the NA is: Do you have leeway to do a simple, creditable, heartfelt version, expressing the song, or do you need to have a “moment” or really show off the polish of your vocals?

    If you’re a singer known for your big notes and impressive vocals, then, yes, it’s probably somewhat scary because it’s rangier than many songs you encounter — only one whole step more rangy than Silent Night, though! — and because it’s so often sung acapella in a loud room when most singers aren’t used to doing that and people will expect some kind of hot vocal moment from you, so there’s pressure.

    But Kris isn’t a “big note” singer. So he has the leeway to concentrate on what he does best — phrasing and expressiveness — doing a singer-songwriter version of it.

    Plus, he’s a musician — a string player, no less — and I’d expect him to be pretty good with keys and tuning and such. This is a guy who won a huge singing/performing contest on the strength of his *musicianship*, and in the musical sense — as opposed to the “vocals” sense — the NA is not a very complicated song.

    It doesn’t have a key change, it hardly has any accidentals, and its up and down leaps are primarily on the tonic, the major third and the major fifth of the key it’s written in. If you’re used to conceiving of a song in its key, then these intervals are not terribly difficult to sing. Pure singers don’t tend to think that way, but instrumentalists often do. I would think that, given Kris’s background, he might conceive of it that way and get it in his head fairly readily. That’s probably why I haven’t found the song prohibitively difficult…The melody is a lot like doing pretty standard vocal exercises on the major arpeggios of the key of your choice.

  • TKat

    lucy, I respectfully disagree. There is a reason that many vocal coaches use the SSB to find the natural break in singers voices, it’s because it is so difficult to sing, they use it as a vocal stress test.

    But even more important is the setting for this performance. They play the Lakers Led Zep intro and the Laker video, intro the starting line up, the fans go crazy, all with lighting effects. And then the new Idol winner has to walk out and sing the SSB standing in the middle of the Staples Center with aweful acoustics. It not a great way to present any singer. And for many viewers, it will be the first time they ever see Kris.

    It’s not just about the song, it’s about the whole situation. Unless you are an extraordinary vocalist, it can do nothing to help your career. And what does it have to do with contemporary music — nothing.

    Finally, I’m expecting Kris to do OK, I just don’t think this is a great thing to do.

    PS watch David Cook’s performance from last year. I think he is a great vocalist and this performance was just nerveracking to watch.

    http://video.google.com/videosearch?sourceid=navclient&rlz=1T4ADBR_enUS244US244&q=Dvaid Cook national anthem&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wv#

  • wellhesback

    Tkat – I thought Cook sounded great doing the National Anthem but felt so bad for him, he looked so nervous. By the way, here’s a link to David Cook singing the Anthem with his brother Andrew at a Kansas Chiefs game last September. much better.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y5YfnlhEsI

    Hope Kris Allen does himself proud with the Anthem; I’m sure he will.

  • frogcooke

    speaking of anthems, David A

    “At the Rio Tinto Stadium, going to sing the national anthem soon.”

    they are streaming the game here:
    http://www.streamaudio.com/player/player.aspx?station=KALL_AM

    should be on soon i hope. Hopefully the radio station broadcasts it…

  • GeminiDolly

    OhFerras
    At Lauren Christy’s writing with Desmond Child for Adam Lambert! Amazing songs!
    33 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

  • SparklesATL

    Talking about the National Anthem:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2n9FZMdDEc

    Thanks for posting this. I have never seen it. (Sorry MJ)

    Did y’all notice that he was given a Challenge Coin at the end?

  • ggdoorsfan

    gotta put david a’s national anthem at this year’s pro bowl up – a cappella and very nicely done…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZZctQbwXb0

  • lucy

    TKat, I agree that this probably isn’t the ideal way to present Kris. He’s a singer-songwriter-type, and that’s best presented in a much lower-key venue and not singing some song that many people expect to be bombastic and to show off some kind of vocal fireworks.

    But if we;re talking about the situation, then I doubt that things would get much easier no matter what song you were asked to sing! The issue seems to me to be a lot more — Oh, cripes, I’m standing here in front of 50,000 screaming people and singing a song that’s supposed to honor a whole country! Row, row, row your boat could become difficult under those circmstances. But, guess what, American Idol, this is the world of the top performer, so…get used to it.

    Situation aside, though I don’t agree that Kris is necessarily going to have a terrible time singing the song.

    He’s not primarily a vocalist but primarily a musician and as a singer who’s primarily an instrumentalist and musician myself, I’ve found the song a lot easier to sing than pure vocalists seem to. I think that’s because I have internalized theory a lot more than any of the pure vocalists of my acquaintance, and when you hear that song in your head as a person with a lot of experience tuning instruments and so on, you tend to hear it as the harmonically simple thing that it is. Yeah, it runs over your breaks, but so does Silent Night –so do a ton of other songs. As you practice a song, you get used to the way it fits into your breaks. Maybe he won’t have practiced enough to reach this point, but maybe he will have, too.

    Further, I don’t think anybody’s going to expect a guy who wanders out in a plaid shirt and jeans to have anything but a nice little singer-songwriter vibe! As you mentioned above, I think, Kris kind of gives off that alt-country vibe — and you would never expect an alt-country guy to sing the NA like Pavarotti or like Martina McBride, either. You’d expect a quiet, thoughtful, quirky, alt-country take on the song. Kris can give them the quiet, thoughtful, quirky, little-bit-soulful singer-songwriter take on it, and I would think that most would accept this just fine, and, in fact, it would become a perfectly acceptable introduction to Kris. The question is — If they stopped having idols sing these anthems, how many other ways are there to get them in front of a big, non-music audience? Not a lot of options, seems to me.

    I confess that I’ve never been much impressed with the musicianship of most of the pure singers and vocalists I know. I’ve done quite a bit of my singing as a last-minute fill-in for some highly trained singer with gorgeous vocals who never managed to master the interval leaps or count the song correctly, so they had to call in an actual musician to do the singing. I sang a song in concert once that began with an upward leap of a minor 10th — and *then* the instrumentalists came in. That kind of experience, of which I’ve had quite a few, makes the NA seem not too tough to me. I guess it kind of depresses me to think that a whole lot of singers would find the song too difficult. What do those singers do with real music? I guess that’s why auto-tune rules the airwaves these days.

  • Victoria

    speaking of anthems, David A

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“At the Rio Tinto Stadium, going to sing the national anthem soon.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    they are streaming the game here:
    http://www.streamaudio.com/player/player.aspx?station=KALL_AM

    should be on soon i hope. Hopefully the radio station broadcasts ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Thanks for the link, Frogcooke. I think they only played the end of it, but he sounded amazing.

  • frogcooke

    yeah they only played the end but they showed it on tv on the fox soccer channel so youtube will be up soon :)

  • Victoria

    ^ Oh good! Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

  • Kirsten

    It just makes me wonder why 19 continues to make this part of the post-AI win schedule (Except for AI3 Fantasia.).

    Sooner or later, just about every Idol will be asked to sing the National Anthem at some sporting event or other. It seems that people don’t want to hear the same handful of “qualified” singers sing the NA at every event. They like a little variety. If the winner does not sing for the NBA, they will no doubt sing for the Superbowl or the Orange Bowl or a NASCAR race or a baseball game or a the Stanley Cup or the opening of a mall or something. Search YouTube and you may be surprised at how many Idol versions there are. So, might as well sing for the NBA if you are invited. Plus, I imagine that if you are a fan of the NBA, it’s kind of a fun gig.

    If Taylor Swift wasn’t stoned for singing the National Anthem, I’m sure that Kris will survive. Honestly, maturin is right, we go through this every year. Every year, somebody from Idol does a reasonable enough job such that they aren’t mocked in the press the next day. Most people just don’t care about a few bad notes (they probaly don’t even recognize them. Plus they’ve all sung the song themselves, they know how hard it is). Then, some weeks later, some other Idol gets invited to sing the National Anthem and it starts all over again. I see no point in me arguing about how good/bad Kris will sing it because we won’t know until he does it.

    And yes, it’s a lovely song and it deserves respect for being a NA (and it is one of the better ones), but the melody did begin life as a British drinking song (“The Anacreontic Song”) so I prefer to keep the “sanctity” of the song focused on the lyrics.

  • linsav

    GeminiDolly Jun 6th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    OhFerras
    At Lauren Christyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s writing with Desmond Child for Adam Lambert! Amazing songs!
    33 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

    Thanks for posting this. Great news. Desmond Child has worked with the big names as songwriter and producer. Lauren Christy has written for an impressive amount of singers.

  • ccagain

    Kris will never top the post from Archie singing at that soccer game in Utah tonight. My cousins are there and report a spectaculr reception. I am anxious to hear David sing at the children’s event. This should be a real tearjearker,

  • BubbleGum

    i’m a kris fan but i agree with ccagain.Nobody can top archie’s tearjerker version of our nation’s song.He did it so beautifully and tender.I didnt expect
    anything less from him.

  • frogcooke

    David A before he sings, cute standing around in his jersey being all serious:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUD5hW2jsgQ

    National Anthem:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLt7CfJWgqU

  • lola

    I don’t think Kris should be nervous in singing the NA although I can feel the pressure. It won’t really have that much impact in his future career as a singer. He will be ok even if he will sing the song as simple as it is. I expect a heartfelt rendition of the song from him.

  • TKat

    Do not throw rocks at me — this is not a fanwar remark. Just my preference.

    I just listened to the David A. National Anthem and I still think that Adam’s Miramar performance is better. The link has been posted here about 100 times so I will not do it again.

    Just a recommendation. Forget who is singing the NA. Close you eye and play both of them. Adam’s voice is just better suited to this song. And, since the National Anthem isn’t likely to be released as a single by either David A. or Adam, it really doesn’t matter that much in the grand scope of things.

  • frogcooke

    aww lol:

    “Neither Colorado nor Utah has scored yet, but getting ready for my performance. A little jittery!”

    no need to be jittery David… lol Theres only like oh 19,426 people there… thats nothing.. haha

    “Real Salt Lake GOOAAL”

    “3 minutes left and Colorado makes a goal haha. We’ll see how it ends”

    lol lol

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    It wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really have that much impact in his future career as a singer. He will be ok even if he will sing the song as simple as it is. I expect a heartfelt rendition of the song from him.

    It will have NO impact on his future career as a singer. It certainly won’t have a negative impact unless he reaches Roseanne Bar levels of trainwreck. Which he won’t.

    Seriously. This is not a big deal.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Sorry, I don ´t read all the comments in each thread everyday – I work.

    I’m just doing a bit of pre-emptive preparation here–I’m not going to allow any fan-warring in the SSB thread tomorrow night.

    I’m going to ask that posters concentrate on Kris’s performance and will probably delete links to other versions of the Anthem rival Idol fans might post in the thread to, you know, show that their Idol sings the best OMG ever version of the SSB EVAH OMG so much better than YOURS OMG MY IDOL SHOULD HAVE WON OMG.

    Last year’s Cook thread was horrible (as was the Elliott thread from 2 years before). I don’t want a repeat.

  • BubbleGum

    Kris is better suited for the NA.Its a song that is meant for someone with clear,pure and tender vocals.Its not meant to be over-done.I have see what
    Adam did to the song.Its over-done.

    edit: keep your remarks focused on your opinion only. don’t question the motives of other posters

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Just a recommendation. Forget who is singing the NA. Close you eye and play both of them. Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s voice is just better suited to this song. And, since the National Anthem isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t likely to be released as a single by either David A. or Adam, it really doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t matter that much in the grand scope of things.

    TKat, you’ve spent the entire day in this thread, post after post, trying to prove that Adam is the best National Anthem singer ever.

    Does it really matter?

    I’m going to ask you to please move on now.

  • Victoria

    Kris is better suited for the NA.Its a song that is meant for someone with clear,pure and tender vocals.Its not meant to be over-done.I have see what
    Adam did to the song.Its over-done.
    His fans wont admit it just like they wont
    admit ROF wasnt good,

    Ehh, I don’t think Adam’s version was overdone. He actually sang it very simply, which surprised me because I thought he would really show off his vocals, but he didn’t. He focused much more on the message of the song. I didn’t think it was the best ever or anything, but it didn’t seem overdone IMO.

    Thanks for the Archie links, Frogcooke!

  • LaurelG

    In other news, make sure to set your DVR’s for ET and the Insider on Monday. Lara Spencer of the Insider is hosting the YHA’s and ET has this description for its Monday episode:

    “Entertainment Tonight (New) Scheduled: ET’s cameras go behind the scenes at the Tony Awards; musician Adam Lambert and actress Rumer Willis; actress Cameron Diaz talks about her new show.”

    Looks like they’re planning an in-depth (for ET) interview and/or coverage of Adam for Monday, so that’ll be great!

    Pulled this over from another thread.

    BubbleGum (KrisAllen1?):
    I have see whatAdam did to the song.Its over-done.

    Sorry, mj. I’m trying not to add to the SSB/Idol debate but I just can’t let this one pass. Adam’s rendition of the SSB was stunningly simple, beautifully sung, heartfelt and the opposite of overdone, imo.

  • TKat

    TKat, youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve spent the entire day in this thread, post after post, trying to prove that Adam is the best National Anthem singer ever.

    Does it really matter?

    OK this will be my last comment on the NA subject. But to be accurate, I believe I have only made one comment on Adam’s NA since the Homecoming Friday performance — and that was a few minutes ago. And I have never said, and do not believe, that Adam sung the best National Anthem ever.

    Note: I did copy a post that included Adam’s range but only to comment on another part of the statement (National Anthem = 9.5 steps) without editting the original comment which I thought would be improper. And if I wrote something that was comparative before, I apoligize for forgetting that comment.

  • iluvai

    I just want to say David Foster is AWESOME!!!! I love him!!!!

    Also I was nervous when Jennifer Hudson sang the National Anthem during the Superbowl. I love her and I wanted her to do well. And of course she was awesome. But I was freakin’ nervous!!!!

    edit: don’t criticize or question posters motives

  • abbysee

    Wow we fan war over everything don’t we?

    I will go on record as saying I much preferred Archie’s and Adam’s because of both their awareness that the song should be simple and heartfelt and not bombastic. Their vocal training comes in handy. I also understand the appropriateness of their setting. I will also go on the record and say that I think Kris will do a fine job.

  • blahblahblah

    I have to butt in: Singers are musicians too!

  • AC

    I was just thinking that it really doesn’t matter what kind of range a person has to make the National Anthem sound good. I know that there are a ton of people with great ranges that can still somehow sound horrible due to nerves or what not. Also vice versa, a lot of good singers with smaller ranges can still sound good on it too. =)

  • GeminiDolly

    Looking forward to Kris’ rendition of the NA.

  • hypertwink

    Just as long as he doesn’t get terrified like Cookie last year, he’ll be fine. Better, in fact since nerves won’t become a factor in fucking up his singing.

  • jpfan

    Ha, ha. I remember the melisma filled Elliott performance. It was hated by many and considered a harbinger of doom.

    Unless Kris forgets all the words, grabs his crotch or faints no one will actually remember it by tomorrow. The people watching TV are there for the game. Only overinvested Idols fans will analyze it to death while posting links of Idol NAs through the years. Plus he’ll be fine I’m sure. Somewhere on the scale between Whitney and Rosanne Barr. Those are the only two 90% of people remember anyway.

  • leome

    Unless Kris forgets all the words, grabs his crotch or faints no one will actually remember it by tomorrow. The people watching TV are there for the game. Only overinvested Idols fans will analyze it to death while posting links of Idol NAs through the years.

    LOL Exactly. It makes me laugh when someone says that the NA singing will change the way they see the artist. As long as you remember the lyrics, everything’s fine with the audience.
    I remember last year the fandom jumping on David because the beginning was shaky and he got only positive reviews from those there and the press.
    So yeah… overinvested idol fans may want to make a big deal out of this stuff, but it isn’t.
    Kris will be more than fine.

  • weareallinnocent

    Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s rendition of the SSB was stunningly simple, beautifully sung, heartfelt and the opposite of overdone, imo.

    Yeah, that.

    And many of us “won’t admit RoF wasn’t good” because we genuinely enjoyed it and thought it was great! You know, the same as how the Kris fans love Kris for his performances and music, even though others don’t get the appeal at all? Yeah, just like that. :-)

  • TKat

    Many people, including me, love both Adam’s RoF and Kris’ Ain’t No Sunshine.

    This year I liked 4-1/2 contestants — Adam, Kris, Alison, Anoop and sometimes Matt. It was part of what made this season really interesting to me. The only similar season for me was AI5 where I was a fan of Paris, Elliott, Daughtry and Taylor Hicks. My least fun season was AI6 where I only really liked Melinda, and with all due respect to Jordin and Blake fans, I still have some trouble with Melinda not making it to the Final.

    So even though most people on this site know that I am completely OTT for Adam, I also like Kris, Alison and a long list of other Idols.

  • noctem seizure

    And many of us à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t admit RoF wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t goodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  because we genuinely enjoyed it and thought it was great!

    I’m not an Adam fan in the slightest and I thought ROF was probably his second best non-ballad performance after “Whole Lotta Love”. The ballads, Mad World and Tracks Of My Tears were in a different category altogether, obviously.

    Ironically, though, it’s some of the “rockish” performances in which he was praised to high heaven that I thought were abominations:”Black or White”; “Cryin”; “A Change Is Gonna Come” (the last one only because it was a iconic civil rights anthem and it should NOT have been “Adamized”. Youtube Syesha’s performance from last year to see a very good example of how to interpret the song.

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    On a separate subject, I’m wondering now if we have an explanation for Mishovonna’s exclusion by TPTB. The cast of finalists was already heavy enough when it came to devout Christians.

  • TKat

    On a separate subject, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m wondering now if we have an explanation for Mishovonnaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s exclusion by TPTB. The cast of finalists was already heavy enough when it came to devout Christians.

    Just my theory, but I think they didn’t want to end up with a country singer-songwriter. I also think she hurt herself with her song choice in the Group 2, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Drops of Jupiterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , she might gotten more votes with a country song. And she might have done better if she hadn’t been in the talent-packed Group 2.

    Setting that aside, they never even showed her audition. And it seemed to me like the judges were saying “don’t vote for her”. From one of the few reviews I could find of her performance:

    She certainly looked and sounded great to me. Simon was “left cold by the performance”. Kara wondered what “genre of music Mishovonna would fit into”.

    But I think the real miss of the season was Felcia Barton. IMO she deserved a wild card slot more than Tatiana or Von Smith.

  • noctem seizure

    But I think the real miss of the season was Felcia Barton. IMO she deserved a wild card slot more than Tatiana or Von Smith.

    Don’t forget Kristin McNamara and Jesse. Both were better than any female finalist except Alison and Alexis

  • erinnthered

    Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t forget Kristin McNamara and Jesse. Both were better than any female finalist except Alison and Alexis

    I’d take Jesse and Kristen over Felicia any day of the week! I never got the crazy love for her. She’s a good singer, but not all that and a bag of chips, IMHO.

  • spring2009

    Whoops I just posted under the wrong thread, but someone just tweeted that Kris really messed up rehearsal of the na (AND they called him Adam) ouch.

  • TKat

    Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t forget Kristin McNamara and Jesse. Both were better than any female finalist except Alison and Alexis.

    The put Jesse in the Wild Card round and she just blew it, IMO.

    And, and I guess Kristin McNamara is more proof they didn’t want country singers. And she is def Nashville Country. (Unless I am remembering the wrong singer.)