Adam Lambert and Kris Allen Speak with the Press, Plus Song Spoilers

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, gearing up for tonight’s final, spoke with the press yesterday from outside the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

Both Kris and Adam aren’t having any of the culture war nonsense the press is trying to drum up, stressing that the competition should be about singing.

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In other news, a FOX 5 reporter spilled the beans about what favorite Idol performances they’d be singing tonight. For Adam, it will be “Mad World” with “a twist.” and Kris is still deciding between “Heartless” and “Falling Slowly” but is leaning towards the latter

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134 Comments

  1. It’s so nice to see them comfortable together, and not caught up or buying into any of the culture wars. Good for them.

  2. Kris has to do Falling Slowly! That was my absolute favorite performance of his. And it never got true props, since that was the crappy split judges night. Heartless was great, but that was last week. He must do Falling Slowly!!!

  3. Pardon the way that I stare
    There’s nothing else to compare….
    You’re just too good to be true
    Can’t take my eyes off of you

    I love them together. Kradam forever

  4. Hope it’s Falling Slowly. Heartless is too recent. I though Ain’t No Sunshine would have been a great choice as well.

  5. Mad World with a twist? Oh no, it is just PERFECT the way it is Adam – are you listening, no need for twists or rock wails added to this particular song

    Oh I just watched the video, I love these two together, they play well off each other, this is my fav top two ever ever. Two very nice and talented guys

  6. Mad World! Yes!!!! I am all for an Adam win as I think he is bloody incredible, but Kris is a sweetie too…especially love the thumb polish thing he had going with Adam.

    I wouldn’t cry as I would have done last year had Cookie lost to DA, but I wouldn’t be overly upset if Kris won…although a win for Kris would forever be tainted with the vote against Adam mentality- and it would definately be in my head too.

    Over the season Adam has had the best body of work…he has brought it every single time, while Kris has only had two really good performances: Heartless and Falling Slowly.

    I think Kris is good but he still needs to grow as an artist and I don’t know if he would be allowed this as the winner.

    Yeps…Adam FTMFW!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. What a lovely interview .. they look remarkably calm and relaxed and both seem very sweet, down to earth guys … I think that either of them would make a great American Idol.

    hmmm .. Mad World “with a twist” … so Adam’s possibly going to change it up from his earlier performance .. I wonder if he just makes subtle changes ie even more stripped down, acapella or accoustic … or perhaps he may do the Tears For Fears version

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB2PW4ihdc0

    … I kind of hope he doesn’t change it that much as it was just so lovely the first time round.

    Falling Slowly would be a better choice for Kris as Heartless is too recent.

  8. I must say, this is my favorite finale. I can’t wait ’til these two perform.

  9. “””””I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t cry as I would have done last year had Cookie lost to DA, but I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be overly upset if Kris wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦although a win for Kris would forever be tainted with the vote against Adam mentality- and it would definately be in my head too.””””

    Me neither Layla, I like both a lot but LOVE Adam – I just cannot wait for tonight

  10. *ahem* sorry if i’m being a tad emotional here, maybe i mistook the posters in here for those at EW.com. Man, those fans in there are pure fanatical and rabid!!! Hmmmm….with that ranting concluded, i wish Adam the best tonight….but I AM GEARING FOR KRIS FOR THE WIN!!!!!! WOoo HOO!!!! :clap_tb: :jittery_tb: :king_tb:

    edit: Don’t lecture posters

  11. …..Oh and i wanted to add that i hope Kris does Falling slowly too, Heartless was just last week!@!! I agree with Kizgold, Ain’t no sunshine would have been great too, LOVED HIS VERSION!!

    Sigh…can time pass any slower…. :blink_tb:

  12. Apparently a local Fox affiliate said that the Coronation Song is called “No Boundries” and was written by Kara.

  13. I just want to put both of them in my pocket and take them home!

    Really, I am NOT reading any more yadda yadda about “Adam should win because”, or “Kris should win because”, or “Christian vs gay” or any of that. I have read more of that than I need in my lifetime. These guys have said it all…it is all about the music, and it’s gonna be a great show…and they will have great careers.

    If anyone is still in angst over all this…my advice is to find yourself a nice Kradam fansite where they love both guys and hang out there!

  14. Adam was a favorite of mine from his audition, onward. (I became an Allison fan once I heard her, in the semi’s.) There is no denying Adam’s voice is stunning. And if you look at the AI season as a “set list”, he’s had one hell of a set. Some weeks stronger than others, but Adam’s “off” weeks still made nearly everyone else look like also-rans.

    I wasn’t impressed with Kris when I first heard him (in the semi’s), but he has grown on me week after week. When looking at the thread on song suggestions I realized that Kris has had an amazing run – perhaps not as obvious to some. (Like me! LOL!) All she Wants to Do is Dance was his only “off” week. Beyond Heartless and Falling Slowly, he’s had Ain’t no Sunshine, She Works Hard for the Money, To Make you Feel My Love, How Sweet it Is, and probably more.

    I hope all of you who think Kris is “weak” will check out the headlines thread… there is an MTV article that compares Adam and Kris week by week, and it’s a good reminder that these two guys have both had a hell of a run.

    They’re both very talented and will be very different artists. But this will be a great finale. I’m pumped.

  15. I think that these two young men truly represent what an American Idol should be! They are both sweet, humble, respectful and both have tremendous talent.

    I am (as you can tell by my sn) an Adam fan and will vote my fingers to the bone for seven hours tonight and hope with all my heart that the confetti falls all over Adam who has worked tirelessly to hone his craft and make it in an industry that is so difficult to break into (even with the level of talent Adam has). He truly believed in his talent, leaving home right after high school and moving to LA, living in a roach-infested apartment, working whatever day job he could get, taking whatever gig he could (even to very small audiences) for the pure joy of entertaining.

    I am not aware of Kris’s journey in the entertainment business, so I can’t speak on that subject. However he is younger than Adam, was in college until very recently, so he has walked a different path than Adam.

    And all that being said, I WANT ADAM TO WIN, but will be fine with Kris winning as well.

    As they have both said, they both have already accomplished what they wanted to in this competition.

  16. Mad World with a twist. First thought would be Adam will put a rock spin on it. I think he will perform it completely acapella. The music in Adam’s original performance was so quiet that it was almost unnoticeable. It would not be a stretch to drop the music.

    Now I’m even more curious about Simon Fuller’s choice for Adam. I think Adam will go acapella with Mad World, so Simon’s pick is very likely to be a full out rock song. Hmmm – maybe a bit of Queen perhaps? Please not “We are the Champions” though. That will make Adam look cocky to the casual voters.

    Bad idea for Kris to redo Heartless. At this time. Heartless was my favorite performance of his, but it is much too recent. Performing the same song in back to back weeks will make Kris look lazy. (not the case, but I think the casual voters will go there).

  17. And, OBTW – I think their supportive relationship is incredibly endearing, for both of them.

  18. A à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“twistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  could mean acapella.

    *Dies*

  19. thank you for posting this, both adam and kris seem like great guys and I cannot wait for them to sing…..lets all take a note from them and vote for the best performance on the night..they are so cute…….I think that we have two winners this year.

  20. Sallyas1: I totally agree about Simon Fuller’s choice being an upbeat song. I am sure the coronation song is ‘cheesy’/ballady and so is Mad World. I don’t believe Adam would chose to do three ‘slow’ songs tonight. Logic dictates (IMHO) that Fuller’s choice is a ‘rocking’ kind of song!!!!!

    Is it 8:00 yet?

  21. Great interview. They both seem so nice (and cute). Good luck to both of them. I’m hoping for an Adam win, but wouldn’t be sad if Kris won. Great final two.

  22. Watching these two was just amazing. I am so excited for tonight. I wish them both the best. I think they are both true gentlemen. Good luck guys!!!

  23. I think Simon Fuller is going to give Adam something very “Brit Pop”.

  24. i also thought maybe he was going to sing mad world with an edge but adam is pretty smart and knows what he is doing…so if fuller gave him a rock song, he just might do it acapella. i really hope he does.

    i love adam, i hope he wins…but i also really like kris and will not cry if he wins. i hope they both have great careers and become very successful.

  25. I think Simon will pick an rock song for Adam, maybe “Final Countdown” by Europe

  26. As much as I love “Heartless”, he just performed that last week and would not be a smart choice to reprise. Falling Slowly or Aint No Sunshine would be better for him. I kinda wish they could sing something new but Kris has had some great performances so whatever he picks will be awesome! I hope Bandzilla does sabotage him!

  27. karenw, I can’t watch your video ‘cos not available in my region, so dunno if I’m posting the same video. Actually, based on what I remember of AI Finale’s grand staging, could it be that Adam’s Mad World is given a ‘grander and more dramatic twist’ suitable for the Nokia, like in the video below?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU68TLWikhM

    Slow tempo, but also dramatic. I don’t know if the contestants would be allowed to sing the whole song (this is 2.54) , or is it in the form of a soundbite still? Been a loooong time since I watched AI, or an AI Finale.

    I loved the way the guys just kept tossing the ball into each other’s court in the interview. They just kept looking at each other to affirm their statements, make sure that both agree with the statements. Loved seeing how Kris just manages to stop himself from eye-rolling at the more outrageous and ‘irrelevant’ questions.

    Good luck to them both! No matter who wins, WE have won in finding 2 such talents! That said, ADAM FTW!!!!!!!! *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE* *faints*

  28. Hi Everyone,
    When first heard Adam was doing Mad World with a twist my first thought was “oh no” no rock wail please !!!! But then I thought about it and I really think he’s going to strip the song down and do it that way which I feel will sound Awsome!!! I really wanted him to sing Tracks of my tears only because To me that seemed like that is when everyone really started seeing him as a true contender. Any thoughts.

  29. From Adam’s forums at AI:

    FOUND this on T W O P:

    “Ryan was just talking about the costuming for tonight’s show. He was talking about Adam and leather, and said twice that tonight’s fashion is ‘something that won’t soon be forgotten’.”

    Be still my heart!!!!

  30. I love these two guys!! I totally agree with whoever said….best finale ever on idol. I am going to eat this up with a great big spoon & enjoy every moment.

    …and wish the judges comments didn’t exist. Ahhhh. But that is why we have the MUTE button! Genius!

  31. It’s nice to see them together, they are going to have many more of these opportunities (look at the Davids, one whole year later still doing press and concerts together!). The fact that Kris and Adam are friends will make it a lot more fun for them.

    I like the decision to do Mad World. I think alot of people will be excited to see it again, especially if the casual viewer missed it the first time. A capella could be interesting. He could ace it, no problem (SSB is much harder to sing, and he had no trouble there).

    I absolutely hope Kris does Falling Slowly. It is the only song I bought from him.

    Best final two ever!

  32. Ryan was just talking about the costuming for tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show. He was talking about Adam and leather, and said twice that tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fashion is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢something that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t soon be forgottenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Hehehehhehee

  33. Ryan was just talking about the costuming for tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show. He was talking about Adam and leather, and said twice that tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fashion is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢something that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t soon be forgottenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Hehehehhehee :clap_tb: :clap_tb:

  34. All I can say is: I can’t wait. I’m happy with either winning – they are my 2 favs, along w/ Allison.

  35. Kris should definintely do Falling Slowly. If he does do Heartless, I hope he does a completely different version for contrast (like his iTunes version).

    These two guys are the best final 2! Props to both.

    Kris has only had two really good performances: Heartless and Falling Slowly.

    Wow, I have to disagree. I doubt only two good performances could have gotten him this far. To Make You Feel My Love (which I think mj called “gorgeous,” at least in the iTunes version — and it was) and Ain’t No Sunshine are two I would call way better than good. Man In the Mirror, The Way You Look Tonight, and Apologize were some other good ones.

  36. mj: I just watched the interview again. Thank you so so much. Seeing them together has really made all the controversy seem so ridiculous. After watching that interview I can go about my day and just look forward to a wonderful finale that will be awesome no matter what happens. Although, I will be checking back for more updates once in awhile!

  37. Kris is brave for doing “Falling Slowly” again – I wouldn’t trust the background singer to not go off the rails after Adam’s “Cryin'” performance. I’m in the minority with my opinion that Kris/random background singer doing this song straight really pales in comparison to the original. It’s still a great song no matter who sings it. I wish he had gone with “Ain’t No Sunshine,” since he can do a more original take on it.

    I think I’m also in the minority in not getting overly excited about the words “Adam” and “leather” in the same sentence. I’m still looking forward to the finale and hearing Kara’s craptastic song. I hope both guys are at the top of their game and think it will actually be pretty close.

  38. karenw, I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t watch your video à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹cos not available in my region, so dunno if Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m posting the same video. Actually, based on what I remember of AI Finaleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s grand staging, could it be that Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Mad World is given a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹grander and more dramatic twistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ suitable for the Nokia, like in the video below?

    Hi oddobserver .. no the version I posted was the original from Tears for Fears but it’s probably only available to view from the UK … this one might work (it’s more electronic and popish) .. I was a big Tears For Fears fan but personally I would prefer Adam to stick to the Gary Jules version or sing it acapella

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gFl2OXySs8

    I’m liking what I’m hearing about Adam and leather …. so it seems his juju will be out in force tonight …lol

  39. I guess the reason why Kris was still deciding between à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Heartlessà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Falling Slowlyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is because Simon gave him a slow/mid-tempo song to sing?

  40. I totally love this interview. These two are a riot. I love that Kris wants Adam to give him a copy of his album but Adam needs to buy his. They are funny and seem like good friends. So glad they were able to put the cultural wars bit to rest, not that the press will let it die….

  41. No Boundaries isn’t registered with ASCAP or BMI and I couldn’t find anything on the net. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  42. Great lads – well done. Love the give and take bantering between the two. One senses the respect and friendship between them.

    I like both very much and am at a loss as to which one I will vote for. As they said, it’s not a competition anymore for them. Adam is very comfortable in front of camera and answering press questions. Kris is a tad tongue-tied but I expect that will change the more he does it.

    Hope they do Mad World and Fallling Slowly.

  43. I loved the way the guys just kept tossing the ball between the 2 of them. They just kept looking at each other to affirm their statements, make sure that both agree with the statements.

    Totally. And I liked the way Kris kept saying “we’, the season of music that they both have achieved.

    Actually, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a final two look so relaxed. Maybe because for once the notion of each having already achieved their main goal is actually true. In last week’s USA Today, Adam spoke like the showbiz professional he is (albeit undiscovered till now) about the process of getting seen and known, and he’s self aware about wanting to be a pop star, i.e., someone who’s thing is a mixture of song and performance. Whether he’s one or two, he gets signed and he’s a “personality.” Whether he hits big or not will depend on the record he puts out in the fall.

    Adam is *not* one of those folks we saw back in Hollywood who basically told us that Idol was the only thing they’d ever dreamed of and their personality would collapse if they didn’t make it.

    Neither is Kris. He’s this year’s craftsperson, who made it beyond all expectation by delivering every week, with a healthy helping of sweetness and groundedness. Well, and hotness. But since he was a longshot for the final two as late as few weeks ago, he still has “win!” all over him even if he comes second. Whether he hits big or not will depend on the record he puts out in the fall.

  44. I am noticing something….since their “culture war” subplot didn’t hash out, now the producers seem to be going with almost an “anti-culture war” message–that we can all get along and it’s a beautiful world.
    My apologies for being cynical, but all I have to say to them is: “Nice save.”

  45. Wow, I have to disagree. I doubt only two good performances could have gotten him this far. To Make You Feel My Love (which I think mj called à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“gorgeous,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  at least in the iTunes version à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  and it was) and Ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t No Sunshine are two I would call way better than good. Man In the Mirror, The Way You Look Tonight, and Apologize were some other good ones.

    She Works Hard for the Money was a standout on Disco night also.

    I’m really intrigued about what Kris’s assignment is from Simon Fuller! If he’s debating between Falling Slowly–as super ballad–and Heartless–an uptempo–then what the heck did he get from the Producer?

    I’m excited about Adam doing Mad World with a twist. I hope Kris is able to twist up his choice too. Last year, I loved Imagine, but I was kind of bored with the reprise in the finale. (I realize that David A had 6 songs rejected by the producers for lack of clearance before he was told that he had to sing a previously cleared song.) I also thought that the reprise of I Who Have Nothing by Jordin was a snore in the finale that year. Anyway, it would just be great if these guys could surprise us with their reprises.

  46. Adam and leather = win

    :clap_tb: :smoke_tb: :jittery_tb: :king_tb: :lol_tb: :thumbup_tb: :tongue1_tb: :embarassed_tb: :innocent2_tb:

  47. karenw, the other vid is also not available to me. But it’s ok, I’m sure I’d have seen Mad World in its many variations, just wasn’t sure which version you were referring to. Thanks so much for your efforts. *High-5*,

    Adding on to my post about Mad World, there’s also this version, with electric guitar accompaniment. Still slow tempo, but could showcase Adam’s vocals well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqtV_Syt0SM&feature=related

    Side-note: Odd that Tears For Fears guy would sing the slow-tempo versions in their recent concerts. Guess Gary Jules really impressed them, either that or the singer (can’t remember his name) can’t keep up the pace of the original version anymore. :)

  48. Ryan was just talking about the costuming for tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show. He was talking about Adam and leather, and said twice that tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fashion is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢something that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t soon be forgottenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Hehehehhehee

    LMAO, remember this is a singing competition…I’m just here for the music! Hehehehehehehe

  49. Mad World and Falling Slowly were my two favorite performances from them, so yay. Hope that’s what they do.

  50. Thanks for the links for Mad World. I’m kind of excited about Adam doing it as much more of a rock song–especially if he’d drawn a ballad from simon fuller–and because it will be the first song of the night and it would be good if there was energy behind it to start us off.

    Re: Kris’s choice–he’s got a tough decision. Falling Slowly was incredible. (And the studio version is a MUST own–really, I only bought a couple of songs this year and I’m very happy to have it on my ipod.) But Heartless was so exciting because he was able to present that song completely differently from the original. Also, he could do Heartless differently again–with more accompaniment–drums especially; whereas, I don’t think Falling Slowly has the potential for significantly different presentation without damaging the feeling/message of the song. On the other hand (isn’t this my third hand?), Heartless was just last week, so the reinterpretation would have to be royally different to make it work.

    So excited to see what happens.

    BTW–I loved that interview. Thx for putting it up MJ. They were both well spoken, relaxed, funny. And Kris doesn’t talk a lot on the show, so it’s great to see that he completely holds his own with outgoing Adam.

  51. Adding on to my post about Mad World, thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s also this version, with electric guitar accompaniment. Still slow tempo, but could showcase Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s vocals well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqtV_Syt0SM&feature=related

    Side-note: Odd that Tears For Fears guy would sing the slow-tempo versions in their recent concerts. Guess Gary Jules really impressed them, either that or the singer (canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t remember his name) canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t keep up the pace of the original version anymore. :)

    Curt Smith’s the singer (used to have a bit of a crush on him in my youth ….lol) …. that version you posted is also really nice and I could see Adam doing something like that. I just hope he doesn’t rock it up as I think it would lose a lot of the vulnerability of his first performance which was one of the things that made it so great.

  52. Ryan was just talking about the costuming for tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show. He was talking about Adam and leather, and said twice that tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fashion is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢something that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t soon be forgottenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Oh boy……I wonder if Fuller picked an Elvis song for Adam….black leather jacket and black pants…..this night might be the end of me if we get an outfit like that along with an acapella MadWorld. What a way to go though…..

  53. Ok, some of you are gonna jump me for it. Pls note that I’m doing this strictly for laughs, and ‘cos I really really cannot help myself, being the ‘schmuck’ that I am. :devil_tb:

    Free Online Dictionary again!
    artist – A person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill:
    artiste – A skilled public performer or entertainer, especially a singer or dancer.
    Hmm…the Artist vs the Artiste? :tongue_laugh_ee:

  54. oddobserver: I guess you are a ”schmuck”. You just want to keep the fight going. Maybe you should fight with yourself for kicks.

  55. I can’t wait to hear Adam’s new take on Mad World. I hope that Kris does Falling Slowly- I loved Heartless, but he just did it.

  56. I’m pleased with both these song spoilers.

    Adam: Mad World for Adam — great choice and no place for a “rock wail” moment (I hope.)

    I happened to hear the original Tears for Fears version of Mad World on the radio (XM) over the weekend, and had a passing thought the Adam could do an electronica version of Mad World — more like the original. Same intenisity as Adam did on the first performance, restrained vocals but more upbeat tempo. Just a thought.

    And, I guess this means that Simon F. went with a Rock Power Ballad or Classic Rock for Adam. I’m still holding out hope for something from the last 10 years, but somehow don’t expect it.

    Kris: I think Kris is best with his guitar — maybe he’ll change up Falling Slowly and do it with his guitar. I really don’t this he should reprise Heartless — too much like David A. picking Imagine last year.

    Simon F. pick — James Morrison, Wonderful World, would be great for Kris. It would suit his voice and style well, and show how much commercial potential he has. And it would even work with “bandzilla”.

    And then they both have to do the Kara song. I expect it to attempt to be uplifting but end up boring, boring, boring. I do expect two very different arrangements and vocal treatments so that should make it interesting. If either of them can make a moment out of the expected retread drek they usually get, I’ll be surprised.

  57. Hey, ilnvai, I just wanted to clarify I was talking about the rock wail, but I see what you mean. Ok, I’m cool with your opinion, and will respect it. :)
    I’ve edited my post. *Shake hands*

  58. Another twitter from a Fox reporter said Kris felt good about all his songs but Adam said one was a real challenge for him. I think the coronation song is meant for Kris.

    http://twitter.com/kkelly16 Love that Cook wouldn’t pick a favorite.

    Think Adam has been thrown under the bus. Fox and a flaming gay winner. Don’t think so!

  59. I Kruve Kris. I do. I love him. I love that he said he hopes its not about having the Christian vote. That was a standup thing to say, that was klassy. Im on a “K” roll today. Still hoping for an Adam win but, I love the other guy.

  60. Side-note: Odd that Tears For Fears guy would sing the slow-tempo versions in their recent concerts. Guess Gary Jules really impressed them, either that or the singer (canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t remember his name) canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t keep up the pace of the original version anymore. :)

    Well since Tears for Fear have been doing that song for over 20 years, I rather suspect they have done that song every which way possible – I suspect they originated the slower tempo version – in fact my decrepit brain seems to recall seeing Tears for Fear doing a slower tempo version on some music show back in the 80’s. And I think the version on You Tube is a remix that was dancified, I remember it being slower than that in the first place. I always thought it more ethereal, much like the way Adam performed it. I got that album on cassette tape, buried somewhere.

    [as an OT aside I loved it when Crowded House rereleased one of my faves, Fall at Your Feet just last year with a Spanish guitar – just that guitar playing gave the song a new freshness, so keep that in mind Adam and Kris for future reference – record labels love that, recycling is cheap for them ]

  61. Do we have moles at rehersal for sure? Cause I am going to expire here on the West Coast waiting for this. On the plus side, I have company. Little does she know that she is going to be on Skype while I am on the phone. She’s an Idol Virgin!

  62. Kris’s Heartless LIVE performance is reaching 1 million hits on Youtube!! OMG, that is just effin amazing!!! Way to go Kris!!! WoW us tonight!! I’ll be voting all the way for Kris Allen as I have never seen a true musician as talented as him under all the light of pressure, scrutiny and hype. VOTE FOR KRIS ALLEN AMERICA!!!! :drunk_tb:

  63. I think it is cute that they look like they have similar shirts on – Kradam solidarity!

    Adam looks much younger sans the war paint oddly enough.

  64. Cay, What I heard from IDF is as following, they could be talking about the coronation song.

    “on my town’s FOX channel this morning they showed a little clip of Adam and Kris talking about their songs for tonight. Adam said that one of his a little bit different for him “stylistically” but that he is going to try to go there. Kris also said one of his songs is difficult to make his own.”

    “just want to add that Adam didn’t sound apprehensive or anything when he said that. he sounded calm and ready to tackle the challenge.”

  65. Another twitter from a Fox reporter said Kris felt good about all his songs but Adam said one was a real challenge for him. I think the coronation song is meant for Kris.

    I think Simons pick might be the challenge. Kris had been thown under the bus on the show, but in the press Adam has been ran over and over again about his pesonal life (which needs to be left alone)

  66. These guys are such good friends, I can almost see them planning their strategy for tonight together, still giving each other advice and figuring out which songs would be best to follow the other performer. Kind of as a collaboration instead of a competition. Seems like they’re as invested in each other’s success as much as their own. Great stuff!

  67. Oh my goodness me. Tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fashion is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢something that wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t soon be forgottenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢. Oh my – will Adam bring out the glam rock in all its leather and glitter glory?

    Oh boy, could be very risky. This makes me lean even more towards a Queen song. Adam channelling his inner Freddie Mercury.

  68. Great guys, both of them. I love that they have so much respect for each other. They are classy, articulate, talented…. and I can’t help but think that they were obviously both raised right.

    congrats to the Lamberts and the Allens – you’ve raised wonderful boys.

  69. I really respect both of these guys. Both are very talented and deserving. I’m just going to root for both of them to have great performances so that this is a finale that lives up to the hype.

  70. These boys make me proud to be an American. Just Good People, those two kids.

  71. Hmmm I wonder is the coronation song a curve ball for Adam or the Simon Fuller choice? If the coronation song was written for Gokey as some have theorized……

    What a thought, Kradam plotting their world domination, each covering a different end of the musical spectrum. Bwah.

    Indeed Ettacandy, I don’t know what the vibe was Season 3 – 6 because I was not paying attention but it seems to me that both Season 7 and Season 8 peeps got along almost too well and again we have a Top 2 duo that are friends and respect each other. We have to watch the other reality shows to get bitchiness it seems.

  72. I mentioned this in another thread but I thought it should be over here.

    Watch the video and pay attention to their body language. They are almost a mirror image of each other. They sit the same way, they tilt their heads the same way, they hold their hands the same way, they look at each other totally in sync.

    It almost seems choreographed they way they move with each other.

    These guys are so in sync you can tell their true fondness and respect for each other.

    The only time I’ve ever seen people have body language like these two are siblings, best friends or married people.

  73. I’m going to guess the coronation song will be the challenge for Adam.

  74. Okay the title “No Boundaries” is already is an improvement on the first rumour.

    But what kind of boundaries are we talkin ’bout Willis.

  75. Thanks for the information on the TFF guy. I’ve loved “Mad World” since young, especially the lines
    Made to feel the way that every child should
    Sit and listen, sit and listen
    Went to school and I was very nervous
    No one knew me, no one knew me
    Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
    Look right through me, look right through me

    Somehow, those lines are especially poignant to me, wonder if Adam also felt that way, and if that’s why he could sing with so much emotional connection to it.

    As for “Falling slowly”, being way more limited in musicality than Kris, the only other version of the song I could think of was the original by The Frames, which has more band accompaniment.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGJ8dY_IcgE
    I’m worried about Bandzilla if Kris does it like this tho’.
    I need my Tuesday night fix! It’s my 2nd-to-last fix. Gonna go into withdrawal after the crowning!

  76. Think Adam has been thrown under the bus. Fox and a flaming gay winner. Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think so!

    Here we go again :neutral_wp:…..positive thoughts people!!!!!

    Do we think One was easy for Adam? That’s not his normal style and he nailed it! My bets are on the coronation song being a challenge as well…….but I have no doubts in Adam’s ability to make it his own and have them on their feet tonight!!!

  77. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnWdjfJluSg

    The last of the New Year’s Eve Upright Cabaret performances. This one is another version of Crazy complete with a sing-a-long (in an octave lower beautiful baritone Adam voice – who knew).

    Love Adam’s performance banter! So fun!

    If you don’t sing along, I’ll hit you with my microphone!

    That’s good! A beautiful gay men’s chorus among everyone!

    (as he is walking through the audience) Don’t give me money, cuz that’ll make me crazy!

    Happy 2009! Woo!

    Yes, indeed! This has been a great 2009 because it introduced me to Adam Lambert!

    About tonight, don’t forget that Miles (AI stylist) on E!News said that there will be SIX wardrobe changes for the Finale! I wonder if Adam will chance the wild leather outfit for before or after the vote????

  78. I called Mad World and Falling Slowly right away when the repeat rumor broke. Makes sense, as they are earlier stand out performances yet people have nitpicked the vocals on each performance here and there so there’s room for improvement. I’m guessing the twist is a capella? Good choices for both I think. Have a good show, guys.

  79. When Adam say he is challenged then it must be a good song. Trust me, Adam loves challenges and taking risks. He will do well tonight.

  80. Oh my – will Adam bring out the glam rock in all its leather and glitter glory?

    Oh boy, could be very risky.

    Yes, please…do it, Adam! In theory it is risky, but Adam seems to do best when he goes ahead and unleashes his inner glam rock star. He almost went there with “Whole Lotta Love” and had no problems. It’s who he is as a performer and I think most viewers have figured that out by now. And people who don’t like it would probably never vote for Adam anyway, no matter what he wears.

  81. If they’re forced to do reprisals, then Mad World and Falling Slowly are good choices. They are my favorites from them… well, for Kris, I guess FS is tied with Ain’t No Sunshine for Kris, but I see that FS might be more effective. I hope they are both able to elevate their previous performances somehow to avoid the “It wasn’t as good as the first time” comments from Simon. I hope Adam’s “twist” doesn’t involve wailing.

  82. I wish Kris had chosen “Ain’t No Sunshine.” It is a much more recognizable song and that’s important for the many casual viewers who will be watching tonight and probably voting for the first time.

  83. In that “Crazy” video from New Years, I love the banter with the audience and I love how unabashedly….Adam that Adam is! LoL. With the mentions of gay choruses and him saying “yes, girl!” to the crowd. I love it! Go Adam!

  84. congrats to the Lamberts and the Allens – youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve raised wonderful boys.

    …and I still love hearing Kris say “Don’t cry, Mama”….

    Seriously, in terms of likeablity, they’re both equal in my heart. I choose Adam for the win, just based on his talent and performance skills. Would be a pity to let such an entertainer fade away, since they’re so hard to find, in the midst of all the Disney, boy-band and Auto-tune drek. Seems like only old fogeys can still rock out, like Elton John, U2, MJ, Madonna, and they’re what, 50-60 plus?

    I’m sure many of you will disagree with me, so YMMV. :)

  85. I think Rickey Martin during their roundtable discussion yesterday had a slip of the tongue. I have a feeling that the twist in Mad Song is singing the first part acapella.

  86. Mad Song

    ? :lol_tb:

    Think we’re the ones that are mad, being so fixated on a TV reality show. :)

  87. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m going to guess the coronation song will be the challenge for Adam.

    Me too. With Danny in mind, it probably did have a bit more gospel feel to it. Nothing against Danny or that style, just Kara’s look at learning Danny wasn’t in the Top 2 told me that the song probably fit him fairly well.

    Personally, I think I probably will be a little sad if Adam doesn’t win, but I won’t be mad like I would have been last year. LOL I do like Kris alot, he always was vying for the spot as my #2 fav with Allison. And, I adore the attitude and comaraderie that both are showing, leading the viewing world to a different place than where TPTB and most media seem to want to go.

    Sooooooo excited!!!! YAY, give us a great show, boys!!

  88. She Works Hard for the Money was a standout on Disco night also.

    I forgot that one, and that’s actually the one I sing to myself all the time. That, and Falling Slowly — as well as Adam’s Mad World.

    I thought Kris seemed more comfortable with the press than back when he, Adam, and Allison were interviewed together after they won their group. He’s already learned a lot.

  89. This will be the most intriguing top 2 we’ve seen because of how vastly different these guys are. Yes, Cook and Archuleta were different, but it was a boy taking on a man last year. These two are completely comfortable with themselves and know exactly who they are musically. I cannot wait to see what they have cooked up for us to watch.

  90. Oh! I love some lovin here! Both are really great friends and we all can feel it! There is uneasiness between the two…love love love repeating this clip!

    Go boys, give us some really fun finale!

  91. I thought Kris seemed more comfortable with the press than back when he, Adam, and Allison were interviewed together after they won their group. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s already learned a lot.

    ITA. Last time he was so nervous. Now he is more articulate. It helps that Adam is more media savvy and Kris was able to have the time to form his answer whenever he is not sure by inviting Adam to answer it first. Adam is the perfect interviewer partner as he always try to ensure that there is a balance of talking time between the two despite being more articulate with media ready answers.
    For example when they were asked about each other’s secret.

    I found it is very cute that Kris at times having problem to mask his reaction of “rolling his eyes” when the were questions were ridiculous.

  92. I don’t know what to think when I hear leather and tight pants. Although it sounds really yummy, I hope it isn’t too risky. But guess what, maybe Adam has decided to be true to himself. He knows that he has made a name for himself so maybe he just wants to be Adam. His over the top can be so cool. I don’t think he will go way OOT but maybe he will with his uptempo song. Nothing wrong with that as long as he can pull off the softer songs.

    I can’t wait to see how Kara is gonna act and critique them since it will be her song and I am sure she has a particular version she wants to see. Could be a train wreck for one of them.

    Anyways, with all the love we have for both of them, we need to remember who we are voting for and vote the full four hours as, for me Adam, is gonna need every vote he can get. He’s been beat up pretty good these last few days and needs some help along the way.

    But they are both great guys and I have to admit I’ve watched this interview quite a few times. Keep the Adam vote going all night.

    Enjoy the show. It is gonna be awesome.

  93. They both said the songs they are doing are good songs…sounds great…I love how they are friends, they are both very sweet.

  94. Has it actually been confirmed that the coronation song was written with Danny in mind or has this just morphed from rumor to fact?

  95. i still want kris to sing “ain’t no sunshine”, i thought it was really cool and “artisctic”, it showede how great a musician he is….it was awesome!

    but falling slowly was also great for me, hope kris will play an instrument, the guitar so it will have a fresh look as he did not use any instrument in his first take on it..

  96. Has it actually been confirmed that the coronation song was written with Danny in mind or has this just morphed from rumor to fact?

    Yeah, maybe the rumor is just based on the KaraFace when Danny was eliminated? That was so awesome: BWHAT???!!!!!???

    :surprised_tb: :surprised_tb: :surprised_tb:

    Ah well, last year David and David made pretty great finale performances out of two total dogs from the contest pile, here’s hoping that Adam and Kris secretly collude and figure out a way that there can be two good versions of one crappy songs.

  97. Ok ..So this is the first time I have been this excited about the two finalist of AI..I never get this caught up in anything!!! If Adam believes that doing “Mad World” with a twist is the way to go..The so be it people will love it because his twists are good ones..They WoW us…lol….
    I hope Kris Does “Falling slowly ” or “Hard for the money” would be great too..
    Too bad they can’t put another Twist to this years Idol and crown them both the winner…But since that wont happen….I would rather see Adam win but Only because I would love Kris to do an Album with Jamie Fox….and with the AI title I don’t think he would be able to do that… Good luck to the both of them! I will buy both their albums!

  98. they’re like an old married couple at dinner…they look at each other while speaking, they almost complete each other’s thoughts. kill me now.

    and towards the end, the whole “im not giving you my record, you’ll have to buy it” tease …too cute for words…as if they were in their own BFF world. :wub_tb: :blush_tb:

    8 seasons later, and i finally love the top 2…i am at peace :innocent2_tb:

  99. I love how on some of the dumber questions they look at each other and you can just see how badly they want to crack up. I heart them both.

  100. i love the you’ll give me a copy but you have to buy mine! lol! so cute! =) i am loving these two! thank you guys for such an amazing journey in american idol!

  101. wand3rful May 19th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re like an old married couple at dinnerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦they look at each other while speaking, they almost complete each otherà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s thoughts. kill me now.

    and towards the end, the whole à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“im not giving you my record, youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll have to buy ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  tease à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦too cute for wordsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦as if they were in their own BFF world. :wub_tb: :blush_tb:

    Aren’t they just loveable? I think they’re both great and wish them both the best.
    They handled the dumb questions really well, too.
    This reminds me of last year with the David’s, yet these two are still unique in their own ways. It’s going to be a great finale, can’t wait! :clap_tb: :thumbup_tb:

  102. Watch Adam as he looks at other people, i.e. whomever is talking to him or when the reporter was asking Kris a question, Adam looks straight on.

    this is due to his theatre training where they stand or hold their body or face in such a way as to give the person all the attention who needs the attention… i.e. when the reporter is asking kris a question, Adam looks dead on toward kris.. even pointing his body toward Kris.

    Its a theatre thing, hope someone notices it.. it is to put all the focus on the person that should be focused on.

    Way kewl!!! :)

  103. ^^Oh, there was one section where the reporter must have been really close, ‘cos they pretty much looked DOWN. I had to laugh, thinking that the reporter must have come from the land of Lilliput.

    Was kinda like watching a tennis match I think. And I also love the way they thank the reporters when they’re complimented. Very good PR skills that they both display. Kris has unknown hidden depths in him yet. He ain’t no mere “Mama’s boy”. Here’s wishing the Kradam love lasts for a looong time! :drunk_tb:

  104. for the first time this season, i actually will pass on the performance video spoilers (westcoaster here) and just enjoy the show as a mini concert. mom is making chili, dad is breaking out the red wine, sis is bringing dessert (she better!) and the whole family will sit down to enjoy two great guys, with great talent AND chemistry.

  105. Awesome interview. Y’know, at this point, it hardly matters who wins. Adam and Kris are such different artists that they’ll each do well in their chosen genres. And I flove the manicure solidarity. That’s mutual respect and admiration, right there.

    It’s nice to see their genuine friendship – they look very comfortable together, and they seem to really be proud of each other. I’m all down for a warm and fuzzy finale.

  106. ‘Mad World’ – Personally I hope he doesn’t do it acappella, as the piano arrangement in his original performance was stunning and slays me every time I listen to it (which is probably about 300 times by now). But I’m sure that whatever he does will be all kinds of awesome.

    And I looooove that press conference. Those two guys are so funny, and it makes me happy that they such good friends. I’m really glad they’re in the mindset of just going out there and doing the best they can do, rather than trying to one-up each other. If they were the same type of artist (i.e. both OTT rockers, or both ‘love ballad’ or ‘slow rock’), it would be tougher, I think.

    I love the way that Kris seems to be kind of protective of Adam with respect to any questions that seem like they’re trying to bring up the stupid “is he or isn’t he” debate. Way to stick up for your buddy, Kris!

    This is going to be a close race. I’m almost glad that I don’t live in the States and can’t vote – so I can at least attempt to be uninvested in the outcome. I’m just going to keep telling myself “It is what it is. Quà © sera, sera.” Hopefully that will keep me calm until the end of the show tomorrow night. …And after that, I will never watch this damn show again. Anything that comes after this past season will be anticlimactic to the extreme – unless they find Adam’s female counterpart (maybe they’ll find her in Canada!), but that’s about a 1 in 10million shot so I’m not holding my breath.

  107. Adam gave good interviews. There’s a couple techniques that in my work we try to get people to do when interacting with the media (eye contacts, giving straight answers, repeating a question to give yourself more time to think about the answers). Not everyone I work with can do this of course but Adam just seems natural at it.

    And Kradam is adorable! I think I will miss the weekly dose of Kradam a lot after this season ends.

  108. Anastasia72071, Canada already has Celine Dion, and I’m not trying to be insulting. I love her songs, and was sad that she stopped recording when Rene was sick, ‘cos it would be hard to get back on top again. I saw the TV special of Celine Dion in Vegas with the Cirque du Soleil-like sequences. Think was the same choreographer for both Cirque and Celine. As Kris would say, Kick Awesome!

    ETA: Wonder if Kris and Adam are wearing each other’s support bracelets. Heard a lot of jingling as they gestured. I remember Matt said that Kris wore his support bracelet, in the week that he was saved. The moments after the Matt save were also Solidarity moments that I remember fondly.

  109. terps
    Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t do this version Adam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2MKfHnYOek&feature=related

    Wow, ‘Mad World’ as an alt-rock song. That’s definitely… Different. I too hope he doesn’t re-work it this way (don’t think he will! Right, Adam?!) – BUT, in general I think he could actually pull off this type of uptempo arrangement – his voice is much better than whoever that is.

  110. Speaking of Celine Dion, I recall Larry King saying Adam is the female Celine Dion.

  111. Ok. I’m pathetic. I watched this video about 8 times already. Each time, I keep rewinding to the “buying the album” part. I just crack up and get warm and fuzzy all at the same time…

  112. Heart
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnWdjfJluSg
    The last of the New Yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Eve Upright Cabaret performances. This one is another version of Crazy complete with a sing-a-long (in an octave lower beautiful baritone Adam voice – who knew).

    I’ve already seen Adam do three different versions of this song, but OMG I had no idea this one existed! Love it (the bit about the microphone is hilarious!). And holy hannah at the baritone! I knew Adam has a lovely lower register, but I had no idea he was able to get that low! What an amazing, amazing range that boy has, and the way he is able to improvise (and then improvise again) continues to impress me.

  113. Starrlight
    Has it actually been confirmed that the coronation song was written with Danny in mind or has this just morphed from rumor to fact?

    IMHO, for a show that the public votes on, deliberately writing a coronation song with *anyone* specific in mind as opposed to someone else, would be idiotic. Not only does it have giant potential for trainwreck, but it would be pretty much like shooting yourself in the foot (hand?) as a writer. Having said that, we ARE talking about Kara “Studio 57/Saturday Night Live” DioGuardi, so anything’s possible!

  114. oddobserver
    Anastasia72071, Canada already has Celine Dion

    Hehe! True. Although, a lot of Canadians hate Celine. I happen to like her, but IMO her voice is a little ‘thin’, and her Vegas stint (complete with the uber-tan and platinum blonde hair) was way OTT in a big bad way. I think she ‘jumped the shark’ there. Time to bring on some NEW giant talent in Canada, methinks. We’ve only had one female Idol in Canada so far, so I think it’s time, and if she were big and bold like Adam I would totally love it; so would Canada as a whole – we do love strange and OTT things (see Jacob Hoggard, lol).

  115. Watching this video gives me the warm fuzzies.

    You can see they really do get along and they are ‘real’ friends. I mean you know they all say “oh yeah we get along” and “we are such good friends” and you know that sometimes its just words and they don’t say what they really want to say. Them joking with each other as if they were just hanging out is just too cute.

    I have been a major Adam supporter from the beginning but have liked Kris too. The finale is going to be great! Who better to lose to than a friend. But then again there really isn’t any losers here. One will be named the 2009 American Idol but they both will walk away as winners and go on to amazing careers and they both deserve it.

    Now if only I can speed up time because the waiting is killing me!!!!!

  116. Weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve only had one female Idol in Canada so far, so I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s time, and if she were big and bold like Adam I would totally love it; so would Canada as a whole – we do love strange and OTT things (see Jacob Hoggard, lol).

    Anastasia72071, actually, we’ve had two – Melissa O’Neil (CI3, 2005) and Eva Avila (CI4, 2006).

  117. Oh boyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦I wonder if Fuller picked an Elvis song for Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.black leather jacket and black pantsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..this night might be the end of me if we get an outfit like that along with an acapella MadWorld. What a way to go thoughà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..

    Funny you should mention that. I was chatting with the ladies at work and one in particular, who I would have thought was an Adam fan, is very put off by his professional experience (“he got a break already”I know.) and the fact that he’s being over-hyped to the high heavens. She thinks he’s talented but is totally loving cutie-pie Kris (she was also an Allison fan). She said, “But – if Adam sings Elvis, I’ll HAVE to vote for him…”

    So, for a certain demographic, Adam would probably win himself some fans or at least some votes if he does Elvis.

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