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Who’s The Real "Idol" Winner?

12:05 PM Thursday 5/21/09 | |

Usually there’s nothing I love more than being right. Who doesn’t?! But after predicting Kris Allen would steal the prize from Adam Lambert in last night’s “American Idol” finale, I’ve never wanted to be so wrong. Actually I take it back – this could be the best thing that’s ever happened to our glam-rock hero.

For starters, eyeliner lovin’ Lambert won’t be stuck singing the cheesy, gag-inducing “No Boundaries” ballad, co-written by new judge Kara DioGuardi, as his first single. As one of our commenters wrote on Pollstar.com, “Adam wins … he doesn’t have to record that horrible song!” Seriously, if Lambert can’t make a song work, you know it’s bad news. Lambert’s performances may have “No Boundaries” but that song is so not him and it would have been a travesty for that song to kick off his career.

  • Adam Lambert

    The runner-up finalist on "American Idol," poses backstage following the show's finale in Los Angeles.
    May 20, 2009

    (AP Photo)


Speaking of which, not winning the show and being so closely linked to “Idol” will allow Lambert to have more creative control over his career. If he had won I would have been worried about his sound and style being sterilized.

Besides, as everyone knows, it doesn’t matter if you end the show as number one, two or three, or in some cases ninth or tenth, either way, you’re basically guaranteed a record contract. Winning didn’t do much for past Idol champs like Ruben Studdard or Fantasia Barrino (what the heck are they doing now?!) whereas losing has treated Season 5 fourth place contestant Chris Daughtry and Season 3 seventh place contestant Jennifer Hudson just fine.

After watching the performances on the “Idol” finale, it’s still pretty crazy that  Allen was crowned the winner because it was clearly Lambert’s show. I mean, Lambert donned wiry black wings and platform boots (which he pointed out in a later interview were from his personal collection) and blasted out his signature scream in a pyrotechnics-filled duet with KISS while pianist/acoustic guitar playing Allen's big performance of the night was strumming along with Keith Urban.

The two-hour finale was packed to the brim with duets between guest stars and "Idol" contestants such as Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah, Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper, Anoop Desai and Alexis Grace with Jason Mraz, Danny Gokey and Lionel Richie, and Michael Sarver and Megan Joy with Steve Martin on the banjo. Season 7 winner David Cook sang a tribute to his brother and Rod Stewart made an appearance to sing “Maggie May.” Santana teamed up with the Top 13 “Idols” and Fergie sang with the “Idol” girls followed by a performance by the Black Eyed Peas.

“Idol” wannabes that didn’t make it too far in the game showed up to collect prizes and sing a few notes such as funny guy Norman Gentle, drama mama Tatiana Del Toro and Bikini Girl Katrina Darrell, who was schooled by a bikini-clad DioGuardi on Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love.”

The night wrapped up with Allen and Lambert triumphantly singing “We Are the Champions” along with Queen.

After Allen stated in his “Idol” audition that “there's probably people who are better than me,” the 23-year-old was humble to the end. When Allen was announced as the winner his jaw dropped and he said “Adam deserves this."

During the season Allen wowed viewers and judges by mixing up Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s "Falling Slowly" from the indie musical "Once” and Kanye West's "Heartless." After winning he told reporters backstage he wanted to make a "pop singer-songwriter kinda" album.

  • America's New Idol

    Kris Allen tapes an "I'm Going to Disney World!" commercial immediately after being crowned the newest "American Idol."
    May 20, 2009

    (AP Photo)


Lambert, who was praised for his take on Tears For Fears’ “Mad World,” Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” told reporters he’s received a couple record offers so far.

“My dream now is to make a really dope record. Do something new. Push the boundaries a little bit. Push people's buttons. Open people's minds up a little bit,” he told E! online.

Then again, maybe Lambert could hold off on his own album for a bit and hit the road with Queen. With Paul Rodgers recently parting ways with the guys, there’s an empty spot in the band – and Lambert has already demonstrated he can nicely fill Freddie Mercury’s shoes.

What do you think? Did the right man win? Will you buy Allen’s album? What about Lambert’s?

Oh, and for any one who thought Lambert was way too theatrical, click here to check out a performance by Rhydian Roberts, the 2007 season runner-up on Britain's "X Factor."
Read the E! online article here.


  1. hooterville wrote:

    10:37 AM, May 22, 2009

    The 'talent' on American Idol is mostly no better than semi-decent karaoke but  why be so offended?.....it's just sports for women. At least they arent watching E! , Oprah or  The View during those couple hours.  

  2. sugar wrote:

    08:42 AM, May 22, 2009

    Garbage tv at its finest. Eat up that cupcake, America.  It never ceases to amaze the tripe that a mass audience will soak up.  Not even KISS could save that gawd awful program.

  3. Surfer Rosa wrote:

    04:15 PM, May 21, 2009

    Sorry FaithNoMore89, but these days you CAN become a star overnight. Ever heard of the internet? It's the thing you're on. At least these guys worked for it a bit more than the Chocolate Rain guy.

    And no, Sarah, the right man DID NOT win. Leading up to the show, I entertained the notion that it'd be cool if Kris won because it would defy expectations as everyone was SO SURE Adam would take it. When it actually happened, however, I realized that Kris is a boring kid. Adam was original, cool and exciting... and if you can't become an Idol by being those things then I don't know what to tell ya. I feel your pain SMP.

  4. hooterville wrote:

    02:30 PM, May 21, 2009

    I seriously meant it when I said Adam REALLY won.  That song is so insipid and poorly written it has the potential to trash a true talents career.  What if Daughtry had been forced to sing a similar song? He might have been forever linked to it and instead of being rock star he might be performing in Taylor Hicks land (speaking of insipid).  Adam has the potential to go places with his talent and he wont be tied to such tripe. But it wont hurt Kris nearly as much, because lets face it, his potential audience is old church ladies and teen girls, not  people known for high musical expectations or taste.

  5. frunobulax wrote:

    01:40 PM, May 21, 2009

    American Idol SUCKS

  6. FaithNoMore89 wrote:

    12:40 PM, May 21, 2009

    Idol is for idiots...its trash TV. You cant become a rockstar overnight. it takes years of commitment. Not to mention, dont the last 10 finalist beocme stars who all get contracts so the show is asinine. A real American Idol is Roy Orbison.

  7. richgiven wrote:

    12:36 PM, May 21, 2009

    I loved them both and believe (possibly for the first time in Idol history) that the exact right two contestants faced off in the finale.  In the end, I think the public correctly rewarded Kris Allen's skilled musicianship, inspired vocals and natural stage presence over Adam Lambert's vocal gymnastics and flamboyant showmanship.  I am much more likely to buy a CD or attend a concert by Kris Allen than Adam Lambert.  I won't be buying the hideous "No Boundries" single though and I absolutley agree with everyone who has said the practice of launching each new Idol winner's career with such insipid material should be scrapped.