"Idol" speculation

May 21, 2009
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Okay, so our nation has annointed another "American Idol." And the chat rooms are buzzing about whether or not humble guy Kris Allen deserved the win over the in-your-face Adam Lambert.

The fact remains that both have been given a huge launch pad. And past "American Idol" contests have shown that the winner isn't always the one who gets the bigger career (remind me: who beat Jennifer Hudson? And did you fill your iPod with Taylor Hicks downloads?).

So which of the two, Lambert or Allen, do you think anyone will be listening to in five years? Does either have the chance of a Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson-level career? How long before they pair up in a tour of "Rent"?

And is there any other message to take from this match-up's results besides the mass audience of text-message girls went for the smile?

Your thoughts?
  • It's entertainment and this was the best season yet. Adam Lambert is a great artist with fewer boundaries. (Jamie Foxx said it best during his coaching with Adam ........you don't even care who I am). Kris Allen is safe, the one you take home to meet mom and dad (or not). America voted and the winner is.....

    And is there any other message to take from this match-up’s results besides the mass audience of text-message girls went for the smile?

    The bar has been raised. I think next season we'll see a more artistic colorful competition (I hope) and a somewhat older audience. Thank you Adam Lambert, for breaking the mold, and for bringing KISS, QUEEN AND ROD STEWART to the stage.
  • Ok. I am the somewhat older audience (41 yrs.). I absolutely loved Kris for his laid back style and beautiful singing without vocal olympics. While I still love Adam too, I did vote numerous times for Kris. I think they both will make great music and I will be downloading it to my iPod in the near future.
  • As entertaining as both were, I think you will see less of Kris Allen than you will of Adam Lambert. Mark my words, Adam will be a part of Queen.

    The one you need to watch out for Danny Gokee, who should have beat out both contestants. I think it was a blessing for him since historically the top guy doesn't do as well in his career.

    But... It all comes down to who the idols get hooked up with to develop their music and careers. The direction that is chosen for them ultimately will make the a huge success or utter failure.
  • Since when is American Idol considered entertainment?
  • Adam is definitely the more talented of the two. He will have a long career. He's blessed to have NOT won since he won't be required to sing the Idol song No Boundaries every time he's on stage during the next year!
  • This year, Idol was the best! It was great entertainment as well as a great education for those looking to break into the music business. I wanted either Danny or Kris to win as they have such pure voices. Yes it was fun to watch Adam, but I can't imagine a whole album of his type songs. All the screaming would become boring really quick. But with either Danny or Kris, the words will come through with great emotion.
    I see Adam in Vegas, Danny having a record in 4 months and poor Kris tangled up in contracts for 2 years like all the other winners. Hopefully people will remember him when all the legal contraints are removed.

    I voted for Kris from the beginning because the music was easy to listen to and very emotion jogging. And I'm 52. I will be buying his record when ever it comes out! And Danny's and Matt's too. I'm sure the young girls voted for Kris because he's so cute. But he has a great voice with sweat tones. Adam probably would have won if he sang more soft inviting songs and didn't scream so much.
  • The best way to judge true singing talent is with your eyes closed - no visual distractions. To judge the best performer, you need to see as well as hear. People who listen to Kris - truly listen - will hear a very talented voice. His acoustical performance of Heartless - while he jammed it out on the guitar - was amazing. Adam is a true talent, borne from years of perfoming on stage. He knows how to play to the crowd and has a flair for the dramatic. Kris, a performing novice but a talented singer, is more reserve. Both will take different career paths. But, I believe, will both be successful on different levels.
  • I'm just glad that I couldn't pick either of these guys out of a one-man lineup. Haven't seen the show in years, but it does seem like there has been more buzz this year than normal. The producers must be doing something right.
  • Adam was truly the best vocalist and singer as well as entertainer. He could sing any type of song and make it sound good. I think Kris got the votes because he looks like what a typical American Idol should look like in the eyes of most people. If Adam was dressed like Kris for every show he may have taken the prize, but the Goth-like look probably made lots of folks not vote for him.
  • The juxtaposition of this with yesterday's post about classical music competitions is very interesting. I am indifferent to American Idol, but the assertion that the instrumental competitions are seldom the source of the music world's truly great players got me thinking about Idol and its relationship to actual success in pop music.

    Then again, Idol gets all sorts of attention, whether or not its contestants represent the best of the best of musical talent. Given this parallel, I wonder if the classical music world would ever consider a contest that allowed an Idol-like public vote. It could be a great public relations move for the cause of classical music. The classical world does have its own stars and celebrities, but as Joshua Bell famously demonstrated recently, they're mostly not at any great risk of being recognized on the street (or in a subway, as it were). Classical music could use a marketing boost.

    Would this just not fly in the rarefied air of the classical music scene? Or has this already happened in some way, for some classical music competition?
  • The Who should have won question is really irrelevant as the winner himself said it best, ...Adam should have won...
  • It's just a TV show, right?

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