Last night was the battle of the roommates on “American Idol.” Xenu-enthusiasts Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise watched as the always dramatic Adam Lambert and the quietly confident Kris Allen duked it out vocally. In round one, each one chose his favorite song of the competition. Adam brought back “Mad World,” and Kris made us swoon with “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.” Next, producer Simon Fuller picked the songs—Adam got Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” while Kris funked out Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Finally, we suffered through the contestants’ renditions of “No Boundaries,” co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi. Equally awe inspiring, in a bad way, was Paula in a day-glow green getup and Simon in a shirt unbuttoned to his bellybutton.
I know neither of these guys really wants to win because they both read my post last week about how guys who take home the “American Idol” title are eternally cursed. But since I can’t make up my mind about who I want to win, here’s a side-by-side look at these vocal monsters.
|A Very Scientific Analysis Of The “American Idol” Finalists|
|Name||Adam Lambert||Kris Allen|
|Hometown||San Diego, California||Conway, Arkansas|
|“Idol” High Point||When he took Tears For Fears’ “Mad World” during Birth Year Week, and stripped it down into a ballad without losing the darkness of the song. A close second was when he rocked the socks off of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”||Kris reached heartthrob status performing “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” thanks to his piano-playing skills. (He also plays the guitar). I loved his goose bump-inspiring rendition of “Falling Slowly” from the movie “Once” during Cinema Week.|
|“Idol” Low Point||The nation collectively gasped when Adam was in the bottom two after Rat Pack Week. Do we smell something dirty?||Kris was in the bottom three that week, too. He seriously messed up with an underwhelming performance of “Come Together” during Rock Week. The Beatles should not be botched.|
|Hair||Adam made our “Idol” Hair Hall of Shame with his Manic Panic mop. I won’t even get into all the makeup he wears.||He keeps it cute and kinda spiky, without it being too metro. Should we thank wife Katy for that? Behind all good man-hair is a good woman.|
|Drama Factor||Many folks are saying Adam is gay. Why does everyone care so much? Next, please! Also, these two guys have been reportedly feuding all along. I would pay to be a fly on the wall for that.||Between the church worship, the wife, the Southern boyishness, there’s not much dirt here. I like to imagine he’s the one instigating the tiffs with Lambert. It helps me sleep at night.|
|Little Know Fact||The first concert Adam attended when he was 10 was that of pill-popping judge, Paula Abdul. Pssst, Adam. See if you can get your money back.||Kris has traveled to Spain, Morocco, Thailand, Burma, Mozambique and South Africa on missionary trips.|
|Performance Style||Adam is all about over-the-top theatricality—complete with costumes, fog machines, lights, and grand entrances. Not surprising, since he comes from musical theater. And his voice? That dude hits notes that I didn’t know existed.||Kris is a soulful crooner who brings a heart-melting honesty and sincerity to every performance. His style is subtle but powerful. On top of that, he’s a rocking guitarist and pianist.|
|Fan Base||Rock lovers, theater lovers, liberals, dudes who like dudes.||Soul lovers, Christians, Middle America, teenage girls.|
|Current Odds of Winning On Betting Sites||4:7||9:4|
So, who do you think will win?