American Idol Season 8 Winner

The final two, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, each performed three songs in American Idol 8 Episode 39. Tonight, one of them will be crowned the American Idol Season 8 winner based on America’s votes.

Tonight’s show will run long. On purpose. The producers know it, and they have just two words for anyone who’s recording the show hoping to see who wins: tough noogies.

Now here comes the two hours of filler. It’ll be interesting to see whether anything actually worthwhile happens in the meantime. Outlook not good.

After the record vote of nearly 100 million (closing in on the number of votes for a Presidential election), Kris Allen is the American Idol Season 8 winner.

As always, American Idol ranked as the #1 show on television by far this year, so it will obviously be returning next January for season 9.

American Idol Season 8 Episode 39

Danny Gokey was sent home in American Idol 8 Episode 38, bringing us down to a final two of Adam Lambert against Kris Allen.

Kris won the coin toss and is chosing to go second. Each guy will sing three songs: their favorite from the season, a song chosen by show creator, and the winning song.

A word of warning for tomorrow. The show will run long. That’s right. If you record it, you will miss the actual result you waited all season to see, only to be greeted by a bunch of completely unrelated filler. Despite the fact that the actual reading of the results will take no more than two whole minutes, these idiots can’t get it done in time.

Adam Lambert (personal choice)
Song: Mad World by Tears for Fears
Randy: A+ for Adam.
Kara: So happy you chose that performance. Rocked it again tonight.
Paula: Proud you are standing on that stage right now.
Simon: A little bit overtheatrical. A little bit Phantom of the Opera.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-01 or 1-866-IDOLS-03 or 1-866-IDOLS-05

Kris Allen (personal choice)
Song: Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers (playing piano)
Randy: One of your best performances ever.
Kara: Creating an intimate bond with everybody in the audience.
Paula: Way of Allenizing songs.
Simon: Wasn’t sure whether America made the right choice, but absolutely take all that back.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-02 or 1-866-IDOLS-04 or 1-866-IDOLS-04

Simon calls round one for Kris.

Adam Lambert (Simon Fuller’s choice)
Song: Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Randy: You can sing your face off.
Kara: May have been your best performance and interpretation of a song.
Paula: Best I’ve ever heard you sing ever, ever, ever, ever. (Ever?)
Simon: 100% back in the game.

Kris Allen (Simon Fuller’s choice)
Song: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye (playing guitar)
Randy: Song choice is a little bit light for this point in the competition.
Kara: The kind of artist that can deliver that message and uplift people.
Paula: Tore that song up and made Marvin Gaye proud.
Simon: Like three friends in their bedroom strumming along to Marvin Gaye. Too laid back for a night like this.

Simon calls round two for Adam a million percent.

The first Idol single is called No Boundaries and was co-written by Kara DioGuardi, and that will be the final song of the night for each of the finalists.

Adam Lambert
Randy: You can sing anything. Not one of my favorite Adam performances, though. Just alright. A little pitchy in spots.
Kara: Moved, proud, and thank you.
Paula: Words and/or adjectives can’t express what you brought to this show.
Simon: One of the best, most original contestants over the entire season. Believe we have found a star with you.

Kris Allen
Randy: Amazing competitor. That song kinda fits your voice even better.
Kara: Don’t want you to be judged on that song. Agree the key was too high.
Paula: Amazing job to end up where you are. One of the most compelling finales.
Simon: Your first song was your highlight. Thoroughly deserved to be standing on the stage tonight.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of American Idol Season 8 episode 40, where we will find out who the American Idol Season 8 winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox.

American Idol Season 8 Episode 38

The top three performed in American Idol 8 Episode 37, and tonight one more will go home to determine the final two.

Just over 1 million votes separated the top two, out of the 88 million votes that were cast.

Seacrest tells us there’s a busy night. Busy night of filler.

56 minutes in, and it’s finally time to start typing.

The first person to move on to the finale is Kris Allen.

Joining Kris in the finale will be Adam Lambert.

Danny Gokey will be heading home.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of American Idol Season 8 episode 39, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on Fox.

American Idol Season 8 Episode 37

Allison Iraheta was eliminated in American Idol 8 Episode 36, which brings us down to three.

The top three will be allowed to perform two songs tonight. Yeah, the producers apparently finally feel they have enough time to allow this and get the show done on time.

Danny Gokey
Song: Dance Little Sister by Terrence Trent D’arby (chosen by Paula)
Randy: Let the games begin. Lot of energy, sounded good.
Kara: Tone in the money spot, but a little too much gyrating. Am I going to remember that performance tomorrow?
Paula: Really good.
Simon: Desperate dancing. Vocally very good. Biggest problem was the saxophone solo in the middle.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-01 or 1-866-IDOLS-04 or 1-866-IDOLS-07

Kris Allen
Song: Apologize by One Republic (playing piano) (chosen by Randy and Kara)
Randy: You could have a song like this that could sell millions of records.
Kara: Really competent performance. Wanted it to be more your own.
Paula: *random rambling*
Simon: Competent version of the original, but not quite as good. Kara and Randy didn’t hold up to their responsibilities.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-02 or 1-866-IDOLS-05 or 1-866-IDOLS-08

Adam Lambert
Song: One by U2 (chosen by Simon)
Randy: Still in the zone. Unbelieveable vocals. Don’t know if I loved the melody.
Kara: Unbelieveable. Your own version. See what I mean, Simon?
Paula: One brilliant song. One superb performance. One American Idol.
Simon: Brilliant song choice. Brilliant performance. If you’re not in the final, it will be one of the biggest upsets.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-03 or 1-866-IDOLS-06 or 1-866-IDOLS-09

Now the contestants get to make their own song choices.

Danny Gokey
Song: You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
Randy: Showed that you’re here because you can really sing.
Kara: Everything you didn’t do in the first performance, you just did. Stunning.
Paula: Beautiful performance.
Simon: Didn’t need rearranging but a vocal masterclass.

Kris Allen
Song: Heartless by Kanye West (playing guitar)
Randy: Liked that version better than the original.
Kara: Why didn’t you do that with Apologize? Bold, brave, and fearless.
Paula: This is what keeps you relevant.
Simon: Had written you out after the first song, but that has all changed after that.

Adam Lambert
Song: Cryin by Aerosmith
Randy: One of the best ever on this stage. Should make a rock album.
Kara: Amazing. We’ll see you at the finals.
Paula: Set the bar so high. We’ll be seeing you next week.
Simon: Everyone should not assume you will be in the finals but vote for you based on talent.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of American Idol Season 8 episode 38, which airs Wednesday at 9/8c on Fox.

American Idol Season 8 Episode 36

The top 4 sang in American Idol 8 Episode 35, and tonight one more will go home.

With only 4 people remaining, pretty much the entire night is filler, even more than usual.

40 minutes in, it’s finally time for Seacrest to actually start saying something worth blogging about.

Kris Allen is the first person to return to safety.

Seacrest promises he has the results next. That’s a good thing considering there’s like 6 minutes of unwasted time left.

Adam Lambert is safe.

Danny Gokey is also safe. Allison Iraheta has been eliminated. Interesting considering it was rock week, but she got a lot further than a lot of people expected.

That brings it down to an all male finale, hardly a surprise, as we’ve been expecting from the beginning of the season that this was the guys’ season.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of American Idol Season 8 episode 37, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on Fox.

American Idol Season 8 Episode 35

Matt Giraud was sent home by America (again) in American Idol 8 Episode 34. Tonight the top 4 sing.

Apparently, the tower on the stage is about to collapse, so the contestants have not been able to do a full run through in preparation, but the show must go on. The contestants will pair up and do duets, a rather odd twist that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but they will also be doing solo performances. I suppose it’s better than trying to give them two songs each and the incompetent producers running over by 10 minutes. Slash of Guns N Roses is the mentor. He never thought he would be a mentor on American Idol. Yeah, me neither.

Adam Lambert
Song: Whole Lot of Love by Led Zeppelin
Randy: You are a rock star tonight.
Kara: You’re a rock god.
Paula: You’re a whole lot of perfect.
Simon: One of my favorite performances you’ve ever done. Nobody can top that now.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-01 or 1-866-IDOLS-05

This is finally something I could actually see Adam doing. As technically great as he is, I can’t see most of his performances on the radio.

Allison Iraheta
Song: Cry Baby by Janis Joplin
Randy: Did not love the song choice for you.
Kara: See your personality in the performances.
Paula: Downright fearless. Great job.
Simon: Staggering difference over the course of the season. Not much originality.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-02 or 1-866-IDOLS-06

Kris Allen and Danny Gokey
Song: Renegade by Styx
Randy: Really liked the harmonies. The individual vocals were okay.
Kara: Some pitchy moments but united and strong together.
Paula: Powerful and compelling.
Simon: Danny was better than Kris.

Kris Allen
Song: Come Together by The Beatles (playing guitar)
Randy: Appreciate you picking something you can still be yourself. Loved the guitar playing.
Kara: Not a great performance. Trying too hard.
Paula: Your signature’s all over it. Need to have a little more energy.
Simon: Didn’t like it that much. Like eating ice for lunch.
Number: 1-866-IDOLS-03 or 1-866-IDOLS-07

Danny Gokey
Song: Dream On by Aerosmith
Randy: Alright. A+ for a valiant effort.
Kara: Took it a little too far. Like to see growth, risks, and more edge, though.
Paula: Don’t know if this was the right song for you.
Simon: The last note was like watching a horror movie. Still think you’re going to be safe tonight.
Number: 1-866-IDOLS-04 or 1-866-IDOLS-08

Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert
Song: Slow Ride by Foghat
Randy: You guys are two seasoned rock stars. You should do a duet on your albums.
Kara: Rock god and rock goddess.
Paula: Perfect blend.
Simon: You win the battle of the duets (against two guys who aren’t rockers… but still).

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of American Idol Season 8 episode 36, which airs Wednesday at 9/8c on Fox.

American Idol Season 8 Episode 34

The top 5 sang in American Idol 8 Episode 33, and tonight one more will be sent home.

Matt Giraud goes to the right side of the stage.

Danny Gokey goes to the left side of the stage. Allison Iraheta joins him.

Kris Allen joins Matt on the right.

Adam Lambert takes a look at both groups. Which group does he think he belongs in? Oh not this again. He decides to join Allison and Danny.

Wrong group. Allison and Danny are safe. Adam joins Kris and Matt in the bottom three.

Kris can return to safety.

Adam is safe in what would have otherwise been a major upset. Two weeks after being saved by the judges, Matt Giraud has been voted out by America, marking the third time the voters have chosen to send him home.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of American Idol Season 8 episode 35, which airs Tuesday at 8/7c on Fox.

American Idol Season 8 Episode 33

Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds were sent home in American Idol 8 Episode 32, which brings us down to the top 5 performing tonight.

Tonight’s theme is the rat pack era. Since everybody from that time is dead, the surprise mentor for the week is Jamie Foxx, the guy from In Living Color who’s apparently now a singer. According to Seacrest, this is the perfect mentor for this week.

Kris Allen
Song: The Way You Look Tonight from Swing Time
Randy: Your best performance to date. Mad nice vocals.
Kara: Set the technical standard so incredibly high.
Paula: Near impeccable.
Simon: Good. A little bit wet (aka not dry). Safe. Don’t get the feeling you can win the competition.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-01 or 1-866-IDOLS-06

Allison Iraheta
Song: Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh, Kay!
Randy: Loved it.
Kara: Ain’t nervous for you any more. Not a one trick pony. If that doesn’t land you in the finals, I don’t know what will.
Paula: Alluring and very tender.
Simon: Don’t feel the self belief from you. Horrible feeling you could be in trouble.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-02 or 1-866-IDOLS-07

Matt Giraud
Song: My Funny Valentine from Babes in Arms
Randy: A little pitchy. Didn’t all quite come together.
Kara: Didn’t feel the emotional connection.
Paula: Pure, simple, really impressive.
Simon: The only authentic song tonight. Brilliant.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-03 or 1-866-IDOLS-08

Danny Gokey
Song: Come Rain or Come Shine from St. Louis Woman
Randy: Could actually have an album of songs like that.
Kara: You had swag tonight (that’s a good thing).
Paula: Stellar.
Simon: Proved a point. Best vocals from you in weeks.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-04 or 1-866-IDOLS-09

Adam Lambert
Song: Feeling Good from the Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd
Randy: A little too Broadway for me, but another good performance.
Kara: Shocking in a good way.
Paula: You make me feel better than good.
Simon: Get the feeling you want to win.
Numbers: 1-866-IDOLS-05 or 1-866-IDOLS-10

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of American Idol Season 8 episode 34, which airs Wednesday at 9/8c on Fox.