Here it is. American Idol Season 8 Top 2 go at it on Tuesday night to be crowned 2009 American Idol. Christian music artist Kris Allen, the underdog innovator, challenges the edgy, bodacious Adam Lambert in a three song face off.
Creator of the Idol franchise, Simon Fuller will select a song for each of them, rumor is Kara Diogaurdi wrote the American Idol winner’s first single and they will both perform that song.
Season 8 has had solid performances throughout, few true voting mistakes and just enough controversy to make it interesting. We are changing our coverage a little this week. Today we are going preview the performance show, predict song selections and offer some thoughts on the voting odds. Tomorrow, we will review the season and present our American Idol Season 8 Chucky Awards.
American Idol Season 8 Songs for The Win
We have no idea what song Kara will come up but the commentary on the Internet, I think, misses the whole point of these two artists. Most are saying Kris Allen is at a disadvantage if he is not allowed to rearrange the song because Adam Lambert is such a superior singer. All season long we have contrasted Adam and Kris in their ability to interpret and emotionally connect with the song. If they sing the same arrangement, I think we will see Kris’s superior performance capabilities.
We think we know a song Simon will have Adam Lambert sing and we are taking a guess about what he will pick for Kris Allen. The interesting choice is what Kris and Adam will select to finally win the hearts of American Idol Season 8 voters. Remember Ryan said that only 1 million of 80 million votes separated Kris and Adam last week.
Simon Fuller Songs
Last week Simon Cowell picked two songs for Adam Lambert to sing. He informed Adam of the songs on Friday morning during Adam’s homecoming. Simon wanted Adam to perform U2′s “One”, but as we learned last Tuesday night, he did not receive U2′s permission to use the song until Saturday. With that in mind Simon also revealed that he wanted Adam to perform Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games”. We thought Adam Lambert would sing “Wicked Games” as his American Idol Season 8 Top 3 song so we discussed that song in last week’s Top 3 Song Choices. I suspect that Simon Fuller will pick the same song.
For Kris Allen, we believe Simon Fuller will try to find a song that Kris could record for his first CD. We have seen that Kris Allen can take just about any song and turn it to his own, so that should not be a problem. One of Kris’s greatest moments of American Idol Season 8 was when he took a little known song from a virtually unknown Irish singer songwriter and sent “Falling Slowly” back into the iTunes Top 30 downloads. We think Simon Fuller will try to recreate that magic with Damien Rice’s “The Blowers Daughter”. This song has similar harmonics as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, so Kris should have a great opportunity to create a special moment with “The Blower’s Daughter”
Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Song Choices
Adam Lambert has a tough dilemma. He is facing an American Idol competitor who has taken the country by storm with savvy rearrangements of modern songs and revelatory retellings of classic soul, rock and big band songs. Does Adam live up to his image and perform a modern, dark, edgy song or does he continue on the path he has chosen each time he has had a choice, which is to take a well known song and perform it as a big rock anthem. We have found a song that fits both bills. Limp Bizkit interpretation of Peter Townshend’s “Behind Blue Eyes” fits Adam Lambert’s pattern of song selection perfectly.
Christian music artist Kris Allen just needs to continue aggressively imposing his musical taste on America. We think Kris can reveal another beautiful song to the American public by performing Bright Eye’s “First Day of My Life”. This beautiful indie love song takes us back to the first moment’s of love. To show you the power of this song, I wanted to share this beautiful DIY cover performed by Meghan Julius (we don’t know who she is either)
There is a rumor that that Kris Allen and Adam Lambert’s choices will be limited to songs performed during American Idol Season 8. If that is the case expect Kris Allen to perform “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Adam Lambert will perform “Mad World”.
American Idol Season 8 Finale Voting Predictions
Tuesday’s night’s performances are vitally important to the ultimate outcome, but I fully expect Kris Allen to win American Idol Season 8. Remember that Ryan Seacrest said on the Top 3 Results show that only 1 million votes separated Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Kris and Danny Gokey were the only two Christian music artists left and Kris’s image is much closer to Danny’s, so I expect virtually all of Danny’s votes to shift to Kris Allen. Voters who loved Danny’s singing prowess could turn to Adam Lambert but I suspect that there will be only a few Gokey fans who shift to Adam Lambert. Adam received his last real voting block bump when Allison Iraheta departed. Unless he stumbles on Tuesday night, I fully expect a Kris Allen to win American Idol Season 8.
Before it is too late, make sure to put your American Idol Season 8 highlights mix by downloading your favorite songs from iTunes.