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American Idol Season 8 Finals

Season 8 is coming to a close, and this week, Idol Fans will witness a final round that features two very different singing styles.  While we've said all along that Adam Lambert was the one to beat, last week's voting showed us that anything is possible.  It seemed a certainty that Lambert and Danny Gokey would be the two left standing, but the voters thought otherwise, propelling Kris Allen into the final two.

We give the edge to Lambert, partly because of our obvious bias, but mostly because of his range and adaptability.  While Adam Lambert can take a ballad, a pop song, or an all-out rock classic and make it his own unique masterpiece, Kris Allen's style is more limited.  Put a guitar in Allen's hands and he seems to transform into a more confident, charismatic singer, but at times, his song choices have not been the best, leaving judges like Simon Cowell expecting his departure.  Nevertheless, he's still here, and we're expecting an exciting finals.  Like past Idol seasons, this year's competition will probably come down to song choices.  It's important at this stage of the game to reach out to the voting demographic and belt out three tunes that the voters know, like and are accustomed to.  Lambert's always had the ability to do that, but we feel he should choose any rock songs carefully and not fall into the Chris Daughtry trap of choosing a song that he does well, but the younger voters are not familiar with. 

For Allen to take the title, he's got two do two things.  1. Make quality song choices and 2. get Simon Cowell on his side.  Simon is clearly in favor of Adam Lambert in this competition, but a solid performance by Allen, and some good praise from Simon could easily turn the voters around.  Allen could also hope for a slip-up or two from Lambert, but the chances of that are unlikely, as Adam seems flawless in all of his performances - so the chances of him turning in a bum performance are slim.  It should be fun and we're excited to tune in this week!



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