Talk about surprises. After spending most of American Idol’s eighth season as the odds on favorite to win, eyeliner enhanced rocker Adam Lambert lost to doe-eyed Kris Allen last night in an upset not unlike Mine That Bird’s longshot win of the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
Allen is now doomed to record the perfectly awful single “No Boundaries,” co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi. Lambert, who need only remember that Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson didn’t need an Idol win for success, should really consider touring with Queen one day; he impressively channelled Freddie Mercury during a rendition “We Are the Champions” featuring the surviving members of that band.
After a glitzy, two hour dog-and-pony show of mostly cheesy or painfully awkward performances, ranging from plaid-clad Rod Stewart wearily rasping his way through “Maggie May” to geriatric Kiss to banjo-playing Steve Martin, the finale came down to a sealed envelope revealing the result of nearly 100 million viewer votes, an American Idol record. To his credit, Allen seemed baffled by his triumph and immediately said that Lambert deserved the win; a clearly exasperated Simon Cowell seemed to agree.
Here he is singing Kanye’s Heartless.