Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

The Bee's guide to events, activities, arts and entertainment


May 20, 2009
'American Idol': Don't count out Kris


FOX

I remember it like it was yesterday - only it was last year at this time on "American Idol." Judge Simon Cowell fired off his prediction during the epic "Battle of the Davids" and proclaimed teen David Archuleta a "knock-out winner" over David Cook.

The big question then was, what would happen with Syesha Mercado's fans? She was the second runner-up. Where would their votes go?

I've gotten the "You-must-be-crazy" line from plenty of "Idol" campadres who think I'm waaaay off the mark that another upset (if you can call last year an upset) might happen on Season 8 - with Kris Allen shocking "Idol" nation with a win.

Adam Lambert was pretty much crowned after Tuesday night's three-song sing-off. He's been the front-runner almost since his audition in San Francisco. But what will happen with Danny Gokey's fan base? He left the show last week, so they need someone to side with.

After last night's show, judge Paula Abdul dropped this to the Associated Press: "After the third one leaves, you wonder where do the votes go from that third contestant?"

For sure, Danny and Kris have more in common with each other than they do with Adam. That includes singing style, their own style and - dare we go there - lifestyle. I'm speaking specifically about Danny and Kris's faith-based backgrounds. One is married; the other widowed. In an interview with "Idol" reporters when Adam made the Top 13, he kept his private life pretty much to himself, saying, "I know who I am."

Of course, none of the contestants pushed for any particular voting segment.

One of the best comments about last night's show came from Simon, after Kris sang his first song, "Ain't No Sunshine."

"When your name was announced last week, I wasn't sure that America had made the right choice," he said. "I absolutely take all that back now after that performance."

I thought the competition was pretty much a dead heat after the guys' first two performances. Then they both had to sing that horrific "mountains and hurricanes" ballad "No Boundaries," which was co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi.

Adam used his massive high octave and slayed it. But it was too high for Kris, and Kara even admitted it was out of his range.

All the judges said viewers should vote based on the whole of the season, not just last night, which could send the decision either way.

It bears repeating that tonight's two-hour finale (8 p.m. FOX40) will definitely exceed that time limit. Ryan Seacrest alerted DVR users to program accordingly so as not to miss the actual announcement of the winner!

And if it's all the same to anyone who cares, I'd just as soon not be surprised by a Britney Spears performance.


About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.



FOLLOW US | Get more from sacbee.com | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook | Watch Bee news, lifestyle videos | View our mobile versions | e-edition: Print edition online | What our bloggers are saying

Categories


October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives