Kris Allen Harshes Adam Lambert's 'American Idol' Mellow; Bob Dylan's History of Love and Theft
Headlines: Kris Allen is your new American Idol, having won in an upset over the flamboyant rockerdude Adam Lambert. Lambert was so good that when he and Allen sang "We Are the Champions" with Queen last night, you could actually envision him filling Freddie Mercury's enormous shoes. And Mercury was only one of the all-time greats among rock-and-roll frontmen. Allen, on the other hand, could maybe fill Jack Johnson's flip-flops. He's got that light, easygoing style, sort of like Jason Mraz, who was one of about a bajillion guests on the show. He did a duet with Keith Urban, who seems like a heavyweight next to Allen. Lambert did his duet with KISS and just killed it. So what happened? Allen had the cute thing going on, whereas Lambert had guyliner and black nail polish on. Allen, the pride of Conway, Ark., is married to somebody who looks a little bit like Reese Witherspoon. The L.A. dude Lambert is, you know -- flamboyant. Allen seems like the kind of guy who'd help your grandmother with her groceries. Lambert might scare the bejeez out of nana. Never discount the power of the senior vote! And maybe the music-loving GOP strategist Todd Harris was onto something when he said yesterday: "You've got these more liberal elites who live on each coast, represented by Adam, and then Kris represents what those on the coast refer to as the flyover states." Though, you know, that John Mayer-ish brand of breezy pop-rock plays on the coasts, too. America loves the mellow. Anyway, the look of disbelief on Allen's face in the photo above says it all; he's as shocked as the rest of us. Or maybe he's just reacting to Queen Latifah's bodysuit during her duet with Lil Rounds or, perhaps, Fergie's hooker get-up. Or was it Kara DioGuardi's "flash" of brilliance, when she ripped open her dress to unveil a black bikini and a whole lot of bare skin. Interesting moment, especially in 1080 HD. ... Bob Dylan was a teenage thief! Turns out that the early Bobby Zimmerman poem that Christie's is auctioning off next month is based on lyrics to an old Hank Snow song. ... Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has been appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. ... Michael Jackson's comeback has been delayed by five days. Too much production work to be done still. Also, they can't find his bejeweled glove. ... If you want to bring Jay-Z to town for a show, then you'd better know where to lease a late-model black Maybach, according to his concert rider. Also, you'll need high-quality peanut butter and a couple of bottles of 2004 Sassicaia. (Hey, at least he's not asking for the '85.) ... Total chaos outside the set of "The Ellen Degeneres Show" when a bunch of No Doubt fans got angry after being turned away from the band's performance. The cops were called in to help control the crowd and Degeneres is now trying to make good with the fans. ... Rihanna reportedly stepped out with a new man: Drake, the Lil Wayne-approved actor-rapper who may or may not be the next Fresh Prince. ... Justin Timberlake has game. Or the gift of gab, anyway: He's narrating an ESPN news doc about Kobe and Lebron. ... Iggy Pop has "Raw Power" on his mind. ... Green Day will be No. 1 on Billboard's big chart, after a fairly strong three-day showing. The music biz needs a boost: Sales are off by 25 percent in just two years.
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