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Goodbye to Danny on "American Idol"

Note to Readers: Lisa will return to her regular posting schedule next week. In the meantime, please enjoy these snarks and musings on last night's spectacle by guest Idol expert Tamara Jones in today's TV Column.

By Libby Copeland  |  May 14, 2009; 8:22 AM ET
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Hey people, who do you think Danny's voters are going for next week?

Posted by: Sacqueboutier | May 14, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I had to fast forward the little African boy. At first I didn't think he was singing in English.

How funny was it to see a million people for Danny and Kris each, and then Adam barely draws five people. This is why Kris will win.

Posted by: MaltyCharacter | May 14, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

There is a real good chance that Kris will win because the people who vote the most times will vote for him. Many of us probably vote multiple times (five to ten maybe) but not hundreds of times like the young people. Those young girls were just wild about Kris.

Posted by: nthwoods | May 14, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Adam has to worry about a career whether he wins or not. Danny and Kris will go the way of Taylor Hicks.

Posted by: barbnc | May 14, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Well, now I am flummoxed!

I was suuurrre Danny would coast into the final and poor Kris would be sent packing. Now, with a Kris v. Adam finale I am a bit excited to see what will happen. Not a huge fan of either one but I will def tune in to the sing-off.

I have to agree with DadWannaBe's point yesterday - Gokey fans are more apt to throw their support at Kris than at Adam so this might not be a sure thing for Adam anymore.

Posted by: AmuseMe | May 14, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

What, no mention of Alicia Keys' visible excitement? My God, they had to zoom in on her face!! Maybe next time she'll think twice about going bra-less.

Kris will win. Adam is a sham.

Posted by: RightWinger1 | May 14, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Kris may very well win, but he won't have much of a career. He's more likely than Adam to join the ranks of top Idolettes who release 1 album then get released from their contracts. Adam doesn't need to win at this point.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | May 14, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

T. Jones should not be covering recaps. Every other word was lame or dork. It was like if a grade school kid were asked to cleverly mock something.

As much as Danny has annoyed me this season I think his goodbye song was one of the best that we have heard. For once he was restrained and straightforward. He sounded great.

Also I'm from Milwaukee and that girl chasing the limo by the lakeshore was pretty awesome.

Posted by: repricer | May 14, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Geesh, today there are two places to leave comments. I left mine over in the other place, but here they are for my Moraes on TV homies:

I know Tamara, you are kidding around about the 18 minute flight but clearly you have never been on that massive Southern California parking lot known as "the 405." We drove to San Diego from LA 8 years ago and it took us FOUR HOURS. I'm sure at this point it's only gotten worse! Idol producers this year have had a lot of dumb ideas, but flying wasn't one of them.

As for Jordin -- Pat Benatar called and she wants her song back. At least Benatar can have the satisfaction of knowing that her take on love being a battlefield was far superior.

Did Katy Perry sing a single note in key? I guess that's what you get for waking up in Vegas...

On the other hand Alicia Keys was really classy. So much so that in the context of everything else going on it was startling.

Posted by: owingsmills | May 14, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Dood, suddenly this final is gonna rock~! I don't care as much who wins (well, still want Adam to win cuz it'd just be cool to have our first gay Idol; let's see if we can work on our first Asian Idol next!) since these 2 are both incredibly deserving. I love it when I can just relax and enjoy the finale like last year's David vs. David--it should be a great show next week!

But there was no Treacle Tune Contest this year, right? So no runner-up songs for the Idolettes to sing next week. I wonder what Idol will have them sing instead...

Posted by: Kureno | May 14, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I am convinced now that Kris will win. Although I think Adam SHOULD win he will not. Danny's church choir groupies (not that there's anything wrong with that) will flock to Kris's camp, propelling him to victory. And I'm ok with it.

As I said, Adam definitely deserves to win. He has talent far beyond almost everyone in the show's history. Voice, charisma, looks, versatility and style befitting a superstar or, if you will, idol. But he can't win vs middle america.

Kris is a nice little singer. Good enough voice and easy on the eyes (if you don't look at his mouth when he hits the big notes) and would be a safe choice.

And losing the final would not be catastrophic for Adam. A lot of second place (and lower) were clearly more talented than the winner..think Katherine McPhee losing to Taylor Hicks and Clay Aiken behind Ruben Studdard...Daughtry...Jennifer Hudson. The losers had much more success than the winners and that's how I see this one playing out.

I am just glad that Adam is in the final because the prospect of watching Danny and Kris do 3 songs each would not be thrill inducing, but even the Adam haters can't wait to see whats next.

Posted by: ZiggyZ | May 14, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

AmuseMe, thanks for referring to my point yesterday which I was afraid might have gotten lost in my long post. Especially after Seabiscuit announced that only 1 million votes (out of 88 million) separated Allen and Lambert, I have a feeling that Kris may win this by a landslide because the divide between the Gokey-fans and the Lambert-fans is wide and I can't imagine many Gokey-fans will vote for Lambert.

As for ArlingtonGay's pint about Allen not having a long career, I think he's wrong. I think that he'll actually have a longer career than most Idolettes. Unlike Lambert, he is an actual musician that can and will write original material. Adam is a cover artist who might be able to change up tunes, but he hasn't shown that he has much skill at creating new music. Adam may flame brighter over the short distance, but I'm fairly certain that Kris has the creativity to have a longer career.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | May 14, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree with repricer about T. Jones' Idol review today. Whatever she did to The Post that she's being punished for by having to write Idol reviews should be forgiven. Let her move on to something else and give us a reviewer who actually LIKES the show like the fans do. My personal choice for the winner is Adam but if Kris wins, kudos to him. And kudos to everyone else from the very beginning who had the guts and the get up and go to try out for this contest. American Idol is not the number one show on the air because it's lame and stupid. It strikes a deep chord with viewers and it deserves a little respect.

Posted by: ljohnson7 | May 14, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, who's on first and where's "home" today, homies?

I absolutely loved Kris Allen's cover of "Falling Slowly" - if we're rating covers - and I think it was possibly the single best of the season.

I am not a "church choir groupie" - but I always liked Danny Gokey's voice - and I really liked his cover of Joe Cocker. The words "master class" were the Clue of Doom, however.

As nice as Adam Lambert seems to be, he has been portrayed as a Johnny Two Note. Maybe he CAN do something different - but he hasn't.

I believe that the final decision will come down to those who go to a concert to SEE it and those who go to HEAR it - and frankly I don't know who buys a CD to "see" it (though in Days of Vinyl some people really *did* buy albums for the cover art) - so that's now a moot point - even though the big prize on this Screechapalooza is supposed to be a "recording contract" - not a "worldwide tour".

Finally, as for Katie Perry, if I WERE a "church choir groupie", I'd put any one of my choir up against her any day of the week. For that matter, I'd put any member of Young@Heart Chorus up against her - singing Pat Benatar - any day of the week.

She was the epitome of a performer you go to SEE (in an Elvis-inspired Wonder Woman Suit) and not to HEAR. And, yeah, I suppose she's made millions so far - but where will she be in a few years? Even Lynda Carter had to hang up the tiara and bracelets at some point. And that should be an object lesson to Adam Lambert.

Strike while the iron is hot, because, honey, some day you're gonna get puffy . . . . At least that's what my gal pal Debra Winger told me.

Posted by: jqw3827 | May 14, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Did Simon actually say the finale would be a real "ding dong?" Stay tuned for next week's episode of "When Brit-speak Goes Bad." And Kris is clearly laughing on stage after he says it.

Danny's BFF from Milwaukee totally looks like Pharrell Williams.

So is Kara still writing the winner's song? Please let it totally suck.

Posted by: jonathonbinet | May 14, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Ding Dong is Brit slang for a fight or argument. I think he was trying to suggest that next week would be a knock-down, drag-out fight and no easy walk-over for Adam.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | May 14, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I had hoped Danny would be in the finals. I am in a church choir. So there's fodder for your stereotyping, oh ye of little life experience. But I think Adam deserves to win next week, he possesses a bona fide rock voice and innate musicality. I like his winning personality and humility. Ya know, life is WAY more interesting if you don't see everything in black and white. Try it, you'll like it!

Posted by: ILoveToSinga | May 14, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

USA Today followed the final three around last week as they prepared for this week's show. I thought it was interesting, both as a picture of what it's like to be a contestant (highly structured and pretty tiring), and for what it shows about Adam's level of professionalism and experience relative to the other two. You can see that he has a much clearer idea of what it means to be a performer and what he's trying to achieve. There's an attention to detail and a way he thinks things through, and a total investment in the end product, and that's what we're seeing when he hits the stage. It's no accident. Artistry if you will.

As for Danny, both he and one of the Idol coaches explain that he (and Lil, too) has had trouble making the transition from leading a church service to performing for an audience. Once they got to the big stage I have repeatedly felt that his voice was good but he looked awkward there ("dorky" seems harsh, but he did often look less than graceful and sure of himself when he started to move). One of the Idol coaches also observes that she doesn't think he's really had time to grieve for his wife before being thrown into all this. I think all that explains a lot.

Also interesting is Kris and Adam have been rooming together and have become good friends.

Looking forward to the finale!

Posted by: owingsmills | May 14, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: owingsmills | May 14, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

So what's the deal with this blog now. I have been bounced for review twice today and twice last week. Admittedly, my posts are on long side, but similar to others. I don't do politics or invective. Anyone else being screened?

Posted by: MarriedMom | May 14, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so I just posted a question to fellow bloggers about being screened, and this time my post didn't appear NOR did I receive the customary "we will review your comments..."

Posted by: MarriedMom | May 14, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

today's posts seem few compared to a usual post show review. Is this due to an intensified screening procedure? Is the venerable WP restricting responsible free speech?

Posted by: MarriedMom | May 14, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

MarriedMom: I'm unaware of any screening process. It's possible there are fewer comments here today because there is also a separate place to comment on the page with Tamara Jones' article. So the comments are perhaps divided up. I haven't looked at those since this morning. The comment interface on that page is not as easy to use as this one.

Posted by: owingsmills | May 14, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Mom -

Yes in the past several days my posts, too were "submitted to editor" or some such thing. I also thought it was because of length.

I just kept posting - and eventually one or two went through! Maybe this was some feature put into place as Lisa's off this week??????

Posted by: jqw3827 | May 15, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

OwingsMills - I didn't see the piece you are talking about - but if you are comparing Adam to Kris - as far as I know, Kris is 23 and still lives in Arkansas.

Adam is in the 27-29 range and left for "Hollywood" right after high school - and has presumably been doing the whole audition scene there for 10 years.

So I think it's a matter of experience rather than "artistry". If he's been on a million auditions (and failed to get most of them) then he probably has a pretty good idea what does and does not "work" to land you a job.

Any contestant who never actually went through that before could be expected to know - and I don't think you could very intelligently suss out "expectations" based on the cuckoo judges' comments each week. They are inconsistent and all over the map.

If appearing on AI is your learning curve and your sole frame of reference, I think the only thing you could conclude is that the hoops are not only flaming, they are in constant motion.

Posted by: jqw3827 | May 15, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Not surprised by last night's result - I began thinking/saying a few weeks ago that Kris was dark horse even though it appeared that Gokey had a spot wrapped up (always knew Adam would be in final - deservedly). I have been splitting my votes between Adam, Kris, and Allison for weeks. When Allison left, her votes were not headed to Gokey Land. I like Danny's voice but found him annoying, and found the judge's constant favoring of him, with comments like, "see you in the finals" incredibly unprofessional.

I must say that while I didn't like his first take on "You are so beautiful" (seemed manipulative and calculated), I thought his farewell version was awesome - very authentic and well sung.

So Adam vs. Kris: I wouldn't bet on Gokeyland plus Allenland, though I agree that Kris is now at an advantage. I think Kris was saved by the shedding of Anoop and Matt - in some ways they were interchangeable - all vocally competent. It is that block, not the supposed heartland religious bloc ascribed to Gokey that some assume.

I like this line-up because I think that Adam and Kris are easily two of the nicest people in contest. It is a relief to see some of the silly egos before go (Lil, Anoop for starters). I don't buy music from known jerks -EVER. Kris can't afford to fade while Adam can't afford to overkill (please keep the tongue in- no Gene Simmons style- home next week).

Did anyone notice on Monday that Kris had peeling blue nail polish during interview and then later, Adam had same color? All along, I have observed that the two seem to have become soul brothers despite their incredibly different music and life styles. There is hope for humanity in this.

While I agree with Simon, that one must be confident to be a star, that isn't the same as being a diva. One can be confident and humble. Slash anyone? Loved the guy. His success and talent are inarguable, yet he was sincere, generous, and humble while also being strong.

I agree with all who said that judge choice songs for Danny and Kris were poor choices. Simon had it right. If I were a contestant, I'd pray that Simon picked my song. Despite overly glowing comments from judges (Gokey pass), his first song was forgettable. I think Joe Cocker is an acquired taste, and was a losing choice for the younger voters. I'm in the demographics for that song, and I was underwhelmed compared to Adam and Kris for that round.

While I like his voice, Danny annoyed me, but I have to applaud his final performance/repeat of that song. The first rendition seemed calculated to me - the final was beautiful - authentic and well sung.

Posted by: MarriedMom | May 16, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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