Adam Lambert has been the frontrunner on American Idol nearly the entire season. He has held the top spot on TV Guide’s Power Rankings most of Season 8 and judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul have both predicted he will probably win the competition. But he has not won it yet. He’s made it to the Top 3, along with Danny Gokey and Kris Allen. As has become tradition on American Idol, Adam got to go home and celebrate his Top 3 status this past week.
He didn’t have to go far; just a few miles south to San Diego, California.
Adam Lambert’s day, which American Idol filmed and will show on the Top 3 performance night, began with interviews, according to SignOnSanDiego.com, starting with the local Fox affiliate and then on to several radio stops. He then made his way to an AT&T store, where he was outfitted with a customized phone by the American Idol sponsor.
He performed a couple songs for his old high school, Mount Carmel, after a parade in his honor ended there. He sang Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” and Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” for his alma mater. He later, at his request, had a meet-and-greet with the school’s drama and choir students.
Adam Lambert visited two other schools he once attended as well: Deer Canyon Elementary and Mesa Verde Middle School. He then went to Sea World.
Lambert then went to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to greet marines, sailors, and their families.
At one point, according to the Daily Gleaner, after a woman in a sports bra rushed the stage, San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders declared Friday “Adam Lambert Day.” Adam joked that he joked that he would keep his shirt on.
Then, back north to Hollywood, to practice, rehearse, and get ready for the Top 3 performance night. The Top 3 finalists are to perform a selection chosen by the American Idol judges and a song of their own choosing. According to Foxes on Idol, the judges have narrowed the songs down to two, and undisclosed number and U2’s “One.” “One” is an interesting choice because it will require Adam to possibly find a lower range and use more control, a lot less theatrics. Of course, that is unless Adam chooses to rearrange or find another arrangement of the song to perform.
And although Adam has dominated the performances thus far this season, he is not guaranteed a victory. He finished in the bottom two after “Rat Pack Week” after performing the old standard “Feeling Good.” His rendition, taken from the arrangement recently done by the alternative / progressive band Muse, was not received well. Last week, during “Rock Week,” he again made the bottom three, but was the first one saved.
It has seemed for some time that the finale match-up would be between Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey, but after Danny Gokey nearly self-destructed on Aerosmith’s “Dream On” (jokingly referred to by many now as “Scream On”) during “Rock Week,” Kris Allen just might slip on through. Showing an amazing versatility, Kris Allen has exhibited skills as a musician, a vocalist, and a composer.
And has been seen many times in the past, the American Idol voting public is very fickle.
So his “rock god” (Kara DioGuardi bestowed the term on his after he performed Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”) status might still not equate elevation to that of American Idol.
Adam Lambert will face off against Danny Gokey and Kris Allen Tuesday evening on Fox Television.