As we all now know, Adam Lambert lost the American Idol title to Kris Allen last Wednesday night in a surprise upset that many are still struggling to process days after the atrocious announcement occurred. That’s right, I said atrocious and I meant it, American Idol.
I have grappled with coming to some sense of acceptance with the announcement that Adam Lambert lost American Idol. But I have been unable to defuse this underlying anger about the Kris Allen win, that rests within my normally intelligent and logical brain.
I have read all the articles about American Idol and how gracious Adam Lambert has been in his defeat and the vast numbers of opportunities that now await him in the wake of the American Idol debacle. I know that Adam Lambert has an amazing career ahead that does not include the weight of the anchor of the American Idol title.
But I also know that Adam Lambert has been the most consistently strong and most unique talent to hit the American Idol stage ever. I know that weekly I tuned in, which was a first for me to the land of American Idol addiction, just to see what Adam Lambert would bring to the stage that week on American Idol.
Then came the American Idol finale show and I was incredibly entertained throughout the evening that included performances by greats like Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Keith Urban, Lionel Richie, KISS and Queen. I could have done without the American Idol awards moments that were only there to fill air time and bring back horrible things like Norman and Bikini Girl. But hey, Kara can sing! Who knew?
Then came the American Idol moment that we were all waiting for, the announcement of this year’s winner. I took immense solace in the fact that at least Danny Gokey wasn’t still standing on the stage. That would have been totally unbearable. Ryan announced that it was Kris Allan, and not Adam Lambert and my brain stopped for a moment. My brain literally paused, stuttered and then re-set as I sat there stunned into silence.
But my incredulous silence was quickly replaced with overwhelming waves of anger. There was no way Adam Lambert lost! Adam was to be American Idol. Adam Lambert who gave amazing performances, received standing ovations from both Smokey Robinson and Simon Cowell, who gave us that precious moment with “Mad World”. No other contestant even came close all season long.
Yes America got it wrong on American Idol. Adam Lambert should have won, period, and end of story. It’s also interesting to note that the American Idol “powers-that-be” have still not released any official information about what the vote count actually was. Are we to just blindly trust American Idol and Telescope Inc. and their voting numbers?
This year’s American Idol has come to an end but questions remain about the voting and I don;t think they are going away. I did enjoy watching the season and yes, especially Adam Lambert I will certainly continue to watch Adam Lambert and where the talented young man takes his career.
Fox TV, “American Idol”, 5/20/2009