So Kris Allen
didn't kill it last night. But his version of "Man in the Mirror" was solid, and my wife said "He's sooo cute!" about 10 times in 30 seconds. The new terrible judge, Kara Eva Longoria didn't like him, but Paula said not so fast, and gushed, woozily: "You showed your personality and nailed it." Simon, amazingly, said ditto, and he and Paula kissed in celebration. He also said, "I think the chicks are going to love you." Randy said, complimentary, things like "dawg" "baby" and "jump-off."
For "American Idol" ignorants, for each semi-final round (this is week two of the semi-finals), three contestants move on to the final 12 — the top vote-getting man, woman and the next highest vote getter.
Undoubtedly, the top man will be this guy
, who threw-up all over one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time. And the top woman will be this husky-voiced 16-year-old
. Which means, the third spot is likely about who's hotter. Allen or this sleeve-tattooed blonde
, who sounded vaguely like Nelly Furtado and danced really awkwardly.
Find out tonight, 7 p.m. on Fox.
After the jump, read what Idolators on the web are saying.
As any Idol addict will tell you, though, it doesn't hurt to have heavy backing from the show's judges and producers — which has to come as great news to Adam and be about as welcome as a two-by-four to the gut for Kris. As far as I'm concerned, however, Kris ought to win the guaranteed ''male contestant seat'' over Adam, even if his ''Man in the Mirror'' didn't display the note-for-note technical perfection of Adam's ''(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.''
Sure, Kara was right that Kris struggled with the beginning of his Michael Jackson cover — particularly the lower notes in the opening lines of the verse — and I also observed he had a tendency to hold the mic too close to his mouth. But Paula and Simon were also correct that Kris nailed the number by delivering what could've been a trite ''message song'' with real emotion and proving to have enough grit in his voice to overcome an absolutely monstrous karaoke arrangement from the increasingly bizarre Idol house band. (Dear backup singers: Either try to stay on pitch, or just don't sing at all.) And while some folks might assign bonus points for the fact that Kris danced (yay!), or wore a black jacket from the nonexistent ''David Archuleta collection,'' or that he looks a lot like Ugly Betty's Val Emmich (as Simon noted, ''chicks are gonna love you''), the bottom line is that he's interested in telling a story with his music, not merely engaging in a 90-second fit of aggressive vocal acrobatics. And that ought to count for something, no?
, not so much. The music blog ranks him fifth on its power blog.
Apparently hoping to fall into the David Archuleta Inspirational Singer Slot, what with him performing "Man In The Mirror." Alas, his time to move the masses will probably be short, because even though the judges liked him, I thought that his version started off wobbly enough for people to just not care.
agrees with me that hottness (or cuteness) is key.
Kris looked like he was dead in the water... until Simon said he enjoyed it and added "I think the chicks are going to dig you." (cue squeals) This is probably true and maybe he will be saved by the bell curve of the voting body's girl crushery. American Idol being quite possibly the least sexual television show on the planet, his melty-hearted smile and clothes gave him the appearance of a Ken doll's crotch. Which this audience loves.
Ditto for the LA Times Idol Tracker
Is Kris Allen's obvious claims on both the tween and cougar demographics enough to see him through?"