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21 May 2009 @ 12:05 pm
American Idol  
Oh man. I really should give up all American media: it's nothing but heartache.

I like Kris, I think he's a sweet guy and I think he does what he does (with limit range) very well. I especially liked his acoustic version of Come Together, and I think he connects well with an audience. But man... he did not deserve to win. In vocal ability and star quality--surely the two most important things in an Idol--Adam was his superior. I guess in the end Adam was too love-him-or-hate-him for the mainstream audience.

I know Adam will be genuinely happy for Kris, but DAMN IT I wanted that win. :(

ETA: Illuminating article about the reasons for the win.
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam Lambertbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Yup. :( Were Adam fans just too complacent to vote? Or was it just that he really did have less fans? Because overseas he seems insanely more popular than other Idol contestents.
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Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 21st, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Hey I'm sure US west-coasters would appreciate a cut. (But who knows if you've got any AI west coast fans on your flist.)

I'm sure they'll both have great careers regardless.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on May 21st, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh man, I am SOOOO sorry. I didn't realise it aired at different times in the US--I assumed it was live everywhere. Cut tag now in place and I hope I haven't spoiled anyone else.
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Becky: Adam lambertbeeej on May 21st, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I like Kris, and I'm sure Adam will be fantastically successful anyway, but I AM SAD!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam Lambertbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Yes. :( I'm sad for ME, not Adam. :( I invested in his story and wanted a happy ending. Adam seems like he will be just fine.
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on May 21st, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Word friend. It was vanilla vs. Midnight Cookies N' Cream.
America gets the idol it deserves I suppose. Can't wait to read Jacob's recap tomorrow. Ha.

Everything was pretty surreal after the KISS performance anyway.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam Lambertbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I found it all surreal--I never realised American Idol finales were that crazy! (it's my first year watching) I mean... banjos and strippers and the most unlikely line up of performers?! World's craziest variety show.
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Elanor Graveselgraves on May 21st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I'm disgusted. Adan should of won. I don't know why I started watching it again. I told myself after Daughtry got voted off that I was never going to watch American idol again.

I wonder how many people voted for Kris cause they really like him and how many voted for him because they didn't want Adam to win. There seem to be a lot of Danny's fans that seem to despise Adam. The things that I've read.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Skins Cassiebop_radar on May 21st, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I should have know it wouldn't provide justice... but I got my hopes up when Danny was voted off. I gather there's been some real ugliness between Adam and Danny fans, with a lot of verbal gay-bashing and Christian-bashing, which is just horrible. I'd like to believe it played no part in the vote, but who knows.
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Jen: AngryClark by christina_katjlvsclrk on May 21st, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
I was afraid Kris would win because Adam is just a little too scary for a lot of America. And that's plain sad. Don't get me wrong, I like Kris fine and can see him having a moderately successful career, but Adam is the one I think who'll be the true superstar. He was very classy in defeat.
canadiangirl_86 on May 21st, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
I'm with you 100% - how much of a shock is that NOT? :P
Go Speedster or Go Home: by choco_carebearlexalicious70 on May 21st, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
That was the most spectacular FAIL on Idol I've ever seen. Way to completely shut out the original, talented, and obviously better performer because of his fluid sexuality.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam Lambertbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yuh. I've linked to an interesting article about it above. But yeah... I knew Adam would never win on Australian Idol (we love mediocrity above all else) but i sort of bought into the story on American Idol of America embracing him.
tariel22: clark-wtf?tariel22 on May 21st, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Hey, THANK YOU for spoiling this west coaster; I didn't have to watch that travesty. I honestly think Adam is better off professionally NOT winning. Chris Daughtry has said that being eliminated was the best thing that ever happened to him, because the contestants sign the winner's contract before the competition is over, and are locked into a very restrictive deal if they win. But still, I so wanted Adam to have that moment in the spotlight, that validation from the whole country. He's the better artist, and he so deserved it! *cries* Nothing against Kris, truly. I just liked Adam better.

As for why Kris won, I think there are a lot of people in America who are still scared to death of anyone who has the audacity to be original or different. I don't mean to underestimate my own country, but we did elect George Bush, after all. TWICE.

I'll be first in line to buy Adam's album when it comes out.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam Lambertbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
True, he IS better off. But I wanted the win too--partly because he was 'my' contestant, partly because of the statement it would have made.

Interesting article linked above about that 'fear of originality' issue in America.

I will actually schlep to a CD store to buy Adam's album! In HARDCOPY. (Apparently he's massively outselling Kris already--including on the winner's single--HA!!)
sarmoti: HSM - jazz handssarmoti on May 21st, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Adam should've won! I voted for him about 100 times last night, I'm not kidding. At least I know I did my part! Oh well, he's a superstar already and I'm excited about the future of his career. Kris is good too, but he's ho-hum for me, even though I do like Jason Mraz and other singers like that who Kris reminds me of.

They usually release the vote totals for the finale and the weeks leading up to it, so soon we'll see how close the voting was (or wasn't). I remember last season the stats showed that, despite what people thought, it wasn't even close and David Cook won by A LOT. (yay!)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam overwhelmedbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Apparently the whole state of Arkansas voted their asses off. No wonder I didn't see that coming! 38 million from Arkansas... it was a landslide. But I don't think it's reflective of Adam's popularity really because he's outselling Kris by a mile on iTunes.
bofoddity on May 21st, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
I haven't been watching this, but I have listened to both Kris and Adam and I thought Adam was the one whose voice and style stood out (found this performance, for example - isn't this how you make audience go crazy?). I've seen some intense hostility directed against him, though, so I have to wonder if some crazy anti movement aided Kris's victory.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam overwhelmedbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think America's love of mediocrity aided Kris's victory (see article linked above). But yes, Adam is a mesmerising performer with fantastic stage presence.
Fleegull: Girl's Like em Bigfleegull on May 21st, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
I just hope that people who voted for Kris were actually voting for Kris and not against Adam because of some silly "good vs. evil" deal trumped up in some corners of the country.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Adam Lambertbop_radar on May 21st, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Given that 38 million votes came from Arkansas I think maybe they genuinely were voting FOR him? So yay. I saw someone saying that a lot of people that like Adam are too hip to vote for him. And seeing as he's outselling Kris on iTunes .. that seems true maybe? In which case I'm more zen about it because each gets the recognition they deserve, in different mediums.