"If you think you know how the competition is gonna turn out, think again," Ryan Seacrest ominously intoned at the beginning of tonight's all-important, pre-finale American Idol results show. And boy, he wasn't kidding.
Ryan also announced that 88 million votes had come in last night (seemingly 87 million of them from me, or at least that is how my poor, sore, Adam-loving dialing fingers felt this morning). Ryan also revealed that only 1 million out of those 88 million votes separated the top two vote-getters, meaning this was going to be one close competition. No one should be assumed a shoo-in, no matter how many Entertainment Weekly cover stories or how much gushingly biased Simon Cowell/Lyndsey Parker praise he (and by "he," I mean "Adam") had received thus far.
Though the hometown footage was overlong, I actually found some of it kind of entertaining. Besides LOLing at that hilarious clip of a truly clueless, half-naked female fan bumrushing Adam Lambert in San Diego (under the foolish assumption that he might actually be interested--his dismissive laugh was priceless), and enjoying an acoustic reprise of Kris Allen's "Falling Slowly," I chuckled when a young local described Danny Gokey as: "He's cute, he has good glasses, and he lives in Milwaukee!" She sounded like my mom trying to fix me up with her friend's geeky son. But I guess that's always been Danny's everyman appeal: He's a boy you can take home to Mom.
But it turns out it won't even be an Adam/Danny finale!!!
I'm happy about the first part, of course. I'd seriously consider boycotting next week's finale if Adam wasn't there. But I am also VERY happy that the "boy you can take home to Mom" will be going home to his mom for good after tonight.
Yes, readers...KRIS ALLEN TRUMPED DANNY GOKEY TONIGHT. Barring a recount that would allow Allison Iraheta to return next week, this was the best outcome I could haved hoped for.
While Danny and Adam had been heavily pimped frontrunners all season long--so much so that I'd predicted they'd both make it to the finale back when they were still in the top 36--Kris was always the one who kept surprising me and the rest of America. It was a surprise when he made the top 13, a surprise when he gave that knockout "Ain't No Sunshine" performance, a surprise when he chose to sing the relatively obscure "Falling Slowing" on Movie Night, etc. As a result, America fell slowly for this under-the-radar contestant, and the biggest surprise came tonight when he beat out the seemingly unstoppable, untouchable Danny Gokey.
Yep, next week's finale ought to be exciting, all right--not just because Adam and Kris will be there, but because I'll be there! Huzzah! Yes, I've scored me a golden ticket, and I'm going to start working on my "I HEART ADAM" glitterglue cardboard sign as soon as I finish this blog....
- Ryan Seacrest
- Adam Lambert