I was too busy watching "Lost" last night to so much as glance at "American Idol," but I know who was eliminated, and who's in the final two. If you want a recap of what happened, go read Fienberg, but after the jump, I'll offer up some quick thoughts on the result, and where I think the Top 2 stand...
So, Danny Gokey goes home, and Adam and Kris are our final two. That seems right to me. While Danny looked like the obvious frontrunner back in the semi-finals -- he had the double backstory (dead wife, plus the friendship with Jamar), the love of the judges, and a killer voice -- he never really evolved, never surprised, never delivered the kind of show-stopping performance that both Adam and Kris provided from time to time, and he seemed least connected to contemporary pop music. Like I said last night, he was a younger, somewhat better Taylor Hicks, and we know how Taylor's career has worked out.
As for the finale, I really have no idea who should be favored. Adam is the more vocally talented, and more memorable contestant, but he's incredibly polarizing, and the finale is the first time people can really vote against you if they don't like you. I could easily see a lot of Danny's vote going to Kris, as well as the votes of anybody who's still watching at this point but is tired of both Adam and the constant worship of him by the judges and his fans. And to get back to that final Danny point, Kris seems the most suited to actually be on the radio and have a pop music career in 2009. I'm not saying that Adam can't; just that much of what he's done on the show this season also shows little resemblance to what's happening today on the charts.
In terms of the story of this season, Adam's the obvious choice for who should win, but I really think it's too close to call, and might even want to call Kris the favorite.
What do you think? You happy with the final two? Who do you think's gonna take the crown next week?