With all the attention ‘American Idol’ is receiving lately, it’s hard to believe that the show wrapped months ago.
But for the big time fans – the “Glamberts”, “Allenation,” “Alli Katz,” or even the “Anoop Troop,” season eight is nowhere near finished. And now that Paula’s rumored to be on the outs for next season, ‘Idol’ chatter hasn’t seemed to die down in the least bit.
It’s almost an amazing feat that among the chaos, some of the Idols, who are in the middle of planning their debut albums, even had time to go on tour.
Fancast was in the middle of the action as the Idols descended upon Los Angeles for the eighth stop on the American Idols Live concert series. We set out to answer the burning questions – would Kris sing Kara DioGuardi’s song “No Boundaries?” Would Adam be covered head-to-toe in glitter? And would anyone call the audience a foul name? (you’ll be surprised!) Read on for the juice.
If there’s anything Adam Lambert proved this past Thursday night during the LA concert, it’s that winning American Idol is so overrated. You don’t have to come out victorious to steal the show – just be over-the-top fabulous.
If the game of popularity is measured by the shrieks of adoring fans, then Lambert has won, hands down. When we asked some of the girls at the show who their favorite Idol was, without a question, the overwhelming answer was Lambert.
“My favorite part was when he stripped!” said Beth Lytle, flanked by three friends who all squealed in agreement. “He was shaking his hips and doing these thrusting motions – it was so hot!” More on Adam’s strip tease (and makeup) later.
To be fair, there were plenty of fans supporting the other Idols. This was 9-year-old Ashley Bernal’s very first concert, but she only wanted to see Allison Iraheta. Aside from Adam, Allison seemed the most ready to tackle the stage. With a wind machine blowing her purple-and-red hair, she looked like a rock goddess complete with leather and an electric guitar. Her version of “Barracuda” was a thousand times better than it’s ever sounded on the Idol stage.
And, oh yeah, then there’s the winner. How could we forget Kris Allen? It’s certainly not an easy task to follow the likes of Lambert. It’s like having Elvis Presley as your opening act. Nonetheless, Allen seemed to hold his own. There was the little issue regarding his song “No Boundaries.” News broke a few days ago that the song was a big dud at the first couple shows of the tour and had been scrapped. Well, folks, it’s still scrapped. But Allen received the second-highest decibel reading from the fans with a solid set of songs and his wonderful, yet often meek, stage presence.
Grace Tenorio, a student from UCLA, claimed to be Allen’s biggest fan. “People were still screaming for Adam when Kris got on the stage. I think I was probably the only person screaming for him, but I just screamed as loud as I could.” She was also hoping Kris would notice her t-shirt with his face on it. It’s possible, considering every other Idol t-shirt of the night belonged to Lambert. We even heard that the merchandise tables ran out of Lambert shirts.
With all the attention being cast toward the post-intermission acts, it was easy to forget about the first six performers of the night, which is kind of unfair, considering they were really pretty good. Michael Sarver did a nice job of opening the show with a catchy Gavin DeGraw song, even if we were mildly distracted by his newly cut faux hawk.
Megan Joy (despite being under the weather) looked like American Idol Barbie, but managed to muck things up with her signature “caws.” Scott MacIntyre was solid, but sadly a little boring on the song choices. Then there was Danny Gokey, who was inconveniently stuck between a rock and a hard place (Allison and Adam) and seemed to fall short on the enthusiasm.
Then there was Lil. Some people may have described her performance has “sassy,” but to 36-year-old mother of two Ester Hernandez, it was anything but. “I didn’t get it. She started dancing around like Beyonce or something. It was completely different from how she was on the show.” But isn’t that a good thing, since she was voted off in 7th place? “I liked her before,” she added. “She was soulful. But now she just kind of looks ridiculous.” Harsh! But thankfully, Anoop came next and got the stoic L.A. audience on their feet for the first time. Finally, there was Matt Giraud, who hands down had the most confidence, best vocals, and arguably the most fun. That is, except for Adam Lambert.
Glambert was out in full force. The sparkly green eye shadow! The razor-cut punk hair-do! The faded denim ensemble! The slashed jeans! And then there was the performance. Needless to say, 95 percent of the audience had probably never been to a gay nightclub before. Well, they have now. How he managed to pull off the provocative dance moves without insulting the array of moms and grandmas was shocking. Whether you like him or not (although, after that divalicious performance, how can you not like him?) Adam clearly stole the show, even delivering the line of the night: “You better get out of your seats, bitches! Dance!” And dance they did.
Do you have tickets to this year’s American Idols Live? Who are you most looking forward to seeing?
American Idols Live Tour 2009 set list:
1. Michael Sarver, “In Love With a Girl” (Gavin DeGraw)
2. Michael Sarver, “Closer” (Ne-Yo)
3. Megan Joy, “Put Your Records On” (Corrine Bailey Rae)
4. Megan Joy, “Tears Dry on Their Own” (Amy Winehouse)
5. Scott MacIntyre, “Bend and Break” (Keane)
6. Scott MacIntyre, “A Thousand Miles” (Vanessa Carlton)
7. Lil Rounds, “Be Without You”/”Just Fine” (Mary J. Blige)
8. Lil Rounds, “No One” (Alicia Keys)
9. Lil Rounds, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (Beyoncé)
10. Anoop Desai, “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley)
11. Anoop Desai, “Mad” (Ne-Yo)
12. Anoop Desai, “My Prerogative” (Bobby Brown)
13. Matt Giraud, “Hard to Handle” (Otis Redding, the Black Crowes)
14. Matt Giraud, “Georgia on My Mind” (Ray Charles)
15. Matt Giraud, “You Found Me” (the Fray)
16. Group medley: Megan Joy and Lil Rounds, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons); Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud, “Tell Her About It” (Billy Joel); Michael Sarver, “Suspicious Minds” (Elvis Presley); Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Scott MacIntyre, Michael Sarver, Lil Rounds and Megan Joy, “Beggin’” (the Four Seasons)
17. Allison Iraheta, “So What” (Pink)
18. Allison Iraheta, “Cry Baby” (Janis Joplin)
19. Allison Iraheta, “Barracuda” (Heart)
20. Danny Gokey, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” (Michael Jackson)
21. Danny Gokey, “Maria Maria” (Santana)
22. Danny Gokey, “What Hurts the Most” (Rascal Flatts)
23. Danny Gokey, “My Wish” (Rascal Flatts)
24. Adam Lambert, “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin)
25. Adam Lambert, “Starlight” (Muse)
26. Adam Lambert, “Mad World” (Tears for Fears)
27. Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta duet, “Slow Ride” (Foghat)
28. Adam Lambert, “Life on Mars”/”Fame”/”Let’s Dance” (David Bowie medley)
29. Kris Allen, “Heartless” (Kanye West)
30. Kris Allen, “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers)
31. Kris Allen, “Bright Lights” (Matchbox Twenty)
32. Group number led by Kris Allen, “Hey Jude” (the Beatles)
33. Encore, Group number, “Don’t Stop Believing” (Journey)