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And now we're down to two Idol Finalists!

Adam Lambert vs. Kris Allen!

American Idol Season 8 Final Three

And your final three are:  Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen.  Good luck to all of you!

There are arguments to be made for this season's final three contestants, but we have no complaints.  Our running favorite has been Adam Lambert right out of the gate, and we're sticking with that pick.  However, the final three showdown on May 12, 2009 was perhaps the best final three we've ever seen.

28 year old Danny Gokey from Milwaukee, WI came out smooth, poised and confident and won the judges over with both performances.  While Danny may not have the natural ability of an Adam Lambert, Kris Daughtry and Idols of the like, he's got that charisma and likability that can certainly push him over the top and set him up for a nice, long career in the music industry.
26 year old Adam Lambert from Los Angeles, CA has been our favorite from the onset. You may have thought he was a true rocker and limited only to the high-notes and dynamic range, but with several smooth, cool, melodic performances under his belt throughout the final 12, there's nobody who can't appreciate the talents of this young singer.  Adam is our pick to win it all!  Time will tell!
26 year old Kris Allen from Conway, AR had his good moments and not-so-good moments throughout the final 12.  As we entered the top 3 on Tuesday night, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Lambert and Gokey would lead the way into next week's finals. Not so fast!  While Kris Allen's rendition of "Apologize" by OneRepublic was, in our opinion, very nice, Kris took some heat from the judges for not making it "his own".  Surprisingly, Simon Cowell sided with Kris because the judges chose the song for him and offered no coaching or suggestions for changing it up. The performance was solid.  However, song choice #2 was the choice of Kris himself. An acoustic guitar performance - which took guts - coupled with confident, dynamic vocals on Kanye West's "Heartless", may have - as Simon noted - made us all think twice.  The final 2 are up for grabs and it should be fun!


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