published Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Why Adam Lambert is our ‘American Idol’

After 14 weeks of build-up, “American Idol’s” showdown is set. It’s Adam Lambert vs. Kris Allen.

Will the Season 8 title belong to Adam, the guy who has shown a chameleon-like talent to adapt his song-style (and hairstyles) to every genre the judges have thrown the contestants’ way. Or will it be Kris, who climbed out of the bottom three and into the finals by making smart song choices he knew would appeal to the texting voters?

Tonight’s wild card is which way Danny Gokey’s supporters will swing. If they were voting for Gokey because they loved his vocal prowess, then Adam may appeal to them for his dynamic voice and charismatic stage presence. Those who appreciated Gokey’s role-model lifestyle may vote for Kris’s all-American, wholesome image.

Here’s why the Times Free Press staff believes Adam Lambert will take the title:

Clint Cooper: Kudos to Kris, but Adam shines in vocal range, song styling and pure effortlessness. He didn’t have a bad week. Has “American Idol” ever had a more consistent contestant?

Karen Nazor Hill: Kris amazed me with his second song last week. Good for him. But, alas, he’s not in Adam’s league. Nobody in the history of “American Idol” is in Adam’s league. My vote is now and has always been for Adam Lambert. I am a fan.

Susan Pierce: Two words: Motown Week. Adam’s heartwrenching spin on “Tracks of My Tears” was the defining moment of this season to me.

Amy Williams: For all his guyliner and heavy metal-type wailing, Adam is still far and away the most talented singer this season. He deserves to win.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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