American Idol 2009 – what a surprise!

kris adamThe 2 finalists, Kris and Adam

For those who follow American Idol show on Astro, this year’s result was surprising. Kris Allen, with his ‘boy next door’ image , won. The hot favourite, Adam Lambert, whose song every week was the highest downloaded in I-tune among all idol contestants, lost.

I thought Adma was by far the more talented and more versatile singer. His vocal range is fantastic; he can sing slow and low; he can sing high and sustained. His stage performance was like a super star,as mentioned by some of the judges . Even Simon Cowell, who is usually very critical, gave him a standing ovation, and Paula Abdul was won over and confessed that she will be his life long fan.

How can he not win? I like Kris, too. He sings very well and has improved over the weeks. He deserves to be in the final, but i thought Adam is more talented and has better vocal control.

Anyway this is the choice of American viewers, and for this final, about 100 million votes were received.

I normally do not follow American Idol with much enthusiasm. This year however the presence of Adam has kindled my interest in the show. I thought Adam has raised the bar so high that it has forced all other contestants to buck up and improve themselves. Well done ! Adam Lambert. you will be s star and i will probably be hearing more of your songs.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clearwater
    May 22, 2009 @ 10:54:18

    Dr Hsu,

    You may not be aware but Adam is said to be possibly gay. My teenage daughter mentioned something about a published photo of Adam kissing another guy. Americans are still pretty much straightlaced and many will not vote for a homosexual whatever his talent. Anti-gay groups will also mobilize against a gay person. That may partly explain Adam’s loss against Kris, who I thought was forgettable as he had little stage presence though a good singer. See how gracious Adam was in defeat. He will shine in showbiz, much much more than Chris.


  2. Peter Yew
    May 22, 2009 @ 11:10:59

    Dr Hsu,

    I think it is not just the singing skills and showmanship that determines the winner. In the preliminary rounds the judges would apply what they deem as talents to select those who will qualify for subsequent rounds but in the final rounds it is the public who are the judges and I believe they consider other factors such as the contestants backgrounds to vote. I agree that between the 2 Adam is more convincing and Kris more boring but we need to understand their different social and religious backgrounds and preferences to understand how the Americans voted.


  3. Fi-sha
    May 22, 2009 @ 11:44:44

    Good morning Dr Hsu

    I agree with Clearwater that there has been stories going around about Adam that made the Americans shied away from him – thereofere his defeat to Average Kris. I heard this time around they did not even mention the majority gained by the winner.

    All reality shows are sentiment-driven, just like the stock markets sir, dont you think? Sadly, along the way, the real winner has been denied recognition of their performance.


  4. A true Malaysian
    May 22, 2009 @ 11:54:37

    Dr. Hsu,

    I am a keen follower of the American Idol show as I am music lover. But most importantly, what attracted me most for such programme is the spirit of ‘sportmanship’ or rather ‘showmanship’ of the American in accepting criticisms (sometime harsh, especially from Simon Cowell) in good faith and spirit, and this is the way to go for us to learn, to make Malaysia great.

    The popularity of the American Idol has spread worldwide, and Malaysia was once has its own “Malaysian Idol” some time back but was dropped half way due to reason(s) that they know best. For me, political interference was part of the reason, I maybe wrong. Subsequently, we have our very own “One in a Million”, but the voting system is somehow “weird” that one can be voted “down” instead of just a simple vote of support. Worse still, recently concluded one allowed someone voted out in semi-final to contest in the final, and won the contest. This is something very unfair to the participants, but what to do, Malaysia Boleh.

    Back to American Idol, my pick is also Adam, irrespective of his background, but 100 million votes are there, that manipulation is simply impossible. This kind of spirit is what make USA a great nation. Umno politics is still miles behind.

    Adam is what he is. His music and song are what matter. He is just like Elton John.


  5. god
    May 22, 2009 @ 12:20:34

    Hahaha! A true Malaysian. “..someone voted out in semi-final to contest in the final, and won the contest.” This is truly Malaysia. Do you where this can happen? In government tenders. A company not shortlisted can be awarded the project. A politician not elected can be appointed minister. on and on and on.

    So, what is so strange about this kind of hank panky in a singing competition, since it is happening every where else. But the sad thing that this happening is a sign how corrupted the moral fibre of the society is. Will god punish Malaysia like he punished Sodom and Gomorrah.


  6. A true Malaysian
    May 22, 2009 @ 12:39:36


    The spirit of ‘fair competition’ is simply not there in Malaysia. Look at their party election, look at the awarding scholarship procedure and look at a simple contest in school, and you know ‘meritocracy’ is absent from these system.

    By all means, you can help the weaker, needy ones. But help them in the proper manners, so that they can help themselves, uplift their welfare, and not in the expense of ‘meritocracy’ or layman term ‘fair competition’.

    Commentators like Rhan makes me puke.


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