Relive the Tuesday's trio of Adam Lambert and Kris Allen performances in photo form
Kris Allen of 'American Idol' performs 'Ain't No Sunshine'
Singer: KRIS ALLEN
Song: "Ain't No Sunshine"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: This was probably my second favorite Kris performance of the season the first time around and my favorite, Kanye's "Heartless," probably would have been too recent to make any impact at all. If Kris has any performative advantage over Adam -- other intangibles and unspeakables aside -- it's his ability to play multiple instruments and play them well. If he's smart, he'll play the guitar later tonight. He can't complete when it comes to singing or interpretation, but he looks good when he does something Adam can't even attempt. It gives him the illusion of versatility even though he mostly makes everything sound alike (not a bad thing). The arrangement is simple and puts Kris' voice and piano in perfect focus.
Fred, Daphne, Velma and Simon Say: Dude. Yo. Check it out. You know? You know what Randy loves about Kris? That he knows the kind of artist he is and that this was one of his best performances ever on the stage. Kara says that if you can't feel a Kris Allen performance, there's something wrong with you. Well, I didn't like "Glee" either, so there probably is something wrong. Paula raves about Kris' ability to Allen-ize every performance. But can he Simonize? Simon admits he was surprised when Kris' name was called out week, but he takes back his skepticism after that performance. Simon calls Round One for Kris. Me? I think Kris was better-than-usual, while Adam was just good-as-usual. To my mind? Round One is a push, a draw.