Relive the Tuesday's trio of Adam Lambert and Kris Allen performances in photo form
Kris Allen of 'American Idol' performs 'What's Going On'
Singer: KRIS ALLEN
Song: "What's Goin' On"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Simon Fuller likes a very particular type of protest anthem, doesn't he? As I predicted/recommended/advised/endorsed, Kris is on his guitar, playing well. It's a little mellow for my taste, but it's been rearranged into a Kris Allen standard. Actually, as it progresses, it becomes even more mellow, the exact opposite direction from where Marvin Gaye took the song and where it really probably ought to go. He sounds good and the guitar helps him out. But meek and pleasant isn't what was demanded after what Adam just did.
Fred, Daphne, Velma and Simon Say: Randy loves that we have a duel, finding the song timely. Randy calls it light, which has to be a judgment on the emotion of the performance, not the song itself. Kara likes that Kris' delivering a message. Paula says Kris tore the song up and made Marvin Gaye proud. "It was like three friends in their bedroom strumming along to Marvin Gaye." Ryan makes a confusing homophobic joke. Simon gives Round Two to Adam, "a million percent." It may even be more than that. If this were a boxing match, the first round would be either 10-10 or 10-9 either way depending on your preference. Adam has this one solidly 10-8 with a knockdown.