Relive the Top Three performance by Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen in photo form
Kris Allen of 'American Idol'
Singer: KRIS ALLEN
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Gee. This is either going to be a brilliant choice or a brilliantly stupid choice. Either way, you can't accuse Kris of playing it safe if he's covering Kanye West. It's just Kris and his acoustic guitar and the result is pretty tremendous. After all, Kanye can do many things, but he can't actually sing a lick, so hearing this song suddenly becoming yearning and melodic and powerful, as opposed to overproduced and silly is a revelation (the cover by The Fray is different and better, but overproduced in its own way). This is perhaps my favorite Kris performance of the season.
Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice and Simon Say: Randy loves the version better than The Fray's version and better than Kanye's version. Kara says it was "bold, brave and fearless." Paula makes a lame joke and then commends him. Simon says he'd written Kris off, "That however has all changed after that performance."