Relive the Top Three performance by Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen in photo form
Adam Lambert of 'American Idol'
Singer: ADAM LAMBERT
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Simon had to get U2's permission for Adam to sing this song, which he only mentioned to make it clear that he and U2 are bros. It stars off low-key and literal, but when we reach the chorus, Adam takes it off in his own direction, making it pretty much unrecognizable, his own wailing, emotional, unique version of the song. The people who don't like Adam won't have liked this. They'll call it shriek-y and theatrical. Everybody else will wonder why the other two guys are even around anymore. Do you think Adam could have done a note-perfect Bono impression? Of course he could have. He didn't want to and he didn't need to. The other two guys are performing to advance to the next round. Adam's already moved past this.
Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice and Simon Say: Randy says that Adam is one of the hottest three in the competition. Good call, Randy. Randy didn't love Adam going off-melody. Kara calls Adam a "amazing strategist," calling it unbelievable. Kara then does a really awful British accent. Paula tells Adam that she's staring at an American Idol right now. Simon thought it was a brilliant song choice and a brilliant performance. All four judges agree that it'll be outrageous if Adam isn't in the Finals next week.
NOTE: This photo was taken during Adam Lambert's trip home to San Diego over the weekend.