published Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Giraud’s departure may set up a Lambert-Gokey finale

CLINT COOPER: And then there were four. Matt Giraud’s exit last week left the competition a pretty terrific quartet. But he was no slouch, either. Giraud had some fine moments in the competition, having been compared in looks and talent to Justin Timberlake. However, he was up against favorite Adam Lambert, 16-year-old wunderkind Allison Iraheta, early favorite Danny Gokey and surprising Kris Allen. Those who are left will take on rock songs this week, having been guided by Slash, the former lead guitarist of Guns ’N’ Roses.

KAREN NAZOR HILL: I cannot be upset that Lambert was in the bottom two. I didn’t vote last week. My guess is that many other Lambert fans thought other Lambert fans would keep him on the top. We were wrong, unless, that is, Simon and his cohorts put Lambert in the bottom to keep things interesting. What do you think, Clint? But, this week, I know Lambert is going to knock everyone’s socks off. Since Lambert first sang on the show, I’ve compared him to Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns ’N’ Roses. I can’t wait to hear him sing tonight.

CLINT: I’ve heard that producers may put one “Idol’’ contestant in the “Bottom Three” who may not necessarily have the votes to be there to make it interesting. Whether or not that happens may be another thing. The fact is, as the judges always say, if you want to your favorite to stay in the competition, you have to vote. I have no doubt that Lambert will shine tonight. How could he not on Rock Night? I’m expecting Allison to be strong, too. She’s a rocker chick, or seems to be.

KAREN: I agree. Allison will knock ’em dead tonight — if she chooses the right song. That’s been the drawback for the contestants all season, with the exception of Adam. He could sing the phone book and make it a No. 1 hit. As the show’s end draws near, I hope word got to “Idol’’ producers about our superb suggestion — give us fans one more show, a show highlighting the 2009 American Idol, Adam Lambert.

CLINT: Yes, I don’t know why they haven’t called us yet to acknowledge our idea. Anyway, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Kris will be eliminated this week, then Allison next week, and the finals will be Adam and Danny. Of course, anything could happen, based on the songs they sing, but the fans have consistently loved Danny. And Adam is clearly the front-runner.

KAREN: Bye-bye, Kris. He seems like a top-notch guy with a nice voice, and his newfound fame on “American Idol” may land him work in the entertainment industry, but I doubt it. I think he got a lot of teeny-bopper votes, not that teeny-bopper votes aren’t good. And it will be a close call between Danny and Allison, though Allison has been at the bottom numerous times. So, Mr. Cooper, I’m with you. It’s slow sailing to the final two, Adam and Danny.

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about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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