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The eighth season of U.S. reality singing competition American Idol wraps up, when America will vote on the winner.
The contest is the top-rated U.S. show, and has birthed such stars as Carrie Underwood, David Cook, and Kelly Clarkson.
So the question on everyone’s mind as Adam Lambert and Kris Allen take the stage is… who will win? USA Today says it could be closer than expected:“The San Diegan [Lambert] has been the darling of Idol judges, too, with notoriously critical Simon Cowell last week urging fans to vote for him…. Allen's surprising survival, on the other hand, was noted by host Ryan Seacrest…” (USA Today)
The London Free Press looks at the clashing personalities of the contestants:“The two couldn't be more different; Lambert, 27, is an unapologetic-borderline-brash rock 'n' roll drama king, while Allen, 23, is the timid boy-next-door mom would set you up with if he wasn't already hitched.” (London Free Press)
And The Jerusalem Post takes the opportunity to take a sarcastic shot at the American audience:“Just like Eurovision viewers, Americans don't like to mix their entertainment escapism with anything close to resembling reality. And a mascara-wearing gay Jew who sings like the devil might just be a little too close to reality for some.” (Jerusalem Post)
Yet the Los Angeles Times finds hope in the harmony between the unlikely friends, the Times say it’s:“…presented America with a new vision of itself, beyond the deepest divisions of the culture wars…At a time when change is in the air but the old conflicts over religion, lifestyle and sexuality aren't going away, this eighth season of "American Idol" is vividly illustrating how people with cultural differences can make beautiful music together.” (The LA Times)
FOX News’ The O’Reilly Factor says that religion could be a deciding factor in who comes out on top… Allen has openly displayed his Christianity and is married, while pictures of Lambert allegedly kissing men have circulated on the Internet throughout the competition:“5 of 7 winners have talked about their Christianity. A lot of them get their start singing in their churches. Carrie Underwood sang Jesus take the wheel.” (FOX News)
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