Film and TV

The End of an Era: Gokey and His Glasses Go Home

I will be the first to admit that as excited as I am about last night's Idol results, I am also really shocked (as are a lot of other people, apparently). I think most people--whether they were Gokey fans or not--thought his large hausfrau fan base would keep him safe in the hopes that if he won, he would do dirty things to them with his glasses.

How quickly the Idol tables turn. Kris Allen gave Gokey a run for his money with his great version of Kanye West's "Heartless" Tuesday night, a performance that actually lent an air of mystery to the fate of that second finals spot (because, let's be honest, Adam Lambert secured his spot weeks ago).
Good for Kris.

As I've said before, I don't think he has the strongest voice in the world, but the multi-instrumentalist is clearly a talented guy, and his laid-back vibe proved a nice antidote to Gokey's smug douchiness throughout the season.

That being said, Kris Allen has about as much chance of winning this thing as Adam Lambert has of ceasing to wear leather pants and eyeliner anytime soon. The powers-that-be at FOX must be crapping themselves right about now. This is a matchup as uneven as the New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl.  Oh. Wait. The highly-favored Patriots lost that one, didn't they?

I guess if my several seasons of watching Idol have taught me anything, it's that anything can happen. But really? If Kris wins, I think it might be a sign of the coming apocalypse. Even without the mystery, though, I'm still excited about watching the finale next week. I'm a sucker for a finale.

As a side note, can we pleeeeeease stop using Idol results shows to pimp the songs of Idol alum (Jordin Sparks, I'm looking at you), or, even worse, singers who have nothing to do with Idol in any way, shape or form (ahem, Katy Perry), or even worse, movie stars trying to pimp their newest movies (Ben Stiller, I still do not want to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian).


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Yvonne Zusel
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