May 20th, 2009 16:43 EST
Terrible Song Prevents Big Finish on American Idol
Adam Lambert and Kris Allen performed three songs apiece on American Idol last night: a favorite past performance from this season; a tune selected by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller; and last but not least, a song cowritten by Kara DioGuardi, "No Boundaries."
"It seemed as if both singers had rough spots with the DioGuardi song. Lambert hit the high notes but Allen failed and fell flat; it was clear from the look on his face that he knew he`d been beaten."
"The judges were visibly deflated following both versions of "No Boundaries" each was noncommittal, choosing to sound as if saying farewell to the 23-year-old heartthrob from Conway, Ark., rather than criticize his less-than-pitch-perfect performance."
Backstage, Abdul and Lambert defended the song that got an unenthusiastic reception from Cowell.
"I`m proud of Kara," Abdul declared. "Simon is there to always ruin a moment. He wouldn`t be Simon."
Lambert said the song "really has a great message."
Don`t miss it, the winner will be announced tonight on the final results show.