Newsday reviewed the first Long Island Idol show on Tuesday night and said that while Kris Allen "showed he has a ways to go before he reaches his potential," Adam Lambert "is ready for stardom right now. He injected artistry and even some sexiness into a traditionally straightforward show." Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds got some love as well, with the reviewer saying Anoop's "gorgeous take on 'Always on My Mind' could have gotten him to the finals" and that Lil pushed "the possibility that she's this year's undiscovered gem, like Jennifer Hudson."
Interestingly, the writer's tone seemed to change overnight, and he wrote a different review for the Newsday blog that read less competition/comparison-oriented. This time Michael Sarver got a shout-out, being called "one to watch from this cast". I still don't get his criticism of Matt Giraud ("a little disappointing because of his song choices, which made him seem like he was aiming to be Justin Timberlake’s dad instead of the hitmaker himself"), however. The reviewer didn't like Kris' song choices either, saying only the Killers' song showed any fire (hmm ... I think Ain't No Sunshine shows a LOT of fire even though it's a slow number. The boy is passionate when he sings that song). But he also said, "Allen is laid-back and sweet and certainly talented. He seems destined for a career of radio hits like Jason Mraz or Matt Nathanson or even Rob Thomas, which is not bad at all." It certainly is not.
There are also pre-show video interviews with Adam, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Anoop, Scott MacIntyre and Michael Sarver on the first link. You have to do a little bit of digging for the latter three, but they're there. Some of the vids are a little depressing though. You can tell the kids are so ready for this tour to be done. Anoop even said it out loud. Allison talks about how hard it is doing the record on top of all the concert and traveling stuff.
To be honest, I'm kind of ready for this tour to be done too. I'm tired of looking for these damn reviews that end up annoying me half the time. If they could only all write like Michael Slezak ...