The New York Post gave Kris Allen his just due during the Idol stop in Long Island, writing, "Judging from Tuesday's Nassau Coliseum concert, Kris Allen, not Adam Lambert, is in fact the rightful winner of the 2009 "American Idol" contest."
The review went on to say that although Kris "isn't a performance whiz", his set "was unforced and had the kind of honesty needed to rescue a cover of The Beatles' 'Hey Jude' and Matchbox 20's 'Bright Lights' from elevator wreckage. He had heart throughout his set and even injected some blue-eye soul into Bill Withers' 'Ain't No Sunshine.'"
The review also said Allison Iraheta was the one who made "Slow Ride" rock. The implication being that Adam Lambert didn't. I won't say much about what the review said about Adam (nothing that could be slightly misconstrued as homophobic at least!), but let's just say it had something to do with Adam's first job as an entertainer.
The Queens College newspaper, The Knight News, graded the Aug. 11 show an A-. The reviewer called Adam's "Mad World" "the single best vocal performance of the entire evening: controlled, nostalgic and powerful", said Anoop Desai was the "most improved finalist from the first half of the show", and noted that Matt Giraud was "proof that the judges' 'save' this season was put to good use."
Another review popped up just now that also said Kris was worthy of the title. It's from the D.C. concert, by the Culpeper Star-Exponent. I'll add to the D.C. concert review post so as not to disrupt the flow of this too much.