Mervis also gives constructive criticism for the others and does so without being unnecessarily cruel, so props to him for that.
Here's what he said about Kris and Adam:
Last night at the Mellon Arena, one thing was clearly reinforced in front of the near sold-out crowd: Adam Lambert is star material.
If Elvis Presley and Edward Scissorhands could somehow have a child, it would look somewhat like this Idol runner-up who has already graced the cover of Rolling Stone and will have to come up with some absolutely abysmal songs to not top the charts when his album drops.
Lambert came out ninth in a swirl of fog to the power chords of "Whole Lotta Love," dressed like a leather-clad villain in "Terrordome." Then he backed up the glam-rock swagger with a beautifully supple voice that can hit the notes and take them to the next level.
Along with the Led Zep tune and a Bowie medley -- who ever would expect "Life on Mars" in such a mainstream show? -- Lambert did a dreamy version of Muse's "Starlight" and then sang Tears for Fears' "Mad World" like an angel. Although the crowd had its share of screaming little girls, it didn't stop Lambert from going NC-17 during "Whole Lotta Love" by putting the mike stand between his legs and doing a long slow stroke to freak out their moms.
How did winner Kris Allen follow that?
Just by being himself, which is a rock-solid Matchbox Twenty-style frontman in flannel shirt and jeans. What Allen lacked in flamboyance he made up for in the truer emotion he packed into his vocals with his fresh take on Kanye West's "Heartless" and the Killers' "All These Things That I've Done," recently subbed for the coronation song "No Boundaries." He also went from piano man on "Ain't No Sunshine" to lead guitarist at the end of "Bright Lights"
If Lambert and Allen get the right songs for their debut albums, they could be the best 1-2 tandem in Idol's history. Too bad we didn't get a sneak peek of that in last night's karaoke fest.
The Beaver County Times gave Megan Joy a nice review (yay Megan), saying she "was the first pleasant surprise of the night" and that she had "much-improved pipes". Matt Giraud was the other surprise, although the reviewer issued the Justin Timberlake comparison that Matt scoffs at. But at least it was a compliment! Allison Iraheta was said to have "headlining ability." Danny Gokey "exhibited a touching charm he rarely displayed on TV’s top-rated show." Adam was called a "powerhouse" during "Whole Lotta Love" and a "tender vocal athlete" during "Mad World". He also "lost his shirt and numerous scruples" during the Bowie Medley. LMAO. Kris' "relate-ability" was his key, and he "illuminated his musical talents" with "Heartless".
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's review was a bit brief, offering little opinion outside of Adam seeming to earn the most applause but noting the camaraderie amongst the group.