Kris Allen, Adam Lambert Dominate Disco Night

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This just in:

Adam Lambert did not put on our favorite American Idol performance this week. For the first time all season, another finalist showed creative range equal with the eventual, surefire champion.

While Lambert was his typically creative, talented self - the singer performed "If I Can’t Have You," slowing it down as a ballad emitting perfect pitch and emotion - Kris Allen also struck an original chord.

He sang Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money,” also taking it slow, armed with an acoustic guitar a Tracy Chapman-like sound. Kara DioGuardi echoed our thoughts when she told Kris: “You took a real risk... and it paid off big time.”

Kris Allen Performance

Our other two top performances from the night were:

  • Allison Iraheta, who chose the Donna Summer song, “Hot Stuff," changed up the arrangement and, once again, belted out a classic like a veteran star, as opposed to the 16-year old she is.
  • Danny Gokey did his usual (impressive) thing with a sultry version on Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.” Kara called him “an incredible vocalist.

Who was your favorite finalist this week? Click on the pics below for a closer look at each...

Lil Rounds Performance Pic
Trying to Stay Alive
Adam Lambert, If I Can't Have You

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]