Adam and Kris face off as rumors spread about Adam’s duet with David Bowie, other guest stars

American Idol 8 starts to wrap up tonight with a one-hour performance episode, followed tomorrow night by an epic two-hour waste of time leading up to the announcement of the winner. (I’ll be live blogging it Wednesday, as mocking something helps to keep me awake.) It’s the battle of the polished fingernails, as Adam Lambert and Kris Allen perform and beg for viewer votes one final time.

Yesterday, Ryan Seacrest revealed part of what will fill up the time: performances by “Lionel Richie, Carlos Santana, Cindi Lauper, Queen Latifah, Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, David Cook, [and] Carrie Underwood.” MJ’s Big Blog notes that rumors suggest David Bowie will show up to duet with Adam Lambert, while Rolling Stone rounds up details and other rumors, including Urban’s duet with Kris Allen and Lauper’s duet with Allison Iraheta.

As to the actual, like, contest, who will win probably depends upon how well Adam and Kris do tonight, and I think it’s anyone’s game at this point. If Kris knocks it out of the park, as he did with his second performance last week, he could easily take the title from the presumed favorite. There are other factors, too, like whether or not Danny’s fans care enough to vote for someone else, or whether Adam’s will fans presume he’s won and not vote. Some previous contestants are bitter about Adam’s dominance, as they wrote on Twitter, because they have nothing better to do with their time now that they’ve been eliminated.

Like the Survivor finale, American Idol 8 comes down to a battle between two close friends and roommates. That wouldn’t have been the story if Danny Gokey had made it to the finals. As USA TODAY’s behind-the-scenes with the final three story revealed, Adam and Danny don’t have as tight of a bond. “Danny and me? Well, we’re really different. On everything. So we often agree to disagree,” Adam said.

That was highlighted when Danny said he was in the competition “to give love back. I’m not here for the attention.” Adam said, “I am! Look, I didn’t really come here to win as much as I came to get exposure and build my career. It’s about what the show gives us.” Danny disagreed: “I think it’s about leaving a mark in people’s hearts.” But hearts can’t dial a telephone, so he’s out.

Rumors Fly About Star Performers as “American Idol” Finale Nears [Rolling Stone]
Top 36 Contestants Aren’t Fans of Adam Lambert [Vote for the Worst]
Peek behind the ‘Idol’ curtain [USA TODAY]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.