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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Gokey gone; Lambert looks like 'Idol' lock

Maureen Ryan - May 14, 2009

To no one's surprise, Adam Lambert wasn't eliminated during Wednesday's "American Idol" broadcast. Milwaukee's Danny Gokey was cut, leaving Lambert and Kris Allen in the Fox singing competition. 

Lambert, who is widely seen as the front-runner, and Allen will have their final sing-off Tuesday, followed by the "Idol" finale May 20. 

Wednesday's hourlong show, which featured an appearance by Alicia Keys and a performance by Katy Perry, was more anticlimactic than usual. Nobody expected Lambert to go home. He appears alone on the current issue of Entertainment Weekly; the magazine didn't bother with the pretense that someone else might win the eighth season of "Idol."

On Tuesday, judges and host Ryan Seacrest tried to play up the idea that Lambert wasn't a lock for the win, and on Wednesday, Seacrest said that the final two singers were only about a million votes apart.

Nice try, "Idol," but I doubt people will start to see Allen as a threat to the king of guyliner.


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