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'American Idol': Who won the final showdown? Kris or Adam? (Or was it a draw?)

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“No Boundaries”: Is it a rad new clothing line for skater bois and girlz? (Ugh…did I just type it like that? Yes.) A proposed slogan for Princess Cruise Lines’ upcoming Alaskan Adventure Journey? Or a warning label that should’ve been slapped  below the fourth unopened button of Simon Cowell’s shirt this evening? Alas, Idoloonies, we all know the correct answer is “none of the above.” [West coasters: Beware of mild-to-moderate spoilers!] Alas, “No Booundaries” proved to be yet another hairball of an American Idol victory anthem, this one coughed up by judge Kara DioGuardi and a couple of cowriters (including early ’90s pop chanteuse Cathy “Toxic” Dennis)? The song did “no favors” for season 8 finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, making one sound unexpectedly shrill and the other intermittently exhausted. The telecast’s remaining four performances (“Mad World” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” for Adam; “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “What’s Goin’ On” for Kris) probably didn’t do much to move Idol viewers from their previously established fan tranches, and as for me, I can honestly say this is one season where I’ll truly be happy no matter which finalist comes out on top. But, since I’m paid to have an opinion, I’ll just say this: I enjoyed Kris’ performances, as a whole, just a teensy bit more than Adam’s tonight. But I think, taking the entire season into account, Adam will (and probably should) get the confetti shower at the Nokia on Wednesday. Of course, my opinion is subject to change between now and the wee small hours of the morning, when I will post my full TV Watch recap. Until then, do share your first impressions of the performance finale in the comments section below. And don’t forget to join me tomorrow night at 7:30 for a raucous, rockin’ American Idol season finale live blog. Oh hell yeah, it is ON!

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