American Idol Down To Final Two

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Danny Gokey is dancing off "American Idol," leaving showy Adam Lambert and twangy Kris Allen to duke it out in the finale of the popular Fox singing competition next week.

Gokey, the bespectacled 29-year-old church music director and recent widower from Milwaukee, was revealed to have received the fewest viewer votes on Wednesday.

Gokey had continually impressed the judges with his husky voice - but not his hip shaking - throughout the contest. "Idol" judge Simon Cowell called his cover of Joe Cocker's version of "You Are So Beautiful" on Tuesday a "vocal master class" but said his dancing during Terence Trent D'Arby's "Dance Little Sister" was "desperate."

Along with Lambert, Gokey had long been considered to be a front-runner of the eighth season, never appearing as one of the show's bottom vote-getters. "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest said more than 88 million votes were received with 1 million votes separating the top two singers, meaning next week's Lambert-Allen showdown may be closer than anticipated.

"Look, none of us would have predicted this, guys," Cowell said at the end of the show.

The episode kicked off with "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" stars Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Bill Hader and Jonah Hill starring in a plug masquerading as a skit about the "Idol" judges' desk being inducted into the Smithsonian. It wasn't a joke. The perch will be on display at the Smithsonian Institution Building in the coming weeks.

Before the results viewers saw Alicia Keys urging fans to support her charity, a 15-year-old Rwandan rapper named Noah, sixth-season champ Jordin Sparks, videos of the final three singers' trips to their hometowns and an over-the-top performance by Katy Perry.

Gokey just wanted to cut to the chase.

"I think we've had enough suspense, enough commercials, just enough playing around," he said. "Let's just get to it."

"I want to see Katy Perry!" Lambert exclaimed in response.

The feeling was apparently mutual. Perry made her love for Lambert no secret. The "I Kissed a Girl" singer crooned her latest single, "Waking Up in Vegas," with a troupe of glittery showgirls while wearing a scantily clad Elvis-inspired ensemble that was initially covered in a cape emblazoned with Lambert's name.

Either Lambert, a 27-year-old theater actor from San Diego, or Allen, a 23-year-old college student from Conway, Ark., will be crowned "Idol" next Wednesday. Cowell said Allen's totally stripped-down version of Kanye West's "Heartless" on Tuesday made him a contender for the finale.

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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 16, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    The greatest news would be that American Idol was down to two.....minutes before it went off the air for good. What a simple minded bunch to sit in front of the television and watch Idol nonsense.
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on May 14, 2009 at 11:10 PM
    GVegas24 and Kit, right on! I really love Adam! So sorry to see Danny gone! Kris is good, at least last and this week in my opinion! But omg, I hope Adam wins!!
  • by You on May 14, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    They both are awful and will never make it.
  • by GVegas24 Location: Greenville on May 14, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    For the first time, the contestant I have pulled for from the beginning has made it to the final two! I am so happy for Adam and hope he is able to take the title next week. He tends to remind me a lot of Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and has what it takes to have a pretty successful music career. GO TEAM ADAM!!!!!
  • by The Truth Location: North Carolina on May 14, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    It shows how sick the world is to be honest with you. to vote off a christian man with good morals and a excellent voice and BEG american to vote for a bisexual who cannot sing all he does is HOLLER and its annoying. American Idol is a JOKE !!! and Chris is just a average singer shouldnt have made the top 10. Danny Gokey will be the Chris Daughtry of this group and go on to sell ALOT of albums. This world is S I C K
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    I really want Kris to wim. Plus I'd really like to see Paula have a stroke is Adam looses. I swear this is the last season I watch this. Unless they just have Randy and Simon as judges.
  • by Kit on May 14, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    Kris is boring and forgettable, you can find a singer like him on ever corner. Danny was interesting, Adam is interesting. If I have to pick between Adam and Kris I pick Adam. If Kris had went home like he should have many weeks ago. I would have been happy with the final two. But Kris, I cannot even remember his performances. I guess for people that like the same ole, same ole will go for that. He's not even all that cute so I dunno what the little girls are looking at. But I see him maybe being able to make it for as long as Taylor Hicks did which ain't long. I didn't even know who Taylor Hicks was till last year, I imagine I will forget Kris' name pretty quick too.
  • by Lady M Location: NC on May 14, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    To Dan: If you don't like it, then by all means don't read it!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    Go Kris :) He's the only one who's CD I would buy.
  • by local Location: greenville on May 14, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    Oh chill out Dan its almost over, anyway I hope Chris wins. Adam is to arrogant and I just don't care much for him. GO CHRIS!!!!!
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