He is yay! But I am going to go out on a limb and disagree with the brilliant claim. You throw brilliant around easily on this blog. I know, I know, he has his 'artistry' thing going that everyone suddenly seems to think is brand new, that a million other cute guys with guitars have had too. His 'Heartless' was very, very good, but it's not the first time someone stripped a hip hop song and sang it all raw. And no, I don't think Adam Lambert is brilliant either. I like them both a lot. I just think this show has yet to actually uncover brilliance.
Heh, I do use that word a lot. I think I picked it up from my anglophile former roommate; it was totally part of her vernacular. Maybe by 'brilliant' I mean 'shiny' or 'awesome'. But I do think Kris' "Heartless" was quite possibly the best thing ever on American Idol. There have been highlights in the past - David Cook's "Hello" springs to mind - but for me, this one takes the cake. And yeah, I've heard 'stripped down hip hop', including The Fray's version of "Heartless", and I do tend to like those versions better than the actual ones, so maybe I'm biased. Ben Folds' "Bitches Ain't Shit" is ridiculous in it's awesomeness.
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