Well FWIW, I thought that they both did spectacularly well on their first songs. No way did Kris surpass Adam, who improved on his best performance of the competition. But I considered it a draw as Kris made Ain't No Sunshine even better than it had been before. And I think that performance last night was Kris's best vocal of the season.
What's Goin On was good, but a bit of a misfire in the arrangement. That is a darn serious song, but that wasn't a serious arrangement. I think Simon had it right when he said that was more like some friends jamming on their back porch. It just didn't fit the lyric. I can see what Kris was going for musically - something like he did on She Works Hard for the Money. But while the song was very well done, creatively it was off. Adam's Sam Cooke number was right on the money, but oversung. (sigh) It is a singing competition, so I guess vocal showboating is allowed, but I sure hope he doesn't do that in a recording studio. But creatively it was a better fit than Kris's Marvin Gaye number.
And, as everyone has said, the Treacle Tune was lead weight that did no one any favors. But the range really killed Kris and made him look like a bad singer. At least Adam could hit the notes. Some people completely disagree with me and liked Kris on it. But I couldn't get past the poor technique. Unlike his earlier songs which were so well sung, this one he was pushing with his throat trying to get up to the high notes which will defeat a singer every time. It chokes off the air. It was a bad place to leave off the competition. Last year they ended with their own song choices so the evening finished with their final statement on who they were as artists, which I think would have been better. This song order placed too much emphasis on the Treacle Tune, which is always the low point of the evening.
So, that's what I saw. I am still a big Kris fan and sent him thousands of votes last night. All the while I was doubtful that he would be the winner - but if he loses I want it to be respectably close!
But this morning, it looks like most people are predicting a Kris victory. What a surprise that would be! Of course the headlines tomorrow would not be "Kris Allen Wins"; they will be "Adam Lambert Loses!"