By Cheyenne Kent
American Idol, “The Search for a Superstar,” is in its eleventh season, and tonight’s finalists and fans will be on the edge of their seats as we get closer to this year’s winner. Finalists Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will be entertained by two guest singers that will inevitably arouse the crowd. These stars rose from different paths and might be an omen for the future direction of American Idol: the battle of the progeny of music verses the stand-out newbie.
Lisa Marie Presley performs “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” from her new album Storm & Grace. Her crooning brings out what reminds us of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley: the pouty mouth and the flashing eyes that pulls in the screaming females. Perhaps Presley even has a bit of her father’s swagger. She was born in style and fame and from birth has an in with the music world because of nostalgia and her last name. But this ultimately doesn’t produce her own signature to stand out among all the singers who compete with the constant Justin Bieber Syndrome.
Then, season eight Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is scheduled to sing his new hit single, “Never Close Our Eyes”. This is from his album Trespassing with its EDM beat, multi-track and in-vogue style. But the excitement and attention of American Idol backs him up with its rags to riches drama. This is because America warms at the idea that the boy they see every day has become a household name. Now they have the opportunity to brag of the connection.
The two stars do have a connection, however: Presley may be daddy’s little girl; but Lambert sports a resemblance to the King himself, even without the hair. In the end, reminiscence works for either one of the artists.