Michael Slezak
May 14, 2009 AT 06:27 AM EDT

Well, after 18 weeks and 37 episodes, we finally know which two season 8 singers will be competing for the right to inherit the American Idol crown and sash from David Cook. [If you’re in close proximity to the Pacific, there are SPOILERS ahead!] And all I can say is, America, you got it right. The most thrilling, crazy, outrageous, polarizing, noisy contestant in recent Idol history will be going head-to-head with an Idol oddity: A low-key, acoustic-strumming crooner who owes more to Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson than typical Idol idols like Celine Dion or Mariah Carey or Meatloaf. I’m not sure which singer — Adam Lambert or Kris Allen — will get my votes next week, and I find that oddly invigorating. My speed-dialing loyalties (and perhaps the entire season) will probably come down to which one is more innovative/daring/successful next Tuesday night. Let’s hope it’s a corker! In the interim: Rocker saved. Order restored. Simon schooled. And Kara, beware…I know next week is more about “This Is My Now” than  “Home Sweet Home,” but there’s still six days to start a movement, lady!

What did you think of tonight’s results? Who will you be rooting for next week — or did Danny Gokey’s elimination end the season for you? Post your thoughts in the comments section below, and I’ll be back in the early a.m. with my full TV Watch recap.

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