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Lambert vs. Allen 'Idol' Matchup Has Gokey Factor

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Flash back to last season's "American Idol" finale, the duel of the Davids, and Simon Cowell's confident proclamation.

"You came out here tonight to win, and what we have witnessed is a knockout," he told David Archuleta - who then proceeded to lose to David Cook.

Could Adam Lambert, cooed over by Cowell and the show's other judges Tuesday, as he has been all season, be another front-runner who falters? Could low-key Kris Allen swipe victory Wednesday from the bold theater actor who brought "guyliner" to family TV?

The answer may be found among Danny Gokey's supporters, according to Paula Abdul: Gokey's elimination after making it to the top three sent them in search of a new favorite.

"After the third one leaves, you wonder where do the votes go from that third contestant," the "Idol" judge said backstage after Tuesday's singing showdown.

Allen and Gokey seem more aligned than Lambert, in both style and substance. Allen, 23, of Conway, Ark., and Gokey, 29, of Milwaukee, shunned Lambert's elaborate staging and wardrobe when they performed, and both have traditional public images.

Allen is a married college student and has worked as a church worship leader. Gokey, a widower, is a church music director.

Lambert, 27, of Los Angeles, has largely kept his life under wraps, saying "I know who I am" when asked to dish. His talent, however, is there for all to see.

"That was the best I've ever heard you sing - ever!" Abdul exulted Tuesday.

Allen said Monday that he hoped the outcome isn't decided by "having the Christian vote."

"I hope it has to do with your talent and the performance that you give and the package that you have. It's not about religion and all that kind of stuff," he said.

Lambert concurred, saying, "It's about music. That's really important to keep in mind."

Allen got respect from the judges Tuesday on that score, even if Cowell's praise for his version of "Ain't No Sunshine" sounded like a consolation prize.

"When your name was announced last week, I wasn't sure that America had made the right choice," Cowell said. "I absolutely take all that back now after that performance."

Will the acerbic Brit find himself recanting again after the final audience vote?

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