Last year, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert duked it out on "American Idol." Allen, the short, cute, coffeehouse crooner from Arkansas, edged Lambert, the tall, flamboyant rocker from San Diego, by fewer than 1 million votes. Now, the "Idol" finalists face off again, with their first headline gigs in the Twin Cities seven days apart. Here's a tale of the tape 13 months later.

Twin Cities gig

Kris: Fine Line Music Cafe, capacity 759

Adam: Mystic Lake Showroom, capacity 2,100 (sold out)

Album sales

Allen: "Kris Allen," 310,000

Lambert: "For Your Entertainment," 685,000

Album chart peak

Allen: No. 11

Lambert: No. 3

Song downloads

Allen: 2.6 million

Lambert: 2.2 million

Radio spins

Allen: 165,000

Lambert: 91,000

Singles chart peak

Allen: "No Boundaries," No. 11

Lambert: "Whataya Want from Me," No. 10


Allen: Writing most of the songs himself, he delivered an undistinctive singer/songwriter disc with generic lyrics and tuneful melodies.

Lambert: Working with the likes of Pink, Dr. Luke and Kara DioGuardi, he crafted his own Queen-influenced, modern glam-rock with occasional radio finesse.

Cool feat

Allen: Sang the national anthem at the NFL's NFC Championship Game (the Vikings lost).

Lambert: Became the first former "Idol" contestant to be a mentor on the show.

Questionable move

Allen: Inviting Train's Pat Monahan for a duet on the new single "The Truth."

Lambert: Kissing a male keyboardist on the lips while performing on "American Music Awards."

Career grade

Allen: C

Lambert: B