Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TheTVObserver: Kris Allen

To celebrate the newly crowned…wait shouldn’t we say, newly mic’ed …., anyway…who cares. The new American Idol is Kris Allen and TheTVObserver would like to wish him well in his newly found stardom. Have fun dude!

Kristopher Neil Allen is a singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas and the winner of the eighth season of the reality television series American Idol.

Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes.

Allen is a Christian. He was a worship leader at New Life Church in Maumelle, Arkansas, as well as at the Chi Alpha campus ministry of the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a business major. He has done missionary work around the world, including in Burma, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.

It is at this juncture, that we would like to wink twice....Wink Wink!.. lol..... Because the above passage may hold a clue as to why he won. Despite that, he did not make final 2, because he is cute. The boy can sing and he deserves to win.

On September 26, 2008, he married longtime girlfriend Katy O'Connell Allen.

Allen auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky with his brother Daniel, who did not make it to Hollywood. In the early stages of the season, he was among the finalists (along with Allison Iraheta) that received the least screen time as only several seconds of his first audition, and neither of his Hollywood Week solo performances, were shown, although his group performance with White Chocolate (including fellow finalist Matt Giraud) was aired in its entirety.

Throughout the competition, Allen received many compliments for his folk-inspired interpretations of modern pop songs. He played several instruments during his performances, including the acoustic guitar, the electric guitar, the keyboard, and the piano. His performance of "To Make You Feel My Love" as part of the Top 11 earned praise from the judges, with Simon Cowell commenting, "I am genuinely beginning to think you have a shot of doing well in this competition."

On the Top 9 show, he performed his own arrangement of "Ain't No Sunshine" on a keyboard, with a few musicians on stage, which earned praise from the judges. Cowell lauded it as Allen's "best performance so far."

After being voted into the Top 3, Allen returned home to Arkansas and his hometown to film the material for the next two American Idol episodes. Allen was greeted by a crowd estimated to be greater than 20,000. Allen performed concerts in Little Rock and Conway, playing many of his popular songs during the competition, including "Man in the Mirror", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Falling Slowly" and "She Works Hard for the Money" at the venues, as well as "Come Together" at the local Fox News studio. He accompanied all of these songs with his guitar. During the final show, he performed with Keith Urban, singing Urban's single "Kiss a Girl".

Wink Wink!....ouch! my eye is starting to twitch uncontrollably! ...lol...no really, this is not funny! Moving on...

On May 20, 2009, Allen was declared the winner of the eighth season of American Idol, becoming the first married contestant to claim the title.

As for Adam, remember that Hudson became the sixth of the 12 finalists to be voted off the show, finishing the competition in seventh place. She went on to win an Oscar. There is hope for you Adam, subject to your career choices. You should be very proud for being the runner-up, unfortunately this is not a beauty pageant, you don't get the crown in case something goes wrong with the winner.

Kris, from all of us at TheTVObserver we wish you well. We can't wait to see you shine. Good luck dude!

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