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Kris Allen will be competing in Fox's American Idol 8 season finale.  Kris Allen previously auditioned in Louisville, Kentucky to the song "A Song For You" by Leon Russell. After the judges put Kris Allen through to Hollywood, he received some of the highest votes and made it through to the top 12 contestants.


Kris Allen majors in business at the University of Central Arkansas. He is a worship leader with New Life Church in North Little Rock, AR and with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at his university. He has also completed missionary trips to Spain, Morocco, Thailand, Mozambique and South Africa. On September 26, 2008, he married his high school sweetheart, Katy O'Connell, a former homecoming queen at the University of Arkansas.


Kris was born on June 21, 1985 with an early interest in music. He started playing the viola in elementary school, later began singing and playing the guitar at age 13 and also learned to play the piano and ukulele. He currently lives in Conway, Arkansas but is originally from Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Kris Allen's Song List"

• February 25 - "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson
• March 10 - "Remember the Time" by Michael Jackson
• March 17 - "To Make You Feel My Love" by Garth Brooks
• March 25 - "How Sweet It Is" by Marvin Gaye
• March 31 - "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers
• April 7 - "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" by Don Henley
• April 14 - "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
  from the movie, "Once"
• April 21 - "She Worked Hard For The Money" by Donna Summer
• April 28 - "The Way You Look Tonight" (Bottom 3)
• May 5 - "Come Together" by The Beatles
• May 5 - Duet with Danny Gokey - "Renegade" by Styx
• May 12 - "Apologize" by OneRepublic (judge's choice)
• May 12 - "Heartless" by Kanye West

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In one of the most anticipated season finales, American Idol hopeful Kris Allen, will battle it out against the theatrical bad boy Adam Lambert. Although I can't consider myself a true fan of the show, my love of music, combined with late night boredom has led me to TiVo through quite a few episodes. With the finale approaching and the odds in Adams favor, I wouldn't put it past Kris to finish off the season on top. Yes, it may be a "singing competition" and Adams vocal talent is undeniable, but …
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