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 when it comes to performing, I would prefer to see Kris's stripped down style of music in show any day.
Based on his music talent and likability, I would stake my bet on the extremely marketable Kris Allen to win the season:
Talent: Through his appearances on Idol, Kris has managed to transform songs that you would careless to ever hear again, into his own original, soulful renditions, capturing not only the American audience but a multitude of downloads on iTunes. Take "Heartless" by Kanye West or the disco classic "She Works Hard for the Money," for instance. In my opinion, Kris's acoustic interpretations of the songs, mixed with his vocal abilities, were far better than their original counterparts. You can expect the unexpected when it comes to his performances, as he continually adds his own creative touch to each song, often complimenting them on the piano or with guitar in hand.
Likability: As the stereotypical "heartthrob" of American Idol, Kris's looks and charm combined with his genuinely warm personality are more than enough to send teen girls to mass text and call in their votes for him. After all, he's not far off from the ever popular John Mayer, an artist with clean good looks and musical talent that has won over America. Moreover, though I'm not a huge fan of the top 40's, anything Kris Allen, combined with his substantial fan base, has the potential to easily climb its way to the top of the charts.
Adam may be favored by the judges, lead in the online popularity on sites like Twitter and Google, and sure the media is certainly obsessed with his personal life, but I wouldn't go ahead and crown him the winner just yet. Kris hasn't always been a frontrunner in the competition, but rather worked his way through the season, battling the judges' criticism and improving week after week. He's gotten by on talent and personality alone, and certainly, a win on the American Idol finale would be the only acceptable conclusion to his remarkable journey…
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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 ...