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Kris Allen, the official American Idol
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Kris Allen, the official American Idol

by M.K. Scott - Special to the SGN

With all the news of late centering on Adam Lambert, I had a rare opportunity to meet and interview the official American Idol, Kris Allen, backstage at the Idol Tour this past summer. Kris came into the backroom backstage at the Tacoma Dome wearing jeans and a tight blue T-shirt. Allen, 24, was short, and looked about 18. His cuteness was obvious.

M.K. Scott: How does it feel to be the American Idol?

Kris Allen: It feels good. You know, it was good putting together the album, so that is obliviously a good thing&.

Scott: On the show, what were some of your best moments?

Allen: Probably the best moment would be, for me, singing with Adam and Queen at the same time. & I just loved that. & It was just a great time and will never forget that.

Scott: Who was your favorite judge?



Allen:
Always, always the favorite judge question. [Laughs.] Stay away from me! Well, we spent a lot of time with Paula, so she is really, really sweet and such a nice person. I am not going to pick one, but she was really sweet and Kara was amazing and Simon is a nice guy behind the scenes and all that.

Scott: So he really is nice?



Allen:
He's nice, but he believes what he says on the show.

Scott: So you and Adam get along really well?



Allen:
Oh my gosh, absolutely!

Scott: Michael Jackson passed recently. Was he an influence in your life?

Allen: I don't know anyone who is in music right now [to whom] Michael Jackson wasn't an influence. He was the first person I really got into. I mean, my parents caught me dancing to his music as a kid. Trying to be like him, trying to moonwalk - I wasn't very good at that - and so he was the first tape I bought. So yeah, I grew up with him and he was the number-one influence in my life, musically.

Scott: Do you plan to release more albums?

Allen: Oh my gosh, yes. This is just the beginning, hopefully.

Scott: What previous American Idols do you hope to have the same success as?

Allen: Kelly has done so well, and Carrie, obviously, has been amazing. Even someone like David Cook [has] just kind of done his own thing and has played small shows for his tour, so even [being] like him & would be great.

Scott: Best of luck to you in your continued success.

Allen: Thanks a lot!

Kris Allen's self titled-debut-album was released in mid-November and sold 80,000 copies, placing him at number 11 on the charts. Adam Lambert's controversial appearance on the AMAs conveniently happened the night before his album was released, which debuted at number three. Allison Iraheta's album debuted the first week of December and the results were not available by press time. Season nine of American Idol starts in January.

M.K. is an entertainment/public affairs blogger based in Seattle. Check out his site at outviewonline.blogspot.com.

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