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Kris Allen interview to promote “Idols Live” at Gwinnett Arena July 31

Kris Allen, winner of "American Idol," reacts backstage following the show's finale in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Kris Allen, winner of "American Idol," reacts backstage following the show's finale in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Most “American Idol” winners so far have fallen in the “humbly likable” category. Think Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks.

Exceptions: powerhouse R&B diva Fantasia from season three and authoritatively confident rocker David Cook from last season. (They were both likable in different ways, just not evidently humble by my definition of humble.)

This year’s winner Kris Allen joins the majority as Mr. Understated, not Mr. Swagger. And he proved no different during a phone interview earlier this month to promote Friday’s sold-out Gwinnett Arena “Idols Live” concert.

Q: So far, reviews have been good for the tour so far. Have you had time to read any of them?

A: I just read some stuff last night. I figured it there’s a place to read reviews, it’d be the L.A. show. It was all good. Everybody got good reviews.

Q: You’ve done eight shows so far. How’s it been going so far?

A: It’s been going good, man. We’re getting used to it. We’re able to relax a little bit and have fun with it.

Q: Is it intimidating to follow [runner-up] Adam [Lambert] and his big rock show?

A: It’s not intimidating. Like on the show, we’re completely different artists.

Q: I know you and Adam are good friends but there has been some tension among your fans.

A: Maybe there has been some. There have been some run ins. But for the most part, they get along.

Q: You sang the coronation song “No Boundaries” the first few dates but have switched to a Killers song. ["All These Things I've Done"] What happened?

A: It was a collective thing with the producers. After the first show, the director came up and said he felt like the energy took kind of a downfall [when he sang “No Boundaries”] We needed to pick things up so we switched out that tune. So far, it’s been going amazingly well.

Q: A lot of people hate that song. I’m sure even if you did, you wouldn’t be in a position to say anything.

A: [Chuckle.] I would never say that. [He has told other media he still likes the song.]

Q: An MTV reviewer was impressed how well you were able to sing that really deep bass part of the Killers song, something we never heard on the show. Why were you holdling out on us, Kris?

A: I don’t know! I mean, “American Idol,” you have to be singing as high as you. That’s how the show goes.

Q: Why are you closing with “Hey Jude”?

A: That’s an easy one. Once they told me I could do it, I decided to close with it. It’s such an anthem. I don’t care how old you are. You know that song. [That song was sung during the season six tour, too.]

Q: When “Idol” reached the top 13, nobody really expected you to win. It was all about Danny [Gokey] and Adam. Do you think being the dark horse helpd you?

A: Yah. America is so ADD. They push one thing, then they get tired of it. I’m not saying that happened. [It's clear he added that disclaimer so we wouldn't immediately think, "Danny!" even if we did...] For me, that’s kind of the way I roll anyways. I’m pretty low key. If you like me, you do, if you don’t, that’s fine. I hope people like me. I’m not trying to please everyone. It wasn’t about me trying to be showy. Really. I didn’t pick my self to win. I didn’t even pick myself to be in the top 12!

Q: What can we expect from your album?

A: It will be a pop-rock mix. I don’t know if it’s a particular genre. It’s going to be something hopefully people will be a little surprised, a good surprise.

Q: I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother passing.

A: It’s okay. It’s always hard to lose someone. It was hard to lose my grandma. It was really hard on my mom. I’m glad I was there for her to be there with her. My grandma was in the hospital for the past month. She had diabetes. She had surgery and they thought she’d be fine. But she had heart problems.

Q: She did get to see you win “American Idol.”

A: That was very cool. We went to her house and while we were going through stuff, we found this huge notebook of all the “American Idol” stuff she had clipped out of the newspaper. It was sweet.

Q: Have you been to Atlanta before?

A: I’ve done a lot of travelling, just not in the States. So no.

Q: Unfortunately, the way the tour is set up, your stop in Duluth won’t really count, will it?

A: It’s more like a drive by. That’s kind of the bad part about it. Hopefully, I’ll have more time later on.

Here’s a teaser I wrote for the print edition on what you should expect when you go to the concert. It’s all pretty elementary stuff for you regulars:

— All ten finalists will get at least two solo songs. They will perform in order of how they finished on the TV show with a few duets and group performances.

— This is a three-hour concert and usually starts promptly at 7 p.m. so if you want to see 10th place finalist Michael Sarver, get there on time.

— The show is split into two, with an intermission.

— Although Allen was the winner, runner up Adam Lambert’s fans in concerts so far scream far louder when he’s up on stage. His David Bowie medley is an homage to his hero.

— The finale is a group sing. We won’t give the tune away but you probably heard it on “The Sopranos” finale episode.

104 comments Add your comment

Heather MacDonald

July 28th, 2009
7:31 am

People need to give Kris much more credit. He’s an incredible talent. Love the badly shot video of heartless.

Nana

July 28th, 2009
7:37 am

Rodney, it’s good to know that you can make typos same as we can. Dear heart, I know its early but hospital was spelled incorrectly. It was spelled “Hospoital” when Kris was talking about his late grandmother. Just being funny with you this morning, so hope I didn’t offend you.

Nana

July 28th, 2009
7:38 am

Oh BTW, it least now you know I read what you print.

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
8:09 am

Morning!

I love “America is so ADD” Truer words were never spoken. It explains a lot!

kelly&carriefan

July 28th, 2009
8:29 am

Good mornin’ y’all….

Kris wasn’t my cup of tea exactly, or my choice to win, but he’s actually a really funny guy and quite likeable. He is too polite to say that No Boundaries just doesn’t work for him. I mean, the song is the typical “This is The Night Inside Your Heaven When a Moment Like This Turns into The Time Of My Life…” blah they give to the winners. It’s not a terrible clunker, but meh.

Poor Rodney, seems we (and I’m including myself again) regulars are all about giving him a hard time lately. lol, but thanks for correcting them. As for the previous thread, I definitely was going to mention you had Pickler on the brain. Speaking of, when are you interviewing her again? ‘Cause the girl is hysterical!

harrietth

July 28th, 2009
8:37 am

Morning! Thank you, Rodney, for the nice interview. I did not vote for Kris, but I certainly give him credit and wish him much success.
Nana, you old eagle-eye! I read right over the word and didn’t notice. LOL!

Rickster

July 28th, 2009
8:43 am

I still agree with Rodney’s description of “No Boundaries” as a “big fat turd” of a song. Penning that song alone should disqualify Kara from being back this season.

Always liked Kris. I could relate to him. If I drank (and if he drinks) he’d be the guy I’d want to sit at a bar with & have a beer with.

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
9:20 am

Nice long interview, thanks Rodney. Will you be talking to any of the other Idols?

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 28th, 2009
9:23 am

Nana, I saw that event on the news last night and wondered for a moment if that was indeed your company — i’d have paid more attention, LOL, if i’d known! anyway it is indeed a very nice donation, and a worthy one! just wish nate coulda been there, ***grin***

anyway….busy as a bee today, catch you guys later!

p.s. i was rooting for ed from the moment he made his admission that he was wrong to leave voluntarily and came back — to me that took guts, and it took commitment — and i think that’s part of why he won, as an undercurrent– he’d already MADE a huge mistake re jillian and admitted it and worked to fix what he’d done wrong — a girl likes that i think, lol. and i LOVED that the ending was FUN, not all just mushy gushy googoo eyes, her hopping on his back and him running across that little bridge was just COOL.

harrietth

July 28th, 2009
9:50 am

Hey, JT! I saw on tv this morning where you are having some of our weather in Portland. They predicted 103 for today. I cannot imagine how folks there will deal with the weather like we have here.

harrietth

July 28th, 2009
10:18 am

Here is a link to last week’s Rolling Stone review of Daughtry’s new album, along with some rather interesting comments from readers: http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/29128243/review/29237190/leave_this_town

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
10:21 am

Harriett, I don’t think I can stay here if it’s going to be this hot. The trains aren’t running right, power is going out in places, it’s apocalyptic and not the fun kind of apocalyptic. Fortunately I installed a little window air conditioner last week so I can keep one room cool. If it’s this hot over the weekend I’ll have to plan a trip to the coast.

Lara

July 28th, 2009
10:23 am

Good morning y’all!! I was off for a couple of days….so no time to check the blog. Back to work and back to the old grind stone.
That was a good interview, Rodney. Nothing shocking, but I never thought Kris was a shocking kinda guy. Glad he is doing well.
Q100 was giving away tickets this morning and a backstage pass – the girl who won was so excited to meet…Michael Sarver?! Really? Well, ok, I was caller #11, so I didn’t win…oh well!
Is anyone here going to the show?

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July 28th, 2009
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linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 28th, 2009
10:47 am

Lara unfortunately if COULD go physically, i still couldn’t AFFORD to go — I mean, I love me my Idol but… money’s just killing … or rather the LACK of money…. is killing my active social life!!! (wait… i wsn’t all that active anyway… oh well)

P

July 28th, 2009
10:49 am

Did you forget that Taylor Hicks won season 5 and that they added another show because the first one sold out so fast?

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
10:51 am

P, this is an American Idol blog, who is this Taylor Hicks fellow?

Nana

July 28th, 2009
10:58 am

linnie – I, too, wished that things had worked out for Nate and am so sorry that it didn’t. I really did tried.

Yesterday was truly a great day knowing that the needy children in Griffin will have new school supplies. It makes one feel good when they can help others.

Heard that the next bachelor is Kipton. I thought the way that Jillian and Ed walked across the bridge was a nice touch. She seemed to geninuely love him and couldn’t wait for the proposal. Hope they become the second couple in Bachelor/Bachelette history to marry and truly be happy.

harrietth

July 28th, 2009
11:04 am

JT, I cannot imagine how this must be affecting you. There is such a drain on resources when it is that hot. We are equipped to deal with it here, but you definitely are not! Get yourself to the coast, asap! Or if that isn’t possible right now, buy a kiddie pool and put it in the shade. Pour an adult beverage after work, put on your bathing suit, and sit in the pool, sprinkling intermittently with water from a spritzer!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 28th, 2009
11:25 am

LOL you can tell we’ve had to deal with heat in unique and fun ways down here, JT, we’re EXPERTS!!! Harriett, how many times i did just that when the kids were little, because i could use it as an excuse (being with the kids for safety etc etc) … it’s a LITTLE harder at 60+ to rationalize a kiddie pool but… hey! we do what we must!!!

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
11:26 am

“the fun kind of apocalyptic” ????????? JT…I seriously wonder about you sometimes!

I’m not a ‘big crowd’ kind of person. I used to be but not so much anymore. Therefore, I will not be going to the Idol concert…much as I’d like to see it. I’m more into watching the videos.

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Barker

July 28th, 2009
11:28 am

Kris is an amazingly talent performer, and so is Adam. Both have their own styles, and both can find a place in the industry.

I just have one wish Rodney, when you review the show on Friday, can you judge both Kris and Adam on their talent, and not on who elicits the loudest screams? I’m not saying that it’s not important to judge them on whether or not they connect with the audience, but can we judge both of these men on their own merits, and if they are any good, and not just be lazy and compare them to one another. The show has been over for at least two months, it’s time to move on. In the real world, Kris and Adam won’t be judged based on AI, and people won’t like or dislike their music based on the results of a reality show.

I love it that Kris is so humble, that’s a trait that many are missing, but I also love seeing that he’s so confident in who he is and about his abilities.

harrietth

July 28th, 2009
11:29 am

linny, I wasn’t 60, but it hasn’t been THAT long that my sister and I put a kiddie pool out and sat in it!

Barker

July 28th, 2009
11:31 am

Oh, I meant to say thanks for the interviewer Rodney, it’s very good.

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
11:38 am

I filled up the kiddie pool last night so tonight I’ll let the kid squirt me with a water gun while I kick back and relax. Sunday night we got out the slip and slide. Now that brought back some memories except back in the day we didn’t have an official store bought one, we just used a large roll of plastic.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 28th, 2009
12:24 pm

lol Harriet, I know, me too … and JT!! SLip n Slide!!! homemade!!!! ohhhh yeahhhh!!!!!

OK… before Lost returns, we will have another offering in the weird stuff genre — FlashForward (and “Charlie” will be on it) (In fact i could have SWORN i saw “Richard” on the promo but i guess it was just my mind playing tricks) ,,, which looks to be an interesting concept… if you could flash forward and see yourself 6 months from now — and then be back in your current time — would you change what you do based on what you saw of yourself in the future???? interesting potential paradox!!!

harrietth

July 28th, 2009
1:12 pm

JT, seems like you’ve got the idea without any help from us! Love the slip and slide! I only wish they’d had that when I was a kid.

Nana

July 28th, 2009
1:25 pm

Growing up we had to improvise alot, like playing in a summer shower (no thunder/lightening), running through a water sprinkler, or playing in the creek to keep cool. In the winter, riding a large metal sign, such as a stop or coke, and using them as a sled when we would have snow/ice. Oh, the good old days. Where oh where did they go?

JT, hope you can find a cool place to be comfortable in.

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
1:40 pm

linny…we have a kiddie pool for the dogs!!!! Course, it’s not as much fun to join them in the pool as it would be joining kids.

Remember sleeping at night before air conditioners? My folks would pull my bed up under the window, open it as wide as they could, then I’d lie there, no blanket, no sheet, just waiting for the breeze to come through the screen.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 28th, 2009
1:48 pm

We don’t have A/C now except in one room, and it’s not used but once in a while (it’s my computer room, and just a window unit) otherwise, it IS like the “good ol’ days” for me, LOL. window fans, ceiling fans, exhaust fans…. fans fans fans!!! makes one feel like a true celebrity, surrounded by all those fans ****duck****

Nana

July 28th, 2009
2:13 pm

Only A/C in our home was in my parent’s bedroom. My siblings and myself had to sleep with fans and windows up. But ya know, I honestly don’t believe it was as hot then as it is now, or if it was, we didn’t notice it. Now, I don’t think I could survive without A/C.

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2009
2:28 pm

JT – ahem, just returned from six day long stay in beautiful Portland, where people just don’t know how to handle the heat!! They walk on the sunny side of the street; they eat outside, at umbrella-less tables, instead of enjoying their restaurants’ cool A/C indoors; and the chic downtown beggars insist on long-sleeved designer wear.

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2009
2:29 pm

Rodney – is there a reason why the Idol Tour bypassed Atlanta?

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
2:30 pm

LOL, we have us some high class beggars. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Oregon!

Nana

July 28th, 2009
2:45 pm

About to wrap up my day at the ole office. Everybody have a great evening, be safe, be happy and keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. Be careful when on the highways.

JT, try to stay cool, calm and collected.

Mercedes – Glad you had a great time on your family reunion trip.

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
2:51 pm

Mercedes…the Idol tour plays at the Gwinnett on Friday…that IS their Atlanta stop.

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2009
2:52 pm

JT – according to coffe shop people, there are 2 classes of beggars in Portland – genuinely poor folks, and the travelling kind, i.e. well-off kids who are having summer “fun”, which also includes them being zonked out of their little minds…

Most fun Portland day was Saturday. Morning and midday spent at Mt. Hood, the area around Timberline Lodge. This amazing WPA project (check out http://www.timberlinelodge.com) was built in 1937 and figures prominently as the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. We took cable car up to the snow; me, with my eyes wide shut (heh). Late afternoon we had a catered picnick at the Cathedral Park. Spectacular location, great food (all the restaurants we went to had outstanding food), fabulous Oregon wines – a good time was had by all!

Rodney Ho

July 28th, 2009
2:57 pm

I plan to talk to a couple of the other Idols on Friday during the “press hour” at 3 p.m. EST. I’ll post what I get from them as soon as I’m done. Unfortunately, I won’t know who will be coming out til I get there. They usually bring out four. I hope Adam is one of them. He’s really the one I’d like to meet face to face and talk to. Megan would be fun, too, of course!

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2009
2:58 pm

Dee – was being facetious there… I’m just surprised they couldn’t have found a more central venue for the Idols.

Rodney Ho

July 28th, 2009
3:00 pm

Mercedes–the Idols Live tour is coming to Duluth Friday. That’s close enough to Atlanta, isn’t it? :) Anyway, Idol has been using the Gwinnett Arena at least since season four, I think…

Rodney Ho

July 28th, 2009
3:01 pm

And I personally think Duluth is just fine. I live downtown and it only takes 30 minutes tops to get there. Easy, free parking, too. And the venue has wider aisles, seats and hallways than Philips Arena. Plus, even the worst seats are not that bad.

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2009
3:02 pm

Rodney – it’s bad enough they have shoved the idols off to Gwinnett – at the very least they can let you talk to Adam. I’d also like to hear from Lil Rounds, who seems to be doing so much better on the tour, away from the debilitating criticism on the show..

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2009
3:05 pm

OK, Rodney, guess I’m too prejudiced. Really wanted to see this crop of Idols, especially Adam, but the thought of having to go so far to an unknown venue kept me from trying to get tickets. Foolish, I see now.

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
3:26 pm

We need a “facetious” emoticon!

Good luck catching the Idols for your interviews, Rodney. I’d love to hear from Adam, Kris, Danny and Allison. Maybe Matt(although he’s starting to come off a little like a wise-azz in interviews…and btw, has anyone noticed that he’s had that large mole in the center of his forehead removed)

Not so interested in Scott…his interviews almost always begin and end with his over-inflated opinion of himself.

Michael, Anoop and Megan and Lil would be ok as well.

harrietth

July 28th, 2009
4:40 pm

That time again. Talk to all tomorrow. Been fun talking and hearing about Portland, JT and Mercedes. JT, stay cool! AGT tonight!

Harm

July 28th, 2009
4:53 pm

I will share my excellent news tomorrow!

I hope they put the right talent through tonight on AGT, real talent not weirdos!

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
5:27 pm

Mercedes: it sounds like you saw some of the major sites of the area. However, when you say “cable car” are you talking about the ski lift? Cable car sounds enclosed and comfy, a ski lift involves sitting in the open dangling a significant distance above the ground.

Harm, looking forward to it, last night I thought for a minute that your excellent news was Kim Kardashian being single, but I guess it is something else.

Highlander

July 28th, 2009
5:32 pm

Rodney, thanks for a great interview. I liked Kris on the show and, like many others, thought he didn’t get enough props for his musicianship (not sure if that’s an actual word, but it fits.)

Also, for me (NOT “for you, for me” – sorry, Randy), it was good to see a nice, humble guy do well and come out first.

(And before all you ‘Glamberts’ get all twisted, I didn’t say Adam was NOT a nice, humble guy!)

Cassidy

July 28th, 2009
7:05 pm

First, I have never seen such strange post. I found the interview with Kris as boring as he is. I do not find him to be the least bit talented. He plays beginner guitar and piano and has an ordinary voice. He sings off key and has poor phrasing as well. On tour he has to bring Adam out for “Hey Jude” to ensure applause. I think it is a disgrace that Arkansas went wild to throw the vote for Kris and he can not deliver. It is obvious that at every stop but Little Rock Adam has had by far the best audience response and has put on by a far a better performance. Kris has the title but who cares?

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
7:12 pm

Well Cassidy, obviously you care. You care very very much, that I can see.

Oh by the way, Adam lost.

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
9:13 pm

Cassidy…I’m an Adam fan, too, but…seriously…Kris is good! Give it a rest!

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Cassidy

July 28th, 2009
9:55 pm

Exactly, Adam lost because Arkansas voted 38 million time. That does not make Kris talented. Adam will be a musical icon when Kris is back in Arkansas forgotten. I have seen the two perform live. It is night and day. Danny, Matt and Alison are better as well. You should not promote a tour with a weak member. I was born and grew up in Georgia. I know we have better taste then Kris.

JJ

July 28th, 2009
10:10 pm

I prefer Gwinnett to Phillips. Kris Allen will have plenty of time and resources to come back to Atlanta. It’s nicer up there anyway!

Deirdre

July 28th, 2009
10:17 pm

That little conspiracy theory about the Arkansas vote has been debunked, Cassidy. Adam may very well be the next big thing but 38 million votes out of Arkansas did NOT happen. why not just have confidence in Adam without making excuses for his 2nd place finish. That would make you a much better fan than putting Kris down.

JTesla

July 28th, 2009
11:19 pm

The simple fact that there are only 2 working TV’s in the whole state of Arkansas and one of them has rabbit ears with foil attached should be enough debunk the 38 million vote conspiracy theory. I mean really, you can’t fit 38 million people into the double wide and a strip joint, and if they can’t watch either of those TV’s they aren’t voting for Kris!!!

mia england

July 29th, 2009
12:35 am

The 38 million votes were denied, not debunked, stop trying to make excuses and give out info that is not true. Multi texting can do that.If Kris fans were so secure why do you always jump and get so defensive. Let it go,like Kris and Adam let it go and you will be a much better fan yourself, take your own advice and don’t be a hypocrite. Middle America voted for Kris and Adam haters voted for Kris when Danny was outed, so it was a way to get Adam out.So the whole objective of the show is completely false and is not a true accounting of rating the top talent. The judges who have been in the business longer than any of you and have far more knowledge of talent say the same, Adam is better so when let the people vote they don’t do it mostly for talent but by emotional sway. Adam is by far the most talented superstar in the making and all the reviews so far, (except AK, of course) have labeled Adam a star, the show stealer etc. Adam will be around for a long long time, he already has two recordings one for the movie 2012 one for the T.V. show FlashForward, he is already winning awards, Springsteen, Queen to name a few are very interesting in working with him. Kris will get as many sales as possible in AK but Adam will rule the world. This is reality now and Adam has emails and fans writing in from all over the world. England for one, is waiting for Adam, most don’t even know who Kris is.

springtime

July 29th, 2009
12:37 am

I was pleasantly surprised that Kris had a beautiful deep bass when he sang the new song on tour “All These Things” by Killer. Kris was right, American Idol preferred high register. Adam’s high screaming became Judges faves. However, my little puppy and I often hid under the chair when Adam sang. LOL.
I voted Kris to win and I look forward to Kris’s debut CD. I’m confident that Kris will give us an amazing surprise. Enjoyed reading your article Rodney. Thank you. I’m a Krisfan from California.

bravo

July 29th, 2009
1:08 am

LOL mia england, Are you speaking for England? There are some questions in your comments. Adam said that working with Queen was only a RUMOR. Never heard of working with Springsteen? Can you read the crystal ball of anyone’s (including yourself) future?
Bashing the American Idol Kris Allen does not make Adam better. The fact is Kris won and Adam lost in the American Idol 2009 competition. Sore losers always spoil the fun. They are different in singing styles. I think the future is in their hands. Best wishes to both of them.

glambertie

July 29th, 2009
1:28 am

I’m a Kradam fan. I voted for both. AR got X votes for Kris IS baseless, pure rumor. Both Adam and Kris fan sites gave instructions to multi-texting, which was approved voting method officially. American Idol gave audience 4 hours to vote after finale to get the votes right. Anyway, it’s old to talk about voting. Let’s move on.

nancy

July 29th, 2009
1:42 am

Rodney, I interpret “humbly” as quiet confidence. Of course, the American Idols: Allen, Sparks, Underwood, Clarkson, et al are all very “likable” to Americans. Do you agree? Thank you very much for a nice article.

JTesla

July 29th, 2009
1:57 am

Mia England, thanks for your input, but can you please try to make a little more sense next time?

Kradam. I like the sounds of that.

Highlander

July 29th, 2009
7:29 am

Sorry, gang. I really had no intention to “let loose the hounds.”

What I truly find amazing are all the fortune tellers who can predict with certainly what will happen with so-and-so’s career in the future! Why aren’t you people all in the music industry?! Any record label would LOVE to know before hand who or what is going to be the next multi-platinum artist or cd!!

Highlander

July 29th, 2009
7:30 am

Sorry, should have been “predict with certainty.”

Highlander

July 29th, 2009
7:31 am

Sorry, should have been “predict with certainty” not “certainly.” But you knew that.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2009
7:40 am

Morning!

First, mia….I was never a Kris fan…I was a devoted Adam fan through the whole show. Second…that 38 million votes out of Arkansas was a rumor not a fact which was flatly denied by the show. think about it. The vote TOTAL was “nearly” 100 million votes. Arkansas did NOT provide over a third of the votes that night. Anyone with half a brain in math would know that’s not possible DESPITE “power voting”(Do you honestly believe that Adam didn’t have a large group of power voters working in his favor too?)

Highlander…I don’t believe you’re sorry at all! ;-)

Nana

July 29th, 2009
8:22 am

Okay, my last two posts have disappeared. I swear, there was nothing in them that should have been blocked. Maybe, they will appear later, but just in case they don’t, I will at least repeat my daily quote:

“We are each responsible for our own happiness.”

kelly&carriefan

July 29th, 2009
8:50 am

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Well, I certainly missed out on the drama last night. Neither Adam nor Kris were really my choice to win. I honestly didn’t have clar cut fave this past season, I did finally settled on Allison…after liking Gokey at the beginning. (I know, I know…I saw the error of those ways!)

That said…Kris is a likeable enough guy, maybe not the strongest singer, but I’ve come to accept that we’re not gonna get a Carrie, Kelly, Cook, or even Daughtry every year. Boo, I know.

Highlander, I would LOVE to be in the music industry…think Kelly’s up for some new management? First order of business, I’d find her an attorney and a better label! ;)

kelly&carriefan

July 29th, 2009
8:51 am

Um….I KNOW it’s Wednesday…oy. Can I blame that on Pac Man? :)

Heather MacDonald

July 29th, 2009
8:52 am

Cassidy, the bottom line is that this is a briliant opportunity for both Kris and Adam. What they do with the opportunity is up to them, but to suggest you should not promote a tour that has a weak member? What planet are you on? No one would ever promote a Kanye West tour, then. Whatever. If you know so much about promotion and powerful careers, I’m with Highlander here. Get a job in the music industry.

harrietth

July 29th, 2009
9:08 am

Good morning all. Busy at work, so will peek in from time to time. Again, I am working ahead, trying to get ready to leave for a week’s vacation. I will need one after this week! Whew!

Don’t really have anything to contribute to the conversation that I did not say yesterday. Love to see both guys succeed. Adam fan, but wish Kris all the best.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 29th, 2009
9:09 am

only one thing to say…. quote: “I know we have better taste then Kris.” (speaking of being from Georgia) — all i can say is the teaching of the english language in georgia has not apparently improved… THEN is incorrect, the comparative word is THAN. Sorry. One of my BIG pet peeves.

As to reviving the conspiracy theories and oh-poor-adam-arkansas-cheated BS is just that. BS. Both young men are incredibly talented. Kris was unmemorable at the beginning of the show, a true dark horse, but he kept creeping up and up, and sort of winning people over — and yes, Danny’s elimination helped him tremendously, because up to then, that vote had been split between at LEAST Danny and Kris, and probably a little for a couple of other guys too. Adam was a standout, unique, different, and a challenge for a lot of middle-of-the-road people to “get” — Kris and Danny were both “safe” musically (i don’t mean talent wise, i mean in their styles and choices). It wasn’t a surprise to me that Kris won (or that if Kris had been eliminated, that Danny would have won) — but it wasn’t a “conspiracy”, it was a CHOICE. Adam will have absolutely NO problem finding a niche that will be nicely placed high in exposure and experience, while Kris will have a nice little niche in the popular arena. They both will be fairly successful, insofar as being AI alumni — Adam will probably eventually have much more exposure, because the non-mainstream performers tend to get press. People like to see things that are “different”.

But get OVER it people, it’s moving on toward the new season, the new controversy, the new conspiracy theories.

ugh. sorry. **kicks the soapbox back under the desk and sits down**

coffee. got to have coffee….

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 29th, 2009
9:11 am

Now. For what I logged on to say… AGT last night. The sending home of 25 acts before even leaving the airport was wicked. Understandable but wicked. What was NOT understandable was that the little 8 year old singer who did At Last was IN THAT GROUP! And yet they let the dominatrix who yodels through???????????? HelLO???? Otherwise, a pretty good group went through so far — boring agt edition tho’; i won’t be able to watch tonight, will have to catch up next tuesday… but GRRRRRRR

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2009
9:17 am

Is yesterday’s vigorous discussion what is known as a flame war? Fun!

JT – re your 5:27 pm post Tues, there was nothing cosy abt the SKI LIFT I was sitting in, travelling up Mt. Hood – it was so scary I decided to walk back. Which was a diff kind of ordeal!

Forgot to mention another pride of Portland’s – Powell’s Books downtown. It takes up a whole block, has more floors than I could count, and without the map you get at the info desk, you’d be totally lost. We spent three hours there, and had at least 20 books sent home! Powell’s has new AND used books. Dee, found a new mystery writer, Ann Purser, and bought her whole “weekday murder” collection…

Deirdre

July 29th, 2009
9:33 am

Sounds good, Mercedes. You’ll have to let me know if you like her.

I just bought the first Sookie Stackhouse book by Charlaine Harris and am looking forward to reading it. Just finished a Sandra Brown book and have just started the newest Greg Iles book.

harrietth

July 29th, 2009
9:52 am

Peeking in. Karin Slaughter (apt name for a mystery writer) is worth reading. I read Fractured by her and couldn’t put it down. It was set in Ansley Park in Atlanta, btw. She has at least one other that is set in Atlanta, too. Fractured also was set around Georgia Tech and The Varsity, too. That increased my interest. I just bought the second book by her to take to the beach next week and also the last book in paperback by Harlan Coben. I say “last,” because it is the only one I have not read. He has a new one out in hardback, but I have to wait until the paperback comes out.

Nana

July 29th, 2009
9:55 am

linny – totally agree with you about AGT. The 8 y/o who sung “At Last” was amazing and I thought all three judges were taken by her. I had much rather see her than the yodeling 6 footer. She is a joke!! Sometimes, you just can’t figure out the judges and the whys of their thinking.

Still don’t know what happened to my first two posts, but they still haven’t shown up. I know they concerned the comments made regarding Kris & Adam, but I won’t go there again, only to say one thing, we need to learn to accept the things we cannot change and change the things we can.

harrietth

July 29th, 2009
9:55 am

Just saw this on MSN and had to post it. JT, were you anywhere around? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32199224/ns/weather

Nana

July 29th, 2009
10:02 am

D – what book did you just finish by Sandra Brown? She is one of my favorite writers. I usually average reading 2 books a week, sometimes more, if I sleep less. I have seen books by Karin Slaughter, but haven’t read any. Will have to find the one you are speaking about harriett and read it.

Kris Allen Brasil

July 29th, 2009
10:26 am

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harrietth

July 29th, 2009
10:30 am

Had someone cancel their ten o’clock appt., so I have a minute. As for AGT, I cannot imagine why in the WORLD they let those poor people fly all the way to Las Vegas, only to tell them they were on the next plane home! I agree totally about the little girl who sang “At Last,” and wasn’t the 9 year-old guitarist among them, too? I thought I saw him commenting as they were herded out of the hangar. The yodler is for the birds.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 29th, 2009
10:41 am

yes, Harriett, the 9yo guitar player was there too, and he was darned good — but they let the little curly haired commedienne (so called singer) keyboard player through. WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! I guess the 3 breakdance groups will face off tonight — i may have to go turn on our spare TV and watch it after all… the big tv will be tied up :( but Breaksk8 was on America’s Dance Crew and they were VERY entertaining and good, and i thoroughly enjoyed both the other break crews — if i have to choose ONE, it will be the mixed group, if 2, i’d go for the mixed crew and the skaters, simply because they are different. oh well. Oh, and the a capella group Mosaic OMG they sound incredible! ANd I’m so glad they let through both the country boy and the gentleman who sings basso profundo — i can’t remember names, but he’s one in a MILLION and deserves to go on.

i guess the “climax” will be whether two of the female soloists go through, probably (i’m guessing) the lady who sings opera and that girl who tried out last year and was cut, who came back this year with the hippie headband and all…

Nana

July 29th, 2009
10:46 am

The female opera singer is great. I like her. The producers must have more money than brains to fly a group out and fly them back before they even left the airport. IMHO, that was just plain shoddy and mean. I hope yodel lady gets cut on the first round.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2009
10:53 am

Nana…I just finished Smoke Screen which turned out to be one of my favorites by Brown.

I heard the little At Last girl and thought she was wonderful but I’m glad they sent her home. Small children should NOT be competing with adults on national tv…..just my opinion.

JTesla

July 29th, 2009
11:04 am

Harriett, the fountain that is pictured in the article is very close to where I work. However, I would never take my daughter into it, I call it “Portland’s Bathroom” due to the things I’ve seen going on there.

I can’t take much more of this heat, my little window air conditioner can’t keep up.

Nana

July 29th, 2009
11:06 am

Deirdre, that was a very good book, as most of her books are. I think two of my most faves by her are Fat Tuesday and Sanctuary.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2009
11:40 am

:-( JT..And I thought Portland was just about perfect.

Nana, I really liked those two as well.

Junior

July 29th, 2009
12:01 pm

I love Kris! I love his style and that he is a true multi-talented musician. Thanks for the interview.

JTesla

July 29th, 2009
12:09 pm

For the record Deirdre Portland is perfect. Our bathrooms look like large multi-level fountains ;)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 29th, 2009
12:13 pm

Deirdre I’d agree if they were consistent, but they kept much less talented people of her own age group AND older, and i thought not only was her talent mature, but her mindset and attitude were a mature 8 year old, not a giddy kiddy thing. I just felt IF they were going to keep any children she and the guitar playing boy were MUCH more talented overall than some they DID keep. But generally I agree, there should be a separate division for little kiddies IF they are going to have kiddies, and NOT to go to Vegas but maybe disney or something, LOL.

Nana

July 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

But can you imagine what a career she will have later on. She was amazing and as you said linnie, a very mature 8 y/o. There should be an age limit so the kiddies wouldn’t be heartbroken when they have to leave. I think there should be a catagory in three age groups. First under 13; 2nd – 14 to 20; 3rd – 21 and over. That’s just my opinion.

KrisFan

July 29th, 2009
12:55 pm

Chris Daughtry is my rocker and my new love Kris Allen is my soul mate.
Go Chris and Kris!!!!
Thanks American Idol.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

Well, you know me, linny…I don’t think they should be allowing anyone under the age of 16…preferably 18… to be in competition with adults on tv. If they’re talented…they can wait until they’re old enough. Children in talent competitions sink to about the same level as children in beauty pageants. It has very little to do with the kid and a lot to do with the parent.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 29th, 2009
1:47 pm

I agree about 90% of the time, but I have to think what a poorer world I would have grown up in if it were not for Shirley Temple!!! (not to mention her grandson who is a friend of mine and quite a wonderful person!) I DO believe they should not compete with adults for the same prize — I don’t know if I’d make two groups or three like nana, but… regardless, IF they were going to keep children, those two should have been kept over some of the others who WERE put on through at least at that level. And I have to agree, the “okay you made it to vegas, see ya’” was a bit harsh…no a LOT harsh!

Deirdre i’m basing my comments on the fact that they DO put some children through — IF they do, they did the wrong ones; they SHOULD have a “junior” level with a different prize (scholarship maybe?) and put the kids up to 15 y.o. in that group, using your 16 y.o. minimum for the adult competition. ANd while i agree that MOSt of it is the parent(s), sometimes, like that little hawaiian girl, the talent is there and the desire and fun of performing is real. heck all kids LIKE to show off and show out … but let the competition be amongst the similar age range and be a useful prize like a scholarship or something… i would have much more respect for AGT for that.

Connie Luczo

July 29th, 2009
7:52 pm

I saw the show at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Everyone is awesome! My favorite part was meeting most of the idols when they got off the bus. They took time with everyone waiting for pictures, autographs, and just plain chit chat. The band even greeted us outside. What a wonderful group of performers.

tonya

July 29th, 2009
10:47 pm

Cassidy why don’t u put ur foot n ur mouth and get a life. Ur opinion does nt mean squat.
And to the person making fun of arkansas people only owning two TVs w rabbit ears, I would assume u have never been here. There is no room for ignorance. Kris is a better performer. He knows how to write , sing, and play instruments. That is a true artist or r u guys that dumb.Enter your comments here

walkerparty

July 30th, 2009
3:53 am

I am really proud of Kris Allen who had to put up with Simon pimping Adam all season. What was really great is that America voted for Kris Allen and placed him the Winner of American Idol Season 8.
Adam Lambert really likes Kris Allen and everyone is getting along fine with the Concert Series. However We have noticed a few Bitter Berts bashing Kris Allen on every newspaper comment box. Adam himself called the Bitter Berts tacky sore losers. Congrates to all the AI Contestants, you rock!

Harry

July 30th, 2009
10:27 am

Adam is still the best in the eyes of the majority of the peoples around the world. It’s not really debatable if who should have won AI Season 8 because the show was obviously, and will always be, about who get the bigger number of text votes than about who performed better and best during that night or so. But overall, Adam wins the heart of the many. He will be iconic…

Diamond Back

July 30th, 2009
1:37 pm

Says you harry. You say Adam won the hearts of many but this is your opinion. I still love the Arkansas welcome home verizon concert and the ovation for Kris Allen. You cant beat that!