Sunday, January 20, 2019

Idol: It's been ten years since Kris Allen first appeared on American Idol!

Just looked at the Kralendar and gasped! Tomorrow, Monday, January 21, 2019, will mark 10 years since Kris Allen's Louisville audition for American Idol first aired! Crazy!

Since Kris is in writing/recording mode at the moment and news is slow, I'm making a blog executive decision and we're going to go down memory lane for 2009 throughout this year, week by week! I think this will be fun and hope that you'll all chime in the comments with your memories too! (In case you need to refresh yourselves on the whole season, here's a great wiki on it!) I'll be adding in my memories and reactions as I recall them to each week's episode of Idol, that great summer of 2009, and the excitement of anticipation for Kris Allen The Album (KATA as Kris fans call it).

So let's get started with the Louisville audition episode, which was taped in 2008 and aired on January 21, 2009. Kris appeared toward the very end of it. I'll be honest, I was more struck by Matt Giraud's audition (helped along by Idol supplying back story from Matt).

As for Kris, the judges were actually pretty critical, but then all put him through. Viewers didn't see that, as his full audition was heavily edited. In the version that aired, he was lumped in with three other good singers, with narration from Ryan Seacrest, "the judges hope some winners will emerge..." We see Kris sing a few bars of A Song for You well. And the Ford logo was super-imposed over Kris with the motto, "Who's got the drive." Subtle stuff there from Idol. Check out these videos to see Kris's full audition, compared to what actually aired.

As Kara says in the unaired version, though, "You know what? You're going to Hollywood!"

Next up in this series: Hollywood week!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Kris Allen sang these songs for the first time in 2018

Happy new year Kris fans! I thought for a little recap for 2018, I'd make a YouTube playlist of songs that were first sung by Kris in 2018. Since he mainly just did one-offs, the Idol tour and the holiday show, but didn't put out a full album, the playlist doesn't have too much on it. The two originals that haven't been released yet - hopefully we'll get official versions in 2019. (Kris said during meet and greets this year that he hopes to have new music out by the end of March.)

On this 2018 playlist, you'll find these songs (and I'll put in some mp3 links too for my favorites):

  • When All the Stars Have Died [Apple Music | Spotify | Google Play | Amazon]
  • Waiting on You (original - not released yet so no mp3)
  • Safe Harbor (original - not released yet so no mp3)
  • Freedom '90 (amazing cover with Delta Rae, Sean McConnell and Josh Jenkins) [mp3]
  • Rainbow Connection (backing Maddie Poppe in the Idol tour)
  • Folsom Prison Blues (backing Caleb Lee Hutchison in the Idol tour)
  • There's Nothing Holding Me Back (Idol tour finale) [mp3]
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (great cover from the Christmas tour) [mp3]

Be safe and Happy New Year. Here's to new music in 2019!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmas Tour 2018: Kris Allen comes home to Nashville on December 12.

Photo by timothy.woodrum

City Winery Nashville
Nashville, TN
December 12, 2018
Doors 6:00 PM; Show 8:00 PM CST
Opener: Sawyer

This year's Somethin' About Christmas tour wraps up in Kris' adopted home town of Nashville on December 12.

Thank you to Kris and the band for a fantastic tour that totally got us all ready for the holidays! Wishing you all a fantastic holiday season and wishing us all new music in 2019!

Updated December 14 with some fantastic new videos after the break!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christmas Tour 2018: Kris Allen brings good tidings back to Atlanta on December 11

Photo by Robin.McGinnis

City Winery Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
December 11, 2018
Opener: Sawyer
Doors 6:00 PM, Show 8:00 PM

Kris Allen brings his Somethin' About Christmas tour back to the City Winery Atlanta, where he closed the tour last year.

Updated December 12: A few videos! Enjoy after the break!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Tour 2018: Kris Allen comes home to Little Rock for the holiday on December 7

Ron Robinson Theatre
Little Rock, AR
December 7, 2018
Doors 6:00 PM CST

Kris Allen returns to his home state with his Christmas show! He appeared on KARK-TV to promote it the day after Thanksgiving. 

Updated December 9, 2018: Hear the hometown show was received enthusiastically. Thank you to @elmo3907 for sharing your videos with us! After the break. Also hear that Kris played a private Christmas party gig for a local hospital while in town.