Friday, May 22, 2009

Kris Allen central

I set a blog traffic record yesterday. More people visited my blog on Thursday than I typically have in an average week - during the past 3 days I've had nearly as many visits as I typically get in a two-week period. And most of them came from google search from people wanting to know if Kris Allen is Mormon (he's not Mormon, btw)

Although not the focus of my blog - since so many people are visiting my blog looking for information about Kris Allen, I've compiled a list of factoids as a public service
  • Kris Allen was born June 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, Arkansas to Kimberly and Neil Allen.
  • He has one younger brother named Daniel who is a student and cheerleading coach at the University of Central Arkansas.
  • Kris attended Murrell Taylor Elementary School, Fuller Middle School and Mills University Studies High School, where he was active in the school's orchestra as a viola player and later went on to win a spot in his state's all-state orchestra.
  • Kris taught himself how to play the guitar at age 13, and is also proficient with the piano and the ukulele.
  • In 2007, he self-produced an album entitled Brand New Shoes with college friends and bandmates Michael Holmes (drums) and Chase Erwin (bass).
  • Songs from the album began being widely distributed during his time on Idol.
  • Allen is a devout Christian. He was a worship leader at New Life Church in Maumelle, Arkansas, as well as at the Chi Alpha campus ministry of the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a business major.
  • He has done missionary work around the world, including in Burma, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.
  • On September 26, 2008, Kris married longtime girlfriend Katy O'Connell Allen
  • For his American Idol audition, he sang "A Song for You" by Leon Russell; although, I believe, that audition was not aired during the audition part of the season. In fact, he was only seen in Hollywood week while singing "I Want You Back" by the The Jackson 5 as part of a group. Neither of his solo's during Hollywood week were aired. His first solo performance that was seen on the show was during the top 36 semi-finals when he sang "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson - Kris was truly the dark horse in this season.
  • Kris was in the bottom 3 only once when it was down to the top 5 - he sang "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
Some have tried to claim that Adam's alleged gayness (although, seriously, does anybody really have any doubt?) played a factor in Kris's upset. Personally I don't think so. Rumor's of Adam's perferences have circulated throughout the season. He wouldn't have gotten as far as he did if that had truly been a factor. I think what happened is that Danny Gokey's fans were probably more likely to move to Kris than to Adam. I think the same would have been true had it come down to Adam and Danny with Kris fans voting for Danny. I just think their style appeals to a wider audience than Adam's glamor rock god image. And, Adam's proclivity for screeching during some of his performances turned a lot of people off. I do think Adam has a beautiful voice - as long as he keeps it toned down; and, he has an incredible range. In any case, I don't think we've seen the last of Adam.

This will likely be my last post about Kris Allen - but no promises . . .


Beck said...

"This will likely be my last post about Kris Allen..."

Yeah, right! Like we believe that!!!

Frankly, I didn't follow this season. You have been my only source of information on Kris, so it doesn't surprise me that others have come to you for Krisnesses.

And, though you have great theories on why he won and who voted for who and how it all came about, I still say he won because he's adorably cute!

Hidden said...

Are you sure? With all that searching, maybe Kris is hiding something.


El Genio said...

It seems like you have a niche in the "is so and so mormon" market. Now you just have to figure out how to cash in on that. =p

Abelard Enigma said...

Beck - Kris is adorable, but he can also sing and play piano and guitar. There's a lot of talent wrapped up in that adorable package.

Hidden - a closet Mormon??? That just seems so wrong on so many levels :)

El Genio - Maybe I could be like Perez Hilton, only instead of speculating who's gay, I could speculate who's Mormon :)

Anonymous said...

I read your blog all the time, but I'm going to remain anonymous for obvious reasons that are very central to your blog. I am feeling rather spontaneous, and thus am commenting. It's a strange post to comment on for the first time, but I liked what you had to say; your logic makes perfect sense. I think I'll email you.

Abelard Enigma said...

I think I'll email you.Please do. You, and anybody else reading this blog, are free to email me anytime.