Kris Allen – Idolatry Interview

 

Michael Slezak of EW.com left New York City behind to hike to the Albany NY hinterlands to catch the Idols in concert (with his Mom, who is an Adam fan!) He caught all the Idols on tape for an extra-special Idolatry episode–tour style!

Up first, is winner Kris Allen, who refused to spill any details on his album!   Ok, he did spill a couple of songwriters–but they’re a couple of usual suspects from the 19 writing stable. Nobody cares!   Kris is keeping it close to his vest…

Bonus: Cameo by Wolfgang the skunk!

Check out the interview HERE.

  • BCU79

    Heh! I loved your comment about the two songwriters MJ. Bring back David Hodges! :wink_wp: I hope Kris will at least spill the beans on the name of his producer soon. But this was a really fun interview.

    Also, I believe there will only be interviews with Kris, Danny, Matt, Anoop, Lil and Megan.

  • isisdagmar

    Kris is totally adorable and funny in this interview–I’ve said that already, but it bears repeating. These guys always seem way more relaxed when talking to Slezak. Too bad he couldn’t interview Adam and Allison. :( Hopefully he’ll interview all three when their albums come out, either separately or together.

    Is Remi not a producer? I thought he was–or is he a songwriter as well, and Kris is utilizing his songwriting talents? Also, out of curiosity, is the Daughtry collaboration fact or rumor at this point?

  • Eileen99

    Adorable, per usual. I was relieved to hear from Kris that 19 is not pushing him in the country direction, which gives me hope they are respecting what he wants to do on the album. I’m not a country person, but I certainly recognize that Kris is right in that wheelhouse with voice, persona, backstory, etc. and would be an instant sensation in that genre. But, thankfully, the TPTB appear not to be strong-arming Kris, trying to cash in on that potential, and instead are letting him be who he wants to be. Maybe that means they recognize his radio-friendly and mainstream commercial appeal. *thinking positively*

    On another note, how in the world did Slezak not know the “Songs in the Key of America” joke? For heaven’s sake, somebody needs to tweet him that link immediately.

    Slezak & Cantiello have such good rapport with Kris. He clearly does the best interviews with those who share his awesome sense of snark & dry humor.

    ETA: I’m not familiar with those two songwriters he threw out there, but if MJ says they are the usual 19 songwriters, then I am going to choose to believe that this isn’t real scoop and that Kris only threw them out as a bone. I’m sure his *real* songwriters are a more closely-held secret. Yeah, this.

  • lulwut

    Who is the second collaborator he mentions? He’s so tight-lipped.

  • jack5791

    This is a great interview, Kris is so adorable in here. He is the perfect winner and represents what every person should strive to be like.

  • sunkissedtrampoline

    I loved this interview! Kris is always way comfortable with Slezak and Jim Cantiello. They always produce the best interviews with him. He really loves people with some snark haha.

    My fave part of this interview was when they talked about the reviews and Kris was like “WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE!” I legit lol’d.

    Also, out of curiosity, is the Daughtry collaboration fact or rumor at this point?

    Pretty sure it’s fact. There was a photo of them together in the studio and he told a fan before he went that he was gonna work on some stuff with Chris Daughtry. we just don’t know if what they workedon will be on the album yet though.

    I googled Lindy Robbins and she wrote some stuff for the Backstreet boys and Tony Gad has done stuff for like pretty much everyone. Fergie, Beyonce, etc. I think Kris still has a lot of stuff he’s holding back. He isn’t gonna give us the REALLY good stuff haha.

  • smartcookie

    Slezak does the best interviews with Kris. Okay, Cantiello’s have been awesome, as well. But Kris really blooms with those guys.

    Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins? Was that it? Toby is all over “Battlefield” and Lindy wrote “Just to Feel That Way” and stuff for Bo, Clay, Jordin and McPhee.

    Yeah, not exactly inspiring.

  • lulwut

    Lindy Robbins is an award- winning, multi- platinum selling songwriter who has co-written the recent Top 5 hit singles “What’s Left of Me” (Nick Lachey) and “Incomplete” (The Backstreet Boys). She also co-wrote the Radio Disney smash and 2003 Disney Song of the Year; “Cinderella,” for the Cheetah Girls; Taylor Hicks’ first single, “Just to Feel that Way;” Monica’s “Just Another Girl and numerous other charting singles for recording artists worldwide. Lindy’s other recent releases include multiple songs on the Backstreet Boys’ new album,”Unbreakable” including their hit single “Inconsolable;”,and several songs on 2007 American Idol-winner Jordan Sparks’ debut release.

    This doesn’t look too good.

  • washpd

    She’s a working songwriter. Same with Toby. There’s nothing wrong with them. Kris is working with a lot of different people. It only makes sense that Jive would have him working with people who are in their stable of good writers. The good thing for Kris is that he is working with them, so he will have his opporunity to put his stamp on whatever they come up with.

    The interview is fantastic. Kris is charming, funny, sexy, confident, laidback, and adorable. He and Slezak really have a great rapport. And how adorable was Kris when Slezak told him that he voted for him 11 times for the finale? He seemed like he was about to tell him that wasn’t really fair or something, like how it wasn’t even a competition for him and Adam. Gosh dangit, I love this guy.

    I’m really heartened by the fact that Kris seems to have really connected both professionally and personally with the other artists he has worked with. It makes me feel like these collaborations have really invigorated him creatively, and also that he is forging some relationships that will only help him in the future. He also seems super excited about his album, like he is desperately wanting to spill some stuff, but knows he can’t. That gets me excited.

    Also, “my friend Wolfgang.” Adorable!

  • babybelle32

    I love the rapport that Kris has with Slezak, they get along so well. Hopefully, Gad will have a positive influence on Robbins, or maybe her tracks won’t make the cut.

  • lucy

    ETA: I’m not familiar with those two songwriters he threw out there, but if MJ says they are the usual 19 songwriters, then I am going to choose to believe that this isn’t real scoop and that Kris only threw them out as a bone. I’m sure his *real* songwriters are a more closely-held secret. Yeah, this.

    It would be nice to think this. But given how much this stable of people have ended up with on every other Idol album, I doubt that Season 8 is going to be much different.

    I’m sure they’ll throw Kris (and Adam and Allison) a bone or two with somebody more interesting for a couple of songs. But I can’t see any reason why they’re going to change their modus operandi now, when people have complained about it for years and years and they never changed it before.

    We’ll be getting mostly stable-written albums out of all three of them, I’m sure. It’ll be up to them to redeem the albums with the one or two more interesting picks of collaborators they get, plus what they can add themselves through their own writing and performance skills.

    All three are talented enough to do this, I think. But I don’t know whether they’re talented enough to do it under the current circumstances, where most of their album input will happen while they’re still either on and just recovering from the grueling tour, and therefore exhausted and distracted and certainly not in their best creative frames of mind.

  • Eileen99

    I am choosing to believe those two songwriters are red herrings and only thrown out to appease Slezak. Yeah, maybe 19 hooked them up, but Joe King and Mat Kearney are so much more in Kris’ style.

  • mgk

    The good thing for Kris is that he is working with them, so he will have his opporunity to put his stamp on whatever they come up with.

    This is what I’m hoping for. A collaboration should have a different sound than what the songwriter has penned for a generic someone.

  • luvadamlambert

    is there a YouTube for this?

  • PattyH

    Slezak does the best interviews with everyone. He ought to give lessons. Can you imagine, he didn’t ask, “How do you feel about Paula leaving!”

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/voronas-ontario-american-idol-tour-recap.htm/feed/ vorona

    What I find impressive about Michael Slezak is that, no matter his opinion of the person in question, I always walk away from his interviews liking the subject better. That isn’t true for most interviewers. There are too many canned questions and canned responses. Pure cardboard. I enjoy humorous interviews like the Canadian one posted yesterday, but they don’t give me a lot of info or feelings about the interviewee. Michael is able to draw out candid glimpses of personality and intriguing snippets of new information.

    I love this Kris Allen interview, but I also walked away from Danny Gokey’s smiling (“Tell me you love me, Michael!” The smirking heart hands for Kristen Baldwin.), and I’m kind of fangirling on Megan Joy right now, too. She’s awesome in her Albany Idolatry.

    I wish he could keep interviewing them once a week. Wish he’d been able to talk to Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta.

  • listen

    …. and represents what every person should strive to be like.

    Ummmmmm, okay. :shock_tb:

  • girlygirl

    This interview is now up on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH8bPBNViZM

  • MrsB

    Okay I already posted re: the interview – so I’m happy to comment on his producer. BCU79 on yesterday’s headlines you mentioned his name & for the life of me I can’t think of it! :(

    When VADA originally posted an article on this same producer I was hooked!! Ever since then I’ve had my fingers crossed that he will be producing Kris’ album!

    I’m with you on this one! BCU79 :smile1_tb:

    As far as his writers, I have no opinion, as I feel personally that the producer makes or breaks an album ‘sound’!!

  • Tess

    He is the perfect winner and represents what every person should strive to be like.

    For some strange reason I always thought that AI was a “reality show contest” to determine a good singer who would be awarded a recording contract. I must have missed the explanations that people were also voting for the next “Sister Teresa” or the next “Dali Lama”.

    Kris seems to be a nice guy with a good head on his shoulders that tends to have most of his priorities straight. But a role model…nope. There isn’t a single AI alumni who deserves or probably wants that dubious honor. These are real people with egos who went on AI to see if they could measure up to their own ego and to see if they could be financially successful.

  • AC

    Aww… this reminds me of how much I miss Idolatry. That was cute when he was telling Slezak “don’t hate me” when he wasn’t giving out info.

  • luvadamlambert

    THANK YOU GIRLYGIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • galaxygrrl
  • cookcricket

    Eh, I’m not too concerned at this point. I agree with those who are saying it will have Kris’s style/imprint on it. Besides what’s wrong with this?

    Re: Lindy Robbins,

    and numerous other charting singles for recording artists worldwide.

    I want something to chart for Kris. Not that I like all that is charting out there, but it bodes well for more recording in the future. Has anyone heard Jordin’s song “Faith”? I noticed that Gad and Robbins worked together on this one, but have never heard it. I may look it up.

    Besides, hit songwriters can write duds and solid middle of the road songwriters can write hits.

    If this album is anything like this interview, it’s going to be awesome!!! LOL. :)

    Also, am I mistaken or was Matt Kearney also in the picture with Kris and Chris? I’m wondering if he’s the producer.

  • girlygirl

    Musicians, like actors or athletes, should not be role models to anyone (except to their own children, perhaps). And Kris — even being a nice down-to-earth Christian guy with all those missions that he did overseas — is likely nowhere near perfect. But he is doing a terrific job representing the AI franchise.

  • lifeisfun

    “songs in the key of America”

  • Sherena

    “I’m not saying… I’m not saying… I’m not! I can’t! *facepalm* Don’t hate me though! I don’t want you to hate me.”

    Does he try to be so completely adorable or does it just come naturally? This interview is awesome.

  • luvadamlambert

    LOL this may sound weird since he’s older than me but kris is so damn ADORABLE!!!!!! I LOVE HIM!!!!! and I love songs in the key of America lmao. And for the record if kris sings about HOMIES in every song I will DEFINETLY buy his album. just sayin’

  • sandyc

    This dude has the coolest personality. What’s weird is that when he was on the show and I was voting like crazy for him, I just liked his music. I had no idea if he even had a personality. :laugh_tb: Now I see that he’s so charming and clever without coming off as a jerk. If only I could be that cool.

    Also, I like that he’s not divulging a lot of details. Kris seems to thrive on surprising people with his music, so I’d like to think he’s been working on some great things. He just doesn’t want people to know what to expect. :smile_wp:

  • cookcricket

    But a role model’ ¦nope

    Ahhh, with this I disagree. Maybe every person shouldn’t strive to be like him (how boring with all being the same), but there is a huge difference between being like someone and or having someone be a role model. Kris, to me, is an excellent role model. :)

    All peeps in the media, whether they like it or not, tend to be role models. IMO, it’s the nature of the beast.

  • Q3

    I’m pleased that Kris is working on songs with at least three people who are new to Idol albums: Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse), Joe King (The Fray) and Mat Kearney (Christian Contemporary/pop-rock). And from what he said in this interview, he sounded happy about the song he wrote with Joe King and the song he wrote with Mat Kearney.

    But everyone else mentioned so far are19 regulars: four songwriters Claude Kelly (Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks), David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry), Toby Gad (Jordin Sparks) and Lindy Robbins with Toby Gad (Katharine McPhee), and one 19 artist: Chris Daughtry.

    I am certain that he has worked with more people than we know and I hope that many are new to the Idol world. But so far, this list is looking a lot more pop than rock — and only Joe King and Daughtry go into the alt. rock space.

    And why is the name of his producer a secret? I guess we’ll find out by the time Kris releases his first real single.

  • isisdagmar

    Well, I do think that Kris and Adam demonstrated artistic integrity and a spirit of generosity in competition that others would do well to emulate. But I don’t think that necessarily makes Kris “what every person should strive to be like.” It depends on what that means.

    So, Salaam Remi is a producer. So, if Kris is only working with one producer, and he’s working with Remi, isn’t Remi his producer? Or is he working with Kris as a songwriter? He doesn’t seem to be a songwriter, but I feel like Kris would have made some special mention of him, rather than listing him with the others, if this were the guy who was going to be producing his whole album. Interesting. Either Emi or Elizondo (that’s the guy’s name, right?) seem like they could be a good fit for Kris.

    Also: I thought it was interesting that Slezak linked to the NY Times review as an example of a reviewer who looked down on idol. That reviewer didn’t like Kris and was IMO unnecessarily harsh and condescending about it (not to mention I disagree with him), but I’m familiar with him, and he’s bitchy like that with everyone–it wasn’t a personal thing. Plus, he loved Adam and seemed to like Allison, Matt, and a couple others a lot. So, while he seemed condescending at times, he did actually review the show and give enthusiastic praise to some. If we’re talking reviewers who clearly just looked down on AI and dismiss it out of a hat (is that a real phrase?), then I would have selected on of the NJ ones that basically said “I hate American Idol and everyone on it.”

  • Q3

    So, Salaam Remi is a producer. So, if Kris is only working with one producer, and he’s working with Remi, isn’t Remi his producer? Or is he working with Kris as a songwriter? He doesn’t seem to be a songwriter, but I feel like Kris would have made some special mention of him, rather than listing him with the others, if this were the guy who was going to be producing his whole album. Interesting. Either Emi or Elizondo (that’s the guy’s name, right?) seem like they could be a good fit for Kris.

    Salaam Remi is a producer, musicial and a songwriter. He mostly writes reggae-pop and hip hop songs. He worked with Leona Lewis on her debut album but the song didn’t make the album. I really doubt that they would use a hip-hop producer to produce Kris’ album. In fact, I bet that there is no Salaam Remi song on Kris’ album. I just can’t see that Kris has any desire to do reggae-pop ala Jason Mraz and I think that is what they might have been when they put Kris with Remi.

  • CindyM

    Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse),

    I thought that in another interview, this collaboration didn’t work out. Am I thinking of someone else??

  • dave858

    His 15 minutes of fame are up…unfortunately, I don’t see him lasting any length of time…county fair here he comes…

  • girlygirl

    Dave858

    Well, we’re going to have to agree to disagree, because I think Kris is going to have a long successful career. He probably won’t become a superstar, although there are musicians with a similar style that have been and are superstars. He may or may not win awards for his music. But I think he’s talented and very marketable and is poised to do quite well for himself. I don’t see any county fairs in his future. At least not his immediate future.

  • cookcricket

    ITA girlygirl!!! ITA!

  • vanjess38

    ” His 15 minutes of fame are up…unfortunately, I don’t see him lasting any length of time….conty fair her he comes..”

    Why do I feel hatred in your comment? Anyway.
    I don’t think there’s any thing wrong with playing at county fairs. Do you have any idea how many people attend those fairs? It will not be out of place for him to do it since his predecessors have all done it and continue to.DC recently played at a county fair with over 10,000 in attendance, Carrie plays county fairs all the time, and many others even seasoned and famous artists do it.
    Finally, I don’t think for one second that Kris is after fame, hello! may be you need to watch his interviews.And no one except God knows the future so don’t count him out yet, I believe he’ll go very far.

  • isisdagmar

    Well, we’re going to have to agree to disagree, because I think Kris is going to have a long successful career

    I agree. That’s the thing about the show this year–Kris, Adam, and Allison seem to me like they could have very long and successful careers–not necessarily as superstars, because how many of those are there really? but as successful artists–because they are actually passionate about music, and creative when it comes to music, and they are just interesting to listen to as well as beautiful. I know that I had never watched the show before, and i got sucked in by Adam, then Allison, then Kris. And seeing them live just confirmed that those three were special, and while that’s not a guarantee of success by any means, it’s a really good start. :)

  • richie10

    This is a great interview, Kris is so adorable in here. He is the perfect winner and represents what every person should strive to be like.

    I thought AI was a singing contest? I guess it’s true that it really is a personality contest. This was my first season to get really invested in this show, and because of attitudes like this that get a mediocre performer voted to the win over someone who sings a hundred times better, I won’t bother to watch again.

  • BCU79

    Okay I already posted re: the interview – so I’m happy to comment on his producer. BCU79 on yesterday’s headlines you mentioned his name & for the life of me I can’t think of it! :(

    MrsB – Mike Elizondo is the name of the producer who was in photographed the studio with Kris and Daughtry a few weeks back. He’s worked with artists such as Regina Spektor, Maroon 5, Natasha Bedingfield, and Fiona Apple as well as with a lot of big name hip-hop artists.

  • girlygirl

    Richie10

    You forget that the producers never focused muh on Kris during the show so he was never allowed to show the viewers much of his personality. It wasn’t until the show ended that he really started to show all sides of his personality. So that argument of yours doesn’t really fly, IMO.

  • LucyN

    ‘ ¦. and represents what every person should strive to be like.

    Ummmmmm, okay.

    Yeah, what she/he said. :shock_tb:

  • sunkissedtrampoline

    I thought AI was a singing contest?

    I just want to pat you on your little head for even believing that American Idol is a singing competition. You don’t even see all the amazing singers they cut in the beginning of all this because they aren’t “good for tv”.

  • Eileen99
  • girlygirl

    Here’s another songwriter Kris evidently will collaborate with…Alex Band (former member of the band The Calling)

    Band tweets:

    #Writing song ideas to work on with Kris Allen.. Getting together with him in a couple weeks.
    #about 2 hours ago from TwitterFon

    Here’s Band’s wikipedia profile:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Band

  • washpd

    I thought AI was a singing contest?

    As many others have said before . . . If it was a singing contest, it would be on the radio.

  • Sherena

    As many others have said before . . . If it was a singing contest, it would be on the radio.

    Have many others said it? This is the first time I’ve heard it. Clever way of putting it! (And obligatory “I agree,” because I do, before I accidentally offend anyone).

  • girlygirl

    Here’s YouTube link to The Calling’s big hit from 2001…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEOFOobPw4o

    I really like this song — and I still hear it on the radio sometimes (usually on 98.7 FM here in LA)

  • Mtlfan

    As many others have said before . . . If it was a singing contest, it would be on the radio.

    Good point! It’s American IDOL not American Singer.

    And beside lots of people have great voice… what to do with it is quite another story.

    For example, I love Beck to pieces… has he the greatest voice? no.. but what a creative artist…

    So for me AI is an artist contest…

    I agree with sunkissedtrampoline, there are also all the people “not good enough” for tv that are discarded early

  • Mtlfan

    Here’s YouTube link to The Calling’s big hit from 2001′ ¦

    Girlygirl, what’s the name of the song? the video is not available for Canada?

  • richie10

    You forget that the producers never focused muh on Kris during the show so he was never allowed to show the viewers much of his personality. It wasn’t until the show ended that he really started to show all sides of his personality. So that argument of yours doesn’t really fly, IMO.

    The only thing people needed to see was that he was from the south and a christian and he was humble and likeable. Those were already evident and the deep south (Arkansas) made sure he won because of it. I guess I needed that pat on the head for believing this show was a singing competition. I was never that invested until this year but I’ve learned my lesson after one season of watching this show.

  • Sherena

    I guess I needed that pat on the head for believing this show was a singing competition. I was never that invested until this year but I’ve learned my lesson after one season of watching this show.

    *patpat*

    I still rage over DWTS not being a dance competition, but somehow I don’t mind AI not being a singing competition. Because… well, in the world of music, it isn’t like that, so why should AI be like that? AI already highlights raw talent by focusing on live performances rather than recorded ones.

  • girlygirl

    Mtlfan

    The song is called “Wherever You Will Go” — it hit #3 on the charts back in 2001

  • Q3

    Really surprised Kris said this in his EW interview:

    ‘I have read some of those (reviews) where they’re (the reviewers are) like ‘I don’t really want to be here but blah de blah de blah’ and like and it’s just so ‘“ it’s so. I’m like why did you come then? ‘ ¦ To be honest writing a review about something you don’t like ‘ ¦’ 

    I can understand why he feels this way. But critics don’t just review what they like, it’s their job to review that is of interest to readers. Plus, these are many of the same critics who review albums. Thankfully, Michael interrupted him and then finally changed the subject.

  • cookbunny

    Here’s another songwriter Kris evidently will collaborate with’ ¦Alex Band (former member of the band The Calling)

    Ah, Six Degrees of Idol strikes again! David Cook’s former bassist Joey Clement was/is in the Alex Band…um, band!

  • Eileen99

    Thankfully, Michael interrupted him and then finally changed the subject.

    Actually, Michael interrupted to say he agreed with Kris’ statement, not to stop him.

  • BCU79

    I can understand why he feels this way. But critics don’t just review what they like, it’s their job to review that is of interest to readers. Plus, these are many of the same critics who review albums. Thankfully, Michael interrupted him and then finally changed the subject.

    Slezak is the one who brought up the topic of the “too-cool-for-school” tour reviews and talked about how it made him seethe with rage. (or something to that effect) Kris’s response was funny and made it obvious that he doesn’t let the reviews get to him.

    And if reviewers are going to let Kris’s response impact their review of his CD, then they must have extremely thin skin.

  • LucyN

    I thought AI was a singing contest? I guess it’s true that it really is a personality contest. This was my first season to get really invested in this show, and because of attitudes like this that get a mediocre performer voted to the win over someone who sings a hundred times better, I won’t bother to watch again.

    But just look how many comments this little dude generates. Oh, wait.

  • Yss

    Idolatry from the Road: Wooo hooo! I’m so happy that Slezak did it, Kris is so funny and charming and I kind of like it that he’s not telling us much about the album because, as he did it with his song choices on the show and the tour, he always deliver amazing surprises…November seems so far away, I want my Kradison albums now! :D

  • vanjess38

    ” Really suprised Kris said this in EW interview”.

    I’m not suprised at all. I thought everyone was entitled to his or her opinion? That’s his opinion about them.
    These reviewers had their own opinion about him and his music so he can also have his.
    They gave him bad reviews on the show and what happened, he won. On tour they are still on it and his point was he doesn’t give a damn and I second that. They should go ahead and give his album a bad review too. Thank God if some one wants to buy, he wouldn’t read a damn review or ask a reviewer opinion bbefore buying. From what we’ve seen with Daughtry and many others, it does not work that way.So go Kris! Don’t pay attention to them.

  • adh1018

    Michael Slezak and Kris are hilarious together! Great interview!

  • yinyang

    I wish that Kris and Allison would reveal more about their upcoming CDs. I want to be excited about the upcoming CDs, rather than forget about them. I know that Kris likes to surprise people, but a few more hints would be fun….

    Fun interview with Kris, though, and he sure is a likable guy.

    I looked at the Danny and Megan Idolatry interviews, too, and have to say that Megan’s made me want to keep track of what she will do in the future. It’s too bad that AI hasn’t allowed her to be who she would like to be, but I’m beginning to think that I might prefer what she’d like to do much more than what AI is making her do. But, at least she’s getting a good paycheck in the meanwhile.

    Danny’s interview was entertaining, and I was glad to see him more relaxed and showing a good sense of humor. I expected to hear about a record contract by now, but I assume that’s coming.

  • jmom376

    I really enjoyed this video. It is great to see him so relaxed and having a good time. Can’t wait for his album to come out so we can see what surprises he has in store. BTW: It would be nice if more people just supported who they liked and ignored the ones they don’t..

  • dave858

    Girlygirl….yes we do agree to disagree, sorry you felt you had to defend yourself, just giving my honest opinion just as you did….Kris reminds me too much of Taylor Hicks..here and gone….his music is very blah to me…

  • MrsB

    BTW: It would be nice if more people just supported who they liked and ignored the ones they don’t..

    I agree 100% – I’m exhausted mentally – some threads start off fun & kaboom there it goes!

    Too bad it isn’t always like yesterday here at MJs – no kabooms at all!! It was great! :smile1_tb:

  • isisdagmar

    But critics don’t just review what they like, it’s their job to review that is of interest to readers.

    I don’t think Kris meant that reviewers should never review things they don’t like. I think he meant that it seems weird for a reviewer who categorically hates AI, and who is determined going in not to say anything good about it or about any of the performers, to review the show. I agree–there haven’t been many of those reviews, just a handful, but they’re pointless. It’s like having someone who hates all opera, doesn’t understand it as an art form, thinks it worthless and boring, etc., as an opera critic.

    Interesting, I wonder why Slezak linked to the NY Times review–I don’t consider that an example of a “too cool for school review.” After all, the reviewer went into detail about why he loved Adam, and he had high praise for Allison, Matt, and a couple of the others. He didn’t like Kris and he definitely was unnecessarily condescending, IMO (which is nothing personal to Kris–I know that reviewer, he’s always like that), but he certainly wasn’t unwilling to critique the show and give praise where he felt it was due. I would have linked to one the NJ reviews for an example of “too cool for school.”

    I never understood why people said that AI was a singing contest in a way that seemed to divorce singing from artistry (sorry to use Kara’s word). If it were purely about the technically best voice, then a singer like Bob Dylan or Tom Waits (i.e. singers who can’t really sing all that well, technically, but who are brilliant) would not stand a chance against even a mediocre AI belter.

    I like (I think it was) Mtfan’s description of it as an “artist contest.” That’s what I want–an artist, someone creative and passionate who makes me feel the music. And for me, that was Adam first and foremost. The fact that he was also the best singer was part of that, but it was the feeling and creativity that went into his music, along with his voice, that made him my favorite. And those same criteria made Allison and Kris the other two contestants that I loved as well, and my opinion of these three as real “artists” was definitely cemented on tour.

    And incidentally, Adam was my favorite but Kris is lovely, things are working out fabulously for both these guys (probably better for both of them than if Adam had won, which is one reason I was more than half-hoping Kris would win even back in May)…and the competition ended three months ago…

    So, in conclusion: adorable interview. I hope Slezak gets to interview Adam and Allison at some point, even by phone. He likes and respects these guys, and that clearly makes them comfortable with him. Maybe when their albums are dropping?

  • jmom376

    LOL MrsB.. Maybe talking bad about other contestants is the only way some people get their kabooms.

  • Eileen99

    Kris is my kaboom.

  • FifthHouseSun

    Slezak got some moves. He asks a guestion, and doesn’t end the sentence quickly, there is a little kind of drawing it out, small gap, and then he adds a little additional fillip before handing it over to Kris. And the result is that in the gap, Kris gets ready to answer. So Kris answers pretty quickly. Which he has not been doing on tour. Kris is still wonderful and adorable in all tour interviews. But like his last one with Jim C on MTV.com, he’s way laid back.

    Have to confess didn’t watch Kris’s Idolatry interview that closely. Took concert attendance to move me to playing Bright Lights youtube mp3 rips kind of fan (Always a Slezak fan.) Went back to watch Idolatry. Slezak didn’t do the same thing. Just asked the questions. (And did wear his most handsome shirt. Very cute of him. Hey, it’s Kris.) Because Kris was not so reticent, or cloaked, or holding back a little then. Kris was all perky and eager. In just a few short months, Kris is so much more sophisticated. And, clearly, more tired.

  • Sherena

    Kris has changed. For the better, I think, especially if he wants to survive the music industry. Comparing this to Kris’ Top 36 interview from AI, it’s SO different. It’s like he’s gotten years older. That was a wide eyed adorable boy, this is a worldly wise but still sweet man. Idk, it makes me kind of sad though. There’s a lot of talk about Danny, how he grew up in a small town, kind of isolated from the world, and that’s why he doesn’t *understand things*, but that description also applies to Kris. Not to the same extent of course, because Kris said that he had liberal friends and all (male cheerleaders! How’s that for awesome), but he’s also commented on how he hadn’t really seen America before this tour. And it’s like aw, Kris. Because he definitely understands things.

  • MrsB

    Now see FifthHouseSun always knows how to deliver a really good Kaboom!!!!! :wub_tb:

  • Q3

    Have to confess didn’t watch Kris’s Idolatry interview that closely. Took concert attendance to move me to playing Bright Lights youtube mp3 rips kind of fan (Always a Slezak fan.) Went back to watch Idolatry. Slezak didn’t do the same thing. Just asked the questions. (And did wear his most handsome shirt. Very cute of him. Hey, it’s Kris.) Because Kris was not so reticent, or cloaked, or holding back a little then. Kris was all perky and eager. In just a few short months, Kris is so much more sophisticated. And, clearly, more tired.

    Well said!

    Kris has gotten so much better in interviews. Each one is better, and better. And this is my favorite so far. But, I also think that Slezak makes the people relax and have a good time in his interviews. But Kris is also so tired. I hope he had a day off yesterday. :-)