Kris Allen – National Anthem – Game 2 NBA Finals – VIDEO

Kris Allen performed the National Anthem for the Game 2 of the NBA Finals tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers are playing the Orlando Magic for the championship.

I thought Kris did a great job! He was remarkably at ease, but then Kris had already proven on American Idol during the course of last season’s tough competition to be unflappable.

A beautiful, simple, heartfelt rendition–congrats Kris!

Thanks for the video Rickey.org.

Video after the JUMP…

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I agree, mj. He sounded really great!

    Let’s go Magic! Kick some LA ass! (sorry Carie, I still heart you though. :))

  • lili

    I also thought he did a great job!

  • storm45701

    He was fantastic!!!

    I know the venom will fill up the YouTube posts and come here to criticize, but he was great!!!!

  • CindyM

    I also thought he did a great job! I posted in the other thread, but I was very pleased with his performance. :biggrin_wp:

  • ComeBack2Me

    I thought he was fantastic too!

  • Barbariba

    Adam fan here.
    I thought Kris did a great job and actually looked very relaxed.
    Good for him. Go Kris!!

  • chicksineggz

    Awww, I missed it!

  • jmom376

    YAY Kris. I liked his version of the Star-Spangled Banner and think he did a great job. He did what he does best and made it all about the lyrics and the meaning of the song. I think he looked pretty relaxed too.

    GO MAJIC!!! I am an Orlando girl and am really hoping they come back to Orlando tied.

  • girlygirl

    I thought Kris did a great job and he got a good response from the crowd when he finished. I thought I heard a few boos when he was first announced, though — who would do that? — total lack of class shown by the “fans” who booed.

  • happygolucky

    SSB was Allenized!!! Sweet!

  • happygolucky

    Sorry, my first time to post so I’m still learning this thing.

  • storm45701

    edit: knock off the defensiveness, or i will ban you

  • cookcricket

    I just missed it! I hope someone has a video soon! :( Wow, I’m not doing good on catching these things!

    I’m so happy to hear he did a great job! :)

  • GeminiDolly

    Very nicely done.

  • Trina

    I’m more impressed than anything he seemed so relaxed! That was really great though.

  • moody

    Video is up at Rickey.org.

    ETA: I heard it live and thought he did great. After all the nervous speculation I was so happy for him!

  • AmericanIdolatry

    Excellent, excellent job. For someone that’s not a belter and much more comfortable behind a guitar or piano, I thought he sounded strong and confident. And, as always, he was adorable out there. He REALLY looked like Pocket Idol out there next to the players. :smile_wp:

    It’s so nice to see him continue to grow from performance to performance. I’m really proud of him.

  • Tony

    ETA: lol Forget everything I just said. I was reading the score, not the series.

    ETA again: The video is up at rickey.org

  • clearone

    Kris did an awesome job! Singing the anthem accapella in front of millions – WTG Kris!! :clap_tb:

  • weese

    He was terrific. I really enjoy the NA sung this way. Simple and beautiful.

  • RubySlippers

    I thought he did great.
    I liked the chain on his jeans…a little bit of Adam influence?? hee.

    A live blogger from the game:

    TrueHoop: The guy from American Idol who sang the national anthem got boos when he was intro’d. But they loved him afterwards …

    I think the boos because its L.A. -home of Adam. :/ ? But yes, rude.

  • Niall

    That was a wonderful version of the anthem. Loved it!

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    Ok I know I am partial but that was lovely. :clap_tb: rickey has video up mj.

  • jersey

    Everyone can exhale now! LOL, he sounded great.

  • weareallinnocent

    Kudos to Kris. Great job!

    And I have to say, yet again, fantastic crossover potential if he’d just choose the pop-country-folk-rockish route. :-) Too bad he’s not interested, cuz I truly believe he could be the male Taylor Swift.

  • KrazeeK120

    WHOA! I’m one of Kris’ biggest fans and even I am impressed. SSB is a tough song and he REALLY did a great job with it.

    Way to go Kris!

    And Go Magic (that’s for YOU, Sarah). :)

    ETA: I much prefer the SSB without “vocal gymnastics.” I think the song was written the way it was for a reason…no need to embellish it. That’s probably why I loved Kris’ version so much.

  • elephant1212

    that was a pretty good job, he seemed relaxed! hopefully adam can sing it sometime soon:)

  • KenzTK

    That was just fantastic! So proud of Kris! I love artist like him where you hear one note and you know who it is.

    I was thinking and this might be out of the box but I’d like to see the idols rotate every concert singing the SSB to kick off the concert. It is “AMERICAN Idol”. Maybe not but it’s just a thought.

  • storm45701

    edit: knock it off

  • newshound61

    I thought he did a great job. Not all the bells and whistles (big vocal riffs), just a very heartfelt and simple version. Nice Allen note on “free.”

  • Laurie

    Great job Mr. American Idol! You did your fans and the song proud! Go Kris!

  • saga

    Very very nice!

  • Tony
  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    By the way. I’m going to be pretty quick to ban peeps tonight. If your post has been edited, maybe you need to re-read my guidelines:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/?page_id=1172

  • Kirsten

    I thought he did a great job. Very heartfelt. Kept the focus on the lyrics. I think the average Joe will appreciate that.

    He didn’t seem nervous which is remarkable to me because I would be a nervous wreck in front of all those people, stars and big-name basketball players.

  • erinnthered

    Wow! Much better than I expected when he said he’d do it straight. A capella too! Sweet!

    Great reception from the audience too. Loved that they were cheering before the end.

    Go Magic! (It really hurts to say that…love ya, Sarah and Spense!)

  • melvel

    Very nice! I’m so proud of him!

  • canadiandcfan

    beautiful!!

  • May

    That was really good! Kris never ceases to surprise me.!

  • just sayin

    I can’t imagine what could be much more nerve-wracking than that.

    He did a great job.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/chachithegreat chachi

    Thank Jeebus H. Gokey. I was pessimistic, but that sounded really good! Maybe I’m the bad luck charm? I should remember this for the future. As long as I don’t watch, they’ll be okay.

  • JenG

    Go Kris!

  • girlygirl

    Love the picture of Kris with Dwight Howard….Howard is 6’11”, so most people would look short next to him. But it’s still a cute, funny photo.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    A pic of Kris and Dwight Howard. LOL!

    Link

    That is hysterical. Dwight is seriously a MONSTER. If Kris is even shorter than Ryan Seacrest, Dwight is at least a foot and a half taller than him, because D12 is 6’11, I do believe.

  • ross

    I already posted on the other thread, but, again: great job, Kris. Beautiful tone, a capella. Just really nice.

  • RubySlippers

    Omg. Kris is like a Hobbit next to Dwight. lol.

  • Laurie

    That photo of Kris and Dwight Howard is adorable… and a little bit funny! Dude is tall!

  • storm45701

    now I want to see him do it with a guitar…

    am I right, did he say he had never sung that publically before? I don’t believe it…..

  • jmom376

    TONY… Thank you for posting that picture. Dwight Howard is one very fine specimen of a man!!!! (I live in Orlando and am a big Magic fan). Kris looks very cute next to him.

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    lmao great pic Tony!

  • GeminiDolly

    LOL. Cute picture. DAMN DWIGHT IS FINE!!!

  • cookcricket

    very very nice! I love that voice. lol at the above picture!

  • CindyM

    I love that picture. Is Kris wearing silver shoes?? He looks really cute in the pic.

  • girlygirl

    I remember reading on one of the Kris Allen fan sites that he is (supposedly) 5’7″. So that would be almost a foot and a half smaller than Dwight Howard.

  • erinnthered

    A pic of Kris and Dwight Howard. LOL!

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/84/fullj.931d5444dd3f9619387c5a28593af8a2/931d5444dd3f9619387c5a28593af8a2-getty-88095550kl100_g2_finals.jpg

    Hee!

    Pocket Idol, indeed!

    And I have to say, yet again, fantastic crossover potential if heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d just choose the pop-country-folk-rockish route. :-) Too bad heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not interested, cuz I truly believe he could be the male Taylor Swift.

    See, I don’t understand that. Why should he be a mediocre pop/ country star who can’t really sing without the aid of auto-tune, and will fade into obscurity and WEHT-ness within a decade?

    Why not just appreciate the soulful folk vibe he has, and let him write and/or arrange his own music that might still be marketable on some scale for years to come? I’m glad he’s more interested in musicality and respect than flash in the pan catchy tunes.

  • chicksineggz

    Lol, wooow. Love that pic. Love Kris’s SSB.

  • ShariG

    Thanks to Ricky for taping this. Kris did a fantastic job. I can’t believe how calm he was singing this completely a capella in front of the superstars of basketball and all of the celebrity basketball fans. I am more impressed with our American Idol every day and every performance.

  • colette

    Lovely. Just went out and nailed it.

  • blmetsfan

    Those pics are hilarious! Great job Kris!

  • smartcookie

    Very nice, Kris. I am continually impressed with how well he knows his own voice and what he can do with it. (I’m the one who doesn’t care for the SSB, so simple versions without a lot of fooling around and whooping it up are best for me.)

  • Michelle

    Great job Kris!!! Love the tone in those held notes. And he looked a good deal less stressed than poor DC last year, maybe he wasn’t imagining Jack Nicholson staring at the back of his head, heh.

    As for the boos, well you know how the general public considers Idol “uncool” (tho at least of those people must watch the show considering the ratings it pulls, lol.) It doesn’t look like it fazed him a bit.

  • weareallinnocent

    See, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t understand that. Why should he be a mediocre pop/ country star who canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really sing without the aid of auto-tune, and will fade into obscurity and WEHT-ness within a decade?

    LOL Well, I’m no Taylor Swift fan and I think she couldn’t sing live if her life depended on it, but she is a great songwriter and she sells the shit out of her music. Just imagine what Kris — who is an excellent song interpreter and arranger who CAN sing live — could do. Crossover could be key, imo, for commercial viability in the declining market.

    But, it matters not a lick what I think, since he doesn’t want to go that route. :-)

  • cookbunny

    Awesome, AWESOME job on SSB by Kris! Nice extension of the note on “free!”

    Hey MJ, are we going to get any video from the Tonys tonight? I JUST missed the start of the opening number featuring Constantine and Bret Michaels (not really a CM fan, but wanted to see what all the fuss is about).

  • rfb

    Kris was fantastic. I am so proud to be a fan of his.
    LOVE HIS VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lucy

    Now that’s what I’m talking about, Kris! Set it at just the right spot in your register, pretty low so you can be strong at the top; realize that the lowest notes can be throwaways,\; stay within yourself and understand the song so you can hold your pitch; and focus on expressing the lyrics, giving it just a nice little touch of soul. Very nice job — just the way I hoped he’d do it. Kris is a smart guy.

  • Tess

    Wow, Kris has balls made of steel. To sing that well, a song he hasn’t sung in public before, in front of an LA crowd full of some of the most judgmental people around, is a great feat. I loved that he put on some of his twists, that he held the notes near the end, and that he looked and acted like he felt good and that it was a priviledge to sing that song. Kudos, Mr. Allen, you done did yourself proud.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Hey MJ, are we going to get any video from the Tonys tonight? I JUST missed the start of the opening number featuring Constantine and Bret Michaels (not really a CM fan, but wanted to see what all the fuss is about).

    Yes. I’m recording it now…

  • ShariG

    That pic is so cute Dwight towers over Kris. By the way, Kris also writes music and is pretty darn good at it. I really like some of his pre Idol songs. So something else he has in common with Taylor Swift. I would not mind him doing a bit of country cross over music, but he has said very clearly that is not where his heart is musically. To be honest, I am looking forward to whatever he does. I just really love the voice.

  • ShariG

    I didn’t hear any boos on the video. Sorry to hear than anyone would be that rude.

  • Sunn

    Excellent Job. Well Done Kris.

  • Laurie

    It was really only a smattering of boos, and I loved how he just smiled. He is very cool and very classy. Kris did a fantastic job.

  • newshound61

    Kudos to Kris. Great job!

    And I have to say, yet again, fantastic crossover potential if heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d just choose the pop-country-folk-rockish route. :-) Too bad heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not interested, cuz I truly believe he could be the male Taylor Swift.

    I agree one hundred percent. I think he could have enormous commercial success in country-pop. His duet with Keith Urban was phenomenal and I think his voice is actually more suited to it than the acoustic, folk type stuff.
    That said, I do realize that Kris has made it quite clear that he has no desire to pursue that type of music and I respect his desire to follow his artistic leanings. Follow your dreams, man.

  • jersey

    LMAO at the picture of Kris and Dwight!

  • CSM

    I have a question. How do the singers normally sing the National Anthem at these occasions? I’m not from the USA, so I don’t usually see the opening of any game….

    I’m just asking because some are saying he did a great job (which – by the way – I totally agree with :-)) and are kinda emphasizing that he sang it a capella. Do others sing it with music in the background?

    Thanks in advance!!!

  • storm45701

    I just heard a boo or two here or there, it wasn’t more than that. I’ve seen worse at these type of games. I know Elliott got booed when he did the SSB at Boston.

    anyways, he’s probably thinking “boo if you want, I’m STILL the Amercian Idol!”. LOL. Plus, great applause at the end, which means you SCORED.

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    Yes always some rudies. But Cook and Archie both got booed at sporting events and they are both wonderful so I don’t take it to heart.

  • http://myspace.com/pm68 Pam

    Whoa that was an awesome performance. Go Kris! :clap_tb:

    Oh and the pic of upthread, pocket idol indeed. Of course I’m only 4′ 8″ tall so who am I to judge since Dwight could easily squash me to bits. Hee

  • girlygirl

    To CSM:

    It depends. Sometimes there is recorded music behind the singer, sometimes there’s live music, sometimes it’s done a cappella. It probably depends on what the singer is most comfortable doing.

  • linsav

    I think Kris did a good job, notice he focused on something in the distance and kept looking at it or had his eyes closed. Very good job of taking the pysche out of the event by focusing himself. Better than a lot of the other Idols have done. I am an Adam fan but I give kudos to Kris’s version.

  • ShariG

    I love that he looked confident and sang it his own way, from the heart, as always. I just really love the connection he makes with the music no matter what he sings. I also loved what his mother said about humility and confidence. She said that Simon and some others confuse his humility with a lack of confidence in his music ability. They are not the same. He is a humble guy, and I admire that about him, but he knows what he is doing musically and I think he very confident in his musical ability. Outstanding rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that showed off his strengths.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I have a question. How do the singers normally sing the National Anthem at these occasions? Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not from the USA, so I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t usually see the opening of any gameà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just asking because some are saying he did a great job (which – by the way – I totally agree with :-)) and are kinda emphasizing that he sang it a capella. Do others sing it with music in the background?

    Thanks in advance!!!

    I think a lot of people are saying that he sang it “straight” because there weren’t really any embellishments to the written melody. A lot of singers (especially R&B singers) add a lot of runs to it.

  • jumpstart

    I thought Kris did an awesome job tonight. He never ceases to impress me.

  • listen

    I thought Kris did a very nice job. Don’t care for his tone all that much (his voice doesn’t do it for me), but still a very good job on a tough song.

    Kudos Kris !

  • smartcookie

    Last year, didn’t somebody report that LA fans always boo and it has something to do with booing at the opposing team and/or coach and nothing to do with the anthem singer? (This is all sounding really familiar.)

  • girlygirl

    Here’s a photo of Kris with Derek Fisher. With Katy in the background…

    http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/3457/88283326.jpg

  • savgal

    Thought Kris looked and sounded totally at ease, and sang SSB as it should be sung.
    LOVE the Dwight Howard/Kris picture! Watching Howard play the other night, I thought he looked like an action figure or Marvel comic superhero, with those shoulders and arms.
    Yay Kris for getting through that a’cappella with a beautiful, clear tone.

  • BootStar

    Wow, Kris has balls made of steel.

    Why, yes, yes he does! I’m LMAO at how this kid remains as cool as a cucumber regardless of the stress he’s under. Like Cook, Kris is a huge sports fan, so it’s not like he didn’t realize he was singing before a tough audience, but unlike poor DC, Kris didn’t seem fazed in the least.

    And he was super smart to sing the SSB straight because most hardcore sports fans don’t like anybody messing with their Anthem.

    All in all, I thought Kris did a great job.

    (And that photo with Dwight Howard is hilarious!)

  • milly93

    Nice! sounded really good, better than poor DC last year. It really annoys me how Kris got booed by some of the audience. I’m an Adam fan too, but hey… give Kris some respect also…

  • CindyM

    Some people always boo when someone is introduced to sing the SSB. I don’t necessarily think Adam fans can be blamed for that too. It was a smattering of boos, just some idiots who’ve hit the bar counter a few too many times.

  • oqwerd

    that was just OK imho. nothing truly unique or spine-chilling. not the best, not the worst. did he surpass my expectations? sure, but only because they were so low in the first place.

    it’s clear that kris is just trying to get thru the whole ordeal w/o screwing it up. soooooo that meant less focus on putting actual emotion into the rendition and stuff. it was so-so and somewhat forgettable. good for kris for not caving in from all the pressure. he looked a bit nervous, but he managed to remain pretty calm throughout, so that’s good.

    i didn’t hear any booing, but if there was, then shame on the booers. i’m not a kris fan, but no one deserves that type of reception.

    nothing about this rendition to really hate on except mediocrity.

  • maturin

    He’s such a classy kid. Well done.

  • popo830

    very low expectation for Kris singing SSB and he met the expectation.

  • http://myspace.com/pm68 Pam

    I heard the booing in the beginning but it it was minimal and yes it did happen with DC last year too and I have no doubt it’s happened every year with each idol no matter who sang it.

  • ShariG

    MJ, just a question, but why are some of Kris’s posts saved under Kris Allen but not American Idol? I usually try to go to the American Idol thread, but some of Kris’s posts can’t be found there.

  • abbysee

    Nicely done, simple, and honest.

    Go Magic!

  • Tess

    By the way, LA fans boo at the beer seller or when the vender guy doesn’t hit his target when throwing sacks of peanuts down the aisle.

    I enjoyed the picture showing Katy in the background. It is so nice that she is getting to enjoy this time with Kris. It’s going to be tough on her while he’s out touring for 3 months. But she seems like a very strong, with-it person who understands what it is going to take for Kris to succeed. Considering that they have been apart a lot during their relationship (school, missionary work) she is probably more prepared for the time apart than most wives would be.
    Kudos to Katy, too, for being so supportive (from what I can tell) of her guy.

  • PattyH

    Wow! Great job for Kris! Very, very nice!

    About the boos, I’m sure the LA crowd was booing the Magic when they were lining up on the floor and not booing Kris.

  • CindyM

    I agree Tess, their relationship seems so great. I see why Adam has said that their relationship is “inspiring”.

  • iluvai

    Kris sang it straight and focused on the lyrics, ’cause that’s what he’s good at. That would be crazy for him to try to belt it out a la Jennifer Hudson who sang it during the Super Bowl. Kris did his thing.

  • chicksineggz

    I actually like it sung straight too.

  • colette

    LOL Well, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m no Taylor Swift fan and I think she couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sing live if her life depended on it, but she is a great songwriter and she sells the shit out of her music

    I have no idea about TS’s voice, but my good friend the techie ran lights on a recent show of hers, and said he was really amazed by how good she is. And this is someone who is VERY hard to please…

  • storm45701

    sports fan tend to want this song sung straight. I know my sister freaked when Elliott sang that year, since he embellishes everything (she won’t like Adam, either, I assume). Again, it’s all about taste. The key is probably , since the song is the anthem, to let it take center stage.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Let’s keep this thread focused on Kris’s performance of the National Anthem tonight. Everything else is off-topic. I’ll be deleting those posts.

    And folks who are dropping in with nothing more to say than “My Idol sings it better than YOUR Idol?” Instant banning.

  • skylight1219

    Very nice job, Kris. I actually prefer someone to sing this without all the runs and riffs. It doesn’t matter if they hit the high notes. It’s the words and meaning that count. I like this song when it’s easy on the ears.

  • Victoria

    I really liked Kris’s version. The NA is about the country, not the vocal power of the singer, so I think it’s great that Kris used his strengths and focused on the lyrics. Good job, Kris! :)

    The picture of him with the basketball plsyer is hilarious!

  • AC

    Wow, Kris did a really awesome job with this! Very pretty!

    Anyways, yeah, I think the crowd usually boos when it’s an “idol” most likely because I think most sports fans are not fans of American Idols in general regardless of who it is.

  • girlygirl

    Here’s another funny picture — this one has Kris with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who I believe is 7’2″) — (I hope this link works properly)

    http://idolforums.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=594565&view=findpost&p=20157651

  • shadow-rider

    I caught it on tv just in time. I mean just seconds before he was introduced. I thought he did a great job. He’s looking great too. Way to go Kris!!!!

  • PhDude

    OMG! That was BAD! That was as bad as I thought it was going to be. Poor thing.

  • annabelina

    I’m a Kris fan, but I gotta be honest. I really thought this was going to be a trainwreck … but it wasn’t! It was VERY nicely done! All I could think about was how shaken DC was last year, but Kris didn’t break a sweat. I’m quite impressed. WTG Kris!!!

    Omg. Kris is like a Hobbit next to Dwight. lol.

    Lmao! He does!

  • jersey

    LOL the top of Kris’ shoulder is at Kareem’s belt.

  • poporange

    Kris sang it straight and it was just fine not great.. It is a sporting event they man watching probably will not remember…

  • storm45701

    lord, how tall is Kareem?

    Kris’s version reminds me, again, of Carrie Underwood’s, who always sings this thing straight. He may not be country, but he has the potential to become Idol’s male Carrie Underwood.

  • cay

    I thought it was bad, but no disaster. Very bland and boring. Very thin voice and pitchy in places. I think it just depends on your expectations. Fans had low expectations, but people who have never heard of him may have expected a little more. I don’t know why they have people who aren’t vocalists sing it. Kris is a good musician. He isn’t supposed to sing the NA well. Doesn’t impact his career one way or the other. The average person has forgotten it.

    edit: don’t make assumptions about posters in other fan groups

  • hollygo9

    Whew. That was good stuff. I hate it when someone runs all over the anthem.

  • melvel

    Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s version reminds me, again, of Carrie Underwoodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s, who always sings this thing straight. He may not be country, but he has the potential to become Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s male Carrie Underwood.

    There are so many things about Kris that reminds me of Carrie way back then. Both humble folks who were considered to be bland, and lost to flashier opponents in the final. Carrie almost always had that deer-in-headlights look in her first few interviews after winning…look where she is now.

    I’m so proud of Kris for really coming into his own!

  • colette

    Love that pic with Kareem! He looks like he’s twice as big as Kris. I’d probably come up to Kareem’s kneecap!

    Did anyone notice there was a sort of chord or something after Kris finished? I did, because he was right on pitch with it. But I heard no other accompaniment….

  • storm45701

    lol, the secret is not to suck. THAT’S when the remember you (hello, Roseanne).
    any other time, the average viewer just wants the game to start. It was on key, didn’t see any pitch problems, and thankfully he didn’t try any acrobatics, since he knows that never works. I always expected him to do a fine job, and he delivered.

  • erinnthered

    Wow, Kris has balls made of steel.

    You mean, you didn’t realize this after Heartless? ;-)

    No kidding though, to go out there – boos and all – and nail it like that. I’m very impressed.

    I’m glad this thread is NA only. No Tony spoilers! I have to watch it later online. lol

    ETA: I’m loving all the photos!

  • SpenserJ

    Aw, he did a great job. Kris may seem quiet and reserved, but he has the heart of a warrior. Peeps keep doubting him, yet each time he turns out just fine.

  • Cakenbake

    I was nervous for Kris because I remember last year when David Cook sang it. Cook got a lot of bad PR about his National Anthem last year, undeservedly of course, but Kris had his own spin to it.

    Great job Kris.

    Looking cute as usual.

  • iluvai

    I swear I turned the t.v. on early and I still missed it. Did it air on the East Coast? I was so excited for my son to see it because he is a big Kris fan. Oh well, I’ll show him on the computer tomorrow.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    There are fans in the audience who boo the anthem every year. It means nothing.

    Also, don’t post other versions of the anthem in this thread. I’ll be deleting those. Let’s concentrate on Kris’s version.

  • Jet123

    I totally agree with MJ. Kris Allen’s rendition was beautiful, simple, and heartfelt. That’s why I love the guy, man! He comes on stage as Kris Allen, sings as Kris Allen, and gives you everything he’s got as Kris Allen. No pretentions, no shows, and he delivers everytime! For the first time in my 40-year-old life, I am thanking American Idol for finding Kris Allen. I want more!

  • erinnthered

    mj said:
    There are fans in the audience who boo the anthem every year. It means nothing.

    Yeah, but it can still get to a performer. I think it did get to Cook last year. Like Kris, he’s a big sports fan.

    I know you mainly meant that it doesn’t mean the audience was pro-Adam or anti-Kris or anything like that, but anyway…

    I still can’t get over that Kris basically came up to Kareem’s belt. I iz jealus…of Kris, not Kareem. lol

    ETA:

    lol, the secret is not to suck. THATà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢S when the remember you (hello, Roseanne).
    any other time, the average viewer just wants the game to start.

    This!

    It ain’t going to make or break his career, but it’s nice that he did really well.

  • iluvai

    I get nervous for anyone who is about to sing the National Anthem because you just never know what it might sound like. (LOL) But I have to say, I’m not surprised Kris looked comfortable tonight. He looked at ease during the finale (when he and Adam sang their 3 songs). I thought Adam looked kind of stressed. Anyway, Kris doesn’t have to prove anything… that’s gotta feel pretty good.

  • babybelle32

    I love what Kris did with the anthem, he seemed so calm and composed. He really has a good understanding of his voice, and how to use it. I’m glad that he didn’t try to over do it, but that shouldn’t have been a concern, since he never tried to over do it, or be something that he’s not while on the show. I just love seeing him so confident. He should be proud of himself.

  • cookcricket

    iluvai Jun 7th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I swear I turned the t.v. on early and I still missed it. Did it air on the East Coast? I was so excited for my son to see it because he is a big Kris fan. Oh well, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll show him on the computer tomorrow.

    Yeah, I turned on my tv right at 8:00 (or a little before I thought) and missed it. We live in the dark ages here and have a converter box which took some time to get working, so I blame Adam because he didn’t explain it well enough on BWE!!! :lol_tb:

    Anyway so glad I can come here for anything I miss, thanks mj and Rickey! And as I said before, very nice job! :)

  • Cakenbake

    am I right, did he say he had never sung that publically before? I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t believe ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦..

    What’s not to believe? There are many people who have never sung that song publicly. They might have sang it is a different setting with a group of people, but not solo and in the public eye.

  • snood199

    Not bad, not great. I don’t like it very much when most men sing the national anthem because it seems not to suit their voices well. But Kris sang it straight without those awful runs people put in and didn’t screw up, so it works.

  • iluvai

    Cookcricket: Well I guess I’m not the only one! I still think it’s weird. At least we can see it online. (That was way too funny– Adam didn’t explain it well enough on BWE. Ha ha!)

  • ross

    I swear I turned the t.v. on early and I still missed it. Did it air on the East Coast?

    Yes, about 7:55, I think (?).

    I’ve seen some very well known singers attempt the anthem and totally suck. And there are a lot who oversing it and make it all about themselves. I love it that the American Idol is better than those people. It gives me faith in the show, somehow. And my totally biased opinion is I think this kid is the bomb.

  • Suzanne

    Kris sounded great. As usual, Kris is completely himself. He seems like such a great guy, eh?

  • jpoppin

    The Star Spangled Banner is not too big of a song for anyone! It’s our National Anthem! The only requirement that should be considered is being proud of its words and meaning while singing it. It’s actually quite refreshing when it is sung the way its supposed to be sung without all the ridiculous runs and embellishments.

    With that said… Kris did a simple, pure, and crisp rendition of our National Anthem. Great job!

  • oceana

    edit: stay on topic

  • aek

    Kris did fine with the anthem. The only part that I thought was kind of wonky was the big “free” note, but that’s tough…you really have to have the range.

    As far as people booing any singer, yeah, that’s totally classless. I can’t even imagine doing that to any singer on any stage anywhere.

  • girlygirl

    Jeannie Buss tweeted the following about Kris:

    Kris Allen winner of American Idol did fantastic anthem. i liked all 3 finalists so I will go see AI tour when here @ STAPLES Center

    For those who don’t know who Jeannie Buss is, she’s one of the top execs for the Lakers (her father owns the team) — AND she is the girlfriend of (Lakers head coach) Phil Jackson.

    Good to see she’s an AI fan!

  • praepos

    Characteristically honest performance by Kris. Simple and straightforward. That said, it was the kind of rendition almost anyone who likes to sing would be capable of. I’m not knocking Kris–I think he deserved to win since I prefer his kind of musical honesty to Adam’s theatrics–though Adam has the better voice. That said, Kris needs to think about what his singing niche is going to be. His vocals are too ordinary to carry off these big noted songs. They do seem more suited to country or folk–which are all about telling the story in an honest, unassuming way. It’ll be interesting to see what Jive has planned for him.

  • windmills

    It’s not that you have to have a big range to be a good singer. Kris doesn’t have a big range but IMO he is a good singer and it showed on the SSB. The issue is whether you know how to use what you’ve got vocally and control it. Kris does – you can hear pretty good vibrato and he only struggled on the lowest “say” at the beginning. His tone is really nice from beginning to end and unlike Taylor Swift (who I’m mentioning because she was brought up above), Kris’s tone doesn’t suddenly change based on where in his register Kris is singing. The other big thing I noticed with the SSB is Kris is SO good at focusing attention on the song lyrics – his phrasing, his tone, everything sets up to get people focused on the lyrics, which Taylor Swift isn’t good at doing. He’s also got FAR superior pitch sense and he’s not as much of a showman.

    Edited out paragraph about marketing because it’s probably off topic.

  • sleeptalker

    Land of the fraaaaaaaaaaaaaay~

    Love that Kris Allen! Reminded me of the Adam “Feeling Good” note that went on forever. Kris can showboat too, ya know! :)

  • Katie1

    I had confidence that Kris would deliver a great ballad of SSB..and He did..
    Glad he got through it without messing up the words…

    As for Kris going country…NO NO NO!!! No country for Kris!!!
    and please believe me when I say that Taylor Swift cannot sing live at all..

    Way to go Kris…You did great! Proud to be your Fan!!

  • windmills

    “Land of the fraaaaaaaaaaaaaay~”

    LOL. I noticed that too. It’s an easier and more pleasing vowel sound to get to and through that note, so it’s another example of Kris making a smart choice singing the SSB.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    For the first time in my 40-year-old life, I am thanking American Idol for finding Kris Allen. I want more!

    It’s more like the fans found Kris Allen despite AI producers’ efforts to bury him in the crowd.

    I thought Kris did an excellent job. Nothing fancy, but that’s what made it great imo. Sometimes you’re not in the mood for Tiramisu and just want mom’s apple pie.

  • praepos

    I don’t think embellishing the National Anthem with runs necessarily indicates a singer is showing off. There’s something to be said for freshening-up a song that’s become an empty cliche, sung over and over and over again.

    Kris, after all, did nothing less than this on AI when he re-thought well-known standards–in effect renewing them. That was one of the things the judges admired most about him in fact.

    The key to this is knowing when too much is too much. Some artists have an innate reserve that will not permit them to go over the top. Others have a lot of difficulty reining-in the showboating.

  • rkt

    “eeeeeeee” is hard to hold when it’s high. I noticed in the studio version of NB he held the “boundrieeeeeee” note while Adam held “boundraaaaaaaaaaaay”, But Kris always did “boundraaaaaaaaaay” in live performances.

  • lakhesis

    Kris sang it his way, his style and I enjoyed it. Adam had sang it his style, his way and I enjoyed it.

    It takes guts to sing acapella in that stadium so kudos to Kris!

  • Anya

    praepos “That said, Kris needs to think about what his singing niche is going to be. His vocals are too ordinary to carry off these big noted songs.”

    Kris is not about big notes that’s for sure even though he can use them smartly like in the SSB which, by the way, must have aired before 8:00 on the East Coast cause my DVR didn’t record it. I can not agree with you that his voice is ordinary. Have you listened to his performances or studio recordings? His voice has a beautiful tone and his interpretation is so versatile. To me the most important thing about music is the connection. An artist has to make me feel something and Kris certainly does. If I want big voices I listen to Placido Domingo.

  • OutlandoGirl

    Hmmmm. Given MJ’s description, I was prepared to really like it. And I just…didn’t. I thought it was too low (probably started low so he could hit the high note) and I just don’t get the “breaks” in his voice. That style does nothing for me. He might say that he doesn’t want to be a country star, but I hear country in his voice about 90% of the time.

    But kudos for doing in a capella and w/o a lot of change.

    And no, I’m not a Kris hater. His version of Ain’t No Sunshine is the ONLY version of that song I’ve ever liked. (I’m a HUGE Sting fan, and I even hate Sting’s version.)

  • oceana

    I’m editing myself because I think mj wants us to talk about Kris and not Taylor Swift.

  • Qcloud9

    Let me just say that I’m glad Kris won’t be singing this on the tour this summer!

  • praepos

    Have you listened to his performances or studio recordings?

    No, I haven’t. I wasn’t much of a fan of anyone this year so I haven’t listened to studio renditions. I was going by his live performances on AI and now this–and I must admit I’m not overly impressed. That’s not to say he can’t move people by his singing–but this would have more to do with phrasing and interpretation than with his vocals per se. It’s often said this or that singer can sing the phone book. That’s never going to be true of Kris. With him it’ll be more about the material he’s given to sing and how he interprets it.

  • ShariG

    Kris has an excellent range. He sang the Star Spangled Banner beautifully and it is one of the harder songs to sing because of its range. As I listen to the radio, there are very few if any singers out there today on the current top 50 charts that have a bigger or better range that Kris. He fits right in with most everyone else on the charts. I think because Adam had a crazy range that was on constant display on American Idol, much different than almost anyone else, that people think Kris’s range is lacking. It isn’t. I also think that some people believe that unless you have that crazy range you can’t sing. Certainly not so. For me the range is less important than the quality of the voice and the connection with the song and Kris has a beautiful quality to his voice and a magical connection to the song. He beat out literally thousands and thousands of singers to get to American Idol and then won the nation’s vote to win the whole thing. Everyone has differences in what they are looking for in music, but for me, Kris is extraordinary and I felt his a capella version of the SSB was also extraordinary.

  • 9crimes

    Addressing a pet peeve for a second:

    Kris has a respectably expansive range — two octaves, or thereabout — and his lower baritone range is much more distinguished and distinctive than his upper register. This does not make him a bad or ‘average’ singer. Glory notes are impressive, hell yes, but having the vocal ability to hit those notes isn’t the only way to be a good singer.

    That being said — I think the best thing about this performance was how steady he sounded. You’d think it was an assembly in his high-school auditorium and not an NBA finals game!

  • steve

    You know dude for me for you for me dude for you it was good dude.Dude you could of messed up dude you know dude they never hit you dude with anything with all them tall dudes dude.

  • Anya

    “Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s often said this or that singer can sing the phone book. ”

    Even though this is a trite expression, I think Kris can sing a phone book cause he kinda did on Idol. If one can make “She works hard for the money” interesting, “Come Together” funky and hip and “Hartless” really emotional that’s being able to sing a phone book.

  • LK09

    Kinda disappointed with Kris’s SSB. His sound was small and closed, and he had pitch problems in several spots. It was a very guarded performance–not expressive or letting it all out. I am sure he was nervous. It is very scary to sing acapella, especially when you know everyone is watching you with such a critical eye. But, as someone upthread said, it wasn’t a disaster, so most people won’t remember it.

  • wand3rful

    couple of things i loved

    1) how he chuckled at the boos (shrugged his shoulders, like “whatever”)

    2) that glory note….boy oh boy. i was in the car on my way to watch the game and he sounded “great” on the radio.

    3) he was so calm and self-assured. i expected him to do well, but man, he was pretty amazing

    thats all :)

    btw, us LA fans are fickle, we boo at anything we deem “uncool” , especially things like a kid from a “lame” reality show ……doubt any of the boos had anything to do with kris. the burst of applause towards the end proved he did a great job.

  • Suzanne

    That said, it was the kind of rendition almost anyone who likes to sing would be capable of.

    Just liking to sing does not an anthem singer make.

    I’m a singer–it’s not that easy. The highest note in the song is the glory note, and it’s on a “eee” sound, which is probably the easiest sound to crack on. And to really sell the song, the singer really needs hit the glory note in a chest voice. So the chest voice–not including any head voice–must be 1.5 octaves at least. Here, Kris wisely starts the song as low as he can sing, so the top note is an F–two notes lower than he’s sung in a chest voice on AI (A–actually, maybe he went higher, but he definitely sang an A). Kris is lucky that he has a range large enough to allow him to sing the big high notes with a few notes to spare in his chest voice–thus, protecting the performance from a crack. Frankly, a lot of singers just go into the head voice and make it easier on themselves rather than sell the performance. (Women especially do that.)

    Kris did really well here.

    Re: the booing–I bet a lot of people in LA voted their fingers off for Adam.

  • ross

    praepos à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“That said, Kris needs to think about what his singing niche is going to be. His vocals are too ordinary to carry off these big noted songs.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Guess his niche won’t be “national anthem singer” then! In case he was planning on going in that direction.

    I don’t know about it being a “big, noted song.” I thought it was our national anthem, we’re all supposed to sing it.

    Like I said earlier, all kinds of singers perform the anthem. It’s considered an honor and most try to do it justice in their own style. In my opinion Kris did just that.

  • praepos

    Kris would be the first, I’d bet, to admit he hasn’t got a truly first-rate voice. What he’s got is a first-rate aesthetic temperament–and that will take him further than he ever thought possible.

  • carolinacharms

    Ditto for me on everything Praepos has posted here. Except maybe for the last part since I don’t know what “aesthetic temperament” means, exactly. LOL. Anyway, Kris should go country. Now.

  • colette

    I think Adam’s got a rare instrument, perfected by years of hard work — haven’t heard him mention voice instructors, but I cannot imagine he hasn’t studied.

    Kris could get some coaching also, to make the most of his voice and not fall into bad vpcal habits that would put undue strain on his instrument. I really worried a lot about David Cook’s voice — he pushes and pushes, right to the edge, and I hope he’s taking care of it. Many singers who push high develop nodes on their vocal chords, and have to undergo surgery or stretches of not singing in order to heal. I hope Kris and Cookie can avoid all that, because they both have really attractive, distinctive voices.

    For good or ill, it seems to me that the SSB is a rite of passage, not just for Idols but other good singers who couldn’t pass this “test” if their lives depended on it.

    So Kris: in the last year you get married to your sweetie, you ace American Idol despite all the odds and discouragement, you sing a fine rendition of SSB you never have to apologize for. Hey, bud, you’re on a roll….

  • SharB

    edit: this thead isn’t just for fans. folks can criticize kris here without the fan police shutting them down. respect your fellow posters’ opinions

    I think he did a fantastic job; didn’t sound pitchy or nervous; clear and with plenty of emotions. It’s apparent that the critics didn’t listen with an unclosed mind.

    Thanks MJ and Rickey for posting this. I missed the broadcast but knew I would find it here. :biggrin_wp:

  • girlygirl

    Kris doesn’t want to be a country singer. Why do people keep saying he should do something he clearly has no interest in? He is a pop-rock singer-songwriter…not a country artist. Just because he doesn’t belt out songs doesn’t mean he should go country…

  • gemzone

    I liked it… It was sweet.

  • ross

    Kris doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to be a country singer. Why do people keep saying he should do something he clearly has no interest in? He is a pop-rock singer-songwriterà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦not a country artist. Just because he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t belt out songs doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mean he should go countryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I’m as baffled as you are.

  • praepos

    This does not make him a bad or à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹averageà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ singer. Glory notes are impressive, hell yes, but having the vocal ability to hit those notes isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t the only way to be a good singer.

    Just for the record, I referred to Kris’ vocals only. But there are many contemporary artists who lack first rate vocals. Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash come to mind–both, like Kris, skilled at interpretation.

    As for Kris’ version of the National Anthem–I stand by my take on it.

  • cookcricket

    I’d listen to Kris sing the phone book. :) I love the sound of his voice that much! This doesn’t include his phrasing and interpretation which is unbelievable! And if aesthetic temperament helps him along the way, that’s great! (I’m guessing here, but I’m thinking you mean he has a pleasant personality? or does it mean the way he brings across a song – I’d agree with either.)

    The SBB was lovely! He did it Kris style. I wouldn’t ask for anything different or more.

    I know this is OT, but I just wonder what the country music industry would think of someone trying to break into it simply because the person/management thinks it would sell.

    “Hey guys, hi I want to sell records so I need to borrow your genre. No, it’s not really me, but you know… thanks.”

  • praepos

    Why do people keep saying he should do something he clearly has no interest in?

    That Kris has no interest in going in that direction is beside the point. It may still be the wisest path to take, given his talent.

  • colette

    faking passion for a genre he dislikes? not sure that’s in anyone’s best interest.

    however, maybe he could make a living singing national anthems around the world. I’m thinking, “O Canada,” “God Save the Queen,” “The Marsailles”….

  • girlygirl

    Aside from his duet with Keith Urban and the song he did on Grand Ole Opry Night, nothing Kris did during AI had any country feel to me. But I’m biased…I don’t like much country music at all. And Kris has said several times he isn’t a country artist.

    Meanwhile, this was on krisallennation.com…

    Arkansas native David Hodges, formerly of Evanescence, wrote with Kris Allen yesterday according to his twitter. Hodges has worked with other Idol contestants such as Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, David Archuleta, and Blake Lewis.

    Somehow I doubt they were writing a country song…

  • 9crimes

    I wasn’t targeting your comments in particular, praepos, but the perception I’ve seen expressed that ‘good range’ = ‘ability to hit insanely high glory notes’, from which some then draw the conclusion that Kris isn’t a good singer because those insanely high glory notes are not his forte. I will respectfully disagree with you on what ‘first rate vocals’ mean — tonality, in my opinion, is an intrinsic part in determining the quality of any singer’s vocals — but I should also just say that I am a mezzo-soprano who is inured to the ‘can’t reach high enough’ light-bulb jokes. :)

    What does ‘sound country’ even mean? Sorry if this is OT, but I’ve seen this expressed a few times, and I’m curious about what part of Kris’ voice sounds ‘[90%] country’ because I’m unfamiliar with the genre.

  • kokko

    I have to say this is a very average performance, certainly not a disaster, but not impressive. He lowered the key so much (to allow him to hit the high notes in the latter half of the song) that some of the words in the lower register is bearly audible. Kris said he wanted to get through the song without making a mistake, and that was basically what he did.

  • praepos

    And if aesthetic temperament helps him along the way, thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s great! (Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m guessing here, but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m thinking you mean he has a pleasant personality? or does it mean the way he brings across a song – Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d agree with either.)

    Both. He is sensitive to the emotional potential in a song, especially toward the lyrics. Singing for him is never about showing off his voice.

  • CaliforniaGirl

    I was looking for a bit more pizzazz!!!

    I like Kris, but am just not a fan of his singing…sorry…I just didn’t hear anything special there, and he strains on his upper range.

  • praepos

    faking passion for a genre he dislikes? not sure thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in anyoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s best interest.

    When did he ever say he dislikes country? He seems pretty neutral about it–and did well with Keith Urban during the finale.

  • ross

    Singing for him is never about showing off his voice.

    That’s what some of us like about him. There are things Kris does with his voice, though, unexpected notes and little changes, that remind me of the best jazz singers and players.

  • girlygirl

    Evidently rehearsals for the tour start tomorrow. Is it me, or is almost a month of rehearsing before they head out on tour seem like a bit of overkill?

    Adam said in an interview at the YHA tonight that he is going to have a 5-song set on tour. I wonder if he and Kris will have the same number of songs?

  • Susan M.

    I’m an Adam fan, but I ADORE Kris. I am also a Laker fan and was glued to my set. I thought he did GREAT! I didn’t even hear the boos. My sister (not an AI watcher) did. Can’t imagine what that was about. He did start very low and did it straight a cappella (God, my worst nightmare …) but he built it and got stronger as he went. In all, I think he nailed it. I was more nervous for him tonight then on Final two night at Nokia.

  • cookcricket

    Both. He is sensitive to the emotional potential in a song, especially toward the lyrics. Singing for him is never about showing off his voice.

    ITA! He’s not about showing off his voice for sure. But oh, it’s such a beautiful voice in the process, imho.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    When did he ever say he dislikes country? He seems pretty neutral about ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’and did well with Keith Urban during the finale.

    Kris is not interested in being a country artist. He has stated this very explicitly in interviews. Country fans like their singers authentic–somebody showing up just to cash in on the genre does not sit well with them. They can smell a phony a mile away.

  • praepos

    I wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t targeting your comments in particular, praepos, but the perception Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen expressed that à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹good rangeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ = à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹ability to hit insanely high glory notesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢, from which some then draw the conclusion that Kris isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t a good singer because those insanely high glory notes are not his forte. I will respectfully disagree with you on what à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹first rate vocalsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ mean

    Good vocals would include excellent range and pitch–not just a good tone.

  • 9crimes

    Again: Kris’ two octaves is not anything to scoff at, and he has astoundingly good pitch. I understand if you are subjectively not a fan, but I’m not sure that the case you make for his vocals being — insert middling adjective of choice here, I suppose — would objectively stand up.

  • ross

    Good vocals would include excellent range and pitchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’not just a good tone.

    praepos, can you give a few examples of singers who would fit your description? (And also maybe a few who would not?) Thanks.

  • colette

    I think Kris did great with Keith, I have played that duet over and over. But Keith is in my book a guy who really blends genres despite his “country” label. He’s a wonderful rock guitar player, for one thing.

  • praepos

    Country fans like their singers authenticà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’somebody showing up just to cash in on the genre does not sit well with them. They can smell a phony a mile away.

    Except that it’s immediately apparent that Kris is anything but a phony. If he went for country it would only be because he’s been sincerely convinced that’s where he ought to go as an artist.

    That still doesn’t mean the estimate that he’d do well singing country is mistaken. It just means Kris wouldn’t agree. But he wouldn’t be the first singer to fail to recognize his own hidden potential.

  • sunsurger

    Kris did just fine with the NA! Noone should have wanted a nice young man to be embarrassed in front of thousands of people!

    “Tonight things were just as they should be”(Julia Roberts in my Best Friends Wedding):
    Kris Allen singing the NA at a Basketball Game and Adam Lambert accepting a Young Hollywood Award as “Artist of The Year”!

  • taks

    This is probably my favorite posting, save for Kris’ Idolatry, since AI ended. My favorite team in my favorite sport meeting up with my favorite Idol (and then my favorite team going on to win) is just heaven.

    Kris was unsurprisingly confident. His demeanor is such that I never fear he will break under the pressure (hell, he did “Come Together” immediately after getting panned on his duet and didn’t seem to be broken). That held note was actually more than I thought he was capable of, so I guess I’ve been underestimating him a tad. I’m just sooooo happy right now, this Kris fix was everything I needed.

    ETA:
    Oh yeah, us LA-folk are jackasses. Ignore the booing, it’s commonplace.

  • Layla

    Kris did a nice job. And he is a hobbit…pocket idol!

    I agree with the posters who have that there is a natural country/pop vibe to his tone. It is a pity that he doesn’t go the way of Keith Urban…I think he has the potential to be big in this genre.

  • AC

    I think it’s obvious what route Kris is going because of what he showcased on the show- I mean he did win because of those pop/rock performances. i think he’ll be pretty successful doing this type of music. And yes, it would be phony to go the country route when that’s not where his heart lies. His To Make Me Feel Your Love was not country sounding at all and he did a great job in Kiss a Girl but he would also lose a lot of fans if he did go the country route when I (as a fan) voted for him based on his pop/rock stylings.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Except that ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s immediately apparent that Kris is anything but a phony. If he went for country it would only be because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been sincerely convinced thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s where he ought to go as an artist.

    Kris’s instincts so far have been spot on. He knows who he is as an artist–he would not be a good country singer, because his heart isn’t in it.

  • http://www.eliza.freetxp.com aeyelle

    I loved Kris’s rendition of SSB–it gave me the tingles. Plus, his phrasing was just AWESOME. He has a way of connecting with the lyrics–and that’s one thing I love about him.

    Glad to know that the boos he received in the beginning turned to wild cheers at the end.

    Go Kris! :D

  • ross

    Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s instincts so far have been spot on. He knows who he is as an artistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’he would not be a good country singer, because his heart isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t in it.

    Right. And for other reasons, as well, like his singing style, which isn’t country, to my ears. It’s much more soul-oriented. There was a guy on the show, Brent Keith, who’s a country singer. When you hear a country singer, it’s obvious. They’re immersed in that type of music and their influences are artists from that genre.

  • washpd

    I’ve been lurking here all season, but am finally posting.

    I absolutely loved Kris’s SSB. I was amazed by his confidence considering the size and makeup of the audience. And singing the song a capella, for the first time publicly, it was really impressive.

    I agree with those who don’t think Kris should go country at all. Kris has repeatedly said that he does not want to do that. And one of the things that makes Kris great is his passion for the music that he is performing. If he is forced into a genre that he does not have that passion for, then he won’t be successful, no matter how “natural” his voice may sound for that genre.

    I also appreciate those who have defended the quality of his vocals. For me, quality vocals consist of good pitch, tone, range, and phrasing. I think Kris has all of these, with particularly good pitch, tone, and phrasing. His range is very good, although certainly not as extraordinary as Adam. But, to say that you have to have the range of Adam to have good range is ridiculous. From what I’ve seen, Kris has around a 1 1/2 to 2 octave range and that is just fine. When you combine that with the beautiful tone and pitch, it makes his voice, for me (for you), so pleasing to listen to.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Except that ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s immediately apparent that Kris is anything but a phony. If he went for country it would only be because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been sincerely convinced thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s where he ought to go as an artist.

    Krisà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s instincts so far have been spot on. He knows who he is as an artistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’he would not be a good country singer, because his heart isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t in it.

    I think some people equate Kris’ southerner, folksy, boy-next-door, acoustic guitar-playing charm with automatically being a country singer.

    Exsqueeze me, but didn’t this guy just win American Idol on the strength of his R&B/soul-inspired versions of “Heartless” (KanYe/hip hop) and “She Works Hard For The Money” (Donna Summer/dance-pop), as well as a fresh take on the Bill Withers R&B classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”? And folks want to push him into country, a genre he didn’t even touch till the finale duet with Keith Urban (not counting the Top 11 group lipsynch of “T-R-O-U-B-LE”)?

    Even during Grand Ole Opry week, while critics were taking Adam to task for “disrespecting” country music by singing a radically altered version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire”, Kris quietly took advantage of a loophole to choose a Bob Dylan song, “To Make You Feel My Love”, which just happened to have been covered by Garth Brooks.

    Amongst the musical influences that he cites are Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Paul McCartney, Jamie Cullum, Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz. Not a country singer in the bunch.

  • AC

    here’s the youtube version of Kris’ version. it might be only my computer or something but I can hear this one better.

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

    Also, kinda OT but does anyone know what Kris sang in the singoff and against who? It’s just kinda cool that he goes from a few seconds of screentime, a singoff, being the underdog the whole time, and now to performing the National Anthem at a big event. makes me smile

  • houstonrufus

    Great job. Really enjoyed it. Simple and unadorned. Heartfelt. Exactly what I would expect of Kris.

  • SarahP

    wow! i always fall asleep during the US anthem (sorry i’m not american) but kris did a really good job. almost made me feel patriotic, especially at the end “home of the brave” :clap_tb:

  • http://www.eliza.freetxp.com aeyelle

    Oh, if anyone’s interested in the MP3 of his performance, you can download it here. Managed to rip it for my enjoyment, and thought about sharing it with you guys.

    It’s been playing on repeat on my iTunes. I can’t help it. LOL

  • taks

    Also, kinda OT but does anyone know what Kris sang in the singoff and against who?

    I don’t want to derail this thread too hard, but I do know that his singoff was against Kenny Hoffpauer. Quick shots of him were shown sitting next to Kenny in the beginning of the Green Mile episode. We don’t know what song he chose to sing (but I have been DYING to know myself, I wish Slezak would’ve asked).

    Singoff

    Back to the thread, I’m so happy that the LA crowd did warm up to him at the end. The cheering for him before he even ended was really telling. I’m sure Kris loved it too, he does seem to really appreciate and respond to audience feedback.

    ETA:
    Credit for the picture goes to IDF poster watch4talent.

    And thanks a ton for the mp3!

  • Ptnyc34

    Well, that was kinda what I expected from Kris. I figured he would start as low as possible and sacrifice the lower notes early in the song so that the end wouldn’t be too high for him to sing. The high note sounded slightly off. I think because of his pronunciation of the word “free” and he held the note a little too long as well so it started to sound flat at the tail end. Over all It wasn’t bad, but it’s definitely not a voice I would ever pay to hear. It’s just too average for me. Nice guy though.

  • http://www.eliza.freetxp.com aeyelle

    And thanks a ton for the mp3!

    You’re always welcome! I’m all for spreading the Kris love through music :)

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    aeyelle, just thought I’d point out a slight numerical error on your blog. You state that Kris “stands a good 1.53m (5à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ²8à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ³)”.

    5à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ²8à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ³ actually equals 1.73m.

    1.53m is just over 5 feet.

  • Nativenewyorker

    Respectfully, I think this song is too big for Kris. He got through it without any major mistakes and that’s a good thing for him, but it didn’t move me or hit me emotionally, the way that other great renditions of the SSB have in the past. He did lose the lower notes and that was probably due to singing in a lower key, so he could hit the higher notes. This is a notoriously difficult song to sing for anyone. I also think that you need more than just a nice timbre to your voice to be a truly good vocalist. On another site, a vocal teacher indicated that Kris most likely has relative pitch, rather than perfect pitch, which is fine.

    I really believe that if Kris can improve his vocal technical skills, it would benefit him tremendously. I admire him for not trying to be something he isn’t. He wasn’t my personal favorite, but I give him credit for being smart and savvy in his song choices, intelligently rearranging songs, his knowledge of musical instrumentation and connecting with his music.

  • Thea

    Just as the boos were not directed necessarily to Kris as people have mentioned above, I think the cheers at the end were mostly to the NA, not to him specifically. Which still means he did not mess up, which is great.
    But I have never heard people NOT applaude at the end of the anthem!

    On a slightly separate note, I always find quite fascinating that the US is the only country (that I know of) where the NA is always sung (as opposed to played with music only, with the crowd singing along).
    I have to say I like it. It makes it more heartfelt. Although it obviously opens the door to possible trainwrecks… Generally speaking, I find it a bit disrespectful when singers put too many runs or change the melody. It would annoy me if someone did that to my anthem- which is pretty bad, everyone admits, but still is the NA…

  • taks

    Actually, there are times when the National Anthem is purely instrumental. At these bigger events I am having a hard time recalling an instrumental version, but I’ve been to plenty of college basketball games where the collegiate band takes over.

    I’m still laughing at those pictures of Kris next to Dwight Howard… could there be a more ridiculous comparison? Dwight is superhuman. A ton of those NBA players look like dwarfs next to him. Pocket Idol never stood a chance!

    ETA:
    I wanted to add how interesting I find the personal connection different people feel with different artists. I know for me, Kris almost always manages to hit me emotionally with the lyrics, even when popular opinion states otherwise (such as with the SSB here or his performance of “What’s Going On”). Alicia Keys is the only other artist who consistently hits me emotionally with her performances (admittedly, I don’t watch a whole ton of live performances). My bias knows no bounds! (There are no boundaries!)

  • melvel

    Re Kris doing country: I don’t think he should go that route if he doesn’t want to. Perhaps somewhere down the road, he can do a duet like what Kelly Clarkson did with Reba McEntire.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I have to agree with praepos. I listened to Kris’ rendition of SBB and felt painfully uncomfortable. Sorry Kris.

  • leeaundra

    I watched this tonight just to see Kris perform. The Staples Center is an intimidating forum when it’s packed. Being announced to some “booing” would certainly throw me off (whether it was for me or not). I felt bad for him that happened.

    All in all, I give the guy a lot of credit for holding it together and staying on pitch. It is a very hard song to sing well anyway, and I think he did gave a very competent performance without any unnecessary embellishment. Kris isn’t a belter, so I didn’t expect to be blown away. It’s a big song and he did a good job with it.

  • http://www.eliza.freetxp.com aeyelle

    aeyelle, just thought Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d point out a slight numerical error on your blog. You state that Kris à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“stands a good 1.53m (5à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ²8à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ³)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ .

    5à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ²8à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ³ actually equals 1.73m.

    1.53m is just over 5 feet.

    Sorry, that was a typo. Thanks for pointing that out :)

  • haruhi

    I think Kris did a decent performance, and yes, he sang it from the heart. He looked at ease, and so darn adorable, especially when the camera caught his eyes (love those browns). Too bad I missed it by a few minutes…I was rushing for work this morning when it aired live in our country. But thanks to MJ and Rickey, I was able to view Kris’ performance.

    BTW, those pics with the NBA stars are too cute for words.

  • elw

    He did a decent job of it, I think everyone was holding their breath hoping he’d get through it w/o making any major mistakes…

  • savgal

    The SSB reminded me of his performance of “Man in the Mirror” — started out fine, but a little cautious, as if he was saying to himself, “Don’t blow it — just hit the notes, dude”, then he relaxed and got into it and let his voice do its thing. This is my modest opinion after my fifth viewing. :)
    And if Kris is a hobbit, his wife Katy is the cute hobbit barmaid Samwise married at the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I think almost everyone looks like a hobbit next to Dwight Howard.

  • SarahP

    And if Kris is a hobbit, his wife Katy is the cute hobbit barmaid Samwise married at the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    :thumbup_tb:

  • agathe.hb

    Thea, I think that American NA is one of the most beautiful (I am not American), beside Oh, Canada and Russian anthem (the new one)

    I also like when it’s sung simply, without too many runs, it’s more hearfelt that way.
    Kris was not fantastic, especially in the beginning, but he was far from being a trainwreck – this kind of singing is not up his alley, that’s all…
    I admire his courage though – I would’ve died there, wow!!!

  • amiroamor

    what’s pocket idol?

  • amiroamor

    Btw, good job, Kris. His phrasing’s giving me goosebumps. Heck, I don’t even know what phrasing is :S

  • jerzytrash

    Over all It wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t bad, but ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s definitely not a voice I would ever pay to hear. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just too average for me. Nice guy though.

    This pretty much sums it up for me. And I know this is going to come off snarky but I’m wondering if this was technically an acapella performance. I thought I saw the wire feed in his ear and down his back. Isn’t that the way that works? Where the performer can hear the music even if no one else can? Or is that just to prevent a delay in the sound from the amplifiers?

  • Kradamfan

    Kris responsibly does the best he can with the skills and musical knowledge he has to complete the tasks he is required to do as the AI winner. We should give Kris credit for his work and also for his business smarts – he has done a great job at managing expectations.

    Kris seems like the kind of guy who will continue to work to improve those skills and hopefully he will be rewarded by being supported in making the music he cares about most. There is a win-win we can all root for.

  • praepos

    Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what some of us like about him. There are things Kris does with his voice, though, unexpected notes and little changes, that remind me of the best jazz singers and players.

    An unexpected variation is refreshing–it’s the essence of a lot of jazz. But when new songs are released, that ability is not in play. This could be a problem for Kris since his vocals are not that distinctive.

  • storm45701
  • Sunn

    To all Kris fans, your confirmation is here:

    Kris Allen officially signed to 19/Jive! http://bit.ly/JAvnT
    30 minutes ago from web

    EWMichaelSlezak
    Michael Slezak

    Congratulations all.

  • Kirsten

    Kris has signed officially to JIVE Records:

    Yay! Finally the news. Some nice words from Barry (Clive’s replacement).

    And I know this is going to come off snarky but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m wondering if this was technically an acapella performance. I thought I saw the wire feed in his ear and down his back. Isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t that the way that works? Where the performer can hear the music even if no one else can? Or is that just to prevent a delay in the sound from the amplifiers?

    That’s an ear monitor so that he can hear himself sing. Due to the sound system/acoustics in large sports venues like that, it’s very hard to hear oneself sing and people often go off-key. Every Idol I’ve seen sing the NA for the NBA or other major sporting eventing have worn those ear monitors.

    Sometimes, they will play a tuning note in the monitor to get them started (remember Kat commented about how her ear monitor malfunctioned during her finale version of SOTR, but she recovered anyway? They were supposed to be feeding her the note so that she and the band would be in the same key when they came in). We don’t know if they did it for Kris, but it would be smart if they did (nerves and all).

    Acapella just means to sing without instrumental accompaniment. It’s admired because you cannot hide flaws in your voice/pitch behind the instruments (if you know what you are doing). Kris sang the NA acapella.

  • jerzytrash

    Kirsten Thank you for that great explanation!!! I really adore Kris as a person and as an instrumentalist; I think his keyboard/guitar w/his singing is very charming. I think he is very talented but I keep waiting to be moved by his vocals and it just hasn’t happened for me. Hopefully with a great production team, his CD will have that wow factor. It’s not that I dont get his kind of modern acoustic vibe…I was listening to David Gray 9 years ago. But I really need for Kris to distinguish himself vocally from others who are doing what he is, yk?

  • haruhi

    I forgot to give props to Kris for singing SSB a capella. I loved just how he looked so into the song that I believed every line he sang. With Kris, it’s always the interpretation, and phrasing, of course, that leaves me wanting more.

    I read the news of Jive signing up Kris courtesy of Michael Slezak. I’m not an American and I’m clueless with labels and all. So I have to ask if signing with Jive is a good thing for Kris or not. Anyway, I’m looking forward to his album, which I’d eagerly support the moment it hits the stores in our country (which is a feat in itself considering that I only own albums of Charlotte Church before the transformation, Josh Groban, a few Japanese anime and pop music, and compilations of classical music).

  • oceana

    There are people who boo as soon as American Idol is mentioned, it doesn’t matter who the singer is. It’s rude because it sounds like they’re booing the person. Yes Idol is a manipulative, cheesy, contrived and maddening show. But the talent that comes through is real. I would never boo in a situation like that because the wrong person would bear the brunt of it. Hopefully the singers know in advance and expect it.

  • nehope

    Sorry, was not impressed.

  • elisa3da

    For people who not impressed by Kris performance. Here’s what People said about his SSB:

    Allen looked relaxed an hour before singing the national anthem, which he executed to perfection, drawing a huge ovation from the Staples Center crowd, which included Rihanna, Diddy, Simon Baker and Leonardo DiCaprio.
    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20283765,00.html

  • Sunshinegirl

    He did a nice job indeed! He sounded very country there. I LOVE Kris and he’s my favorite Idol winner to date, but I will always love Archie’s version of the SSB the most :)

  • 2dogs

    I thought it was a heartfelt rendition, sung intelligently by Kris to maximize his voice and range. He doesn’t have a spectacular, crazy upper range, so it was never going to be about having a jaw dropping performance. But he did himself proud.

    Also agree with others that I was impressed by his calm and cool. I’ve heard that from other singers (other than some of those that post here) that this is a very difficult, nerve-wracking song to sing. Good job!

  • wand3rful

    i find it intersting that those who arent kris fans tend to push him towards the country route . while most of us fans hear a bit of soul/jazz in his voice, others hear country. (i do think his subtle arkansan twang creeps into certain notes). hey, to each his own but kris does not = country. he has been very vocal about it and once again, TPTB, kinda screwed him over w. that keith urban duet. why give the impression this is what kris wants to do post idol world? it probably would have been more fitting for him to rap w. jamie foxx, than sing with urban ;) (im kidding…..slightly)