Justin Williams, Kris Allen and Matt Giruad Were “White Chocolate” Plus Good Day LA

While we wait for tonight’s Atlanta auditions…how about a little White Chocolate?

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On last night’s Boston audition episode, the judges behaved as if they were meeting Idol hopeful, Justin Williams for the first time, when in fact, he made it to Hollywood Season 8.

Here he is with Kris Allen and Matt Giraud singing “I Want You Back” during the Season 9 Hollywood group rounds. Enjoy!

BONUS: Kris Allen on today’s Good Day LA

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White Chocolate

Good Day LA

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45 Comments

  1. Watching this again, I just wondered how much Kris had to do with arranging this performance since he’s really good at that kind of thing. Probably will never know though.

  2. Since we are talking about Justin.. may as well post this here. lol This was floating around my twitterverse today.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBUqB3Mzirg

    Justin covered Archie’s ‘Crush’ its a bit of an alternative take on it.
    He also tooka few pics with him while it looks like David was recording during the Idol tour.

  3. i knew that was him!! last night i said to my dad when he was on “hey that guy was in kris’s hollywood week group!” and he was like “nahh they would’ve said something about it.” hahahaha i knew it! but anyways, he was really good, i think i’m gonna like this season. :)

  4. Since Matt and Kris were roommates during Hollywood Week, and both major Jackson Five fans, I can imagine that the two of them dreamed this arrangement up together, although clearly the rap part is all Asia

    My total guess is that Kris and Matt worked this out together. I think Asia wanted to do/ or suggested rap and they thought, hey let’s combine something!!

  5. I think that Kris was a driving factor in this arrangement. Matt has arranging chops as well but I remember reading in the comments here during the season, people were wondering where Matt’s arranging skills had disappeared to because this was so awesome. It made me think this was not just one person and Matt did a better job arranging before the ridiculous pressure of the show got to him.

  6. I didn’t watch the season last year. Loved the White Chocolate video. Kris is such a cutie!

  7. I still love ‘White Chocolate’. That really was the bright spot in a sea of awfulness during Hollywood week last year. Can you imagine what it would have been had Matt made it to top 4 and did a duet with Kris?

    Nice interview with Kris on Good Day LA.

  8. Maybe they did forget him. He’s not very good.

    I doubt it. The judges have an info sheet on each contestant, I’m sure that would have to be on there. Not to mention that White Chocolate was epic last year. I never get tired of watching that clip.

  9. Everybody, let’s trend Kris!

    If any Adam fans wanna help, we can help when Adam goes gold:

    #krisallenLLWDgold

  10. Sorry Diane – I’m not on Twitter so I can’t help- good idea though!!

    ” I doubt it. The judges have an info sheet on
    each contestant, I’m sure that would have to
    be on there.”

    Also – before Justin performed there was a lead in from the contestant before about coming back again tp audition & when introducing Justin , Ryan said as a “segway” that Justin is a contestant who knows all about that !! So I would say that there was definitely a lot edited out from what the judges said – so it was not so obvious. I really think TPTB think the audience really is stupid & wouldn’t notice !!
    Anyway Justin’s getting nice exposure now because of the White Chocolate video!!

  11. judes, you’re also not on facebook, right? :wink:

    I gave up trying to trend him. I’m surprised no other fan bases were on to this. Maybe he does have a small fanbase!! :eek:

  12. Diane

    It was discussed, but many didn’t think it felt right considering the other trending topics were about what is happening it Haiti. The timing is off. When LLWD goes platinum, hopefully we can tren that

  13. Interesting because pants on the ground and AI were 3 of the trending topics. Thanks.

    The album is at 55!!

  14. aww white chocolate. that was really cool!

    Good interview despite some weird comments from the male interviewer. the girls were better. Like his hair, we don’t often see this on him. I guess the stylist was feeling creative ..lol

  15. TwigLA
    01/13/2010 at 8:51 pm
    I still love ‘White Chocolate’. That really was the bright spot in a sea of awfulness during Hollywood week last year. Can you imagine what it would have been had Matt made it to top 4 and did a duet with Kris?

    That would have been AWESOME. I keep hoping that if Matt doesn’t get signed (he’s not, is he?) that he would join Kris’ band as piano man/singer. He and Matt always sounded great together. Remember the Ford rap commercial? Matt should’ve lasted at least 1 more week.

  16. Awesome group performance. Justin was the weak link in the group, imo.

  17. LOVE how this clip is the link in so many articles about Justin. They were the best Hollywood group, IMO, and something about Kris stood out to me from the get-go — that cute face and the argyle sweater popped out of the background even when others were in the forefront. And yeah, to me Justin was the weakest. Wonder what happened to the girl? Loved her, too.

  18. “judes, you’re also not on facebook, right? ”

    No I am not Dianne. Don’t want to invade my kids space on there & I would also waste too much time as well!!

  19. anovich
    01/13/2010 at 8:08 pm
    I think that Kris was a driving factor in this arrangement. Matt has arranging chops as well but I remember reading in the comments here during the season, people were wondering where Matt’s arranging skills had disappeared to because this was so awesome. It made me think this was not just one person and Matt did a better job arranging before the ridiculous pressure of the show got to him.

    I beg to differ- Matt kept on rearranging songs throughout the competition (“Part time lover” and “Stayin’ alive” anyone?)

    He’s one talented dude, and I hope he gets signed fast!

  20. although clearly the rap part is all Asia

    Her name is INDIA Morrison. She’s a country, not a continent. :)

    As far as Matt joining Kris band, I think that would be a huge mistake. He needs his own career. I would love if he opened for or was on a double bill with Kris, though.

  21. It’s easy to see why he got left behind in favor of Kris and Matt. He’s nowhere near in their league. Yawn.

  22. I always thought they should have reunited White Chocolate for in the finale. They would have been more entertaining than Tatiana or Norman Gentle, and a lot classier.

  23. babybeele32, I’m with you there. Well, except for Norman Gentle. I absolutely loved him and he was great on the finale. Tatiana & bikini girl? … they make my blood boil

  24. “Her name is INDIA Morrison. She’s a country, not a continent.”

    OK, now that’s the way to get my day started, with a good laugh!! Thanks, TwigLA! :-)

    Loved White Chocolate! Funny how Kris’ pants went from baggy in this to tight during the competition, though…just sayin’ (definitely not complainin’)!

  25. I wonder how long this number actually was? I’m sure India must have actually sung in part of it (more than “ooh yeah”).

    Over the past year I’ve watched this clip from time to time and I always thought Justin was good but his voice was kind of thin and reedy, not really my style, and I thought the same about his re-audition. I never looked at the clip and said, “OMG this guy is great, he was robbed!” but I also thought he was pretty good.

    I’m a Kris fan, of course, but even back then (when I was just starting to like him) I was very impressed with how his voice sounded and how he used it in this number; also, how he moved. I thought he had some great gifts. Singing r & b, he got down the most out of the four of them, I thought — he just had more innate soul. Also sounded great.

  26. I wonder how long this number actually was? I’m sure India must have actually sung in part of it (more than “ooh yeah”).

    Over the past year I’ve watched this clip from time to time and I always thought Justin was good but his voice was kind of thin and reedy, not really my style, and I thought the same about his re-audition. I never looked at the clip and said, “OMG this guy is great, he was robbed!” but I also thought he was pretty good. I’m a Kris fan, of course, but even back then (when I was just starting to like him) I was very impressed with how his voice sounded and how he used it in this number — and also how he moved. I thought he had some great musical instincts, and ‘got down’ the most out of the four of them.

    If I recall correctly, I’m pretty sure I heard back then that they did cut quite a bit out of this song. I think they did the full song and even India sang a verse, but they didn’t show that.

    And yea, Kris can dance pretty well he just never really did on the show. Nobody talked about it because it didn’t stick out, but I remember watching to see if Kris danced well on the group numbers and I always thought he looked much more smooth than the others.

  27. Justin was definitely the weakest. Being a fan of Kris, I have watched this video many times and I have always thought of Justin as singing through his nose but Ross’ ‘thin and reedy’ is the right description.

    AI didn’t do Justin any favors by not divulging his previous appearance. This is the kind of manipulation that viewers hate.

  28. And yea, Kris can dance pretty well he just never really did on the show. Nobody talked about it because it didn’t stick out, but I remember watching to see if Kris danced well on the group numbers and I always thought he looked much more smooth than the others

    It’s funny to hear these comments now b/c he looked like he could dance (to me anyway) during AI. I watched him during the disco group number, and thought he, Adam and Matt were better than the others. All the recaps and comments afterwards though, were about how “stiff and awkward” he appeared. I always scratched my head over that…glad to see I’m not the only one who had a different opinion. lol.

  29. Funny how Kris’ pants went from baggy in this to tight during the competition, though…just sayin’ (definitely not complainin’)!

    Elliott suddenly wore fitted clothes too. I think smaller guys get the advice from the fashion people there to wear form fitting clothes. It’s good advice too b/c their relative size is hard to see on tv.

    Justin was definitely the weakest.

    Agree. By quite a bit.

    One thing reviewing this snippet brings to mind for me is how the initial auditions and a lot of hollywood week reveal only the person’s voice, but the song interpretation/arrangements/choices/instruments add so much more to the total ability of the performer; we see a little of that in the semis and then finally 90 percent of the picture in the finals (top 12). And it isn’t until the albums come out that we really know what the performer has to offer as a songwriter/arranger/performer. Kris sounds good here, but he’s lucky he got through because it’s the other stuff that we got to see later that really distinguished him from the pack.

    As for Justin–I really think he’s gonna wash out again in Hollywood. There are just so many stronger singers.

    Nice walk down memory lane.

  30. Re: Good Day LA–thx for the bonus, MJ

    I wonder how many people are watching the local Fox affiliate in LA at 9:25 am?

    Does his hair look darker? (Is it just the lighting?)

  31. And yea, Kris can dance pretty well he just never really did on the show. Nobody talked about it because it didn’t stick out, but I remember watching to see if Kris danced well on the group numbers and I always thought he looked much more smooth than the others.

    I think once he and Jorge (both good dancers who were the same height) got featured a bit in a group number. Actually Kris got some attention for his dancing on various forums. I agree he looked more smooth than the others. He just has innate rhythm, and he’s light and graceful — a “natural”.

    All the recaps and comments afterwards though, were about how “stiff and awkward” he appeared. I always scratched my head over that…glad to see I’m not the only one who had a different opinion. lol.

    I used to feel the same way. It was crazy. Kris and Matt were the best, to me, but Kris was smoother. And as I said, Jorge was actually good for what we got to see.

    Dancing ability isn’t really as subjective as singing ability. I mean, if a person has natural athleticism, grace, and rhythm, they dance well. Not everybody may like what they do, but it can’t be called awkward or stiff if it isn’t.

  32. hey guys… i asked matt on twitter during his twitter party if it was him and kris to arrange this performance and he said yes it was!

    RT @S1ngPianoGuitar: @ImMattGiraud did you and Kris arrange the performane for white chocolate in hollywood week? please answer!…yes!

  33. Did anyone else notice that Kris completely botches the lyrics in his verse??

  34. I beg to differ- Matt kept on rearranging songs throughout the competition (”Part time lover” and “Stayin’ alive” anyone?)

    He’s one talented dude, and I hope he gets signed fast!

    Thanks Mr. for finally pointing this out. Don’t forget “So Small” which was also very awesome.

    Another thing….
    I love Kris, but dancing is totally not his forte. I actually don’t get what people are talking about re: him being a good dancer. He was clearly off beat the entire time.

  35. I love Kris, but dancing is totally not his forte. I actually don’t get what people are talking about re: him being a good dancer. He was clearly off beat the entire time.

    I missed that. Maybe I’m off the beat, as well. Was he singing off the beat, too? It wouldn’t be too easy to sing on the beat and dance off the beat at the same time.

  36. How they’re trying to pretend that Justin is new when he was in the group with the American Idol winner.

    Kris has thousands of fans that watch all his presentations every day. It’s hard to forget if you were with the American Idol winner.

  37. Because everyone keeps going back to my comment regarding Matt’s arranging skills – I do think he has arranging skills, but I think the pressure of the competition got to him and he didn’t do it as well as the season went on. I was never trying to say he didn’t have the skills, because I think he definitely did but the whole competition ultimately seemed to get to him pressure-wise and some of his skills became less noticeable.

  38. Did anyone else notice that Kris completely botches the lyrics in his verse??

    That’s an overstatement, the lyrics:


    But someone picked you from the bunch
    one glance was all it took
    Now it’s much too late for me to take a second look

    What he sang:
    (I think he says love instead of look, but I can’t really tell for sure)
    Now it’s too late for me to say…take a second look

  39. “I love Kris, but dancing is totally not his forte. I actually don’t get what people are talking about re: him being a good dancer. He was clearly off beat the entire time.

    I missed that. Maybe I’m off the beat, as well. Was he singing off the beat, too? It wouldn’t be too easy to sing on the beat and dance off the beat at the same time.”

    I think you are right Ross. This song is syncopated & that’s why it seems like its a bit ‘offbeat” – so its not a straight 1 & 2 beat !! Kris is always so into the music that it would be hard for him not to be in time . He looked fine to me – maybe one of the others weren’t doing the syncopated beat & that’s why it looks slightly different!

  40. lifeisgood
    01/14/2010 at 2:53 pm
    Can’t edit my first post…

    This Kris video is so funny and adorable:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo3NtvtQTP0

    Love the “Ding” part with the hand action:) And the dance at the end – cute!

    Was hoping mj will put this up on a seperate thread but may be not. So I bring it over from the headline thread in case you miss it. Enjoy! :)

  41. (I think he says love instead of look, but I can’t really tell for sure)

    I meant to say that I think he is saying “love” where he means to say”glance”…but I honestly can’t tell what word he actually sings.
    (anyway…it wasn’t THAT bad)

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