Kris Allen and Jordin Sparks Sing Anthem Today Before Championship Football Games.

UPDATE: Kris Allen told a New Orleans DJ today that he’s going to Haiti in the next couple of days to help out with the relief effort. Check out the interview, with B 97 FM, here:

Thanks thisistaks

Today’s NFC and AFC Champion football games will both begin with National Anthem performances from Idol winners.

At 3 pm ET, Season 6 Idol,   Jordin Sparks win sing the Anthem in Indianapolis before the Colts vs. NY Jets AFC championship on CBS.

And at 6:30 ET in New Orleans, the latest winner, Kris Allen, will sing the NA before the Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings NFC championship game on FOX.

More Idol appearances today:

  • Catch Kris Allen co-hosting the iTunes Download today on these radio stations.
  • Allison Iraheta co-hosts the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown at 2 pm.
  • Katharine Mcphee is part of an All-star tribute to Lionel Richie, airing on BET tonight at 10/9c. PM
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124 Comments

  1. Good for Jordin – I don’t follow her so was not aware she was singing before the AFC game – I’m sure I’ll see it as I’ll be watching for the JETS!. Also, excited to see Kris sing before the NFC game.

  2. Mtlfan
    01/24/2010 at 11:24 am
    Kris is DJing now at

    I only heard the Kardashian (sp?) sisters… He said Kris was next week… IDK They asked Kim K. if she wanted to dj next week with Kris…. That would be hysterical.. I would need a video of that.

  3. Katharine seems to be all over the place lately.

    She has some amazing agents. She’s getting more high profile opportunities than people who are signed to major labels.

  4. I only heard the Kardashian (sp?) sisters… He said Kris was next week… IDK They asked Kim K. if she wanted to dj next week with Kris…. That would be hysterical.. I would need a video of that.

    They were last weekend, Kris’ was this weekend. The podcast should be up on itunes soon.

  5. They were last weekend, Kris’ was this weekend. The podcast should be up on itunes soon.

    Thanks babybelle32… I’ll watch for it.
    Did you catch the broadcast? How did Kris do??

  6. Good for both Kris and Jordin.

    I think the current AI winner will always sing the NA at the NFC Championship game (unless FOX has the Super Bowl…in that case he/she may sing the NA then). Good publicity for FOX to show off their Idol during their last televised football game, especially at the beginning of the Idol season.

  7. Cool gig for Kris and Jordin, I’m sure both will do great jobs at it.

  8. They were last weekend, Kris’ was this weekend. The podcast should be up on itunes soon.

    I also heard the Kardashian sisters on that station when I clicked on the link. And they said Kris would be next week. Maybe that station is a week behind?

  9. Arghhhh! I was listening to 97.1 zht radio online and ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ came on. YAY!!!

    EXCEPT, the album art they have is Kris Allen Southern Thunder. You know, that other guy who is country. This isn’t the first time this has happened on websites (including Amazon and iTunes). It’s no wonder that Kris’ album doesn’t sell better when someone else’s album is being advertised instead.

  10. Katharine seems to be all over the place lately.

    She has some amazing agents. She’s getting more high profile opportunities than people who are signed to major labels.

    It helps when you have family in the biz … both Daddy and your husband.

  11. I think the current AI winner will always sing the NA at the NFC Championship game (unless FOX has the Super Bowl…in that case he/she may sing the NA then). Good publicity for FOX to show off their Idol during their last televised football game, especially at the beginning of the Idol season.

    Jordin sang the anthem at the Super Bowl 2 years ago when it was on Fox – there was also 2 other tie-ins for her though – the Super Bowl was in Arizona and the NY Giants were playing – which was one of her father’s former teams when he was in the NFL.

  12. Tweet from Kris:

    KrisAllen Feel really privileged to be singin the anthem at the NFC champ game. This place is awesome.

  13. EXCEPT, the album art they have is Kris Allen Southern Thunder. You know, that other guy who is country. This isn’t the first time this has happened on websites (including Amazon and iTunes). It’s no wonder that Kris’ album doesn’t sell better when someone else’s album is being advertised instead.

    I have a similar, yet different, problem. Kris has only been playing on the Ottawa top 40 station for a few weeks, but he is never listed on their play list. How can people who hear him and like him, identify who the artist and song are? I’m so disappointed that Canada has been so slow in adding LLWD, and even when they do, no one kinows! He just can’t win!

  14. Yeah I showed my husband that they had the other Kris album up instead of are Kris’s and he said someone should let the station know.

  15. Kris is on the radio and just said his going to Haiti in the next couple of days. His on the radio station for where his singing tonight.

  16. He said he was going to do the Telethon the other day for Haiti and someone hooked him up for going to Haiti instead so he choose that. His so cute. The lady said he was stuffing his face with food.

  17. Why am I not surprised that Kris is going to Haiti?

    And LOL that he said he has body paint on under his shirt — he must of had a good time in the Quarter last night!

    I hope someone recorded this interview…

  18. Someone said there uploading it to you-tube now. Tweeter name is j_taks.

  19. Awww jordin just did great! Looked and sounded beautiful! Goooooo jets!

  20. The National Anthem always brings a tear to my eyes, but Jordin just did as good a job as anyone I’m ever hear sing it, and YES I saw Whitney do it years ago. Plus Jordin looked absolutely beautiful. The eagle was spectacular as well. And no, I’m not huge fan of Jordin’s, not my type of music at all. LOL I just believe in giving credit where credit is due.

  21. mmb I agree Jordin did a wonderful job…I am going to rewind and listen again. Now I can’t wait to hear Kris…

    Jordin was my Idol favorite back in Season 6, I actually voted for her to win. I widh her career was bigger, but I am happy for her for the accomplishments she does have.

  22. Jordan sounded great!! She looked good and sounded good. Love it when they spread the flag out like that. She’s got a benifit coming up Feb 3 and 4th around Super bowl time.

  23. Tweet from Kris:

    KrisAllen Feel really privileged to be singin the anthem at the NFC champ game. This place is awesome.

    As a proud New Orleanian I couldn’t agree more with Kris. And what a wonderful time for him to be there! The town is rocking right now.

  24. Well that’s super cool of Kris to go to Haiti and help out there.

  25. Why am I not surprised that Kris is going to Haiti?

    That’s awesome that Kris is going to Haiti to help. I wonder how long he’ll be gone.

    MJ — could you please find out for us? He could be there for the rest of the month or up until he needs to be in the Philiippines/Singapore for his concerts.

    And LOL that he said he has body paint on under his shirt — he must of had a good time in the Quarter last night!

    Which means he did his most favorite thing in the world — he didn’t shower! LOL.

    I hope someone recorded this interview…

    Me, too.

  26. He said in the interview that someone help him get invited to go to Haiti. At first he was suppose to do the Haiti Telephony but when he got the invited to go to Haiti he wanted to do that instead.

  27. Tweet from Kris:

    KrisAllen Feel really privileged to be singin the anthem at the NFC champ game. This place is awesome.

    Hoping that Kris brings the Saints [my team!] good luck today! I would love to see them in the SuperBowl!!

    Very cool that Kris is getting to sing SSB and be at this game since he is such a football fan!

    Also, very pleased he is going to Haiti! Don’t forget all the music for Hope for Haiti is for sale on iTunes.

  28. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kris were going to Haiti as part of the upcoming “Idol Gives Back” event. Randy Jackson has mentioned that this year’s IGB will likely be a benefit for Haiti, so Kris going there as part of that would make sense.

  29. LOL at Kris refusing the deejay’s prodding to jump on LSU’s bandwagon

    Weird remix of Party in the USA to make it work for the Saints

  30. Kris Allen …. you are gold!!

    (MJ, there’s something wrong with the Kris Allen interview link. Keep getting the file not found msg.)

  31. Can’t believe that station has the “other” Kris Allen’s album up instead of his- how ignorant!! Please someone let them know about this!! Maybe this guy has more albums bought than he would have otherwise because of this mix up happening elsewhere as well?

    Sounds feasible that Kris going to Haiti will be part of the Idol Gives Back – which is great!

    All the best to Kris singing the anthem soon!!

  32. Thanks MJ :)

    I’m sorry, but…. ( Does Kris Allen sound a lil drunk in da interview!!! : )) If yes…. I like it!!!!!

    ETA: Diane, Right!? Coz He was sluring and everything!! I love it!!!!! BB’s really experiencing the big easy!!! ;) !!

  33. Allright Kris, sweet! Mighty big gig, kicking off the NFC championship game. Can’t wait. Go Saints!

  34. Haha seeker. He was def drunk. It’s most apparent when he’s talking about the national anthem.

    And then when they ask him if they should play his song he just starts rattling off about LSU purple and gold and stuff. Hilarious. I love it

  35. I was thinking that it sounded like last night’s alcohol hadn’t worn off yet! Maybe he’s just really excited about the game, and the food, and the party atmosphere, though!

    It’s great that Kris is able to go to Haiti, and, of course, he would already have had disaster relief training from helping out after the tsunami, so he can get right to work when he gets there.

  36. I don’t drink, so I’m kinda clueless, but wouldn’t any beverage from last night have worn off? And I don’t think he would drink when he knows he’s gonna perform. :eek:

    CathyMK, I agree. He’s not exactly a rookie at this kinda of stuff.

  37. I don’t think so. I don’t think he drinks much at all. He’s a guy who loves football. He has got to be beside himself today to be at this game! My hubby wouldn’t make sense either if he was there! He doesn’t make sense when he’s watching it on TV!

  38. From B97/Jenna Jordan’s twitter:

    Kris Allen was my first on air interview. 2. He’s a sweetheart. 3. He was 100% sober. I can’t wait for the national anthem! Go Kris

  39. Diane
    01/24/2010 at 4:32 pm

    From Jenna Jordan’s twitter:

    Kris Allen was my first on air interview. 2. He’s a sweetheart. 3. He was 100% sober. I can’t wait for the national anthem! Go Kris

    See, he’s just high on football. I knew it!

  40. What would it matter if Kris is a little tipsy…as long as he isn’t driving!

  41. He sounds like he has been at Pat O’Brien’s drinking Hurricanes to me. New Orleans can have that effect on people. I hope he has time to drink some coffee or tea before he sings tonight. LOL! Of course, he sounded adorable to me.

  42. It’s most apparent when he’s talking about the national anthem. + rattling off about LSU purple and gold and stuff.

    LOL! MTE

    “lack of sleep!”

    Quite possible. I don’t think he’s really drunk either…. I don’t he’d want to go infront of, what was it, 75,000 ppl and make an A** of himself. I think he was just excited and high on life & spicey food.
    But I like this almost inappropriately chatty Kris ;)! Adorable!

    ETA: “Kris Allen was my first on air interview. 2. He’s a sweetheart. 3. He was 100% sober. I can’t wait for the national anthem! Go Kris”
    Thanks, Diane :)

  43. What would it matter if Kris is a little tipsy…as long as he isn’t driving!

    He’s about to sing a difficult song, a capella, in front of millions of people. I guess it’s up to the individual whether that’s easier after a drink or 2, or not, but I don’t think it helps the voice.

  44. I am not saying this to offend anyone, but as someone who’s had more than a few cocktails in her life I can tell you with no doubt in my mind…..Kris was a little tipsy in that interview. And it makes me an even bigger fan of his. I want him to enjoy every minute he can have in the spotlight. He’s young and famous and he should be having the time of his life and that’s what it sounds like he’s doing. You can hear the smile on his face.

  45. I’m not sure if Kris was a bit drunk, but he did sound excited and enthusiastic during that interview, much moreso that a lot of other interviews that I’ve heard. I think that he’s thrilled to be at the game.

  46. I am not saying this to offend anyone, but as someone who’s had more than a few cocktails in her life I can tell you with no doubt in my mind…..Kris was a little tipsy in that interview.

    Kris has said on numerous occasions that he’s not much of a drinker. His southern drawl just makes him sound “loopy” sometimes. He’s just OTT excited about being there. IMO

    It might actually be fun if we could get a drunkin’ tweet or two out of Kris once in awhile…….. but that’s never gonna happen.

  47. He is c lose to home, in the South…the accent is thicker. I don’t think he sounds drunk just excited. He is a young guy that loves football. I think he just sound extremely excited :)

  48. Kris has said on numerous occations said he’s not much of a drinker.

    Yes but he is in New Orleans! :-)

  49. Tweet from Lyndsey Parker with link to article about Kris going to Haiti:

    lyndseyparker @KrisAllen isn’t just an American Idol. He’s an American hero! Kudos that he’s going to Haiti to help personally- http://tinyurl.com/ydfhgnc

  50. I’ll say it again… I think he SOUNDS high or drunk but I don’t think he is. He’s excited and enthralled by this oportunity, to sing the National Anthem at such a HUGE arena. Kris is young but not careless or stupid… why would he get drunk so close to performing? Especially if he’s not normally a drinker, his alchohal tolarence would be so low.

    Like so many of u have mentioned “He’s just excited” – IA or maybe he had a glass of wine with his lunch (sounded like they were interviewing him during lunch). Wine can get u tipsy real quick but it wares off pretty quickly too.

    Anyways, aside from the Chatty Kris part, I wanna focus on his trip to HAITI. It’s probably for Idol Gives Back!

    ETA: Thanks for the link, mzbet.

  51. this is a great interview. i love hearing him like this. (and all those other threads on here that said he “was boring” and “needed to work on his interview skills”–bah) i think kris is just letting laissez le bon temps rouler, awesome for him! Nola, yeah!

  52. Hee. I like chatty, rambling Kris. And good for him for going to Haiti. I’m so impressed that he’s doing that.

  53. If there was ever evidence that Kris Allen is a true American idol–and a real American hero–this is it. Kudos to Kris for making American Idol and America proud, and good luck to him in Haiti.

    – Lyndsey Parker

    I love her articles – She seems to really “get” Kris…
    Thanks for the link mzbet!!!

  54. “I love her articles – She seems to really “get” Kris…”
    :) IA… took her a while to get there but better late than never!

    ALSO: Plz imagine I’ve replaced enthralled with exhilarated in my prev comment. coz GAAAAH!! (edit’s not working)

  55. It took Lindsey awhile to get Kris, but she did in the end! That is all that matters.

  56. That was a fun interview and I love hearing and seeing fun Kris. It sounds like he’s really enjoying his time in NO … and the spicy food. My opinion, he wasn’t drunk, just high on the experience and the people having fun around him.

    I also think it’s great that he’ll be helping with the relief effort in Haiti.

  57. Love this “Happy” Kris interview!! Yep- sounds like he was totally soaking up the atmosphere[ I remember being affected similarly at the Sydney Olympics & being really excited & chatty & rambling.]
    Sounds like he is really overjoyed at being there!!

    Also glad that he is taking up this opportunity to go to Haiti. He is no novice in these situations – but this time he has a much higher profile so he can use that to make sure that help is getting to where it needs to go!!

    What a contrast he will have within a few days though- from the high of singing the National Anthem & meeting his sporting heroes to the lows of seeing the devastation that nature can cause!! I am glad he has a strong faith as he will need that to put everything into perspective!!

  58. My heart is beating wildly. I’m so nervous for Kris.
    I’m sending him positive vibes.
    I’ll be back in 15 minutes to read how he did.

    And no, I don’t think he was drunk in the radio interview, just very happy.

  59. awww Kris is so happy today!!
    Bet it has also to do with him going to Haiti. When you do things close to your heart, it makes you very happy.
    Kudos to him for doing it!

    I’m glueing myself to tv now to not miss Kris :)

  60. Kris should be on pretty soon, right!!!??
    OMG… finger nails…. who needs them!!!!

  61. they’ll definitely show it right?

    ETA: Okay, I saw that it’s coming up. Why are my hands slipping of the keyboard?(sweaty/nervous)

  62. I just heard Kris over radio and he was FANTASTIC!! So proud of him!

  63. Kris did awesome!!! My husband didn’t know he was singing and wasn’t in the room when he started and was very impressed from what he heard from the other room. And on a shallower note, he looked amazing!

  64. just watched Kris singing the NA … he was awesome. I think he was better than the last time

  65. not hearing good things about kris’ singing on twitter. ouch.

    not sure where you are seeing this – I’ve seen lots of really positive stuff.

  66. A nyc sportswriter just tweeted “OK. What the hell is the Land of the Fray”. Lol

    Kris did fine-but Jordin was fantastic

  67. Enthralled & Exhilarated RN!!!
    That was F*************King Beautiful!! :’) …Srsly!

  68. Kris sang it beautifully – with power and passion – so happy for him!:)

  69. Ha- they do say Twitter is the devil & don’t believe what you read there!! I’ll take the opinions from those who have actually seen the performance. WTG Kris!!! Hope the videos up soon?

  70. I love the way Kris sings the National Anthem.

    On a shallow note: Dayum, he looked good.

  71. Kris was amazing! What a day for him! I’m happy for him, and as a fan, proud!

  72. A nyc sportswriter just tweeted “OK. What the hell is the Land of the Fray”. Lol

    Kris did fine-but Jordin was fantastic

    So I love that they would pick on his accent of all things…

  73. I love the way Kris sings the National Anthem.
    On a shallow note: Dayum, he looked good.

    Agreed!

  74. Well the crowd seemed to like it . I thought he sounded great :) Shallow note too..Goodness he is pretty

  75. Don’t believe everything you hear on Twitter. Kris did a kick – a$$ SSB! Good for him! He is one cool laid – back dude!

    ETA: I forgot to mention that Kris looked very handsome!

  76. I missed it!!!! I have to catch the vid.

    Hey Mr. NYC sportswriter (where ever you are)- we southerners make fun of your accent too!! LOL!!!

  77. Did anyone else hear the very distinct and audible Boo when he started to sing? Not trying to stir trouble, just wondering if I was the only one.

    BTW twitter is pretty accurate on reactions…his is about a 50/50 mix..he did it just fine, but the Boo and the land of the fray are gonna hurt him, cause that’s what the focus is going to be on, that and the fact he’s pretty, lol.

  78. Most of the comments from twitter were from people who wanted “someone else”* to sing the SSB. Go figure. Hahaha.

    I hope someone posts the video.

    *Harry Connick Jr. of all people!!! LOL.

  79. I thought that Kris sounded very country-ish in singing the SSB.

  80. I remember posters on this board teasing him about “Home of the Fray” the first time he sang the NA, so nothing new about that comment.

    Waiting patiently for mj to get Kris’ SSB video up. You are great, makes it so easy for me to be a fan!

  81. Well, I’m waiting for vids so I can see it myself but I’m not sure he gained new fans from the twitterverse. I will wait and make a judgement myself. They seem to have liked Jordin Sparks.

  82. Did anyone else hear the very distinct and audible Boo when he started to sing? Not trying to stir trouble, just wondering if I was the only one.

    I heard it. But there are some people who always boo at the begining of the anthem (no matter who sings).

    I still am not seeing negatuve reactions to it on twitter though.

  83. Kris sounded and looked amazing. I think that’s the first time that I’ve ever heard the crowd join in during the middle of the song.

  84. I think twitter has some butthurt fans on the choice that who got to sing. It’s a huge audience. Whoever is you personal favorite you want them to sing. Common human emotion. I think he sounded great so I am happy.

    Babybelle…i noticed that too. The crowd seemed to like it. They sang along :)

  85. I’m not sure he gained new fans from the twitterverse.

    Was the point to make new fans? And how does anyone do that just by singing the anthem? I’m not judging the patriotism of the people there, but they didn’t show up because they wanted to listen to the anthem, or because they wanted to see Kris Allen.

  86. I think twitter has some butthurt fans on the choice that who got to sing. It’s a huge audience. Whoever is you personal favorite you want them to sing. Common human emotion. I think he sounded great so I am happy.

    I feel like Jive has some great connections to the NFL for it’s AI alums. Jordin had the super bowl 2 years ago and AFC championship this year, Archie had the pro bowl last year, and Kris had the NFC championship this year.

  87. Yes I heard the boo but wasn’t sure what to make of it. I think I heard it with Kris the first NA he did and also with David Cook. Maybe they don’t like Ameican Idol. Very disrespectful no matter the reason. MJ has posted the video above.

  88. I watched the youtube. I thought he did fine. It sounded like Kris to me.

  89. I think twitter has some butthurt fans on the choice that who got to sing. It’s a huge audience. Whoever is you personal favorite you want them to sing. Common human emotion. I think he sounded great so I am happy.

    Yep, I’m sure that the average person who paid a heck of a lot of money to see NO and the Vikes is going to spend time tweeting about Kris Allen singing the anthem. I’m sure there will be tweets from those claiming to be there, some will trash his performance while others will praise it, but I’d bet money that those people aren’t actually at the stadium. Even with people at home, the average person isn’t too concerned about how he sounded, they care more about the game. That being said, I still think he was good.

  90. Did anyone else hear the very distinct and audible Boo when he started to sing? Not trying to stir trouble, just wondering if I was the only one.

    I heard the boo. Nothing new there.

  91. Yes I heard the ONE boo on second viewing and looks like Kris heard it too but it didn’t phase him one bit… I think he did a beautiful job.

    ETA: LLWD moved up from #22 to #21 on itunes.

  92. I just watched, thought it was great! Please, people boo – happens all the time. I remember the big debate after DC sang it at the NBA finale.

  93. I just watched, thought it was great! Please, people boo – happens all the time. I remember the big debate after DC sang it at the NBA finale.

    I don’t generally pay attention to much to the beginning of games, so I wasn’t sure if that was normal or not, but as I see from a couple posts it always happens, then that’s good and shouldn’t be any sorta issue for the kid. But yeah,I agree he did a fine job with it, consistent as ever. Congrats to all the happy Kris fans :)

  94. People boo the National Anthem all the time no matter who is singing it. I don’t know if that very minor booing was directed at Kris himself.. Even if it was, it was far outweighed by the cheering. As a sports fan myself, I don’t usually care one way or the other who sings the national anthem — I just hope they don’t mangle it.

    Kris did a nice job. Wasn’t perfect, but very good nonetheless.

  95. It seems like Kris’ accent gets stronger when he’s back in the South – LOL

  96. Well, I heard some kind of Ooooo! but if you pointed a gun at me, I couldn’t swear it was a “boo”, lol. It could have been any over excited football fan just hollering to hear himself make noise. I wouldn’t make too much of it, and I certainly don’t think it had anything to do with Kris. I had to listen really hard a couple of times before I could make it out. Folks in the stadium, and at home aren’t going to notice it, if they even heard it in the first place. As for the twitterverse, the peeps who have an account, and are following anyone who might be commenting, are still pretty few. A tempest in a teapot, if you ask me. Idolloonies always make more out of these things than is needed. JMO, YMMV, etc, etc, etc.

  97. Okay, I have to change my mind, I get why people thought Kris was drunk for this interview. Whoa. But that the interviewer was saying that they had to get some shots in him to change his mind about LSU. Which yeah, no.

  98. Quote:
    “Did anyone else hear the very distinct and audible Boo when he started to sing? Not trying to stir trouble, just wondering if I was the only one.”
    Hmm…good question. I’m sure it must have sounded like a “boo” to certain people, but I’d like to think no matter who sings the NA…unless it’s someone like Roseanne Barr who mocked it years ago…that people are more respectful of the song, the flag and their country, and would not boo it.

    I have a feeling that whatever it was was probably something typical, heard at a football game because I’ve heard that sound quite often, no matter who sings the song. Surely these people don’t boo everyone and besides…there would be no reason on earth to boo a singer, especially Kris, at a big game.

    To me, just the crowd singing along with Kris and cheering at the top of their lungs when he sang “freeeaay” as well as the major cheers he received after he completed the song says more than an alleged boo that might have been heard mistakenly.

    It’s kind of like when Bruce Springsteen performs. Everyone yells “Bruce”. It sounds like boo. Same thing when people use to cheer Ruben or Anoop. It always sounds like boo. As a matter of fact, it was even heard at the Kennedy Center Honors this year while they were celebrating Bruce Springsteen’s induction.

    So…I really don’t think it was a boo.

    So unless some people are just ornery for some unknown reason, then I can’t see them booing Kris…or, as I said, any singer for that matter. And besides…Kris’ rendition was awesome.

    I hope that helps a little in answering your concern.

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