Kris Allen Answers Questions About his Trip to Haiti

A tidbit from today’s press conference with Kris Allen:

Inspirational video
Inspirational video

Kris will perform the Beatles’ “Let it Be” on Thursday’s results show. His performance will be available for download on iTunes with proceeds going to Haiti relief.

Viewers will also be encouraged to donate during the broadcast.

Kris Allen and Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations foundation took questions today from reporters about Kris’s recent trip to Haiti.

Kris said he made the trip expecting to encounter heartbreak, but instead found hope amongst the people of Haiti. So many people see a brighter future ahead for themselves and their children.

Right now, funds are urgently needed as Haiti enters the rainy season. The devastated nation has managed to avoid water-born diseases so far, but the rains could make the situation much worse. Short term needs right now are tents for shelter and latrines.

Added addition footage of Kris in Haiti after the JUMP…

Kris says that “It’s insane” how much destruction was caused, and that you can’t imagine it until you see it for yourself. One of the most shocking sights for Kris was seeing the Palace in ruins, “It looked like the Palace of Versailles had been completely demolished, ” he said.

Kris would love to go to go back to Haiti for a longer period of time, and made sure on this trip that he didn’t just walk around and look. He helped clear rubble, hand out food and water, and got people registered to work for cash.

He’s really looking forward to coming back to the Idol results show on Thursday, and is really happy “It’s not about me.”

“That feels really good” he said.

The important thing right now, both Kathy and Kris stressed, was the long-term commitment. The outpouring of money right after the earthquake, was phenomenal. But the longterm building is going to take a lot of resources. And, Kathy stressed, money is what’s needed most to fund the Haitian’s upcoming needs.

Asked about his next single, Kris said a decision on that has yet to be made.

*Call transcript*

“I want to thank Simon Fuller for giving me the opportunity to go out there and hopefully make a difference on what’s going on with Haiti”

Comparing his prior mission trips to his recent trip to Haiti, “They were all different, I’ve been to a lot of different places, but I did do something similar, because I went to Thailand right after the Tsunami, so I got to see a lot of destruction there, but it was kind of the same deal, there was a lot of happiness and hope in people’s eyes, so that was a great thing. I felt like I saw that in Haiti. You know, the destruction was a lot, and the devastation was a lot more in Haiti, because what happened in Haiti…until you go there, you can see all the pictures or whatever…but until you go there and actually see it, it is insane how much destruction was caused, I think it was kinda the same thing…people were hurt by it, everyone was affected by it, but I think you could see, especially the way the UN was helping and just like the smiles on the kids faces…they know that everything is going to be OK–it’s going to take a long time, but everything is going to be hopefully better than it was.”

A lasting memory that he’ll take away from his experience, “Katy was not able to go with me…I think there was a lot of lasting memories, but for me, it’s always the kids, I got to go into this women’s tent…it felt like a really safe place. They were taking care of their babies which were like from newborns to maybe two, or something like that…I got to sing a song for them, and hold a couple of babies…they seemed so happy…it was a really cool experience.” What song did he sing? “Amazing Grace”

What will his new single be? “There’s definitely some talk about what’s going to happen with the new single, but we don’t have anything set in stone.”

What will he be doing on the show Thursday, “I know for sure that I’m going to be singing a song, and it’s going to be an inspirational type of a thing, and hopefully people can really connect to it, and the performance is going to be sold on iTunes. There’s going to be a way you can text in and help the UN raise some funds for Haiti. I might be able to talk, but I don’t remember if that’s going to happen or not, but maybe so.”

What will he sing on Thursday, and how long will the segment be? “I’m actually going to sing “Let it Be” and I think the musical segment is going to be 2 1/2-3 minutes long, and there may be some more time where I get to talk, and Ryan gets to talk about the UN and what it’s done. So there may be a little bit of time, after that.

How will he feel about being back on the Idol stage?, “It’s nerve-wracking, but the thing about this, is that it’s for a completely different…it’s not about me…I think that feels really good. Every time that I was on that stage last year it was about me, and for this it’s not, and it feels like a really good thing to come back there for.”

How did the trip make him feel? Did anything come as a surprise or a shock? “There definitely was some shock. I think the biggest shock for me was…it was the palace in Haiti, and it’s kind of like a national icon kind of thing, and it was completely in devastation, it was this huge beautiful place, and it looked like the Palace of Versailles had been completely demolished. So, that was pretty crazy. There was definitely some shocking things…I mean there’s buildings all over the place down, people living in tiny little tents that are blazing hot, 6 or 7 to a family. It was a pretty rough experience for them.”

How did it affect him on a personal level? “When you see something like that, it definitely affects you…it makes you happy for what you have, but it also makes you want to do something to help those people. And I think it’s just kind of an innate human…when you see people hurting, you want to help them.”

Does he plan to go back in the future? “If I get some time, I would love to go back there and help for a longer period of time. We were only there for 9 or 10 hours, or something like that. I can spend a longer period of time and get my hands dirty.”

What was he able to do the short time he was there, “We went to a couple of different places, the first place was a camp that they set up with a lot of tents, and they were handing out some food, I got to help out with that, I got to hand out the different kinds of food they were giving out to the people. I got to be a part of a registration thing, where people where getting cards where they could get food, and there’s a cash reward program…I mean there’s a lot of jobs that were just destroyed and people are able to clear the rubble out for money during the day, and I got to help with that..that was hard work, I don’t know how they do it all day…that was definitely some hard work, and I got to do a couple other things, and just talk to the kids and play with them. It was nice for me to get to be involved. I didn’t want to go there and just walk around and look at it, I wanted to do something.”

Has his experiences from the past year made this trip different than his missionary trips? Is it even more humbling? “I wouldn’t say that it’s more humbling, because I felt like the stuff that I’d seen before was really humbling as well. It was definitely the worst devastation that I’ve seen, and so that was different. When I went to South Africa, and saw all the problems that they had there with the AIDS stuff…that was really rough, but this is on a totally different scale.”

What supplies are needed the most in Haiti? “The thing that, and Kathy touched on this, was shelter, because…and Kathy, you can talk about this..she knows more about this…”

Kathy: “Kris is absolutely right. Shelter. Over the next six weeks the UN is probably going to deliver up to 30, 000 tents and enough waterproof sheeting for a million people. They’ve got to build more substantial community centers that can withstand the tropical storms, and I say frankly, latrines. The biggest issue they’ve had is that they have not yet had an outbreak of water-born diseases whether it be dysentery or diarrhea or cholera or malaria, but as the rainy season comes, and some of the camps are actually in the flood plain itself, they’re going to have to move the people out of those…they have a huge logistical challenge ahead. This is something the UN is really good at, and they really know what the system needs to do, but they do need help on housing and sanitation facilities, pretty heavily. And it’s not the kind of thing where people can just send them. They really need the money, because, they have a really effective way of bringing in the stuff that’s absolutely needed and some stuff works in a rainy season and a hurricane area and other stuff doesn’t. While everybody wants to give, and give all of their assets, We really do need to remind people that money is the most effective way to do it, and giving to the UN is the surest way to give it to the people who need it the most.”

Has Kris been watching American Idol? “No, not completely. I’ve been pretty busy. I’ve seen a couple of people, but nobody…I’ll pay attention more when I meet them on Thursday.”

Does he have advice for them? “Just go out and do your best, That’s a pretty general thing to say, but, just go out and do what you know how to do.”

Has he noticed anything in general about the cast that’s different? “Not really, I’d like to say that I’ve seen a lot of the show, but I really haven’t so…but nobody is going to be like Season 8!” (chuckle)

At this point, the moderator reminds everybody to ask questions about Thursday’s show and Kris’s trip to Haiti.

Was it important for Kris to do something hands on? “I was actually going to do the telethon, and then I was walking into the offices at 19 and Simon Fuller walked up to me and asked ‘How would you feel about going to Haiti’. And I was, like, “That sounds way better! And so, I owe all this to him, and I was able to go, and actually do something…not to…that thing raised so much money and was really moving as well, but to get to go there and be a part and talk to the Haitians and talk to the UN and see all what they were doing was a great thing.”

What would he say to his fans to encourage them to give to the Haiti relief fund? “That’s the thing about Haiti, there was so much money given at first, but this is going to last, and Kathy, you can talk about this too…this thing is not going away. They need so much help right now. And when I say help, I say they need a lot of money right now. And the UN is doing everything they can right now. Kathy if you want to talk more about it, that would be awesome.”

Kathy: “You raise such a good question, because the outpouring of compassion and giving at the beginning through the American Red Cross and everything was phenomenal, and impressive and empowering but the challenge in all of these situations is, the big ticket item is the long-term rebuilding and recovery. We need to keep people focused on that, and that’s actually, what Americans are really good at, is helping countries build back and become better than they were. This is a country who is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and one of the poorest in the world–8 million people in a very small space. It’s a situation where almost all the damage was done in areas where so many of the people lived. There are some real big challenges going forward and it’s right in our backyard, and I think everybody should want to help out.”

What is the morale like in Haiti? “We were actually talking to one of the Haitians there that was translating for us, and I think it’s a little split, a lot of people have been really hurt, and have lost most of their family, have lost a lot of their friends, have lost their home–no one’s really staying in a home right now–I think there’s a lot of people who feel like it’s not going to turn around. But there is a whole bunch of people that believe in what’s going on and believe in what the UN is doing, and all the help that they’ve been given and I think that it’s up to the Haitians. We’re there to help them, but I feel like they want it to be a lot better…I think the morale for the most part is pretty good, considering what’s happened to them.”

Kathy: “There was a moment when people thought there would be serious violence in the streets, and if anything, this country has kept its cool, far better than anyone has expected, and it’s been really impressive and you see people really digging in. The fear is mothers with brand new babies and the length of time it’s going to take for hospitals to get back up and running, and that we have a nation with a large number of amputees now, so there’s systemic problems that make it challenging. But Kris is right, we just saw such commitment by the people and gratitude that they weren’t alone, and that others were trying to help them…everybody that can watch on Thursday…it would be greatly appreciated.”

How would you describe conditions in Haiti, are things improving at all? Kathy: “From the UN Foundation who went in during the very first days after the earthquake, and certainly the folks from the UN who have been there the entire time, there is big improvement, in that people now have found almost all of the people who have died in the quake, and we’ve gotten people into hospitals. Interestingly, people have created their own living spaces and communities. There is a sense of progress. I think the challenge is for people…you just don’t know how long people can live through that kind of dislocated environment. One really interesting thing that has happened is that within the last few weeks, the marketplace has come back into place, you see people selling fruits and vegetables from the fields and that’s exciting to see–an economy coming back. People lost a lot of money and lost the ability to make money, but once there’s a market, you know people will find ways to restore the basic elements of a working system, so I think there’s important progress on things that need to be put in place. The UN is in there for the long hall, and that’s actually something really important that people wanted to hear. Kris even asked, ‘You guys are going to stay here, right?’ (chuckle) And, they’re committed–they were in here for the long haul before, and they’re in here for the long haul now, and I think President Clinton has made it very clear that his role as the special envoy is to continue until we really see Haiti back on its feet.”

What was it like interacting with the kids? “That was the most incredible thing, and it always is. I’ve done this before and you can always see the hope in kids’ eyes, ’cause they don’t exactly know what’s going on, but some of them…they’re smiling and having a good time, and I think those are the moments that I like to grab onto. I got to hang out with some kids and some little ones. This little kid was playing with a coke bottle, he wrapped a rubber band around the coke bottle and started singing to me, and playing it at the same time. They’re just…they’re making the most out of everything, I think. We can take a lot out from how kids react when stuff like this happens. When I really get to hang out with the kids and play with them and see how they are to see you and to hang out with you for a second…it means so much, you know?”

He learned some Creole? “Uhhh…I tried (laughter)”

UN Haiti B-Roll

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117 Comments

  1. it’s unfortunate that not as many people will be watching the results show this week because of ladies figure skating, but i hope this still raises alot of money.

  2. It would be so nice if Sir Paul could somehow be told of this and reach out to Kris for a collaboration, or be open to one, even if Kris has to do the reaching out ;).

    If this is going to be sold on iTunes, I guess he has to be somewhat aware of this, right? I know he doesn’t own his catalog anymore, Sony does (which is a shame, actually).

    YAY!

  3. idol is unfortunately going to get burned in ratings during the results show bc of the finals of womens figure skating. im sick of fund raising lol i can barely keep funds for myself! lol

  4. MJ
    Why did a journalist get scolded on the conference call for asking a non-Haiti related question? What was the question that got asked?

  5. im sick of fund raising lol i can barely keep funds for myself! lol

    Well hopefully other people won’t have that attitude! LOL.

    So excited to see him perform Let it Be, it’s a beautiful song and was always on my list of ones I’d die to see him cover. Here’s hoping he gets to be behind the piano for it and it raises some much needed money for Haiti!

  6. Wonderful song choice. Wonder if we will see Kris singing or if it will be background music as we watch the video. Either way, I expect it to be quite moving.

  7. Excited to see this – but I might not see it live since Ladies Figure Skating is the same time. And I totally love that this is going to be sold to raise $ for Haiti – hopefully they’ll do a better job getting this up on iTunes then they did with the Permanent charity single last year.

  8. MJ: Was this the call where the journalist were told up front that they could only ask Haiti related questions since a UN representative was also going to be on the call?

    That is really cool that he will be singing “Let It Be” on Thursday’s show and the proceeds will go to Haiti. I also hope that a lot of people are still willing to donate to Haiti. I know I will be purchasing the single and donating what I can.

    BTW: My wish is that one of these days that Kris is able to meet Paul McCartney. Hopefully someone who can make it happen is aware that this would make Kris so happy.

  9. Wow…this is major! I hope they raise tons of money and awareness on this episode. What a great song! It would be amazing if it was a collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney, talk about a dream come true for Kris plus such an important cause would get even greater coverage. I cannot wait to hear Kris sing this song, one of my favorite Kris covers is when he sang “Yesterday” on Huckabee, it was so gorgeous!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2xFL7FU2ho

  10. Don’t worry people. All the good figure skaters won’t be until 10pm or later. They always save them for the end. So we can all enjoy seeing Kris Allen do an amazing rendition of Let It Be on the piano without worrying about missing the Olympics! :)

  11. This is an odd song choice. Jennifer Hudson sang “Let It Be” at the “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon. The song then went on to sell very well for a couple of weeks on iTunes.
    Why would they do the same song again so soon?

    Disclaimer: I’m NOT SAYING Kris won’t sing it well. I’m saying that singing “Let It Be” doesn’t seem to be the best decision, in light of the fact that it was just a charity single for Haiti relief. I’m just thinking you want to make the most money possible. Why not do a different song?

    Disclaimer to the disclaimer: I’m referring to the song selection from TPTB, NOT Kris.

  12. Why did a journalist get scolded on the conference call for asking a non-Haiti related question? What was the question that got asked?

    I didn’t hear anybody get scolded. If it happened, it happened behind the scenes (or when I lost my connection and had to call back lol) There was one or two questions that I felt were out of place. The call was about Kris’s trip and the results show. The invitation made that pretty clear.

  13. Excellent news, thanks for it.

    Not surprised that they chose for Kris to do a cover of an ‘inspirational’ song and have the iTunes proceeds to go charity. Perfect.

    And I hope that Kris does get to go back and do some of the real hands-on work he wanted to, for a prolonged period of time.

    And I hope this raises more money for Haiti. The problems they face are continuing ones, unfortunately.

  14. This is totally awesome exposure for Kris, and based on how well Permanent did as a charity single despite the hiccups with iTunes, I think this is going to raise a ton of money for Haiti. I’m also just really psyched to hear Kris’s take on Let It Be. JHud’s was beautiful, but I think Kris’s style and interpretation is going to be so different that I don’t think it will feel like oversaturation.

  15. tiger92:
    02/22/2010 at 4:03 pm

    This is an odd song choice. Jennifer Hudson sang “Let It Be” at the “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon. The song then went on to sell very well for a couple of weeks on iTunes.
    Why would they do the same song again so soon?

    that’s an interesting point. i forgot jennifer had sang that for the big haiti relief telethon.

    i think, most likely, seeing that it is a beatles song, it was probably kris’ decision. anyway, i think jennifer’s version of that song sold has about 50k so if he can manage that, it’ll still be good. in any event, i think the idol audience will hopefully have more purchasing power.

  16. didn’t hear anybody get scolded. If it happened, it happened behind the scenes (or when I lost my connection and had to call back lol) There was one or two questions that I felt were out of place.

    Richard Rushfield tweeted about it.
    Ouch. Reporter scolded for asking non-haiti question. I guess I’ll hold mine about how we can break the cougar tween alliance

  17. Thank you mj and I’m so glad you got to be a part of the conference call. Stinks you lost connection for part of it, but I know there will be full transcripts available across the blog-o-sphere.

    I hope and believe that Kris will get back to Haiti to help in a more hands on way in the future. He now has the connections with these organizations and they have seen who and what he is and is capable of doing.

    I’m thrilled he’ll be doing ‘Let It Be’ and I don’t think it’s so much an issue that Jennifer did it also. I have versions of that song by many different artists. I just love the song. It’s one of my ‘go tos’ when I’m down.

  18. As if I didn’t already think I was going to be sobbing like a baby on Thursday night already, now I’ll have to contend with Kris breaking my heart with his rendition of Let it Be.

    I know people get terribly cynical about IGB and whatnot, but the bottom line for me is that what Kris and Idol are doing here will help raise more money for those who desperately need it. It was great to read some of the tweets and blogs from the aid workers in Haiti who met Kris. They all spoke so highly of him, and talked about how humble and informed he was, and how they were so hopeful that his efforts would continue to raise awareness of the need for more money for continued rebuilding in Haiti.

    Good for Kris and good for Idol.

  19. that’s a really nice song choice — it’s a beautiful song, the lyrics are appropriate to the situation and Kris is a huge Beatles’ fan, so I’m sure he’s excited about performing it. I’m sure he’ll do a great job. Even going up against the figure skating, Idol should still draw a lot of viewers that night. And if even 1% of the viewers download the song, that would raise a lot of money.

  20. Is this the big IGB push or will they be doing a special show later? It seems strange that the would televise this when it is up against the Olympics, especially with the ratings drop.

  21. Disclaimer: I’m NOT SAYING Kris won’t sing it well. I’m saying that singing “Let It Be” doesn’t seem to be the best decision, in light of the fact that it was just a charity single for Haiti relief. I’m just thinking you want to make the most money possible. Why not do a different song?

    I think I’ve purchased every charity single that’s been released over the past month, and I can honestly say that my motives for buying the songs had nothing to do with the songs themselves. There are a few good songs on the Hope for Haiti cd, but I deleted one of the songs, and I doubt that I will spend too much time listening to the others. There are only two that are the types of songs that I like.

    While I hope that people like Kris’ version, I doubt that they are going to base their decision to buy it on whether or not they have Jennifer Hudson’s version.

  22. Is this the big IGB push or will they be doing a special show later? It seems strange that the would televise this when it is up against the Olympics, especially with the ratings drop.

    The Haitians need the money NOW, especially since the rainy season is about to start. The main Idol Gives Back show isn’t until April, but since there is a dire need now, this looks like a subject that they may talk about on a weekly basis. It’s not about getting ratings, it’s about saving people’s lives.

  23. While I hope that people like Kris’ version, I doubt that they are going to base their decision to buy it on whether or not they have Jennifer Hudson’s version

    True. It’s just $1.29. It just seemed like an odd choice since it was just recorded and released as a charity single. I’m sure people will buy Kris’s version also.
    I’m assuming AI will also have a number for donating money to the Haiti relief effort. Any money for Haiti is a good thing!

  24. tripp_ncwy:
    02/22/2010 at 4:23 pm
    Update from the the Toronto Star blogger how did not believe Kris went to Haiti.

    http://thestar.blogs.com/realitycheck/2010/02/guess-im-the-one-who-has-some-splainin-to-do.html

    Well, I can see how that happened. She got her information from a twitter link to another blogger. NOT American Idol’s official site, mind you. Just another blogger, so it must be true. Who needs to check the Associated Press or PR releases or the United Nations website for facts when you have twitter … and bloggers.

    And she has a busy life what with having to let the dog out and go to the gym. I can relate. I have a cat that emails web pages every time I leave the room to let the dog out. I could have loaned her an excuse. I had to disable my automatic sign in on iTunes because said cat started buying ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in bulk.

  25. I had to disable my automatic sign in on iTunes because said cat started buying ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in bulk.

    So this explains the SuBo phenomenon!

  26. So this explains the SuBo phenomenon!

    Yes, Mark. Blame Quitz. He heard SuBo was a cat lady.

  27. I bought ‘Permament’ last year and will buy Kris’s one too. I’m so looking forward to hear him sing this wonderful song :)

    tiger92, lol you really cracked me up with your disclaimers.. but you have an interesting point with ‘let it be’ being another same charity single. As some said earlier, you buy a charity single to help, so it doesn’t matter if it’s the same song

  28. The Haitians need the money NOW, especially since the rainy season is about to start. The main Idol Gives Back show isn’t until April, but since there is a dire need now, this looks like a subject that they may talk about on a weekly basis. It’s not about getting ratings, it’s about saving people’s lives.

    Actually they have more money than can be disbursed – at the moment. Last I heard only 1/3 to 1/2 of the money has been spent – though no amount of money will every really be enough. I’m not saying it is a bad thing at all.. the awareness is good, just the timing stinks. A week later and there would be a greater viewership, after all how many times have you heard, I don’t watch until the top 12?

  29. Kris: “The children were the most incredible thing. You can always see the hope in the kids’ eyes. They don’t exactly know what’s going on, they kinda do, but they’re just smiling and they’re having a good time and I think that’s the moments I like to grab onto. This one little kid wrapped a rubber band around a coke bottle and was strumming it and singing to me. They’re making the most out of everything. We can take a lot out from how kids react when stuff like this happens. When you get to really hang out with the kids and play with them and see how excited they are to see you and hang out with you, it means so much.”

    (I wonder if this is the kid that one blogger said was playing guitar on a condom?)

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/02/american-idol-kris-allen-on-haiti-we-saw-a-lot-of-hope.html

  30. Anyway, I have to admit that the first thing I thought about wasn’t the Jennifer Hudson single but the Brooke White S7 performance, since that was her best performance and really well done. It might be the standard to which people compare Kris.

    Mind you, it doesn’t really matter, I think, in context, since it’s a charity song for Haiti, which does (and should) be qualified different anyway. I’m very happy that Kris is doing this (and everything else) for Haiti.

  31. Actually they have more money than can be disbursed – at the moment. Last I heard only 1/3 to 1/2 of the money has been spent – though no amount of money will every really be enough. I’m not saying it is a bad thing at all.. the awareness is good, just the timing stinks. A week later and there would be a greater viewership, after all how many times have you heard, I don’t watch until the top 12?

    That’s a fair point, though the refrain I hear more is “I don’t watch until the semi’s” rather than the finals, but it’s not exactly the kind of competition you’d want for the moment. Whatever is possible is good, though.

  32. “idol is unfortunately going to get burned in ratings during the results show bc of the finals of womens figure skating. im sick of fund raising lol i can barely keep funds for myself! lol”

    Whoa , I hope you never have to rely on the generosity of others!!! Maybe you’ve been generous already but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for ongoing prompting to the general public about Haiti!!Kris is the ideal person to do this job as he never likes to put the spotlight on himself anyway.
    I also agree with Girlygirl that there will be a decent amount of people watching & even if its not live I am sure there will be plenty recording & watching later. The important thing is the money raised – so who cares when people watch – the donation is the important thing!!
    I love the fact that Kris is singing “Let It Be” – his version will be very different than Jennifer’s as their singing style is completely different!! I just hope the download will be available in Australia – like the other Haiti performances were??

  33. Debra Yeo (Toronto Star blogger) ended up coming across as disingenuous in her apology. It just wasn’t that hard to get a few simple facts, like the fact that Kris had been to Haiti. If she had just Googled “Kris Allen Haiti” she would have been able to get that much information. I can’t believe she’s really that unintelligent.

  34. That is an adorable picture of Kris holding that cute baby girl. It is great that he went to Haiti to help.

  35. Debra Yeo (Toronto Star blogger)ended up coming across as pretty unintelligent. It just wasn’t hard to get a few facts. Like the fact that Kris had been to Haiti. If she had just Googled “Kris Allen Haiti” she would have been able to get that much information.

    We know that she’s lazy, and that she has no journalistic integrity (not that too many other bloggers/reporters do), but what I can’t understand is what went through her mind when she saw those pictures. Did she actually think the that the pictures were staged in a studio in LA. It just doesn’t make any sense.

    Actually they have more money than can be disbursed – at the moment.

    Having trouble disbursing money, and having too much money are two very different things. I heard former President Clinton making a plea for Haiti today, not only was he asking for money, so that people can get shelter, but he was also asking for volunteers. There isn’t a cap on how much money these people will need.

  36. I have to be honest that I wish he was going to sing one of his songs. But I’m sure this will be a very moving performance.

  37. Does that Toronto Star blogger think that the only people that would prefer an accurate, researched article are Kris Allen fans? Guess the rest of the newspaper’s readers are used to wild inaccuracies and don’t mind. If that newspaper is smart, they will put her on that Hot Tamale train never to be heard from again.

  38. I’m no softie, but that ‘baby tent’ picture and the explanation of it’s purpose brought tears to my eyes. The need for some things just never occur to a person until you see a picture like this.

    What a sweet picture of that darling girl looking up at Kris trustingly. You can always trust a child’s instincts.

  39. Having trouble disbursing money, and having too much money are two very different things. I heard former President Clinton making a plea for Haiti today, not only was he asking for money, so that people can get shelter, but he was also asking for volunteers. There isn’t a cap on how much money these people will need.

    Well it would be fairer to quote my entire post to include..

    Last I heard only 1/3 to 1/2 of the money has been spent – though no amount of money will every really be enough.

    There probably will never be enough money donated to compensate, but every little bit helps. From what I understand, a solid infrastructure for supply lines and tents are needed before the rainy season. My original point was that waiting a week for a show with better ratings would be better especially since all the money has not yet been disbursed, not that additional money isn’t needed.

  40. That picture of Kris + Baby + Guitar is beyond adorable. She is so tiny! One thing that is obvious from all the pics and what Kris has said, he loves children.

    I’m wondering if we’re jumping the gun on ‘Let It Be’. Some other reports say that he didn’t know what song he’d be singing. He would LIKE to do ‘Let It Be’ and wants to do an inspirational song.

    This is a great report about the conference call. I forget which paper I got it from, but this is a link to the author’s site. http://danielletbd.blogspot.com/2010/02/kris-allen-on-his-return-to-idol-its.html

  41. There probably will never be enough money donated to compensate, but every little bit helps. From what I understand, a solid infrastructure for supply lines and tents are needed before the rainy season. My original point was that waiting a week for a show with better ratings would be better especially since all the money has not yet been disbursed, not that additional money isn’t needed.

    I’m pretty sure that they are starting the fundraising drive now because it will be something that they will focus on all season long, not just this Thursday and in April, when IGB airs. Considering that coverage of Haiti has dried up on most news outlets, it’s never too early to bring attention back to the issue.

  42. I’m wondering if we’re jumping the gun on ‘Let It Be’. Some other reports say that he didn’t know what song he’d be singing. He would LIKE to do ‘Let It Be’ and wants to do an inspirational song.

    Well mj was there, and except for a bit of droppage, which doesn’t seem to be around the time the song was announced, seems to be saing it’s “Let It Be.” So that’s good enough for me.

    And I think it’s a good song on a lot of levels in terms of it’s history and message, and what’s more, I think that Kris will do a good job with it. Much more in his wheelhouse than Come Together, at least to me. And I expect that I’ll enjoy his version of this song, more than I do his version of Come Together (which is, please no).

  43. lol
    from Jim:

    This week’s “Idol” results show is going to KILL me. @KrisAllen with Haiti babies, AND singing “Let It Be” AND @allisoniraheta doing SCARS?!
    about 3 hours ago from UberTwitter

  44. koshka:
    02/22/2010 at 6:06 pm
    Having trouble disbursing money, and having too much money are two very different things. I heard former President Clinton making a plea for Haiti today, not only was he asking for money, so that people can get shelter, but he was also asking for volunteers. There isn’t a cap on how much money these people will need.

    Well it would be fairer to quote my entire post to include..

    Last I heard only 1/3 to 1/2 of the money has been spent – though no amount of money will every really be enough.

    There probably will never be enough money donated to compensate, but every little bit helps. From what I understand, a solid infrastructure for supply lines and tents are needed before the rainy season. My original point was that waiting a week for a show with better ratings would be better especially since all the money has not yet been disbursed, not that additional money isn’t needed.

    Koshka, I don’t know the source or context of your ‘only 1/3 to 1/2’ of the money being spent. Is the ‘only’ your addition? Or did they (whoever they is) say ‘already spent’. I have not heard this. I did read and hear the head of the UN saying that they need an additional $1.4 billion for the efforts. He’s also not pleased with the coordination so far of the various relief groups.

    I’d hate for people to be dissuading others from donating. Haiti and it’s people have long been dear to my heart. Prior to this quake they were the neediest of all nations and vastly overlooked when it came to aid.

  45. In other news, I have heard that they need money to keep pouring in because as TwigLA said they need an additional 1.4 billion for the efforts. In this regard, it’s not a question of waiting to spend the last penny before asking for more, it’s a question of reaching the money that is needed.

  46. I finally crawled to a computer (sick all day, with my sick 6 yr old, woo!)… and those pictures are so, so adorable. Looking forward to Thursday, will have tissues ready!

  47. Koshka, I don’t know the source or context of your ‘only 1/3 to 1/2? of the money being spent. Is the ‘only’ your addition? Or did they (whoever they is) say ‘already spent’. I have not heard this. I did read and hear the head of the UN saying that they need an additional $1.4 billion for the efforts. He’s also not pleased with the coordination so far of the various relief groups.

    I’d hate for people to be dissuading others from donating. Haiti and it’s people have long been dear to my heart. Prior to this quake they were the neediest of all nations and vastly overlooked when it came to aid.

    I saw this reported on ABC World News about 2 weeks ago. I don’t believe I dissuaded anyone or suggested that anyone stop donating. I have ongoing discussions with my husband, usually nightly as he yells at the news reporters about Iraq and Afghanistan about the importance of rebuilding after the destruction. He is a govt worker that is not involved with rebuilding, but he has a keen interest in what is going on. I probably know more than I probably want to know about the need to rebuild Haiti from just listening to him on his soap box. There really is a tremendous amount of money needed to rebuild. The rebuilding itself will take years.

    .
    Oh.. here found it. What I saw was an news report, but here is their write up. I think it is dated 2/11
    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/HaitiEarthquake/haiti-us-charity-donations-haiti-earthquake-victims-spent/story?id=9786221
    .

    “But here’s the catch. The money now being spent is only a small fraction of the total donations given. Most of the donations made to the relief efforts — 69 percent or $325 million — have not been spent on anything yet.”

    and a link the a pie chart with the break out.
    http://a.abcnews.go.com/images/WN/abc_snow_web_100211.pdf

    So, yeah, I still stand by my original opinion. It wouldn’t hurt to wait a week for a bigger audience to bring awareness. More funds are needed and if you can hit more people then all the better.

  48. So, yeah, I still stand by my original opinion. It wouldn’t hurt to wait a week for a bigger audience to bring awareness. More funds are needed and if you can hit more people then all the better.

    I totally understand what you are saying, but I just wanted to point out that unlike last year top 12 this year will be in 3 weeks, I think.

  49. I totally understand what you are saying, but I just wanted to point out that unlike last year top 12 this year will be in 3 weeks, I think.

    Good point, I’m really thinking less about he impact of the top 24 and more about the olympics. If I had my way, they would wait until next week, after the olympics. A few people were talking about a conflict with figure skating, which probably maps to AI demographics. *shrug* it is what it is.

  50. I just wanted to add that my questions about song choice were with TBTP. As others have pointed out, Kris will do a completely different arrangement of “Let it Be” and I’m sure it will be heartfelt and will raise much needed money for the Haiti relief effort.
    I applaud Kris for taking time out of his schedule to help with this effort. He has demonstrated in the past that he has a passion for helping those in need. I am glad AI choose him to be a spokesperson for this part of IGB.

  51. Thanks for the transcript, MJ. That was a very productive conference. Kris and Kathy got a lot of info out there in a very straightforward and meaningful way. Good questions too.

  52. Thank you for the transcript, MJ. I for one have never been cynical about Idol Gives Back, even Brad Pitt saw the importance of using IGB as a platfrom to focus on raising awarness and funds for the rebuilding of Louisiana.

    The beautiful young women involved in the different organizations I’ve seen in the UNF videos are so intelligent and clear-sighted and so brave. I admire them so much for their drive and conviction.

    I can clearly see Kris struggling between choosing a career in music over charitable works. I think I read that Kimberly Allen was certain Kris was calling her at one point to tell her he was not coming home, but continuing on with his missionary work. She was relieved when she discovered the reason for the call was to tell her he had given away his expensive guitar.

  53. thanks for the transcript mj.
    One of the best part is when he talks about the children. The questions were good and he’s smart to ask Kathy to answer more fully to some general questions as she’s the knowledgeable person.

  54. I can’t wait for Thursday. With Kris singing “Let It Be” and the images from Haiti on the screen, I’m sure it will be a very emotional performance.

    I prefer to hold my tears back, but I’m sure they’ll be flowing.

  55. Kris is done for today on KBIG. He introduced Coldplay, Orianthi, Lenni Kravitz (remember the bru-ha-ha in the airport), Kelly C, and himself (LLWD).
    Before LLWD, he said “…coolest guy I met, if you meet him, give money….”

    Kris voice is really great on radio, TV ad,etc,etc. Really distinctive.

    Can’t wait to download Let It Be from I-Tune Thursday.

  56. yeah kris himself spun llwd. adam spun llwd, but not wwfm on his radio dj gig. why didnt kris spin adam’s song?? somehow i think if adam would have spun his own song, people would be ripping him to shreds lol

  57. Seriously, I don’t think Kris not playing WWFM is a personal swipe at Adam.

  58. that was fun listening to his DJ’s night!! lol at his own introduction!!
    will be listening his DJing all week :)

  59. cakeygirl:
    02/22/2010 at 11:13 pm
    yeah kris himself spun llwd. adam spun llwd, but not wwfm on his radio dj gig. why didnt kris spin adam’s song?? somehow i think if adam would have spun his own song, people would be ripping him to shreds lol

    lol, Kris is DJing 4 more shows … WWFM will be heard …

  60. cakeygirl:
    02/22/2010 at 11:13 pm

    yeah kris himself spun llwd. adam spun llwd, but not wwfm on his radio dj gig. why didnt kris spin adam’s song?? somehow i think if adam would have spun his own song, people would be ripping him to shreds lol

    Well, and here you are ripping Kris to shreds…

  61. I love the way that Kris introduced LLWD, that was so cute. I hate the song that he played before he played LLWD, but maybe he’ll play LLWD again this week, and have it follow a better song.

    lol, Kris is DJing 4 more shows … WWFM will be heard …

    Yep. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that Adam played LLWD all five days that he was on. Besides that, KBIG just added WWFM to their playlist today.

  62. cakeygirl

    Kris is djing that show all week. He’ll likely play WWFM. I think when Adam deejayed the same station, he didn’t play LLWD until the 2nd or 3rd night of his stint

  63. Here are the songs Kris spun tonight…

    MONDAY PLAYLIST
    Clocks- Coldplay
    Say Hey- Michael Franti
    Arms Wide Open – Creed
    According to You – Orianthi
    True Faith – New Order
    Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
    American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
    Ever the Same- Rob Thomas
    I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson
    Uprising- Muse
    My Immortal- Evanescence
    LLWD- Kris Allen

  64. idolprocrastinator:
    02/22/2010 at 11:17 pm

    Seriously, I don’t think Kris not playing WWFM is a personal swipe at Adam.

    It is most definitely not a swipe. Kris considers Adam his friend- actually Family- as he said at Rock my Town with Adam and Allison. That was genuine. Also even though they love to make you think Kris (or Adam) gets to choose the songs played…ummm I think they give them A strongly suggested playlist. (suggested like you are playing these songs Period. lol) Yes Adam will be played eventually and Kris I am sure will be happy to do it. IMHO

  65. Just checking back in and am SO relieved that Kris is sticking with an inspirational song to sing on Thursday’s show. I love “Let it Be”. Kris’ “it’s not about me” attitude is just another reason to love him and his big heart (and hairy feet, too!). I hope the song brings in lots of money for Haiti.

    I hope you feel better soon, tierbee!

    And thanks mj for the transcript–really enjoyed reading it.

  66. Charity is great, yeah. Ok, so on a more superficial note, Kris is so freakin’ pale! WTH? And the hair? Well…at least there’s always Rogaine.

  67. Kris is so freakin’ pale! WTH?

    I think the light inside the tent gives his skin an strange color. Plus, Kris doesn’t strike me as a tan-in-a-can kind of guy.

  68. Regarding Kris not playing WWFM tonight, I’m guessing that all of this was recorded last week when he was in the station. They said he’d be there an hour and a half recording and we heard maybe 5 minutes. If WWFM hadn’t been added to their playlist yet, there is a good chance it won’t be played. I think he was given a list of songs to choose from and that is what we’re hearing.

    Of course, I will be very happy if he plays Adam, Allison, and any of the other Idols. It will be fun to hear how he introduces them if he had that opportunity.

    Another positive is they finally link Kris’ album instead of the country guy. Unfortunately, they don’t have the album art on the link. Baby steps.

  69. Looking at that picture at the top of the thread…Kris connects with kids so well–he’s a natural. I think he will make a great daddy someday! Btw, that is a teeny tiny guitar he’s holding (gives him more room on his lap for adorable little girls!)!

    For Thursday’s show: I hope he gets a haircut and doesn’t wear plaid. I vote for the black henley–haven’t seen it in awhile. Just sayin’… :-)

  70. Another positive is they finally link Kris’ album instead of the country guy. Unfortunately, they don’t have the album art on the link. Baby steps.

    3 months after its release they finally straighten in out. Well better late then never ;-) I guess we will get the album art work in May. (you know every 3 months to get things together) Geez Louise! (yeah I said it)

  71. For Thursday’s show: I hope he gets a haircut and doesn’t wear plaid. I vote for the black henley–haven’t seen it in awhile. Just sayin’…

    i’m with you hosiermama. Good taste!!! :D

    —————–
    yeah the pic above was the one that was the less flattering of him in the series I saw… he looks so pale and his hair looks crap

    but nevertheless it’s still adorable :)

  72. Why is everyone obsessed with Kris getting a haircut? I think his hair looks good long. And when it’s shorter, it’s more noticable that he’s starting to go bald.

    Anyway, on a less shallow note, you can see him in the background of this video doing some of the rubble clearing work…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMYzJdB02Ds

    Oh and PS – Billboard posted an article giving sneak peak into this week’s charts — LLWD will debut on the AC chart at #30!

  73. Charity is great, yeah. Ok, so on a more superficial note, Kris is so freakin’ pale! WTH? And the hair? Well…at least there’s always Rogaine.

    He has been looking extremely pale here lately. Note to Kris: Instead of watching 6 movies a day, go outside and take a walk or sit outside and listen to music. You live in LA- get a little sun! (Just a little color, but don’t forget to wear sunscreen.)
    I’m sure the AI stylists will do something with his hair for Thursday. It did look alot better when they were doing it. Didn’t the idols have AI people doing their hair for the tour? Someone had to be cutting hair-they didn’t have time to go back home and get a trim.

  74. Kris has very fine hair and I think your seeing some of his scalp gives you the idea he’s going bald or has a bald spot. When I met him his hair was really good looking. I never got the impression, girlygirl, that he was “starting to go bald”. Of course, YMMV.

  75. People’s lives have been completely turned upside down and Kris is trying to help out any little way he can.I am pretty sure his looks were not his top priority. I think it is great that Kris is able to work with the UN on this project. It really seems to be up his ally. Hopefully he will be able to go back soon and really dig in. Unfortunately, with his new fame, I don’t think it will be as easy for him to do this type of work as it was in the past. But I am sure he will be able to work it out since it seems so important to him.

  76. I’ve got 2 thoughts on this. 1) when any celeb walks out the door to represent they are ‘on’ and need to be camera ready as much as possible – whatever they may be doing 2) My biggest lulz during previous IGB vids of Carrie is that while distributing nets last year to extreme poverty stricken areas looking like she just left a rolling beauty parlor. A huge oversight on the side of IGB. It would be nice if they cleaned Kris up a little bit, but for me his look fits his location. I doubt that running water or electricity is in abundance, which I’m sure is why the trip was a drive by.

  77. there’s a lot going on in Haiti and i’m glad kris and kathy stressed a lot on the long term building of the country cos thats whats most important. and as kris says, in any disaster situation, you get to meet the children and marvel at how they adapt very quickly to their surroundings. apart from the physical devastation, the people also get a lot of psychosocial counselling and i’m sure there are many children’s activities going on in haiti to lift the morale of the people. but whatever it is, we need to admire how brave they are that despite all the destruction and losing loved ones, they still have a reason to smile.

    regarding kris’s performance on thurs, i hope he does a great job with Let It Be. I always associate Let It Be with Brooke White though I’m sure kris will rock it out. cant wait for this thurs episode. Kris and Allison, my two S8 favourites! yay!

    by the way, i thought kris did watch S9 cos i read somewhere he liked andrew garcia. maybe he just saw some clips from some of the contestants this season. not all of them

  78. Katy tweeted before Kris left for Haiti that she got him to shave and was working on a haircut. So it’s not as if he’s unaware of his hair. Aside from the fact that Kris is known for not being concerned about his appearance, who knows what he’s thinking. Koshka mentioned Carrie’s camera-ready looks on a previous IGB. Kris possibly made sure he did NOT look camera-ready……being camera-ready probably would have gotten even more comments. Or maybe it was just that Kris was busy and didn’t think a haircut was important.

    I am very impressed with everything we’ve heard and seen about Kris’ Haiti trip.

  79. I don’t know about Kris, but when I’m tired, I get even more pale than usual. And I choose to be pale because I’d prefer not to end up with skin cancer (which my cousin has on her face, and my great grandfather in law has on his head, and…) It just seems weird to me to criticize his hair when he’s in Haiti lending a hand? I doubt getting a stylist in to pretty him up was a priority.

    People’s lives have been completely turned upside down and Kris is trying to help out any little way he can.I am pretty sure his looks were not his top priority.

    Or what you said ;)

  80. I like that his looks are not his top priority.
    I think the boy has a great heart.

    Kris is going to be on TV.
    Being presentable is a requirement on a tv show
    for people to take you seriously. Especially a show like idol.
    It is just the way it is.

    For Thursday’s show: I hope he gets a haircut and doesn’t wear plaid. I vote for the black henley–haven’t seen it in awhile. Just sayin’…

    i’m with you hosiermama. Good taste!!!

    —————–
    yeah the pic above was the one that was the less flattering of him in the series I saw… he looks so pale and his hair looks crap

    but nevertheless it’s still adorable

    agreed no plaid> love the suit from the AMA’s or something similar.
    i actually like him pale… >_>
    hair cut yes, but not much
    and we need scruff, dammit man, stop shaving.
    can’t wait to see Kris and Allison.

  81. I’m with koshka, jmom and tierbee; it’s a disaster area. He can look nice for the cameras on AI, but stylists would have been beside the point (if not a bit offputting) for the on-the-ground work.

    I hope it serves as a decent fundraiser. He’s a good egg.

  82. That’s funny, Tiger92 because that was his advice to all those who sit for hours on the computer reading blogs, et al. I’d give him a break though for not getting to the beach or doing outside activities for all the traveling and gigs he’s been doing. A little down time with a movie or two is a wonderful way to chill after being on the go. I think he has a terrifically full life and hopefully will get some “color” soon. You’d think his time in Haiti he’d have gotten a bit of a burn. The sun looked pretty intense. He must wear sunblock as Kathy and all those lovely pale female volunteers must do. Not into sunning myself anymore — I’m of Irish/English/Scottish descent and the skin tends to burn first no matter what I do. It’s not worth the risk.

    I’ve noticed even with a crew cut that Kris’s hair has areas of thinness, but he still has a full head of hair. It’s just a matter of styling. I prefer it shorter myself. I think he’ll clean himself up for the Idol performance.

  83. i didn’t even notice how he looked like until i started reading the comments. he looks very earnest though and that kinda struck me!

  84. i didn’t even notice how he looked like until i started reading the comments. he looks very earnest though and that kinda struck me!

    I agree. Even though I do like his hair longer, I don’t get all the hand wringing over how his hair looks. He spent the day breaking up rubble, passing out food and other supplies, and in the hot sun, how is his hair supposed to look.

  85. evanjane:
    02/23/2010 at 10:34 am
    That’s funny, Tiger92 because that was his advice to all those who sit for hours on the computer reading blogs, et al. I’d give him a break though for not getting to the beach or doing outside activities for all the traveling and gigs he’s been doing. A little down time with a movie or two is a wonderful way to chill after being on the go.

    Kris may need to take his own advice.
    Like I said earlier, evanjane, maybe he needs to go for a walk or sit outside for half an hour and read or listen to music. I didn’t say he needed to travel to the beach or participate in some complex outside activity. A little walk outside is easy and good for you. A movie or two is wonderful, six is a bit extreme.

    I’ve noticed even with a crew cut that Kris’s hair has areas of thinness,

    He is losing his hair at a young age. There isn’t much you can do about it. It is looking thinner all the time. I guess he could pull a Donald Trump, only do a combover on the crown of his head. lol
    Or just shave it all like Daughtry.

  86. Kris loves spending time outside, as he has said many times. If he was tired from a lot of traveling, and ended up vegging in front of the TV for a day, I’m going to cut him some slack. And I don’t think he looks at all overly pale. He looks just fine.

  87. If Kris’ haircut and complexion is of concern during a trip to Haiti, then I fear we’ve missed the point of the mission. I’m sure he’ll look ‘presentable’ for Thursday night.

  88. I think the little girl in the picture was bummed because Kris wasn’t wearing his rock star hair. Or maybe she’s freaked because some pale, strange guy is smiling at her? Maybe she’s just shy and thinks he’s a sweetheart for singing to her. I bet he got her to smile back at him even with flat, sweaty hair.

    You know, we can’t be sure Kris didn’t go outside on movie day. He may have gone for a run at night or out on his deck to look at the stars. He may have watched six mindless movies to get the images of the destruction in Haiti out of his mind. Maybe he was dead tired physically and spititually. All speculation. We don’t know because we weren’t with him.

  89. I don’t think he’s at the stage, yet or ever will be at that stage. Who can really predict what will happen to his hair? In my opinon he has plenty of it. My husband has thin hair, but it is not receding. Not everyone is blessed with a thick head of hair. It merely needs to be styled.

    Kris has said in the past that his favorite thing to do on his down time is to play video games and not even shower. I think watching 6 movies in a day is another version. The guy deserves to spend his down time anyway he wants to spend it. He’s also been known to try surfing and he likes to run. He’s physically fit as anyone can see who has eyes. No one gets biceps like that or pectorals without working out. Not one to take off his shirt, we can only imagine if he has a six-pack under there. The guy is fit. I have very dark hair, nearly black, and very light skin. A little blush goes a long way. I actually like the look and on AI, whether he likes it or not, he’ll be in that makeup chair, getting a little color in his cheeks. There’s no denying he’s a great-looking guy.

  90. What’s all this talk about Kris’s hair when there are greater issues at play over in Haiti. It’s kinda hard to keep your hair well styled when you are picking up debris from toppled buildings, slinging a sledgehammer and handing out food in a hot semi-truck. I am sure being camera ready was the last thing on Kris’s mind during the 9 or so hours he was on the ground. I can only imagine the headlines if a photo of Kris surfaced showing him getting his hair and makeup done in the middle of a disaster zone.

  91. That picture of Kris just radiates goodness…

    P.S. My husband is 53, and his hair is pretty much exactly like Kris’s and always has been. -It’s super fine, and he has a couple of cowlicks on the back of his head that make the hair swirl around in a circle. If he gets sweaty, or his hair is dirty, you can see the scalp there.

  92. Thanks for the additional UN footage above! Seeing Kris singing in the tent and holding the Haitian baby was “awww!” -some. Someone must have gotten that little guitar from somewhere for Kris to play. Bet Kris made a lot of contacts there and hopefully can go back or help others to get there. That one pile of rubble was going to take a lot of sledgehammering. Kris knows how to relate to other cultures/peoples with such sincerity. LOVE that he sang “Amazing Grace” of all the songs he could have done.

  93. Could Kris be anymore perfect? Can’t think of how. He’s such a sweet & caring soul.

  94. sunny2:
    02/23/2010 at 12:52 pm
    Could Kris be anymore perfect? Can’t think of how. He’s such a sweet & caring soul.

    ITA

  95. bringing my post from the previous page..

    additional UN foundation footage of Kris :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUYYo4vIPcM&feature=channel

    footage of Kris thanking S. Fuller for the opportunity to help :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuHyPiGd2tU&feature=channel

    this is great to see Kris connects like he does with the people. Very earnest. I love the footage of the kid singing for him and him in the mother’s tent singing a bit and holding the baby. It shows that he really likes doing that

  96. Thanks for the additional footage, I am definitely keeping tissues handy for Thursday, lol. Kris just seems so *kind.*

  97. Thanks Mtlfan for the extra UN footage. I’m sure it felt wierd to have a camera crew following Kris around, but the images they captured are excellent and really help bring home the utter devastation in Haiti. I can’t imagine clearing rubble like that–it’s hard work! I’m glad Kris got to help with the cleanup, even if only for a short time. Loved seeing him sing for the moms and kids. So heartwarming. If this footage is part of what will be shown on Thursday, then people will definitely donate to IGB. How could they not??

    As for the hair issue, Kris looked fine in Haiti, but I agree with others that when he goes on the show, he needs to look his best. Some viewers haven’t seen him since he won last May. So yeah, I still think a trim would be a good idea. But enough said about that…it’s really not that important in the overall scheme of things.

    Hey anybody think Kris might come up with yet again another brilliant mashup for Let it Be? Do we even know if his band is performing with him?

  98. i would love if the band played with him, cos they look as though they’ve been playing for centuries. cant wait for my friday (when it’ll be aired where i live)

    by the way if anyone has read kris’s latest tweet, it was hilarious (and gross) but mostly hilarious

  99. yes i read it SarahP .. very funny and …bold. I think he has no twitting boundaries lol

    hoosiermama, probably a straight ‘let it be’ allenized but with Kris, we never know. I remember him saying that he likes to surprise people

  100. can you guys post the tweet here? I won’t be home until 11 tonight and can only see tweets there.

  101. Here you go jmom376
    Kris:
    “Saw a guy picking his nose on the freeway today. I’m not laughing because there is no telling how many times I’ve been caught doing the same”

  102. thank you Jill.. eww… He is such a guy! I think it is funny that his tweets show up on the front page of his Web Site and who knows where else.

  103. Such a guy, jmom!!!! TMI for me :) Some things I just don’t need a visual on… eeekkk….

  104. In an earlier post I said that maybe Kris was spititually exhausted……..Kris says gross things sometimes (i.e. ear juice) so maybe he can be spitual at times. I meant spiritual, of course.

    I also said I bet he made the little girl smile. And indeed he did. She is a cutie. Kris is going to be a great dad.

    Can someone please tell me how to do the quote thing? DUH!

  105. Giavonna – to quote you highlight the words you need & press b-quote which is above the reply box!! Don’t worry it took me a while to know how to do this also!!

    I think you may be right Giavonna- Kris may be both physically & spiritually drained . I am sure he has said many prayers for the people he has met in Haiti!!

  106. Jill:
    02/23/2010 at 5:22 pm

    Such a guy, jmom!!!! TMI for me :) Some things I just don’t need a visual on… eeekkk….

    LOL.. I am a mom of a 16 yo football player.. The male species can be a lot more disgusting than what Kris said. But I do agree.. TMI..

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