Check out quotes from Kris Allen’s satellite interview with the press Friday afternoon.
Why he said Adam Lambert deserved the win after he won, “You know, I still feel that way. Adam deserved it just as much as I did. He was the most consistent person all year, he’s one of the most gifted performers that I’ve ever met. He’s really just a great guy and we told each other that day “You deserve it.” America could not have gotten it wrong.”
All of the judges thought the key for “No Boundaries” was too high. Why wasn’t that changed or adjusted? “I mean, it is a high song but I had done it that morning and it sounded great. I think both of us just got tired. There were also some sound issues, we couldn’t really hear ourselves very well. We were just both getting so tired by the end of the night.”
Does he have any plans to change up “No Boundaries” to make it fit his style? “The track is out for sale right now, so there’s not much we can do for it. The track actually sounds really good; I listened to it. But doing the live performances, I’ve kinda been doing them just acoustically, just on guitar and maybe piano. It fits me a little bit better. The song is good. They kind of have some stipulations on what they’re supposed to do with these songs. They have to write the words a certain way. It’s supposed to be this nice feeling. To have your first single not be something you were a part of writing, it’s a little bit weird, but I can’t complain.”
How did you decide to rework Kanye West’s “Heartless”? “We got to do whatever we wanted to do, as long as it got cleared. I was listening to the Kanye album, because I think it’s great, and the song came across, and I was just like, “What if I did this song and made it my own?” And I was just like, “You know what? I’m not gonna ask anybody about it, I’m just gonna go for it and be bold and be risky.” I did it, and I think it got a lot of good reviews. I was really excited that I got to do something like that, because I think it showed people what I could do.”
Did he hear anything about Kanye’s response to your version? “I haven’t heard from him, obviously. But I have heard some other people say that he blogged about it and put the video up of me on his blog. That really meant a lot.”
About the performance with Adam Lambert and Queen in the finale, “We had met Queen the night before. They were really, really great. We went through it twice. And then we just did it. Seriously, it was probably the best moment of the year for me. It was like the exhale of everything. I mean, how can you not have a great time singing and
Was he frustrated by his lack of exposure in the audition and Hollywood rounds? “I think there’s a little bit of, “Wow, they’re not showing me.” But it was more shock than anything, because I felt like I had done my thing and a lot of other people had gotten shown. For me, that’s kind of the way I live my life. I’m kinda laid-back and low-key, and every once in a while, I’ll stick my head out. So that’s kind of how I did the competition, and it seemed to work out, so I can’t be mad at that”
After Tuesday’s performance, did he feel the judges were giving consolation prize comments?
“Well, after we sang the last song… that was a hard song to sing, I don’t think me or Adam was happy with our performance at all, so I think they were just trying to judge us based on the year and not what we did on that song.”
Considering his awesome duet with Keith Urban, would he consider singing country? “You know, I was actually afraid of that. For me, I don’t feel that I would go the country way. It’s not my type of music, but we had a great time together and I respect him so much as an artist and as a musician.”
What kind of music would he like to put out? “For me, I felt like I did exactly what I wanted to do on the show that I would want to do on a record. … When I went on the show and did “Ain’t No Sunshine, ” I felt like that’s the kind of stuff I wanted to do, stuff that kind of has that feel, stuff that kind of moves people.”
Was his wife upset when Simon made the comment about “pulling her out too early? “Absolutely not, she had already been saying, “I don’t know if you should mention me.” She was looking out for me as well.”
What did you learn from your experience on the show? “I’ve always been a procrastinator. On the show, I felt like the times that I worked the hardest were the times that I did the best and that the best things happened. The biggest thing I learned was that the harder you work for the thing that you love the most, then everything that you want is going to come true.”