The “American Idol” summer tour hits Little Rock Saturday (7/25) – which means a homecoming for Kris Allen, the Conway, Ark.-born winner of Season 8. He tells us he’s really looking forward to the concert where friends and family are bound to turn out.
Allen says he talks every day to his wife of 10 months, Katy, who’s stayed home “working and doing her thing” while he’s out dealing with the rigors and rewards of the immensely popular 50-city concert trek. “She actually came out for a couple of shows,” he says. “I mean, of course you’re going to miss the person you’re with. It’s tough, but it’s also – I’m having a great time out here.”
Having endured sleepless nights, especially when the tour was just starting, he’s glad to be getting into a rhythm that allows him to get some rest. He’s getting used to the tidal wave of fan attention, he says. And the media.
You may recall the competition between Allen and first runner up Adam Lambert was described by the New York Times in Pat Boone vs. Elvis terms. Kris continues to be viewed as the boy next door singer-songwriter who’s traipsed around the world doing missionary work, while Adam’s the guyliner and leather-sporting rocker who came out as gay in Rolling Stone. Earlier this month, a small, fundamentalist church-affiliated group did an anti-gay demonstration outside one of the “A.I.” concerts. The idols – all 10 finalists of the past season are on the tour – said later they weren’t going to let it bother them. Does Kris feel any pressure to be a role model of one sort or another, as the Christian guy who’s pals with the gay guy?
“No,” he answers flatly. “What would I have to be pressured about?
I’m just trying to be me. If people don’t want me to be friends with
Adam, that’s their problem, not mine. Adam’s an amazing person and I’m
so happy to call him one of my really good friends.”
Meanwhile, Kris is squeezing in time to write songs for his major label
debut album, which is slated for a Fall release by . “I
haven’t done so much co-writing in my life. That’s a little bit
different for me. It’s going real well,” he says. “The multitalented
musician adds, “It will have a sound that will be a surprise to people,
but I think a really good surprise.”
ALSO: As far as whether the contractless
return to the show, Kris says, “I don’t know too much about that.20 I
know some of the other idols know a little bit more than I do, talking
to her, but I …I’m trying to …I’m just glad it’s not anything bad about
me,” he admits. He laughs. “That’s always a plus.”
THE VIDEOLAND TWO: VH1’s dynamic brother duo Real and Chance, who have a rap group called the Stallionaires, soared to a new level of fame
when competing on the dating show “ .” Chance made it
all the way to end before getting the boot, but he tells this column
he’s glad it happened. Otherwise he and his brother wouldn’t be in the
thick of their own dating show, “Real Chance of Love 2: Back in the
Saddle,” which is currently in its second season.
Referring to reality star Tiffany Pollard by her better-known moniker,
he says, “The best thing New York could have did was get rid of a
brother like me. As you see, she’s not about nothing. I don’t know if
she’s a guy or a woman anyway,” Chance says with a jab. “She’s said a
lot of negative things about me and my brothers and that hurts our
feelings because we thought she was a real friend of ours. We became
great friends and I don’t know what went wrong after the show. She did
ask me to do something where I don’t think I showed up so it was pretty
crazy from there on out,” he recalls. “But love goes out to her whole
Real says things have worked out the way they’re supposed to and
they’re just enjoying what’s come their way. “Our life is so beautiful
right now. The only thing is we don’t really have as much privacy. We
can’t go as many places without getting bum rushed, but we’re doing
good. Television has given us a lot of opportunities and this is just
our beginning stage.”
THINGS ARE ROUGH ALL OVER: Think Hollywood’s famous folk have been spared the awfulness of the economic downturn? Well, there might be
some celebrity shadenfreude ahead. Casting is going on for a new
reality show that will feature – ready? – well-known actors and
musicians with financial problems. Subjects, who must be willing to
tell it all, will work with a top financial expert to find the root of
their problems and get back on track, for a tidy sum of $25,000.
With reports by Emily/Fortune Feimster