Kris Allen Still Thinks Adam Lambert Deserved To Win ‘American Idol”He’s one of the most gifted performers I’ve ever met,’ the new champ says of his rival.
Kris Allen might have been a stranger to “American Idol” fans before the top 36 performance shows, but three months later, he was crowned the show’s new champion.
How did he do it? We caught up with the 23-year-old newlywed from Conway, Arkansas, to talk about his under-the-radar journey, whether he’ll be going country and what Kanye West said about his version of “Heartless.”
Q: After you were announced as the winner, you said Adam Lambert deserved to win. Why did you say that?
A: I still feel that way. I feel like 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 I’ve ever met, he’s really just a great guy. We became great friends, and we told each other that day, “You deserve it,” and he shot it back at me. I think it could have gone either way, and America could not have gotten it wrong.
Q: During Tuesday night’s performance finale, the judges seemed to not really comment on your performances of the coronation song, “No Boundaries.” Why do you think that was?
A: After that last song, I don’t think me or Adam were happy with our performances at all. I think that they were not trying to judge us on that song, more than anything, and just judge us on the year, which was kind of nice. It felt great to be judged on what we’ve done throughout the year and not exactly what we’d done on that song.
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