Watching Adam Lambert mentor on American Idol last night made me so happy. It’s great when someone that talented can be pulled from somewhat obscurity, be put on a show and become uber-famous in just over a year. In a time where someone has a Billboard Top 10 hit with a song called “Blah Blah Blah” (thanks, Ke$ha for that one, by the way) and all someone has to do become a famous “singer” is put on a weird costume and sing about giving blow jobs, it’s nice to see someone with real, raw talent actually make it.
Which brings me to the question most people are wondering: what the hell ever happened to Kris Allen, the guy who actually won American Idol last year? You know, the cute little guy from Arkansas with the guitar and blonde wife? Still no? You know, he covered that Kayne West song and everybody pretty much crapped their pants when they heard it because it was so good? Still don’t remember him? His claim to fame is that he stole Adam Lambert’s title as American Idol. That should ring a bell.
But it makes me wonder, if he’s the reigning Idol, shouldn’t he be mentoring and not the guy who lost to him?
Also…where the hell is his album? Apparently he released it in November, but has he even released a single on the radio yet? I mean, come on, the man won almost a year ago and they are about to crown the next Idol in a month, and we still haven’t heard anything from Kris in the way of music? At this point, I’d release something crappy just to get myself on the radio at least (“Blah Blah Blah” the acoustic remix, perhaps?)
Oh sure, Kris performed on Idol and talked about how he’s hugging poor kids in Africa and making shoes for kids in Bolivia or something, but while he’s doing all that, Adam’s becoming a rock star and making lots of money! Kris, you have years to go do mission work in third world countries, but your time to make it as a singer is NOW. Did we learn nothing from the Taylor Hicks disaster? The clock is ticking— fast— and soon enough a gig at a chili cook-off will sound pretty good to you.
If Kris Allen walks into a restaurant, nobody would give him a second look (unless they thought he was possibly the waiter or something). If Adam walks into that same restaurant, he just emits star power. Everybody in that room is going to look at him and know he’s “somebody.”
Adam is on awards shows, causing controversy. Adam’s getting his pictures taken by the paparazzi. Adam’s mingling in London with Lady Gaga. Adam’s performing around the country on tour.
The only place you’ve ever even seen Kris is in those stupid Ford Focus commercials they play during Idol where he talks about how his CDs are organized now or something. That’s good that you’re interested in cars, Kris, because if you don’t do something soon, it’s likely you’ll be working at a car wash in about two years.