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American Idol: Kris Allen – the morning after.

I thought that the shock of Boy-Next-Store, Kris Allen winning the “American Idol” title over Rock Star Adam Lambert would wear off by the time the morning rolled around and I’d downed a cup of coffee or two. I thought I’d move on into something a bit more substantive and important. But no.
This Beliefnet blogger is still fixated on the results, and wondering, as I am sure some of you are, as well. Did Kris Allen, 23, of Conway, Arkansas really deserve to win? In his own words, “I’m sorry, I don’t even know what to feel right now. This is crazy.”
StarPulse.com sheds some light on the subject:
“After the third one leaves, you wonder where do the votes go from that third contestant,” Paula Abdul said backstage after Tuesday’s singing showdown.
Allen seemed the likely candidate for those viewers’ affections, for on- and offstage reasons. Allen and Gokey, 29, of Milwaukee, were downright conservative when compared to Lambert’s elaborate staging and wardrobe choices. Allen is a married college student and has worked as a church worship leader. Gokey, a widower, is a church music director.
Lambert, 27, of Los Angeles, brought measured rock flashiness — daring, not freaky — with songs including “Whole Lotta Love,” the first-ever Led Zeppelin tune on “Idol.” He’s largely kept his personal life under wraps, saying “I know who I am” when asked about it.
Earlier this week, Allen said he hoped the outcome wouldn’t be decided by “having the Christian vote.”
“I hope it has to do with your talent and the performance that you give and the package that you have. It’s not about religion and all that kind of stuff,” he said.
Added Lambert: “It’s about music. That’s really important to keep in mind.”

This blogger is still left wondering … did America vote on the music?
Your thoughts, please!
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  • Becky

    I get what you are not saying. How is it the we can elect a Black president but not a gay idol? Was it the gay thing; are we so Christian conservative? Or, are we just not rockers??? Off our rockers? Who knows. I for one think Adam should have won, but it matters not. He will have an incredible career.

  • http://www.aomegamusic.com Lavoisier Cornerstone

    I agree that it should be about music first, but that’s not realistic. I don’t think that most of us are even CAPABLE of turning prejudices and biases completely “off” when making decisions. That’s why we have famous spokespeople for products. B/c even though you don’t know this celebrity worth a squat, the fact that you’re familiar with them them from your favorite TV show makes you trust the product more. So we’ve ALL been conditioned to make decisions on bias only to have those biases continually exploited and then asked at certain times to shut that off? A noble ideal, but not likely. I’m sure MANY gay folks (or people sympathetic to their plight for one reason or another) vote for certain American Idols because they think or know that they’re gay even if not “SOLELY” on that premise. Just as some people are turned off when they hear a singer is a Christian because of what they PERCEIVE a Christian to be (nutjob, judgmental, self-righteous, etc.). Let’s say Adam “deserved” to win but Kris got pushed over the top b/c of the Christian vote. If it was reversed and Kris deserved it more but Adam won anyway, would gay people care? I’m not so sure. So bias is not right, but not only for American idol. It’s not right when picking presidents, friends or employees either…but alas…this is the world we live in. It is unjust to care only about justice when you happen to be the injured party.

  • Jennifer

    It burdens my heart that so much judegment is being passed. Kris won because he was suppose to win. The people voted! Regardless of color, race, religion, life choices, etc…the majority voted for Kris and that is that.

  • Judy

    There is no doubt in my mind that what was really behind
    Kris’s win over the more talented Adam as this years’s American Idol.
    This was the first years in American Idol history that there was no contest between the two finalists. Kris, although appearing to be the sweet boy next door type, does not come close to the talent of Adam. He was the least talented of the top ten and I was shocked when he made the final three. The fact that Kris said “the outcome would be decided by the Christian vote” was self serving, anti Semetic and anti gay (Adam is Jewish and gay). It saddens me that American Idol is not really about who is the most talented, but what major group holds the voting power. The proof of who is the greater talent will be determind in the near future when Kris will fail to live up to his title and Adam will become a major rock star. As it is said, success is the greatest revenge. Look at Ruben Studderd’s career versus Clay Aikens. That should speak volumes.

  • Your Name

    I don’t believe Judy, that Kris said that it should be decided by the Christian vote but rather that it should not. I interpreted his words to mean that he didn’t want people to vote for him because of his relationship with the church and against Adam because he is gay but rather to judge them both on their music abilities. I was impressed with both of them in their support for each other and the diplomatic way they conducted themselves throughout the season.

  • Your Name

    I SAY NOONE SHOULD JUDGE THESE GUYS IT WAS MEANT FOR KRIS TO WIN SO GET A LIFE AN ACCEPT ”KRIS”REMEMBER GOD HAD A HAND IN THIS.YES ADAM WAS GOOD BUT JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN,WHY IS EVERYONE SO SURPRISE AFTER ALL EVERY BODY VOTED THE WAY THEY WANTED AND KRIS WON.SO HE GOT THE MOST VOTES …AS I SEE IT EVERYONE VOTED AND ITS OVER SO BE HAPPY AND GO ON….GOD BLESS THE WINNER AND ALL THE OTHERS TOO.I WAS FOR KRIS ALL THE WAY AND I’M HAPPY FOR HIM.

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