After Kris Allen performed with country superstar Keith Urban on Wednesday’s finale, country fans were wondering: could this new American Idol follow the path of Carrie Underwood and become a country music legend? After all, he proved he could sing country fairly well. And let’s face it, which contestant were most country music fans supporting?
First of all, Kris Allen totally rocked country night on American Idol. He sang Garth Brooks’ “To Make You Feel My Love.” I can’t stand the way Garth does it and Kris took a song that I couldn’t stand and made it sound good. The only person close was Danny Gokey, who sang “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts. Adam Lambert completely destroyed “Ring of Fire.” Johnny Cash would be rolling around in his grave. It was scary.
Kris Allen’s performance with Keith Urban was amazing. I’ve heard “Kiss A Girl” a billion times on the radio, but I’ve never felt the desire to buy it. Now, not only am I going to buy the performance (once I can find it on iTunes), but I’m sure I can make into my Top 25 right next to Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and Kris’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” easily. The song is just amazing. Kris Allen’s voice was born for country music.
Plus, American Idols who turn country are very successful. Well, maybe not Taylor Hicks, but he’s very happy on Broadway. I see ads for it all the time. Carrie Underwood (“Last Name”) is the top earning American Idol alumni. She made $14 million last year. She sold 9.6 million albums and 10.7 million digital downloads last year. Kellie Pickler, another Idol alum is a major country star, touring with Taylor Swift.
He says, "I don't feel like I would go that country way. That's not my type of music and that's not the feeling that I want on my album, but we did have a great time together. He's a great guy and I respect him so much as an artist and musician."
It’s such a shame. He is a country boy and even is from the south. Hopefully, some of his songs on his album will sound country.