So how does it feel to be the new American Idol? The word on Kris Allen's lips when he stopped by the Idol press room a couple of minutes ago was "shocked": "I felt shocked almost every week that I made it," he said. "And to be the American Idol, I'm completely shocked."
And he meant what he said at the end of the show when he called out that Adam deserved the Idol title. "I feel like he deserves this just as much as I do," he said. "He's an amazing, amazing performer, a gifted, gifted guy — really just an amazing guy. It was fun doing this with him, it really was." And it's fitting that he said the best part of the whole Idol experience was the friends he made along the way: "The tour's gonna be a blast."
He's already thinking about the kind of music he'll make, and it's in keeping with what we've heard from him on the show: "I've done a lot of the pop singer/songwriter, pop/rock kind of thing, and that's definitely what I want to do," he said. He still seemed a little stunned at the possibility of his lifelong dream of having a music career coming true: "I tried for so long, and nothing happened — and this has been the coolest experience ever." He seemed starstruck at tonight's performances — "Seriously, I got to sing with Queen? Wow!" — and said that while he hasn't heard personally from Kanye West about his cover of "Heartless," he has heard through the grapevine that Kanye was pleased.
Kris said he's prepared to live the life of an Idol champ: "American Idol boot camp kind of gets you ready for that. I'm totally ready." But he's not going to go all superstar on us just yet: "I don't want to change who I am."
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