Kris Allen – Performance Profile, American Idol 2009 Season 8

May 19, 2009 by  

Kris Allen performs No Boundaries, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen performs No Boundaries, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen performs No Boundaries, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen once again does a commendable job at yet another song that is out of his vocal range. His voice strained throughout, and it was painful to listen to. Unfortunately for Kris, there’s not much that could save this song.

I liked Kris Allen’s all-black outfit. It’s strange because I generally don’t like all-black outfits in real life, but it seems to work great for performances.

Review Score: ★★☆☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen performs What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen performs What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen’s limited vocal range just could not match up with this song. This is the second time that the song chosen for Kris was out of his vocal range. I’m not sure if the show is trying to sabotage him or not, but it does point out the fact that Kris needs to work on improving his range.

I liked how the performance was stripped down compared to the first song. It had a neat KT Tunstall type of feel to it. I’m still super annoyed with his peach fuzz facial hair, though.

Review Score: ★★☆☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen performs Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

Kris Allen performs Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 11 (May 19) Top 2: Contestant’s Favourite / Simon Fuller’s Choice / Winner’s Single

I’m kind of over Kris Allen’s interpretation of this song. It’s unfortunate that he says this is the type of music he wants to perform in his career, because I think it’s kind of outdated. He did do a much better job at hitting the last note, though Kris’ falsetto still leaves a lot to be desired.

Kris Allen went a lot bigger with this performance than he did the first time, and I don’t think it quite worked. The song was more emotional when he kept it simple and was on a keyboard.

Review Score: ★★★☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs Heartless (Kanye West), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 10 (May 12) Top 3: Judge’s Choice / Contestant’s Choice

Kris Allen performs Heartless (Kanye West), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 10 (May 12) Top 3: Judge's Choice / Contestant's Choice

Kris Allen performs Heartless (Kanye West), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 10 (May 12) Top 3: Judge's Choice / Contestant's Choice

Kris Allen did a much better job with his own song choice this week. I like how Kris is willing to take chances week in and week out given his limited vocal abilities. The arrangement was nice and the song is definitely catchy. The range in the song was limited, so Kris didn’t have trouble staying on key.

Kris was back behind his guitar for this performance, and it definitely suits him well. The joy in his face during this song really sold it (though I suppose it goes against the theme of the song).

Review Score: ★★★★☆ 

Kris Allen performs Apologize (One Republic), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 10 (May 12) Top 3: Judge’s Choice / Contestant’s Choice

Kris Allen performs Apologize (One Republic), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 10 (May 12) Top 3: Judge's Choice / Contestant's Choice

Kris Allen performs Apologize (One Republic), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 10 (May 12) Top 3: Judge's Choice / Contestant's Choice

Wow, the judges must be trying to sabotage Kris Allen with this song, or they just haven’t been listening the past few weeks. Kris Allen has a horrible, horrible falsetto. Why would they choose this song for Kris when the entire chorus goes in and out of falsetto. Kris does his best, but it comes out as totally amateur. Halfway through the song, Kris just abandons the falsetto and just shouts as high as he can during the chorus. Too bad for him, he’s not able to reach the notes properly.

It was cool seeing Kris behind a piano instead of a guitar. He looked believable as a performing artist.

Review Score: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs Come Together (The Beatles), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 9 (May 5) Top 4: Rock Music with mentor Slash

Kris Allen performs Come Together (The Beatles), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 9 (May 5) Top 4: Rock Music with mentor Slash

Kris Allen performs Come Together (The Beatles), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 9 (May 5) Top 4: Rock Music with mentor Slash

Kris Allen’s voice is boring as usual. There’s really no depth to his vocals. I thought he made a great choice in singing a Beatles song, because really, the Beatles are known for their song writing, not their great vocals, so the comparison comes out well for Kris. (To all the Beatles fans out there who are hating on me right now: Deal with it. The Beatles’ vocals are their weakest element.) I liked Kris’ interpretation.

Kris Allen looks cute as usual, though his wardrobe is getting a little bit boring as is the peach fuzz that he insists on growing on his face each week.

Review Score: ★★★☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs The Way You Look Tonight, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 8 (April 28) Top 5: Rat Pack Standards with mentor Jamie Foxx

Kris Allen performs The Way You Look Tonight, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 8 (April 28) Top 5: Rat Pack Standards with mentor Jamie Foxx

Kris Allen performs The Way You Look Tonight, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 8 (April 28) Top 5: Rat Pack Standards with mentor Jamie Foxx

I absolutely love this song and Kris Allen gives a capable performance. Vocally, though, Kris just can’t compete with the other contestants. I’m a bit of a snobby vocal lover, and Kris’ voice doesn’t inspire me. Kris also has a rather horrible falsetto that he always tries to throw in for some reason.

I’m happy that Kris Allen demonstrated yet again that he doesn’t need the crutch of his guitar to perform. He looked smooth in his suit and tie with the big band surrounding him.

Review Score: ★★★½☆ 

Kris Allen performs She Works Hard for the Money (Donna Summer), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 7 (April 21) Top 7: Disco

Kris Allen performs She Works Hard for the Money (Donna Summer), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 7 (April 21) Top 7: Disco

Kris Allen performs She Works Hard for the Money (Donna Summer), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 7 (April 21) Top 7: Disco

Kris Allen did a good job of reimagining She Works Hard for the Money. I have to admit that I was shocked to hear that he picked this song, but he really came through with a cool arrangement. Kris’ vocals sounded really nice this week, though the song didn’t really stretch his abilities much as far as range goes.

Kris Allen was looking extra cute this week in a simple white t-shirt that made him look extra buff. I liked the arrangement on the stage with the other instruments, but Kris probably placed himself a little too far back behind pack.

Review Score: ★★★★☆ 

Kris Allen performs Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová) from Once, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 6 (April 14) Top 7: Idol At The Movies (Quentin Tarantino, mentor)

Kris Allen performs Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová) from Once, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 6 (April 14) Top 7: Idol At The Movies (Quentin Tarantino, mentor)

Kris Allen performs Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová) from Once, American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 6 (April 14) Top 7: Idol At The Movies (Quentin Tarantino, mentor)

I really think all the idols are getting worn out. Most of their voices are sounding worse and worse by the week. Kris Allen’s voice came off as incredibly thin this week, which is tough to do on a slow ballad that should give him enough time to really collect his breath. Kris is choosing some really bizarrely boring songs lately.

Kris Allen was looking really cute this week. His light jacket worked well with his club shirt. It was nice to see him looking cute again.

Review Score: ★★☆☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs All She Wants to Do Is Dance (Don Henley), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 5 (April 7) Top 8: Year They Were Born

Kris Allen performs All She Wants to Do Is Dance (Don Henley), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 5 (April 7) Top 8: Year They Were Born

Kris Allen performs All She Wants to Do Is Dance (Don Henley), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 5 (April 7) Top 8: Year They Were Born

What a boring song. I have never heard this song before, and I never want to hear it again. It’s like there’s only one line throughout the entire song to along with its one note. Was this song really ever a hit? Kris Allen is completely drowned out by the backing instruments.

Kris Allen used the mini-stage on the side, the first person to use it since Matt Giraud. Kris did not use the stage and mosh pit nearly as effectively as Matt did. The whole performance came off as cheesy and boring, completely forgettable.

Review Score: ★★☆☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 4 (March 31) Top 9: Popular iTunes Downloads

Kris Allen performs Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 4 (March 31) Top 9: Popular iTunes Downloads

Kris Allen performs Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 4 (March 31) Top 9: Popular iTunes Downloads

This is the best that Kris Allen’s voice has sounded all season. The stripped down musical accompaniment really allowed his vocals to soar. The arrangement was nicely done as well. I do have to deduct marks for the atrocious final note. Kris missed his falsetto by a mile, not even close.

Kris Allen did a good job incorporating his keyboard playing. Having the orchestra sitting next to him was a nice touch. I don’t know about Kris’ plain t-shirt, though. It didn’t seem to fit in at all.

Review Score: ★★★★☆ 

Kris Allen performs How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (Marvin Gaye), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 3 (March 25) Top 10: Motown (Smokey Robinson, mentor)

Kris Allen performs How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (Marvin Gaye), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 3 (March 25) Top 10: Motown (Smokey Robinson, mentor)

Kris Allen performs How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (Marvin Gaye), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 3 (March 25) Top 10: Motown (Smokey Robinson, mentor)

Kris Allen’s rendition of How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) was passable but hardly memorable. It was nice seeing him back with guitar this week, but I’m slowly beginning to forget all about him. It’s not his fault really, as he’s making the most of his vocal abilities. It’s just that when the other performers raise their games, I don’t think that Kris Allen can match.

Kris Allen is cute as usual, and I like his button-up navy-inspired shirt. HIs stage performance was good, though it’s not too difficult to stand up on stage with a guitar. Kris has showed in the past that he can perform without the guitar, though, so I can’t fault him for that.

Review Score: ★★★☆☆ 

Kris Allen performs Make You Feel My Love (Garth Brooks), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 2 (March 17) Top 11: Grand Ole Opry (Randy Travis, mentor)

Kris Allen performs Make You Feel My Love (Garth Brooks), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 2 (March 17) Top 11: Grand Ole Opry (Randy Travis, mentor)

Kris Allen performs Make You Feel My Love (Garth Brooks), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 2 (March 17) Top 11: Grand Ole Opry (Randy Travis, mentor)

Kris Allen had a pretty good vocal performance. Kris’ voice sounded very pure. He is definitely making the most of his vocal ability. He doesn’t have the strongest vocals in the competition, but at least he’s showing off the purity of his voice.

I wasn’t buying Kris Allen’s outfit tonight. The black shirt was a little too simple. It doesn’t matter too much, though, because Kris is a natural-born hottie. The performance was definitely very memorable, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve never heard of this song before. I think the simplicity of the setup drew me in.

Review Score: ★★★½☆ 

Kris Allen performs Remember the Time (Michael Jackson), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 1 (March 10) Top 13: Michael Jackson

Kris Allen performs Remember the Time (Michael Jackson), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 1 (March 10) Top 13: Michael Jackson

Kris Allen performs Remember the Time (Michael Jackson), American Idol 2009 Season 8, Week 1 (March 10) Top 13: Michael Jackson

Kris Allen is obviously a huge fan of Michael Jackson’s song library. Kris knows this song inside and out. He does a very good job vocally. Kris performs with the song with his guitar, which gives his performance a great singer-songwriter feel.

Why on Earth is Kris Allen wearing a lumberjack top. He’s such a total hottie, but I don’t think his hotness can survive the lost-in-the-woods look. To make matters worse, Kris’ hair is way too overdone and clashes badly with his outfit.

Review Score: ★★★½☆ 

Kris Allen performs Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson), American Idol 2009 Season 8, (February 26) Top 36 Group 2: Billboard Top 100 Hits

Kris Allen performs Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson), American Idol 2009 Season 8, (February 26) Top 36 Group 2: Billboard Top 100 Hits

Kris Allen performs Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson), American Idol 2009 Season 8, (February 26) Top 36 Group 2: Billboard Top 100 Hits

Review Score: ☆☆☆☆☆ 

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