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Video: Idol Champ Kris Allen Answers Reader Questions

Kris Allen

In Part 1 of's video sit-down with Kris Allen, your new American Idol shared his hope that the final vote came down to the music, copped to being an "Oscar Madison," and revealed the issue on which his wife sided with no less than Simon!

Here in Part 2, Kris answers a series of questions from readers. They include:

• Which song choice does Kris feel was the biggest risk?

• What were Kris' most and least favorite performances? (Hint: For the latter pick, he laments, "I shouldn't have done the pit.")

• If Kris could record with any current artist, who would it be?

• When Kris returns home to Arkansas, what's the first thing he plans to buy for his wife?

Watch Kris' new video after the jump. read more

Kris Allen and Adam Lambert Take Over Billboard Hot 100

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert

Kris Allen may have won American Idol, but judging by the new Billboard Hot 100, both he and runner-up Adam Lambert are winners.

Idol's Top 2 account for nine debuts on the chart this week, with Allen's coronation song, "No Boundaries," climbing the highest to No. 11. Allen's take on Kanye West's "Heartless" (No. 16) and Lambert's cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" (No. 19) both cracked the Top 20.

Lambert's "Mad World" put that song on the Hot 100 for the first time ever. Additionally, his version of Sam Cooke's classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" (No. 56) is the ... read more

Idol VIDEO: What Adam Envies About Kris, Talk of 'Gasms, and Reader Questions Answered

Adam Lambert

As any American Idol enthusiast knows, Season 8 finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen were also roommates for much of the competition. So who in this Odd Couple, who was the Oscar and who was the Felix?

"I'm definitely the slob," Adam admits in Part 2 of his video Q&A. "I'm chaos." (Interestingly, Kris dubbed himself the "Oscar" when we asked him the same question.)

Also in Part 2, Adam reveals something he envies about Kris, offers an update on his Broadway dreams, recalls the "San Diego Streaker Incident," and marvels at his ability to deliver Adamgasms.

In Part 3, Adam answers reader questions about his solo vs. band career plan, the songs he wishes he had performed on Idol, and why he could never grow a Freddie Mercury mustache. (Hint: It has to do with his natural hair color.)

Watch both fresh clips after the jump. read more

Terri Seymour Seeks Restraining Order in Idol Incident

Terri Seymour

Terri Seymour has requested a restraining order against a woman who's charged with assaulting her outside the American Idol finale taping, a rep for the Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed to

The Extra correspondent, who previously dated Idol judge Simon Cowell, has asked that Janice Thibodeaux stay 100 yards away from her home, workplace and car and pay $10,000 in lawyer's fees, according to papers obtained by E!. She also requested that... read more

VIDEO: Idol Champ Kris Allen Shrugs Off Talk of Claiming the Christian Vote

Kris Allen

Seldom has the American Idol finale vote been as dissected as it was this season, when Kris Allen pulled an upset win over Adam Lambert. (See: Did AT&T Rock the Idol Vote? Fox Maintains Results Are "Fair, Accurate and Verified".) But no matter how the pollsters slice it, your new Idol prays that it ultimately came down to what you heard and saw on the stage.

"I certainly hope that it didn't come down to who got the Christian vote, or who got the Gokey vote," Kris says in Part 1 of his video Q&A. "For me and Adam, it was about the music."

And his never-disclosed cut of the 100 million vote pie? Allen is fine with being in the dark, saying, "I don't want to know."

Also in this on-camera sit-down:

• On what hot topic did Kris' wife side with Simon Cowell?
• Between him and Idol roommate Adam, who's the Felix and who was the Oscar?
• Why is Kris' a cappella take on "No Boundaries" superior to his finale performance?
• What sort of album does Kris hope to turn out?
• Lastly, what does Kris want to do "more than anything" upon his return to Arkansas?

Watch and discuss Kris' video after the jump. read more

Did AT&T Rock the Idol Vote? Fox Maintains Results Are "Fair, Accurate and Verified"

AT&T, American Idol

AT&T says "it's quite a leap" to suggest the telecommunications giant and American Idol partner could have tainted the outcome of this year's finale, as news reports claim that AT&T representatives may have acted inappropriately in helping Arkansas residents text-vote for Kris Allen.

Fox and the producers of Idol, meanwhile, say they are "absolutely certain" that the Season 8 results are "fair, accurate and verified,"

AT&T acknowledges that "a few local employees" were invited to attend two Idol viewing parties in Allen's home state of Arkansas. There, "caught up in the enthusiasm of rooting for their hometown contestant, they ... read more

Adam Lambert Video, Part 1: Makeup Tips, Wardrobe Shockers and a Pink Elephant in the Room

Adam Lambert says his Idol run "wasn't about [winning] a title."

American Idol finalist Adam Lambert has gotten so many questions about his sexual orientation that he's started calling it the elephant in the room — and a "pink" one at that.

Interviewers "have been pretty straightforward, actually," about the gay question, Lambert reports with some amazement. But he's not being straightforward in response. His answer to the questions is ... a non-answer.

Lambert, however, was open to discussing many fun topics in Part 1 of his video Q&A, including:

• His makeup tip about guyliner: "Wear it!"
• The outrageous Idol wardrobe accessory that came from his own closet
• Jamming with KISS and Queen, and then receiving public props from both legendary groups
• Kris Allen benefitting from Danny Gokey's departure, and whether Lambert cares that Allen won Idol
• His least favorite performance

Watch and discuss Adam's video after the jump. read more

Clay Aiken Apologizes for Lambasting Adam Lambert

Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert

p>Clay Aiken is apologizing for critical comments he made about American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.

In an entry dated May 21 on his blog, Aiken said that Lambert is "contrived, awful, and slightly frightening," and that one of his performances made his "ears bleed."

The next day, Aiken — a former Idol runner-up himself — clarified his statements: "I hope no one actually believed that..." read more

Could Adam Lambert Become Queen's New Front Man?

Adam Lambert and members of Queen

If you thought Adam Lambert looked like a natural fit with iconic rockers Queen during American Idol's finale, you weren't the only one.

Hours after it was announced that Lambert was Season 8's runner-up, widespread speculation began circulating that the 26-year-old singer had been offered a job as Queen's new front man. While that's not true yet, guitarist Brian May isn't ruling out the possibility.

"Amongst all that furor, there wasn't really a quiet moment to talk. But [drummer Roger Taylor] and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him at some point," May told Rolling Stone. "It's not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn't that easy. But I'd certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there."

Queen recently... read more

Idol Chatter: Why Is Kris Allen's Margin of Victory Being Kept Secret?

American Idol

American Idol has often — though not always — publicly revealed by how much a champion won. To cite a few examples, Kelly Clarkson in Season 1 claimed 58 percent of the vote to best Justin Guarini, Ruben Studdard squeaked past Clay Aiken by a slim 1,250-vote margin, and just last year it was disclosed that David Cook beat David Archuleta by some 12 million ballots.

Details on how exactly the just-wrapped Season 8 shook out, however, remain a mystery. 

Even your new American Idol, Kris Allen, who came from behind to top Adam Lambert, claims to be in the dark about who seized what portion of the "nearly 100 million votes." 

"I haven't heard anything," Allen told on Friday. "Maybe they ... read more

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