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More than 28 million television viewers watched as 23-year-old Arkansas native Kris Allen was named the 2009 winner of American Idol. Kris, who throughout the season was called a dark horse and an underdog, edged favorite adam Lambert as nearly 100 million people cast their votes during the eighth season finale.

With this entry into the Dream Big: American Idols Superstars series, you can follow Kris's journey from a singer who saw little to no screen time during early episodes ...

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More than 28 million television viewers watched as 23-year-old Arkansas native Kris Allen was named the 2009 winner of American Idol. Kris, who throughout the season was called a dark horse and an underdog, edged favorite adam Lambert as nearly 100 million people cast their votes during the eighth season finale.

With this entry into the Dream Big: American Idols Superstars series, you can follow Kris's journey from a singer who saw little to no screen time during early episodes to the man who won over the hearts of America. Find out how his brother, Daniel, saved him from missing his audition. Follow along as he belts out his now-famous renditions of "Ain't No Sunshine," "Falling Slowly," "Apologize," and "Heartless." Read what the Idol judges and other music experts really thought about his performances and learn what the future holds for kris Allen, the 2009 American Idol.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
In 2009, Singer Kris Allen was named the winner of the American Idol contest. He was considered a dark horse because another singer named Adam Lambert was cast as the favorite. Kristopher Neil Allen was born on June 21, 1985, in Jacksonville, Arkansas. At an early age, Kris showed a talent for music. He learned how to play the viola, guitar, piano, and ukulele. In 2007, Kris and some friends recorded an eleven-song CD together. The CD did not do very well so he thought of putting his dream aside and concentrate on finding a regular job. In 2008, Kris married Katy O'Connell, who believed in his dream of becoming a singer. With her support, Kris kept his dream of a music career alive. Seven years after America Idol debuted, Kris and his brother Daniel auditioned for the program. Daniel did not make it, but Kris did. He had his ups and downs in the show, but each week he was voted to return. Author Bednar offers quotes throughout the book, and one of them says, "I was shocked every week I was there." Finally, there were three remaining finalists, Kris, Adam, and Danny. Kris performed after Adam, playing his guitar and singing Kanye West's "Heartless." The next night, he and Adam were the two remaining finalists. Kris, the underdog, was announced the winner. He is quoted as saying, "The only thing I want to do is to be respected in the music industry. Whether that means selling albums or winning Grammys or just people liking my music, that's all I really want to do." Color photographs are included as well as a chronology, an awards list, a glossary, suggested further reading, and a list of internet resources. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Table of Contents

American Idol Timeline 6

Chapter 1 From Underdog to American Idol 9

Chapter 2 Faith, Family, and Music 19

Chapter 3 The People's Talent Show 25

Chapter 4 Kris's Idol Journey Begins 33

Chapter 5 Rise of the Dark Horse 45

Chronology 58

Accomplishments & Awards 59

Glossary 60

Further Reading & Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

About the Author 64

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