Getting to interview Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta (or “Kradison,” as “American Idol” fans affectionately call them) together was a personal career goal of mine. Last Friday night (February 12) at the Ryan Seacrest “Rock My Town” event, after a year of begging publicists, record labels and religious saviors, my dream finally became a reality.
What is it about Kradison in particular that made me want this interview so badly? For one, I’m a huge fan of their music. Before the eighth season, I’ve never rooted for three separate contestants in one “Idol” season simultaneously (even if it took me a little time to warm up to Adam’s vocal prowess). Beyond their tunes though, when you put Kradison in a room together, sparks fly.
Adam’s devilish sense of humor brings out Kris’ naughty side (watch Kris joke about covering “For Your Entertainment,” complete with whips) and Allison’s teenage energy infects Kris and Adam with a goofiness you don’t always see from the reserved “Idol” winner and arty runner-up. (Check out Adam’s hilarious reggae version of “No Boundaries.”)
You don’t take my word for it — check out our seven-part Extended Play interview! Although I’m not sure I’d call it an interview so much as a collection of giggles, overlapping chatter and jaw-droppingly blue remarks. (Speaking of which, I hope Kris’ mom doesn’t find this interview. If she does, sorry Mama Allen! Blame those raunchy, “grab-happy” fans in Singapore!)
Seconds before our cameras began rolling, Kradison reminisced about how a little under a year ago, they were doing press together after being voted through from the same semi-finals group. Now they’re too busy to shave, obsessing over picking a second single or looking forward to trips around the globe. Friday night’s concert had a really cool “Goodbye ‘Idol,’ hello solo artists” vibe to it. Here’s hoping my interview is one last memory for the fans before we all start obsessing over the new crop of “Idol” contenders while continuing to follow Kris, Adam and Allison’s careers individually.
What’s your favorite Kradison memory? Leave your thoughts in the comments!