A. Well that was a huge misunderstanding that kind of got turned into something funny. I was not mad at Simon for saying that, it was more of a 'Crap, I hope he isn't right!' look. I'm very expressive, so it probably seemed like more. The producers of the show were the ones telling us what to do in that segment. We got to be good friends with Norm, one of the producers, and he was joking around with us saying 'come on, you have to put the aprons on!'... I was always hesitant because I didn't think I should be in the picture too much at first.
Q. What do you think was Kris' best and worst "Idol" performances and why?
A. Best is without a doubt "Aint No Sunshine" during the finale. He did so good the first time and even better the second. Worst...I guess "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" because the concept didn't really come across for that song. A lot of people in Arkansas know that song. It's played a lot there, but I think it was really unknown to the general public. Also the sound through the TV was a little off and you could not hear the electric guitar rifts Kris did which I think were the coolest part, and then there was that pit of death. I think several factors just came together and made it an unlucky choice.
ベストは疑いなく、ファイナルの"Aint No Sunshine"。最初の時もすごくよかったけど、次はもっとよくなった。 ワーストは、、、たぶん"All She Wants To Do Is Dance" 。理由は歌のコンセプトがうまく伝わらなかったから。アーカンソーのたくさんの人があの歌を知っているの。いろんなところで演奏されてる。だけど、普通のところではあまり知られていなかったのかなーって思うわ。それにTVを通した音がちょっと小さくて、私が最もかっこいいと思うクリスが引いてるエレキのrift（ギター用語？）の音が聞こえなかったっていう死の落とし穴があったわ。 いくつかの要素がちょうどいっしょくたになって、あの曲を不幸な選択にしてしまったと思うわ。
Q. Without a doubt, Kris is one of the most humble "Idols" we have ever seen. How has he managed to stay grounded throughout this experience?
A. It hasn't been hard for him. Being an "Idol" without a ton of coverage throughout the show is a lot of hard work. When you are working hard and focusing on your music I think it's easy to stay grounded. He just doesn't have a personality to ever take himself too seriously. I never worry about him becoming too caught up in anything.
A. I like a lot of things about this album. I like how lyrically it's very honest and true to Kris. I like how he was able to write and co-write a lot. I love how he has a solo writing credit on there. I really like how it doesn't all sound too poppy ("Is It Over," "Alright With Me," and "I Need To Know" are great examples of this). I really like how he was able to put "I Need To Know" on there because it's so raw. I think an "Idol" getting to do something like that is awesome.
このアルバムはいろんな意味で大好き！歌詞がとてもクリスに正直で忠実なのが気に入ってる。彼がライターあるいは、co-writerとしてたくさんの曲にかかわれたことも気に入ってる。そこに、彼だけが作った曲があることも大好き！（レッドギター）全部のサウンドがポップすぎないこともすごく好き。（("Is It Over," "Alright With Me," a "I Need To Know" がいい例ね）とても未熟に感じる"I Need To Know"を入れることができたのもすごくよかった。「アメリカンアイドル」がそんなことをできたってことがすごいことだって思うわ。
As far as what I don't like, well I hope the next album can have even more of the 'Kris Allen' sound on there. If you listen to "Brand New Shoes" you will know what I mean. Kris does the funky/acoustic thing really well and also emotes really well, two things I think his second album will have more of. I think this was an awesome first album though, and that it was a really good learning experience that will make the second one amazing.
Q. What is your favorite song on the album and why?
A. I feel like I give a different answer every time I'm asked this. Today I'm going to go with "Is It Over." I think this song has to grow on people because its not overtly catchy or obvious. But, the vocals are some of the best I've heard from Kris, the lyrics are super meaningful, and I like the bluesy tone.
聴かれるたびに毎回違うこと答えているような気がするけど、、、今日は、Is It Overにするわ。この曲ってあからさまにキャッチーでも、わかりやすくもないから、人々の中で育っていく曲だと思うの。だけど、クリスから出てきた歌声の中で過去最高の部類だし、歌詞はものすごく意味深。そして、ブルースっぽい感じだし。
Q. Is there a song that he recorded that you wish would have made the cut?
A. Yes. I wish the original version of "The Truth" was on there. It was more piano driven and I loved it. But everybody else involved loved the one with more guitar so that is what they went with. Also, the day before the album was wrapped he recorded a song that he started writing with Tobias (the guy he co-wrote "Let It Rain" with.) I really hope it makes the second album. It's exactly that funky/acoustic thing I was talking about before.
あるわ。オリジナルバージョンのThe Truthが採用されればよかったのにと思う。もっとピアノ色が強くて私は大好き！だけど、ほかのみんなはもっとギター利いてるやつが好きだっていうの、だから、そうなっちゃった。それに、アルバムが完成する2日前に、トビアス（Let It Rainを一緒に作曲した人）と書き始めた曲をレコーディングしたの。セカンドアルバムに入るといいなーって本当に思ってる。まさしく、私がさっき言ったみたいな、ファンキーでアコースティックなやつなの！
Q. Kris has mentioned that at times working on the album was very frustrating. Did he always leave work at work or did he talk with you about it sometimes? If so, what did he say and how did your respond?
A. We talked about it a lot. I felt like it was especially hard at the beginning because there was the huge question of what the album should sound like. I think this was the thing we talked most about because Kris could go in so many directions. I think towards the end of the process he came to a strong realization of who he was as an artist and who he wants to be in the future. I think that when he starts working on the second album (which he already has since he and Cale write all the time) there will be so much less frustration. But I think he had to go through what he did. It was a process that he needed to learn from.