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Monday, August 24, 2009

American Idol winner Kris Allen is mastering the fame game

And you think you've had a crazy year.

Give this whirlwind a whirl: In six months you've gone from unknown college dropout to ubiquitous music star, headlining arenas across the United States. Americans by the tens of millions handed you a first-place finish on the country's most popular television program, and more than 20,000 lined the streets to help you celebrate with a hometown victory parade.

Last fall you were another anonymous dude playing bar gigs, just hoping somebody would notice; today you phone up Chris Daughtry for career advice.

If 2009 has been a big, surreal blur for "American Idol" champ Kris Allen, surely you can forgive him. Point out to Allen that his upcoming concert will mark his second Detroit-area visit of the year, and he pauses, silent. Nudge him with a reminder that he was here in March, when "American Idol" filmed a dedicated Motown episode, and he pipes back up:

"Yeah, that's right!"

The 24-year-old singer-guitarist will lead the 2009 finalists, including runner-up Adam Lambert, as the latest "American Idols Live!" tour winds its way into the Palace on Wednesday. Allen spent the first half of the year learning what it was like to star on a major television show. This summer is now a crash course in the one-of-a-kind grind of concert touring.

"It's not the easiest thing in the world," concedes Allen, who married his longtime girlfriend in September, just months before life abruptly veered down the "Idol" track. "There's not a whole lot of sleep, and you're not on any kind of schedule. You arrive in some places at 5 or 6 in the morning, then some places at 1 or 2 -- it's always different. But every night is totally worth it. The shows are what we do this for."

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