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Kris Allen

Put 'American Idol'

Out of Its Misery

5/25/2012 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

052512_chris_allen_launchStick a fork in "American Idol" ... it's done -- at least according to former champ Kris Allen, who strongly insinuated the show has run its course.

Kris -- who beat out Adam Lambert to win Season 8 -- was in LA yesterday when we asked if he caught the "Idol" finale Wednesday night. But like millions of former "Idol" fans across the country, Kris said he did NOT.

In fact, Kris said it might be time to pull the plug on "Idol" ... for good.

But it could be a case of "Bitter, party of one." Kris' latest album is only projected to sell a measly 15-20k in its first week ... and there are rumblings that he will be dropped from his record label.

So we gotta ask ... 

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16.

KnuckleDragger    

The way I see AI is the show makes money off the premise of letting us all see the tryouts. Just because you win the title of "Best Tryout" doesn't mean you're talented. It's like entering your dog in an Ugly Dog Contest. It may win...but it's still an ugly dog.

881 days ago
17.

Kathryn    

Firstly, he has stated several times that he has been watching all season and has always been grateful to the show for giving him career.
It is most likely that he didn't catch the show because he had a performance in New York during the time when the show aired.
He never said anything about "pulling the plug" on the show as you so irresponsibly stated.
You people just put this out there as a cruel way to make digs at Kris's career - which is doing just fine.

881 days ago
18.

annabel    

people talk about how unsuccessful idols are....because they are not in the taloid news every day. Apparently you have to be a drug addict, go to rehab, get married/divorced several times,make a sex tape gain or lose a hundred pounds or beat your spouse/lover to be in the taloids daily. Apparently simply making music doesn't cut it these days

881 days ago
19.

Jerrie Klenk    

I think you have forgotten Carrie Underwood.. she has won MANY awards since appearing on American Idol.. there are many that have become famous and have sucessful careers due to that show... however, I am sick of Simon Cowell domineering TV.... four nights a week! He is rich enough.. I have had enough of his shows and him! American Idol, then the X-Factor? One is enough.. we sure do not need two!

881 days ago
20.

Truth    

WHAT A TOTAL D*CK!! DINT HE READ THE FINE PRINT? THE "SHOW" IS THE STAR NOT THE WINNERS. ONLY 3 PEEPS HAVE EVER DONE ANYTHING WITH IDOL - CLARKSON, UNDERWOOD, AND JHUD. THE REST ARE MINOR AND SUCK AFTER THE 1ST CD. #TRUTH!!

881 days ago
21.

Paul    

This tool was on the show a few weeks ago singing and promoting his new album. Maybe he should worry more about his failing career than a reality tv show.

881 days ago
22.

Jus    

Regardless of his shortcomings in the industry, he's right: the show needs to be cancelled. Not many of the winners have sustained major success except for Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, and after them you have Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert and maybe Fantasia, but they're not major stars like Kelly and Carrie.

881 days ago
23.

jessie    

I'm confused, why did the photog reference Howard Stern. He isn't on AI. Also, where in this clip does Chris say ANYTHING about putting AI out of it's misery! TMZ you are really going down the tubes making stuff up. You are joining the ranks of the National Enquirer. I don't watch AI so I really don't care but I am over your recent changes in promoting your information. You are stooping to a low level of "sensationalizing"

881 days ago
24.

Carl    

He may be the most forgettable winner of all. Either him or Lee DeWyze.

881 days ago
25.

haterstotheleft    

He's right -- Idol actually has been on the air too long. But then again, pretty much any show that has been on t.v. for 10+ years is going to lose viewers because of viewer fatigue.

And sorry to disappoint you, but there are no rumblings that Kris is going to be dropped by RCA. The label likely was expecting this level of first week sales, given that, on average, ex-Idols lose 60-70% of their sales from their 1st to their 2nd album. But if you go look, you'd see his lead single off the album is #33 (and moving up) on the Hot AC chart.

881 days ago
26.

LasVegasResidency    

He's pissed because no one really likes his music.

881 days ago
27.

Jerrie Klenk    

Katherine McPhee was a contestant and is starring in a new show with Debra Messing... "Smash Set".... that seems pretty successful? Does to me! The show served it purpose.. but..... We only need one and there are too many now... ever channel is trying to copy... and Simon is trying to over do it!

881 days ago
28.

rick    

Never bite the hands that fed you.They will bite him in the arse.

881 days ago
29.

Joey    

Kris Allen is a Loser in life. The only reason he won Idol was he was against the flaming and screaming Lambert. I agree that he is bitter because he can't sell albums or get any positive pub.

881 days ago
30.

Uh    

Don't care if it's canceled or not. Never watch it. I hear it's still a good sheep catcher so I doubt it will be canceled just yet.

881 days ago
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