i am a self proclaimed american idol junkie. i've auditioned, i've watched every season, and i've gone to the 'idols on tour' concert for the last 4 seasons.
this season was no different other than it being my favorite season so far (on a side note: the finale??? shutUP!! the best ever hands down and kara dioguardi going head to head with bikini girl pretty much made my year). i was a huge danny gokey fan. i guess i shouldnt say was since i still am. he's awesome and i could listen to him sing all day. i was very sad when he got voted off, but the light at the end of the tunnel was kris allen. i liked him more and more as the season progressed. i really thought the top three would be adam (winning), danny (runner up), and allison (3rd), with kris being a distant 4th. thats not necessarily how i wanted it, but thats how i thought it would go down.
this season brought to light the amount of Christian contestants there have been over the years, i guess because there were quite a few this season. and not only Christians, but leaders in their church. kris and danny were both worship pastors at their respective churches and i think i read or heard somewhere that scott was too (i wonder if they'll go back to that at all...). i read several articles and saw interviews with the various contestants (jason castro, mandeesa, and chris sligh to name a few), talking about where their faith 'fits in' to the contest and how it affects (or doesnt affect) their decisions about their songs and performances, etc.
i was getting my haircut saturday and the girl doing my hair asked me if watched american idol. i of course said yes, so we started talking about the show and the results. come to find out her sister lives in arkansas and goes to church where kris allen leads [led] worship. her sister had told her that he has a great voice and its so cool to see him on t.v., but when he's leading worship and singing to the Lord its a whole different level of awesome, because hes totally in his element.
this morning i got an email from a friend of mine with a link to a video of kris singing "God in this City" 3 days after he claimed the title of american idol. in light of all the hype coming off season 8, it is good to see him in his element.
so what do you think? do you think it would be difficult to balance your faith with secular fame? wheres the line between being musically relevant and honoring your contract but being faithful to your beliefs and morals at the same time?
i'm curious to see how this plays out over the next several months.
and for the record, i already bought my tickets to the idols on tour concert in july.