Krisallen_americanidol_heartless_290 The LA Times has an excellent in-depth interview with “American Idol” winner Kris Allen. Highlights below.

Kris Allen is as cute as he ever was, filling us in on his days playing the viola, Michael Jackson and country music influencing him as a youngster and the band his dad was in in the 1980s called “Maxxzoid.” Seriously. Maxxzoid. How great is that?

I also enjoyed hearing about the night during his sophomore year of college: “We were opening a small bar in the middle of downtown Conway, and a

lot of people came out and filled the place, but that was the only

night the place was open. We opened and closed it the same night … I don’t know if it was our fault. It was actually a really good

night and everyone said so. That’s when I got the encouragement to keep

going and started playing at other places.”

Full text of the interview

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."