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'American Idol's' Kris Allen: Future flop? Superstar?

May 23, 2009 | 11:02 pm

Let's fend off the nuclear attacks against Kris Allen now that he blasted Adam Lambert in the "American Idol" battle. Whether he survives and thrives ahead with a successful music career — winning Grammys and achieving the sales and critical respect he craves — may be discerned perhaps by observing how similar artists have fared so far.

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According to the posters in The Envelope's forums, the new "American Idol" winner fits the chiseled profiles of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas and Jack Johnson. Not only have they all reaped mega-sales, but, in terms of earning industry respect, they'll all been nominated in the pop categories at the Grammys. Mayer and Thomas won. Mraz was also nominated for one of the top four prizes, best song ("I'm Yours"), a laurel John Mayer claimed for "Daughters." Thomas nabbed one of the other top Grammy trophies: best record ("Smooth," shared with Santana).

Lauren Christy, a member of producing team behind Mraz (plus Grammy grabbers Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears) told MTV News, "Kris is a heartthrob for the girls and has the looks and voice to carry a great pop career. You could liken him to Nick Lachey or Adam Levine from Maroon 5."

Maroon 5 won three Grammys, including one of the top four: best new artist. Nick Lachey hasn't been nominated, but he got deserving bids for "What's Left of Me" from the American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
 

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