Last season, I was obsessed with little David Archuleta. This year, along with my “work for Tina Fey obsession,” I am now transfixed upon Kris Allen. For those who know me, you know that I unapologetically adore pop music. And when I say pop music, I mean music that consists of a simple melody and contains at least one of the following words in the chorus: “love” or “crazy (or if a ballad, “cry,” “tears,” or “without” /s “you”). Even better if it’s a song that begins a capella, with the gradual introduction of a soft-toned drum beat, and finally the introduction of the rest of the band as the singer reaches vocal crescendo. Think Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love, Mandy Moore’s Cry, or O’Town’s All or Nothing.
So while this year’s field of AI finalists may be, as a whole, the most vocally talented in the show’s history, I have found only a few to be worthy of my pop heart. There’s Danny Gokey and his pull at the heart strings story of true love. There’s Anoop Dawg, whose voice is built for a Boyz II Men revival, and there’s Matt Giraud, who does his best every week to imitate Justin Timberlake at the piano.
But out of them all, my pop heart belongs to Kris Allen. Last night, Kris performed a beautifully gentle rendition of Garth Brooks’ To Make You Feel My Love. What a wonderful choice of song. It was as if Kris looked into the minds of all sappy women in America, realized that they all watched the movie, Hope Floats, and figured out that singing the song from Hope Floats would generate an unprecedented response fueled by sappy memories and overflowing estrogen.
After last night’s performance, I’m feeling like dreams can come true. And that is the real reason why I heart pop music. Pop music is reliable. Whether you’re hopeful, downtrodden, or emotionally extinguished, there’s a song for you. I’m now on day nine in my 10 More Days for Tina Fey series, and I have not heard from the Queen Bee of comedy herself. That’s okay. I’ve got Kris Allen on repeat, and I’ve got my pop. Tina, when you’re ready, my script is waiting for you.
Discover me, Tina Fey!