Kris Allen might have jumpstarted his career on "American Idol," but he's apparently forgot about it based on his recent comments on the Fox talent show. The Arkansas-based singer told TMZ last week that he didn't catch Phillip Phillips' win on the show and that it's probably time to end the show.
"Maybe it's been going on too long," he joked when told about the sagging ratings for this year's finale. He has a point, plus Allen has been the subject of plenty of jokes since beating Adam Lambert in 2009. Judge Randy Jackson even publicly slammed his album in January 2010 - though, to be fair, he also slammed Lambert.
Allen might be the "hot seat" now for slamming the show that gave him a career, but he's hardly the first - or the last - to do it.
Finalist Chris Daughtry also slammed "Idol" during a 2008 interview with Rolling Stone.
"I feel like it's definitely lacking some credibility at this point ... It's in a state of decline and if they don't do something about it, it's probably not gonna last too much longer. I'm sure that'll be used against me, but that's the truth, you know?" he told the music magazine before quickly backpedaling, saying his words were taken out of contest.
"Let's not forget I was a struggling artist for 11 years that never got any respect or notoriety so know that I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity that 'Idol' gave me," he wrote in a follow-up post on his website.
One of the finalists from this season, Elise Testone, was pretty upset with her April ouster and said that the judges were only there to be on television and offered the finalists no help.
"I'd like to say that they were [helpful], but I don't really feel that way. I am sorry. I feel bad about it," Testone said, according to OK! Magazine. "It's hard to judge someone and tell them who they are, when you don't even know who they are."
Her elimination came one week after fellow cut finalist Colton Dixon told reporters that he "didn't care" that he was eliminated. "I don't want to sound cocky or anything," he added.
Original "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson has never really slammed the show that gave her a superstar career, though a promo for her new show, "Duets", does. However, Clarkson has defended "Idol' on more than one occasions - including when the CEO of Big Machine Records slammed the show while defending Taylor Swift's terribly Grammys performance in 2010.
"Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better," she wrote in a post directed toward Scott Borchetta. "Sincerely, One of those contestants from 'American Idol' who only made it because of her high notes ;)."
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