KRIS ALLEN, LIVING LIKE HE’S DYING

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Last season’s American Idol champ Kris Allen is doing just fine, thanks to the success of his self-titled debut album.  Allen talks about his album and the joys of being a full-time singer. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR KRIS ALLEN)

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“AMERICAN IDOL GIVES BACK” PREVIEW

IDOL GIVES BACK: American Idol winner David Cook walks seven year old Mekdes during a visit to Biruh Tesfa, a United Nations program supported by the UN Foundation, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Cook traveled with the UN Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of girls education for a special episode of IDOL GIVES BACK, be aired on April 21st. CR: Stuart Ramson/UN Foundation. Photo credit: Stuart Ramson

IDOL GIVES BACK: American Idol winner David Cook walks seven year old Mekdes during a visit to Biruh Tesfa, a United Nations program supported by the UN Foundation, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Cook traveled with the UN Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of girls education for a special episode of IDOL GIVES BACK, be aired on April 21st. CR: Stuart Ramson/UN Foundation. Photo credit: Stuart Ramson

American Idol Gives Back is airing tonight, but it’s been quite a while in the making to hear the participants tell it.

Kara DioGuardi got an education while visiting Africa, where sanitation comes at a premium. Now she’s hoping her visit will inspire others to do their part for charity.

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American Idol season eight winner, Kris Allen saw the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti firsthand. However, he also saw signs of hope in the children who survived.

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Superstar, Chris Daughtry, who appeared in season five of American Idol, is proud to be a part of the Idol charity event. Having the chance to move others into action through his music is just one of the rewards Daughtry receives from giving back.

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David Cook, season seven winner, experienced Idol Gives Back the year he won the competition on 2008. But, to return as a genuine star was a whole new memory in the making for him.

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American Idol Gives Back airs tonight, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

KARA DIOGUARDI – FROM “IDOL” TO OVERDRIVE

AMERICAN IDOL: Kara DioGuardi. CR: Michael Becker / FOX

AMERICAN IDOL: Kara DioGuardi. CR: Michael Becker / FOX

It’s not just one part of American Idol that Kara DioGuardi loves. It’s the whole picture. With her freshman year behind her, DioGuardi is starting to relax and really enjoy all her duties as a judge.

Still, it was that first season that got her blood pumping, she says, especially the finale between Idol winner Kris Allen and his superstar runner up, Adam Lambert.

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American Idol continues tonight, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

KRIS ALLEN “IDOL-ING” FOR CHARITY

AMERICAN IDOL: Season 8 winner Kris Allen performs on AMERICAN IDOL, which aired Thursday, Feb. 25 on FOX. CR: Frank Micelotta/ FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Season 8 winner Kris Allen performs on AMERICAN IDOL, which aired Thursday, Feb. 25 on FOX. CR: Frank Micelotta/ FOX.

Kris Allen was back on American Idol Thursday night – not to be judge, but to rock the house – and to raise a little money in the process.

Proceeds from Allen’s performance of Let it Be on the show will benefit United Nations Foundation’s Haiti relief efforts via the Idol Gives Back Foundation.

The season eight winner actually traveled to Haiti and shared footage from that trip on the show. After the Idol performance Allen reflected on his trip to the region and seeing the toppled city firsthand. However, the spirit of the survivors was inspiring.

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What Allen saw in Haiti

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How the country may recover and actually be better than before the quake.

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 How it feels to have his CD moving toward platinum status.

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What it was like to step onto the Idol stage again.

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 Allen’s cover of The Beatles tune Let It Be sells for $1.29 on iTunes!

KRIS ALLEN – GRACE UNDER PRESSURE

Season Eight winner Kris Allen is set to perform in Las Vegas on BILLBOARD'S NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE airing Thursday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kelsey McNeal/FOX

Season Eight winner Kris Allen is set to perform in Las Vegas on BILLBOARD'S NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE airing Thursday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kelsey McNeal/FOX

Kris Allen is ringing in the New Year in Las Vegas performing for Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live – just one of the many opportunities in his life since winning American Idol last season.

Still, the opportunities don’t come without pressures, specifically where his music is concerned.

Allen tells us that he began concentrating on his first album almost immediately along with the importance of delivering what his fans wanted…and deserved.

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 Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live airs December 31st, 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET (CT/MT/PT taped delayed) on Fox.

 Allen’s CD, Kris Allen, debuted in November.