Really? ‘Christians’ only speak with a loud and united voice when it comes to casting a vote for a pop singer? Not sure if that’s how it’s supposed to work…
Kris Allen was indeed the underdog going into the “American Idol” finale on Wednesday evening, and the vibe inside the Nokia Theater was definitely in favor of the more controversial, theatrical and incredibly “out there” California native Adam Lambert.
With Allen having shied away from the sectarian spotlight, his local church made up for it. The New Life Church in Greater Little Rock, Arkansas urged churchgoers to prayer and vote for the ‘Idol’ finalist, created a Facebook link on the church Web site in support of their hometown hero and his proud Pastor, Rick Bezet, flew to Los Angeles for the momentous finale.
“Kris has a personality type that is shown best in small groups and the public may not hear talking points about his faith, about himself, or his gifts,” Pastor Bezet told Tarts on Wednesday. “He wins people over with authentic care and then he will share his faith at the right time, he tends to hold back on comments regarding himself. Some may think he is not confident in his humility, but Kris simply thinks more about others, but somehow not less about himself.”
According to an ‘Idol’ insider, support for Kris most likely surged over the last week when Danny Gokey (who was extremely open about his involvement with the church) was voted off and thus Christians turned their full devotion to Allen who epitomizes the all-American, talented and moralistic role model.
Allen’s surprise win may have also been a reflection of the growing market for Christian music. The Gospel Music Association recently reported that Christian/Gospel recorded music sales stand at almost half a billion annually and digital album sales were up 38 percent in 2008, while digital tracks were up over 37 percent.
“Churches go crazy with support! Thousands of churches twittering and facebooking! It’s been a blast,” Bezet also told us.
But when it comes to finding their ‘Idol,’ is America happiest without the bells and whistles?
“America had a grass roots campaign for a ‘good ole boy!’ There was just too much hype with Lambert. Everyone likes a person who just does the work,” said Michael Sands, leading Hollywood Media Image Consultant. “I think the viewers would have been turned off if Kris pitched religion. The media picked up on Kris’ Christian background so his handlers did not have to “force feed” the worldwide audience. The Christian belief is there sublimally, no over sell needed.”