'American Idol' alumni: Where are they now?

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, February 25, 2011

25 of 32: Small town guy, Kris Allen never imagined he would be the winner of 'American Idol: Season 8.' In November of 2009, Allen released his self-titled album which included the top hit, 'Live Like We're Dying,' immediately after the hype about his win over David Lambert. Many of his songs have made it to the top of Billboard.

Soon after the release, Allen reached out to flood victims in Nashville and opened for country crooner, Keith Urban. Allen is still passionate about music education and helps raise money for the cause with the Music Empowers Foundation.

In late 2010, Allen went on tour with Lifehouse, promoting his self-titled album (pre-'Idol,' Allen released an album titled, 'Brand New Shoes'). ( Photo / KrisAllenOfficial.com/us/home)