UCA student goes to Hollywood on American Idol

University of Central Arkansas junior Kris Allen was one of only eight American Idol contestants to receive a golden ticket to the Hollywood round during auditions in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday night’s show.

Allen wooed the judges with his rendition of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You.”

The Little Rock native singer/songwriter is majoring in business at UCA.

According to his MySpace page, he taught himself to play the guitar at 13 and has since mastered the piano, viola and ukulele.

In 2007, the unsigned singer debuted his first full-length CD, “Brand New Shoes.”


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