Michael Slezak
June 02, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Idolatry producer Jason Averett is still under the weather, but he dragged himself to the office today to finish editing our final regular episode of the season — not counting next week’s bonus LaKisha Jones performance, of course! — and we hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait. Press play below to get our five-part Kris Allen interview, where the season 8 champ talks about overcoming his early cannon-fodder status, struggling during his duet with Danny Gokey, and dismissing critics who say he’s not as good a singer as some of his Idol competitors. Kris also weighs in on which former contestants advanced his Idol aspirations, what part of the Idol stage future contestants should always avoid, and why he was confident America would love his unexpected Kanye West cover during final three week.

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