KRIS ALLEN You’d be hard pressed to name anyone else in the country to rival Kris Allen’s precipitous rise in 2009. This time last year, few beyond New Life Church knew his name. In a week, he’ll perform for New Year’s Eve on national TV. In between, he spent five months on the “Idol” rollercoaster (remember those Tender Dawg days?
), and the rest of the year touring non-stop, recording a debut album and enduring a career’s worth of publicity. Here’s hoping the New Year brings him a little down time.