'The Voice's' Dia Frampton: 'I Still Don't Know Who Kris Allen Is'

Wed, July 6, 2011 4:29pm EDT by 48 Comments

Dia Frampton put herself on the map when performing Kanye’s ‘Heartless’ on ‘The Voice’ this year, and she reveals she still hasn’t checked out former ‘Idol’ contestant Kris Allen’s version!

Dia Frampton is in the midst of launching her singing career to new heights after her stint on The Voice. She sat down for an interview with our sister site TVLine.com and spoke about her future career and how scary it was to perform her own rendition “Heartless” for the first time. She also chatted about American Idol‘s Kris Allen again!

A month ago, Dia told HollywoodLife.com she hadn’t heard Kris Allen’s famous rendition of “Heartless” which he performed on Idol. She said she’d only listend to The Fray’s version. TVLine.com asked her about the Idol contestant’s season 8 performance and Dia answered, “Honestly, I still don’t know who Kris Allen is. I haven’t watched ‘Idol’ since Kelly Clarkson’s year, when I was a lot younger.”

She explains why she chose the Kanye West song to cover, “I wanted to slow down a hip-hop or R&B song, and “Heartless” was the best choice because of its lyrics; you can play with them. They’re still so emotional. It’s not like slowing down a Snoop Dogg song or something.” Dia played hers on the piano, while Kris had performed it with his guitar, which was her original intention. “I first started playing “Heartless” on the acoustic guitar, and Blake was the one who wanted to switch it up,” explains Dia, who reiterates that Blake Shelton introduced her to The Fray’s cover, from which she drew inspiration. “I was happy to do it, to get a little creative.”

Before Dia performed “Heartless” she was known for being part of the uncomfortable Serabee duet in the battle rounds. Did Dia know her Kanye cover would be a game-changer? “I didn’t know how anybody would take it. I liked it, but it’s scary to wonder what other people will think. I’m kind of eclectic and I like weird things, and on a lot of these types of shows, people want to hear someone belting out a Celine song,” confesses the singer. “The thing is, “Heartless” had to be changed. I don’t rap, obviously, and it was so not my style, the Kanye West way.”

Dia also said she doesn’t know if a deal with Universal Republic is imminent, but reveals she’s focusing on playing and writing at the moment. We’re sure she’ll continue to gain momentum and success, and can’t wait for a new album!

The last time we asked you, most of you preferred Kris’s rendition of “Heartless” over Dia’s cover. Do you still stand by that decision? Or are you more accustomed to Dia’s voice and tone now that you’ve heard a variety of her songs?

Lorena O’Neil

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