The new year began badly for "American Idol" winner Kris Allen.
He was in a car wreck Jan. 1 and had surgery on his wrist several days later, complicating matters since he was to begin a new tour shortly after.
But canceling was not an option, the 27-year-old Arkansas native said in a phone interview. He said he told fans he would tour, and he would do so. "I'm a man of my word," he said.