Kris Allen Debuts First Single

American Idol winner Kris Allen is ready to advance to the next round of his career — he just released the first official single from his as-yet-untitled album.

The song, “Live Like We’re Dying,” is a cover of a B-side previously released by the Irish pop-rock band The Script. Time will tell if it’s a hit, but one thing is clear: Allen has found better musical inspirations since releasing the cheese-tastic Idol-winning tune “No Boundaries,” co-written by new judge Kara DioGuardi.

Allen’s album is expected out Nov. 17.

(Check out the original Script version here.) We wonder what Ellen DeGeneres thinks!! Cast your own vote in the comments section.