American Idol Finale: Kris Allen Wins

Folksy singer Kris Allen is the new "American Idol," turning judges' favorite Adam Lambert into an also-ran.

Host Ryan Seacrest said on Wednesday's finale that nearly 100 million votes were cast for the finalists. The 23-year-old Allen, a student from Conway, Arkansas, bested the 27-year-old Lambert, a theater actor from San Diego.

The two-hour finale included performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart. Lambert performed with Kiss and Allen dueted with Keith Urban.

Before the announcement, the two finalists dueted on "We are
the Champions" with the surviving members of Queen.

Allen gets a record contract along with his "American Idol"
title. A stunned Allen said he didn't "even know what to feel" when the results were announced.

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  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2009 at 03:28 AM
    I voted for Kris and I'm glad he won. I like them both, but for me, I just like the music style Kris goes for. They will both have good careers. And Sam below. It's guys like you that make me wish sons for you that want to paint their nails. :) Hope you get one.
  • by honestly on May 22, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    Chris,you are a waste of time
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 22, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    And this is newsworthy for what reason???? It is a waste of time.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 22, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    To Kris fan, I bet that's why there are so many people that wanted to see Kris win instead of Adam. I was wondering why so many more wanted to see Kris win until my wife was telling me about this. I have never been into watching American Idol, but my wife loves that show and watches it every chance she gets to, while I am most of the time watching some sports. I had been watching the Canes games and basketball while all that was going on. After my wife told me that, I would have voted for Kris just because Adam had his fingernails painted. For a guy to paint their fingernails sounds like to me that he may be gay. That is disgusting and if I have a son one day, that will be one of my main rules given out to him.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 22, 2009 at 02:44 AM
    They are both talented and have big potential. For those who criticized Adam's makup, he was wearing a lot less makeup than Kiss:) He's talented and shows superb sportsmanship. I can't wait until their albums come out. I may just buy both of them. I wouldn't mind seeing either of them in concert either.
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on May 21, 2009 at 11:00 PM
    I concur, flamin Fred and ALPHA female, I voted for Adam this Idol season. I don't care about his sexual orientation, the guy is so talented! Adam should have won!!
  • by flamin Fred on May 21, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    Clay and Adam are a LOT alike. In fact, that is probably the reason that neither of them won.They might even do a duet!!! LOL
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Kris may have won... but it will be Adam that will be famous... just like with Clay! ..Adam will be just fine!
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    To Kris Fan: I agree with you!! I didn't like the screaming which Adam is known for either. The votes speak for themselves!!
  • by Ashley on May 21, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    I'm with you Leslie. Kris fan, you concern me. They are both great and can't wait to hear both of their CD's!
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