Adam Lambert (left) and Kris Allen (right), with host Ryan Seacrest (center) during American Idol on Wednesday May 20, 2009 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/
In the most stunning upset in the eight year history of American Idol, folksy singer Kris Allen is the new “American Idol.” The four music celebrity judges highly favored Adam Lambert and had expected Danny Gokey, in the final three the week before, to be in the finals with Adam Lambert instead of dark horse Kris Allen.
Adam Lambert, singer and actor from Los Angeles, California, finishes American Idol as the runner-up.
Head Idol judge Simon Cowell made no secret that he was rooting for Adam Lambert, also.
However, in the end the “’tween” vote of American children between the ages of 9 and 12 years-old led the demographic of voters who cast almost 100 million votes by phone, a world’s record, and voted for the heart-throb Kris Allen over the theatrical sensation Adam Lambert.
Host Ryan Seacrest announced the decision on Wednesday’s live finale which can be seen on Sophon Cable on MNET Series channel.
Kris Allen from Conway,
When presented with the American Idol trophy, Allen said, “This should have been Adam’s.”
The 23-year-old Allen, a college student from Conway, Arkansas, bested the 27-year-old Lambert, a theater actor from San Diego.
The two-hour finale ran six minutes long due to some surprises that can only happen on live TV and included performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart. Lambert performed with Kiss and Allen dueted with Keith Urban.
“Bikini Girl,” an Idol contestant who made it to the final 32, got a bit of payback from judge Kara Dioguardi who upstaged her by jumping on stage and taking over the song Bikini Girl was singing and then opening her own dress to reveal an even more incredible body that the younger contestant.
Danny Gokey is a church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the second runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol.
Two months prior during the judges comments Bikini Girl, named so because she auditioned in a skimpy bikini, said she could sing better than Kara Dioguardi. She was wrong.
Before the announcement, the two finalists sang together on “We are the Champions” with the surviving members of Queen.
Allen gets a record contract along with his “American Idol” title. But insiders say Adam Lambert will be a recording a performing superstar with a record contract assured.
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