Kris Allen Wins American Idol

May 21, 2009

Late night, in a finish that left even the winner shocked, Kris Allen, the 23-year-old from Conway, Arkansas, came out the winner on season 8 of American Idol.

The runner-up, 26-year-old Adam Lambert of San Diego, had been considered the likely winner since nearly the start of the competition. His over-the-top performances and big vocal range consistently won big love from the judges while Kris, a bland pop-rocker, flew under the radar for much of the season. This goes to prove that this contest is all based on popularity.

After the results of the voting on the final performance episode were announced, Kris seemed speechless. "Are you serious?" he asked host Ryan Seacrest. "Are you friggin’ serious?" Asked how it felt to win, he said, "It feels good, but Adam deserves this." Barf.

Here are the highlights of the night in less than 60 seconds.

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