May 20th, 2009
10:28 PM ET

Top 2: Stunning!

** SPOILER ALERT: Wednesday night’s blog reveals the winner of the show. Do not visit this entry of the blog if you do not want to know the result. **

The confetti has flown, and I am floored.

Kris Allen just pulled the biggest upset I have ever seen!

Can you believe it? I loved the ending with him in the emotional clinch with his wife. I am still trying to wrap my brain around it.

It has been a blast blogging this show, and I can't wait to hear what you think. Post your comments below or head over to iReport to share video of your reaction.

Kris and Adam will be appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Friday, and you can submit your questions for them via Facebook.

What a season, huh? So what should we blog next, guys? We want to hear your suggestions!

- Lisa Respers France, writer

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  1. Dave P.

    I'm not gonna comment on what others have said. In Reality, it all comes down to taste, your age, you level of maturity, your moral standing, your beliefs, your opinions, your biases....

    However I will comment on the show's title: "Idol"
    For me, an "Idol" is sort of an example, or something (or someone) to look up to, to "adore" if your are truly a "fanatic" of music. An Idol should also be someone to set an example, for the general public.
    But that's just my opinion...

    Both Adam and Kris have their own talents, both have their merits.
    If you liked Adams high pitch and range, as well as his style of music- then he was the best and should have won. If you liked the "clean cut look" and "wholesome" versitility of Kris (playing different instruments) then maybe "Kris should have won.

    But in my Opinion, when it comes to the Idol show, it does not mean that "the best singer will win". It comes down to the MAJORITY of votes that come in, and again that depends on the above criteria that I mentioned at the begining of this "blog". The only way that my statement here would not be valid is if the votes were falsified.
    Otherwise, America chose their "Idol".
    Take it or leave it, don't see the show again if you don't like it, I don't care... it's America... it's Freedom of Choice !!!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wileeeb

    The PRODUCERS chose the winner. Get real....a billion dollar way are preteens and teens going to choose the winners.....weeks in advance the PRODUCERS CHOOSE THE WINNERS! Heck, when Carrie Underwood was in the contest, the PRODUCERS ANNOUNCED THE WINNER IN ENGLAND...weeks before the finale. The owners of American Idol have no legal contract with viewers and decide what is in THEIR best financial interests, not what is preferred by viewers.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LaraKate

    Get over it! They will both be stars. It will be great!

    I am so sad that some of you are blaming Christians for this. How junior high to think that this was a Christian vs. Gay vote. Some people like one kind of music and some people like other types of music. There was a strong "anyone but Adam" force in my moms' group but it was because they did not like his MUSIC. His lifestyle was never mentioned other than we liked the dress in his drag photo. *smile*

    If you are thinking your guy should have won, you should have voted more. I think that Lamb Fans got a little too secure in the win and did not vote as much as they should have.

    The true problem with AI (and DWTS) is the tween girl with unlimited texting. AI would benefit from having a mixed scoring like DWTS – part judge and part votes. If you have ever been to AI in person, you know that some performers really capture the live audience more than others. The differences do not translate into the broadcast. The average viewer is not a trained professional that is able to identify technical issues in a performance. Americans vote based on silly things (cuteness, likeablity, underdog status, etc.), we are not going to not vote for the cutie we love because he was "pitchy."

    AI would benefit, as well, by having the judges pick a best performance of the evening. That person would be given an extra boost in the scoring.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diana

    Isn't America tired of male singers who lack personality and raw talent? Chris is not half the singer that Adam is, and you can be sure that Adam will have the longer lasting career, and not Chris.

    The music industry doesn't need another sappy singer, that makes you think of weeping willow trees. Oh well, I guess it's better than another ordinary over the top rap singer. But America did not get this right. I'm going to have to really think about continue to watch another season of American Idol. The really winner did not win. Period.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Byn

    This was a tough competition – from the very beginning... and I was shocked (like everyone else) to hear Adam didn't win. He has more talent in his little pinky than most can even imagine. But Kris is talented too.... and I'm happy for Kris. We actually have TWO winners when you stop and think about it. Adam's career isn't "over"... it's just beginning. Adam WILL BE SIGNED by someone... and CAA will be the loser if they don't sign him ASAP. I think this has the potential for good things. And Idol's rating just went sky high with this little twist.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. charlene wilkins

    Chris Allen may have won, but Adam Lambert became America's Idol weeks before the competition ended. So, Lambert fans, cheer up, he will do just fine. Chris, on the other hand, better enjoy his 15 minutes of fame!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. straight guy Canada

    Let us go over a few things. Adam can sing any type of song and has real talent. Kris can only sing one type of song and make sure no high notes and is boring and predictable. Adam is original and unique and made some of the original classics sound better. Thank you Americans for proving once again how stupid and ignorant most of you are especially when it comes to music.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thede Vilthatiam

    Wow. There's enough sour grapes here to make a sea of bitter wine. Jeebus.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sickof Adam

    America got it right! Yes Lambert screamed his way into the final but couldn't win with the screaming style he used. He actually was good for the first time all season during the finale in my opinion. Other than that I didn't know why he was in the finals. Kris is talented and deserves the win! He was never a dark horse in my eyes.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Terry

    I sent my opinion on Tuesday night, regarding Adam and Kris, not only their performance that evening, but that of the total season of American Idol.
    I am thrilled that Kris won, because I have felt that he was an "all around type of guy". Nothing against Adam, but Adam did have much training.................He has a wonderful voice,and will go on, no doubt
    it. His future was already paved for him.
    Kris on the other hand, will be a true vocalist and artist, who will work hard for his place in the Music Industry of America..........I will for one, be watching for his CD............
    But, when you look at Kris, this is what I see in an "American Idol" contestant, as well as a winner.A person who is from "nowhere", as the experts would concede, prior training, and who has just come out here, on the hunch, and support of family, friends....etc....Someone, who the public can adhere to, and understand. Underlying all of this, he has "incredible talent, and a vocal range.........all the best ot you Krislll Enjoyed every mement of this season, and hearing you sing. Go for it!
    There will be many more, who will audition for American Idol,because of this win.....and should be. We should be proud, that there are so many talented people out there, who should be given a chance, and let us see them.
    The whole season has been, a show stopper, so to speak. So much talent from the contestants, and right down to the finish..........not only the talent, but the "vote" from the American public.

    Thank you, for a great season!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kay

    I don't think Adams lost because of anti-homosexual voters. He is an amazing talent but he is a very different, unique singer. Just like KISS is an amazing band, but not for everyone, Adam is an amazing singer, but not for everyone. Chris's music was more contemporary and acceptable to all. Adam was true to himself which may not get him all the votes but it doesn speak well of his character. Chris is also an amazing singer and equalling deserving.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. marie

    AI likes to brag about how many people voted, close to 100 million... WOW! But, how many tweens voted 50 times or more? It doesn't take long to send 50 quick texts. And who would a tween girl vote for? Kris, of course, because he is "Oh Soooooooo Cute". I know, because this is how my own niece voted. AI will never really be legit until they limit the voting to a maximum per phone, like they do on Dancing With the Stars.

    Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but it was CLEARLY evident who was the better talent and better singer last night when they performed together. Adam should have won but in the end, just like Clay versus Ruben, Adam will sell more records, and will have the freedom to go with whichever record label he so chooses.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rateman

    Let's see, the winner should be the 'most improved', thats a real stumper isn't it? Adam is already a star. I think the vote was right.


    May 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wanda

    Congratulations Kris! First of all, I would like to say that I was a fan of Kris all season long and did vote for him. I would also like to congratulate Adam as well. They both have very different styles and I think it's great that they have become such good friends and have so much respect, admiration and love for each other. If you don't like Kris, that's fine but please don't bash him. I didn't care for Adam's style of music but I'm not going to bash him. They are both winners. By the way, I am a 55 year old female, not a teeny bopper and I don't care what Adam's sexual orientation is. They both seem like great guys and I say Congratulations to both of you! Good luck with your careers! Come on people, lets feel the love and quit the hate!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MeMeMe

    They are both very talented guys. I think Kris was just viewed as more mainstream than Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |

    i got sick and tired of them jamming that guy down our throats
    maybe the real voters voted and all is not what it seems.
    i thought it was poetic justice.
    a few years ago Cat should have won believe me some of these vote counts make me question the whole process It's getting harder to watch they need to get back for once and not try to re-invent the pure original; premise of the show.
    they are getting away from the show Ii originally liked and I am 60 years old. I'm sure responses will say go away but i liked earlier versions better.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. cbirnie

    Shock is putting it mildly. As soon as I heard the word and the winner is KR.... I clicked the remote off. Why ??????? Adam without a doubt should be the winner. He stood out every week entertaining with lights camera & action. The guy was interesting yet exciting at the same time. Every week I couldnt wait to see what he was going to perfrom. Lets be honest here....he should have the title. Little girls picked the other guy and had their parents vote for them. Adamania exists and will carry on. Adam you are a STAR and a year from now we will remember YOU but will be remember what was his name ????

    May 21, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Marie

    Here is a shocker: not everyone was an Adam fan! For people to say that Adam deserved to win more than Kris is absolutely funny. Especially the version of U2/One that Adam sang, the arrangements annoyed me so much and Kris got my final approval vote when he sang Kanye West's song.

    And no, I am not homophobic, I am pro gay marriage and all, but why do people think it had anything to do with the results, with the way I voted???? People were not voting on gay marriage, prop8 or else, it was just a singing competition, come on!

    Also, it was annoying as hell to see Paula drewled every week over Lambert. Please make her leave! She brings nothing relevant to the table!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Stan

    A lot of your responses show just how out of touch with mainstream American a lot of you (including "mainstream" media) are. Whether you like it or not, the majority fortunately won. Live with it.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  20. shola

    I think when it get down to the last two there are no losers. Its sad if people thought adam lost just because he gay. There are too many factors that came into play. There is no doubt adam can sing, but not everybody likes glam rockk. Adam was highly favored, but american loves the triumph victory of the under dog

    May 21, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. al

    When the issue of the judges is brought up here, it has been unwaveringly acknowledged that they were disappointed in Kris's win. But what seems to go unnoticed is that they are not just 4 opinions no different than yours or mine. They are consumate professionals who make big bucks for their insight, talent and continued success – not as judges, but in their respective elements in the music business. So when they unanimously believe Adam should have won, they are the authorities who have the experience to know. As for Kris fans being more graceous (were their man defeated) than Adam's disappointed fans have turned out to be – well, of course they would be. Because they would know, as Kris himself acknowledged, that he shouldn't have won!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Karen

    Just a thought – when Simon predicted that Adam would win, he sealed his fate. I think people hate Simon enough to want to prove him wrong – so they did that by voting.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jaxon

    I love CNN's article title: "Finale stuns 'Idol' worshipers" Or should that say "Finale stuns Media 'Idol' worshipers". Obviously, if Kris won the majority of 100 million votes, it DID NOT stun the "worshipers". The "worshipers" knew exactly who would win! It stunned the media that an awesome Christian worship leader could win over a awesome gay singer, in a Christian nation.

    Personally I loved both guys, each brought different strengths to the table. Both of them will be big artists, with completely different audiences and music style.

    Oh, yeah, I liked Taylor Hicks but never, ever thought he should win. But Idol has never been about 'the lungs', that is obvious.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jane

    I love Adam. I love Kris. My kids loved Adam, and all of their tween frieds loved Adam more than Kris-there goes the tween cuteness vote theory.
    Adam is an amazing vocalist, and entertainer. He will & should be mega-star. As much as we all love Adam...and we did go to greet him at the radio station & see him sing at his home town events (we are from san diego), Kris is the one I would be more likely to listen to after I drop oiff my kids! I loved him. I think he has a more universal appeal even though Adam has more star power. Even though even I think the range & abilities of Adam's voice exceed Kris' that doesn't mean we liked it better. & Kris did play both the guitar & the piano while singing. So although their talents differ, they both have it.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Lisa

    Kris is bland, pleasant. But Adam was incredible and deserved to win. Sure, he was over-the-top, but that's what was great. And the "Bad Boy" image that was touted ni the final week - cut me a break! He was a rocker with eyeliner and black nails, but after every performance he graciously complimented the band, the songwriters, his competitors. If the Christian right hijacked the show, I'll be very upset, because I am a Christian FOR ADAM!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Betty Booper

    Wake up Hollywood, Kris represents main stream American. While Adam will fit right into Hollywood, Kris represents the kid next door who did well.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. dave

    Although I preferred Allison to either of the last two, it makes no difference who won, or who is more 'talented.' In Cowell's eyes, all Adam really was, anyway, was a screaming $$$ sign. Kris just had several less $'s when Simon looked at him, so Simon was not happy when Kris won. Might have cost him a couple new boats or something. So, Simon's 'investment' lost. What a catastrophe. The most ridiculous thing about this season had to be the judges falling all over each other each episode gushing their hyperbolic ('rock god!') accolades at the 'investment.' Kara couldn't recognize a real, genuine 'rock god' if he landed in her lap.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Carrie Goodeagle

    I don't watch the 800 CLUB so I won't be watching Idol anymore, not a talent contest, it's a FORUM for mean spirited Christians, Little Teddie Haggart, Jerry Falwell wanna bees.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  29. BS

    My wife and I downloaded all of Adam's songs, not one of Kris.
    Kris is good, but Adam blew us away!...the young voters went for "cute" vs real exciting talent!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Peter Vasilopoulos

    Here's the fact why Kris won;

    Adam was supposed to win–many people expected a dominating victory, people that were rooting for kris voted more–if i wanted kris to win i would have voted at least ten times; i voted for adam, once. I thought it was gonna be a breeze for him.

    people who wanted kris to win simply knew they would need to vote a lot to push him to win

    May 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Reddawg

    I did not watch Idol a lot this year due to the fact I was in college but having only seen a handful of episodes I thought it was very clear to me that Adam had the much better voice. While Kris was by no means a bad singer, he simply couldn't be placed in the same catagory as Adam talent wise. I've heard a lot of people question Adam's sexuality and that being a reason for him not winning. I really hope that the American public is not that intolerent and ignorant as to not vote him in because of his sexuality. While Kris seems to be a good musician; I still feel as if Adam was quite possibly the best pure singer I've seen on American Idol thus far.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Larry

    Adam lost because rock is dead. Years of mediocre boy bands have emptied the arenas.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Georgy Porgy

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  34. JD

    I would have been shocked if Lambert had won the competition. This show has never been based on actual vocal ability - at least after the voting is turned over to the public - it's all about personality.

    Kris is more marketable as well. If he were to release an album today, everyone would know what to expect - like it or hate it. If Adam announced he was releasing an album, what kind of music do you think would be on it? I wouldn't be surprised if he goes straight to Broadway.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Pete

    Kris will have his work cut out for him since he will have to sing that AI Songwriting Crap for a year or two before he is free from their contract. The true test will be when he has to come up with his own material, which judging by his confidence level is probably nothing special. I am happy for Adam that he did not win since his options are wide open. He has already been in a broadway touring company. Now the real footlights will be calling him along with every music producer who is worth anything. They should start a new show next year called "American Teen Idol" this way Kris winning over Adam will be more understandable. His victory is somewhat laughable given the fact that he strains to hit notes every time he sings and Adam simply open his mouth an magic comes out.......

    May 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Valerie

    I believe that all the voters that were for Danny Gokey shifted their votes to Kris, who is more mainstream then Adam. Nonetheless, Adam will have a succesful career, and I believe he may benefit more without the strings that American Idol attach to their artists.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Paula

    All you Kris haters get over yourselves. It's so easy for you to believe that America would vote against your precious Adam rather than voting for Kris. The fact is that more people voted for Kris because they see something in him they like. I agree that Adam is a great talent, but he is not the person I want representing America. He is not the person I want my son to look up to. That person is Kris. Period.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ryan

    First off, they both are extremely talented and did well. I think both of them deserved to win! However, only one winner, lol. Anyway, i really think too many people assumed adam would win, and didn't vote. At my place of employment, i heard several people complaining that adam didn't win, and that the competition was rigged in some way. However, when i asked them if they voted, they said no! That was at least 20 people! So, if that is why many other americans didn't vote, then that is why adam did not win. All in all, they both have great careers in front of them,.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Linda

    "I guess we can thank those hatefilled, intolerant, homophobic Christians for this injustice."

    "I hope Kris feels good about winning solely based on other peoples hatred."

    Ironically, the ones screaming about hate seemed to be the most hate-filled. Just because their guy didn't win its because he's gay? I can think of another minority that has used that excuse and it wasn't always true then either. I dont' know why you assume someone has to agree with you about whatever it is you feel passionate about. I think those of you trying so hard to not be narrow-minded have missed your mark.

    No one is saying Adam wasn't fantastic. He was by all accounts. Yes, he had amazing vocal range. But personally, I just liked Kris better and I'm well over 30. Maybe they really should change the name of the show as so many have suggested: They could call it America's Highest Vocal Range and open it up to aspiring opera singers.

    Two equally but differently talented people competed and Kris won because he got more votes. Deal with it. Stop trying to make it into a social issue.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  40. NOLA Girl

    The best man won. Kris is the ONE who will SELL more CD's. This is not a popularity contest. It is a million dollar record deal. Adam needs to be on Broadway where he can shine with his talent, but he won't be the one to sell more CD's than Kris, and that's what it's all about. Sales. I used to go to shows in the French Quarter as a teen (1977/1978) like the ones Adam is shown in all over the internet. They were phenominal. It was like being at a filming of a music video before they became popular. But – there is a place for that market elsewhere – not on American Idol. Sales people. Sales. Sales. Sales.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Susan

    Not to try to take anything away from a very nice and talented young Kris Allens, who is talented but not as talented as is the true winner, Adam. Had there not been the 'gay' issue at play, he'd have won in a resounding landslide, and we all know it. Sadly, this proves we are not yet ready to accept the immensely talented young star who is also gay. It seems to me it should be one vote per person, not how many votes can you and your fellow bigots log in in the allotted time. You do realize there was a groundswell of far right religious folk out there organizing megavoting as protest, don't you? One person, one vote – it's only fair.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kanai

    It was not fair. It shows that people didn't judge the talent properly. Kris is good, but Adam is the best!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dede

    Adam is a Star! And the runner up should have been Allison. Maybe if she had of cleaned up a bit, change hair, Allison has a fantastic voice. let's get Adam and Allison together. Simon Cowell – sign them up!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Terri

    The finale was amazing! Along with the incredible stars that performed, the result was surprising. My thought is that these were two totally different personalities with different types of performances. To say one was better than the other was very difficult. They were both amazing in their own style. I wish them both the best!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  45. sherry

    I think the vote was correct and I congratulate all who voted for Kris. The bitter followers of Adam seem to be wanting to make this a social issue – something it is not. I watched the entire season and there wasn't anything going against Adam. Kris pulled it off in the end of the season, he had much to fight not only coming from behind but also the favortism shown to Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Scott

    American Idol isn't solely about singing. It's about the total package, a person's marketability and the liklihood that they will sell a lot of albums and concert tickets.

    Factoring everything in, I think Kris was the better overall choice. Adam belongs on Broadway, not Top 40 radio. 'Nuff said.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  47. TJ D

    There are auto-dialers on the Internet here that allow OUT-OF-COUNTRY voting by spoofing the phone number on Caller ID. There are also auto-texting programs that can be used. 100 million votes? By robots, maybe...

    Adam has the best entertainment value I've seen in a LONG time. I look forward to seeing him perform live.

    I wouldn't watch Kris at the county fair if I was already there... Very boring and limited vocal abilities. Like Danny Gokey, he needs to join the Mickey Mouse club and learn how to dance and work the crowd like Britney, Christina, and Justin Timberlake.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. JL

    At least the American people can get one vote right, Adam is a flash in the pan, non-marketable talent. I think he will be good on broadway but not in the top 40, all he can do is scream. Kris is an artist and the better of the 2 all around. I am sick and tired of the homophobe crap, what might have happend is all the little girls that were voting for Adam figured out he was gay and changed there vote and why not. Only a few of the past winners actually went on to do somthing, more 2,3,4 fininshers have done better. I actually think Danny should have won it and will go further than Adam or Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Melissa

    Kris deserved to be this years American Idol! Both Adam and Kris are great singers in their own way and they both will go far. For those of you who wanted Adam, I think Adam received less votes because people assumed that he would win rather than voting. And I think the Kris fans stepped it up and decided they really wanted Kris to win and placed their votes and in the end outshined Adam's fans. Once again, both singers are very talented and will go far!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  50. ChgoSteve

    Last night's Idol was crap. Two hours of inanity (Steve Martin? R U kiddin me?!) followed by a decision made by teenage girls. I'm done with it. Next season will be its lowest rated ever.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Max

    I voted for Adam and think he is the better singer; however, I'm perfectly fine with Kris winning. Kris is actually the person who needed the win more, in my opinion, to help push his career. Adam got the exposure he needed to a national and worldwide audience. And Adam is the real winner, because he doesn't have to sing and record that awful coronation song, "No Boundaries!" Adam will now be able to sign his own record deal that benefits him and not 19 Entertainment, or act on Broadway, or whatever else he desires to do. Adam will be very successful, and I am very happy for him. Adam touched me with his music and personality like very few have, and I'm in my 50's. I'm very happy for Kris, too, and think he is a very deserving person.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Imolto

    I, too, am shocked. But simultaneously feel somewhat responsible, as for the first time since its inception, I watched the entire season but DID NOT vote. It seemed pointless, as Adam seemed to be such a clear shoe-in. And I guess that is the beauty of democracy. It urges the involvement of everyone, or the control falls to the few. Gee, imagine if this happened in, say, a presidential election! Oh, wait...

    May 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  53. JHL

    No on ever went broke understimating the taste or intelligence of the American public.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  54. AWG

    I have never watched a single episode of American Idol but have been listening to all of the talk around the office regarding last night's finale. When I was reading CNN, I came across this article and all of the blog postings. I can't believe that there is this much excitement over this thing. Who cares about any of it? Is your life going to be any different with one winner over the next? None of the winners, from this season or previous ones, will ever go down in the annals of history as changing the course of America. Fine – disagree with the outcome. Be disappointed if you must – I was disappointed when the Dophlins failed in the playoffs last December. But, it is not the end of the world as many of you seem to make it. This wasn't a subversive coup by the Christians to make statement about sexual orientations. It was a meaningless contest that is for entertainment only – you know, like a movie that you saw five years ago but have forgotten all about because, in the end, the entertainment of our lives do little to nothing to shape our direction. Trust me, in five years you will have forgotten all about this. It will be Kris Who? It will be Adam Who? It will be American Idol Who? Entertainment is nothing but a coffee break in life. You relax with a movie, a TV show, an episode of American Idol and then it is back to the things that really make a difference in our lives. Let's keep things in perspective.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Adam Lambert and Mainstream Music

    I think Adam Lambert "really" won American Idol by consistently delivering his talent as a unique rock singer with WOW . What is so great is that is Adam brought rock and roll back into a 21st century genre and he will be remembered and people will buy his albums. Chris is just another nice mainstream singer that teenie boppers will forget about next month.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  56. dkelly

    That right guy won!!! Adam was tooooo theatrical (it is a singing contest). Kris showed talent by playing instruments while singing.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ruth

    Adam won because he will never have to sing that horrible "Boundaries" song again. Kris, however, will always be connected to it.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  58. JT

    According to a source in confirmed by AT&T which sponsors Idol, 38 million of the 100 million votes for Kris Allen came from Arkansas. Also, during "hometown" week, AT&T gave out a bunch of free cell-phones to a huge crowd of Kris Allen fans. I was genuinely happy for Kris, because of his humbleness and class. That is until I found all this out this morning. Now I feel Adam was robbed and sabotaged. But in all truthfulness, I feel he is better off without the crown. "AI" is just a dogleash on your own creativity. Let Kris wear it, with humbleness.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Steve

    To be honest, I am one of the few that thought Danny and Kris should have been in the final. I truly thought that Adam deserves to be on an off-broadway stage, not on mainstream radio. He's way more theatrical and over the top, but I don't think that he's got a better voice. And the high notes often turned to screams, and not something I'd want to listen to. Everytime I looked at him, I thought of a drag queen, sad to say. Kris deserved to win. The kid is talented, and knows how to take a song that is so well known, and make it his own. Give him credit instead of tearing him down, or trying to find a conspiracy.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Austin

    I had never voted in the history of the show until I heard Kris sing Kanye's Heartless. While I loved his rendition, it wasn't simply the performance that made me want to vote for him. It was the judges pushing Adam, who I've also enjoyed, to a degree that simply seemed unfair to the other contestants. While Simon was trying to encourage Adam's fans not to take his victory for granted and vote, at the same time I believe he motivated Kris fans to vote even more.

    Also, while many folks have posted that the vote came down to biggotry, take a moment to consider:
    1. America loves underdogs and come from behind victories.
    2. Today's Billboard music scene doesn't have many glam rockers or Broadway type artists, no matter how good they are.
    3. Older voters prefer more mellow, heartfelt music.
    4. Idol is a family show. You won't see many minivans rocking out to Lambert.
    5. Compare the comments and downloads on Kris's Heartless and Adam's One for that week. He won over a lot of people that week.
    6. When Kris was on the right song, he was amazing!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Alex

    Funny how gays blames the Christians for this.....any proof? Get a life people. Who cares if Kris wins? Ruben Studdard won, look where he is For the record, I rarely watch this show, but Kris' performance on Heartless was nothing more than AMAZING!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  62. sarah

    I liked the whole show. Kris and Adam were very professional with each other. I am glad Kris won. It was realy sweet how he was clinging on to his wife at the end. I do wish Adam the best. As for some of these remarks... Someone is always going to be sore about something. You can't please everybody!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mike

    To all the Adam fans that say they will never watch Idol again: if Idol wasnt on then you never would have seen or heard of Adam Lambert.
    If you stop watching the show because you are poor losers than you may miss out on the next Adam Lambert

    May 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  64. enzo926

    Americans let politics and religion get in the way of a singing contest.
    Did you see Adam sing with Kiss and Queen last night?
    he rocked it and he made Kris look ( and sound like ) road kill.
    Adam was ROBBED!
    At least Adam doesn't have to release that lousy Idol song as his first single.
    Kris Allen = Taylor Hicks enough said......

    May 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Noel

    Adam is an all around entertainer, and will be a much bigger star than Kris could ever be. The public should NOT be allowed to vote any longer, or be only 50% of the vote. The judges knew who was the most talented, and it was NOT Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  66. al

    Blaming Christians for Adam's lose is quite a stretch. Color me clueless, but I consider Adam the clearest winner in the history of AI (see my previous post) and if he's homosexual, I was/am unaware of it. I just considered his fingernail polish, eye liner, etc as part of his performance, not unlike many rockers with their exagerated finery.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  67. JoAnn

    Kris deserved it. When you are going to buy a cd whos would you most likely listen to? Kris Allens!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  68. AM

    Know what's amazing? Had Kris lost this I can guarantee you that his fans would not be as mean and nasty as you Adam fans are. We would have congratulated Adam over and over again. Shame on Simon for acting the way he did because the end didn't go the way he wanted it to. Simon, you can't always get everything you want. And with that said, I say congratulations to Adam for a future that is just starting. All of us Kris fans will be anxiously watching you. And, Kris, we are all very proud of you and look forward to your journey. Congrats to both of you as you both will have amazing careers ahead of you.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Suzie

    America is right ! ! ! Kris deserves to win. Too bad, you didn't vote. Spiky is out and Mr. Cool guy is in !!! At last, America got it right !

    May 21, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Lil Timmy

    I get so tickled at the Vote for the Worst people. Talk about an empty set of book shelves.

    Lets talk about the impact of 20-30K in a show that receives 100 Million votes, and the scary thing about that is not everyone that watches and/or likes the show votes...

    The only thing you ruin is the time you spend on such a pointless cause. Your existence on a blog devoted to AI only confirms your interest in the format.

    If everyone loved Ceasar,... well you get the point.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  71. annerrr

    Love Adam, but I don't see how people can help but be happy for Kris. I've been an Adam fan from the beginning, and as a professional singer myself, I do think he has by far the best voice; amazing range, technique, and versatility. But each of the top 4 (Alison, Danny, Kris, and Adam) were excellent singers and artists, and really blew the competitors of previous seasons out of the water. Kris is an appealing and creative performer with broad appeal and a voice whose power has really been underrated throughout the competition. To me, last night was really a win-win (at least #2 doesn't get that limiting Idol contract!), and I think the competitors and their families saw it that way to. The "Idol" title is pretty meaningless, and both of these guys are going to enjoy a lot of success.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Jay

    A couple points...

    Talent is subjective. Unless we're going to measure pitch, scale, amplification, tone, etc then it's impossible to quantify that one is more talented than the other. At that point it comes down to preference. Please don't think that AI is a talent show.

    I see a lot of talk of Adam as a rock star. That statement confuses me. Liberally applied eyeliner and the uncanny ability to scream on key doesn't make someone a rock star. Let's go to the math. We've all heard the phrase, "sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll." It's a lifestyle. Sid Vicious had zero talent but the man was a rock star. Adam is an emo kid with the ability to scream and I think that has a lot of people confused. Understandably so.

    For the sake of argument, let's briefly concede that he is a rock star. Awesome, what now? If you think he belongs in a band with the likes of Queen or Kiss then you've just admitted that he's 30 years too late to the scene. Let's see a show of hands for all of you that voted and purchased an honest-to-god rock album in the last year (and no, Fall Out Boy or All American Rejects aren't rock bands and they don't count). That's what I thought. Now, show of hands for everyone that voted that purchased a pop album last year. C'mon, don't be shy, it's ok to admit you have the Jason Mraz single "I'm Yours". What we call rock music today is homogenized adult contemporary that has no sharp edges and is pleasantly comfortable.

    Last point, in our country it's always been one person, one vote. You couldn't text Obama to 45367 (standard carrier rates apply) last November until your fingers bled. You got one vote. AI has decided that they would rather shock & awe us with impressive voting numbers than implement a voting system that would actually work. No one wants to hear Ryan say, "and with over 37,000 total votes, the winner of American Idol is..."

    Last point addendum...ifor all of you that voted tens or hundreds of times for someone to win a prize on a TV show...really? REALLY!? Imagine what you could accomplish if you cared about something that really mattered.

    In closing, I didn't vote so I don't care who won. It's doubtful I'll ever purchase an album or song from an IA contestant because it's really not my thing. Of the two I like Kris marginally better and think his voice is more radio-friendly but that's just my opinion.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  73. EK

    I was, like many, shocked and really disappointed with the result, but I can't complain too much because I didn't vote. But my God, people, Adam was CLEARLY the more talented of the two...clearly. I think Kris was a nice guy, don't get me wrong, but he did not deserve the top prize. This competition was based on singing, not on whether or not you identify more with the "boy next door" or the "glam rocker." But that's what you get when America votes. I will say it here...Kris was very underwhelming to me, and Adam was absolutely overwhelming, but in a fabulous way. I agree that AI won't see another Adam again, most likely, and that's AI's loss. Not Adam's, loss, though, as he will probably do better without being locked into the AI contract that comes with the win. And now on to things in life that actually DO matter...

    May 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jeff

    Adam has a different voice. Just because it's different doesn't make it better. I found his voice irritating. I found the judges comments to him irritating.
    I figured Adam would win but was hoping for Kris all along.

    2 years from now you'll be singing along with Kris on the radio while Adam is still trying to blow life into Queen.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Annia

    To me, Adam's supposedly sexsual preference is not a factor. I like the guy just as he is. But just imagine listening to him squeals, screeches, screams & howls in just about every song, is just a bit much for me. I don't want to have to wear the hearing aid before my time.

    As for Kris, good as he is, he needs to add a little "some n' some " to his stage presence every now and then, but I guess it will be hard for him, because it's not who & how he is. If by being true to himself got him the votes, then so be it. He represents his state well & we are all so proud of him here in Arkansas. This weekend we have the RIVERFEST, and everyone is wishing that he could come home to play for us. Much success to both of them, nevertheless.

    Now I can only wish that ANDERSON COOPER can sing. I know he is smart, but can he sing? Either way, ANDERSON is my all time AMERICAN CABLE NEWS IDOL.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  76. bgooch

    It is all fake.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Debbie, Tx

    Tremendous! Fantastic to see the "muscian AND singer" win...icing on the cake is that he seems humble, clean cut, and evidently moral....let's hope fame doesn't change any of those qualities. As for Adam: He's a perfect fit for the entertainment world. He'll be fine.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  78. al

    I have been an Idol devotee for the past 4 seasons, but I doubt I'll carve out the time in the future. The disappointment of seeing the person with clearly superior talent, presence, and vocal prowess loose to . . . a nice guy with a nice voice was too much. The judges repeatedly expressed this obvious truth and clearly expected Lambert to win – probably the clearest and easiest-to-all winner in 8 seasons. the mystery behind this debacle may be unknowable, but it's transparently due to extraneous, irrelevent and tangential factors. This is an illustration of why Jefferson didn't want to leave important decisions to the masses.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Stephanie

    Adam did have an awesome talent but honestly I don't think I could take any more than 3 songs worth of his singing/screaming at a time. Kris on the other hand, I think I could listen to him all day long!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Robert

    Not to take anything away from Kris BUT Adam has the better voice and stage present and is that not what makes an Idol? Come on American Idol this is not the first time that the kids who text like mad have taken over............either that or a lot of deaf people voted. Time to give the judges more control over the outcome, WHY, because they have judged the talent up to the end and then they go away. WHY they are the ones who know voice and talent. Next year change the way voting is done or you stand to lose your show.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  81. bubblesinfl

    I think Kris deserved to win.
    The spirit of the show is to discover raw talent.
    Adam has been performing since he was a pre-teen, and he was too polished, too theatrical, too professional for this competition.
    Frankly, he should have never been in the competition. He should have been screened more carefully. Historically, voters reject those who have had an album or recording contract previous to Idol as too polished, 'not fair' in their eyes.
    Adam was no diamond in the rough.

    Kris was a good old boy, easy to like.
    Simple, southern folks tend to do well in this competition because the viewers are teenagers and middle aged folks like me who embrace that whole, rags to riches dream. It's about American values.

    Kris has mass appeal for pop music.
    Adam was a little too weird for my tastes. However you classify him, glam rock, fringe, alt rock, etc., it's not pop music for top 40 radio, and this competition is about Top 40 radio.

    Kris showed real progress and development over the course of the competition.
    Adam was good, but showed little change or evolution because he was professionally polished from the start.
    Kris won the Danny votes. I liked Danny. He was a mediocre singer but lovable, even likable.

    Kris got that vote.

    Viewers also got tired of the judges trying to imposes their views. They did this with Chris Daughtry in season 4, as well.
    We do not like to be told what to like.

    Adam will draw a crowd in big cities, but in the heartland and on commercial radio, Kris will be the big draw.
    Did America get it right? Hell yes. We got what we wanted.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  82. coolcomputerguy

    When I first started watching the show, I liked Adam and Kris a lot. I thought Adam was probably going to win. Over the weeks, I started to notice that Adam screamed almost every song to death while Kris actually sang. I was also impressed by Kris' ability as a musician in playing the piano and the guitar. In my opinion, Kris is the better singer and musician. Adam is very talented, but Kris is more of a singer. Adam would do great on broadway while Kris could be a great mainstream artist.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  83. snowhitey

    Isn't American Idol a competition for amateur singers? Adam should have never been allowed to compete, he IS A PROFESSIONAL, with 17 years of training and experience under his belt. This was not fair to all the others. So, kudos to Kris!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Bill

    I was not surprised. Kris appeals to a wider cross section of Idol watchers. Who appeals more to the buying public when their music comes out may be a different story. There are probably as many reason why someone voted for Kris rather then Adam as there are voters. For some it was music style, others, appearance, etc. I even think Ryan's introduction may have had some influence with his Arkansas versus California bit. Lots of reason why Kris won. There also must have been a reason that as hard as Adam has been trying to get into the industry the doors were not opening. No doubt they both can sing. I predicted Kris several weeks ago. Although having read that winning can put limitations on the individuals creativity etc. I was kind of hoping Adam would win and Kris would have more freedom. Good luck to both.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  85. nicole

    UGH... local radio playing Kris' coronation song... listened with an open mind... but you think his voice would have been 'cleaned up' in spots ... as Randy would say...'seemed pitchy'. The only way this song will succeed if those tweens that texted like mad, will go out in droves to buy Kris' single. Kris needs all the help that 19E will give him with all their promotions. On the other hand, it will be much easier to 'market' Adam. Just check the # of sales on I-Tunes. Whose singles on AI I-Tunes consistently sold the most (Adam) and who was in the dust (Kris)... Good luck Kris (you'll need it) and Congrats Adam (only reason I watched AI this year- Adam...great singer/entertainer). When 19E is no longer associated with Adam, people will be tripping over themselves to 'sign' Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Steve

    in the end it s tv show, and we all need a little escapist entertainment. adam belongs on broadway or las vegas. kris will have a mediocre career (measured against past winners) but way more than he ever expected. good for him. america you went for the middle again. bring back rock star:xx. that was fun to watch.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Cheryl

    Living in the deep south, the fact that Kris won isn't a surprise to me at all. Do I think he deserved it? Well, no, of course not!! Anyone with the ability to hear couldn't possibly believe he is the better of the two. Sadly enough, I believe that Kris recieved more votes because the teenagers found him "cute" and because of Adam's sexual orientation. Personally, I found Danny's voice more to my liking than any of them, but with that said, I knew Adam deserved the win due to his voice and his outstanding performances on stage. Yes, last night was an injustice, gross actually, but Adam knows he will soar to the top, and will step all over Kris on his way there. So, it's really okay,, the teenagers can buy his one CD, the bible thumpers can go back to church, and Adam will become and american icon. It will be sweet.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  88. bgooch

    I think Adam was by far the best that Idol has ever had. I think this is all fake, sure the judges acted surprised, and they shoud have but I think they knew ahead of time. I will never watch Idol again, its not worth it.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  89. JL

    I liked them both. They were not comparable to each other as they had different styles, strong points and fan bases. And to be honest, however good Kris is I do not think he would be able to get a good jump start in the business without the win. He has a great voice and persona but still needs some polishing and advertising to get his image seared into the mind of the public. Adam is sensational and memorable in every way and is going to get the opportunities and fan base with or without the win of Idol. So as far as I am concerned it all turned out for the best. (Even though I DID vote for Adam) Plus, that win can be the death of some careers. Even some of the winners over the years did far better outside their Idol contract time. Either way, two great guys who have talent. I look forward to seeing what comes of their careers.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  90. dave

    What's the big deal? The whole show is ridiculous, from the nitwit judges who themselves think the most absolutely horrendous, banal, manufactured, sappy pop/pap music is 'art' (witness either Paula's or Lady Ga Ga's vomit inducing songs a few weeks back) right on down to the winner's being based on how fast people can poke at a cell phone. The only person on the show deserving of any respect at all is Seacrest. I don't care who won – in this case the angry Christian Right outmuscled the legions of pre-teen girls with braces. Whatever. It's not like it matters.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Margaret

    I am almost 60 years old and I love American Idol. Adam would be great on Broadway! I bought David Cook CD and I will buy Kris Allen CD, but never an Adam Simon says...sorry but kist being honest.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Allen

    Can anyone say SHOCKED? Thats what happens, when you have 10 year olds voting. They must of been tone deaf to pick Kris Allen. This year the voters really got it wrong. I don't think I can watch Idol anymore.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  93. cathy b

    I agree with Jonathon 100%. They both accepted the outcome with grace and humility, what good guys! They are both American Idols in my eyes. BTW, I think we have American Idol to thank for bringing both these guys to the world stage. I doubt we would ever hear about these two if it were not for this show. Maybe someday but no time soon. American Idol did exactly what it set out to do: allow wonderful aspiring artists the opportunity to be heard. Thanks AI for that. I am so looking forward to listening to them both on the radio and downloading their songs on my ipod!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Celange

    Kris Allen was good, but he is typical of singers today and the past. He does not stand out.

    Adam Lambert was the clear winner all along. His glam rock style brought back legendary rock heroes like David Bowie, Freddy Mercury, and those that he sang with, KISS. He was one of a kind, but I don't think that him not winning will impede his career.

    He will go far and be a legend just as the great rockers above were. I think he knows this, and that's why he went with the flow. Truly awesome, and humble. They both were.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  95. nicole

    I was shocked that Kris became the next american idol. Not because I didn't think he was good enough but because it seemed since we had the top 13 or so the judges had decided for us that Adam was going to be the winner. So much so that Kris had already prepared himself that he was going to lose. Which is just sad. Adam wasn't my favorite but he had a great voice (except when he did that screechy thing) and had great poise. Kris also has a great voice and a fresh feel to him. Kris won last night and Adam fans shouldn't try and take that away from him. Adam will have his own record deal soon enough...if he doesn't have one already.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  96. LisainTexas

    I'll admit, Adam has a better voice than Kris. Did we get to hear the better voice? No..because he typically chose to screech his way through his performances. Had that along with the drag makeup been put to rest early on in the competition we may have had a different outcome. Adam Lambert was constantly putting on a show, America never saw who he really was behind the colored hair, and made up face. Kris Allen was a genuine, sweet and modest. A real all american guy who could grab a guitar and melt your heart. I guess that is what America was looking for.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Lil Timmy

    Not a hate crime but a love crime for Kris maybe? So narrow minded these "Adam" fans...

    May 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  98. john

    the fact that "American idol" NEVER shows any kind of percentages of how the so-called voting goes, allows the criticism of fraud. we should all remember, that this is entertainment and this show is about money and nothing else, already explains everything. the talent or non-existing talent on this show is the ONLY real thing on it.
    how did a girl like Megan Joy ever make it into the top 13? She has no voice whatsoever?! Simon and Randy once again can see better than they can think. kris allen has a limited vocal range, but has the puppy eyes to win a vocal contest? Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert or even Melinda Doolittle from a former season, sing circles around this guy, while the only people who make gazillions are the creators. this contest is B.S.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Dino

    I am a gay man who voted for Kris! Sorry but Adam was a little to gimmicky for me and that scream would probably work my nerves after awhile. Adam will be successful regardless if he won AI or not.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  100. sarah j

    In my opinion, all the anger and drama being displayed by the "wronged" Adam fans is funny. They can blame everybody, but the bottom line is...Some people find Kris more appealing than Adam. I'm one of them. I think Adam is very talented, and wouldn't have been upset had he won, but I would rather buy an album or see a performance by the understated Kris than the over-the-top Adam any day. Sorry...

    May 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Kel in Indy

    I truly believe they both deserved to win. Both were top notch performers, but only one can be chosen as the "American Idol". Clearly, Adam will go on to be a famous recording artist, the only thing he won't have is the title.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Pat in IL

    They are both fantastic talents. One won and one didn't....that's the way it always is. But the good news is that they will both have fantastic careers from her on out, so all the snotty and hateful remarks I'm reading here are just a waste of time. As they go on they'll get better and better. Kris will put a little more bounce in his performance, and Adam might not look a little less creepy and develop some expression in his eyes. As it is, though, they're both dynamite in their own way.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  103. amb

    Adam obviously has the better voice and knows how to entertain. Kris seems to have a more widespread appeal though. I wish him success.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  104. AIfan

    I am happy that Kris won. Both Kris and Adam were really good and everyone knew it was going to be a close race. I think Adam had a really great voice, but really I just wasn't that into the whole high pitch falseto screeching thing. I think he'll be fine after Idol, I'm sure there is already many deals on the table for him. I don't think it's really anything to do with homophobia or any of that. I think that some people like the kind of music that Adam sings and some people don't.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Kristin

    As I go down and read some/most of the comments there are tons that say things about how America didn't vote Adam in because he is a homosexual saton lover......... or they don't so much say that, they say that American voted in a Christ loving heterosexual. Well.... APPARENTLY majority rules baby. I don't think America was ready for a flaming gay American Idol. I sat down to watch this last night assuming Adam was going to win just because everyone LOVED his stupid Broadway scene that he put on every single night, but to my suprise my favorit from the beginning won. Anyone can get up there and scream with KISS, but not everyone can sing a love song as beautiful as Kris does. 🙂 Way to go Kris Allen.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  106. me

    I think they are both class acts...and they both are winners AND I thought the show was great last night!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  107. yttrx

    Hi. A pretty sizable number of "netizens" has been gaming the american idol voting system for at least the past three seasons, which is why these things happen. I know this for a fact, because I'm one of them. We are nearly completely disorganized in our efforts, but evidently more than enough people exist who abhor american idol and everything that it symbolizes enough to screw it completely for the rest of you.

    I'll make no apologies. None of us will.

    You deserve it, you shallow idiots.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Mary

    What a great show! Who woulda thunk it? Kris, you did a great job! You've improved so much from when we first saw you. I look forward to hearing from you (not so much on No Boundaries, tho..........sorry, Kara). Adam has changed the way performances should be done. The practicing and rehearsing definitely showed. What a great job! The top 4 should be having contracts soon and we all look forward to hearing from you. Great season, Idol!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Jeannie

    Very disappointed on the winner. I know Adam should have won but since he didn't win he will be bigger and more sucessful than Kris ever would be. Adam I will be looking for your show in Las Vegas. When is you CD coming out so I can purchase it? Can't wait! Love the Kiss and Queen numbers. Adam is a entertainer.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Ryan

    Look, Adam had his voters from day one; and there were a lot of him. You either Loved Adam, or Hated Adam. His crowd did not grow as he went on.

    Conversely, as contestants were being voted off, voters who lost their favorite person had to find a new favorite. If they weren't voting for Adam from the beginning, then they weren't ever going to vote for him. Enter Kris Allen.

    Kris just kept getting votes from people who the previous week lost the person they were voting for and it snowballed into a Win for him.

    Look at like this: With 5 people left, and 80mil votes cast, broken down 30mill for Adam, 10mil for the other 4, it appears like Adam would be a shoe in, BUT Adam's numbers didn't grow with the loss of a contestant, and Kris's did basically because he absorbed votes from the voted off contestants. Simple math.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Pat

    All of you crying about Adam losing...wake up! He didn't lose!!! He'll have a recording contract by the end of the year! While I agree that at times, he was the better singer than Kris, I'm thrilled that Kris won. Just proves you can't listen to all those who claim to know who's going to win. Everyone on that show this season is a winner or they wouldn't have made it to the top 10.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Rick

    American Farce

    May 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Gabriela

    Adam's comment to find in each other what we have in common rather than what separates us makes him our "Global Idol".
    Adam is far beyond American Idol stage, his wisdom for such a young age is astonishing. Way to move people Adam! You hold the key to peace in this "Mad World"!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  114. happy

    Seriously, are you surprised? Adam was AWFUL week after week. He sings like a cross between Ethel Merman and Rob Halford from Judas Priest. What a phony and a poseur! The judges fawning all over him every week was ridiculous and proved none of them have any ability to judge talent whatsoever.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Neil Scott

    Well, Idol voters finally got something right. Kris is the true winner. Adam is destined for musical theater.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Linda

    When it comes to the public voting... just look at the "People's Choice Awards".. I rest my case. Adam should be glad he didnt win.. it's a compliment. Anyone else notice how good he looked up there with Queen.. aren't they in need of a front man?

    May 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Frank, Texas

    The results were great. The American public chose a singer over a screamer. Adam will make a great Vegas act. Kris will be someone you'd WANT to listen to.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  118. DaveO

    This was a Style vs. Substance battle.

    Thankfully, substance won in the end, otherwise we'd be left with our first Emo-wannabe Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  119. mary

    I am thoroughly discuted with the results of the winner.
    Clearly, Adam was the most talented with a voice rarely
    heard and had stage professional performance. After this
    season of american idol, i do not take this program seriously
    anymore and will have no interest in watching the new season of american idol, obviously this show is based on judgement of personal popularity and not on talent from the public.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  120. ibewheriat

    I am amazed at some of these comments, it only confirms that many of the posters here have a colossal deficit of understanding regarding democractic principles and elections. Bottom line, rocker Adam although extremely talented simply has less BROAD appeal than more mainstream Kris did. It really is that simple, it had little to do with who was straight or who was gay. Why do so many here have such narrow and paranoid views? Ultimately whichever of these two plays to their strength the best via their future releases is who will be more successful in terms of sheer $$. Simon Cowell felt Adam could bring more $$$ worldwide, don't fool yourselves into thinking Cowell cares one iota about these singers – he's just looking for his next cash cow. Frankly in a perfect world, BOTH will have long and productive careers – I hope so !!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  121. J.A.

    Jonathan G.,

    Have you ever heard Muse or Wolfmother? They are both modern, current bands that have a style similar to Adams. He could make a great, current Alt. rock album.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  122. AJ

    Actually I was thrilled Kris won. Yes – Adam can sing, but his screaming gets a little (LOT!) annoying. My husband said it best after Tuesday's performances: Both can sing, the difference is Adam is theatrical. Kris is the artist. I'd buy his album in a heartbeat. Adams? Nope. Sorry. For everyone crying conspiracy: Realize this: everyone who in the past voted for Danny likely switched to Kris. Hello... not too difficult to figure that one out, right? So now you've got the Danny voters ON TOP of Kris' already existing fan base. Doesn't take a mathematician to figure it out.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Molly

    I'm so happy Kris won!! I think Adam has a great voice and talent, but I would much rather buy Kris's album than Adam's...!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  124. increasingly afraid

    Do not underestimate the power of "prayer" in the USA today. This is exactly how GWBush got elected – twice.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  125. kristi

    Adam was striking, original and amazing. I think he should have won. I will buy anything he does in the future! Kris is a cutie and I applaud his musical talents but he is not an entertainer!
    At the end of the day, both of these guys are going to be doing just fine – better off than all of us!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  126. denise

    I'm glad Kris won. He is the "American Idol". If Adam Lambert had been so great, (he's been doing this since age 10) he would've been picked up by a record company bt now. I thought Adam was a good performer of hit songs, but nothing original.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Joel

    This only goes to prove that people who take this show seriously and actually judge who is the best overall singer/performer based on talent should no longer be shocked by these "popularity/vote for the worst" voting results. It is now obvious that you cannot take this show seriously now that Kris's name has been added to the likes of Reuben and Taylor. This should not have even been a contest. If it was a prize fight they would have stopped it. But between the popularity vote, the middle America vote, the "votefortheworst" vote, the only way a person like Adam will ever win is if he turns himself into a country western or gospel singer.
    This is taking nothing away from Kris, but the reality is based on sheer talent he should have finished fourth (at best) after Allison & Danny. When those two got booted and left Kris in the finals you knew this season was going to turn out bad.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  128. John

    Cause its fixed all you idiots over the years to watch that nonsense.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Mrs. Brown

    This is American Idol where America chooses their "idol" – they chose Kris. If America was asked to choose the most gifted and naturally talented, then Adam would have won hands down. Adam is so far above the bar that we have had the marvelous opportunity to witness a natural born star...he will go far and we will enjoy all of what Adam can offer to the entertainment and music industry. For god's sake...he sang with KISS last evening, Adam doesn't care that he lost, he is a free agent and will have a successful career. Kris was an honest contender and displayed tremendous growth and poise. He is an American Idol. With that said, this years group of young stars was the best ever. Multi talented and diverse voices and all had genuine affection for each other. Congrats to all of them.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Lisa

    Both guys are talented. But maybe Chris won because many people are like me. As the show progressed, I felt more and more like the judges were trying to shove Adam to the forefront and be sure that he won. Adam's talent can not be denied, but shame on the judges for being so obviously biased towards one contestant. I voted for Chris, because he's talented, but also because the judges tried so hard to sell me on voting for Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  131. rufus

    This is a hate crime, pure and simple. The crown should be taken from Kris and given to Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  132. sophiekins

    since when if you are a talented/accomplished singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist you are a non talented hack? i want someone to explain that to me? because a lot of posters keep saying that. also that it is popularity... ok. isn't that the point? we got a popular AND talented idol with song AND musical instrument talent. i guess it could be worse?????

    May 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Brenda

    What I find so interesting are the people that are so stunned they are now trashing the show. Don't you realize that more than 50 million votes came in for Kris? 50 Million!! Hello... that means more PEOPLE vote for him. Geez – it's only a tv show!
    And, about the show – let me say that was the BEST finale I have ever seen. The music and performances were terrific. Who would've thought – Kiss, Keith Urban, Black Eyed Peas, Queen and Steve Martin all on the same stage!
    Bravo to the producers of American Idol!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Lil Timmy

    What is with the Adam fascination? I'm not saying Kris is a superstar by any stretch of the imagination...but, Adam? I think more of his fans are taken with the glam/goth persona and the antidisestablishmentarianism – just wanted to use that word – than with his true talent. No doubt both gentlemen can sing, but when you break it down without all of the "Damn the Man" attitude, what you have is a talented yet somewhat boring winner, and a runner-up that is closer to Liberace singing Iron Maiden than a true "dyed in the wool" Rocker. There can be only one Freddie, and sorry Mr. Lambert you don't quite fit the hard rocker bill. I do think that there is room for you next to the ventriloquist's act in Vegas. Good luck to both contestants!

    p.s. I would be willing to bet my favorite pair of underoos that everyone saying they are done with AI will be glued to their boob tubes next season hating and loving...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  135. DL

    I have just written to American Idol, and would suggest that anyone who agrees with me do the same. You can get their email address from their web site

    Dear American "Idol",
    It was clearly absurd that Kris became the next American "Idol". Adam was obviously the superior talent by a mile. The only way to avoid this kind of injustice is to limit the call-in votes to one vote per phone number. If one vote per person is a good enough voting method to elect our national leaders, it should be a good enough way to elect the next American Idol. Unless you figure out a way to do this, ie internet voting, I (and countless other American Idol fans) will no longer be watching the show and your ratings will drop even more than than already have.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  136. J.A.

    Adam was indeed the better performer. At first I was disappointed, but now I think Adam will be better off not winning. Kris's first single has to be that awful finale song. Adam will be better off having the freedom to make the music that fits his voice and style.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Jons

    It's all because of

    May 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Lisabeth

    I am so proud of Kris and glad that he won. He's a clean cut, Christian guy that our society deserves to have. I couldn't be more happy for him, especially with the class he had to tell Adam that he deserved to win instead. Way to go, Kris and I wish you the best in your music career!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Teresa

    I am thrilled that Adam didn't win ...he was my pick; he will be the one who will benefit the most as he won't be tied to American Idol contracts! Hooray.... just like Daughtery he will go on to make it big! The other guy isn't bad but Adam was definitly the best entertainer! Go Adam..... can't wait to buy the first CD!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Deb

    Adam is a completely magical performer. I was blown away by his talent. Sometimes I follow Idol and sometimes I don't; last night's results are why I don't always watch it. Makes no sense. Each week I looked forward to see what Adam was going to put out; Kris was like hearing the same thing week after week. Personally, I feel like Danny should have been there instead of Kris. Adam brought excitement to an otherwise monotonous platform. He could work the mike, the audience. Gay, bi, whatever – Adam is hot talent and I can't wait to see him again!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Gregory Tucker

    I knew america would not vote for a homosexual guy for the winner and you see no black men can make it either, and since next year is the last year why not open Idol up to everyone and let there be a true american idol

    May 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Daniel

    I'm pushing 60. I love listening to music. Very few of today's music talent has any real talent. I don't care for "glam rock." But, Adam's style and showmanship was top notch. His rendition of "Ring Of Fire" was superb. And I could care less if he is a homosexual. He is a class act.

    Chris did some good takes of his own. But he always seemed to come across as the everyday John Mayer type singer. That style has been repeated over and over by many. Maybe the young like it!

    Whatever the reason for Chris being picked by the vote, the voters did Adam a real favor. He won't get saddled with a year of doing AI's bidding. He can do his own production. I hope he don't sell out to pressure from some of these old has been rockers looking to feast off his celeb. Thanks voters the more successful contestants also did not with the competition!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Jenny de Lozier

    Also, I'm not buying the sexual orientation thing...People always want to find a reason for the way these things work out, and I really don't think that had ANYTHING to do with it. He is a great performer and as I said in my previous post, he will have an amazing career. And what a class act they both were at the end. Love them both!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  144. DJ

    I was sure that Adam would win, but the reason I voted for Kris was that he not only sings, but is a great guitar and piano player too. I loved his version of the Canye West song.

    I really love Adam...he by far had the most unique voice/style of worries, though. He'll still make it big!! I loved when he sang with Kiss. I can't believe that he never did a David Bowie song – he would have been great decked out like Bowie singing one of his songs! Glam rock is back!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Sky in Seattle

    I was disappointed that middle America made it a sexual issue rather than one of talent.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Idol Fan from MA

    The voters got it right!! Kris is our Idol! He is genuine, sincere and talented. It is amazing that he won with the total bias the producers displayed this year; from the judges telling us to vote for Adam, to Kate Perry highlighting Adam on her cape and finally the totally slanted finale show, really, Kris signing country music with a guitar and Adam singing with Kiss, fireworks, costume and band – you think really the producers were unbiased.
    We aren't that stupid and choose Kris dispite the producers!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Candi Ford

    OMG, I was setting on the edge of my seat last night watching American Idol. I said all season that "Adam Lambert" was gonna win it but hoped Kris would. When the said Kris's name I jumped up and screamed cause I was just in pure shock. Adam, is a fantastic singer and will more than likely get a record deal too. But in the bottom of my heart I didn't think Kris stood a chance against Adam. I was on Cloud 9 when the announced the winner and so happy to see Adam being a sport about Kris winning. Kris winning American Idol has shocked everyone.
    Congratulations Kris, you had my vote!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Rob

    I am aethist and I hated Adam. I am also not Homophobic. Kris deserved to win because he didn't turn every song into a glam rock "look at me!!!!" shreik fest.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  149. robin

    "Pitchy" was a word so often used in comments to describe how Adam sang. I don't believe that word was ever used to describe Kris. Kris had a more solid voice and a humble, sweet persona. Adam is amazingly talented but lacked consistency vocally – too many flat notes hurt him. I think Kris won fair and square. Adam clearly has what it takes to be a mega-star. Can the nation not be credited for choosing a guy who has an amazing singing voice? Can Kris not be celebrated? He deserves to be.
    One last thing. Shame on Simon Cowell for not clapping, not standing up, looking angry and personally "robbed" and then barely congratulating Kris. He needs to be a better man than that. It looked immature. Maybe he and the other judges should just choose their favorite instead of allowing us to vote for ours, if that is how a judge is allowed to act.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Paul

    Actually, the real winner is the runner-up. They aren't tied to ridiculous contracts the voted winners have to abide by. Adam got all the fame and now he's free to do exactly what he wants to do. Middle America had to make sure the gay guy didn't win, and pressed their little fingers over and over again to make sure. Poor, scared America...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Kim Palm Coast FL

    Adam was robbed! American Idol is a sham. Kris can't even sing! His songs were so uninspiring this year. Whereas, Adam has made this 56 year old excited about music for the first time in several years. I hope Adam makes an albumn soon and tours on his own. I am still in shock. It had to of been fixed. There is just no way.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Jenny de Lozier

    I think in this case it doesn't matter. Both will have GREAT careers. Adam is amazing, but I do think that Danny's votes probably went to Kris. AND as I heard someone else say, this could be the best thing for Adam, he won't have to record that awful song...Yeah Kris got the title, but they are BOTH winners as far as I am concerned.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Carmen

    why is it that when something doesn't turn out the way the majority, the public, & especially the media, quickly jump to the accusation of racism or homophobia or the like??? If Adam had won would those same people accuse America of being heterophobic? Something to think about.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  154. C.

    Kris who?

    May 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Leeroy Jenkins

    Only rubes watch American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Spammy

    AI has proven itself to be a personality contest, not a singing/talent contest once and for all. And let's face it homophobia is alive and well in America. (even though Adam's sexuality was never confirmed) Kris is a holy roller from Arkansas with a Barbie doll wife. Safe. Cute. Moderately talented. I guess my Tuesday nights will be freed up next year because I for one am done with AI.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Yolanda C.

    I was very disappointed and shocked of the results in American Idol!!
    I truly thought we were supposed to vote for talent and not for cuteness or gender! Its just like Dancing with the Stars, it was crazy that anyone would think that the gymnist was the best dancer!! America has no idea of how to vote! They vote for popularity and for the underdog because of pity!!
    I know Adam will go places!! And as for the new American Idol ?...well he will be just that, the new American Idol like the last few who have been voted as American Idol's and little success and have gone no where!!

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  159. Tina

    This was the best finale ever. Congratulations, Kris!! Adam, you're still a winner! I love your voice and cannot wait for your CD...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Maria

    With everyone who has posted here that are saying they will never watch Idol again, does that mean that stupid show will finally be canceled and not take up 2 to 3 nights of television a week? Maybe Fox could then pick up some of the outstanding shows that other networks have idiotically canceled and make a whole bunch of other people happy.

    Oh, and by the way, you Christian haters . . . we must really get under your skin something fierce that you feel the need to bash us so badly. Guess we are really doing the job Jesus wanted us to do aren't we? Think about it!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Donna

    I don't know what show some of you were watching but Adam was only in the bottom ONCE.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Bob

    Won't see me watching American Idol again. You have me captivated all season long and then you shock me by having Kris win it all? Come on, what kind of JOKE is that? Kris was the 4th best performed on this show this year and he wins it? To me, it was clear that not only was Adam the best this year but might have been the best this show has ever had. After him, Danny was 2nd best and Allison was 3rd. Don't get me wrong, I think Kris can end up having a great career but this show is about the best talent and the right person winning and that didn't happen. Adam was robbed. So, I don't need to watch this crap ever again.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Mark Tischler

    Kris started slow but he was by far the most consistant and creative of the contestants. He is definitely the most recordable. Adam is very talented and the most experience professionally. However at times his performances were very theatrical and at times he came across like a drag queen, or Liza Minelli impersonater.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Carlos

    Ok, so who's gonna fill Madison Sqare Garden??? Kris or Adam?... and that my friend's, says it all.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Donna

    Let me quote our Season 8 American Idol...."Adam deserved to win."
    That about sums it up!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Jodi

    Kris DESERVED to win! Think about how much he changed MULTIPLE songs, to make them his own. How he changed "Heartless" from an R&B song to his own version. Don't get me wrong, Adam can sing, but Kris really has talent (more so than Adam) and I wish people would open their opens and notice this. If he didn't, he wouldn't have made it to even the top 3. Kris is going to go far with his music career. And I will be the first in line to buy his CD. I'm sorry but Adam and his constant screaming during his songs got on my nerves so bad I wanted to change the channel.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Albert & Fran Canada

    America got it right this time. The winner improved throughout the season and became more versatile as the season went on. The loser sang one song on show one with one high note, and sang the same song and high note throughtout the season with no improvment or versatility. My congrats to picking real talent.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  168. b

    You people need to get a life.


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  169. Larry

    Is it true that the Pope instructed followers to vote for Kris? Lambert is a super star and even after this, will become a rock and roll legend. Even Kiss and Queen were excited about Adam.

    I would have loved for Adam to sing “Home Sweet Home” instead of the lady who trashed it.

    Rock Hard Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Melodymaker

    I stopped watching American Idol years ago, because once America had the last word as to who would become the American Idol, the show was no longer about who was the most talented. Instead, the show became a popularity contest.

    Although I did not watch the show this year either, I came to know about the final two contestants as a result of watching Good Day Philadelphia. In spite of the show becoming a popularity contest, America got it right this time around.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  171. musemom

    Kris is a nice enough guy with a nice enough voice. I have to tell you, though, I'm a conservative 50-year-old mother of two and I have NEVER in my life been as excited and inspired by a singer as I am with Adam Lambert. I love his voice, his scream, his stage presence, his song choices, his self-awareness, his creativity, his originality, and his personality. He's the total package. As Paula said, I believe Adam will be "iconic." Anyone who makes me as giddy as he has made me over the past few months will certainly get my money through concerts and the downloads. He's a piece of art waiting to be appreciated. Thanks for making me feel young again Adam. I can't help but think America got it really, really wrong.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  172. MIA

    Don't worry all my Lamberdites!! By this time next year we will all be saying Chris who??????? Adam will be the next real American Idol. Its only the beginning for him. The way he handled his loss last night shows he is a real class act! I can't wait to buy his first cd. I will also be the first person in line when he goes on tour. I will always be a loyal fan!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  173. JJ

    Danny Gokey was the one that really should have won,but with this being more of a popularity contest and who (and I mean the fan club here, not the contestant) can get the most people to call in, why is anyone surprised about who won? The true sign of who the winner really is is who will sell the most CD's...So Danny, get in the recording studio !

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Jonathan G

    A lot of you make it sound like this is a first time that a less-talented person won American Idol. Doesn't this happen almost every year? The only difference this time is the person who lost is assumed to be gay, so there is an assumption of prejudice. Really?!?!? Is this a bigger upset than Chris Daughtry losing? He didn't even make the finale. Can you really say that Taylor Hicks winning over Daughtry is a less amazing that Kris Allen winning over Lambert? I can't.

    Kris is probably going to be a borderline country performer. Its funny they put him with Keith Urban, because that is who I would compare him too. He will likely have a solid career in that type of music. I question how popular Lambert is going to be. He is really a throwback to the late 70s and early 80s type of performers. The closest modern day performer he would compare to would probably be Prince. I'm not sure there is a huge demand for that type of music anymore.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Anthony from Tampa

    Adam is a much better performer. A true artist. Kris is a nice guy with a nice voice – just like John Mayer and the like. Adam has personality, presence and artistry. I voted my butt off for Adam and will continue to do so with the buying of his albums, attending his concerts. This win was mainly because of the tween demographic that loves the cuteness of Kris.

    Adam will be a much bigger star, thus the $$$ will be going his way. As was said earlier, look at Daughtry, doing much, much better without having to win the "Idol" title and having to pay royalties to the AI Franchise.

    Kris – nice job and congrats

    Adam – I'll be waiting for your first recording!!!! I'm 43 years old and you brought me alive with the Rock that I love – I feel like I'm 20 again. Thank you very much for making me enjoy music again.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Janet Silver

    I think one can never explain the voting preferences of the people WHO VOTE. I have watched this show on my DVR since it began. Im ashamed really to say I have never voted. I somehow thought it didn't matter. But in this case, it really did.

    Id like to ask if anyone else is insulted by the length and frequency of the commercial interruptions on AI. We tape it, and we can watch an entire one hour program in about 30 minutes. And, of the 30 minutes, only about 6 is actual singing!

    Someone wrote that after seeing Adam win there would never be another more interesting talented contestant, and I agree. Im not sure im going to continue to watch!

    I did love the finale. Im an aging rocker chick myself and it was glorious to see Kiss and Queen, wow!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  177. American Idol Should Be Cancelled

    I'm glad that shriek-tastic diva lost. The way they have been cramming him down our throats is ridiculous. Why have an entire season of a supposed talent show when the judges, producers, creators etc. already picked their "winner"

    May 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  178. JJ

    Thank you Brian W!!! Your comments are great and accurate!

    I would be interested to know how many of the people who commented actually voted. If you voted for Adam and he lost, feel free to complain – if you didn't vote...well maybe if you had he would have won!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  179. StoJo

    Who cares? This country has a long history of electing/voting for people that don't deserve victory. There are far more important things in life than the results of a television show. Stop trying to politicize everything.

    PS – people that usually win AI don't make much of themselves, ex post facto.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Lyn

    AI is not about the "best" singer - it can't be when the deciding factor is a bunch of tone-deaf tweens... Sometimes not winning is winning; Adam won't have to sing that really loser song again and will probably end up with a better deal - not a slave to Simon and bled dry... All Adam needed was recognition - which he got in spades - and he will go on to have a long successful music career. Sorry to say that Kris is not outstanding and should not have been in the finals - his voice is so-so and he doesn't stand out - a good karaoke singer. The person who was robbed in all of this was Allison - there's a talent to watch out for.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  181. smbitterman

    I personally think that Adam lost not because of questions concerning his sexuality, but because of the votes. I think that when Danny Gokey was voted off, his votes most likely went to the guy who was closest to him as far as musical style, which was Kris Allen. I think that this combined votes trumped the huge numbers that Adam Lambert was drawing in each week. I think that his theatrical flair may have cost him some votes from people of more conservative musical tastes. I think both Adam and Kris are extremely talented and both will go on to do great things. I wish them both the best of luck.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Mel

    Awesome show, best ever, and although I'm a huge Lambert fan, I'm not at all bothered by the upset last night. Adam is going to go on and do amazing things reguardless. It's going to be an exciting year to come!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Corey

    Stop using Homophobia as an excuse, no one really care, what anyone’s Sexuality, Get over yourself, it was an upset, both will have great careers and that is it. This is ridiculous and pathetic, drop this subject or don't ever watch the show again, I doubt, they will miss you. hahaha. Congrats KRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  184. justsayin

    I voted for Kris because I thought he had a better quality to his voice, and his unassuming personality.

    I did NOT vote for Adam because of his cockyness, his histronics with songs, and the judges shoving him down my throat.

    If the contest really was rigged, they would've had Adam win...seriously people.....

    May 21, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  185. heather Amaryllis

    yeah, they got it right!! Allen can play at least two instruments, and doesn't need make up to show his raw talent. Lambert has a great voice, but not a broad enough appeal.....I am NOT christian, but prefer Allen just based upon musical talent and personality appeal.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Edward

    Congratulations Kris Allen. The result was not a surprise. Adam has been in the bottom three for the last four to five weeks despite being the better singer, while Kris was always safe towards the end. People weren't voting for Adam probably because they thought he was a lock and no one noticed that Kris Allen was the actual front runner as far as votes go. Adam may have been the best and everybody's favorite to win, but if they didn't vote they can't be mad he didn't win. Allison was the perfect example of that.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Christian

    Clearly Lambert lost becasue of his sexual orientation, which is very unfortunate. It shows that America is still a zelous religious country that judges with their religious eye instead of recognizing real talent. Lambert was superior in his performance by far, and he will do better in his career.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Tbarb

    I think it just goes to show that all-in-all, America hasn't changed much – Adam is incredible, and undoubtedly the best singer ever to grace the Idol stage – but he was different. Most Americans couldn't handle his difference -and overt sexuality, no matter to what gender it was intended.
    Kris is adorable, and more middle of the road...and it's typical that that's the road all the teenage girls undoubtedly took.

    Adam will do well regardless though – Paula was right about that – he's going to be an icon.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Maria

    Adam had a better voice, but I think people don't give Kris enough credit. He still has a pretty amazing voice, he has some versatility and he is an amazing musician, plus, he is a wholesome boy who won the hearts of many Americans, and at the end of the day, it is not only about singing, it is about the entire package!
    I think it could have gone either way and I would have been happy with the result either way. I do not doubt that both of them and a few more contestants will go on to have amazing contracts one way or the other

    May 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Bonnie

    I Am SOOOOO GLAD that Kris won I know that everyone may think Adam was the better choice, but not me I got sick of him SCREAMING when he sang. I would rather buy an album of Kris than Adam any day. Yes he is an awesome Theatrical musician so he needs to go on Broadway. 🙂

    May 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Nick

    I've never seen a bigger group of intolerant Christian-haters before now. They are more tolerant towards Christians in Saudi Arabia.

    There are a number of us who are simply drawn to people who sing, dress and behave in a way consistent with our upbringing. There's nothing wrong with that. We aren't bad people for it. I voted for a fellow Arkansan, Kris Allen, because he was talented and I found his musical style to be my favorite.

    All of the whiney anti-Christian bigots and pro-homosexual agenda obsessed folks need to get a clue.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  192. MH

    I'm sorry, but Adam is overrated. I found his voice terribly high and annoying. He was often off-key but no one noticed for some reason. His rendition of Mad World was nowhere near as good as Gary Jules, who did the original slow rendition. Yet Adam gets scores for creativity on it, even though it had been done before. And iconic? Fresh? I think not. People were wearing black nail polish and "guy-liner" in the 90s. And his look is straight from Twilight. So get over it, Adam fans - Kris won, and deservedly so. He has a beautiful, pure voice, he is a talented musician, and his ability to connect with the audience is uncanny. I am an aetheist, democrat, gay activist, not a tween, and I know talent. So stop whining about the religius right anti-gay tweens and deal with the fact that your guy didn't win.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Thorne

    I'm actually surprised that so many people are "stunned". I'm not. And I don't say that out of some place of superiority either. After Gokey went home, which I was happy about, I knew that it would be actually very tough for Adam to win. There were too many things going against him and I actually saw him as the underdog.

    Personally... I'm happy for Kris. I think he's a sweet guy and his "style" (I say that because I don't think he's very original though very proficient) does fit in with many of my musical tastes (Mayer, DMB, Mraz, J. Johnson). I'm also very happy for my Hottie McHotterton Adam because he will not ever have to sing that ridiculous song again. I feel really bad that Kris will have to. The first album I would buy between the two is Adam's, but I would probably pick up Kris's too. I would at least download Kris's stuff. I'm also curious to see what Kris will do and how long he'll allow the 19 staff control him. I think there is more in there than been there, done that pop.

    Do I think America got it wrong? No I really don't. Not for where America is right now and in this climate. I think "wrong" is too harsh of a word, expected, safe, non-challenging but not wrong. I would have preferred Adam because of everything about him that is unique and "weird", glorious, and riotously American but I'm fine with Kris.

    Kudos gentlemen to giving me something to come back and watch after missing the past 6 years of America's "Talent" contest. It was enjoyable.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  194. daphne

    You guys are crazy! My friends and I knew that Kris was going to win. He was who we voted for and he was the most deserving! We are not "homophobes" we just wanted the best singer to win and he did!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  195. ravengirl

    It makes no sense to me that the contestant who topped the trending topics on Twitter, overwhelmed the others in Google searches, had the best bookie odds, the most talent by far and on and on would not have won. Adam Lambert really did save this show. But he can not save it any longer.
    I officially hate Arkansas and all those uber Christian conservatives who just couldn't see beyond their provincial prejudices.
    I also officially hate the American Idol machine, the voting process that allows these megavoters to steal the contest. They really ought to have some sort of limit on these things. I really don't think I will ever watch that show again, I feel so jaded by this whole thing.
    That said, I do not hate the winner. It's not his fault, just as the stupid flood of Adam Lambert photos in high glam or man kisses on the Internet or the fawning of him by the judges and media and Katy Perry was not Adam's fault.
    It should have been a show to award the best talent. Not this. The show will never be seen the same way again. If we hadn't seen this before, it's very clear that this show has gotten too full of itself.
    America chose the safe one again. Disappointing, not surprising and in a way sad for the winner, who will always, always be overshadowed by Adam Lambert. What was his name again? I've already forgotten. Best of luck to him. But Adam's star will still keep rising higher and brighter with or without some TV show title. That will be the real prize.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  196. M. Kimel

    there is no way this result could be kosher, is it possible that Adam was pushed aside because of his sexuality ?????

    May 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Jonathan

    They both deserved to win...and both Adam and Kris showed their considerable good grace at the outcome – humility and genuine good will toward their competitor. That in itself makes them both stars.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Dee

    America picked the right winner 2 years in a row!! This was the best season ever!!! I do love Adam but his shrieking was starting to annoy me! Go Kris–I'll certainly buy your albums to listen to w/o having to cover my ears during screaming notes!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Old dude

    I figured Allen would win, but am an Adam fan. If Adam were 25% more masculine it would have gone his way. No reason to be upset though. Big picture is Adam's going to be 1,000 X more successful than Allen. The real winner here is Adam, since he can do far more with this huge launch than Allen can.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  200. GS

    yup I said little lambert was going to be severely disappointed.
    Why did this happen....maybe a back lash against the judges who
    have been pushing who they wanted as the winner from the very
    beginning...yada yada...Adam "you are a superstar already etc etc"

    He lost because he was to smug, over confident, over rated...and
    a Danny ..what was his name now? already forgotten...
    cause he was smug and over confident....Allison was really the only one who could hold her own with a real super star like Cindy Lauper...


    good to see Simon in a suit jacket and real shirt...but he is us an
    A** with the buttons open, see how cute my chest is...OUT/OUT/OUT
    SIlly show...I laughed myself silly through most of it

    May 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Bruce D

    Adam can now go back to broadway where he belongs and will do well. Finally his screaming is over. I was so tired of the Adam worship. Everything he did was nothing but drama, no real feeling and all overdone. Way to go America, there is still hope for us all.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Jen

    It actually makes me laugh to read that there are so many "excuses" as to why Kris got the votes....Adam's question of sexuality, Kris being from a southern state, etc. Plain and simple...people liked Kris. Obvsiously people really liked Adam as well. These two, completely different, men were voted to stay on in the competition to the end. Personally, I was never an Adam fan. There were nights that I think he sang his heart out and I was unbelievably moved....but more often he just yelled and had his tongue halfway down his face to make it even louder. That isn't really singing to me. He didn't prove to me that he was the best by those performance. I was a Kris fan from the moment he sang. There were weeks that he performed that were not that great, but he did continue to improve. In the end, Kris was there...he made it. I think that it is horrible that people are trying to make him feel as though he has no talent. I literally had goosebumps when he sang with keith urban...i thought it was an incredible song for him and he rocked it. Kris deserved this. I truly believe that he was the best in the end.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  203. DSR

    America has been condtioned to go with the all American type of look & personality. Lambert, who definately bucked that trend, lost for no other reason than he went against that way of thinking. Toss into the mix that people questioned his sexuality, and it was an uphill battle all the way.

    Not to be misunderstood, both had great voices, I expect even the runner up will do extremely well in his career. But when it comes down to raw talent, Adam had more. Kris knew it too by his comment after the announcement.

    Idol isnt about talent, its about the image that best fits America.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Ken

    It was about talent, mabye if Adam wouldn't scream during every song he sang. I was tried of it and glad that Kris won. But does it matter, no. All Idol is is a stepping stone. Who would you rather be Chris Daughtry # 4 2006 or Taylor Hicks Winner 2006. Stop crying Adam your makup is going to run......

    May 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  205. What did you expect?

    I was actually pulling for Danny Gokey because I loved his back story and his voice. I truly felt he and Adam would battle it out. While I think Adam certainly exuded star quality, how were they going to market him? It's appalling that your "marketability" becomes an issue because some of the greatest talent in the world is overweight or homosexual or simply just doesn't fit the "norm" out of what pop culture demands. Why can't it just be about the music. However, Adam is made for Broadway, and don't you worry; he WILL be a star! Kris (who I kept calling Matt because he's pretty unmemorable to me), is a very marketable commodity. He has a nice (not outstanding, but nice) voice, but he's a cutie pie. That sells. Teenage girls will love him.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  206. liz

    i think they both will have one hell of a great career, either way it would have gone. i liked them equally. either way it goes, adam has a definite future in music and acting and kris will definitely delight us with his folkie soft twist approach on whatever he sings. they both share the same qualities regarding delivering a quite different twist on the music they have performed, which only further tells us, the american public, that two such different performers bring just as much creativity and uniqueness to whatever they perform to a large variety/genre of music. i congratulate them both and wish them the best of luck

    May 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  207. R

    While I think Adam could out-sing the entire other 12 contestants combined, I did not see him as a solo artist. He seemed to fit in w/ Kiss and Queen very well – the glam rock front man. Even though I enjoyed his performances immensely, he was a "performer". He may have a heck of a Broadway career awaiting him. My fav was Danny. He put his heart and soul into everything he sang. Adam simply was performing. It was amazing, but a performance.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Rienzzie

    I am not surprised at all. I thought Kris did well, and is the rightful winner. His versatile skills, wide variety of range and personal qualities makes him truly a winner. I am stunned by the negative comments and the supposed surprise that Adam did not make it. Adam is a single track singer and cannot do much other that his rock perforamance. Lets celebrate this small town boy who shook America with his talent. This is what is great about the show, the underdog has a place. It always gives a forum and a spot on national TV to those the talented who never would see have access to a nation wide audience.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Tammie

    America absolutely got it right!! I really liked Adam initially as well as Danny and Kris. However, as the weeks went on, Adam proved that he should be in musical theater and that he had to scream in every song he sang. I had hoped and thought that Danny would go to the final two and was surprised when he didn't, but recognized that Kris would make an overall excellent American Idol. So, again I say... way to go America!!! You got it right!! And shame on you AI judges for basically congratulating Adam on his win on Tuesday night!!! Shows you what power you have, huh? Good luck to all of the top 12... you will do well!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Will

    Have any of you whining, accusing idiots considered it is nothing more than the style of music which they sang that appealed to the voters. If you did not realize in the final 3 that Adam was not going to win then you obviously do not know how to look at anything objectively. The fact that two people of similar styles and Adam where in the final 3, and that Adam and Kris were only separated by one million votes should have led you to the conclusion of what America wanted. Did you really think that all of Danny's fans would choose someone who sang that opposite style of music or someone like Kris who sang a similar style. Adam and Kris are great singers, it just came down to the fact the pop-culture of America liked Kris's style. Nothing to do with his sexual-orientation or religious affiliation. Had this show occurred in the late 70's or early 80's it would have been Adam all the way. Get over yourselves.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Carol Gilmore

    Oh, and one more thing: Although I believe Kris deserved the win, I based that purely on his talent. Adam's supposed sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with it. Had I thought he was the better singer, I'd have said that he was the one that deserved the win. This is a talent competition, after all.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  212. amy

    I was so upset that the true, better performer, did not win the title of Winner of American Idol. The little teenyboppers got the young clean cut winner. I wanted Adam...he will be an Idol in the future of many as he has a long time career, unlike Kris who might be a one hit wonder.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  213. geri

    perhaps they should find a different method of voting – kris is good, but adam has better vocals than any of the professional bands on american idol last night! loved him from the start ! with 3 phone lines per contestant maybe the public vote was not as accurate, as people do not always dial the correct numbers!! either way i am looking forward to hearing adam lambert in the near future! congrats to all!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  214. xrk9854

    I think the religious wingnuts used this as payback for the Miss USA incident. In short: The more talented guy lost because he was gay. And I say that as a straight person.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  215. legaleaglet

    I think it is awesome that Kris won! Adam is indeed extremely talented, but I just couldn't stomach his tendency to scream...I hate ANYONE screaming! It got to the point where we called him "Screamy Screamerson." When he just straight sang, he was awesome. However, he just couldn't back off the screaming long enough. I think Adam did EXCELLENT singing with Queen last night...maybe Queen oughta tap Adam to be their new lead singer.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Karen

    Adam is in a league of his own, way beyond any other, ever Idol contestants. It would surprise me if Simon stayed another season, as Americans are obviously talently-challenged when it comes to picking winners! What a FARCE!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Kim

    I think they got it right with Kris winning. He is the most talented of the two. Sure, I like Adam and Adam can sing really good but Kris showed that he isn't just a singer but a performer by playing guitar and piano....he is much more talented overall. I didn't see Adam doing any of that. If Adam had shown that he could do more than just sing maybe the outcome would have been different. Either way, Adam will go on to have a wonderful career I'm sure.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Mary Anne in FL

    I know that everyone is upset that Adam did not win, but Kris is a great artist. Adam is more dramatic and theatrical and you could tell by Adam's mannerisms after the announcement that bigger things were in store for him. Congrats to Kris!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  219. denise

    If American Idol was based on talent, as it should be, Adam should have won. From day one Adam has shown his talent. He has shown American that he can take a song and make it into his own. Such as "Ring Of Fire" yeah that song was a bit uncomfortable...maybe even weird. But Adam took it and made it his own. Kris is, as alot of people have said, mediocre at best. Every one of his songs are boring and offer no insite to his soul and music talent. He is just plain. Adam at least spiced it up. Kris does have talent but no where near Adam. I think that Adam will become a success and Kris will fade after his first CD. There isn't much to Kris and eventually America will see that. I think he would be better off singing for Kidz Bop.
    Think about the finale people. They paired Adam with KISS and QUEEN...These are legends. These are the great rockers of our time. And who did Kris sing with? Keith Urban...Big freakin' deal. I can't even remember who else he sang with...why? Cause he is FORGETTABLE. Nothing special stands out about him other then he is good looking. But in this country looks gets you anywhere...Right Hollywood?
    Go Adam! You will have a fantastic career.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  220. RT

    Until they allow only 1 vote per phone #, the best singer will never win on AmIdol. Never have never will until they change their stupid rule allowing repeat voting, just to boost their "vote" numbers. 100 million people did not vote, it was about 10 million voting 10 times average

    May 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Pepper

    What a joke!! Nothing personal against Kris, but he is mediocre at best. Adam clearly has the most talent, but I guess he was too "glam-rock" for America. I personally like the way he looks and dresses and it shouldn't matter what his sexuality is. If America voted based on talent only, it wouldn't have been a contest – Adam would have won hands down!! Kris should have been eliminated a long time ago. Allison and Adam should have been in the finale! Kris will become another Ruben & Taylor. Can hardly wait until Adam records an album . . . wouldn't take Kris' album even if it was free!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Carol Gilmore

    I think Kris Allen deserved to win. He's the better all-around performer, whereas Adam Lambert is more of a showman, better suited to Broadway. Adam has a good voice, but needed to scream his songs a little less. It was a perfect result.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  223. pete

    Oh btw i'm gay and i can't stand adam over-the-top drag-queen look. i voted for kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  224. BoDee

    Pathetic result ... America needs a wake-Up call! I cannot help but be either dubious or disenchanted. Either way, I will not be tuning in for a redux next season. I will avoid American Homophobe and any company that has the misguided wisdom sponsors them.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  225. ran

    Adam is extremely talented. There is no doubting that. But why does it have to be "homophobia" or hate to not vote for him. For me it was all about being sick of the "scream" and I could listen to Kris' music over and over. Get over it and quit blaming your own predjudices.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  226. 2amuse

    Gotta have our white bread and Velveeta cheese.

    Fox should pay a huge bonus to Adam for making this season the best ever and drawing in so many new viewers. Ford needs to give Adam a new car every year for life.

    The 100 million votes were because Adam made the show exciting and interesting. The show was dying before this season.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Andy

    As a father of young kids, America got it right!!! The show is called American Idol, American kids decided that the make up wearing fingernail painting guy is not someone to idolize!! Great choice in my view.

    If the show was called America best singer, maybe we would have had a different outcome.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Tinman

    As always, haters come pouring out – to point out other haters! I am a Christian, loved both guys regardless of their religious beliefs and sexual orientation (this is a SINGING contest, right?). I think Kris won because he got the Gokey vote – the two were much more similar in style, so it makes sense Gokey supporters would make the switch to Kris. Adam will be fine – either in the music industry or the theatre industry – he is a fantastic performer and I look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Kris will also be fine – may never be as big as Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood have gotten, but I think he'll go on to a decent career.
    Why do people always have to look for the conspiracy theory in everything??

    May 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  229. cathy b

    I thought that both Adam Lambert and Kris Allen were excellent in very different ways. I enjoyed listening to both of their performances. While Kris does not have the vocal range that Adam does, I think Kris represented more clearly the type of music that is typical of and easy to listen to on the radio while working, driving or hanging out with friends. Adams' singing was often a profound experience giving me the chills, a real performer to the core. If I had to sum it up, I would LOVE to see Adam perform but I would LOVE to buy Kris' CD.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  230. E

    Why is everyone pretending to be completely shocked? I wasn't at all! Didn't approximately 100,000,000 people vote? It's quite obvious Adam's fans didn't pull him through. Also, Ryan never mentioned that it was a close race. And if Simon, Kara, Paula and Randy were that shocked and disappointed maybe they should have stayed up and voted all night! Quit whining and get over it. They will both have outstanding careers.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Robert

    I sat down and played the new American Idol slot last night while my girlfriend sat down and played the one next to me!

    First spin... I got three Adam Lambert symbols, entered the Bonus Round, got 10 respins at 10x, and after I was finished with all spins was physically dragged out of the casino by security and stripped of my cash, my hopes and my dreams of a fortune!

    Meanwhile... my girlfriend on her second spin got one Kris Allen, a blank, and yet another blank, and got a hand pay with bells and buzzers going off which brought crowds gawking, cheering, and declaring celebrity!

    It just doesn't seem right!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  232. ayt

    The best performances from that finale were from Allison and Cyndi and Adam and KISS (KILLER!!)–it was also nice to see the boys from Queen again.

    Not winning AI will be the best thing for Adam who will go onto superstardom, guyliner and all. At least he won't embarrass himself with that godawful song (which shall remain nameless). Not knocking Kris' talent, he is talented but his music is definitely not for me. There are so many of his type out there–but I congratulate him on his victory.

    ROCK ON ADAM!! Your fans have the iTunes tracks to tide them over until your album comes out...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Ship

    For those whining and thinking that Kris won only because of the Christian vote, that is flat not true. He won because he was the better singer. If our vote was that influential, there's no way we'd have Obama as our president.

    You will see that Kris will sell more albums and have more success than Adam. Adam is very creative and good rocker, but he'd fit better in Broadway. Johnny Cash was rolling in his grave during "Ring of Fire."

    May 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  234. JoeMcc

    Bottom line is this. We vote for our favorite. It's not who is better or worse. It's who we connect with.

    You can also blame Idol for allowing multi voting. Maybe the outcome would have been different if we could only vote once.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  235. eviljwinter

    It was an upset. But Adam's career was already set long before last night. So are Danny's and Allison's.

    Biggest disappointment this season? Megan Joy.

    Megan, more Norah Jones and Janis Joplin; less Bob Marley. I want to smell the cigarette smoke and the whiskey when you sing.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Todd

    I debated whether or not to watch this season because it is so time consuming. I am glad I did, because I got to see the best performer ever to set stage on American Idol – unfortunately, he was the runner up.

    This brings to an end my viewing days of American Idol. The dismay at Adam losing – let alone to good but 3rd or 4th place talent at best – may be a blessing in disquise as I will have much more free time next season.

    My best guess is that the unlimited texting decided the vote. Imagine if we used this method for Presidential elections? Vote as many times as you like and then we'll count all of the votes. They should use the total of unique numbers not unlimited. The winner last night may have been the person with the most fans who can text tirelessly and quickly. Not much of a talent contest.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Steve

    The real talent did not win. Adam will end up being the bigger star.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Bernadette

    I don't see why everyone is surprised. First Adam is somewhat of a professional, he has been on Broadway for how long now. YES, they are both great singers, but here is what broke it for me and actually made me vote, which is something I have not done before even though I watch every week. Adam is a flamboyant entertainer. I remember Simon telling Clay Akien that he was more of an entertainer and would be better suited for Broadway then the music scene. Well Adam was in a way the same why, yes a dynamic singer, but his dramatic touches on his performances for me made it more Broadway then concert. Kris, you felt his music, he was singing out from his heart and touching you I hope the best for both. But I think AMERICA GOT IT RIGHT......

    May 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Steve

    I wish people would quit trying to play the "Sexuality" card. I won't lie, I am sure there are some people that wouldn't vote for Adam because of what they believe he is, but did you think for a minute that maybe it is because people are tired of the theatrics. The constant hitting of that screaming high note in all of his songs. Some people may not want to hear that on the radio. Sorry, it is true. Or how about the idea that he was a judges favorite from day one and people got tired of hearing about it just like people got tired of hearing about Danny's wife at the beginning. He learned not to mention that at that point anymore. I mean go back to season 1 and tell me how many of the early season favorites ended up winning at the end. Kelly wasn't, Ruben is border line. Fantasia, I believe she was. Carrie, maybe. Taylor, no. Jordin, no. David C., no. Kris, no. It happens. Try looking at the bigger picture instead of crying and trying to play a card.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Becky C.

    The show is called American Idol because it is the people's choice as to who is the winner. All of the hype around Adam Lambert is because he appeared to be the Hollywood or New York type of idol. Obviously, he is not what most American citizens who participate in the contest want to represent them.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Diana

    I think the people in the U. S. need to be proud of both of these young men, not belittle either one. I am from Canada and was a fan of Danny's, when he got booted I chose to become a fan of Kris's. Adam is a wonderful singer until he starts screaming. Him being over the top likely made a lot of people feel uncomfortable, not because he may be gay, but because he is the type if entertainer that he is. Adam will go places there is no doubt about that. However, give Kris credit where credit is due, don't be demeaning, either support this young man, or leave him alone.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Alice

    I guess all you Adam fans have listened too long to the screeching/screaming that passes for "rock and roll" and it's made you all totally deaf. The first time I heard him screaming I muted the T.V, but gave him another chance the next week. That time he sang a more traditional type of song, but his vibrato was about three feet wide and I had to mute him that time, so basically I didn't listen to him the whole season. I don't care about how he looks, nor his sexual preference (and I'm one of those maligned Christians), I just hated his singing. I also hated that the judges kissed his patootie all season and practically assured him he would win. That's another reason I and all my family voted for Kris. The people have spoken.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Claire W

    I'm glad Kris won. For me it has nothing to do with sexual preference or religion but rather that Kris is the only contestant this season who didn't sing something that made me put my set on mute. Adam is an immense talent, no doubt about it, but his over-the-top and screachy version of U2's "One" did not make me happy. All the lyrical mood of that song was completely lost with the changes he made to the melody and the way he delivered it. Kris may be an everyman of sorts, but isn't that what you're gonna get if you put musical taste to a nationwide vote? Honestly, my hope is that they both find great success.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Jdub

    Adam has a horrible screaming voice!! I cringed every time I heard him sing. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, KRIS WON BECAUSE HE HAD THE MOST VOTES!!!! He deserves to win. He has a great voice and can play many different instruments! I didn't vote, but if I did I would have voted for Kris!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Rebecca

    I really enjoyed the performances of both contestants!
    Congrats to Kris!
    Both He and Adam have long music industry careers ahead of them, no doubt....
    I only hope that all the people out there "crying" how Adam was "robbed" can says they voted as many times as possible for their contestant.. Sure, hope they didn't all sit back and think Adam had it in the bag.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Steven S

    I knew what the outcome would be before it started. Alot of you are right. It was not a vote casted by singing ability. It was a popularity contest. Kris got Dannys votes basically. Does anyone think Kris can put on a show like Adam can? Not hardly. Can he sing almost as good as Adam? Not Hardly. Look at the age and the people who he targeted. The same ones who just love Taylor Swift. Who on her best day can not sing a note. Now will he outsell Adam, probably not the rest of his life. I liked Adam because he has a selling item, Showmanship. He could and will put on a show. Now if they really want to get the voting right, only allow people to call once. If that same phone number calls again, block it. 1 vote 1 call. That is the only way to be real about it. The call as many times as you like, doesn't cut it because of anyone knows anything about computers, someone could set up a program that could keep calling. My props go out to Kris, Bottom line he won. Deal with it and let him enjoy it. He earned it, maybe not the way we wanted it. Congratulations KRIS!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  247. seizer

    feels like novemeber 2008 all over again doesn't it

    May 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  248. pete

    yes adam has a better vocal, but i seriously don't want the american idol title goes to someone who is so gay, over-the-top, so drag, and has makeup more than cher+your mother(sister) combined – it's a turn off! it's american idol we're talking about, it's not any ordinary award: americna idol is not just about singing talent, it's about everything that person represents. kris is more appealing to the mainstream and more suitable for the american idol title. kris's OVERALL package is more appealing than adam. kris deserved to be the american idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Rosiepose

    I knew Adam wouldn't win. He is fantastic, too fantastic to be an American Idol. All the idols, except Taylor Hicks, fit the mold of being ordinary marketable. Taylor was fantastic too,but in his albums every song sounded the same. Shame.
    Adam is over the top and he will do better then Kris, just like Clay Aken. Kris is a nice man and an ordinary singer. I wonder just how the voting goes. Predjudice people kept Adam back too. Like someone said, you either love his performances or hate them. Most people do not like things that are different, they like the same thing over and over again.
    PS I also loved Danny Gokie and wondered what happened there??
    Because of the teeny boppers and the secret (?) voting that we will never learn about, the same type of person will win, year after year. I don't get excited about it anymore and just look at it as entertainment. This year especially, because Adam was a joy to watch and listen to.
    He will go very very far in show business.
    Good luck to all of them

    May 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Jason

    I think america was doing Adam a favor by not making him the winner. We all know that Adam will go far in the business and now he won't be tied to a lame American Idol record contract and he will be able to pursue much better options out there. This worked out better for him and his styling of music. Winning idol records are always kind of cheesy and not what you would picture that artist making. Kris will do good with his album, and now Adam gets to do what he wants. I believe this is the right outcome for the show. I was a huge Adam supporter all season, but I'm kind of glad that he took second.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Betterthingstodo

    Ok, first of all..........
    Do we not have much larger issues than who won AMERICAN IDOL??? Get a grip ppl, this is yet another way that we all show why this country is fallen into hatred for one another, (is that not the American way?) and disgusting bigotry! I thought we had grown as a people! Obviously not.
    Second of all...........
    Kudos to all who left comments that were positive, and gracious to both contestants, you are the ones with real class, not the ppl that are using this outcome as a SOAPBOX for thier political agandas, religious beleifs, or sexual orientation. WHO CARES??? We as a ppl have to bridge this devide, and come together in these terrible times of hardship and corrupt business practices. (Did I mention global warming as a bigger issue? LOL!!)
    Congrats to both gentlemen, good luck in any endeavor you embark on in your career!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  252. kris

    whine all you want!
    it's KRIS, NOT ADAM, who won AI!!!

    again, it's KRIS ALLEN... NOT Adam Lambert.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Helen

    It's the day after and I'm still in shock and very disappointed. I feel like dumping AI from my list of favorite reality shows. Adam was the clear winner with the talent and originality. Kris? Well, I guess he is another pretty face. It'll be interesting to see who really gets to the top. Go are my American Idol!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Gokey Fan

    I don't think Adam would have won if Danny Gokey would have made the finals either. I think Adam and Chris were two very different artists, yet Chris and Danny were more similar to each other than to Adam. So when Danny was voted off the show, it only made sense that those who voted for Danny would vote for Chris in the end, and it would have been Danny who would have won if Chris would have been voted off. I don't know why people are so surprised at the end result. If you'll remember what Simon said on the semi-finals...."this could end up to be a ding-dong! And it was!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Jim

    I started watching AI this year, but am far from a hardcore fan - I could usually fastforward through junk to watch what I wanted of the performances and the results shows in about 30 minutes total.

    Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised with last night's show:
    1) Pleased, and surprised, with the result - Kara and Paula annointed Adam months ago and kept re-annointing him each week.

    2) I enjoyed some of the performances, especially Kiss, Queen, and Steve Martin

    As for all the Adam-philes who immediately descended into angry diatribes against American foolishness, I say, "GET OVER IT - it's a show whose prime demographic is 12-20 year olds and those people get to pick the winner." It's kind of like the insight you get when the MTV generation votes for a president - do you remember, "What kind of underwear do you wear?"

    Finally, for the Adam fans who feel it's all because of homophobic Christians, a few thoughts:
    1) No all Christians are homophobes, nor all homophobes Christian (I think it's pretty popular in Muslim countries)

    2) Kris benefitted from Danny's considerable following when he got knocked out

    3) Very few probably cared that Adam might/might not be gay or androgynous - some didn't like his singing or screaming whether you did or not. In general, I liked some of his stuff, but quickly concluded he was an idiot after his atrocious rendition of "Ring of Fire"

    May 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Toad

    I am not understanding why Kris winning is considered an upset. I'm sure many people thought about it as I did. Adam Lambert is awesome. His talent is clear. But week over week, his power vocals were a bit shrill. He is great as a member of a band that is as powerful as he is – as we saw with KISS and Queen. But when I thought: whose solo music would I actually buy, or listen to on the radio? There was no debate: Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Maddi

    Bottom line, the final vote will be in album sales. Adam will win that round.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  258. jennifer

    obviously there is a flaw in the let one person vote as many times as their fingers will allow is wrong. maybe if we had one or two votes per phone the more deserving contestant would have won. there is no doubt adam blows kris out of the water with talent. but as so many others have said he will be a success and is not locked into an american idol contract. i cannot wait to see who picks him up

    May 21, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Troy

    Kinda like electing George Bush, middle American elects people out of revenge not talent. Oh well. I liked Kris but Adam has more talent.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Dallas

    All this reminds me of when Carrie Underwood won and everyone was harking how Bo Bice would be the bigger star because he was so artistic and such an awesome talent and would make far more waves than Underwood would.

    What is old Bo Bice up to these days? how many of these Adam lovers, which you can all bet your butt that if they are true "ROCKERS" were hoping and reeling when Bo Bice lost and were echoing the very same things then that they are now, actually have a Bo Bice Album?

    The only difference now is that Bo Bice isn't a fan of make up and guys.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  261. MrsRaz

    Not all of America likes Screamers, some prefer singers.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Mike

    C'mon – Adam is NOT a rocker! The lack of music knowledge in this world is appalling. Robert Plant is a rocker, Lou Reed is a rocker, Jim Morrison was a rocker, Neil Young is a rocker, Freddie Mercury was a rocker, Janis Joplin was a rocker...the list goes on and on. Tripe like Daughtry and "nu-rock or nu-metal" is a joke.

    Adam Lambert reminds me of a broadway version of David Lee Roth in his high-kicking hair band years.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Tom P.

    I liked both but Adam better. He is the better vocalist and showman than Kris. Do keep in mind that Kris did get better each week and is more of an accomplished musician which Adam is not. I don't think this has anything to do with sexual preference. When Danny got voted off all of his fans had to pick and they went the direction of Kris who was more like Danny than Adam. I especially liked the comraderie shown by all of the final 13 towards each other. They were all close and at times seemed to be a team working together. Adam has a huge future ahead of himself and now he will not be forced to make many of the performances that Kris will and can start on his new career earlier.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  264. lisa

    I watched the first season....and this last season...Im done.

    The voting public is TERRIBLE!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Suzanne

    If the vote had taken place in Canada, clearly Adam would have win. But the majority of American do not understand real creativity and average people made it instead of talented one.

    This is why for the past three decades most of the major progressive rock have started their career in Canada.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Barb

    Adam belongs on stage, Broadway, theater. Too much costume, makeup, gay.........................

    May 21, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Joe H.

    The biggest upset was actually the night before when a Frenchman, Gilles, lost on Dancing With The Stars to a 17 year old American gold medalist from Iowa in the Olympics. Now, Adam loses on American Idol to a Christian conservative from Arkansas. Both were far more talented than those who won. I would suggest that the religious and conservative right have had a far bigger effect on these talent "competitions" than anyone wants to admit. On both shows the judges seemed stunned that Gilles and Adam lost-especially to who won.

    Again, take a close look at the winners apart from their talent and my suggestion is not nearly as "radical" as it may seem.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Diego

    By the time Gokey was eliminated, American Idol is finished. None of the two contenders deserve to win. To add insult to irony, Kris Allen is not worth listening to. This is a repeat of that winner, Taylor Swift, a disappointment. This proves one thing, America cannot pick a good singing artist but why didn't the judges do something about it. I really believe the show is already down the drain America.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Pat Murphy

    Tuesday was the first time I watched Idol with some friends. I love music and was very impressed by Adam Lambert and actually thought the winner Allen was elevator music style. I could not believe that the song Mad World first sung by Adam was actually the same song later sung by Allen. I can't get it out of my head!
    Actually, I think they both won but two decidely different styles.
    The finale with both of them singing and the, once removed, contestants with the professionals was the best show I can remember in years.
    I hope that Adam will record Mad World as I would like to have it, fabulous entertainment .
    So glad I watched it!. PM

    May 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  270. idol lover

    Now I really know the show is rigged!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Shelley

    It's obvious. When Gokey was booted, his voters moved to Allen. The same thing that happend when Jordan Sparks won. Melinda Dolittle was booted, and her voters switched to Jordan.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Ryder

    for those who are "bashing" Kris, get over it. adam will be fine, believe me.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Disgusted

    Right on idolcrtic

    I'm a Christian and I LOVED Adam. I am disgusted by all the so-called "Christians " who use their relgion as a platform to disparage others and spew hate. You may be Christians, but you are also bigots. You can not serve two masters. So which are you? A bigot, or a Christian because you can not be both.

    This is a singing competition and Adam was a better perfomer and singer. And to all those who said that he was limited just to rock, "Tracks of my Tears" was NOT a rock song and Adam sang it beautifully.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Disgusted

    I am totally disgusted! Adam was robbed! American Idol is now truly a joke! I will never watch again. This proves the majority of the American public is ignorant!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Jules in TX

    Both Kris & Adam are very talented and my opinion of who shoud have won is irrelevant, however what I question is the method of "voting" by the American public. Saw a news clip on HLN this morning where they interviewed a bunch of Conway, AR teens. When asked "How many times did you vote for (hometown favorite) Kris Allen?", one young lady replied, "Like, I got through like 31 times and it was like totally awesome that I got to vote for Kris 31 times." Now, how can the voting be fair if lovesick teens can place 31 votes for their favorite competitor??? With all this wonderful phone technology, couldn't there be a system in place that accepts ONE vote only per phone number?? Guess this is how that Sanjaya fellow stayed on so long, plus that dread-locked Marley singing guy Jason from last season. I probably won't ever watch Idol again until they revamp the voting system.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Annie

    I am very glad to see Kris Allen as the winner. Adam was very good. Infact they were so close it was going to be very hard to decide on. But I was so tired of hearing Adam do the same notes (the very loud and long one) and same song style. He just got very old to me. That is what turned me off of him. That and the fact that I felt that this year from the very beginning the judges were so behind Adam as the winner that they really pushed for him to win with lots of their comments. But even though Kris won we all know Adam will be fine. He will move onto much bigger things.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Tina

    Wow tsunami show me where I knocked anyones tastes?

    Attack much? You are the perfect example of the type of person who can't fathom that someone doesn't like Adam. Yet you accuse me of attacking someone elses tastes.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Brian W.

    Boy, oh Boy... What a bunch of whiners... Everyone knows that AI is a popularity contest run by unusual demographics... I have watched AI since the beginning and never voted once... You all should get a life and worry about things that matter not who is the next big thing... The music business will crush Kris within a year or so... Adam will survive for quite awhile if he hitches his star to an existing band who needs a front man... Good for Kris... Remember Daughtry losing out at number three? Or maybe Ruben beating out Clay Aiken (what a shock that he is gay ; > )...
    I will watch forever but not be disillusioned by expecting miracles from a national audience that votes for looks and not skill...

    May 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  279. tsunami39

    The majority of people who liked Adam were middle aged women Tina? Really. Well, I will tell you that I AM a middle aged woman and yes I do like Adam. As does my 15 daughter who enjoys music of all forms and will be going to collge for music study. As does my 26 year old daughter, my 27 year old son, my middle aged husband AND my 74 year old mother. I realize that Adam is not for everyone and you are entitled to that. That is why there are so many forms of music in the world to appreciate. I just recently went to a Hinder concert and jeez, seems like there was makeup, screaming and quite a lot of theatricals. The audience ranged from tweeners to people older than myself. It is a matter of your personal preference. I just don't know why people have to knock other people's taste.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Debbie

    What was so stunning??? Cynics like me saw this coming as soon as it became Adam and two Christian/churchgoing/missionary boys in the top three. With a lot of help from Bill O'Reilly, this became a political battleground and not a vocal competition. Conservative Christians rallied around anyone who was NOT Adam. I don't think the vocals even mattered, and I'll bet a lot of votes for Kris came from people who had not even watched all season.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Dallas

    Anon, 95% of the comments are by the same people are just more vocal than others... in other words, they are more likely of the same sexual preference as Adam since we all know how that group reacts when they don't get what they want. Think... teenage little spoiled brat girl that didn't get her pony.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Karla

    There were 2 great artists in the final, and such a close competition. Kris also has incredible creative talent in changing up songs & I look forward to his ballads, with either piano or guitar. Adam while terrific, has a very edgy style, going into the high register rocker yell, which I can get a little tired of. Both great artists I look forward to hearing more of-- along with Danny and Allison too, who I hope make in the industry.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Jo

    Sexual preference had nothing to do with the decision. Adam gave performances, Kris gave inspiration which America needs now. Kris was understated, Adam was over the top and screamed too much (for an old person like me.) Adam was clearly the judges preference, Kris was the underdog which Americans side with. The rendition of "Heartless" by Kris won me over.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  284. BamaColombian

    SO SO NOT HAPPY!!!! Don't takte it the wrong way. I love Kris and he is very talented... But I really think that Adam had more talent. Atleast enough to win this... ooo and someone PLEASE get rid of Kara... she just added time and baggage to the show....

    May 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Dallas

    Ben – "His voice has a lot more range". I think his performance with KISS exposed his RANGE that everyone likes to point out. That performance put him immediately with the likes of Queen, Janice Joplin and Joan Jett. The fact that he can scream sing is not a range... it's his way of making up for the fact that he can't carry a note with true vocals. He isn't even a rocker, unless you consider the like of the Scissor Sisters as Rockers. Adam is nothing more than a JD Fortune that will spit out a song or 2 that people can stand, and then he will be finished because it will be the same act every single time. Sure... he can turn out some pretty cool renditions of songs already out there. As a cover singer... he will be great. But put him with his own song's and it will get old real quick and he will be the next one hit wonder.

    Kris on the other hand proved that he can sing pop rock, country and blues... he literally can go back and forth as he pleases and will spit out far more song's and records than we'll ever see come out of Adam because it won't get old because he can mix it up. Even Danny will have a far more successful career than Adam will because he can switch what type of genres he wants to be in

    Sorry... but Kris deserved this and proved that over and over again. Those that can't admit that, and ignore his artistic nature are only viewing this for one reason and one reason only... and it has NOTHING to do with pure singing talent. Adam can belt out a song... but as a true vocalist... Kris won for a dang good reason.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  286. TAE111

    This show is a popularity contest not a talent contest. The final vote should be 30% judges 70% American public. Ask any expert in the music buisness and I'll bet they would tell you that as far as talent is concerned the rest of the contestants were not even in the same universe as Adam. With the right guidance and management this kid could be one of the best singers in the world. Can you honestly say that about Kris?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Sara

    Oh...and I question the voting system too.

    I had Adam's numbers programmed and TWICE I got a message that said I voted for contestant number 2. That would be Kris! But I wasn't dialing numbers for Kris...


    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  288. xoxo

    So dissapointing!!!!! that shows how people are judging on the wrong things! Adams is much better singer that Kris! what is America thinking?!! open your minds!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  289. ninety2west

    Congrats to both individuals. Kris has a great voice and I wish him the best down the road of fame. I was personally thinking that Adam was going to take it, but in the end it Kris was voted in by the people and he's the one who took it home.

    Regardless, I think that Adam will have a bright future ahead of him. Great talent and head strong.

    Also, if your still upset that Kris one... you should have called more. End of story.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Pat

    Kris is a very talented young man, but Adam is exceptional. There is no comparison with versatility, range, creativity, showmanship, star power-just none!! IDOL could never have scheduled "We are the Champions" without Adam. So many of the group numbers wouldn't have had that "pop" that Adam created. Such a shame that middle America–and those that think like middle America–can't look at the issues that create an idol. It's not the "safe" performer; it's the one that stands out! Will I buy a Kris Allen album? Sure! Who is the better all-around performer and destined to be a star? ADAM !!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Anon

    After reading all of these comments just how in the world did Kris win? 95% of these comments are in Adam's favor. I think it was rigged because a gay Idol was just tttoooooooo much for the image of the show. Its rigged and not only was Adam robbed but so were all of his fans. Everyone is in disbelieve. I believe fraud was commited. Idol sucks and I'm done watching.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  292. tsunami39

    Oh absolutely America voted Kris in- just remember season 6 and how far Sanjaya got by America voting! I think they should go back to the original way of voting- 1 vote per phone line. The way it is now is not a true indicator of how America really feels- just who can dial and text the fastest and has access to mulitple phones. I loved Adam and it was great to watch him put on a show. Kris is a pretty good musician but vocally not up to par with Adam. And yes, the show IS a singing competition. It really doesn't matter- I knew from the get go that Adam would not win. But in reality, I think he will be the bigger winner in the end. Good luck to Kris. He really seems like a nice guy and I wish him all the best.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Tina

    The sexuality argument really? I'm as liberal as they come and I voted for Kris because I thought he was the best talent on the show. There are so many reasons Kris won. Some of us respect someone that can put on a show with only their voice and the instruments they play rather than someone who has to put on a show with makeup, costumes, and special effects. The majority of the people I know that liked Adam were middle aged women. I'd say the same demographic that is represented on this message board. If those people vote at all they are most likely to call in their votes. Where as Kris' demographic is more likely to text. You can probably send 20 texts in the time it would take you to get through to vote once on the phone. Some people just didn't like Adam's screeching. I know that's a hard concept for some of you Adam fans to grasp but to a lot of us he just wasn't all that great. And then there are the people who were just fed up with the judges kissing his butt all season and declaring him the winner week 1 that thought they needed to be reminded America decides not them. Lastly, I know a lot of people who were fans of both but when it came down to it they could imagine listening to an entire CD from Kris but didn't think they could tolerate Adam for 90 minutes straight. So please no 'he lost because he's gay' excuses. It just makes you seem sad and bitter.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Sara

    Adam is clearly more talented when it comes to singing. No one should question that...but some will because they simply don't prefer his sound. Adam was and is my favorite, but it does not surprise me at all that Kris won. There are are a few things that contribute to him winning and I'm laughing at those who say it was because he was the more talented singer...or simply "The best".

    THEY'RE both VERY talented.... no questions here.
    Everyone has their own opinions, likes, and dislikes...and THAT is why Kris won. He simply appealed more to the majority of voters.

    Here's a list of things that contributed to Adam not winning.

    1. He's gay... there are homophobic people out there and some of those people weren't going to vote for him because of matter what. This cost him some votes.

    2. Adam has an EXTREMELY different look and not everyone is going to like it... he stayed true to himself and what he likes and I respect that he stayed true to what he wants to do. People have come right out and called him a "freak". This cost him some votes.

    3. Kris is a religious was Gokey and many of Gokey's votes went to Kris. They appeal to the religious crowd. It doesn't mean that all religious people voted for just means that it cost Adam some votes.

    4. Adam is a rocker. Not everyone likes rock music. More people like mainstream music...mainstream music is just that...mainstream! It has more followers than Rock music...that's why it's called mainstream! This cost Adam some votes.

    There is not one reason why Adam didn't win and just because you're religious, homophobic, etc...doesn't mean you didn't vote for Adam. Adam had a few things working against him and these things cost him votes.

    But remember...just because you're the "American Idol" does not mean you're going to be a big hit. How many people think that Taylor Hicks won because he was the best artist/singer????

    I try to find talent in them all and try to enjoy them all. All of them were talented... maybe not stars... but talented, Yes.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  295. bigdaddyj

    I was surpised as well that Kris won but I shouldn't have been. AI and others are more popularity shows than talent shows. Adam has the talent and Kris has the all-american boy look. I do think the producers did Kris a diservice by not lower the key for him on the new Idol song. He was obviously straining.

    BTW Bodee, what are you ranting about?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  296. mazie916

    America got it right folks! Kris is very deserving, more than he realizes.
    Whether Adam is gay or not is not the reason America voted for Kris!
    Most of us that watch the show are more interested in the music, not his personal life.
    Adam is just a little too over the top with his singing and performing. Quite a few Americans are not into the shock factor when it comes to music.
    Adam is very talented yes, and even though he did not win, he is still going to have an outstanding career. They are both deserving. Things happen for a reason. Adam will do just fine without winning.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Localbuzz

    The world already has a Jason Maraz, John Mayer, James Morrison, singer/songwriter. Kris will fade into nothing. That song that Kara D. cowrote for the winner as the first single is HORRIBLE!!!!!! It's not a Kris or Adam song. Kris struggled to sing it and it just did not fit Adam's style. they both looked very uncomfortable singing it. Such is the life of an Idol winner. you do the album Simon tells you to do then you pay lots of money to get out of the contract and go make your own album but by that time you have been forgotten because your first CD SUCKED!!! Daughtry did it the right way. Let's hope Adam learned something from that and will become the star everyone hopes he can be.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  298. hurley

    It doesn't HAVE to be homophobia as the reason behind Adam's loss. He came across as really creepy and insincere. He did a lot of lip curls, shoulder shrugs, and his tounge fell out of his mouth while he was singing. Kind of creepy. Not to mention there was probably a backlash when Idol gave both singers a song to sing that was tailor made for Adam's high vocal skill set. People probably don't like that Adam was anointed the winner by the producers and judges weeks ago, and doubly don't like it when they start adjusting the game so that he's more likely to win.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  299. uncommon sense

    The true contest was between Adam and Danny Gokey. Kris (who???) only got the votes from the teenage girls and Danny's supporters. Adam was versatile and better all around. Guaranteed we will be hearing more of Adam!! It's a no brainer like Kara definitely being better than bikini girl!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Eddie in NYC

    First, I'd like to congratulate Kris on his AI win. While not my choice, I am not going to fault him for a flawed voting system that should be limited to ONE vote per person.

    I am an Adam Lambert fan, without question, and can't wait for his first release (not to mention LIVE performances)! In an age of Miley Cyrus' and Jonas Brothers' (again, not my preference), it was refreshing to see a talent reminiscent of Rock and Roll's biggest acts. Perhaps we're in for a renaissance of "kick-ass" music?

    This 35-year-old in NYC can only hope...

    At the end of the day, whatever our preferences, let's bear in mind that music is the most powerful when it unites...not divides.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Gloria

    Yes, Kris is a nice guy and can sing but what a travisty that Adam did not win. He is one of the best singers to come our way in a long long time. He can sing ANYTHING!!!!! and sing it out of the ball park. It was a case of "oh he is going to win so I will give Chris a vote so it won't be a land slide. ADAM IS THE REAL AMERICAN IDOL AND WE ALL KNOW IT OUT HERE IN T.V. LAND. I HOPE HE MAKES AN ABL UM OF SOFT ROCK OR THE SOFTER SONGS HE DID SO WELL WITH AND THEN MAKES A ROCK ALBUM FOR ALL THOSE THAT LIKE THAT MUSIC. I HAVE ALWAYS HATED "kISS" BUT WATCHED EVERY MIN. OF IT WITH ADAM SINGING WITH THEM.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  302. R

    "There was also the Danny Gokey factor. Gokey made it to the top three before he fell out of the contest, leaving his supporters up for grabs.

    "After the third one leaves, you wonder where do the votes go from that third contestant," Paula Abdul said backstage after Tuesday's singing showdown."


    May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Bella

    I'm heartbroken that America didn't vote on the sheer talent & incredible voice of Adam Lambert...however, we know he will go on to be the biggest STAR! Kris seems like a nice KID but rather a mundane talent. Just another step towards America's mediocrity!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  304. jerrys

    If a gay doesn't ALWAYS win a talent contest, it is because of homophobes? I guess we are a bunch of racist and homophobic bigots because black Muslim female lesbian midgets don't always win every competition.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  305. Gail

    This is proof that American Idol is fixed
    No way he won – he does not even have one tenth of the talent that Adam has – although he has a lovely voice – he should not even have placed in the top 3 with the talent this year.
    I guess I won't be watching this show anymore – another one that has blown my faith that anything on TV is real anymore.

    too bad – the entire show was fantastic until that happened
    I certainly won't be buying any of his music – he sounds like every other male solo out there already. No originality

    May 21, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  306. Rosa

    It's over and the best man won to my surprise! Fate does rule out! Onward Christian soldier!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  307. idolcritic

    Kris Allen – American Idol
    Adam Lambert – World Idol!
    Adam totally carried the show last night and Kris was mediocre at best. The difference was never more obvious. I have nothing against Kris, he is an artist in his own right but he can't measure up to Adam who oozes star-power and will take his career to completely new heights. Adam is a rare specimen indeed. His vast talent aside, he is completely comfortable in his own skin, he is willing to take risks and accept the consequences, he believes in himself, he is intelligent and, most importantly, he is a polite and kind human being.
    I can almost guarantee that if AI's voting system would be different, so would have the final outcome. Limit the votes to 5 per phone line!!!!!!! Having the teeny-boppers cast 400+ votes each is insane. Unlike them who can sleep through class the next day, most of the rest of us have to go to work and don't have the luxury of voting for 4 hours straight until midnight, nor should we have to. Sure, AI boasts that a 100 million votes were cast but how many people does that really represent?
    Would I have wanted to be in Kris Allen's shoes last night? NO! No doubt, he knows that would it not have been for the anti-Adam votes, he would not have made it. Reading some of the blogs was an eye-opener for me, I didn't know that there is still so much bigotry, prejudice and pure hatred in this country. A sad statement to say the least, and those responsible need to hang their head in shame. So, it must be a bitter-sweet victory for Kris, sort of winning a marathon because someone tripped up the person in front of you.
    I wish both of them the best of luck. Adam showed what a gracious and kind hearted young man he is by fully embracing Kris last night. There should be a little Adam in all of us and the world would be a better place.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  308. snow white

    Looks like America got it wrong – bad ! Apparently voters are strong Christians who find it hard to accept real talent. I feel sorry for Adam as he put on a great show, and he deserved the win. I don't think Kris will get very far, given that his parents have a strong hold on him and also this is a big step for his wife to take with him.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  309. mark

    they should correct the voting system to only allow people to vote once. its no longer who has the most fans, but who has the most obsessive fans. I heard people say they voted over 2,000 times.
    there were 100 million votes? Really, a third of America? AI only draws a fraction of that many viewers. they need to correct the voting system.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  310. Tom

    These are two disappointing weeks in a row, Gokey not in the final two and now Kris winning the big prize. Is America tone deaf? Adam clearly has the most talent of any American Idol contestant in eight years! People just vote for the safe candidate and can't get past their prejudices. I was looking forward to Adam’s major portion of the summer show, but now I will have to listen to more Kris. Since it was so close I hope the Idol folks give them an equal number of songs on tour. We will see them in Charlotte and I've got great seats. I’m happy for both of them and Kris is a good guy, but Adam was robbed. The people who vote on this show are pre-teen and teens. They have all that free cell time after nine to call hundreds of times. Vote early and vote often is an old Chicago saying. There should be a limit on the number of times a phone number can vote and then it would be fairer. Six of the last eight winners have been from the Bible-belt south. That should tell you something. Last night’s show was amazing and Adam needs to go on tour with Queen. He was channeling Freddie Mercury. Oh well, it’s just a television show, but I felt the best performer didn’t win last night.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  311. Tamster

    Ridiculous result, but at least Adam won´t be chained to a 2 year contract stocked with ballads like "No Boundaries". He should have won based on vocals and stage presence, but the loss may be better for him – at least he now will have the space for his own creativity. Like I said before, Kris Allen, though a nice guy, can be seen in any college town pub. I´m sorry, but his voice is not strong, there are a million of him across the nation. Adam is the star of the season, as was once again evident last night in all the performances that he rendered, and will go on to world wide fame. Just wait and watch.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  312. Rick

    Ok...Everyone take a chill pill. Being from Conway, Arkansas, I am proud and excited for our state and for Kris. Did I think he would win? No. Adam is an awesome singer and talented showman. For all of you who say it was a terrible ending and you will never watch Idol again, remember, it is the American public who picks the winner. Tuesday night all 4 judges were so sure that Adam was the winner. When they talked to Kris, it was as if they knew he was getting the consolation prize. I am sure they never took in account that those who voted for Danny probably would throw their votes to Kris. Was it because of the pictures of Adam kissing another man or that maybe in the video of their trip back home there was hardly any mention of his family or any other number of things. Kris comes from the heartland of America where family values means a lot. They are both awesome performers. Kris grew so much since his first audition. Adam did too. You will see much of Adam. I will buy his CD's. He is an awesome talent. I hope to see Kris become all he can be. Like Carrie Underwood...A small town girl who was 2009 Entertainer of the Year.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  313. Anon

    Adam was robbed. Something must have happened. This is a total upset for Idol and especially for all of Adam's fans which I believe are at least 80% of the viewers. The ratings will suffer and I for one will NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER watch Idol again. Simon is right 95% of the time and last night he got it right again. He just sat there and never even clapped. Even the judges had looks of disbelief on their faces. Kris is good but really forgetable. Adam rocked Idol and would have been astounding. I feel like I completely wasted my time even watching it. The show should be cancelled and may be when no one tunes in next season. Adam was robbed, it was rigged and the whole thing ended up cruel joke.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  314. mary ann

    Both are awesome singers and when they peak they are amazing but in a different way. What made Kris different is the huge draw to the female population especially the teens. I don't think the gay issue has very little to do with it. Best season, by far, many great singers. Can't wait for the concert. I have MY ticket!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  315. songwritingwoman

    Maybe it's not a big cultural battlefield.

    Maybe Kris won because most of the viewers thought Adam's win was a foregone conclusion, and so they didn't feel it was necessary to do the heavy phone-calling that the underdog's supporters do. We'll never know.

    I'm a songwriter, with songs on major label albums and on TV, and honestly, any of the top 4 would have been worthy. This year's crop was so much more talented than any prior year's 12. I think Adam is extraordinary, Kris a thoughtful musician who connects with our hearts, Danny is a kick-ass singer and Allison is like 40,000 volts of energy. They are talented, creative, and appear to be genuinely likable people. May they all thrive!

    Now Adam is free to pursue the juiciest contracts and the most appealing opportunities...

    May 21, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  316. Shell

    Ok, I am so tired of people throwing politics into this...liberals...conservatives....this is a talent show people!!! Politics, religion, or sexual preference should have nothing to do with it. It is so ridiculous that some people vote for contestants based solely on those factors. The fact of the matter is that American Idol and most talent shows based on public votes crown winners based on a matter of the public opinion. Kris won based on that. So, does it really matter who one? I myself voted on my opinion of who could sing, and for me that was Adam. I am pleased that Adam made it as far as he did and he will reep the benefits of being on AI without having to be bound to the AI contract!! So, with all that said congrats Kris, enjoy the ride!!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  317. Stacy

    Kris Allen is a good singer and a cute kid, BUT..........Adam is way better. Even Kris agreed because he was shocked himself that he won. It's all good though because im sure Adam will end up like Chris Daughtry and go on to do great things in his career. American idol has become a popularity contest instead of who is a better singer. Not sure yet if i want to watch next year.

    P.S. they did not need that 4th judge this year,,,she needs to go !!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  318. JDub

    First of all, I would like to say that I liked both Kris and Adam. I liked Adam's originality and his Broadway-like performance skills. I liked Kris because he's a talented singer and guitar/piano player. I rooted for Adam since the auditions, and I've grown to like Kris more and more throughout the season.

    Both of the finalists deserved to win. They're so DIFFERENT that they can't be compared. Personally, I think it's a shame that either of them had to win because of that TERRIBLE song, "No Boundaries"...

    But to all of you hardcore Adam fans who are boohoo-ing over his loss and blaming Kris' win on Bible-thumping, homophobic Christian voters, think about this:

    Are those same Bible-thumping, homophobic Christians the same Americans who voted Obama into office? NO! Because these over-zealous Christians you speak of are in the MINORITY. Even if they each voted 1000 times, they wouldn't measure up to Adam's adorers.

    Why do you think that both Kris and Danny (who are both very similar in their musical style) were both in the top 3? Because America LIKES the type of music that Kris and Danny sing!!! Not because of their religious preferences or the fact that they're 'cute.' When Danny got voted off, his voters undoubtedly switched over to Kris, because they are very similar singers! It's not rocket science, and it's not prejudice.

    Adam did not lose because people think he's scary or because America isn't ready for a gay American Idol...obviously America is ready for "Change" because we have an African American president! Adam lost because there were more viewers who liked and voted for Kris! End of story!

    Stop putting Kris down and making his victory seem meaningless. Kris is a very talented young man and he deserves to be praised for his accomplishment.

    A word of advice to all of the Adam fans out there: stop being such sore losers.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  319. kim

    Adam was (is) obnoxious, full of himself, and predictable (every song you knew would be a screamer). Kris got all of the Danny vote. I predicted it...Danny voters would not vote for Adam.

    AND by the way, as a lesbian, I am appalled that this is being touted as an anti-gay issue. Seriously? Everything has to be about prejudice? We can't just say Adam got less votes? I highly doubt there was some yahoo out there telling all their church fundies to go vote for Kris. Come on. AI isn't that important.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  320. Robin

    I realize that Kris needs to drastically improve his stage presence; however, didn't you get tired of hearing Adam scream? I couldn't listen to an entire Adam Lambert album. It would turn into Groundhog's Day and everything would eventually sound the same. I appreciated Kris with his acoustic guitar and piano playing. They are both extremely talented. Don't feel too scourned Adam Lambert fans, he will have a successful career. He just wasn't an American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  321. Northeast Gal

    The entire show is pathetic. Boycott American Idol and fire Kara.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  322. mn proud

    **reality check guys**just think about it, does it really matter who won the competition? The main thing is they got their name out there for all the recording labels to see. How many people go to Hollywood just hoping beyond hope for someone to listen to their sample? So Congratulations for ALL competitors who made it on that stage!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  323. andrew

    american idol is fixed. every season i agreed with who won american idol even if my favorite lost (just talking about the final 2). blake lewis lost to jordin sparks in season 6 but i knew jordin sparks was much more talented. david cook last year was my favorite from his first audition like adam lambert this year. i was confident that david cook would win though even after simon's comments. american idol fixed the results this year. this is the only year i abosultey don't agree with the winner. kris allen deserved to be there, no doubt, but adam lambert should have won.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  324. Flyin11

    I was shocked. The way everything was going, I thought for sure it was going to be Adam winning. Like it was scripted ot something but of course things happen and things don't turn out like you think they will. Come on people....Stop fighting....Even though I'm not a fan at all, I too think Adam was better but this is what happens when you have phone votes and a lot of people don't get through with their votes. It has always been a issue for American Idol but they don't never do anything about it. They need to have a better voting system and what that should be, I don't know but the phone thing always has issues.

    Kris won though...The way it turned out and that's the way it goes. Just because he won though, doesn't mean that he's going to be succesful in selling a lot of albums. We will see. Not too many have had success before David Cook last year...Taylor Hicks and Fantasia come to mind. Adam will sell his share (When you're up on stage jammin with KISS...How could you not have that help your status?) and the other Top 5 will have success like Daughtry did. Just because Adam was 2nd, doesn't mean that he's not going to be successful. So, stop bickering about who should have won. If Adam won, people would be saying that Kris should have and now we have people saying Adam should have. I'm just glad it's all finally over now.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  325. David

    You people are CRAZY!!!! to think that adam could win this he is the worst so called singer in the world!!! finally AI got things right stick to the theater and the coke adam!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  326. Bull

    Shawn – why are you "stunned" by America's "blandness"? Not everybody likes all that flamboyant gimmicky loud screamy crap.

    I love Kris. I think Adam is extremely talented as well. I just prefer more tame music than he sings. I did like "Mad World", though.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  327. Frank Army

    I'm still trying to figure out whether Rod Stewart was drunk, about to have a stroke, or both?

    May 21, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  328. Mike

    To all the adam fanatics, please answer me this. Ignoring last night, give me one performance that Adam Lambert did that didn't follow this exact formula.

    1.) Humble man in the spotlight starts singing softly with one lone spotlight on him

    2.)After a short introduction the man breaks free to strut the stage and start singing in a higher register – lights begin to showcase the backing band that increases in volume and intensity

    3.) Lead singer breaks it down and bit and begins to swagger around in front of the judges preparing for a big finale

    4.) Lead singer wails out the same exact note night after night, regardless of the song and all of the middle aged women go crazy cause it reminds them of everything their husband ain't.

    This is what EVERY SINGLE ADAM LAMBERT PERFORMANCE WAS LIKE! It boggles my mind how people don't see this!!! It also happens to be how a lot of broadway showtunes are written – coincidence? This formula gets VERY old after awhile. Kris is the only idol to tackle songs that weren't gonna get the popular vote based on song choice (i.e. Glen Hansard's song from Once). He's also the ONLY idol I can remember that actually took a bland song (Kanye West's – Heartless) and actually made it BETTER than the original. That's a recording artist, that is someone who can cnonect with the audience on a level far above sheer volume and stupid costumes. I stand by my original statement 100% – the Adam Lambert's of the world are a DIME A DOZEN – I live and work in NYC and i see them EVERY DAY!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  329. HB

    HOOOOORAY ADAM!!!!!!! You won in my heart!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  330. Jill

    Bonnie: Adam is our next Elvis? You meant to say our next Liberace surely.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  331. HB

    I can't believe they let that happen. Kris has NO talent compared to Adam or even Dan Gokey! He should be singing at weddings, not as an American Idol!~~

    I will NEVER buy anything he records. I was SO majorly disappointed that a bunch of teenie-girls with raging hormones were allowed to dictate over REAL TALENT! Get real!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  332. Christie

    SOOOOO Happy for Kris. He deserved it. Thank GOD.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  333. Ryder

    Congrats, Kris!!! I jumped up and down when I heard your name. I felt a sense of flashback from last year. I thought (as many did) that David A. was going to win, but was pleasently surprised with Cook took the title.

    I think Adam will do just fine and will score album after album and maybe join Queen???? But Kris will bask in this and will come ahead and grow in his winning and success. I have liked Kris and his style of "reinventing" a recent of old song and making it his own. Adam does the same, but I liked Kris's redition a bit more.

    Go Kris!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  334. Bstrand

    I don't know man. For me the final result was a train wreck...

    May 21, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  335. Dex

    For all those bashing the results as a result of homophobia, I'm gay and voted for Kris for the past few weeks. I really liked both guys, and no doubt Adam has a soaring, magnificent voice. For me, it came down to style – which guys album would i probably buy? I'd buy Kris' album, because his style is more my taste in music. That's why I buy any album – or watch any film – or attend any show. Does the artist and their work speak to me. The sexuality of the artist has nothing to do with it. And just because I would prefer to listen to an album by Kris, that does not mean I do not respect and admire Adam as an artist or as a human being. He seems like a wonderful guy.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  336. cocobear

    in my eyes adam DID win!! he got amazing exposure, showed his unbelievable talent and winning personality (read: not arrogant) and he is NOT bound by any AI legal chains. He made millions of fans and has a great chance of major success. the only thing he did not get was the fleeting moment of gratification last night. but the success he will have to come will far outshadow that. kris is a coffeehouse kinda guy, but adam is unique and special and has talent to blow away the world. so more power to him. he should celebrate that he got everything he needs to start his career without the AI shackles.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  337. Alison

    I am so disgusted that the reaction this mornng is all about Adam being "robbed". I think Kris has an appeal to a larger cross section of the US. Adam is someone you either get or you don't – you either like him or you don't.

    Kris has been given the oppertunity to explain his comment about Adam deserving it – he fel that both he and Ada deserved this. Please stop claiming there was something else to his statement.

    Both Kris and Adam will have success in their futures but in very different markets. Stop saying Kris will be forgetable because you don't know what he is going to do with his CD yet. This how awesome he was with Keith Urban last night – and really, who expected that? Adam would do well fronting a band similar to Kiss – it's exactly what he is good at and will allow him to do what he has said he enjoys so much.

    So rather then hating on Kris and/or Adam, why not take a page from their interaction and their families. It's clear these 2 very differnt people have a lot of respect for each other so shouldn't we do the same?

    May 21, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  338. vwoman

    Absolute shock! Every performance by Adam, throughout the entire season, was that of a very talented musician. Every song may not have been my forte of music choice, but that young man can sing ANYTHING and sing it well. Kris, on the other hand, struggled through some of his performances. In my opinion, the winner of this show should be one who can entertain and sing well in EVERY performance. A true being of talent must possess the characteristic of consistency. I have watched idol every year and this year, by far, has been the best, because of Adam. I could not wait to hear and see what he was going to do next. And my goodness what a finale!! Queen, you have found your new lead singer! If I could to speak to Adam, I would tell him...In many, many minds you deserved this title. America took away your crown, but it cannot take away your talent. Rock on dude!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  339. blue

    I agree. I cannot believe that Adam did not win. Adam is not only so much better than Kris, but he is probably going to be one of the best signers that America is going to see. I believe Kris should be 4 or 5 on the list and not #1. There were so many others that were better than Kris. I was shocked, sadden, and disgusted by the results. It seems like American Idol has turned out to be a looks competition rather than a singing competition. It’s the damn teeny bopper girls glued to the phone voting multiple times for hours on that made Kris win. The more mature listeners who appreciate true music and talent would have voted once for Adam like it should be. I have no doubt that Adam is going to out do any American Idol singer that American has ever produced. You go Adam! American will eagerly await your music Album and concerts to come. Oh! And Kris you gotta do something about your lips man. It looks like a cow chewing hey when you sing.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  340. Jeremy

    What's a shame is that both Adam and Kris have shown themselves to be class acts, but that is being overshadowed by their fans acting like complete fools. Why can't we all just be happy for both? They will both have great careers. Adam seems truly happy for Kris, and Kris seems extremely grateful. Let's take a cue from them and be classy.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  341. Carol W.

    I really think that Kris won more because of the underdog factor than the homophobia thing. Also, his ability to play the guitar and piano had a part. I think Adam was definitely a better performer, but Kris would probalby sound better on a CD.

    I wish the judges would try to make their comments more nuetral and next season they should have one of those timers that starts blinking when they ramble on too long.

    Kris sounded better when he sang Kara's song last night. Maybe the song itself will grow on people. I do think that the contestants should pick their own songs in the finale so that they can shine at what they do best.

    At any rate, both are very different, but very talented stars.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  342. leslie

    Oh come on people, Kris is so much more commercial than Adam. I couldnt imagine listening to Adam on the radio; a Broadway musical yes, radio-no. Congrats Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  343. Jeff J

    First of all, wrong person won. Secondly, I truly feel that ALL of America is not ready to pick the most talented contestant because he may be gothic and wearing black eyeliner. Adam Lambert, America, is the real deal. I'm in New York City and he is the man with the voice, the look, the style.....the whole presence.

    Please, nothing against Kris. Obviously he is very talented but America, he was the "safe" pick for most. To me, that's sad. Adam may be the next coming of David Bowie, Marc Bolan (T-Rex) or even as hard as the old Alice Cooper, but not as hard as Marilyn Manson.

    All in all, congrats stole this from the highlly deserved Adam Lambert. Congrats also to Danny Gokey!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  344. Norma

    Once again America gets it wrong. Clearly this was a vote against what "Christian Crackers" view as a gay or bisexual contestant/artist, someone who CLEARLY is A FAR MORE TALENTED singer than Kris Allen. Adam Lambert is a TRUE superstar, a natural talent not some lame imitation of Jason Mraz. Even Elton John, if he had competed against Allen, would've lost! Once again this proves that American Idol is NOT a singing contest, at least not anymore but a lame imitation of what it intended to be. And once again it proves that America is tone deaf, homophobic, and anal. Adam Lambert is the REAL American Idol and will now be able to prove that by coming out with HIS OWN music, not Idol's lame and sorry song choices. In a year, we'll be seeing HIM on music awards. In a year, we'll be saying "Kris who?"

    May 21, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  345. angela

    I cant believe all that Im reading. Adam didnt win because everyone homophobe. Get over it and stop playing the gay card. No one cared that he was gay. Christians have gay friends too people. We might not agree with the lifestyle buts its not our place to judge at all.
    Let Kris have his glory and fame. All you tight liberals stop your whining and step up to be the better man/woman.
    The best singer won- the voting proves it.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  346. Aaron

    Well at least Adam won't be stuck with that terrible, really lame, single "No Boundries."

    He is better off not winning anyway.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  347. Jennifer

    Kris won because his music appeals to most people, Adam is a rocker and that type of music does not appeal to the vast majority of people. He is a great performer but I voted for Kris because I enjoyed what he sang. I like Buffett, Dave and john Mayer and that is what he is, whether you like it or not he is going to sell cd's without any problems!! People just have sour grapes when their guy doesn't win, get over it!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  348. Sherry

    Congratulations to Kris! I am an Adam fan! I believe Adam will have a wonderful career ahead of him – without winning. But I don't think Kris will fade away to obsurcity like some past Idols – he's a good singer and very marketable.

    I do think AI needs to change their voting process – to limit the amount of votes per phone number. Those of us over 40 crowd can't compete with the teen girls who will sit and call or text for the whole voting time – since there is no limit.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  349. Sassy Simi

    I am a Christian and voted multiple times for Adam, don't blame it on the Christians, blame it on the 7 to 13 year old crowd, who hoot and holler over not only Kris but the likes of the Jonas Brothers – go figure?

    Adam will be just like Clay Aiken the runner up to Ruben WHO?
    Adam is an enormous talent, he will soar, American Idol was just the begininng for him

    May 21, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  350. Bonnie

    WOW........what a finale!! Kris is truly the one who needed to win. Adam will always continue to thrive.....he is our next "Elvis"!! Wait and see!! Way to go Kris......the hometown guy wins!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  351. Pamela

    Talk about a bunch of sour grapes from you ridiculous Adam fans. Adam has never been, and I venture to say, never will be mainstream. The mainstream contestant is always going to win. I don't believe sexual orientation had anything to do with the outcome. In all honestly, I think it was the makeup, fingernail polish and theatrical over-acting that did Adam in. Kris is a talented singer. Quit bashing him because your favorite didn't win. Time to grow up Adam fans.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  352. sophiekins

    first i want to say, congrats to chris! i have loved him from the start, and was glad to see him cash it in. secondly, this "crutch" that everyone is using makes me sick. this is called "american idol", or should be called "teen idol". i am a mother (41), and my 10 yr old LOVES chris, you know why, because she can RELATE to him. he's young, cute, and i'll tell you what, she knows NOTHING of this "sexuality" card that everyone is throwing around about adam. the main vote if coming from 10 to 19 yr old girls. this is NOT "middle aged idol". having adam was great, brought me back to freddie, elton and the like. but that is NOT what young americans want, they want someone they can relate to, or for lack of better word, idol up to...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  353. Mike

    I don't care for American Idol, just watched it while with other people who love it. In my opinion Adam has all the talent. If the contest is truly supposed to be about talent, Adam should have won.

    Having said that, both Adam and Kris seemed to be genuinely good guys, and it was very nice them being very cordial to each other. It shows a very high level of maturity and professionalism on both of them.

    I haven't bought a CD since Believe (Disturbed), but I can see myself buying an Adam CD.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  354. Christy

    Kris was so granola and boring. Adam rocked. This wasn't just an upset but a travesty.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  355. Thede Vilthatiam

    I am gay and rooted for Kris Allen to win. So enough of all this nonsense about how homophobia played a role in this.

    Pure and simple, Americans weren't really too fond of the screeching and the overdone pomp, so they went for the guy who connects intimately with his audience with his subdued performances.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  356. BR

    Loved the show!! I know Americans are the greatest talent and voters in the world. When America speaks.. everyone shuts up! The rockers out there are definitely shocked. I don't know how people can stand KISS.....We did it guys.. we did it........

    I'm waiting for a CD from Danny! He was great last night.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  357. Natalie

    I was hoping for Adam the whole season. I am happy for Kris but I think Adam will be a bigger success. I can't wait to see what he does with his first album. He is SO original.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  358. tyn

    kris will definitely be a World Class Artist/Singer no matter what you say/post... he won the hearts of the American people and will surely win the hearts of rest of the world. It only proves that the Adam fans didn't support him the way the Kris fans did – so do not put the blame to the tweens/Christians. Blame yourself, your votes weren't enough to make Adam win. AND if two years from now, people will be asking "Kris who?" it's not YOUR PROBLEM, it's his.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  359. angela

    AMAZING!! America spoke and I must be proud. All Adam knows how to do is scream. He looks so stupid when he sings, his mouth looks funny and he sticks out his tounge, hes arrogant, and you can tell hes used to getting his way. Not this time. Kris, Yeah what more needs to be said. Granted Danny was my choice but Kris way to go. Let talent ring!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  360. Christina

    WOW – did the American people ever get it wrong. All year you have heard the judges say "this is a Singing competition". However this outcome was more of a popularity contest. Yes the boy next door won, but the better singer lost – what a shame. I hope Adam goes on to a very very successful career – I am sure he will as will Kris with his boyish good looks and average vocals.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  361. TP

    Ok, so for all of you who can't understand why Kris was a SINGING competition, not a Who-Can-Put -On-A-Better-Stage-Show competition!! I thought it was appropriate that they had Adam with KISS because if you think about it, the reason people like KISS is because of the crazy makeup, wild outfits, and big stage show!! Years ago, when they took off the make-up and tried to sell records based on their music, people weren't buying it because without all the stuff, they are just a mediocre band at best.

    Who would I rather see in a big Broadway production? No question, it would be Adam. But could I really listen to a whole album of his high falsetto screams and forced vibrato? Ugghhh! NO way!! Kris won because he was the better singer. Much more understated, yes, but still the better singer in a singing competition.

    And just because I wanted Kris to win, please don't categorize me as a homophobe! I couldn't care less what or who Adam does in his personal life!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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  363. Melissa

    The best finale ever, with the worst ending ever.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  364. Donna

    Adam is in a class by himself. No one needs to dispute this. Music sales and awards will be the deciding factor. If Kris becomes a superstar artist, I'll admit that I was wrong - but I don't believe I'll ever need to utter those words. He was off pitch and terrible too many weeks.
    Kris, although he seems like a nice young man, will join the AI reject list, along with Taylor Hicks, Rueban and Fastasia.
    Even Kris said "this belongs to Adam". I guess all those who voted for Taylor, voted for Kris. Too bad none of them buy their music.
    Simon summed it up the other day. They were looking for a superstar and they found it with Adam. Believe me, they won't let him get away!
    Life lesson here. Life is not always fair but payback is so sweet!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  365. Liz

    Well I can say that my heart was not in this finale because I saw others go who I would have rather seen in the finale. However I totally agree with the people that said Kris took risks by doing CURRENT songs where Adam did not sing anything from this decade which left America unable to see what kind of artist he would be TODAY! Do I think Kris was the best? No, but I think he has the most potential for growth and improvement. I do not feel there is much they could do with Adam as far as growth and improvement are concerned. And to everyone that is upset . . . The finalists that will be successful can do so without having that title. Kris should definitely do the Keith Urban type of music if he wants to be successful. Kris is a classy guy and shouldn't be degraded on this blog. I think it's sad when America views someone being a "christian" as a negative thing. Talk to God and see what he thinks about that!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  366. Nielson

    Perhaps people just got a little tired of the judges lack of critique toward Adams mid-song scream sessions. I got to say the first time I heard one, I was blown away by his talent...but after he kept doing it, it got almost got irritating...I think the judges did him a disservice by not pointing that out! Change it up once in a while, it was a cool thing, but became too predictable. The consensus going in seemed to be that both deserved to win, well one did. The end.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  367. Reply to Bodee

    Bodee: It's really unfortunate that you feel this way because you're very wrong. I am a very strong Christian and I really liked Adam and wanted him to win, regardless of whether or not he was gay. Just because Christians believe that homosexuality is wrong, doesn't mean we hate all homosexuals. That's a very blanket statement and I hope you re-evaluate your opinions.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  368. Ben

    Dallas – "What it comes down to is very simple. Kris was by far the better SINGER and artist."

    You obviously didn't watch the same show I watched. Adam was CLEARLY the better singer. His voice has a lot more range. He's just more talented than Kris. Period.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  369. Melissa

    Why are American so willing to accept generic, mediocre, and boring as a good thing? Every single year, the wrong person wins. I'm sick of it. American Idol just lost a viewer.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  370. Cortney

    I think the better man won! Adam was good, but too theatrical for my taste. Kris' sound was more of a "Boy Band" sound that America has been following. i.e. Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake ... ect ...

    All you people who are complaining about what an injustice this is because Adam did not win, how many times did you vote for him? Every vote counted and if you wanted him to win, you should have voted for those who didn't.

    America spoke, instead of condemning Kris for winning, you should congratulate him. This is the best time in his life!

    Congrats Kris, America chose correctly!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  371. angel

    ok, i totally agree that Adam should have won. i was very shocked and upset that he didnt. i just want to defend christians in general. not all christians are prejudice against gays. jesus loves everyone, even gay people! i am christian and i voted for the most talented person, ADAM!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  372. Steve

    I think both Kris and Adam showed what it is to be civil and friendly despite our differences, that's class. These two are good friends and I doubt they would appreciate the cutting remarks many of you are making toward both parties or toward the motives of their fans. Don't take it away from Kris, he just sang and America voted. He is extremely talented.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  373. Patty

    How come I haven't heard ot mentioned that CNN announced the winner before the finale aired? They were giving a preview to AI being on Larry King and they said "Winner of AI Kris Allen". This happened around 8 pm last night on the West Coast. I didn't watch AI this season but knew that the favored was Adam so I was shocked when they said this.
    Did anyone else hear this?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  374. Honestly...

    I am SOOOOO over-joyed that Adam did NOT win! I rooted for him all season long and consider him to be the most talented vocalist that has ever graced the Idol stage; however, he will now get the opportunity to create an album that will in no way be associated with a song as awful as "No Boundaries". I can't recall another song in the pop/rock genre being this bad since the mid-eighties. It is this song that could be the downfall of Kris Allen, whom I believe is also a fantastic artist with tones of appeal. We can all agree that the Idol winner's curse may be full-on for poor Kris, or whoever would have had to accept that ridiculous song as their first single to the world. Good job, Adam, you're pipes are amazing!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  375. Joel

    You wanted the best...You got the best... KRIS!!!


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  376. S Callahan

    Lisa , thank you for putting up this blog. I enjoyed reading the comments each week.

    I thought last night's show was the best AI has every produced. The variety of talent, the incorportation of known talent with the unknown was spell binding...thoroughly enjoyed it....and to see 'my Danny' singing his style was an extra treat...can't wait for his future cd.

    Adam and Kris are wonderful talent...both deserve kudos for making it real music (differnt venues but just the same great music). I look forward to Adam taking Broadway in a storm...he has the gifts and will fill the seats. Kris reminds me of ...dare I say...a young James Taylor...he is going to have a long term following.....
    Congrats to all at AI !

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  377. ljackermann

    I understand everyone's shock and dismay. But it is not over for Adam.

    Rueben won and has done very little. Clay came in second and went on to fame and fortune. It will be the same for Adam.

    Adam is already a big star with big star talent. Congratulations Adam!!! Can't wait for your first album.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  378. Faye

    I didn't care who won, to be honest, but I'm kinda glad this happened. Those judges needed to be taken down a notch and showed whose opinion really does matter. Those guys were pushing Adam Lambert from the pre-shows. And all this talk of conservatives vs liberals, straight vs gay, homophobic voters and all that, is just speculation that fans the fires of intolerance. You know sometimes the simplest explanation is the most likely one. Maybe people didn't like Adam because his music is a very specific genre and Kris Allen was mainstream. Look at all the Idol winners. Not a one of them strayed too far from the generic centre of pop music. At the end of the day, AI is a popularity contest and your vote may not have counted but guess what? Adam will still get a record deal and his dreams. So get over it and yourselves.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  379. Lisa

    I can totally see Kris going country like Carrie did. He did an amazing job with Keith Urban. Love Keith and Kris!!!!

    Someone on Broadway needs to pay attention and do a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar with Adam in the lead. Or maybe Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Adam would set Broadway on fire in either one of those productions.

    I have to say, I could not figure how they were going to fill 2 hours but this was the BEST finale ever. I laughed my head off at Kara and bikini girl. You go Kara! and I absolutely can't wait for Allison's first CD. She was terrific with Cindi Lauper. Seemed like Lionel was not wanting to share the spotlight with Gokey. I thought he came off looking petty.

    Man, what a show! Great Job AI!!!! Can't wait for next year.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  380. steve h

    Last nights final show was awesome except the results. When they were singing "We are are the Champions" Kris kept looking the Adam to sing the high parts. I thought I was watching Freddie Mercury like I did in 1977 at a concert in SanDiego. They were not even in the same league but 12-14 year old screaming girls on see cuteness not talent look at Miley Cyrus.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  381. Dallas

    I think too many people are throwing around the Homophobe card thinking that is the reason why Adam lost. I think it is the exact opposite. I think Adam was able to make the top 2 ONLY because of his sexual preference. We have seen several other idol performers with just as much talent and artistic nature that were FAR FAR FAR better singers and performers, yet were voted off before week 5. Adam made it simply because of what he is and not because of his singing, which was awful at times. It was flat out embarrassing to see him with Kiss, but was much more into his element with Queen... Although I don't believe Queen or anyone else for that matter will like his Janice Joplin/Joan Jett scream that he belts out every 5th note, ad nauseum.

    What it comes down to is very simple. Kris was by far the better SINGER and artist. Kris wrote several of his own styles of songs... he didn't have to add a screaming note to make up for his lack of singing ability. He sang each and every song as he wrote it and as it was meant to be sung.

    The only thing shocking about last nights final was that Adam was there as a finalist. It should have came down to Danny and Kris, but I think the 2 canceled each other out, and once one was gone... it was a home run for the other.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  382. steve

    I think Adam had more talent but he was definitely more creepy. That is why Kris won.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  383. derek

    the cutest kid might have one, but the best singer surely lost

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  384. Harry

    This show has lost all credibility and the producers should just call it a rap. I don't think people will be inclined to watch next season..

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  385. Baghag78

    It was an awesome show – but not the ending that was expected. I feel that Kris won for all the wrong reasons, and Adam lost for all the wrong reasons. Judy Brown said it best – good Christian country boy. Yup – he is....and good for him. But it's to bad people "hated" Adam for what they think he is. It won't matter later, Adam will be the biggest star from the "Idol" family, and Kris will have the one bad song Kara wrote and then off to record his own thing. It's not his fault he won, but he didn't even deserve to be in the top 5. I am sure that the people who like Kris don't care what his talent level was, they just wanted him to win because of what he stood for. I think they will change the voting next year. I bet they will make it more like "Dancing with the Stars", only 2 times from the same line. I think that would have made ALL the difference last night. At least we can leave the "American Idol" concert early this year and beat the use staying for the winner's songs 🙂

    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  386. EPL Fan

    For me (as Big Dog would say) Adam and his screaming is so annoying. I think he would end up screaming while singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. (STAAAAAAARRR) Regardless, I couldn’t care about either guy enough to pick up the phone and vote and definitely will not buy record made by either one of them. As far as results, IMHO it was all staged by AI. Adam will be star whether 1st, 2nd or 10th and Kris will need all the help he can get. Had Kris finished 2nd he would probably go the way of Jastin Guarini. This way Kris will have contract and maybe something will come out of that and Idol could have 2 legit stars. It is all about money, I doubt that Adam's (alleged) sexual (dis)orientation has anything to do with anything.
    Eventhough he finished 2nd, Adam will be "fine" (and fine is grossly understated in this case)

    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  387. Robert

    Look America, do not let the whole homosexual not vote thing versus christian values get in the way. I am a "homo" and we thought Adam was over the top, screeching, and really just a waste of space. The true winner won and for those of you who think a goth, eyelined, young punk should be the American Idol and should even be loosely compared to Queen we say this is sad statement on the American psyche. There were many great glam bands in the 80's, not that many of you remember them and Adam, well he is not even in thier league. Good Luck Kris, and America did get this one right.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  388. Ben

    dj – Adam is one-dimensional? That's a laugh. Kris is the one-dimensional one. He's good, but he's not great. Not even close.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  389. Jamie

    I'm so glad Kris won. I preferred his style. Adam had an amazing voice, don't get me wrong, but I much prefer the singer/songwriter musicality to the big voice dramatics (though that is entertaining–I wouldn't listen to the CD, but I'd go to the show–Kris, I would do both). I'm not homophobic, I just don't dig the music. For example, I loved the Jason Mraz performance, not so much the Kiss. And a lot of Americans feel that way, doesn't make us stupid or unappreciative of either talent.

    Congrats to both men–very different musically, but both very good. They obviously got along–their fans should too. Neither will suffer from the result.

    And the personal attacks are ridiculous–on Adam for being gay, Kris for being married, Kris's poor mom because someone didn't like her dress. Just petty, juvenile and wrong. What a great show last night was! Focus on that.

    This was my first Idol season (thanks to my ex-bf). It won't be my last–it was thoroughly enjoyable.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  390. Lana

    I "Thought" that this was a Talent Contest? Totally floored by the announcement of American Idol. YES, Chris is talented but Adam is exceptionally talented and is an amazing performer! When it comes to the Full Package – Who was the better of the two? Absolutely ridiculous the way this ended. I guess that this, to the American People, does not matter – Instead American Idol has become a Popularity Contest and the idea of who is the Best Singer/Entertainer does not matter. Give me a break People!!!! Adam will show you – He will become an international star just like Jennifer Hudson, who was also voted out by the people!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  391. Grace from Canada

    When Allison was eliminated and Kris stayed, I knew right there and then that unfortunetaly Kris was going to take it all... My favorites were, in that order, Danny, Adam and Allison = the three BEST singers of the show!!! Ironically, the least talented SINGER won!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  392. enusmith

    I can't believe that great screamer I mean singer Adam didn't win. It had nothing to do with his sexual orientation and everything to do with his screaming. America was tired of it already.
    Adam screams
    Kris sings
    Anyone who doesn't see that is dumb.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  393. Ben

    Mike – "Take a walk through NYC’s Theatre District and you’ll see 5000 Adam Lamberts in 15 minutes. DIME A DOZEN"

    You're clueless. Anyone who thinks Adam is just a Broadway performer doesn't know what they're talking about. Adam has sooo much more talent then Kris it's not even funny. Kris will be forgotten in 2-3 years.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  394. Sarah

    Just wanted to say to Lisa Respers France... Nice job blogging this show throughout the season. I really enjoyed reading your posts. Thanks!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  395. jared

    This isn't a competition for broadway. Idiots!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  396. Ann

    They are both very talented. Good job boys! They'll both make it far....I hope. thanks for a great season!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  397. Jen S

    What I love about AI is their premise: finding raw talent and allowing it to develop over 12+ weeks of shows. What I hate about AI is the manipulative, pimping that the producers use to steer the audience towards their favorite.

    Kris won last night for both reasons. He grew from raw talent into a creative, acoustic artist who appeals to both teenagers and gen x adults. And, most fans of AI are tired of the manipulations. Adam was a professional before joining the show and was given prime air time, and judges critiques. We're so over that.

    It's been a long time since I was motivated to buy a winner's CD, but I look forward to Kris'.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  398. concerned artist

    You don't want to be on the side opposite the "Christians". Talent means nothing to them as long as a church boy wins. I can't watch it anymore.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  399. wrdal1

    For all you who think the show is rigged because Kris won need to get a clue. If the show was really rigged Adam would have won because that is who the judges gushed over week after week. Kris is a good singer and so is Adam. Most of you are acting like you'll never hear from Adam again. Get over yourselves. I also like the comments on how most of you will never watch AI again. Next year you will all be saying the same thing in this blog.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  400. Josh

    The voting system on AI makes no sense. I had no idea you could vote more than once. How is that a fair representation? If our political system was made that way things would be very different. FOX obviously did this to control the outcome.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  401. dj

    OH PLEASE all you whiners. Adam did not win. boo hoo. Blame it on the tweeners, homophobia, christrians, give me a BREAK!!

    Adam didn't win because he is one dimensional. EVERY time he sang it was the same serious, dramatic stare/scowl, followed by his high-pitched wail. I cannot imaging a whole concert of that. I never saw him show anything than his over the top dramatics.

    Kris is multi-talented–and has a voice that you WANT to listen to. Kris won, get over it.

    end of story.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  402. kimmie

    why dont you blog about how kris allen knows he didnt deserve to win and that has to feel worse than losing.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  403. Steve from Canada

    I think Adam will be better off with Kris taking the top spot. As history has already shown, aside one or two exceptions, being the Idol winner doesn't bode very well for the honoree.

    Overall, that was one of the best Idol finales, entertainment-wise.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  404. Amanda

    Not to take anything away from Kris, I thought the point of American Idol was to find the next superstar. Kris is a decent singer (so was Taylor Hicks to some extent) but being a decent singer doesn't mean you will sale records around the world. Adam has that "It" quality, whether you like him or not, Adam has that ability to become a superstar from his uniqueness alone. I have watched American Idol since its existence and have never been so disappointed in its outcome.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  405. Alice

    I am so happy for Kris, but I must say I was shocked.
    I find it very unfair for others in this blog to scream homophobia and hatefulled christains becaue the person they wanted to win lost!
    Kris did not have a problem working with Adam. I hope this hate for
    christians is not the base for all Adam fans. Adam will get a contract
    and so will Danny , Allison and snoop Dog. Best of luck to all of the contestants.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  406. Ben

    Wesley – "He is more modern than Adam"

    Huh? Were you watching the same American Idol I was watching? Adam is WAY more modern and original than Kris will EVER be.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  407. Jeanne


    to answer your question – "How many times was that little squirt in the bottom 3" NONE – not until there were ONLY 3 left – then he was chosen first safe!!!!! Seems to me Adam was in the bottom three several times. Adam is a wonderful performer, however you can't SEE those performances on the radio or CD's or downloads – just remember – all season long – Kris' songs have been the most downloaded from Itunes! that should tell you something!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  408. MD

    I'd feel bad for Adam if I had any doubt that he likely had record companies waiting for him in the dressing room after the show ended.

    I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again now. I didn't care who won (since Danny was voted off) and I guess the viewers have spoken!
    Truth be told, I'm actually kind of glad Kris won; if for no other reason than the show had, IMO, all but written him off even as late as Tuesday night and yet he came right back and took the whole thing.
    I guess it shouldn't be a huge surprise when you really think about it.
    Adam was the kind of performer you COULDN'T ignore. His fans were his fans from day one.
    Kris had his fans, sure, but then in the end, he also had all the anti-Adam fans, perhaps the Allison fans, Danny fans, Matt fans, etc..
    For the odds being against him, they really weren't.

    As I said..I don't think for a A MINUTE that Adam is going to be suffering from not winning Idol. A hit to his ego? Maybe. But I don't think HE really even needed Idol in the end..can you say the same for Kris? I don't think so. He didn't have the pizazz that Adam has..I think it would have been more difficult for him to sell himself to the record companies than it's going to be for Adam to do.

    For my first season of watching American Idol, I can't say I'm totally disappointed with it.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  409. Malori

    I THINK THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE BASHING CHRISTIANS AND RANTING ABOUT THEM CAUSE OF ADAMS LOSS IS A DISGRACE. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES. kris's fan base grew over the weeks casue he got better over the weeks and i also think he pulled in a lot of the danny voters also. adam is very talented and will do fine on his own. he already has a huge fan base and will have a veryyyy successful career. SO QUIT FREAKING OUT!!!! ITS JUST A SHOW!!!!

    last nights show was AMAZING though!!!!

    definitely the best finally show to date. when i heard it was going to be 2 hours i was like whattt, how in the world are they going to fill 2 hours, when they usually have a hard time filling 1 hour.

    i personally didnt mind who won cause they are both great in their own ways. two very different artists and im excited to see what they do with their careers.


    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  410. Carol M

    I voted for Kris couple of times (only votes I did all season) because I like his voice and how he makes your feel nice and warm and comfy.

    Musically, he did more original, creative arrangements than in almost any other season..... Even Adams Mad Mad World was styled heavily from another artist and not as original as you'd think.

    I want to LISTEN and Hear Kris on radio and in my Car.
    I want SEE Adam do a show or event cause it'd be fun, but no care to have his music in my car.

    It had nothing to do with Christian, Gay.
    If anything, having a "winner" being shoved in face for weeks on end
    DID open my eyes to other participants and I suddenly noticed several weeks back that Hey, I like this guy Kris. He makes stuff seem easy and like he's sitting right next to me singing and singing just to me....

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  411. Steph

    I loved the part where Kris goes I think Adam deserved this.....WHAT AMERICAN IDOL WOULD SAY THAT?????? good luck Kris in the industry Adam will blow you away

    May 21, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  412. Boomer

    Why are Adam's fans so shocked that he lost? They knew he was toast when Danny didn't advance. Danny was more talented, and his fans would naturally have gone to Kris. If Allison had come in third, chance are her voters would have gone to Adam. It's all a numbers game.

    Plus, never once was Adam's sexuality an issue. He didn't flaunt it. Same with Kris and any religious belief he might have had. Kris was humble, not outspoken. Don't be so hateful and narrow-minded. Gays don't need to tell Christians what it means to be discriminated against. Christians die every day in countries around the world defending their faith. Go bark up another tree.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  413. Not upset

    I'm gay, and I voted for Kris. Homophobia had nothing to do with it.
    They are 2 very talented, very different entertainers. Personally, Kris is more my style. But think about it. All those votes for Danny Gokey the previous week had to go somewhere and Danny and Kris are more alike. I'm sure most of the Danny fans voted for Kris, not Adam, and helped to push him over the top. .
    Things don't alway break down the lines of homophobia, etc.
    Grow up.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  414. Mike

    Kris Allen ALREADY has more itune downloads then Adam Lambert due to to that really christian conservative song he did a rendition of...Oh what was it called? Kanye West's Heartless! That's it....uh oh – maybe you guys aren't right after all!

    LOLOLOLOLOL! KEEP CRYING!! Anyone who can see through that transparent glam rock wannabe are silently laughing.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  415. jc

    This was by far the best American Idol season in terms of talent. Season 5 was pretty good as well. Adam and Kris are probably 2 of the best 5 contestants ever on AI and I really didn't care who won. While Adam is probably more talented than Kris, Kris is still an outstanding talent. They are completely different styles and sounds, but I see both being very successful.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  416. Ben

    Sploinker – You're clueless. Adam was CLEARLY the better man all the way around. This is what happens when you give phones to teenage girls. This is a SINGING competition, NOT a nice guy competition. Kris shouldn't have even been in the finals. It should have been Allison and Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  417. Kim

    I am thrilled Kris won. They are both talented artist, but I feel Adam is one dimensional .
    He maybe great at the screeching rock type music, and will most likely have a great career, but Kris was more rounded and can go into a variety of styles of music.
    Adam fans are now yelling outrage which shows he does and will have a following, but it showed majority of the votes went towards Kris, all those Danny fans ( like me ) used their vote on Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  418. George

    Kris won, so now Christians are intolerant, hate-filled homophobes? What kind of PC terrorism is that? Sorry – but the AI voting public prefers Kris over Adam. YOU have the problem if you make this into a gay vs striaght issue, not the 51+ million Kris voters. How dare you judge all those people. Treat others like you want to be treated. If Adam won and someone complained because of his alleged sexual preference – it probably would never be posted, and be considered hate. But – hate on the Christians all you want it and it's cool? You tell people not to judge you – yet it is somehow OK for you to stereotype and judge an entire group of people? Black, white, brown, old, young, rich, poor, gay, straight, bisexual, etc are in that 51 million – why are you such a "straightophobe"?

    Something is wrong in this country – and it's not homophobia.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  419. Darci

    I'm also shocked that Kris won, but thrilled! No doubt Adam is extremely talented. He has an amazing voice when he sings, but all that screaming was just too much for me. It was really getting on my nerves.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  420. Doppy

    Does anyone else think that the group numbers on the finale show remind you a lot of a bad Brady Bunch episode?....hmmm.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  421. Carrie Goodeagle

    Obviously this is not a talent contest, it's a right wing-Christian, born-again, I can walk on Water popularity contest. Hopefully the right wing so-called christians will not control American Idol like they did the country for eight years. Adam a once every-fifty years talent, I don't care if he's green, purple, gay or what, he is a star and should have won.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  422. Rain

    I am a Christian, I am a Republican, I am a conservative. I did not vote for Chris whats his name. I wanted Adam to win and my 6-year old wanted Adam to win. I've been a fan from the first time I heard him.

    I love Adam for being himself and for never, ever, not even once during the show's season, compromising his artistry and his style. He has one of the most incredible voices that I have ever heard and my family will be supporting him and buying his music. Doesn't matter to me one wit who he dates, etc. – I just love to hear him. So take that all of you commenters who are screaming about, "its the Christians fault!" – give me a break.

    We already have our tickets for the Idols tour. I sure hope they give Adam some decent time – thats who we want to hear.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  423. Cindaham

    What most people don’t realize is that Kris won last week too! The bottom two last week were Adam and Danny, which is why Simon was visibly surprised when Kris was told he was safe. It wasn’t even Danny’s votes! Simon knew Adam was in trouble–he was trying to tell him at the end of the show last week–"there could be a 'ding-dong' meaning a surprise knockout. Because Adam had likely "inherited" Alison's fans and votes, he should have been in a very strong position, but he was not.

    Adam has some incredible pipes, but I got tired of his screeching and theatrics. Adam performs, and he does a very good job of it. While I hope Adam has a good career, I got tired of the screamers in the glam-rock 80s.

    Kris has heart. Even singing the final song last night, I could understand the words a lot better. Yep, he had trouble reaching some of the notes, but I could FEEL his singing much more. Kris connects as an artist and musician. Congratulations, Kris Allen! You deserved it!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  424. Jesse

    I like them both, but Adam should have won. I actually preferred Danny Gokey over both of them. Kris needs Idol to make it; Adam doesn't. Adam is going to be a superstar. Paula was right... he is going to be iconic. Most people I know who didn't like Adam said it was because of the screaming. I look forward to buying his first album. His talent is pure and effortless. Again, I like Kris too.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  425. NOT a shocker

    Why is it a shock?

    Adam really was often annoying.

    Not everyone loves that style of performing.

    Even if Adam is a techincally excellent singer, that style of performing is really, really grating on many peoples' nerves.

    Kris was really good and he does indeed have that "connection" that Kara was talking about.

    Currently, Kris is not as flawless as Adam with his singing, but he will be, with more training...and folks; let's not forget Adam has had years of professional training.

    Kris shows lots of growth potential...

    Adam has already taken his singing as far as it can go.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  426. Mike


    There must have been a disturbance in the atmosphere that messed up the phone lines! Keep whining Lambert fans – I LOVE IT!

    Also, PLEASE stop comparing him to Freddie Mercury – Freddie Mercury was a GOD – Lambert is a broadway singer. Take a walk through NYC's Theatre District and you'll see 5000 Adam Lamberts in 15 minutes. DIME A DOZEN

    May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  427. Adam Rocks

    I wish Adam all the luck in the world. And if you don't think homophobia played a part, then you are a complete naive typical American moron. Kris is a nice guy, but nowhere near the talent and performer of Adam. Middle America has absolutely no ability to judge talent or elect presidents. Pathetic.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  428. Liz

    Why didn't they mention what the difference in votes were last night? They have done that in the past. I still think there was a glich in the voting, that's frustrating. I think they both deserve to win, but who will really knock the socks off people on the Idol tour as the #1 placing, it won't be Chris....we want to see Adam come out on stage with all that gliz and glam and rock the stage for the finale. Anyway, Idol rocks!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  429. RL

    Even though AI tried to spoon-feed us Adam, the voters have spoken. The voters saw through all the hype and loud screaming that the judges tried to throw off as singing and voted for the person that can actually sing. Kris Allen will be around for forty years. I don't think I can say the same about Adam. Adam Adam may be more entertaining to some, but Kris appeals to a broader audience. When you leave the coasts America is very much more mainstream. But when it is all said and done, it's a SINGING contest and the best singer won.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  430. Misha

    I am shocked.. but of course this is the same America who voted in Taylor Hicks and Ruben sooo in a way I am not shocked...

    May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  431. Matt

    What's with all the "shame" coming from the Lambert supporters? I voted for Kris because I liked him better. I prefer is mellow sound to the 80's screech that Adam revives. There's nothing shameful about my vote or my preference... or apparently the majority's preference.

    So... get over it and the 80's.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  432. Mike

    Lastly, my impression of the ADAMANIACS

    "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh – I didn't get my way – the real world doesn't always work out in my favor....guess I just need to grow up"

    May 21, 2009 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  433. Marylou

    While a lot of you are crying foul and stating that a bunch of conservitives voted for Kris, remember that Obama won in this country, Perhaps some of the liberals are looking for another "change" in Kris but not ready to admit it.........! I think Adam was too over the top for a lot of people. Congrats Kris!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  434. YB

    As I said in my past comments, Kris is going to pull through this and he did, with a bang! Adam, no doubt is very talented and can sing his face off, but I can not listen to his kind of music, all the time, maybe once in a while. Kris's music and singing however, I can, everyday. So there, look forward to buying Kris's songs/albums.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  435. Daniel

    My wife teaches at a middle school and she predicted early in the season that it would come down to Adam and Kris because Adam is so talented but so many of her students (13 year old girls) were crazy about Kris...

    May 21, 2009 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  436. Kimberly

    How can people say such hateful things about either one of these contestants? Both of them are equally talented but in many different ways. I will give Adam the credit that he can sing and entertain. But Chris can sing and entertain as well. They both brought something totally different to the show. Adam can definitely take a song and make it his own. I give him props for that. But Chris can play two instruments, something that Adam can't do, and that deserves props as well.

    What America has to remember here is that America is the deciding factor in the winner of the show. It just happened to be Chris who received more votes this time around.

    I believe that both of these gentlemen will go on to have successful futures. And I applaud the two of them for the way they treated each other. I hope they continue the friendship they have created for many years to come.

    CONGRATS CHRIS ans ADAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  437. Linda B

    It should have been Adam, but not to worry, Adam will go on to be a superstar, make lots of records, make lots of money and America will always remember how he got his start. I am sure his phone is ringing off the hook for recording contracts. This may have been the best thing that could have happened to Adam.
    As for Kris, next year people will be asking who won season 8. He is like so many in the past, forgetable. Kris will go on to make a few gospel albums and fade out of sight. Just like Taylor who, Jordan who, Kris who!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  438. Monica

    Congratulations to Kris Allen! He does have talent, though I honestly only remember one of his peformances – the Kanye West song, Heartless. He was awesome when he sang that song.

    That said, the winner is clearly Adam Lambert. I remember every single one of his performances. I tuned into AI each week to see what he was doing. The world at large was fascinated with Adam. Artlices in TV Guide, Rolling Stone, etc, blogs galore, people were talking about ADAM. Love him or hate him, the guy is enormously talented and his career has only just begun. I'll be following him wherever he goes and will be the first in line to buy his CD.

    So congrats to both Kris and Adam. You are both winners.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  439. Jane

    Adam a loser??!! Please!! He will be another Chris Daughtry and sell thousands of CDs!!!!!!!! I thought they were both good, but Adam's appeal is limited to rock only. He needs to tone down the "glam" and focus on his music. Kris has a broader range and audience.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  440. James

    We all know Adam has more talent, but Kris fans just voted a lot more times. I'm sure there were more Adam fans, but they are probably more mature people who didn't want to spend ALL 4 hrs on the phone voting.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  441. ber

    let's face it:America is not ready for talent so America blew it
    Adam Lambert is the greatest phenomenon to date,even without the title
    Idol is a show that still comes down to girls preference for cute boys from the High School Musical set and in this season came down to religious fanatics as well.
    It took one guy with bangs and mascara,black fingernail polish and goth wear to make AMERICAN IDOL interesting again.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  442. Stephanie

    Ok...this is just plain stupid. I am a christian and do not care what Adam's sexuallity is. My problem with Adam is the fact that he had to screech on every single song. Kris is VERY talented and did DESERVE to win this competition. He has taken every song he sang and made it his own. I would like to see every person that is on here bashing Kris stand up on that stage and see how good you do!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  443. Jake

    There is something very wrong. Why didn't they announce the margin of votes? They ALWAYS DO.

    I smell a RAT.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  444. Joan

    After reading all these comments and after trying to vote for ADAM for over 15 minutes on all three lines and NEVER getting through, I have come to the conclusion that American Idol needs to set up a web-page ballot whereby every viewer is only allowed ONE VOTE. This should not be a contest determined by how fast someone can send a text message, each of which is guaranteed to be counted.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  445. Paulina

    America is so stupid. Hollow victory for poor Kris who will always be known as the Idol who didn't deserve to win. Such a nice and sweet guy –why'd you do that to him? So sorry Kris.

    Adam, you already are an INTERNATIONAL STAR. We in Asia LOVE YOU. You have the best voice and amazing stage presence. I have so much respect for the way you've handled yourself through this entire competition. You have so much class, dignity and poise. Like Princess Diana was the Queen of our hearts, you have won ours completely. Congratulations.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  446. Peg

    Did Kris deserve to win? No, can he sing good enough to make it in the industry? No! But the American people spoke who they wanted. But it reallly doesn't matter who won or not, how many of our american idol's really have done something to get fame. Carrie Underwood, Kelly Pickler, Kelly Clarkson, these are about the only ones I ever hear anything about, see making music, etc. I'm not to worried about Adam, I'm sure we will probably hear more from him than Kris anyways.
    Sorry Kris, you know as well as the next person, YOU DID NOT DESERVE THE TITLE! you even said it yourself.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  447. kate

    one vote per phone OR at the very least let Canadians vote

    May 21, 2009 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  448. Jan in NC

    I voted after Tuesday night's show, by text message 30 times for Kris, because he is the best musician. I could understand the words in his singing and loved that he could play two musical insturments. He refused to let Simon's critical comments regarding his "humility" to change him. As for Adam, he is a great "act" if one desires an act but there were multiple times. had I not known the words, his overly screaming delivery made to need for words...ouch! I will buy Kris' music.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  449. patNY

    The judges are the ones who did Adam pre-coronating him the American Idol before the finale. The American Idol voter does not like it when they do that, and typically such voters [i.e., pre-teen girls with fater than light texting capabilities] will go for the so called underdog.

    That said, I felt Adam was the more talented contested and if this is a talent show, he should have won. However, Kris is also uber-talented, so, for all those who say he should not have won, you might want to think hard about that. The simple fact is that the people were voting between two incredible gifted performers with incredibly divergent styles, and voting depending on their taste and style preferences.

    Nonetheless, I suspect there was a bit of homophobia going on against Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  450. Doppy

    Here's what I noticed:
    1. When Adam went to sing his solo performance of "Beth" by KISS the audience went to their feet before he even sang a note.
    2. When they announced the winner, the Idol judges always stand up and applaud the winner and finale. They did again this year, save one – Simon Cowell who sat in his seat with a sour look on his face.
    3. Kris Allen will have a great country music career. He is talented and will be successful.
    4. Adam Lambert did deserve to win. When he is on stage with Kris you really don't even notice Kris. Adam is a superstar. it's better he finished second as the Idol winner is more controlled. Adam is more free to do what he wants getting second place.
    5. Queen is still looking for someone to replace Freddie Mercury. How natural a fit was Adam Lamber last night. I think maybe Queen just found their new lead singer.
    6. The performance Adam did with KISS was simply spine-tingling amazing.
    7. The group numbers were horrible
    8. Allison will be a huge star. What an amazing voice.
    Overall, it's not a shock that Kris won. People who voted for Danny would overwhelmingly back Kris instead of Adam. No disrespect to Kris but this results show was more about "I don't like Adam" rather than "Kris is the better talent".
    Amazing show though with lots of big name acts. It was fun to watch! Best of luck to Kris but I am paying a ticket to see Adam wherever he lands and whenever he comes down off the cloud of performing with KISS and Queen in the same night. He must feel like he already won after doing that in the span of a few hours. What a dream!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  451. Gina

    If all of the cry baby's voted for Adam, maybe he would have won. Did you guys pick up the phone? I voted for Kris 10 times and I do not dislike gay people. t was about who I liked more. When Kris sang with his guitar, he was fanastic. Adam has great range and presence but the music he sings and the way he sings them were over the top theatrics. Adam was in your face. Kris suble. That doesn't mean Adam is better.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  452. tracysusan

    I've never been a die-hard, regular watcher of AI. But now, I'm swearing it off forever. Adam had vocal range, versatility, spot-on tone. Never a missed note. Technically and artistically superior to Kris, no question. But, viewers vote on IMAGE, not talent. Plus, they can vote multiple times. That's how the show's set up. If you don't like it, or if you want it to change it, boycott the show so it affects RATINGS. And write letters. If IMAGE speaks in America, so does $$. . .

    May 21, 2009 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  453. John

    You people seem to forget, this is not about the best talent. This is as much a popularity contest as anything. Kris just appealed to the masses better than Adam. Adam has a better range than Kris but his wailing got out of control. If you will go back and listen to the live performances over the past couple of weeks you will see that Adam was off key several times. It finally took his bad performance of the second song on the finals for one of the Adam loving judges (Randy) to admit he was pitchy.
    By the way, to all of you that think Adam would make a great rocker, with his weak performance with Kiss, not enough growl in his voice, it was too sweet, showed he can not sing power rock. About his performance with Queen, I really thought that he would be able to pull off Freddie Mercury stuff, but once again not enough power. He is much better suited to music theater like he has bee doing rather than being a music performer.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  454. Katie

    Thank you American Idol for giving us ADAM LAMBERT! Unless you change your voting system I will never TRY to vote again. Voting should be limited to 10 per phone call or TEXT. Adults who watch the show, you know, THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY BUY FORDS, will not spend 4 hours redialing or texting competing with children...who ultimately crowned this idol.

    I truly don't think there was any other reason behind this loss. There are enough people in the country who where blown away by Adam's talent to overcome anything from his past.

    I am sure he will be a world icon and am happy he doesn't have to sing "No Boundaries" for the first year of his reign.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  455. rc

    Here's another thought. Let ONLY tthe judges vote from the last five finalist down to the end of the competition. HOW ABOUT THAT!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  456. David

    THANK GOD THE CRACK HEAD DID NOT WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wouldnt be able to stand takeing a year of that screeching. Way to go Kris

    May 21, 2009 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  457. Kevin

    I like them both but prefer Adam. Doesn't really matter who won. They both will do well and I'm certain Adam will sell many more albums than Kris. It's probably a good thing – Adam will have much more freedom than if he had won. And he won't have to sing that lame song!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  458. I know that my heart will go on...

    .....even if Chandler won over the Hannah Montana electorate! Like Daughtry, Adam wasn't "safe and cuddly" enough for the majority of voters....

    May 21, 2009 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  459. TheMightyBlue

    Hey, either way America won. I was an Adam fan all season, and believe he deserved to win, but even I was starting to get sick of him the last two weeks. And he butchered that Sam Cooke song, which needed some soul and not the Liza Minelli treatment. But, still love Adam and he'll have a heck of a career. He was easily the best vocal talent + star persona that AI has ever seen. I like Kris as well very much, I think his overall musicality is higher than Adam's – i.e his take on the Kayne West song was superb – , he just has nowhere near the vocal chops and stage presence. Both guys are great talents, although of a very diffferent sort. Good season and I can live with the ending.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  460. Indiana John

    I love how everyone says that the competition is about talent. It's not, and it never has been. It's about popularity, and it goes on the assumption that the American people are a good judge of talent, which they (in general) are not. And, in the end, even the producers of the show are less concerned about finding the best talent. They are concerned with WHAT SELLS. They're looking for a new product to sell, and I think that both Adam and Kris are products that will sell. It doesn't really matter who gets the silly microphone trophy. They'll both get record deals and sell sell sell. Capitalism disguised as artistry.

    But, I was a Danny Gokey fan, so what do I know? 😉

    May 21, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  461. Mike

    Why are all the lambert fans pulling the "gay card"? It has nothing to do with that! I found him to be gimmicky and a one trick pony. Clay Aiken did fine in the competition and PLENTY of openly gay American entertainers are more than accepted.




    May 21, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  462. Jeff

    From a purely musical and vocal standpoint, Adam stood so far above Chris that there really is no comparison. Adam was a little over the top at times, but he was shooting to impress, and I think he succeeded. The guy has vocal range and pitch control that Chris could only dream of. And he had taste. Chris has no personality, a nice kid, but no style. I agree with the posters who talked about Adam's sexuality. I think middle America, and especially the Christian right voted against Adam, even though he hasn't come out. The guy seems pretty gay to me, but who cares? How many mean or bad gay people have you ever met? They're invariably sweet, nice and can decorate like crazy. I wish we had more in this world!
    Go forward Adam, and know that you got screwed on the show, but you're also a martyr now and you'll be incredibly successful.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  463. hoop

    AT&T says about 30 million American Idol votes came from Arkansas (population 2.8 million) Tuesday night.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  464. joan

    Kris will be making Disney movies soon.....Adam will be cutting cds and going on tour.....

    May 21, 2009 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  465. Andrea

    I guess those who voted finally realized that Adam is just too creepy. I never could get past that makeup-wearing, stupid haircut, Frankenstein look. Good for Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  466. John

    I don't understand why so many think Adam was the frontrunner. Votes were obviously split with Adam, Kris, Danny and Allison. Allison more closely aligned with Adam, was voted off. Since the number of votes each receives is not revealed, we really don't know where they stand each time in rankings. But Danny and Kris were a lot alike in the singing style, far apart from Adam, so when Danny was dropped those votes would have most likely gone to Kris while Adam was most likely maintaining a steady following all along. The judges were the ones guiding the public opinion. In my opinion, Kris is a more rounded, more talented singer/performer...just humble. Adam is more theatrical, and is best suited for Broadway. Kris, Danny and Allison will have more hit albums than Adam will ever hope for.

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  468. Kathy

    One of the best finale shows! some of it was quirky and funny and some of it was just plain great music... and it was great to see David Cook back on stage.

    You can't make everyone happy all of the time...

    I voted for both Adam and Kris and I really have to say I'm glad of the turn out. Adam will do well on his own, regardless of the "title". He just needed to have some of the right exposure and this was his free ticket to ride! And ride I'm sure he'll do for the next few years!

    Kris has an awesome artistic ability & plays different instruments, which was one reason I liked him. Did anyone ever think of Kris Allen as the next James Taylor...and how long has HE been around!!? I think both will do really well, just at different ends of the music gamot.

    I say this – GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF YOU!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  469. Mike

    Very happy America got this one right and saw past the gimmick that is Adam Lambert. His KISS performance last night was proof that he relies on outrageous costumes and pyrotechnics to come across as a professional – if you closed your eyes, it sounded like any other guy imitating the tired old (and may I add over the top) 1980's glam vocal style. While Kris isn't the best singer in the world, he's well rounded and seems like he may not only become a pop-rock sensation as a singer but maybe as a songwriter as well. His rendition of that horrible GOD AWFUL UNREAL BAD Kara song last night was actually even tolerable. Congrats!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  470. Pat

    Both win in the end. Adam was just ther for the exposure & it worked. The offers are pouring in. I was rooting for Kris, the underdog. He has more natural talent. Adam is a showman.

    This isn't a repeat of the robbery of season 2. Kris has way more talent than Ruben.

    For all that say their never watching again, I was there too (in 2003). Idol sucked me back in.

    Idol & presidential elections? Wow. This is fluffy TV. It in no way compares to the crimes of the last 8 years.

    Congrats Kris !!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  471. Bill

    "Simon’s ‘Ding Dong’ has come true!!!

    But Dear Adam, look at it this way. Runner ups are always more successful in the real world. Look at ‘Kelly Clarkson’, ‘Clay Aiken’ etc..
    You should not loose heart. You are too too good at what you do !!"

    Might want to check that one.....

    The right person won. Kris is much more talented than Adam. And stop with the "homophobic" junk. If people didn't like him because of his sexuality, then how did he make it all the way to the finals? If Americas great big plan was "get the gay guy off the show", why would they wait til the very last week to do it?

    May 21, 2009 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  472. rc

    America had dissapointed us ONCE AGAIN. Voting Alison off first, and now the OBVIOUS winner of this competition, ADAM LAMBERT! Kris is a good artist but NON in comparison to Adam. Every time I saw Adam on stage last night performing,wether is was solo or with the group, specially the SOOO amazing appearance with KISS, it felt as if I was watching Adam on concert, already a star. Even the nice duet with Kris and QUEEN, one can easily tell who was the real winner of the competition. I know I'll see a lot more of Adam than kris but I still would've like to have seen the title go to the one who truly deserved it, ADAM LAMBERT. P.S Shame on those who voted based on religious principles and not artistic talent for you totally contradict the principles of this great country "Freedom of being our own selves"

    May 21, 2009 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  473. Debbie

    I think Kris said it best himself "Adam deserves this", Kris knew. I do feel Adam deserved it he was the most original this whole season and want all the songs he sang. There are things Adam does with his voice that current artists need special microphones and computers digitally changing their sound. Kris is a good singer but Adam is a true artist.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  474. Sharon

    Listen to the new song on Itunes. It sounds great! Kris has a very marketable voice. He deserved to win. Why is it so hard to beleive that we like his voice better. And I am not a tween!

    He will be sucessful!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  475. Kathy

    I highly doubt that if America were so homophobic, Adam would have made it as far as he did on AI. He would have been voted off within the first two weeks, regardless of his talent.

    I think that Danny's fans just moved over to Kris. Don't forget, Danny had never even been in the bottom.

    All in all, it's just a show and I don't think people need to take it so seriously.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  476. Denise

    Very disappointed. Thought this was a singing competition. I guess all the tweens were allowed to stay up late and vote! No one is going to remember Kris Allen in 3 months. Adam is triumphant in this though, as he's not tied to AI for the next few years. I am SURE many artists and recording companies are already calling him. You GO ADAM! love you!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  477. Willis

    I urge all the sore-loser-mentality-laden liberals to get over this "travesty", and go out and buy Adam's album when it's released. This will prove your point. American Idol is a vote based TV show, not the story of an artist plucked from obscurity by some record exec. Whining over what most of America actually prefers does not threaten Adam's success, so get over it and enjoy it, it's a win for both of them. Yeah, we get that eyeliner and pencil pants are edgy. If a goth-rock styled contestant ever wants to win THIS contest in the future, he or she will conform to what the average American wears. That's apparently what it takes.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  478. Patty

    Please get off the homophobe crap, it is getting as old as Adam's shrieking crap. Just because people like Kris does not have anything to do with the gay issue. I support the gay community and there was no way that I was going to vote for Adam. There are not many singers that can scream and sound good/ Prince and Robert Plant were two of the few and Adam is no Prince. Kris is a good boy so get off his back.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  479. Michelle Colt

    It is absolutely outrageous that Adam did not win. I won't be watching the show again. Kris is talented for sure... but doesn't compare to Adam who is an AMAZING singer and performer.

    I think this is going to really hurt the show.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  480. Gerry

    I tried calling to vote for Adam continually for about 45 minutes between 8:30 – 9:15 on all three lines. Got through twice. How many of you out there were stymied trying to vote for Chris? Not to be a conspiracy theorist but...

    May 21, 2009 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  481. Manny

    Whoa ! Such hateful comments here. It's a popularity contest – people can vote for who they like, so get over it !!

    I wanted Adam to win too, but I knew that it would be Kris. AI watchers tend to like mainstream performers and aren't ready for someone as different as Adam being "The American Idol". Kris deserves congratulations – he's a humble and very likeable guy and showed talent to get to the finals. Both will have great carreers. IMO Adam got exactly what he wanted out of AI; name recognition and worldwide fame.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  482. Sheri

    I cannot believe the comments that are posted. Everyone has a right to their opinion, and the winner was based on calls received. Obviously, there were more calls voting for Kris than Adam. It should not matter what drove their opinion other than that they liked one more than the other.
    I myself did not enjoy Adam's theatrics. He never seemed to let his own personality out. It was as if he was playing a part. He had a talent, but really was limited to the rock genre. I did not enjoy him because he seemed like an actor.
    Please, though, do not be rude to other viewers. Allow them their opinions, get rid of hate-filled pity party comments!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  483. stephen

    i just have to make a confession about kara... i am one of the ones who has been annoyed with her all season, and i still think her style of judging is like nails on a chalkboard. but i must say i thought it was fantastic how she came out and b slapped that nucklehead in the bikini. kara singing was great, and honestly, she's HOT. i only wish she would have taken off the coat.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  484. Mikal

    Congrats to Kris Allen, but he doesn't deserve the win!! After watching the past season and basing my opinion on the talents of the individual artists I was appalled that Adam Lambert lost. I'm in agreement with Simon Cowal that American Idol is no longer a competition based on talent,.It's turned into a "televised popularity contest" where talent doesn't count as much as the "teeny bopper", or the "I am Chrstian and will not tolerate anyone who is not", or the "I
    don't like the way you look" vote.

    So what if Adam is gay! Some of the world's greatest talents were and are gay but it's their raw talent that you acknowledge and not their sexual orientation!!

    During the entire season Kris' performances were "Ok" but were never in the same class as Adam. Adam's perfomances were consistently hot week after week. Maybe "AI" should base the final decision on cumulative score totals throughout the season instead of one performance at the end. America got it wrong, Again!!

    I know this is the last time I will tune in to watch this program.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  485. lousie

    I was totally disgusted with the display by Tatiana. Idol put on a great show but in my opinion ruinued with making her a part of it. Whether they were behind her sining antics on stage or not. She had already wasted far too much air time during the season but to have her on the finale being her typical idiotic self was disgusting. Shame of Idol produces for insulting their audience with that nonsense.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  486. Tom

    Wrong Wrong Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!! Kris did not deserve to win American Idol! This shows how the show picks its winner. They needed to make then show "exciting" is all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$....
    Adam has the WOW factor....Kris has no factor...he will fade away like Rueben, Fantasia, Taylor etc etc etc...

    May 21, 2009 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  487. dadoxin

    I finally think Idol has picked somenone with talent that will produce some good music. All the castaways have faired better than the winners, not this time.

    I American Idol porducers are trying desprite! They had Kiss, the forth judge that no one has heard of until the show, and Paula that was talented in the 80's. What kind of show are they running. The judge shows off her 40 something body, and a no talented female contest that does. I mean this is supposed to be watched by kids and there are women showing curves, musicians that were played out years ago. Now my daughter can only find out who won online.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  488. Leni

    Adam was by far the superior singer. Kris seems like a nice guy who should be singing in a piano bar somewhere in the midwest. American men hate gays, and that's why Adam didn't win. Don't blame Christians.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  489. Tracy

    Kris may have won but Adam is the star......Kris has a nice voice but he is vanilla bland.....his first album will be zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz forgettable. Adam will rock the world.....can't wait for his first album.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  490. dan

    Gene Simmons is a complete loser. His comment "[Adam] would be better off with Queen" betrays his homophobic ignorance.

    I thought, and still think, Adam is the better singer. Kris is good, and recieved the Gokey votes, so that's life.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  491. Richard

    I'm still bent that Allison wasn't in the finals. I'll buy her CD first.

    The AI final was argueably the best entertainement on TV this year. The producers can be prowd of this one. Felt like a casual affair notwithstanding the glitz. Seacrest does a great job keeping it low key. Loved the award of AI trophies to the seasons staqndouts, including to Bikini (the enhanced) Girl. Her skit was great. The Acadmy Awards could take a few lessons from the AI presentation which finished pretty well on time. Not too serious stuff with lots of humor ... hey its just entertainement not the UN ... eh!

    I think Adam said it best when he noted "... it is tomorrow that matters ... (sic) ..." This guy has a real positive attitude, cool under presure and capable of uttering something we can all profit by.

    If we can learn anything from past AI shows ... anyone making it into the top ten and certainly the top five ... will have a career in showbiz.

    Will be interesting to see whether AI can ever top this year or even match the performances of this year's standout contestants.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  492. Ugh

    I think it is silly to say you wont watch Idol again, that it was rigged, etc. cause Adam didn't win. That is the fun of it. It's a competition. The People spoke – democracy in action. Kris happened to get more votes at the end of 4 hours. Big deal. It would be more interesting if AI would limit the votes to 1 per phone- then we would get a better picture of who is really more favored. Also- they need to let the singer choose their first song to record so that they can sing something that is representative of their own style- DUH!!!
    Adam is awesome- I love love love him- he will have an amazing career. However, he is a polarizing person and his singing style is not universally loved. Kris is very talented and more mainstream and I think will do quite well as an adult contemporary singer. He has a beautiful, radio ready voice. Overall – it was good entertainment- with a surprise ending. What's not to love about that???

    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  493. Pat

    RIDICULOUS. Talent lost out to a "non threatening boy" last night. This is why teenagers should not be allowed to own or have access to cellphones! So they can't text message 100,000,000 times! A travesty. No one will even remember Chris's name in a couple of years.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  494. Bryan

    My favorite band in the world is R.E.M. Michael Stipe is a gay man and I have absolutely no problem with that. Yet, I absolutely hate Adam Lambert's singing style. I agree that he has vocal talent, but it is just vocal theatrics delivered in a shreiky, overly dramatic way. I don't begrudge anyone liking him (even if I doubt he will sell a second record), but don't accuse America of just being homophobic, because there are legitimate reasons to vote for somebody else.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  495. Robert

    While I liked Adam much better as an entertainer, I agree with another poster who said that Kris had a much wider ranging ability to perform in different genres.

    It all depends on what you think the "Idol" should be. Should they be a specialist in a genre, or someone who can give a decent performance in most any style. In my opinion, the contest is about who can give an above average performance in any genre in which they are asked to perform.

    Congrats to both young men. There are no real losers in this. Both will do well in the future. I look forward to possibly seeing Adam front Queen. He'll be perfect.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  496. Karen Alexander

    Thank you KRIS for a wonderful season. It has been a PLEASURE watching you were perfect everytime...........keep them coming!!

    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  497. Leslie

    Once the excitement wears off Kris will have a mediocre pop career at best, and let's be honest he does fit the American Idol mold much better than Adam. Idol will use him to pump out their generic pop songs and then forget about him like they have done with the past winners. If Kris wants to stay in the game he is going to have to carve his own way, and frankly he seems to lack the hunger. Adam was absolutely more talented, but this is still a popularity contest. No matter what the reasons for Adam not winning and Kris taking the crown are irrelevant, I want to see how well they do no longer sheltered by the show. To agree with some of the other comments, their "single" is just plain awful, and I am so happy I don't have to hear Adam sing that pointless dribble.

    Wish them both the best, but I personally will be waiting for the Adam album.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  498. R. Johnson

    Upset, what does everyone mean. America VOTED Chris to be the next American Idol. How could that be an upset! Apparently Adam just didn't pull enough votes. Although Adam is an awesome entertainer and will go far in his career, Chris has more of the appeal as the all American favorite. They were both awesome!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  499. Samantha

    I'm so excited Kris won. For all those people who are being so awful b/c Adam lost, just remember that if he'd won, he'd be stuck in a contract and possibly fall into oblivion like many other idols. Kris will probably benefit from the exposure that the contract will give him (and for all the haters, he's actually very good) and then Adam has the freedom to do his own thing. American Idol provided him the initial exposure to the country and he'll go far in this industry. I think Kris will too.

    You should blog about So You Think You Can Dance next!!! It starts tonight and is an awesome show!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  500. dhinaustin

    There is no doubt that Kris is very talented and I wish him well. He'll release a decent album then maybe a second one and then he'll fade away.

    Adam is the most engaging, electrifying and talented performer that Idol has ever produced and he'll be the one that we'll see with a long and very memorable career. Just as I couldn't wait to see what he would do each week on Idol, I am looking forward with great anticipation to the release of his album and I am ready to watch his career music, movies, broadway. The sky is not the limit for this guy!

    When Clay Aiken leaned over to Rueben Studdard after Rueben was announced the winner of Season 2 and said,"See you on the charts." I couldn't agree more. Clay has out-sold Rueben by a long shot. Adam will do the same with Kris. 12 year old girls can text their little fingers off all they want...the real test will be record sales.

    Season 8 turned out to be a popularity contest and not a singing competition.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  501. es

    idol has gone by way of the teenie bopper, what a joke!!! you'll lose many viewers and yes i voted for Adam, clearly the best of all 8 seasons. eh

    May 21, 2009 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  502. Linda

    Note to Josh: Near the beginning of the show, Ryan mentioned that 624,000 votes separated the two top contestans – I thought that meant for sure that Adam had won – I tried to vote for him a lot and only got through 4 times, have NEVER had that happen in a final before – I was always able to get through in previous years.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  503. Brandi

    Okay, here's why he won folks... Everyone knew Adam had it in the bag, so Kris fans everywhere and rooters for the underdog voted for Kris. Adams fans let him down because they assumed he would win and didn't take the time to vote. Don't whine about who won if you didn't vote, simple as that. I for one would have been glad to see either win because both are talented and good, humble human beings. I'm actually disappointed in how America is taking this. Poor Kris can't even enjoy it because of the hell he is catching. Adam and Kris will both have a record contract, so both have already won. Be happy for both of them.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  504. ard77

    America voted and made their choice. Just like you have your choice, so did others and more favored Kris. People have their favorites, and often times is a matter of vocal ability, likability and what genre of music they prefer. Anyone who made it as far as Adam and Kris obviously had talent and both will go far. Stop being such poor losers and grow up!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  505. Kathy

    I am so tired of all the homophobe nonsense being thrown around. I am not a homophobe, but I was sick to death of all of Adam's SCREAMING. I could not imagine hearing that on the radio – Broadway is another story. Kris is definitely someone I could imagine hearing on the radio. And now we will. Way to go Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  506. Boooooo

    Boooo.....What another disappointment with this show....and this country. The guy sounds like a 13 year old whose voice is changing when he tries to "sing"..... Go Alison, Danny, Adam...

    May 21, 2009 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  507. Dave

    To Lisa:
    "I had to turn it off and explain bigotry to my 9 year old" That is probably the most bigoted statement ever said on these blogs.You and the rest of the far-left loons can rant as much as you want. The "screamer" just didn't have the talent as the country wisely decided.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  508. Okie

    I am a 60 year old woman and I think both Adam and Kris are talented. However, it is Adam's CD that I will purchase for myself. Adam Lambert was the "Idol" in my eyes. Adam will go on to be a mega superstar with sold out arenas. In my opinion, the wrong person was chose as American Idol. I usually do not watch Idol, but this season, myself along with many of my friends, were absolutely mesmerized and captivated by Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  509. AussieMan

    Sorry for you Americans. Adam is obviously the better talent of the two, the best that AL has produced so far. Not totally surprising. You are great people but can't make the best of democracy, which produced the bloke who led your country for 8 years and turn the U.S and rest of the world into recession.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  510. Wendy

    Adam deserved to win – BUT – I am happy he did not. AI just wouldn't know what to do with a person of his caliber of talent. By him losing he actually WON because now he controls his OWN destiny – not AI!!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  511. Jon

    Kris shouldn't have been in the finals! Can't stand his facial expressions when he sings. Gokey has the best voice for the music I listen to. Adam should've won, he was most talented. You can't fault AI they found several great artist ex. Adam, Danny, and Allison. I will continue to watch AI, who knows who the next star will be.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  512. Michael R.

    I agree with Angela! You guys should blog about So you Think you Can Dance. It's way more entertaining than American Idol! ESPECIALLY THE AUDITIONS!!!! hahaha

    Although I am not an Adam fan, I was convinced that he was going to win. Before they were about to announce the winner, I was saying to myself, "Adam won, he deserves it. He has more talent." BUT Ryan said KRIS! and I wassuper excited.

    Adam definitely has more talent, but obviously America chose a CHRISTIAN as there idol (another thing that I am suprised about) I am a Christian myself, but the way that America is headed; I just didn't expect it. 🙂 I pray that God's glory be shown through Kris' talent. May Kris bring glory to God's name. GET OVER IT YOU ATHEIST/MUSLIM/other relgion PEOPLE!!!!!!
    Kris has morals! He is married and he SHOULD be an idol for America (so who cares if Adam will sell more albums or will get paid more.) Kris is doing it in the excellence of Christ!

    And don't call America homophobes!!!!! Homosexuals are being more accepted than ever! Also, it's not right to call Adam gay if he hasn't professed it yet! hahaha
    Also, don't call Christians homophobes either. Although they can be judging at times (which is a sin... Christians are sinners too!!!!!!) not all of us hate gays! I have many friends who are openly gay. And I'm fine with it. God still loves them just as much as He loves me, you, and everybody else in this world! Although, God hasn't intended that lifestyle for thoose ppl, He still loves them. And He still gives them the choice to accept Him or not. Whether they accpet him or not is their decision (and there's a MAJOR consequence if anyone doesn't accept Him. A consequence that I would not wish on my worst enemy.)

    Anyways, I enjoyed this season of American Idol. Good job guys! 🙂

    May 21, 2009 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  513. Diana Lewis

    I think this is probably the best thing that could have happened to Adam. He should front a great band like Daughtry did. If he had of been selected as the American Idol it would have been to "pop" for him. Put a great band behind this guy and grammy's are on there way!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  514. James

    After this, no one would be surprised if Simon Cowell quits the show because it no longer serves his purpose which is to scout out moneymaking talent and promote it to superstardom within the first year after winning. It's time for this show to end – something I never thought I'd say because until now it's been my favorite even though I haven't liked some of the winners (Studdard, Hicks and Sparks). But the fact is, Kris Allen isn't a very good singer and love him or hate him, Adam Lambert is.

    I hope he doesn't join a band, either. He should be out on his own as an individual performer.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  515. Former AI Fan

    I have been an AI fan for some time but the results of this competition proves once again that AI is not a talent contest but a popularity contest. Last time I will watch this show.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  516. dimples555

    This is NOT a singing show....they just proved it last night. It was clearly evident that Adam had more talent, a much stronger voice and an insane vocal range. Chris on the other hand was just plain old vanilla....

    What it came down to last night was a popularity contest and NOT a contest of who had the most skill. Chris was clearly popular but c'mon folks....You know darn well Adam had the most talent.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  517. Melissa

    I thought Adam should have won. And was surprised when he didn't. Being a christian though, I felt there was a reason that Chris won. I felt God must have chosen him. This was before I even knew he was a missionary, which I just read. I think Adam will be famous anyway. But God is in control.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  518. Stephanie

    No shocker at all! Adam might have had more stage presence, but if I never have to hear him screech again, it'll be too soon. I'm not sure why he did that all the time, when he otherwise had a good voice.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  519. Carolyn

    AWESOME show last night. LOVED IT!!!! Congrats Kris. Adam is a great performer but Kris was the true idol. I think Kris was as shocked as was beautiful when his wife came on stage. And what about Kara.....damn if the girl can't sing. I think she redeemed herself last night. Hope they all (the judges that is) will be here next year....can't wait.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  520. Paule

    I am taken aback by last night's result. I was expecing (big time) Adam would win. Chris Allen is a good singer but not at the same level as Adam.

    I hope that Simon Cowell will look after Adam's career.

    I wish good luck to both of them, but I must say that I am disappointed.

    Paule P.
    Quebec, Canada

    May 21, 2009 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  521. Maria

    As expected the wrong person won. How could anyone compare Adam's voice to Kris. Let's not forget that most of the votes come from young girls.
    Adam will most likely do way better in the future that Kris ever will. There are soooooo many Kris' around.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  522. David

    Costumes and makeup $10,000 (Ok, Adam would be more)
    Judges wardrobes $50,000 (except Simon, $5)
    Jets and limo rides to home town $250,000

    Look on Simons' face when Chris won Priceless

    shock and awwwwwwwwww
    Call the Wahmbulance, Simon!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  523. Jennifer Helen

    Kris Allen won the American Idol, I am so happy. Congrats to Kris, the new American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  524. Ron

    What a great show last night with some of the guest singers. I think Kris got most of the votes that would have gone to Danny had he been in the finals. I don't think it was as big a shock as some think. It did remind me of the Taylor Hicks fiasco. Taylor Hicks probably should have finished sixth that year. I think Adam was probably happy he didn't have to sing that horrible song again that Kara co-wrote. Regardless of the outcome, it was a great show. I hope next year they go back to three judges or rotate a new judge in each year.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  525. Givemejustasmallbreak

    Hey, I have a great idea on what to blog about next!

    How about all the fun things we can all be doing on every Tuesday from here on out for the rest of our lives instead of watching this useless show?

    Sounds like a winner to me. I didn't watch Idol pre-Adam and I'll have no problem never watching again. Just like I swore off the Oscars when that ludicrious Crash won over BBM.

    Grow up already, America.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
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  527. Angie

    I'm glad Adam doesn't have sing that horrible song that Kara wrote ever again. He's a star and will be for a long time!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  528. Toronto FAN

    Adam Adam Adam ...... you are a star and should have taken the title. You rocked every week. I turned tv off as soon as I heard and the winner is .... Kr (click). totally unfair ! the real idol is Adam

    May 21, 2009 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  529. Robin

    Love Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  530. Amy

    Adam will still go on to make records & have more of a name than Kris Allen... look at how Clay Aiken overshadowed Ruben afterwards? And David Archuletta is still famous eventhough David Cook beat him (rightfully so, I cannot stand Archuletta). Kris NEEDED to be Idol to go anywhere. Had it been Adam who won, Kris would've probably not been as successful. Adam will still go places and be just as successful as a second place finisher! He's been my fav since his audition & I will still buy his albums.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  531. Steve

    Homophobia thru and thru. One a country of red-necks the USA is. Shameful.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  532. diana v

    Adam Lambert did not a special title to be declared almost everyone's american idol. Kris will be good. But he will not be know as legend like Kiss. He will be nothing compared to Lambert, Daughtry , Cook & Archuletta. I wish him well. We america will Always say Adam is our American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  533. Alex

    I was upset that Adam didn't win American Idol, he has the vocals. We had seen Adam and Kris performance, we have clearly seen that it was Adam who has the voice. How about Kris performance of No boundaries, he didn't even able to reach the notes.

    Truly, American Idol is about popularity and not about TALENT of individual.If it is, how come Adam Lambert didn't win. First time, I lost my faith in a show.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  534. Joanna/Cary, NC

    Once again America's favorite flavor is.....Vanilla.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  535. jeremy

    Bodee, you sound pretty intolerant...I think that's called hypocrisy.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  536. Sara

    Kris' win had nothing to do with people being homophobic, if that were true Adam wouldn't have made it to the final 2. If anything they set up the show to be rigged to have Adam win between Katy Perry's Adam cape and Simon's unwaivering support. I love a good upset! And it was priceless to watch Simon pout because he didn't get his way when Kris won.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  537. mitch

    Thankfully Adam will not have to release that single co-written by Kara. Kris will go on to make the odd single that a few people will buy but will eventually fade away like so many other Idol winners. Adam, on the other hand, will rise to stardom either on his own on as the lead singer for a rock group (Queen perhaps?). Kris is a talented singer but Adam is both a singer, a performer and entertainer. He is a true American Idol. It's too bad that America can't see that.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  538. Bonita

    I am really starting to believe that AI is a hoax and a scam. No way should he have won over Adam. Plus, the two finalists should have been Danny and Adam. I may stop watching for this reason. This is the third time I have felt this was rigged!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  539. Ed Q.

    To me it sounds like a lot of people must not be secure with their sexuality, be it homo, hetero, what have you. Otherwise, why make such a big fuss over Adam's sexuality?

    What I'm more tired of than "homophobic intolerant Christians" are homosexuals (or others that support them) and their making of themselves into the martyrs.

    I happen to think the competition was stacked very evenly this year with both finalists being super talented. I think the piece missing from the puzzle is that people aren't giving due notice to the fact that they both have extremely different singing styles and as a result are going to appeal to extremely different audiences.

    So, you know what I think? I think Kris winning the competition had very little to do with sexuality. I think he won because he just got more votes.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  540. Jim

    Maybe this will be a wake up call for some people because this kind of injustice and discrimination is what anyone who is gay, bisexual, or transgender faces ever moment of their lives. Yes, people of color face discrimination, as do Muslims, jews, etc, But if you are born (note I say born, read the research everybody) with a sexuality that isn't the norm, let alone if you are honest about it, you are shamed, blamed, considered evil, laughed at, and persecuted. Guess we still have a very long way to go. I wonder, who Jesus would have voted for?

    May 21, 2009 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  541. Kelliann

    Adam is the real winner. Kris will disappear for the next year and Adam will go on tour around the world. In a few years no one will remember sweet Kris who can't sing all that well and looks like a young Joey from Friends, but *everyone* will know Adam. How many of the Idols actually went on to become music superstars? Fantasia? Sparks? Hicks? Studdard? Cook? Right off the bat there's 5 of them who have done little, compared to someone like Jennifer Hudson, or Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson (who aslo disppeared and floundered around for several years). Out of all of them, Underwood is the only singer who went right from Idol to superstar, and likewise for Hudson among non-winners. Although Daughtry's done ok.

    We can blame the tween girls who vote for young cute face over talent, and the group that screws things up by voting for the loser. Next year I'm going to hook all of my computers up to phone lines and auto dialers and do my bit to counter these people. They're using technology to screw up the competition, so the rest of us obviously have to do the same to make our opinions known on who should win . Too bad it has come to this but if that's how they wanna play, then so be it.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  542. Amy

    Congratulations Kris – you deserved it – he showed great artistry with performances like Heartless and he's a great singer and musician!

    Adam is a great performer and singer and I am quite sure he will have a great career. I also think Danny and Allison will be signed as well! Idol has proved time and time again if you make it into the top 12/13, you have a chance at a great career! Good luck everyone!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  543. Wendy

    Bummer! Kris is a great person and a good talent but Adam was clearly a better talent. Very disappointed the wrong one won! !! Adam was so cool how he accepted that Kris won. Adam you are awesome! Congrads Kris!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  544. dee

    well simon you screwed up. adding another judge and the save was a big joke this season. it is a shame that the winner was kris , he was voted off long time ago but you had to use that save on him. was this a rigged show or what? the true talents of this season where and are Adam , Allison, and Danny. And we all know that Adam will be much more of a star than any other idol finalsit from season 1 to 8. Adam brought excitement each week to the show on what he can do . he is a true entertainer. being 2nd not too bad for Adam, but to a lot us he is the real real real American Idol. Its ashame he got robbed of the title but he will definetly go far.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  545. southbama

    Well I am so glad Kris won. Even though I think Allison had the best voice out of them all. Show after show I got so tired of hearing Adam SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When he would calm down and sing he was amazing. But 99% of the time he screamed. GO KRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I want an Allison CD....................ASAP


    May 21, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  546. averagejoe

    For everyone blaming this on homophobic Christians this had nothing to do with it.

    This had everything to do with Adam being a one trick pony. He has a great voice but relies too much on the screaming 80's hair band screech.

    This was a wake up call to him. You have to be versitile. We've seen it happen again and again on this show. The classic case is Daughtry. Excellent talent but everything he did on AI sounded the same and it eventually caught up to him.

    The only reason Adam wasn't voted off weeks ago was that the show fawned over him wanting so desperately for him to win that they all but rigged the show by selecting music to showcase him and downplay Danny who should have one all along. Somewhere along the way Kris' versitility and creativity boosted him to the win.

    This was predictable when they said less than a million votes separated 1 and 2 last week. Kris picked up most of Danny's votes.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  547. giveitup

    Are you all so intolerant and narrow minded that you can see NO other reason besides Adam being gay that he lost?

    How about the fact that there hasn't been a successful 80's glam rocker in YEARS? That only a few people under 25 like his style of music?

    That really only tweens and teenagers can take four hours out of their night and vote? How many of these tweens like 80's glam rock?

    How about that Idol isn't about finding the most talented artist, it's about finding the most marketable artist to the American public? That's why the winner is picked by the public and not the judges. People vote for the person they will buy a CD from, not for the best artist. Adam is a rocker and appeals to a small market, Kris can appeal to tweens/teens/country/adult. Kris has a larger market he appeals to and that's why he won.

    Adam IS the better singer. He's incredibly talented. But the bottom line is that Kris' style of music appeals to many more Americans than an outdated rocker. People like acoustic music, they like it when artists can play the guitar and the piano and do more than just get up and sing a song. Adam's music is "out" and unless he can find a way to modernize it, he won't be selling anything more than a debut album.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  548. cheryl

    give me a break .... it was a singing competition. Adam deserved it ! you must be tone deaf.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  549. Jay

    Okay, I didn't watch the whole season but I watched the last 4 or 5 weeks or so and here's what I think: the right person won. I think Adam was an amazing singer but I got really bored with his performances after a while. The guy seemed like quite the show off and he had a bit of an ego. On one episode he said he was honored to be compete with Kris and Danny but he said it in a way that came across as: "These guys are great but I know I'm gonna win."

    As for Kris messing up the words.. the best musicians in history mess up lyrics, nevermind having to do it on stage in front of 100 million people at home when you're recovering from the shock of winning a competition you had resigned yourself to losing.

    It was a fun couple of hours and both guys will have great careers regardless. At least better than what they probably would have had had they not auditioned for the show.

    Whatever, that's my two cents.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  550. Fan of Neither

    How can anyone call this homophobia. If it was homophobia how did Adam get to the finale then? Adam will get his record deal (and should probably sign with Queen) but Kris is much more commercial.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  551. BigDaddy

    Enough with all the homophobic, anti-christian, AI is Fixed, yadda yadda yadda! I think Adam is about as talented as anyone this side of Michael Jackson over the past 30 years.

    But I voted for Cris, simply because I'm more tuned to his music, and quite honestly, Adam has a way of creeping me and others out! Adam definately has tons of ability, swagger and style, but he lacks in the mass appeal department! Cris doesn't! Simple demographic math!

    May 21, 2009 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  552. nicole

    Whaaatt!! Kris, who??? The other guy that's not Adam Lambert won? If Idol would count unique votes or who hand the most number of sales on I-Tunes, then hands down Adam would have won. Kris probably would have faded away really fast without the help of the promoting that the first place winner gets. On the other hand, Adam will succeed in a much greater way, naturally. Adam is a multi-talented entertainer. Kris, nice guy, but even Kris said Adam deserves this award rather than himself....

    Tried voting for Adam for hours, constant busy signal... yet, texters were able to vote hundreds++ times and their votes always got thru. Unique votes should be counted, with a percent of the vote coming from # of downloads off of I-Tunes.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  553. Layla

    I have to say that I just LOVED hearing Kara sing!!! WHAT A VOICE!!!! (and body I might add!) Atta girl, Kara!!! Way to be!

    It was all very entertaining!! Let's stop whining!
    As I CONSTANTLY tell my kids when they are upset over winners/losers:
    **We ALL won because we had FUN!!**

    May 21, 2009 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  554. Jozi

    America has spoken and they love Kris. Adam was in the bottom 2 last week, not Kris, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that he won. Remember, Kris had a million votes more than Adam last week. It's doubtful that the Gokey fans jumped on the Adam bandwagon this week. While the judges did their best to sway the vote, they don't buy the records and they don't speak for America. At least Adam won't have to sing that hideous song that Kara wrote and he will be able to do his own thing after the tour. Congrats Kris!

    May 21, 2009 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  555. David

    Go Chris, And Adam, Vegas is waiting for you ... I think Liberace's stage is stil intact.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  556. Jarad

    LOL, I knew that America would get sick of the judges kissing Adam's but and also would get sick of his screaming all the time. Bottom line is that it is not about sexual preference, that fact is that Kris is much more talented and I GUARANTEE that he sells more albums than Adam Lambert b/c Adam belongs on Broadway and could be one of the best Broadway has ever seen. Adam does not belong fronting a band or being a solo artist, people would get sick of his screaming and over-dramatic performances really quick. When Kris did his duet with Keith Urban, you could tell how comfortable and easy it will be for him to perform live and gather a following. Adam fans need to give it up and take their loss gracefully. The judges kissed Adam's butt all along, ICONIC????? Really??? Adam is not an icon and I am SO glad that America did not buy into the judges hype and chose the correct winner. Kudos America, job well done!!

    May 21, 2009 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  557. michelle Ibrahim

    America are you kidding???There are a million Kris Allen's singing all over the states but Adam was unbelievable. A one off.An original.We Aussies would have got it right !Hope they let us vote next year.!Its agony watching it when you can't cast a vote. I'll b buying an Adam lambert Album and I have enough Kris Allen 'same old same old"' ones.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  558. Cara

    America got it so wrong! Adam should have won, period.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  559. Stacie

    Why is he surprised?? He has a classic sound. Reminds me of James Taylor. We're going to he hearing this guys for a long, long time!

    May 21, 2009 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  560. Patricia Goode

    Last night was the "First" time I've ever watched American Idol!
    But, because of Adam Lambert, and following him on the computer, I fell in Love with this young man that has So Much Talent.
    Adam is Not a Loser, and will GO Far !!!
    I have never seen an Artist of this caliber, since Elvis.
    ( that tells my age)
    Adam should be Proud of All his Hard Work on American Idol.
    I Wish Adam the Best of Luck !!!
    But, he "won't " need it !!!!
    God Bless Adam !

    May 21, 2009 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  561. Carl

    I feel bad about the homophobic comments. As a straight male, I suspected that Adam may be gay, but it didn't matter to me. He was clearly the most talented–in a league of his own. But, had Adam played it a little safe and toned down the hairstyle, earrings and ditched the nail polish, he would've won. Not homophobia . . . he just deviated too much from the "boy next door" image that most people look for. But kudos to Adam for being true to himself, even if it denied us the true American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  562. MS

    It is absolutely preposterous to blame homophobia on Adam not winning. If that were the case, he never would've made it passed the top ten. I mean...his rendition of "Ring of Fire" many weeks back may have been the "gay"est thing i've ever seen, and he did not go home. So to chalk up his loss to "oh its just cause he might be gay" is really, in my opinion, pretty disrespectful to Kris Allen. He is a wonderful singer, practically a polar opposite of Adam. look at it this way...they won't be competing with each other anymore, because they will each be iconic in their own musical category. So congratulations to both of them.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  563. adamfan

    Ai is not about talent but more about teenage girls voting for the cutest. This is not a talent show and I will not be watching anymore. Maybe someday we will have a real talent show and it will be judged by real people not teenage girls.

    ADAM you are the winner in my heart! No worries for you, you can make it on your own , you dont need AI to boost you up!

    Amazing show for all last night!

    May 21, 2009 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  564. iana l

    Congratulations to Kris. He is the only talented contestant deserving to be in the finale with Adam since two were required
    The bigoted reporters in cities across the coutry can now focus on the American Idol winner , while we millions fo Adam fans can follow his rising star without the daily abuse. of their amoral lacks of ethics in reporting.
    Lambert had millions of more fans , almost 4 times as many as the nearest competitor therefore, if it were one vote per person, the outcome of the vote tally would have been different.
    Kris is an open-minded christian as opposed to the hateful homophobic bloggers who claim it is unchristian to vote for anyone born gay or bisexual .Nevermind choosing hate and judgment toward being born biologically anything but hetersexual, and voting against the superior talent for a good talent is ,in their small minds, good judgment.
    Congratulations to Kris Allen, who is a fair unpartial classy contestant unlike a majority of his fans.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  565. Jim Iconoclast

    Adam had the superior voice, talent, training, and star power. By those standards he clearly deserved to win. But he is not "middle of the road" enough for the American Idol voters. Another triumph for the Taylor Hicks's of the world.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  566. Kgf

    Ok, all of you people who are saying that Kris won because he's a straight male are completely stupid. Stupid is the best word to describe you all. Kris won because he's talented. He plays instruments and he's got a great voice. He's current. He is the next John Mayer, the next Jason Mraz. You all just wait and see. Adam is a very talented guy.....he can sing yes....but he belongs on Broadway. Kris will sell more albums than Adam. Just wait.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  567. jaye

    I bet Simon Cowell is tearing his hair out today! LOL
    Anyway, Kris is completely forgetable and will never be a star – Adam will be a megastar.

    May 21, 2009 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  568. Trudy

    Kris Allen was a more sincere, heartful artist.
    Adam Lambert was all show, superficial emotions.
    However, when Kris Allen sang, you could FEEL his joy, pain.
    Kris was singing his heart out, right from his soul ! Not only was
    his voice beautiful and sincere, but his modesty too!
    Adam Lambert was more of a singer who would emulate
    the emotions, and not feel them really deep down. It was
    all show for the audience,
    And so Kris Allen was talented in more ways than Adam!
    –playing guitar, piano, modest, and capable of having the audience
    feel the emotions he was feeling. He did not have to shrill
    at the top of his lungs to get an applause, like Adam.
    Adam was all show, surface emotions.
    Congrats Kris ! You deserve it!

    May 21, 2009 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  569. Jeff

    The reality was that Adam was showing himself to be a bit monochromatic in recent weeks – he gave us his best in his version of Mad World and since then, it was the same thing every week. He is an exciting performer but Kris was showing himself to be the more complete musician, and the more capable arranger. His version of that Kanye West song was, as Randy would say, "THE BOMB".

    I don't think this had ANYTHING to do with homophobia and I'm frankly not even 100% that Adam is gay! Adam has his theatrical schtick and it got a little old. That's all.

    May 21, 2009 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  570. Peggy M Holt

    Adam made History!! He gave us a wonderful ride, and WHAT A RIDE IT HAS BEEN!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  571. Terri

    Gee, guess I must just about be the only person who doesn't watch this show. Would rather watch something educational...

    May 21, 2009 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  572. Pam

    Whoo Hoo!! Whoo Hoo!! What a night!! Was hoping for the spoiler and it happened. Congrats to Kris.

    Candelax, you have no clue what you are talking about....ashamed of this country because of "idol" have got to be kidding. Funny how when there is a contestant in the running with a different life all comes down to we as americans did not vote for him because of that...come on now....

    May 21, 2009 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  573. Linda

    For all those who will not be watching American Idol next season because Adam didn't win, you won't be missed. I love Adam's singing, I love Kris's singing as well. Both deserved to win. I didn't judge Adam for what he is(no big deal) I judged him on his singing. But I could only take so much screaming, which is why I won't be buying his CD. Kris has his fans as well, and we voted for him. We made sure everyone voted. It's apparent Adam's fans just knew he was only to win, so there was no reason for them to get all his fans to vote. If they had they wouldn't be complaining. Get over it. Kris is The American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  574. Bob

    The show's results are getting more and more rediculous each year it seems. I'm about over this thing. The choice became a little tighter in the last couple of weeks, but Adam was in another zone completely. He's hands down the best by far.


    May 21, 2009 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  575. Emma

    I myself am shocked that Adam didnt win, however this entire competition is about popularity and demographics. Kris appealed to teen girls all the way thru to 40 and 50 year olds who dream of being a cougar to cute baby face Kris, which is AI demographic. Adam, not so much. Not saying he didnt appealed, just not to as broad a demographic as Kris. As most have stated Adam will be a big star doing what he does best, but i can tell you his style of music will not be pop, there fore not as popular with the demographic for which AI is geared towards. So congratulations Kris, good luck Adam may you both do well.

    May 21, 2009 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  576. chris

    I don't get it. Everyone is mad and blaming the christians for Adam losing. Listen! I supported Kris, but I thought Adam was good too. I have nothing against Adam's personal life. Personally I think that is no ones business. Kris won, because he was talented. Not because Christians were out to stop a gay man from winning. If Adam would have won I would have been happy for him too. I'm Christian and I saw nothing wrong with Adam. My point is please stop bashing the christians and claiming that it's some type of crusade against gays, because it's not. Besides Adam will do well anyways, because it's usually the runner up who does better. At least that's what happened in the past.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  577. Adam, the true first

    Oh please. Kris Allen = Justin Guarini. If you don't know who Guarini is, then I rest my case. Waiting on Adam's first LP....

    May 21, 2009 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  578. sasaye

    Ridiculous! He couldn't even sing the "winner's song". Should've been voted off before Allison & Gokey. I'm boycotting next year.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  579. agentelmo

    I cant believe Adam didn't win. This is the first season I've ever watched idol and I only watched his performances mostly cause the others were so boring. Cant wait to buy Adam's cd tho!!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  580. stunnedincanada

    Nice going, America. Medocrity won out. Allen doesn't have what it takes to be an Idol. Mainly strong vocals, superb artistry, and star power. Sure, his first album will do well with his fans, but that's where it all ends. Anyone with half an ear for music knew who the winner should be.
    Am I bitter? No. I know a travesty when I see one but I'm glad I had an opportunity to see and hear Adam Lambert. I'm 78 years old and haven't seen his kind since Elvis Presley.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  581. Larry Bellinger

    A travesty. I'm sure Kris is a fine young man, but as a recording engineer for 40 years, Adam could lose half his skills and still be the better singer.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  582. Ika

    I will spend money on Adam's, and probably Allison's, album. Definitely not the others.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  583. Dex

    Congratulations to Kris on his win. Regardless of one's opinion, we should all be respectful that he worked hard to realize his dream and deserves to celebrate that fact and be joyous about it.

    My opinion is that Adam was more deserving and displayed a consistent ability to "Wow" the audience and the judges with his creative interpretations of whatever song he lent his voice to. Adam does not need the American Idol juggernaut to ensure his success as an artist. So kudos to him on an excellent season of American Idol and I can't wait to see how he amazes us next.

    Kris, good luck to you and go make some great music to make your fans proud.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  584. JR Harrington

    I tried for 4 hours on auto dial a vote for Adam Lambert, and I got nothing but equipment busy the whole time. So did Adam loose because of a telephone network jam? Somehow there really needs to be a better voting method for American Idol. I think the voting technology failed Adam, personally I think he was the clear winner.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  585. dwightcairo

    I will never watch American Idol again.
    It is NOT a singing contest, is a pretty face contest.

    Kris can't sing; Adam can.

    I would think an entertaining singer would win over a mediocre voice any day, but I am wrong.

    What is this world coming to???

    I guess that is what 'Idol' stands for, ...pretty faces, no substance.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  586. irene williamson irene williamson

    i am from south africa and stayed up all night we got the final at two am,i am not a youngster but let me tell you i have never in idols history
    seen such a travisty of justice ADAM LAMBERT is an icon and the american voters should be ashamed of themselves for letting an average singer win because of there narrowmindedness. i know ADAM will be a superstar even whithout the title,poor show american voters get with the program talent like this comes around once in a lifetime wait and see

    May 21, 2009 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  587. Penny

    Kris deserves congratulations! But, he knows he is not the true American Idol. I feel kind of sorry for Kris. He is a pawn in nasty little backlash against Adam. We saw it coming so it is not a surprise. I told myself if Adam wins it is because America truly voted on his amazing talent. If Adam loses it was because of the hypocrits, bigots and haters out there. Would you want to be the next Idol based on that. So, my heart goes out to Kris. He is a good singer, but not American Idol material. Now, Kris will have to live witht the fact that he is living a lie and was chosen by American to keep Adam down. However, Adam is going on to INTERNATIONAL GREATNESS now and America really looks pathetic. ADAM LAMBERT IS THE BEST AMERCIAN IDOL HAS EVER SEEN!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  588. Eileen Shatzer

    I agree with Chris, Adam deserved the title!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  589. A

    I called it.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  590. Janet and Mike

    My wife and I want to thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us and the rest of the world. We have been privileged over the years to witness first hand, the giants of music; Elvis, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Mick Jagger. A new giant stepped on the stage weeks ago and began to rock the world as only few can. You are indeed the ultimate performer, a professional in every sense of the word. Janet and Mike

    May 21, 2009 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  591. Samantha

    Hey I;m a christian, read the bible, try to live by it. Adam voice was amazing. He should have won.

    Stop blaming the bible for peoples ignorance.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  592. Chuck

    Quoting two recent consecutive posts...

    judy brown May 20th, 2009 10:40 pm ET
    Im so glad Kris won !Hes a good Christian fellow ,with high standards,Good wins again ,Yeah Chris!!!!!! Nothing against Adam I just love the Country Boy Winning !!!! Go Kris ,Go!!!!Congrats to Adam Too ,Both are great but Kris deserves it !!!!!Next time We go through Conway ,Arkansas Ill spend some money there !!!!Bye

    Tina waller May 20th, 2009 10:40 pm ET
    Adam is great and he shuld have been the winner. One Thing for shur American people prove to me, how much of them are conservative, and most of them are Religenest. Coservatiezam and religen going to Put American behind. The Idea why Adum put eye linear drove them crazy. American Out from personal life and do the right thing. Is it getting Married at age 22 is common for mon in America? That is wierd if you want to talk about people personal life. Conservative people think Crise is married at age 22 and good , but Adam has eye liner and it is bad. And he shoudn’t win. I hate when the people are not being fair.
    Crist will be one time wonder. But Adam will be for ever. That is the fact.

    I hope you're both joking. Judy, you're probably one of the people who put Bush into office twice, and Tina, well...I have no words for that post, except for First Ballot Hall of Shame.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
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    May 21, 2009 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  594. Color me GONE!!!!!!!!

    Forget it AI!!! I'm outta here! Adam is probably the best performer that has ever graced the stage of AI and this is the result?

    As someone mentioned earlier, even Kris said "this should go to Adam."

    There is so much difference in talent between the two that its laughable that it would even be possible for Kris to win. The unlimited voting doesn't help either. Organized religion will be the downfall of America. Weak minded people bonding together because they can't really think for themselves or stand on their own two feet.

    To deny someone what should rightly be theirs based on bigoted and sexist ideals goes against every thing we sould be embracing.

    You rock Adam.....I know it, you know it, and and so does everyone else.

    Do what you want next year AI.......I'm not going away mad.......just going away.
    I don't see how the judges can even have nerve enough to return next year.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  595. Warren Eagle

    I totally called this one a couple months ago. When Kelly Clarkson was in the top 12, I only voted for her. I knew she was going to win. Just like today. I liked Adam too, but something inside me made me believe that Kris could do it. And he did.
    Wow, what an amazing season. Didn't really need a fourth judge, but besides that the entire top 12 or 13, whatever they had this year will make a pretty awesome Idols tour his summer. You can bet that I'll be there.
    Congratulations Kris!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  596. Faithful Idol Fan Since 1st Season

    I am so torn. I voted for the first time all year and redialed for Kris for over 4 -5 hours. Although most were busy signals, I think I got at least 70-80 votes for him. HOWEVER from the beginning of this season, I thought WOW when I heard Adam's voice! All season long, I thought surely he would win just like I thought about David Cook last year of my home state of MO. Adam also has BEAUTIFUL WHITE TEETH, a great smile, pretty eyes, and seems very gracious in addition to being so talented. BUT... I did not vote for him because...I couldn't stand it when he almost always did a lot of screaming in his songs and when Katie? (the "I kissed a Girl" singer) came onstage wearing a cape with Adam Lamberts name on it....along with Simon's plug with "getting Bono's personal approval that he would LOVE to hear Adam sing his song....I just felt that there were too many PUSHES FOR ADAM that made it UNFAIR. Sad though, because he really has a VOICE! Ever since the plugs for Adam, I decided against voting for him. However Tuesday night when he sang Mad World smoothly and not screaming, I was "almost" changing my mind to go ahead and vote for him. My absoulte favorite of his was when he did Smoky Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" Sooooo beautifully, eloquent, and emotionally! I get bothered with readingfrom people that think we wouldn't want Adam just because he is gay@! That's ridiculous! He has a great voice!
    If he ONLY didn't scream so much in his songs, stick out his tongue so much when he sings, and if only Katie, Simon, etc. hadn't given him the unfair plugs...maybe he would have been victorius tonight!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  597. Tom Meskell

    Adam was truly the better singer and if the show was judged on
    singing talent alone then Adam was the winner but as we now see its
    the whole package. Its like a beauty contest based on personalty rather than beauty. It might also be influenced by Religious morality
    and the doubt people had over Adam's sexuality. He might have been
    too feminine for the macho men voters too. Its too bad Adam wasn't macho like Elvis Presley because he looks alot like him. The winners are not always the best singers we have now found out. I wonder if Susan Boyle can win in England, she has the best voice but nothing else. Maybe England can do it right. ITS A SINGING CONTEST.
    The kids loved Chris and they vote the most while the old timers liked the all American face and hometown kick-back style. If this was a talent contest then Chris was the winner because he can play the guitar and the piano but it is a singing contest.
    All and all I think Adam did better not to win because he can sign a contract now without having to wait a year like Chris has to.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  598. Bob

    I'm a Christian and am telling ya straight...............Adam was by far the best Idol ever. There is no doubt that he should have won. But, the good news is that I'm sure we'll all here from him again. What a talent.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  599. Scott

    This is a to joke. It's fixed!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  600. Peachy Keen

    Floored, absolutely floored. This show is becoming like The Bachelor. Almost none of the relationships work out. Kris will go the way of Taylor Hicks, Rueben Studdord, etc. He will just vanish. And like Jennifer Hudson, Daughtery, Clay Aiken.....Adam will go on to become the star.
    I don't think it has anything to do with homophobia, but something is amiss. Kris has a nice little voice, but that's it. Adam is a true entertainer.
    Something tell's me this show may not be worth watching in the future. Of course, I said that when Hicks won too. I must be a glutten for self punishment.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  601. Don

    Well. I worked the show tonight. All of us who have been around the show have really worried that the Nascar homophobic American middle class would do this. It's a frigin' singing competition and Kris isn't in the same universe as Adam. Adam needs direction and a great producer but he has the chance to blow up the charts. Kris will find himself in Nashville doing a Carrie Underwood remake.

    My wife can't sleep she;s so upset and she's a good Christian girl who feels an injustice has occured at the bequest of the Christian right.

    So wrong. For so many reasons.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  602. Jerome Henricus

    Congratz to both Allen & Adam. You guys have brought music to the next level. Unfortunatly there could be one Champ but many winners cuz thats the way it is in this sort of game. Kris you've got the oppertunity to be a champ but retaining it is gonna be a difficult task as being a champ is far difficult than being a winner. All the very best to the both of you and all who got the oppertunity to entertain both the US and the world.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  603. Marg

    I think Adam Lambert is the next Freddie Mercury! Adam is a wonderful singer and an entertainer.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  604. Javier

    Another Taylor Hicks.Why the producer choose Kriss? is a misteriuos! because for sure OUR VOTES DOESNT COUNT.Rigged show...Just check simon reaction...My question is:WHO HAS THE RESPONSABILITIES ON THIS WINNER ELECTION? Im cannot remember any song sang by Kriss in the entire show....STUPID SHOW!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  605. val

    Adam was the best person they have every had on the show. I am amazed that he didn't win. I am speechless.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  606. Dave

    Why didn't Ryan give the vote spread? He always gives the vote spread? Is there a conspiracy going on? I smell a rat

    May 21, 2009 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  607. CCoop

    Not so long ago, as a musician or industry pro, it was an
    embarrassment to mention your involvement with AI.

    As the show evolved, a credibility factor started to emerge,
    catapulting the show and it's appeal to the heights we witnessed tonight.

    Major Artists and the Music industry began to realize that
    American Idol had become "The Savior " in an industry that has been spiraling downwards for years.

    Tonight's disaster will unfortunately return AI back to being an embarrassment and most importantly a further death blow to our industry.

    Adam is the "Real Deal"

    May 21, 2009 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  608. spooky

    You know, all this name calling and bashing could be avoided if AI had the sense to select judges who used realistic criteria for judging and the JUDGES were accountable for the votes/winner. The judging on AI is pitiful. Very few times did I hear the judges offer critiques that zeroed in on the contestants strengths/weaknesses in a way that helped them make the most of their opportunities on AI. The judging was flimsy and unprofessional, lazy opinions at best. AI needs to eliminate the out of control voting by the public. I mean, get real–300 votes by ONE person? What does that do for the contestants? Is this thing just about winning period? Regardless of who's the most talented, worked the hardest, has the most to offer?

    AI has gotten crazy and out of control. Dump the viewer votes. If the show wants to be taken seriously they should appoint judges who know the genre and will actually GIVE something important to the contestants instead of all the rambling adjectives falling from their lips.

    They were all great singers. Musical tastes are subjective, like all things. Adam is for mature audiences who "get it" and while he could have eased up on the "screams" there's no question he makes a riveting and lasting impression. Kris is a good guy, hometown boy (I've been to Conway... ever hear of Toadsuck?) all the old and young girls want to hug. I think it's less about his music, which is mostly forgettable, and more about his underdog persona. He has his crowd, Adam has his. Don't worry about Adam folks... the shine from his star will overshadow Kris' homegrown glow. Adam didn't need to win the AI title... he just needed to get noticed and the whole world knows who he is now. The fun is just beginning.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  609. STEVE

    What a shock. I am dissappointed with the voters. Being cute is no grounds for winning 1st . Adam has so much more talant, range, stage presence and personality. Same results last year with the favorite David Archuleta losing to David Cook. So far the most boring American Idol winner yet.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  610. AZ girl

    Oh's not about homophobia... it's more likely about the judges choosing the winner without regard for the American Vote – and a possible backlash. Anybody who couldn't figure out Adam is gay way back in the beginning was blind... and yet Adam kept on advancing, in spite of his "flamboyance". Homophobic.. give me a break... he would have been gone months ago if that were the case. All of the *Top 3* had amazing vocals and talents, but only ONE can win. And it wasn't about the "Christian vote" – if that were true, tonight would have been Danny vs. Kris. Personally, I wish it had been Danny because I think he had the best voice... but I can live with Kris and I could have lived with Adam. Adam would make a much better front man for a rock band because that's what he is... a modern day Steven Tyler or Freddie Mercury. It's not a gay thing and anybody who claims people who voted for Kris is "homophobic" is "heterophobic". So there.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  611. DANtheOtherDANNY

    Hmmmm now I didn't see anyone bashing Adam for his alternate lifestyle BEFORE the finale? No one was bringing up the fact that Adam had pics of himself toungue wrestling another male on the first page of google images under "Adam Lambert". So why now after the votes are cast and Chris Allen has clearly been picked as the "AMERICAN IDOL"- does the gay community start bashing those who don't agree with their out of the closet attitude? Sorry Homo-pro's some people just don't care to see that in THEIR American Idol.
    Congrat's to Chris! You deserve the win- Adam- you shoulda kept the lid on things..... mighta won....

    May 21, 2009 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  612. ler sal

    haven't you all realized by now that it doesn't matter who actually takes the title?

    May 21, 2009 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  613. Mary

    Cannot say how disappointing that Adam is not the new American Idol ... America voted for the "boy next door" rather than a talent that has been the best in stage presence, technique and vocal range.

    The cream always floats to the top and so will Adam!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  614. OC

    Don't blame Kris winning on the tweens. My 12 year old was so angry that Adam didn't win that she says that she won't watch the show anymore. We think it's the Southerners skewing the results, not the tweens. Think about how many of the winners have been from the South.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  615. David

    All those who voted for Mccain and not Obama also voted for Kris and not Adam. WHAT A SHAME. Whether he is gay or not, Adam will be a legend. My $$$ is going to his next albums.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  616. Joe

    This will most likely be the last time I watch AI. It is quite obvious that AI has manipulated the outcome. Probably to protect their image. Tey couldn't see a gay kid winning the competition.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  617. bush league

    Laughable and not a big deal, really. What's going to be embarassing is how badly Adam and Allison are going to outsell Kris. When people across America hear his voice on their car radio they a) won't know and b) wont care who it is, because if his voice is anything, it's FORGETTABLE. Seems like a great guy tho. Hope he enjoys it while it lasts(which should be about 1 year, lol).

    May 21, 2009 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  618. steve

    I was kind of hoping that Adam would win.

    That being said. I can't believe that AI would cause someone to say that this country is an abysmal failure. I actually don't think this outcome had that much to do with homophopia and I think it has more to do with the so called "Daughtry" effect.

    Plus... if you can't stand the outcome then why even watch the show. AI is about people calling in to vote the winner. It is an entertainment program. If it just makes you mad then why even watch???? There are 100s of other viewing choices that might make you feel better.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  619. Robert

    The results were BS, the results were decided by a bunch of 12 year old girls texting on their cell phones. If this is truly a singing contest, then Adam should have been selected by a landslide. Instead it's become a popularity contest driven by ATT and American Idols greed. I wish Adam the best and predict he will be a star. As for Chris, he' s a nice guy but but no one will remember his name in two or three years.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  620. Mimi

    Way to go Kris! He's a wonderful artist. Just because people voted for Kris over Adam doesn't mean they are a hateful homophobic. I've seen way too much of Adam's tongue; there's no way I could have voted for him.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  621. brando

    I am so annoyed at how everybody keeps raggin on Kris for winning. Why is it that when a non-minority wins against a minority (gay in this case) everyone yells bigotry? The show is American Idol, he got the most votes, and he did it in an uphill battle. There was so much favoritism on the show towards Adam it was disgusting. His props were always much more extravagant, and the judges left kiss marks all over his @$$. Adam had some good moments, but his screaming became annoying. Take away all the glamor and glitz and there is no way you can stand listening to him. Adam will make a couple million on his first album but the screeching will wear everybody down and the new will soon wear off. One more thing- I keep hearing the judges and others say " Adam knows exactly who he is and he is comfortable with himself". Not even close, he is actually red headed and freckle faced, but he wears a ton of makeup and dyes his hair!?!?!?! I am not an Adam basher but I think everything was tipped in Adam's favor, good for Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  622. Riso

    America voted and it wasn't even close, Kris was ahead by a million votes last week and more in the finale. If it went another week Adam might have lost by 4 or 5 million. The right guy won, the singer who got the most votes, sorry but that is the rule of the game. It wasn't close Kris was the clear cut winner more people identified with.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  623. Liwen

    Come on guys, let's give Kris due credit. Adam has an amazing range, and the first few times he really blew me away. But after a while I (and apparently many others) grew tired of his theatrical and screamy style. He would be great as a Broadway star/rocker, but honestly while I would buy Danny and Kris' albums and buy a ticket to their concerts, I couldn't imagine subjecting myself to an hour of non-stop Adam.

    To the posters who blamed the result on homophobia, religion, or (rather condescendingly) the inability to appreciate true talent, etc etc, please just accept that people have their own preferences, okay? Don't be sore. By even suggesting that those who voted for Kris did so because of homophobia and religion, you raise the interesting possibility that some of those who voted for Adam did so because they were pro-gay and anti-Christian. If you think this suggestion is ridiculous or bigoted, please then first reflect on the original allegations.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  624. idolfan71

    Kris is a good guy, but I was hoping Adam would win. I'm not too worried though, Adam still has a great career ahead of him (think of non winners, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson, & Jordin Sparks) ...and the best part is he won't be contracted to sing Kara's awful hurricanes and daffodils song. Win-win in my book. Go Adam !!!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  625. TJ


    Please take a minute and scroll down to Judy Brown's comment. (5/20 10:40 PM) Thank you, Ms. Brown! You helped me incredibly!

    A) By proclaiming "good" won over "evil" I now understand why Adam lost. Never under-estimate the power of teenage girls and narrow-minded people.

    B) Supporting the media hype that it was going to be a "red vs blue" state battle.

    C) That I can comfortably vacation anywhere but Conway, Arkansas and not run into YOU!

    Adam, you inspired me and I'm sure you will continue to amaze all of us!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  626. Kyla

    i have said this from the beginning. adam is too good for america. it's been very clear from the beginning that adam's style does not go well with a big part of american who only likes middle of the road talent that is good but safe. adam will most probably become a worldwide star, but definitely not kris. kris is too boring american for anyone anywhere else to appreciate. actually a lot of countries around the world are already buzzing with adam fever. so i suppose good luck to kris with only succeeding in america, and i can't wait to see adam on a world tour! this is actually a good thing, coz now adam can do whatever music he wants!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  627. J

    What A SHAME, I guess congrats goes to kris' fans, you know the 13 yr olds with they parents paid for cell phones for the votes that actually let him win. congrats go to them. I love the fact that votes like that upset the most talented person in the competion this season. Your right, what is the show about anyway....the most vocally talented, most original, most charismatic, and flawless stage presence person? I don't think so, its about people that can consistantly pick non-talent contestants who should have been cast out of the competition in round 8. Another crazy thing is the fact that he was chosen over Allison, Danny, Matt, etc. (notice i said chosen not won over) This guy had one of the weakest voices of the top 10. When they were doing the duet with Queen, i guarantee that the sound engineer had Adams mike on 2 and Kris' on 10... why? because that was the only way to have them on the same projection level. It sounded like only adam was kris is a weak singer, horrible stage presence, and know who should have one after saying that adam is the one that deserves it. Was he being humble? no.. he was being honest! What is just me, or did ALL of the life get sucked out of the show once the results were given? Coincidence? I think not. The faces set to stun was breathtaking. The only people cheering or had their hands in the air were the ones near the stage who were just happy to be on camera! Prediction: Debut album sales: Adam Lambert – 8 million; Kris Allen – 6 thousand, (wait how many people live in Conway, AK?) In closing, i don't blame Idol....i blame the voting system. How about only allowing one vote per household or cell, not a party of tweens with the power to vote over and over in the block of time, that people who can really pick talent, aren't allowed to get through? Take care Adam great things are coming your way, and we will see after the debut albums, just who is the real American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  628. eZ Rider

    The southern always wins in Idol land... especially when a bit soft and dull. Such is the reality of a show in which much of the viewing audience is from the south.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  629. Tim

    Let's get real here, Do you guys realy think that the people giving the million dollar record deal are going to let ANYONE decide who they are going to give that to. The votes never count, there is no way Rueben got more votes than Clay Cook got more votes than Archuletta or the Older looking dude got more votes than the Hot chick. I wouldn't surprise me if there wasn't some type of contractual thing going on to decide the winner. Something is definitly askew.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  630. Michael Sudduth

    Kris won this hands down because of his home vote. 38 million votes were cast from Arkansas. He wins, but the downside to the victory is that his title is really Regional Idol. His future will follow other hopefuls like Taylor Hicks who never achieved broad appeal, much less the kind of International support that Adam has. Adam will sell more CDs, pack more stadiums, and make a lasting contribution to the music scene. Kris, well, will not achieve these. But like a lot of southern folk, he can strum a mean guitar.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  631. Tina

    I agree that the voting system is very flawed. I will not vote at all next year if they don't change how we vote. I voted for Kris last night and the message I received was " Thank you for voting for contestant #1" which was Adam. I went back to my DVR, checked the phone number and checked it on my phone..I had dialed correctly. I am not an Adam hater, I do like him just fine but really wanted Danny to win. My vote went to Kris because I like softer easy listening music...not because anyone is or isn't gay, Christian, purple, good looking, single, married or any other reason.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  632. Alec

    Blog "So You Think You Can Dance?"!!!! It's going to be so good this season! Best summer show, bar none.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  633. Nettie

    To whomever said that Adam's talent is limited?? I don't know if you all have seen Adam's past- like his major musical theatre show rolls in Brigadoon, Wicked, Ten Commandments– and then his years of cabaret shows and other Hollywood shows (NOT ROCK)... I was in the music world for many years, and Adam losing a "talent" contest type of show to Kris was a laughable joke. So. Wrong.

    Adam's world is an oyster at this point though, sort of- he's not quite as owned by AI's contract as Kris is, telling him what he can/can't sing and how high he can jump for the rest of his career (emphasis on QUITE). #2 was the best thing to ever happen to Adam. It's unfortunate though that Kris will get the added PR.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  634. MichelleG

    Electing Kris as the winner is almost as good as you Americans voting in George Bush...what a joke! Adam should have won! He is a class entertainer. Obviously the rest of the world can see it, except the myopic Americans who voted in Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  635. Smartest person out there

    This is a popularity contest. Sometimes the best singer wins (Underwood), sometimes the most likeable wins (Allen) and sometimes the best performer wins (Hicks). All of you have watched this for years, do you not remember how terrible Carrie U was in every way except for her voice. Her performances were abysmal (so was her style and hair) but man could that girl sing! Taylor H was a great performer but his genre was not popular.

    Kris A maybe a John Mayer-esque type and may end up going nowhere, but can anybody say what Adam L will produce? If performance and vocals alone made singers/performers world famous why are there dozens of rockers, rappers and R&B singers known by name and not Brent Carver, Colm Wilkinson or Kristin Chenoweth?

    They will succeed or not regardless of tonight's outcome.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  636. Michelle

    All these people complaining about who won and yet they'll still watch this POS show next year. Ridiculous.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  637. Lynn Marr

    Adam should of won. If people weren't so closed minded he would of. I called so many times last night and got this number has been disconnected and no longer in service. Do I smell a conspiracy? Kris may have won but Adam will go on and do bigger and better things than Kris. This is only the beginning. Adam will rock one day ans when he does, I will buy his album.

    Kris needs to go tour with Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  638. Spider

    Ahh yes....such important news. With everything going on in the world and all the stories posted on CNN,its nice to see the one thats captured the worlds attention is the story about who won the rigged reality show featuring teenagers who kareoke.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  639. jean

    Very upset result, still shooked that Adam did not win.
    Why they did not announce the number of votes for each contestant?
    I am sure that AT&T and AI show made a lots of $$ from this 100 million votes last night, but it is only fair if they limit the number of call each phone allowed to dial.
    Adam, you will have long and success carrier while Kris will be soon forgotten!
    AI title means nothing to you and you really do not need it to be
    famous and successful.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  640. Chuck

    BRAVO Kris And to all of you that think this was a gay vs straight contest At the last meeting when the Gay agenda was passed out there was no item that say American Idol,

    May 21, 2009 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  641. Aussie Carolyn

    The four judges made it clear all through the series that Adam was the best . Kris seems like a very nice person with a good voice – not a great voice. Adam will be a superstar. He has a great voice and an extraordinary presence. He did deserve to win. Simon Cowell – take him on and shape his future!!!.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  642. Margaret

    The right person won! Kris has the perfect Idol image. He's good-looking, sweet and has a great voice. Adam also has a great voice but his image is not what people think of an Idol (make-up, nail polish and those pictures of him on the net). Kris's image is more appealing to the public and he's the type of guy you would bring home to introduce to your mom and he's great role model for the kids.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  643. Bella

    Congrats Kris! Thank you America for showing Simon,Kara,Randy and Paula that despite their ETREME bias towards Lambert this entire season,we the voters can think for ourselves.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  644. mrconsultingservices

    The minute I heard Ryan say "Kris" I turned off the TV. Thats it, I'm done watching or supporting American Idol. Not that Adam lost, but because their voting system is lame. Kris slide by most of the show, only to have a couple good nights and now he's suddenly the idol? Yeah, whatever. Add up the performances and the talent of both of these contestants over the weeks and Adam was definitely the winner. I'm done with Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  645. Delilah

    i don't care if Adam was gay or not. he just screamed too much.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  646. Saby

    You know what a great number would have been ? An Adam – Gokey duet. That would have been a real marriage of Panache and Great Vocals. I do agree that Danny Gokey is probably the best vocals I have ever seen on AI. He has the sort of voice that would sell records without knowing who is singing.

    One thing to look forward to idol next season though. At least annoying, arrogant know-it-all Kara won't be back. Where does she get off acting as the musical expert on the show ? Face it, even Paula Abdul is far more succesful than she ever will be.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  647. Jenna

    I actually liked both of the final two this season. Out of all the seasons I've watched, Adam probably was the most creative when it came to changing up his songs. I couldn't help but smile every time he sang.

    Although he didn't come across as lively as Adam, Kris did a fantastic job as well – he has a very soothing, smooth singing voice.

    I would have liked to see Adam win, but I'm not unhappy with the final outcome. I'm sure they both have great careers in front of them.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  648. Karen

    Everyone needs to get over themselves and stop going on and on about homophobia. Did you ever think that some people might prefer the vocal talents of Kris over Adam. Adam is an extremely talented artist. But the feeling that he was screaming at me whenever he was singing was a hugee turnoff. Everyone has their own taste in music. I am so over everyone placing blame on other people. You didn't vote for obama so you are a racist... Kris won so people are homophobic... Gettttt over it. Did you ever think that half the people that watch the show are teenage girls?? What teenage girl wouldn't be drawn to the sexy Kris? So stop saying people are homophobic because Kris won. It is SO unbelievably unfair to Kris to not give him the credit that he deserves and let him enjoy being American Idol.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  649. Disbeliever...

    I knew Americans were uneducated culturally, but you'd think they could at least get POP culture figured out! Kris is a pleasant enough singer but nothing comes close to the stellar performances turned in consistently by Adam, whose only real flaw was being nearly flawless every week. I didn't even like all the songs he sang but the quality of his singing (vocalizing, intonation, style) were always riveting.

    Kris might turn out one or two pleasant albums but I think his candle will burn out way sooner than Adam's and he'll wind up in the same clearance bin as Rueben, Taylor, Jordin and whatever other forgettable winners AI has had.

    (I thought Adam's performances tonight with Kiss and Queen were better than the originals. I even thought I saw one of the Queen band go up and say so to him at the end of the performance.)

    May 21, 2009 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  650. MrsAJaye

    Both of these young men are very talented. Kris was not as loud and as flamboyant as Adam, but he is definitely a gifted musician and singer.
    Apparently most of the voters thought so, otherwise he would not have won. So Congratulations Kris! Enjoy the ride, you earned it.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  651. Noelle

    I honestly believe Kris will sell more albums because he is more mainstream. NOT everyone loves ROCK. And Adam is a rocker. And he is an amazing rocker. He brought talent to every single show.. and inspired the other's to succeed and do better in order to compete with him. But his voice on the itunes recordings did not sound better than Kris and his preformance with Keith Urban I felt could have single-handedly earned him the title tonight. He sounded as good or better than Keith! I love him. And I love his love for his wife.. and that he is so humble. And I wish Adam the very best and I'm sure he's not crying.. he'll make way more money this way!!!!!!! So in a way it's best all the way around. Kris hugging his darling supportive wife made my night. YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT !

    May 21, 2009 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  652. mcw

    BTW – there is nothing politically motivated about American Idol, and if you're voting for contestants because you're trying to promote a liberal or conservative political bent, then you're an idiot either way. It's a damn singing competition, its supposed to be fun.

    To all of you who are saying you're ashamed of America for this, for the love of God, read a history book. You're more ignorant than those you're accusing of bigotry.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  653. Emily

    I am so sick of this show because it seems to get more and more "rigged" each year. It seems that most talented and most deserving don't win. I guess you could say that's good because they can go on with their own careers without being "trapped" under AI. However, with that said, I think it's a complete sham. Also, for everyone saying Kris is more marketable, I have to disagree. He has that cheesy, boy band, no range vocals. He has a voice that won't do well with a lot of genres when, as you can see from their performances of Kara's AWFUL song, Adam pulled that OFF. That's not even close to the type of music he probably is used to and he did an awesome job when I'm sure most will agree that Kris..wasn't so hot with that one.
    To be a successful artists you have to be a good performer and CLEARLY Adam is the better performer.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  654. Aussie Carolyn

    The four judges made it clear all through the series that Adam was the best . Kris seems like a very nice person with a good voice – not a great voice. Adam will be a superstar. He has a great voice and an extraordinary presence. He did deserve to win. Simon Cowell – take him on and shape his future!!!.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  655. deborah

    I have decided to take it as a compliment for Kris. After all, this is a country who voted Taylor Hicks for an Idol. Most people just don't know what it takes to be successful and big in the performance industry. We are uncomfortable with people so genious in their craft that they are out of the mainstream. Kris could go back and live on his street, shop at his store. Adam won't be able to go anywhere without a bodyguard from now on. He'll also sell the magazines, interviews...etc. He's just a more interesting person period AND he knows how to speak coherently. Something Kris has not yet gotten a handle on. I can't wait for years of Adam entertainment. Fans for life. Despite Kris' talent, he'll be forgotten day after tomorrow for most.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  656. Margee

    I am so sick of hearing about how being gay cost Adam the title. I think that horrible no boundaries song cost him the title. I have loved Adam ever since Ring of Fire. I was excited to cast my first AI votes for him last night. But that song was so bad that I voted for Kris so Adam didn't have to sing it. He is WAY better off this way. True Adam fans should have voted for Kris, just like me! And I speak for housewives and soccer moms everywhere when I say that the pictures of him with purple hair kissing a guy is hot, and not offensive in any way:-)

    May 21, 2009 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  657. David

    Too bad the judges couldn't have saved their "Save" and used it tonight. Sure looked like Simon would have liked to.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  658. Frank

    At least Adam Lambert won't have to be bogged down with that awful "No Boundaries" single... Why did they think that was good enough to air? Kris will go the way have Taylor Hicks into obscurity. Adam clearly was more talented; did you notice how the actual musical legends like Slash and the guitarist from Queen reacted to his singing? The guy is unbelievable. And during "We Are the Champions", notice how Kris had to take the mic away from his mouth and give Adam all the high notes?

    May 21, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  659. Cameron

    No one will read this, but it's worth a shot.
    Adam IS phenomenal, but the judges failed to give him an important piece of advice: Don't do the "Adam Wail" in every performance! When Adam did the wail in the live version of "I Feel Good" it was dramatic and amazing, but time after time, it was the same ol' shtick. Go download the studio version of Adam singing "I Fell Good". He does the wail, but it's not overpowering!
    Danny tried to spice up his routine by adopting some of Adam's swagger and even tried a "Danny Wail". I give major props to Danny for going for gold.
    As for Kris, he NAILED heartless in the live performance; spectacular! But in the studio version, Kris almost put me to sleep with the same, song, but no emotion, no connection.
    Since I didn't see Adam have sex on stage, I'm not too concerned with his bedroom choices. The hair, the makeup and even the 'Elvis snarl' are effective parts of his character. Kris had some quirky bits too, and those are a part of his character too.

    Vocally: Adam has far greater control over his tone and pitch.
    Charisma: Adam dominated the stage.
    Charm: Kris is that 'boy next door' which is impossible to beat.
    Connection: Kris took gold with the home town appeal.

    Who won season 8 of American Idol?
    We did 🙂

    May 21, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  660. Beverly T

    What a sad ending. You noticed how the whole theater basically went silent when Kris's name was announced. Everyone knew, including Kris, that he did not deserve it. The judges even looked disappointed. It was a total letdown because Adam can out-sing Kris 1000 to 1. Kris could not even keep up with Adam in tonight's show. It was really embarrassing for Kris.

    I guess the teeny-bopper vote won out.

    How sad because Kris will never sell any records and no one will remember his name in 6 months. The kid cannot sing. Danny even blows Kris away vocally.

    Danny and Adam were the true finalists and the only two who are viable in the music industry.

    Meanwhile Adam will be selling out concerts and going gold with his records. He is going to be a superstar. Adma is the Idol and everyone knows it.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  661. dwayne

    Geez, you Liberals should be glad you had Perez Hilton voting during the Miss USA pageant. If the people had voted there you would be o for 2. OOPS, is that Pelosi calling for a truth squad to look at this?

    If you do not like Christianity you are living in the wrong country, there is plenty of land for sale next door to Bin Laden,, go buy some. One thing about Christians, we can be fruitful and multiply, always have, always will.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  662. Julie

    This was a terrific finale show, tastefully done, showcasing all the contestents, with some terrific duets. First class entertainment all the way. I would have preferred a different ending.

    My husband and I both thought Adam should win but we expected Kris to win because he was a safe choice and more what middle-America likes. AI has always promised steak but only delivered hamburger (except for Carrie Underwood whom we both love), so we didn't expect it to be different this time. Though it was interesting seeing how shocked Simon was

    We wish both Kris and Adam a terrific career and much success, but we expect Adam will soar. Consistently through the show he was in a creative and talented league by himself but we felt too much ahead of the curve and as likely to turn people off as not. His Ring of Fire was breathtaking in its originality and power, for instance, and I'm an old Johnny Cash fan. However, I'm really glad for Kris. And I'm glad for Adam as he will now be free to find his true niche as a superstar untethered by Idol's reins, just like Jennifer Hudson.

    I agree Adam was the best talent to grace the Idol stage ever, but I disagree he was done in by homophobic Christians. One of the most conservative friends I have, whose oolitics are right of Attila the Hun and who believes former President Bush was chosen by God and could walk on water, voted 35 times for Adam. You can be Christian and conservative and still appreciate real talent, great singing, and solid entertainment.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  663. Caligirl

    Kris said it...Adam deserves this.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  664. deborah

    I'm sick of you christian people talking about using your belief to affect a talent competition. Since when are you God? Adam comes from a wonderful family and is a child of that family who grew into a beautiful human being. He would do anything for you despite those who throw stones. Hmmmm who else was like that? Someone in your bible perhaps? That's right, Adam is more Jesus-like than any of you who put him down for anything besides not liking his style of music. He is accepting, caring, intelligent and amazingly generous. After all, he helped out his room mate alot and look where it got him. You will see that in post idol interviews he will have no sour grapes about it and only compliment Kris to the highest degree. Too bad alot of america can't be like that. Lots of love to Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  665. Dave Henriksen

    To Candelax Fernandez,

    Your so-called argument is fallacious and treasonous. If you hate this country so much then GET OUT or stay off our blogs. You're just like all other rat-like liberals; you'd spit in the face of your own country in the name of political correctness. Maybe someday you'll grow up, gain some intellegence and then make a sound argument. Peace

    May 21, 2009 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  666. Pat

    Kris is a sweet kid and he is a good singer. But, he is nowhere near the singer Adam Lampert is. He simply doesn't have the voice, the versatility, or the presence.
    My jaw dropped open like it did when OJ was acquitted. I can't help but think the more someone gets hyped, the more Americans will vote for the underdog. Next time if the judges want someone to win they should really try not to show it so much. They practically anointed Adam a few weeks back, and, that may have turned some voters off.
    Also, sad to say, but, the soft/sexually ambiguous side to Adam may still not be something some Americans are ready for.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  667. HJO

    I will not cry, I will not mope,
    I will continue with my hope
    that Adam is allowed to be,
    the biggest superstar, while free
    of an Idol contract, don't you see
    that in the end it is better for you and me.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  668. Mark

    I'm sick and tired of people always attributing Adam's singing as screaming. For crying out loud, Michael Jackson screamed in his songs; what made him any different? Too much theater? You essentially go TO A THEATER to watch a performance. He engaged the audience in ways I thought was practically dead. Kris is good, but he's just too safe. Obviously FOX, and the radically religious part of America weren't ready for a gay guy to win; their beliefs overloaded their tone for talent. Deny it all you want–but it's still an issue in today's society that still won't fade away.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  669. Larry

    Ryan said at the begining of the show that some people could not get through. I think Idol needs to have only 10 calls per phone line. Some shows do that. Out of 100 million votes, how many young girls are voting 500 to 1000 times a night on speed dial. You have to vote on talent not the guy next door or the one you think is the cutest. Through the whole season, Adam has showen more talent. There both good, but Adam will sell more records than Kris.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  670. Beatle

    Adam was so fake! Lets face it – love his range but it was just too gimmacky and became annoying. He is not Freddy Mercury. Every song he did, he either tried to emulate Elvis... which was obviously pushed and fake or he tried so hard to look vulnerable and emotional it got sickening. But those people who have said that this was due to homophobia and the "Christian Right Agenda" seriously need a reality check. Kris was a consistent, solid performer who people could identify with. If there was a "Christian Right Agenda", don;t you think Danny would have won? Reality Check.... Kris was overall better. Lastly, Adam's version of Ring of Fire.... stupid self-indulgent garbage. It was that performance that first made people think he was a fake and just a theatrical performer.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  671. M Robinson

    I always knew that show was a popularity contest, not a real talent show. Otherwise, why would they let totally ignorant people "vote", if you can call call voting as often as you like anything other than ridiculous. Cute does not make talent or a career, the judges know who the better performer is, and it was not the "winner".

    Congratulations to what's his name, I hope he makes the most of this lucky break. Adam Lambert will no doubt do just fine with the good guidance of his parents and mentors. Too bad for American Idol, this is another in a long list of nameless, unmemorable contest winners who will no doubt count this as their pinnacle of success.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  672. MRA

    The voting process needs to change for this show to continue with any validity. It should mimic the Presidential election where the popular vote does not necessarily garner the "win". This new "saving vote" which the judges can employ needs to be used for the finale and not wasted mid-stream on someone who never had a chance in heck of winning this thing. A ridiculous outcome, but Kris was not to blame and I give him tremendous credit for saying publicly that "Adam should have won". At least both Lambert and Allen are class acts and good luck to both of them.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
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  674. Loreann

    Our family watched Kris evolve and gain confidence as a performer – his multifaceted musical abilities are what sealed this victory for Kris.

    Authentic. Original and so very talented. The right winner. A fantastic show, too. What a voice. What a pleasure to listen to. I can hardly wait for his CD.

    Congratulations Kris – and Adam.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  675. Richard

    To all of Adam's fans, there will be no CD released after Idol because his voice and performances belong in musicals and not in stores. To those who think he will become an international star, think again. There's a lot of screamers in the entertainment world. There's a lot of people like Adam out there. They are in musicals all over the country. They are in the theater for a reason. They are not commercial. This is Clay Aiken Part 2. He'll get some press and then be on Broadway until he retires. I dare anyone on here to name 5 people who are stars on Broadway under 40 years old. I dare you.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  676. sara

    I knew Kris would win when Lil and Danny were voted out. This will help Kris. Personnely I am an ADAM fan. But Adam already has Stage Quality. Danny should of gotten it over Kris. Oh well. Good season and I hate to see Paula leave.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  677. Babyboomer

    Kris will; crank out the obligatory album, do a few concerts, and ultimately, go nowhere. Nice guy, good talent, but so are a few thousand other singers out there. Adam will; as Simon predicted, rocket his way to international stardom. AI clearly doesn't have the means to fix their greatest weakness, and so they will surely fade into "irrelevance" because of it.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  678. Boo Katt

    This is a complete travesty. Adam will be a much bigger star than Kris ever will be – wait and see which one we'll still know and celebrate 10 years from now.

    Great finale, though!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  679. deborah

    A dull, mediocre talent won because our country has progressed barely passed the cart and horse. Adam is the only one of the two to pack any stadium with concert tickets and everybody knows it. For some reason, named Danny Gokey, the churches were involved this year. Ministers spread the word to their congregations on how to vote. Probably hundrends of people who never even followed the show before. Of course, when their choir leader didn't make the cut, they put their votes behind Kris for no reason of their own. Bigotry. Prejudism. Judgemental. Kris and Adam were so close last week. I believe Kris got Danny's votes. Adam is tireless in his work. He is a beautiful, compassionate human being. Any christian who judges others could take a lesson from him. He judges nobody. He is kind and hard-working. Even Kris knows he doesn't deserve it, that he didn't earn it completely on his own merit. On the positive side. Adam won't be saddled with the completely dorky song Kris will have to sing for his first release. Kris can't even speak in an interview, I don't know how he will supervise support people and give interviews as a "star". Ugh

    May 21, 2009 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  680. Idology

    What a shame!! Monumental dishonesty. We are in a recession because of dishonest people and promoting greed and dishonesty above what should be right. Going backward to the 18th century. American shame. The world is laughing at you.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  681. what a joke

    YET ANOTHER Idol winner that will fail at retail. It may be a BLESSING for Adams career he lost.

    Adam OWNED that show....the only reason most watched to the end.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  682. Jenny

    This was a competition. Performers performed against each other.....The people voted for whoever they thought was the better performer. I thought Adam was a good singer but I couldn't really handle his singing at times. Maybe I'm not into that screaming and hollering. I think I'm more interested in softer music; light rock.Therefore, I pick kris. Continue screaming and hollering as much as you want America but I don't think having one state vote for Kris will change the the fact we have 49 other states voting for Adam. But of course we call everything that happens biased if it goes against what we see. I like KRIS and really do hope him the best. I like Adam but not enough to go out there to buy his cd or even download his songs. Kris is a different story. and I would spend a few dollars to hear him sing. His voice is soothing.....I do believe the best talent won American Idol. He may not have a lot of tricks up his sleeve but i am happy with what I got.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  683. sam

    wow, so much judgment on Christians here! the gay and pro-gay cry out because they feel hated....right now all i see is hate from them toward Christians. such a double standard....its ok to hate people that express a different opinion than yours? That's what you think they are doing to you, but in reality, its you who hates.

    you hate.

    p.s. i didn't like how in the beginning adam was so overly confident "yeah, i'm the american idol." i don't think america likes being told what to do. i love kris, so humble and an amazing singer and artist. my favorite was his interpretation of kanye's "heartless" song. crazy amazing.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  684. val

    I glad Kris won and Adam is great singing arist too. The people who are making remarks the reason Adam is lost is because that he might be gay, is ridiculous! I didn't vote but if I did it would be for Kris. I think Adam screamed to much in many of his song and he was for me to much over the top.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  685. Kathy Wilson

    It's about time!! Idol out did themselves with all the special vocalists, say nothing of all the theatrics! Most of all though, a winner who was literally the "black knight" and improved more and more every week. He worked hard and deserves it. Nothing against Adam, but he delivered the same every week, in general...songs that start out slow and end with him screaming his lungs out. Sorry Adam, but was that really singing? Kris deserve the recognition!

    P.S. I don't like he has to share the limelight with the runner up. I don't recall that being the case years past. Is this feel sorry for Adam and send the indirect message that he was supposed to be the winner. The show is based on the American voters. Kris Allen won. Let him enjoy it, for cryin' out loud...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  686. Lynda

    I have never watched Idol before. Caught Adam/Kris last week and was blown away (she says, as a middle-aged woman). I think everyone knows Adam is a shining star and has an incredible voice. I think everyone also knows that Kris has his own style and deserved this opportunity to shine also. They both seem like good friends and were professional to the end. I think all fans on both sides should be also. Adam is younger and needs to gain a wee bit more of Kris' maturity because being a big singing star will put heavy emotional demands on him. Let's be happy for both of them. It's win-win.

    I keep seeing the word "homophobic"....I've only seen Adam three times. I have heard nothing about his sexuality and don't care. Or if it's just based on his makeup – for pete's sake people – it's Entertainment! His life choices, whatever they may be, should be private. I would think real Christians would accept him in the way of their Lord anyway. Who cares. He and Kris are amazing down-to-earth human beings.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  687. bkenn

    i don't think America voted based on talent and performance, but based on popularity. While I feel Adam was the most talented, exciting performer of the two, no offence to Kris, I think kris won because he was from the South. look at the boards here who compare Adam to the liberals..and bring President Obama into this?? What is with that?

    This just reduces the American Idol title as the one you don't want to win to be successful.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  688. Lisa

    Why is it that when one's performer loses a contest it is considered "rigged',"wrong", "shameful" or now "homophobic"? Why do people have a tantrum and say they won't watch Idol anymore because the outcome wasn't what one wanted? I taught fables this year in school and some of the responses on this site scream with the moral of "sour grapes" . This competition was an open vote by phone for ANYONE to cast his vote. The votes were cast and counted and they went in favor of Kris Allen. I doubt quite seriously that a show's credibility would be jeopardized with rigging phone lines in favor of one performer over another. Come on! I watched this show one time.....last night.....and I found both men quite talented. Kris Allen's style did appeal to me more, but if Adam had won the competition I would have gone "Oh, okay". Only one can technically win a competition but I don't look at Adam as a loser.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  689. Donald

    Don't worry about Adam......Think Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Elliot Yamin..........

    May 21, 2009 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  690. JetCity

    This is the same reason why we had eight years of G.W. Bush. America is over-crowded with fat morons who wouldn't know talent if it sprouted from their private parts. I am disgusted. All for post-natal abortions say yea!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  691. matt

    kudos to both–Adam for being brilliant, talented, and pushing the typically pristine white envelope; and Kris–for his strategy week-after-week to come from being an attractive but could-have-been-completely-forgettable top 12 performer into a finalist. I would have been happy with a tie, they both brought unique talent and voices to the show this year.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  692. Sue

    How can an artist (Adam) sing with Queen; sounding just like Freddie Mercury and not be named the AI winner????

    May 21, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  693. JacklynD

    And the winner is:

    Beige, tan, neutral, medium, tap water, room temperature, C, milquetoast, lackluster, standard, Buick, taupe, Kenmore, blah, blah, blah, blah.

    Oh sorry. His name is Kris, Chris?

    I am truly flabbergasted by the results. I simply do not get it.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  694. Mary Ann

    After all the build-up from the judges, stars and fans I thought for sure Adam was going to win. The finale show rocked and Kris getting crowned the American Idol just made it that much cooler!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  695. Rosco P. Coltrane II

    I think that Adam Lambert was the better singer out of the two but he got boring after a while. I got tired of hearing his own renditions of every song, which strayed too far from the original. He liked to sing every song the same, with the high pitched singing that only he is able to do. If he would have tried to sing the song closer to what the original sounded like, he would have won.

    Kris Allen was not as good of a singer but I liked to hear his singing more, especially in the last few episodes. He nailed most of the songs he sang and it sounded closer to how the original was (it wasn't overdone like Lambert). Not only that, he could play multiple intruments.

    Great performances all around and great show with KISS, Rod Stewart, Santana, etc. and especially Steve Martin. What an interesting song by him. I expect to hear from both Lambert and Allen in the future.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  696. Lee Shapiro

    Adam not winning was not the biggest surprise. The biggest one was Queen not hiring Adam on the spot as Freddy Mercury's replacement. From what I have heard both Danny and Kris sing at their local churches. I think the so called "religious vote" went to Kris and that is why he won. After this obvious travesty , I am done watching idol from here on. It had its run and its run is done. I think the show producers knew this was their swansong and that was the reason they booked all the talent for the final show, Goodbye Idol you will not be missed

    May 21, 2009 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  697. Sue

    Totaly disappointing.....makes you not want to watch American Idol anymore...
    How could Kris win? What is wrong with you people ot there ? !!!!

    How could all of you Danny Fans vote for Kris ?
    Where are we here Kindergarten ?

    Adam is a way better singer and performer than Kris could ever even dream of...

    Adam has an outreagous voice and I know he will get worldfamous...

    He definitely has a true fan in me....

    America does not recognize talent and is way to conservative and ignorant....what a shame.................................Absolutely RIDICULOUS!

    In my mind Adam is the real winner- He is the American Idol...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  698. Kristin

    Tom, our community–the gay community–is basically 5% of the population, so your theory is irrelevant. The key word in your message is "rights" basically we have none, particulary the "right" to equality as evidenced by tonight's results. By the way, money isn't everything, it can't buy tolerance, justice and basic humanity.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  699. Judy Matheson

    Sad for Adam who has trained so hard and is in a class of his own. I suspect a lot of religous right influenced the vote. Kris is sweet but more a one genre guy.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  700. Katherine

    Incredibly stupid! Kris is a nobody with no voice, no personality and no talent. How can so many millions ignore the immense talent of Adam? He is a true entertainer.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  701. elli

    I am shocked that Adam id not win.Kris did not deserve the AI crown
    he soon is going to be forgoten but Adam will have a great future.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  702. jess

    Such a shame. our country is so homophobic that they pick the mediocre guy over the one who can actually sing, and blew everyone away EVERY week! This was a biased vote to be sure. Adam should have won.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  703. Barbara - Phoenix

    Again, it proofs that America loves mediocracy, why vote for perfection when you can have less?
    This vote was totally unjust, my regards to America................

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  704. Matt

    Who cares who won. Both will have equal opportunities at a musical careers as see in past contests. This decision has nothing to do with sexuality either. Does anyone even know the sexuality of Adam anyhow? exuality has never stopped Elton John or Feddy Mercury from being legends. Plus who cares. As for saying Adam is an "international star" is ridiculous. Neither will do anything to "change music" or be an "icon" like Elvis. Especially if either contestant ventures into the rock industry, they automatically lose credibility for being on idol from their peers anyhow. They have the opportunity for being "corporate" rock artist, but neither will ever be credible.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  705. Munky

    Adam is far more talented. Kris will fade into obscurity like Taylor Hicks, Reuben, etc. The true vote will be with people's $$$ – Adam appeals to a far more lucrative crowd and will win people over sight unseen when his voice is pumped through the radio. Kris' voice (if he can even get it over the sound of the music) is too average to be noticed.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  706. mrdecent

    Great season of AI. Won't be watching it again, though.... why do the evangelicals have to ruin everything? At least 'America' diid the right thing last fall... elected Obama!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  707. eric

    Sad how so many people haven't the class to lose gracefully any more. It can't be that more people disagreed with them than agreed with them. No, it has to be that everyone else is homophobic or racist or stupid or a teenage girl or a Christian whacko, unlike the enlightened minority whose favorite lost.

    Look, I liked Danny. I'll buy one of his CDs if he puts one out. But when he lost, ok, he lost. And I liked Kris' music better than Adam's music (though Adam has a fantastic talent), but if Adam had won that would have been ok too. That's what happens in a vote; sometimes you're in the minority and you lose.

    Adam fans, you had a good guy and I'm sure he'll have a record soon. And you'll see lots of him - Hollywood will embrace him as a "cause." Suck it up.

    And yeah, you'll watch AI again. Maybe half way through next year, maybe the year before, but you'll be back.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  708. Benjamin

    Arkansas contributed 38 million votes to the American Idol vote...

    2008 US CENSUS EST POPULATION: 2,855,390

    How stupid is this?

    American Idol needs to stop bragging about how many votes they get. Absolutely asinine.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  709. Tee Eph

    The show is rigged. Kris was good but Adam was clearly better. We all anticipated every week to see what Adam would do, didn't we? AI rigged it to be an upset so people would talk, that's what they want. All the gasps across America. It's all about ratings and money.

    I won't watch again because there will never be a season better than this one. Not unless there were 10 finalists who are true artists like Adam. Talented, artistic, unique, different. Unfortunately Middle America doesn't like different. They don't want to see eyeliner and black nail polish on a man. A HUGE SHAME.

    Can Americans' taste be any more mediorcre?? Everything is the freakin' same!! Just take a look around: McDonald's, Clear Channel (on the radio), Wal Mart, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Best Buy and the list goes on. Tell me you don't have that in your town. There is no parity I tell you.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  710. Tom in Seattle

    While I think Adam is a great performer and was for him going into last night, I must say that Kris really pulled it out last night. Adam was too dark and gloomy, almost like a goth edge.

    I just hope that Kris really won because others saw how he shined and not just for some religion based idiocy that would prevent people from voting for the best performer regardless of sexual orientation.

    That would just be such a disgrace, disjustice and dishonor to Kris. That kind of prejudice and discrimination would only take away from any win for Kris and again, I hope no one voted based on sexual orientation.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  711. Amanda Moserski

    Both Kris and Adam have good voices but Adam was just too far out for my taste. Kris is a more appealing person and so is his voice.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  712. debra ploch

    I think the underdog won out tonight, and personally I love to see that outcome. Adam is an amazing talent and will have a phenomenal career regardless of winning AI. I just think people have embraced Kris' humbleness and how he never expected to even get this far in this competition. America is tired of "over the top" spending and "over the top" entitlement. We are now starting to embrace authenticity and core values that I think Kris exudes. They are both amazing talents in their own right, and the way I see it, all the top ten contestants are winners. It was a great episode of exceptional talent by the contestants and by the masters for sure...Carlos we are not worthy – Kris & Adam you Rock!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  713. Frances H. Singleton

    Adam was flashy and talented. However, I was not surprised Chris won. He was good, and the voters keep in mind the type of recordings the artist will make. Chris was low-key but good. The selection written by the judge was not to total his entire journey.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  714. David Starr

    Kris is a sweet kid with a bland, forgettable voice, no particular style or anything distinctive that would lead me to buy any album of his, a pretty wife, and a cute child. Adam is a superior singer, performer, and all around artist with a fabulous voice who is edgy, daring, versatile, and creative. I would buy one of his albums in a heartbeat, and I don't particularly like rock. Adam is the reason I kept coming back to Idol each week to see what his creativity would lead to this time, and I was never disappointed. Without him, I wouldn't have bothered to watch. Everyone else except Allison was boring.

    Even Kris said at the end, "Adam deserved this." He knew who was the better, bigger talent.

    So who does America pick?

    Another cookie-cutter Idol is born when they could have had a world-class talent and star. I wish Kris well and every success, but I think American Idol proves again it's not about picking the top talent but reaffirming what's safe and unthreatening and comfortable.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  715. Tamara

    I like Kris. But, Adam is an unbelievable talent. WAY more talented than Kris. That said, Adam is probably going to have more freedom NOT being the American Idol winner. If only the winner had a career, then this would be a travesty. But, truth is, more than just the AI winner has a future in the business. Adam will be (more than) fine, just like Chris Daughtry. Just the same, I'm a little disillusioned.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  716. inconformant

    this was the biggest upset since bush stole (literally) the election in 2004!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  717. Richard Carlstrom

    Adam Lambert was ROBBED! Even Kris Allen all but said so himself when handed the trophy.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  718. Jess

    So many people that watch the show don't vote and that's the problem with who the winners are. The diehard, texting and phoning teens who spend the entire 2 hours after the show on multiple phones voting that determines the winner.
    But if the show was rigged as everyone is always suggesting, Danny would have won because of all the promoting they did of him from DAY ONE with his back story.
    Maybe people voted for Kris because they like his music better than Adam's. They are BOTH talented. Adam is way more theatrical and very different than any other contestant but maybe Idol just isn't his way of making it. Just enjoy the show and appreciate the talent that is there rather than hating on the contestants and the voters! How childish!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  719. William

    AT&T reported 38 million votes came from Arkansas, which incidentally only has 2.8 million residents. AI is not a competition anymore because the technology has raced beyond the original intent - 8 years ago it was land-lines, today it's unlimited texting as fast as you can tap 4 digits and the word vote. I think the producers know its gotten out of control - the save was added this year - but pure vote count in a viral age is a prescription for disaster. I would be very interested in how the whole year would have been if it had been one vote per phone device. The technology is there to handle it - I think the producers are just afraid to take that step.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  720. phillygal

    It's all good, and it doesn't matter who wins, they all get record deals anyway. This is season 7 or something like that, and only a few of the winners have done anything with themselves so far (kelly clarkson, carrie underwood) .Fantasia? Ruben? Taylor? Chris Doughtrey was 4th in his season, and the winner of that one was Taylor HIcks. nuff said. You don't have to win to make it, and Adam will be just fine.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  721. Melameds

    Amerian Idol as reached its peak! AI will never be the same and because Adam was in it in Seaso 8 it made it so entertaining! Adam Lambert has just begun his career! He will be a bigger superstar! Adam was in his own league far ahead of the rest.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  722. Dissapointed Me

    Are you kidding me???? First and last time I would watch American Idol.....Kris should have been eliminated long time before Allison, Danny etc.. If he is that " talented" I wonder how people base his talent....He does not have the vocal as Adam does...or personality..I wonder why people felt sorry for him and voted for him to win.. Its sad!
    He is not going to make it in the music industry....He does not has what it takes...sorry I feel like negative but I think this was really unfair for the person with the most talent..I know Adam is going to make it into the business regardless but please I really dont think it was fair.....POOR JUDGEMENT!! Would not watch American Idol another season and my friends stated the same..what a waste of TIME!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  723. saywhat?

    Homophobia. One hundred years ago, they would not have chosen the black finalist. Or the woman finalist. This country, so proud of its besotted history, should fall. Such hatred for what’s non-self. Such falsely placed pride. I’m ashamed of this country. And of its low intelligence. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Get over yourself! Yes, Adam was a great singer/performer but the same old thing got very old every week. I, personally, was sick of him! His being gay had nothing to do with it! He will succeed and be famous even though he didn't get over it!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  724. Anonymous

    I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight. I am shocked and pissed off! Adam Lambert should had been the winner. The demographics of American Idol played against him. Teenage girls have no idea of music. All they care about is a pretty face. It shows how shallow thay are.

    Tonight, HOMOPHOBIA won!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  725. Kayla

    Seriously, people? If America supposedly didn't vote for Adam because of his sexuality, why did he make it to the final 2?? People didn't like Adam because of the style of music he was singing, and his screeching. People realized they would never listen to that on their ipod.
    Kris won because the kind of music he was singing is popular right now – Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson kind of music. And he deserved it.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  726. Don

    I agree that the rules need to change to only allow one vote per phone. I think Simon was so disgusted tonight he just might make it happen. It really won't matter, since Adam has a much more marketable style and will be in more demand commercially, but it is disappointing to have the greater talent lose.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  727. IluvKris

    I consider myself pretty liberal but I still voted for Kris...he's been my favorite from the beginning...I don't think it has anything to do with America being conservative...look at the president of the United States for Christ's sake. If it had been between Danny Gokey and Adam I would have voted for Adam so you guys can take your "america is a bunch of conservative freaks" theory and shove it. I personally just liked Kris for Kris not because he was conservative.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  728. Will B.

    It's sad that American Idol, once a talent show, has become Idol American, a popularity show where the cutest most religious gets the crown. Wow! Idol and their advertisers just lost one more watcher.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  729. William Murphy

    It is painfully obvious that Adam can out-sing Kris. I look forward to buying Adams album. Kris' songs I'll hear at the dentist's office.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  730. Matt

    When Adam and Kris were on stage singing the Queen song with Brian May, Kris was so utterly out of his league. He knew it too. If he left stage no one would have noticed until after the song ended. Out classed and upstage. Seeing those two on stage at the same time so utterly showcased who was the better of the two.

    Adam was on stage slugging it out with KISS and doing very well. KISS! Kris? He'd be licked (mopped) up all over the stage by those rockers that he was lucky he didn't get this number called to join the Kiss Army for a few minutes.

    My main problem with Kris is that he was utterly boring. I've listened to a lot of music and seen a lot of concerts. Adam is the more compelling artist. Kris hits the right demographic to win American Idol, but Adam hits the notes.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  731. Susan

    I loved this season of AI. As soon as Kris sang " Falling" I fell in love with his soul. It was Kris's connection with the songs that allowed him to win.
    I love Adam and he will be big, but he just wasn't my type of artist. I voted for Kris (could not get through) not because Adam was gay! I love Adam just the way God made him. As a musician, I choose Kris because of his song choices and his way of singing. His tone was incredible.They both will do very very well. No worries anybody!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  732. Sandi in Canada

    I'm thinking that the older demographic (over 40, like me) simply voted for Kris because they could relate to him more than they could to Adam. I agree that Adam was more talented, but I could not connect or relate to him or his particular style. This likely contributed to the results, and the fact that Danny voters likely moved to Kris for the same reason. Like others I have little doubt that Adam will have a long and successful career – although not the official Idol, he has a legion of fans that will clearly support him.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  733. Kiki

    Kris is super humble & totally deserved this. I think he has worked hard and deserved to win.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  734. B

    I'm pretty shocked. It would have been awesome to see someone with talent win. I guess future Idols be warned... or take heart I suppose... now talent is no longer a requirement. Thanks for wasting my time.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  735. 1 Canuck

    I'm in shock, too!! Adam was the best contestant ever on AI. Adam, I have no doubt that you will be a huge star. You are in the SUPERSTAR LEAGUE!! I will be following your future career.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  736. Robin N.

    YES...!!! Kris SO deserves this..!! I think pepple were getting tired of the same "tongue sticking out" every week..!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  737. Dan

    What are you people complaining about? Why do you have to have someone to blame? There was a competition and then a vote. The person with the most votes won. Kris got the most votes because he is a more gifted singer. Adam is good at what he does. But Adam's style very distinct and believe it or not Adam fans...not everybody likes it. I am mostly disappointed in the people trying to paint Americans as homophobes and voting as such. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I could care less if you never watch AI again. Take your ball and go home already.

    It is sad that Kris' victory tonight is tainted by the hate of group of people who can't accept that some people just don't like all that screaming.

    That said, Adam is a true gentleman and was a total class act as runner up. It's too bad his fans don't share that classiness.

    Congratulations Kris AND Adam. I can't wait to buy your album, Kris.


    May 21, 2009 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  738. GoAdam

    Someone said Kris has a daughter? I thought he was only married for seven months. Some could argue that might not be good christin values you want your children to look up to.... just sayin... stones in glass houses..... I think God had strong thoughts on that too... Its hard to go throwing those judgements around.. and I am not sure these are all facts just reading all the above posts...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  739. Willow

    Kris is not "average". He's extremely talented and has a sound and personality that appeals to a lot of people. Adam is also amazingly talented and will be fine. Often those who don't win have more success more quickly because of the contract issues. It was a fantastic final and could easily have gone either way.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  740. mcw

    Adam didn't lose because he's gay, Kris didn't win because he's a straight white Christian. He won because his style is more mainstream and appeals to a broader audience. While Adam is very talented, his over-the-top theatrics and stage styling annoyed a lot of people.

    They will both have a lot of success, Kris is a beneficiary of good timing with the current music landscape with acoustic singer/songwriters like Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. It will probably be better for both of them this way – Kris will have the AI marketing machine to push his music to the forefront of a crowded genre, and Adam will have the artistic freedom to cut a record that's truly his own – like Chris Daughtry did.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  741. Donna

    Congrats to both amazing guys!! Kris will do Idol proud and Adam will go on to become the biggest Idol ever! I like Kris and I love Adam. No matter what the outcome was tonight, the show was fabulous and Adam is "MY" American Idol. A shout out to Danny too. You three are the best we seen in all the season's of Idol. Can't wait to see the tour and buy the music!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  742. westcoastgirl

    CNN never posts my comments.. I bet they use some kind of filter 🙁 But I'm writing this anyway and hope it gets published:

    I'm a huge Adam Lambert fan but I'm happy for Kris because for once, a nice guy won. As a Christian, I think Kris Allen's win is nothing short of a miracle from God. I hope the message from this historic Idol result is that "with God all things are possible". That's one of the main reasons why Kris Allen won and I bet he knows it :).

    I hope someone signs Adam Lambert immediately!!! He might not be an American Idol but he's an international SUPERSTAR! I can't wait to hear your songs on the radio!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  743. af

    I can't belive this....I was shocked...I was 101% sure it would be Adam...

    May 21, 2009 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  744. Sylvia

    What a mistake. Adam is far more talented – bigger voice, greater stage presence, more vocal range., a total performer. It must have been the southern Christian element that vote