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American Idol Upset

Updated on June 23, 2009

Kris Allen grabs the title

Some may not have called this an upset, but many did. When Kris Allen was crowned American Idol , even he was surprised. Clearly, America was in the mood for vanilla. It appears they aren't ready for Neapolitan just yet. They went with the safe choice, and Kris Allen is about as safe as it gets. Granted, he will most likely release a hit CD or two. His solid voice and good-guy appeal is a given, and since the average CD-buying customer is between the age of 13 and 25, he'll no doubt score high in the land of Billboard. His win did, however, astound more than just Allen. Simon Cowell for one, who predicted a very different outcome.

As for Lambert, keep your ears open. Great talent can't be ignored, and his is screaming for attention. He'll get it too, in spades. His theatrical delivery and spot-on vocals were consistent throughout the season, and left more than a few in awe. Look for this songbird to land on a very lucrative branch and outsell the competition faster than they can say platinum.

There will be speculation as to whether Allen won because he procured the majority of Danny Gokey's would-be votes, or that close to 100 million voters predominantly preferred Allen over Lambert. Did Lambert lose votes because of his flamboyant nature? It would be a shame to think that his talent was underscored by an audience of voters who could not get past a little nail polish and hair gel. If that's the case, then this has truly become a popularity contest instead of an authentic vocal competition. I wonder what the outcome would have been if the judges were responsible for 50% of the total decision? Thoughts to ponder for future seasons, perhaps.

This one is over.

Before the final bow, however, the audience was treated to some impressive musical performances. Not just by the finalists, but from some notable artists from past and present who stopped by for a shot on stage with them. Allen's performance with Keith Urban made us wonder if there wasn't a country artist in there somewhere. They vocalized well together, and Allen seemed comfortable in that genre. Then there was Lambert's little diddy with KISS. After their high velocity performance, Ryan Seacrest likened the atmosphere to New Years Eve. If you ask me, it was more like the "The Best of Headbanger's Ball." Lambert began with the acclaimed power ballad "Beth", then artfully tore through "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Night".

Next, Allen and Lambert maneuvered their way through a mini set with the legendary band Queen. By the reaction from Brian May, lead guitarist and close friend of the late/great Freddie Mercury, Lambert won that round. Although Allen held his own, Lambert skillfully produced the power and pizazz that, dare I say, was reminicent of Mercury himself. Appropriately, the last song that the two finalists sang together on stage was "We Are The Champions".

Indeed they are.

Other celebrity performers and onlookers were clearly anxious to get in on the Idol action. Steve Martin even put his two cents in with a Banjo. Heather Locklear and previous Idol winners Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, and David Cook were on hand in the audience . Cook performed his newest single "Permanent", a poignant homage to his recently deceased brother. He later presented Lambert and Allen with their own keys to a Ford Fusion. Thanks, Ford, but let's face it, these two have sold enough cars for you over the past couple of months to fill a stadium. Still, a nice gesture.


Rod Stewart is still singing about Maggie, Cindy Lauper still just wants to have fun, and the Black Eyed Peas are still, well, doing their own thing.

A star studded night with only one left standing. Lambert exits stage left, leaving Kris Allen to perform the final song of the evening and his first song as the newest American Idol.

And that's all she wrote......for now.

What do you think?

Should Adam Lambert have won American Idol?

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      rvsource 8 years ago

      Adam, hands down was the best. I'm of the opinion that Adam really didn't care if he won or not. I listened to one interview about half way through the season. Adam said for him to make it to the finale, was like putting a period on the end of a sentence. He said nothing about winning, only about making it to the finale!

      Then when I watched the finale and Adam singing "Mad World", it was like he didn't try very hard. I was confused at first, but later thought, what if he really didn't want to win? There were definite advantages for him to be in the finale, but becoming the winner, might have been a disadvantage over all. Regardless, to me he is the winner. I loved all of his performances and will buy his cds.


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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I following this show just Clay Aiken season. Because it not shown it anymore on my television. But Actually sometimes I read about American Idol from the internet. I think Ryan is the great Host. great hub.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I love Adam Lambert! We'll see much much more of him, no doubt!

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      Jennifer Maurer 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      It's one of my guilty pleasures, too...also gives me some great writing material!

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      Eileen Kersey 9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I always watch the auditions for a laugh, swearing that will be it. In no time I am hooked and Idol is a weekly treat.

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      Jennifer Maurer 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      If that's true then things could get really interesting. I question how and to whom AT&T "provided" these phones. I wonder if they've done that in the past. The logistics would be a nightmare. Is it a service they're providing in order to "block vote" or an actual phone? I'm intrigued by this, especially coming from N.Y.T. Would love to hear more about it. Thanks for sharing, and for your comment on this hub...glad you enjoyed it.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Nice hub. Enjoyed it.

      Saw this on the news today:

      "New evidence pin-points AT&T as the culprit behind Kris Allen's 'American Idol' victory, N.Y. Times reports. During the final performances, the mobile company provided phones for Kris Allen fans to cast blocks of votes. There appear to have been no similar efforts to provide this service to supporters of runner-up Adam Lambert. "

      So wadaya think?

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      Jennifer Maurer 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Well said, Elleagain!

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      Elleagain 9 years ago

      Personally I think the best man should have won, regardless of how many little girls spent all their allowance on voting for the Back Street Boys lookalike. I actually predicted that this would happen because teenaged girls are ones most likely to vote more than once.

      Adam Lambert is the official idol but the sheeple have spoken.

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      Elleagain 9 years ago

      Personally I think the best man should have one, regardless of how many little girls spent all their allowance on voting for the Back Street Boys lookalike. I actually predicted that this would happen because teenaged girls are ones most likely to vote more than once.

      Adam Lambert is the official idol.

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      Jennifer Maurer 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great point suzie...I've about had it with Idol too. Too frustrating to watch the inequity. Fox should just call it what it is ....a popularity contest. Don't hide behind the premise of it being a vocal competition.

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      suziecat7 9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I think Adam Lambert scared all the 14 year old girls that voted for Chris. I heard one little girl voted 300 times. And I think the Christian vote pulled Chris over. Adam should have won. He has the most talent. I, for one, will not watch American Idol again.

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      Jennifer Maurer 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks all, for the comments. Shalini-sure hope the speculation of him being gay has no relevance, but it's always a possiblity. Like I mentioned in the hub, it would truly be a shame if people couldn't get past his "differentness" and focus on the talent. There's plenty of it!

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      Cindy Vine 9 years ago from Cape Town

      Lambert should have won it, he was so professional and Kris was amateurish, but guess it was an amateur competition.

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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Yep, saw the finals. I'm not sure if it was an upset in a general context, but surely I was upset for I thought Lambert was cool, relevant and the bigger talent. But hey, as you've said America had spoken. :D

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      Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

      Ah well - I'm an Adam Lambert fan - do you think whispers about him being gay was what caused the upset?

      Win or lose - he's sure to do well - he's got star quality written all over him!


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