Adam Lambert falls in ‘American Idol’ upset as Kris Allen takes title

The underdog is the new “American Idol.”


Clean-cut country boy Kris Allen knocked glam god Adam Lambert off his pedestal last night, becoming the series’ eighth title winner.

It might be the most surprising upset in the show’s history since the judges – including tough guy Simon Cowell – often favored Lambert’s wild performances.

Even though the flamboyant Lambert appeared to be the favorite, it was never a foregone conclusion he would win the final vote, which host Ryan Seacrest revealed to be “just under 100 million” – beating last year’s tally of 97.5 million.

The expulsion of Danny Gokey two weeks ago may have given Allen, 23, a boost since both are more conventional and down-to-earth than Lambert, 27.

Lambert’s sexuality was also a wild card – with a singing and fashion style reminsicent of gay icons from Queen singer Freddie Mercury to k.d. lang.

Over the past few months, pictures have surfaced of Lambert kissing other men, while Allen has often talked about his wife and his church attendance.

And simple geography may have been on Allen’s side.

Five past Idol winners have been from southern states, and he hails from Conway, Ark., about as deep in the South as you can get.

Allen didn’t challenge the top-rated show’s core values. On stage, he exuded all the edginess of a modest Bible student who just happened to look like a teen idol.

By contrast, Lambert positioned himself as a revolutionary with his eyeliner, nail polish and jet-black dye job – and aligned himself with two left-of-mainstream genres, glam-rock and goth.

His over-the-top style, complete with a patented shriek, impressed some but turned off others.

Tensions were high as Lambert and Allen went into the final round of competition on Tuesday.

Lambert revived his celebrated take on Tears For Fears’ “Mad World,” and performed a rocking version of Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come” plus a song co-written by new judge Kara DioGuardi.

Allen offered up his versions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” along with his own take on the DioGuardi song.

After the sing-off, the judges lavished considerable praise on both singers and neither seemed to score a knockout win.

It would appear the voters took stock of each candidate’s whole package – style, talent and character – and picked the one who looked and acted most like them.



1 Comment

  1. coffee fan said,

    May 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Adam Lambert did an amazing job as front man of Kiss and Queen (in the same night!)

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