Adam lambert (runner up) and kris Allen (Winner)
Student Kris Allen wins "American Idol"
Arkansas student Kris Allen won the eighth season of "American Idol" on Wednesday, dealing an unexpected defeat to singing rival Adam Lambert on the most popular U.S. television show. Allen, 23, who won over audiences with his all-American good looks and by putting his personal spin on popular tunes, appeared shocked as Lambert, a 27-year-old musical theatre actor, embraced him after host Ryan Seacrest's announcement."It feels good, but Adam deserves this," Allen said to Seacrest. "I don't even know what to feel right now, this is crazy."A record high of nearly 100 million votes were cast in the finale. Allen's "Idol" win guarantees him a recording contract.