Kris Allen, the mild-mannered Christian described as a "dark horse" in this year's "American Idol" singing competition, was voted the winner tonight on the Fox TV juggernaut, defeating Adam Lambert, who many considered the favorite.
"It feels good man," Allen, from Conway, Ark., said immediately after learning he outpaced Lambert from nearly 100 million votes cast. "I'm sorry I don't know what to feel right now. This is crazy."
Allen addressed the nationwide audience just before sign-off, saying, "You guys are the reason I'm here. Thank you so much."
The outcome of the vote stunned many who thought Adam Lambert would be the victor.
"Huge upset," said WFLX-TV news anchor Eric Roby who said he and co-anchor Suzanne Boyd were shocked as they watched the program from their West Palm Beach, Fla., studio. "We were both screaming in the make-up room. Couldn't believe it."
Lambert had been dubbed a "rock god" by "Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter herself.
Simon Cowell, the judge often known for his put-downs of less-than-stellar competitors, had predicted Lambert would win the contest and that he'd likely become a worldwide star.
As WND reported, Christian performers dominated this year's event, with two of the top three finalists – Allen and Danny Gokey – being worship leaders in their respective churches.
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