Kris Allen: American Idol Champion!

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"Adam deserves this. I'm sorry."

- Kris Allen, upon being announced the winner of American Idol.

As nice - and, clearly, classy - as Allen has proven to be this season, we couldn't agree more with his sentiment.

When people look back on season eight, Adam Lambert is the first name that will come to mind. Truly unique and entertaining, Lambert created something special every time he took the stage.

Still, let's give Allen some credit. His renditions of "Heartless" and "Ain't No Sunshine" were creative and memorable. (And it's not like Lambert won't land a lucrative record deal by, say, tomorrow.).

So congraulations to both contestants. It's like we have two winners!

American Idol Winner
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Final Pairing
Singing Heartless

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