The time has come to appoint the new winner of "American Idol". Slightly less than 100 million votes were cast for both Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, and according to DialIdol.com, only a few votes separated the two that it is difficult to foresee who will be the winner.
The result show on Wednesday, May 20 was opened with Ryan Seacrest welcoming back Adam and Kris on the stage. Right after that, a video about the judges was played before the Top 13, all in white outfits, performed Pink's "So What". As previously reported, the show was to be visited by many guest performers and the first to take the stage was last season's "Idol" champion, David Cook. He sang "Permanent" that was dedicated to his late brother and can be purchased with benefits going to cancer research.
Before the ultimate title was given, "Idol" has prepared a Golden Idol Award that is granted to most eccentric auditions this year. Nick Mitchell won. The contestant who managed to be in the Top 36 round said that he didn't know he would get on stage, but then he ripped off his clothes to reveal his alter ego Norman Gentle. He sang "And I'm Telling You" and the crowd went wild. Queen Latifah took over the mic, making a duet with Lil Rounds for "Cue the Rain", and then Anoop Desai, Alexis Grace and Jason Mraz came as a piece backed up by the rest of the Top 13.
A montage of Kris' journey from the beginning to Tuesday's performance was played before he in person appeared on stage for a duet with Keith Urban on "Kiss a Girl". And now, the female contestants of Top 13 belted out "Glamorous", a song by Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie who later joined them in the middle. Fergie then sang a solo and later joined by Black Eyed Peas.
The Golden Idol Awards was back and Katrina Darrell aka Bikini Girl won the Best Attitude. She too, performed before judge Kara DioGuardi joined her in the middle. Allison Iraheta brought up "Time After Time" with the original singer, Cyndi Lauper. Kris and Adam's parents were then interviewed by Ryan. Danny Gokey sang "Hello" and predictably Lionel Richie popped up to sing a couple of his songs including "All Night Long".
Time to peek on Adam's journey from the audition to the finale. He then took the stage, singing "Beth" by KISS and joined by the band themselves on "Detroit Rock City" and "Party All Night". Next performance came from Carlos Santana and a few of the Top 13 on "Black Magic Woman" and "Smooth". And then there was Michael Sarver, Megan Joy, and Steve Martin doing bluegrass. Sarver once again took the stage for "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" with the men of Top 13 and Rod Stewart.
Another Golden award: Tatiana del Toro won Outstanding Female and she hopped on the stage trying to sing while Ryan said they were running out of time. There was a comic timing in the two of them before the commercial break took over. When the show was back, Kris and Adam joined forces in "We Are the Champion" and the actual Queen appeared along with the Top 36.
It was down to the business, Ryan Seacrest was about to announce the new winner of "American Idol". But first he talked to Simon Cowell who said that both finalists are great and incredible singers. And the winner of "American Idol" season 8 is Kris Allen. He said in awe, "Adam deserves this. I'm sorry," then cried on his wife's shoulder.