Reaction as Kris Allen wins over Adam Lambert and is crowned the latest “American Idol”
Why does the American Idol vote sort of feel like the 2004 electi0n? Obviously the stakes were not the same but the feeling of a clearly divided country is.
Adam Lambert, the front-runner all season and expected to win from the start, lost to surprise finalist Kris Allen. Judges – including the influential Simon Cowell, gave Adam far higher marks during Tuesday’s finale.
So people are wondering, is this result because Adam is gay and Kris is a Christian?
There’s no way of knowing for sure. But there were 100 million votes cast – more than double last year’s total. How much of it was anti-Adam?
It’s a big break for Kris and just a temporary setback for Adam who will certainly follow in the footsteps of other successful Idol non-winners including Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Chris Daughtry. It is less certain if Kris will follow Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood’s superstar path or fade away like Taylor Hicks and Ruben Stoddard.
The emotions are quite raw on Facebook and Twitter. A sampling that I found in the hour or so after the show aired on the West Coast: