Added on 21-May-2009
Brian and Roger performed We Are The Champions with Adam Lambert and Kris Allen just prior to the announcement of the winner of American Idol. The Idol contestants began the song then it was revealed that the real Queen was there too playing alongside.
Record-Setting Nearly 100 Million Votes Cast Last Night; 624 Million Total Votes Cast This Season
Two-Hour Spectacular Season Finale Featured Appearances by Queen Latifah, Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Fergie, The Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, KISS, Carlos Santana, Steve Martin, Rod Stewart and
Last Yearâ€™s Winner David Cook Returned to AMERICAN IDOL Stage
The eighth season of AMERICAN IDOL came to a sensational conclusion tonight as Kris Allen was crowned the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. A new record was set after almost 100 million votes were received following Tuesdayâ€™s performance show. In addition, 624 million total votes were cast during Season Eight â€“ more than any other season in the showâ€™s history.
It was a duel between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, who each performed three songs on Tuesday nightâ€™s final competition show. Allen, from Conway, AR, emerged as Americaâ€™s choice in a competition that began with more than 100,000 hopefuls who turned out in San Francisco, CA; Louisville, KY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; San Juan, PR; Kansas City, MO; Jacksonville, FL; and East Rutherford, NJ.
Allen capped his coronation on Wednesdayâ€™s finale by singing â€œNo Boundaries,â€ co-written by IDOL judge Kara DioGuardi, Cathy Dennis and Mitch Allan. The song is available for download exclusively on americanidol.com and iTunes.
Last yearâ€™s winner, David Cook, returned to the AMERICAN IDOL stage to perform his new single, â€œPermanent.â€
The broadcast from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles also featured appearances by Queen Latifah, Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Fergie, The Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, KISS, Carlos Santana, Steve Martin, Rod Stewart and Queen.
Lambert and KISS rocked the house with a medley of â€œBeth,â€ â€œDetroit Rock Cityâ€ and â€œRock and Roll All Nite,â€ while Allen took the stage with Keith Urban to sing â€œKiss a Girl.â€ Third-place finisher Danny Gokey performed â€œHello,â€ â€œJust Goâ€ and â€œAll Night Longâ€ with Lionel Richie, and Allison Iraheta sang â€œTime After Timeâ€ with Cyndi Lauper. Finalists Anoop Desai and Alexis Grace sang â€œIâ€™m Yoursâ€ with Jason Mraz, while Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah performed â€œCue the Rain.â€ Reunited for the first time, the Top 13 joined Carlos Santana for his hits â€œBlack Magic Womanâ€ and â€œSmooth.â€ The Top 5 girls joined Fergie on the chart-topping songs â€œGlamorousâ€ and â€œBig Girls Donâ€™t Cry,â€ and The Black Eyed Peas performed â€œBoom Boom Pow.â€ Rod Stewart joined the Top 8 guys on stage to perform a medley of â€œHot Legs,â€ â€œSome Guys Have All the Luck,â€ â€œDa Ya Think Iâ€™m Sexyâ€ and â€œMaggie May.â€ In addition, finalists Megan Joy and Michael Sarver performed â€œPretty Flowersâ€ with Steve Martin. To cap off the night, Allen and Lambert joined Queen in a show-stopping rendition of â€œWe Are the Champions.â€
On Tuesday nightâ€™s final competition, Allen and Lambert each performed three songs. Allen sang â€œAinâ€™t No Sunshine,â€ â€œWhatâ€™s Going Onâ€ and â€œNo Boundaries,â€ while Lambert sang â€œMad World,â€ â€œA Change is Gonna Comeâ€ and â€œNo Boundaries.â€
Kris Allen is the eighth American Idol to win the coveted title and a record contract with 19 Recordings. He joins Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook.