Queen on American IdolBrian 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.
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KRIS ALLEN IS CROWNED THE â€œAMERICAN IDOLâ€
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 Year's Winner David Cook Returned to AMERICAN IDOL Stage
Auditions Set for Season Nine in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas,
Los Angeles, Orlando and Denver
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 Tuesday's performance show. In addition, 624 million total votes were cast during Season Eight - more than any other season in the show's history.
It was a duel between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, who each performed three songs on Tuesday night's final competition show. Allen, from Conway, AR, emerged as America'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 Wednesday'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 year'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€œI'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 Don'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 I'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 night's final competition, Allen and Lambert each performed three songs. Allen sang â€œAin't No Sunshine,â€ â€œWhat'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.