From handsome also-ran to American Idol champion.
Kris Allen completed an incredible journey this week by being named the eighth-ever winner of the most popular show on television.
Overlooked when the competition began - at the outset, Simon Cowell even suggested that Allen should keep his marriage a secret because he would only advance based on his looks - Allen shed his underdog label and overcame Adam Lambert in a tightly-contested finale.
What was Allen's reaction upon winning? He said: "Adam deserves this. I'm sorry." Class act (and we agree!).
Will Kris follow in the successful footsteps of past victors such as Carrie Underwood? Or the anonymous footsteps of champs such as Reuben Studdard?
Only time will tell. For now, let's just wish a hearty congratulations to one of the most unexpected winners in show history!
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Take a look back at Allen's American Idol journey. Click on the following photos to enlarge images of the champion: