Kris Allen is your new American Idol.
Left speechless when Ryan Seacrest initially asked him how it felt, Allen continued to express utter consternation backstage.
"I felt shocked almost every week that I made it, and to be the American Idol, I’m completely shocked."
The champion also had nothing but kind words for fellow finalist Adam Lambert: "I feel like he deserves this just as much as I do. He’s an amazing performer, gifted guy and really just an amazing guy. It was fun doing this with him."
Where will Kris go from here, in terms of making an album?
"I think it’s pretty obvious that I’ve done a lot of the singer-songwriter, pop-rock kind of thing and that’s something I want to do."
Do you think Kris Allen is a worthy champion?
Lambert, meanwhile, isn't about to shed any tears over his second place finish.
"I felt so good. I got to sing with Queen and KISS!" he told OK!, reflecting on the two-hour finale. "First or second, it doesn’t matter to me; I got to sing with two great, heroic rock bands."