American Idol Finale Photos, Reaction: Kris Allen Shocked, Adam Lambert Excited

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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."

The flamboyant rocker also sung the praises of his friend and rival:

"I think Kris is incredibly talented and he’s a good person, so to me it was like, we know it’s going to be close; whatever happens, happens. We’ve made it this far, got to do a really cool finale and we’re both going to get to do great things now in the future."

But, it had to be asked, does Adam think the combination of his sexuality and Allen's Christianity played a role in the outcome?

"The blogs have a lot of opinions, don’t they? I think Kris won because he’s a great artist and I was happy to be runner-up to that."

Amen. Let's just admire these two finalists for what they are: great musicians and people.

Click on the photos below to enlarge various photos from the American Idol finale:

Lil Rounds Duet
Bikini Girl Returns
Fergie on Idol
They Are the Champions
Friends and Rivals
Trophy Holder
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]