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Recap of American Idol Finale Show with Kris Allen Named Winner

American Idol Recap: The Final Moments of Season Eight

This season of American Idol started with a girl in a bikini and ended with a bona fide surprise ending. So in some ways, Wednesday's two-hour finale — which packed in performances from Cyndi Lauper, KISS, Queen, the Black Eyed Peas, and all of the year's top 13 — was the perfect culmination.


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You're already telling me what you think of the winner, but what did you make of Wednesday's blowout finale? To see some of my thoughts, flip through some pictures, and chat about the show, just

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  • I'm sure finding out you've won Idol is always a surprise, but Kris looked truly shocked (and later said as much in the press room). It was funny to watch his reaction having just seen the clip of him being modest at his audition — even as the winner, he seemed so humble.
  • Kris had a great duet with Keith Urban relatively early in the show, but from then on, I felt like the show morphed into Adam Lambert Sings With His Musical Heroes Night. I mean, KISS? Queen? He had to just be in heaven. And honestly, between that and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" playing over his "Idol journey" clips, it seemed enough like Adam's night that I was genuinely surprised when Kris was announced as the winner.
  • As for the other duets: Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Steve Martin get points for blowing my (low) expectations out of the water — though I might credit that mostly to Steve Martin. I would actually download Allison's performance with Cyndi Lauper. And Danny Gokey and Lionel Richie cracked me up, because that song was so lovey that I thought the two of them might consider jetting off to a private island somewhere when it was done.
  • But! The best duet of the night has to go to Kara and Bikini Girl, which probably gets my vote for best Idol moment of the season, right down to Kara briefly baring her bikini body. That's the greatest thing Kara's done on the show, hands down, and for that alone I'd support bringing her back for season nine.
  • Speaking of awards, I was really hoping we were done with Golden Idols, but this year, it seemed like little more than an excuse to bring three of the season's most memorable characters — Bikini Girl, Tatiana, and Nick/Norman — back for a victory lap. And you know what? I was totally thrilled to see Nick/Norman. There's really no better word for it: He's a character. The best part of Tatiana's appearance, meanwhile, was Ruben Studdard's "wait, what?" look in the audience.
  • Is it weird that Matt Giraud didn't get a duet — or even much of a spotlight in that Santana performance? I also wish Anoop had gotten his own duet, like Lil did — they were eliminated the same week, after all.
  • Speaking of Fergie solo or with the Peas: Where would you rank Fergie with the Idol season eight girls? And oh, by the way, if your TV cut out for a second, it's apparently because Fergie sang a lyric with "sh*t" in it.
  • What can I say? I love me some snappy suits on the Idol boys, so I was happy to see them back in action.
  • I'm assuming Rod Stewart's appearance was a present for all the moms who had to watch the show with their tweenage kids all season long.
  • And since I still have "No Boundaries" stuck in my head, I'm wondering: Could you actually imagine Kris's version on the radio?

That's it for season eight! Talk back about Wednesday's show, the results, and anything else Idol-related in the comments!


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Photos courtesy of Fox

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kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 6 years
I loved Ryan's comment to Bikini Girl: "I would ask 'What's new?' but I can already see.":D
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 6 years
I loved Ryan's comment to Bikini Girl: "I would ask 'What's new?' but I can already see." :D
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
no "anonymous" i would have said the same thing troll.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 6 years
Oh- and I just have to say it- No Boundaries or whatever that horrid song was called- it was just a TERRIBLE piece of sentimental populist dreck! Seriously, it was so cheesy, you could squeeze if from a can!!
reesiekitty reesiekitty 6 years
Let's see... I agree that it did go on a little long. The first group number with everyone is white was really AWFUL- seriously, those are awkward and painful enough, why revisit them? Also, Fergie did totally show up all the other girls as they amateurs they are, but I suppose that gave them something to aspire to. I'm not a huge fan of Fergie in general, but I though the Peas' song was really fun. Most of the others were ok= totally agree about Danny and Lionel jetting off for an island lovefest together- but then again, the Lionel Richie song market is SO totally DG's niche. I thought Alison and Cyndi Lauper were really lovely- Cyndi plays dulcimer!??! cool. For over the top, fun glam rock, Adam had a ball and sounded great. I thought Matt singing Santana sounded like a total copycat from when the Matchbox 20 guy did it a few years back and was really boring. And Kris... I think Kris has a nice voice. However, ... he just isn't very interesting to me. I can't imagine him ever putting out a lot of nice, acoustic guitar or piano songs that I would ever buy a CD of. And... I think he found a good arranger to work with on his last several performances, and he definitely improved and gained in confidence, but in the end, shrug. I was just non-plussed by him and didn't find him to be 'star' quality talent. That's not the first time someone like that has won AI, and I wish Kris well. But I do think Adam had the more original, interesting and yes, more star-powered performances. But he'll do just fine and maybe better without signing his career away to an AI brokered label deal, so no biggie. Both of them were very gracious and seemed genuinely fond of each other and supportive, which just goes to show that jerks like Bill O'Rielly don't really know middle-class Christian americans as well as he claims to. If Kris and Adam, different as they are, can get along, be friends and be respectful and supportive of each other, hopefully they will show the country something valuable just by doing so.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 6 years
Let's see... I agree that it did go on a little long. The first group number with everyone is white was really AWFUL- seriously, those are awkward and painful enough, why revisit them? Also, Fergie did totally show up all the other girls as they amateurs they are, but I suppose that gave them something to aspire to. I'm not a huge fan of Fergie in general, but I though the Peas' song was really fun. Most of the others were ok= totally agree about Danny and Lionel jetting off for an island lovefest together- but then again, the Lionel Richie song market is SO totally DG's niche. I thought Alison and Cyndi Lauper were really lovely- Cyndi plays dulcimer!??! cool. For over the top, fun glam rock, Adam had a ball and sounded great. I thought Matt singing Santana sounded like a total copycat from when the Matchbox 20 guy did it a few years back and was really boring. And Kris... I think Kris has a nice voice. However, ... he just isn't very interesting to me. I can't imagine him ever putting out a lot of nice, acoustic guitar or piano songs that I would ever buy a CD of. And... I think he found a good arranger to work with on his last several performances, and he definitely improved and gained in confidence, but in the end, shrug. I was just non-plussed by him and didn't find him to be 'star' quality talent. That's not the first time someone like that has won AI, and I wish Kris well. But I do think Adam had the more original, interesting and yes, more star-powered performances. But he'll do just fine and maybe better without signing his career away to an AI brokered label deal, so no biggie. Both of them were very gracious and seemed genuinely fond of each other and supportive, which just goes to show that jerks like Bill O'Rielly don't really know middle-class Christian americans as well as he claims to. If Kris and Adam, different as they are, can get along, be friends and be respectful and supportive of each other, hopefully they will show the country something valuable just by doing so.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 6 years
I haven't watched it all year but watched it last night for the performances. I thought it was fantastic!! Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, Kiss, Rod Stewart...they were all good. Oh, except for Steve Martin and his banjo. :-)
Phasekitty Phasekitty 6 years
I think the results definitely went the right way. Kris will do better with the Idol contract and now Adam can have a successful career the way that he wants to have it.LOVED Adam with Kiss, LOVED Adam and Kris with Queen. I thought the show as a whole was really well put together. I can imagine that being there was like being at a really cool concert.And I absolutely loved seeing Norman Gentle again. Give that guy a comedy show!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 6 years
I think the results definitely went the right way. Kris will do better with the Idol contract and now Adam can have a successful career the way that he wants to have it. LOVED Adam with Kiss, LOVED Adam and Kris with Queen. I thought the show as a whole was really well put together. I can imagine that being there was like being at a really cool concert. And I absolutely loved seeing Norman Gentle again. Give that guy a comedy show!
bingbingboom bingbingboom 6 years
I sorta suspected that Kris would win. After all, it's reality TV and shock factor is needed. The show itself was very entertaining, great to see so many legend artists coming together. I agree that the "no boundary" song was awful!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
What a god awful show, two hours of straight up crap( with one moment of awesome, that being seeing Queen play) Lets get a bunch of boring old farts and pretend we enjoy thier music, dont get me wrong I love Lionel but in medley form dueting with a loser idol? no thanks. I was bored out of my mind. It was so anticlimatic when Kris won, even he thought so.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
What a god awful show, two hours of straight up crap( with one moment of awesome, that being seeing Queen play) Lets get a bunch of boring old farts and pretend we enjoy thier music, dont get me wrong I love Lionel but in medley form dueting with a loser idol? no thanks. I was bored out of my mind. It was so anticlimatic when Kris won, even he thought so.
cibele cibele 6 years
You might not like it, but Kiss and Queen made history in music.
khameel khameel 6 years
I want to buy Allison and Cyndi's duet, too! Buzz, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the love duet with Danny and Lionel Ritchie was hysterical!
Yv Yv 6 years
I knew it! I've actually written a month ago that Kris might win. Although I think that he got Danny's votes. Hence the results.The finale show was alright. Sometimes boring sometimes great, but what with all the dinosaurs? I didn't like Kiss with Adam at all, I would prefer him singing something like "Let me entertain you" from Robbie Williams, or anything from Rolling Stones. But I guess producers have limited amount and quality of guests they can invite.
Yv Yv 6 years
I knew it! I've actually written a month ago that Kris might win. Although I think that he got Danny's votes. Hence the results. The finale show was alright. Sometimes boring sometimes great, but what with all the dinosaurs? I didn't like Kiss with Adam at all, I would prefer him singing something like "Let me entertain you" from Robbie Williams, or anything from Rolling Stones. But I guess producers have limited amount and quality of guests they can invite.
care0531 care0531 6 years
I have to say I wasn't thrilled about watching when I heard they were dragging it out 2 hours long but it was jam packed.Matt sang with Santana in the beginning before everyone came out and I thought he was awesome.The whole night seemed to be more performance wise in Adam's favor.I LMAO when Kara came out, and when Ryan said he could ask Katrina what's new but thats obvious! :ROTFL:I turned it off as soon as they handed the mic to Kris for him to sing that lame ass song that is horrendous!
care0531 care0531 6 years
I have to say I wasn't thrilled about watching when I heard they were dragging it out 2 hours long but it was jam packed. Matt sang with Santana in the beginning before everyone came out and I thought he was awesome. The whole night seemed to be more performance wise in Adam's favor. I LMAO when Kara came out, and when Ryan said he could ask Katrina what's new but thats obvious! :ROTFL: I turned it off as soon as they handed the mic to Kris for him to sing that lame ass song that is horrendous!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
I loved last night's show. I was so bored with the steve martin performance I fast forwarded it... did I miss something funny??I was shocked that Kris won, but I am quite happy for him. I wish his duet with Urban came later too. Also, I wish we got more judge feedback after he won (specifically Simon). I noticed that Matt Giraud was seemingly non existent last night. Where was his duet? Fergie was WAY better then the other girls. WAY better. It's obvious she is a professional and used to this performing business. I loved Rod, Queen, and Kiss. LOVED it.Lastly, Kara has a rockin bod but that last song SUCKS.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
I loved last night's show. I was so bored with the steve martin performance I fast forwarded it... did I miss something funny?? I was shocked that Kris won, but I am quite happy for him. I wish his duet with Urban came later too. Also, I wish we got more judge feedback after he won (specifically Simon). I noticed that Matt Giraud was seemingly non existent last night. Where was his duet? Fergie was WAY better then the other girls. WAY better. It's obvious she is a professional and used to this performing business. I loved Rod, Queen, and Kiss. LOVED it. Lastly, Kara has a rockin bod but that last song SUCKS.
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