Kris Allen is the New American Idol

Congrats to Kris Allen who won Season 8 of American Idol this evening. I just finished watching on DVR, and I'm ready to crash, so a few notes and it's off to bed for me. All in all, the two hour finale was a darn good show. Yes, they had several of those stupid group numbers, but they had quite a few good to great performances as well. And the star power of their guest performers was amazing.

Kris Allen versus Adam Lambert – The Numbers

Like any American Idol fan, I'm very curious who is going to be named the American Idol winner this evening. In fact, I'm so curious, I don't want to wait. I'd rather use the data one can find on the Internet to try and predict who is going to win between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. The first thing I did was to look at the Google Trends data. Adam Lambert versus Kris Allen[/caption]

American Idol Top Three Results

With more than 88 million votes cast, and less than one million votes separating first and second place, the smart money remains on Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey to make the finals of the eighth season of American Idol. But is one of AI's surprise results shows in store for us tonight? The Ford Music video was Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride", with graphics reminiscent of A-Ha's "Take On Me". Visually interesting, but musically boring. Wait? No group song? It's going to be a better night than I expected.

American Idol Top Four Results

With only four contestants left in the eighth season of American Idol, sixty-four million votes were cast last night. This breaks the record for the most votes cast in a non-finale. The Ford Music Video used a "cut outs" theme. I should think the last thing the American Idol producers would want is people to be told (reminded?) that their contestants are two-dimensional.

American Idol Top Four Suggestions

With four singers left, American Idol turns towards rock and roll and guitarist Slash as the mentor-of-the-week. The rumor is that the list of songs will be restricted to classic rock. I'm going to stick with that for my suggestions, as otherwise the category is overwhelmingly large. Everyone will perform two numbers to fill the alloted time, but some believe that the second performance will be a duet with one of the other contestants. This would result in six performances rather than eight, but it also would be nearly impossible to make suggestions for, as I don't know what the match ups might be. As a result, I'll make two suggestions for each performer.