Kris Allen takes the `America Idol' title

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Folksy singer Kris Allen is the new
"American Idol," turning judges' favorite Adam Lambert into an

Host Ryan Seacrest said on Wednesday's finale that nearly 100
million votes were cast for the finalists. The 23-year-old Allen, a
student from Conway, Ark., bested the 27-year-old Lambert, a
theater actor from San Diego.

The two-hour finale included performances by the Black Eyed
Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart. Lambert
performed with Kiss and Allen dueted with Keith Urban.

Before the announcement, the two finalists dueted on "We are
the Champions" with the surviving members of Queen.

Allen gets a record contract along with his "American Idol"

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