Kris Allen took home the American Idol title Wednesday night defeating runner-up Adam Lambert after nearly 100 million votes, the highest recorded vote total in the show's history
Allen, 23, could hardly believe the news even after being declared the winner by host Ryan Seacrest. Aside from getting a recording contract with Simon Cowell’s Sony BMG, Allen also received a cash prize amounting to one million US dollars and a Ford Fusion hybrid car. Lambert received a similar package.
Allen is the eigth winner of the top-rating singing competition. Earlier winners Kelly Clarkson, Reuben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook have risen to superstardom after being declared American Idol winners.