In what many are calling a huge upset, folksy singer Kris Allen is the new "American Idol," beating the theatrical rocker, Adam Lambert. Allen gets a record contract along with his American Idol title.
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, Arkansas, bested the 27-year-old Lambert, a theater actor from San Diego.
But was the result really an upset? Look to the upper left of this page. Entertainment Blogger's unscientific 2-day poll had Allen favored over Lambert by a 14% margin. The poll closed an hour before the east coast's live airing of the finale -- and proved to be an accurate prediction of the actual result.
Update: Poll now removed from side bar; here it is with results:
WHO DO YOU WANT TO WIN AMERICAN IDOL?
Kris Allen: 61 votes (57% of total votes)
Adam Lambert: 46 votes (43%)
Total votes: 107. Poll conducted over two days and closed before live airing of results finale.