Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory
Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert.

Lambert And Allen To Sing For 'American Idol' Crown
A showy musical theatre actor and his clean-cut acoustic guitar-playing rival get their last chance to woo viewers and votes on Tuesday night in the final performance episode of "American Idol."

Top 10 Highlights From 'American Idol’ Season 8
The end of "American Idol" season eight is near. Glam rocker Adam Lambert and soulful folk-pop singer Kris Allen will vie for the crown on Wednesday night's finale (May 20, FOX) , which will also feature performances by Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Santana, Keith Urban, Queen Latifah and, rumor has it, Britney Spears. But before this year's 'Idol' is finally revealed, Billboard is looking back on all of the highlights—good, bad and ugly—of the 2009 season.

'American Idol' Is Ready For Its Next Act
As the eighth season of "American Idol" comes to a close, the show's chief creative force is focused on growing the brand worldwide.

Brands Take The 'American Idol' Stage
Each season there is only one American Idol. But the real winners may be the show's loyal sponsors.

'Idol' Expands Its Digital Boundaries
"American Idol" calls the Fox network its home. But for an increasing number of viewers, the show is a very portable obsession.

Simon Cowell: Adam Lambert Will Win 'Idol'
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell says he thinks Adam Lambert will win this season of the popular singing competition show.

Billboard.biz Q&A: 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller
Don't expect "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller to fall victim to chatter of " 'Idol' fatigue." Despite a ratings dip overall for the show this year, he discusses why his brainchild still rules the airwaves, why he wants to connect fans more directly with artists, and why there's really no such thing as bad publicity for the show.

The Billboard Q&A: Simon Cowell
Would "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell want to stay on the show if the series ever slipped from No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings?

Allison Iraheta Hopes To Follow In 'Idol' Alum Chris Daughtry's Footsteps
Allison Iraheta knows that winning isn't everything. Though the 17-year-old singer was eliminated from "American Idol" Wednesday night (May 6) after a record-breaking 64 million votes were tallied, she's looking to another fourth-place finisher, Chris Daughtry, for reassurance that all is not lost.

Adam Lambert Does 'Whole Lotta Love' On 'Idol' Rock Night
The "American Idol" final four paired off to channel their inner rock stars Tuesday. The result? Some shined, some stumbled.

Adam Lambert Is 'Feeling Good' After 'Idol' Rat Pack Night
Paula Abdul stopped just short of declaring Adam Lambert the future winner of "American Idol."Instead, she compared him to a certain Olympic swimmer.

'American Idol' Judges May Jump Ship
Fox television this week faced an uncomfortable future when the two biggest stars on its No. 1-rated show "American Idol" openly discussed leaving, which experts said could send viewership plummeting in future seasons.

Double Elimination On 'Idol' As Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai Exit
Two of the seven remaining finalists on TV's "American Idol," Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai, were sent home on Wednesday

Adam Lambert Secures 'Idol' Lead With Disco Song
Before he went on stage, the camera swooped down on "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert as he stood beaming in the crowd.

Adam Lambert Gets 'Wild' On 'Idol' As Judging Format Changes
"American Idol" tried to end on time Tuesday, implementing a format that allowed only two judges to review a singer. Host Ryan Seacrest explained: "We're working in teams tonight, so we make it in on time."

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