"I'm sorry, I don't even know what to feel right now. This is crazy," Allen said as host Ryan Seacrest stood next to him.
"Allen's smooth vocals and boy-next-door image gave him the edge after nearly 100 million viewer votes were cast, turning the theatrical Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans," the Associated Press said. "When the season started, Allen seemed unsure he had a right to take center stage, let alone stand there and snatch victory from such a formidable rival."
But the question is: Did voters get it right?
For nearly the entire season, Lambert displayed a far-ranging voice and commanding stage presence. A natural, confident performer, Lambert was expected to easily win the title. But that never happened. Check out the Associated Press video: