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Woah! Major upset! Kris Allen has won American Idol, beating season favorite and front runner Adam Lambert.Allen, 23, fumbled for words upon winning after a record 100 million votes were cast on TV’s biggest show.”Are you freakin’ serious? It feels good man, but uh, Adam deserves this. I’m sorry I don’t even know what to feel right now,” he said.”This is crazy. Thank you so much.”The flamboyant Californian, Lambert, 27, had the edge from the show’s judges almost from the start of the season and seemed to be promoted over all the other candidates throughout.Lambert, who brought a theatrical style with him, earned a solo cover on Entertainment Weekly, top sales on iTunes and even guest artist Katy Perry embroidered “Adam Lambert” on her cape in a performance last week.Lambert had one of the biggest performances on the two hour finale Wednesday as well, dueting with Kiss, while Allen did a typically lower key duet with Keith Urban. But in the end it was the business major and former missionary who edged the rocker with fingernails painted black. As “Idol,” Allen wins a recording contract and his version of the coronation song “No Boundaries” will be released (he also gets a trophy, a new addition to the show in its eighth season).But both finalists will likely be top recording stars. “In the eyes of the nation, both are victorious,” host Ryan Seacrest said.I know you will, but give us your opinion in the comments!Gallery Info: Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Heather Locklear, Brooke White, Keith Urban, Paula Abdul, Janice Dickinson, Chris Daughtry, Chris Richardso, Michael Johns, Carlos Santana, Brad Garrett, Joel McHale, Nigel Lythgoe, Bo Bice, Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, David Archuleta, Fergie, Kara DioGuardi, David Cook, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin, Antonio Sabato Jr, Kimberly Caldwell, Nicholas Gonzalez, Marissa Ramierz, Chris Vance, Jason Castro, Diana DeGarmo, Blake Lewis, Danay Garcia and Michelle Kwan at the American Idol Season 8 Finale.