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However, during the Top 3 results show, host Ryan Seacrest had revealed that the margin between Allen and Lambert was fewer than a million votes.
Fox and AT&T have stated that they "stand by the outcome" and are "absolutely certain" that "Kris Allen is the American Idol".
Only several seconds of his first audition (and neither of his Hollywood Week solo performances) were shown, although his group performance with White Chocolate (including fellow finalist Matt Giraud) was aired in its entirety.
He has described his decision to audition for American Idol as a "last hurrah" before giving up his pursuit of a music career.
Nearly 100 million votes were cast during the finale, setting a new world record for a televised singing competition.
Unlike the previous season, the winning margin was undisclosed.
Numerous sources, including the Associated Press, claimed that the margin "wasn't even close".
Certain commentators labeled the win as an "upset" since runner-up Adam Lambert had received a significant amount of media attention throughout the season and was widely perceived to be the show's front-runner.
This earned praise from all four judges, with Abdul remarking "There aren't many men who are willing to shop in the women's department.