American Idol

Sunday 8:00 PM on ABC Premiered Jun 11, 2002 Returning Returns March 11th 2018




  • Season 8 Episode 40: And The Winner Is...........

  • The Ford Music Video was "I Will Remember You" by Ryan Cabrera. Kris and Adam sing in front of clips of past Ford Videos.

  • During the Black Eyed Peas performance things went quiet and the angle was changed to an American Idol symbol for about five seconds because Fergie swore in the song.

  • Special Performances:
    Top 13-"So What" by Pink
    David Cook-"Permanent"-after his performance he made an announcement that you could buy the performance off of iTunes and all proceeds would go to a charity ABC2(Squared)
    Queen Latifah & Lil Rounds-"Cue the Rain" by Queen Latifah
    Jason Mraz, Anoop Desai & Alexis Grace (the rest of the top 13 minus Kris & Adam joined at the end of the song)-"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
    Keith Urban & Kris Allen"Kiss a Girl" by Keith Urban
    Top 13 girls-"Glamorous" by Fergie
    Fergie-"Big Girls Don't Cry"
    The Black Eyed Peas-"Boom Boom Pow"
    Cyndi Lauper & Alison Iraheta-"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
    Danny Gokey-"Hello" by Lionel Richie
    Lionel Richie & Danny Gokey-"Just Go" and "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie
    Adam Lambert-"Beth" by KISS
    KISS & Adam Lambert-"Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Night" by KISS
    Carlos Santana & Matt Giraud-"Black Magic Woman" by Santana
    Carlos Santana & Top 13-"Smooth" by Santana
    Megan Joy, Michael Sarver with Steve Martin playing banjo-"Pretty Flowers" by Steve Martin
    Top 13 guys-"Do You Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart
    Rod Stewart-"Maggie May"
    Kris Allen & Adam Lambert-"We Are the Champions" by Queen. This was a little different then most Top 2 duets as the band Queen performed the song and at the end the rest of the Top 13 joined on stage (however they didn't really sing).
    After winning Kris Allen performed his debut single "No Boundaries"

    *Lionel Richie is the 100th special performer on the stage, when not including former Idol contestants. Videos are also not included. Judges, i.e. Paula Abdul, who performed are included though.

  • Kris Allen is the second winner to not have his entire audition fully shown on the show. The first was Kelly Clarkson.

  • Camryn Manheim, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Bo Bice, Kimberly Locke and Justin Guarini were all in the audience.

  • Kris Allen is the first contestant that is married to win on the show. Ruben Studdard also won but he wasn't married at the time.

  • This is the first time in the shows history that the winner is awarded a trophy.

  • Kris Allen is the fourth male contestant to win on the show. Ruben Studdard was first, Taylor Hicks was second and David Cook was the third.

  • Adam Lambert is the sixth male runner-up in the series. Justin Guarini was the first, Clay Aiken was second, Bo Bice was third, Blake Lewis was the fourth and David Archuleta was the fifth.

  • A new record of votes was set, nearly 100 million votes were cast. Ryan announced that the season total was 624 million votes.

  • This is a 2 hour & 7 minute episode. This is the third finale episode to run late. The first was the finale of Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis and the second was the finale of David Cook and David Archuleta.

  • Season 8 Episode 39: Kris Allen Vs. Adam Lambert

  • Carrie Underwood performed the "good-bye" song "Home Sweet Home" at the end.

  • Kris Allen messed up on his last song. His voice cut out because the key was too high.

  • Season 7 contestant Carly Smithson and actor Anthony Hopkins were in the audience tonight.

  • Season 8 Episode 38: Find Out Which Of The Fin...

  • Jordin Sparks performed "Battlefield" and Katy Perry performed "Waking Up in Vegas". Katy had on a cape that had Adam's name on it.

  • There were 88 million votes, and only 1 million between the Top 2.

  • The Ford Music Video was "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder. The guys are walking down a street and see a bunch of dogs. Adam turns into a cartoon and gets super powers. He pushes a wall and a BBQ shows up. He throws the meat and the dogs chase after it. Later they are about to get into a car and a storm starts to come Kris turns into a cartoon and he blows the clouds away. Before they drive off Danny turns into a cartoon and stretches his arms out to push all the parked cars out of the way. They drive off.

  • When the episode first started Paula Abdul was not in her seat but was there by the time Ryan introduced the judges.

  • The episode started with Ben Stiller, Steve Coogan, Jonah Hill and Hank Azari talking about how the Idol desk will be put into the Smithsonian, (which it really will be) and also to advertise their upcoming movie, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

  • There was no Group Number tonight.

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