WebXtra: Idol worship in East Texas

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It has been 16 weeks since the 2009 season kicked off and last night over 100 million votes were cast to decide the next American Idol.

Last night a surprised Kris Allen took home the Idol crown. The small town singer/songwriter from Arkansas pulled off what some are calling the biggest Idol upset ever, beating California rocker Adam Lambert. The day after the come from behind victory East Texans showcased mixed emotions. But happy or sad, America chose their idol.

"Oh yes, I was screamin'," said one fan. "I was excited, I think he was the right person."

"I think Adam had a better voice but I just liked Chris's style better so it's hard to say," said an Idol watcher.

To set the record straight, we went to Kerry Baham, the director of performing arts at Tyler Junior College. In his office we compared Idol replays online and when it comes to vocal talent says the two finalists are night and day.

"This would be like having a one on one basketball competition between Lebron and some high school kid," said Baham. "From a musical standpoint that's as big a mismatch."

"That much," I asked.

"Oh yeah," he replied. "Oh definitely."

Baham later added that, due to Lambert's versatility, he doesn't expect him to have any trouble pursuing a career in music. And the only thing more surprising than Allen's victory? Him apologizing to Lambert afterwards saying, "Adam deserves this. I'm sorry."

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