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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.You shopped and found a perfect fit." For his second Top 3 performance, Allen impressed the judges with an acoustic arrangement of Kanye West's "Heartless", prompting Jackson to state that he preferred it to West's original and The Fray's cover version.He played several instruments during his performances, including the acoustic guitar, the electric guitar, the keyboard, and the piano.His performance of "To Make You Feel My Love" as part of the Top 11 earned praise from the judges, with Simon Cowell commenting, "I am genuinely beginning to think you have a shot of doing well in this competition." In the finals, he performed his own arrangement of "Ain't No Sunshine" on a keyboard, with a few musicians on stage, which earned praise from the judges.Cowell lauded it as Allen's "best performance so far." Allen subsequently received a signed record and other gifts from the original artists, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.On the second Top 7 show, Allen brought back the guitar for the fourth time and performed an original, acoustic version of "She Works Hard for the Money", complete with bongo drums and the band on stage.
Allen also became the first winner to accept a trophy shaped like a microphone.
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".
On June 7, 2009, Allen performed the National Anthem at Game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals to a packed house including Adam Levine, Jack Nicholson, Rihanna, Paula Abdul and Leonardo Di Caprio.
Following the performance, which was described as "executed to perfection," Kris Allen was released on November 17, 2009.
Nearly 100 million votes were cast during the finale, setting a new world record for a televised singing competition.