Allen's Idol Win Another Triumph for Religious Right

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 9:05 AM CDT
"American Idol" finalists Adam Lambert, left, and Kris Allen pose together before last night's finale.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Last night’s American Idol was more than just a reality-show finale: It was a symbolic victory of the religious right over the liberal left; red states over blue states. At least according to two bloggers. “For a theory about how Kris Allen pulled an upset over the wildly popular Adam Lambert, the Christian vote is a pretty good one,” argues Michael Giltz in the Huffington Post.

Randall Lane crunched some numbers for the Daily Beast, finding that the finale “had all the makings of a red state/blue state proxy fight” and predicting “a decisive Lambert win—and a decided Lambert bias in Obama Country.” Of course, he was wrong—and changed the headline from “Why Adam Lambert Will Win Tonight” to “Why Adam Lambert’s Loss Is a Red State Victory,” Gawker points out.