Allen took Churchill Route to 'Idol' Win

Allen took Churchill Route to 'Idol' Win
Photo: Churchill Downs/Jennifer Stevens
Kris Allen warming up for his American Idol audition at Churchill Downs.

When Kris Allen became the eighth winner of the "American Idol" competition May 20, it marked the end of a journey that began at Churchill Downs last fall.

Allen, 23, of Conway, Ark., was among the thousands who auditioned at Churchill Downs Sept. 5, 2008, for an opportunity to compete in the popular singing competition.

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