Idol's Kris Allen: They Wanted Me To Keep My Marriage A Secret

American Idol winner Kris Allen told Jay Leno Thursday that both his wife Katy and judge Simon Cowell advised him to keep his marriage a secret in hopes of garnering more teenybopper votes in the voter-determined competition.

“Don’t tell anyone about me, we gotta get get votes some how,” Allen, 23, recalled his wife telling him, under the rationale that his marital status would shatter the tween demographic. The pair have been married since Sept. 2008.

Allen also said runner-up Adam Lambert is “amazingly gifted,” and one of the best performers to ever grace the show’s stage.

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