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.
Before the results were announced, Allen performed "We Are the Champions" with eventual runner-up Adam Lambert and Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen.
Allen's homecoming parade was greeted by a crowd estimated to be greater than 20,000.
Allen performed at three concerts in Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas, playing many of his popular songs during the competition, including "Man in the Mirror", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Falling Slowly" and "She Works Hard for the Money" at the venues, as well as "Come Together" at the studio of local Fox affiliate KLRT-TV.
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.