Season 8

Winner: Kris Allen
The AMERICAN IDOL® judging panel changed for the first time during Season 8 when songwriter Kara DioGuardi joined Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. The judges' “save” was introduced for the first time, and the judges used it on Matt Giraud. There were many big voices and big personalities this season, but it came down to Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, with Kris taking home the big prize.