In LOS ANGELES – Are there any boundaries to declaring the next "American Idol" champ early? I think nothing can contain the likes of Adam Lambert.
"You have thoroughly, thoroughly deserved to be standing on this stage tonight," Cowell told Allen, who wore a slightly pained expression.
"I think I probably did my best on `Ain't No Sunshine,'" Allen said backstage Tuesday. "I'd already kind of rehearsed it plenty and it was ready."
Cowell unequivocally declared Allen the "winner" of the first round.
"When your name was announced last week, I wasn't sure that America had made the right choice," Cowell said. "I absolutely take all that back now after that performance."