You may not think of American Idol as a sport – I certainly didn’t. Yet, it is a competition with winners and losers. And with winning and losing comes the art of sportsmanship. What I liked the best about the announcement of Kris Allen’s win last night on American Idol is the young stars provided the millions of young viewers with an amazing lesson in sportsmanship. Kris Allen and Adam Lambert showed nothing but respect and caring for each other in their initial reaction to Ryan Seacrest’s announcement.
Whether you wanted Adam to win and were disappointed or were thrilled about Kris’s triumph, respecting your competitor, caring for the game itself, and making the effort to play to the best of your ability are all the hallmarks of great sportsmanship. I congratulate both Kris and Adam on their incredible accomplishments throughout the season and on their genuine good sportsmanship.