It was heart wrenching and nostalgic as the 15 years long tenure of American Idol came to an end with tribute performances from former contestants, winners and judges.
A lot of fans felt nostalgic and a lot of TV audiences felt relieved when Fox network announced that the music competition that made a sensation all across America, American Idol will be coming to an end and the current 15th season will be the show’s last.
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There is no denying that every year, the show has produced a multitude of talented singers and performers that have changed the American music industry and no other musical show has managed to reach the same success as American Idol has.
The reason being the voting process. That is what President Barack Obama told everyone in his address at the start of the finale of the 15th season of American Idol.
President Obama said that what had made the show so great was its voting format and how the Americans has played a big part by voting actively for the contestants year after year. He added that if they keep voting like that everywhere then America would definitely move ahead with the voice of the people.
With that, the cameras focused of the stage where farewell season’s Top 10 sang “One Voice” by Barry Manilow. As the song progressed, they were joined by past Idol winners and contestants, including Kellie Pickler, David Archuleta, Elliot Yamin, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Constantine Maroulis and others; all dressed in white. It was a great performance after which host Ryan Seacrest came onto the American Idol stage for the very last time to do a very last show.
He thanked everyone for being at the Dolby Digital Theatre and promised a jam-packed night to the audience. The theatre housed over 3500 people including celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, Max Greenfield, John Cena and many more. The audience also included the Idol producer Simon Fuller whom Ryan introduced to the audience later and called him a pioneer.
Before that however, everyone took a trip down memory lane when Ryan was joined onstage by Brian Dunkleman. Brian originally co-hosted the first season with Ryan but never came back and fourteen years later he welcomed Ryan to the unemployed people side of the world.
Ryan received the joke full heartedly. It was heart breaking to think that we won’t be seeing Seacrest on our screens from this year onwards as regularly. Seacrest however wasted no time in inviting the judges of the current season on stage, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez who looked excited and happy.
Before Idol went down memory lane, it was time to prize the Top 2 with a heart rendering performance of “It Takes Two” by Marvin Gaye. Finalists La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon reprised the song’s version sung by Kelly Clarksonand Justin Guarini’s. Their voices blending together perfectly, they went down to sit with their families and relax.
This year, it was not a typical season finale. Where every other seasons’ finales feature the season’s contestants, a few celebrity performances and performance by the judges ever since Jennifer Lopez joined the roster, it was a genial affair to relive the season. This year however, the fans got to live fifteen years of Idol together as the tributes and performance by former contestants, winners and judges filled the whole evening to make for a star studded show.
Before we go into the line-up of performances, let us first mention that throughout the episode, we got a few reminiscing words from Steven Tyler, Nicki Minaj and Ellen DeGeneres; all of whom served as Idol judges in show’s history. They remembered and praised the show and said that they were glad to be a part of it.
Another judge during season 8 and 9, Kara Dioguardi kicked off the first medley of the evening by singing Pink’s “Sober” with Jordin Sparks and Tamyra Gray. Season 11’s Colton Dixon followed with his song “Through All Of It.” Season 6 winner, Sparks performed her hit song “No Air,” with Justin Guarini. Season 2’s Kimberley Locke sang “8th World Wonder,” which led into Guarini, Sparks and Gray singing “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town.
Season 8’s Allison Iraheta then came center stage while singing Meghan Trainor’s “No,” joined by the other ladies on stage and it soonturned into a mashup with Larry Pratt’s iconic “Pants On The Ground” audition. Season 10’s early eliminated contestant Pia Toscano returned to sing “All By Myself” by Celine Dion.
It was then time to take out the big guns as the original idol Kelly Clarkson was to perform. Ryan explained the she was unable to perform live at the finale event because she is about to have her baby but she filmed a medley of her own hits ahead of time performing a medley of her hits “Miss Independent,” “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Because Of You,” “Walk Away,” “My Life Would Suck Without You”, “Already Gone,” “Stronger” and “Invincible,” ending with an acapella performance of “A Moment Like This.”
It was then time for the Idol’s rockers to take the stage for a rock ‘n’ roll medley. The rocker performance featured season 4’s runner-up Bo Bice, Maroulis, season 13’s winner Caleb Johnson, season 10’s James Durbin and season 5’s Chris Daughtry.
The stage was then taken on by Keith Urban who performed with season four winner Carrie Underwood as they sang “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” and keeping true to the country vibe, they were followed by a country medley featuring Diana Degarmo, Skylar Laine, Kree Harrison, Bucky Covington, Ace Young, Lauren Alaina, Kelly Pickler, Scotty McCreery and Maroulis.
In a most beautiful performance paying tribute to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr. sang a duet of “What A Wonderful World” with one of the center’s young students, Marley Fletcher. Casey James and McPhee followed the beautiful performance with a rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” Season 7’s Carly Smithson then sang “Here You Come Again.” Followed by season two runner-up Clay Aiken sang John Denver’s who sang “Annie’s Song.”
The spotlight then turned to season two winner Ruben Studdard and Amber Holcomb as they sang “Here, There And Everywhere” by The Beatles, and the performance came to an end with season 11’s Jessica Sanchez hitting some striking high notes on “The Prayer.”
It was then show time as Lopez came out on stage to debut her new single “Ain’t Your Mama,” She followed the performance with “Let’s Get Loud,” in her Las Vegas style.
LaToya London, Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson took us back to season 3 as they performed a beautiful acapella performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Hudson then performed her song from Empire, “Remember The Music.” The camera then turned to Brandon Rogers, Clark Beckham, Danny Gokey, George Huff and Elliott Yamin who performed together before Fantasia did a solo performance of her single “Ugly”.
LoToya London then came back out to sing with Taylor Hicks. Season 11’s Joshua Ledet sang “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Season 12 winner Candice Glover and season 6’s Melinda Doolittle joined the stage to close out the medley. After that came the David Bowie tribute which was performed by past winners Phillip Phillips, Lee Dewyze, David Cook, Nick Fradiani and Kris Allen.
It was down the memory lane once more with one of Idol’s iconic video montage featuring some of the best Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson moments from the earlier years of the show. Abdul and Jackson then came to the stage with Abdul saying that they wouldn’t miss it for the world and also brought Ryan a special gift, a giant American Idol logo to honour him as the only person who has stayed around all 15 seasons.
While they bad mouthed him, Simon Cowell surprised them by sneaking up on them. With some joking comments, they thanked the fans and appreciated the present judges for doing a wonderful job. It was time for one last performance by Carrie Underwood of her song, “Something in the Water” before it was time to announce this year’s and the show’s American Idol, Trent Harmon.
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It is hard to say whether this is really the end of the show but this was indeed a great way to end the show.