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[04/07/16 - 10:06 PM]
Winner Announced on Series Finale of "American Idol"
Former judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson also returned for the show's swan song.

[via press release from FOX]

HOT FROM FOX...

TRENT HARMON IS CROWNED FINAL "AMERICAN IDOL," AS HISTORY-MAKING SERIES ENDS ITS 15-SEASON RUN WITH STAR-STUDDED CELEBRATION ON FOX

Finale Featured Every IDOL Winner, with Performances by Superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Phillip Phillips!

Former IDOL Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson Also Returned for Finale

Tonight on AMERICAN IDOL, the lights were dimmed for a final time and host Ryan Seacrest made one last dream come true, as Trent Harmon, 25, from Amory, MS, was named the 15th and final AMERICAN IDOL in the history-making series finale live from Dolby Theatre.

Harmon celebrated his win with an amazing performance of "Falling," which is available for download exclusively on americanidol.com and iTunes.

Harmon is the 15th IDOL hopeful to win the prestigious AMERICAN IDOL title, joining the ranks of Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scott McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candace Glover, Caleb Johnson and Nick Fradiani.

President Barack Obama kicked off the finale with a videotaped statement that paid tribute to the series and its impact on the nation. During the show, Season Four winner Carrie Underwood and IDOL judge Keith Urban sang "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"; judge Harry Connick, Jr. sang "What A Wonderful World" with New Orleans student Marley Fletcher; judge Jennifer Lopez performed her new single, "Ain't Your Mama"; fan-favorite contestant William Hung sang the chorus of "She Bangs"; and in a surprise appearance, former judge Simon Cowell returned to join Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson in paying tribute to host Ryan Seacrest.

The finale also saw epic performances by the Top 10 finalists alongside IDOL alumni superstars, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson plus Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Ace Young, Allison Iraheta, Amber Holcomb, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Brandon Rogers, Bucky Covington, Carly Smithson, Casey James, Chris Daughtry, Clark Beckham, Clay Aiken, Colton Dixon, Constantine Maroulis, Danny Gokey, Diana DeGarmo, Elliott Yamin, George Huff, James Durbin, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Justin Guarini, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Kimberley Locke, Kree Harrison, LaToya London, Lauren Alaina, Melinda Doolittle, Pia Toscano, Sanjaya, Skylar Laine, Tamyra Gray and more as they returned to the stage that started it all to celebrate the Grand Finale.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller. "Like" AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion using #idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges Jennifer Lopez @JLo, Harry Connick, Jr. @HarryConnickJR and Keith Urban @KeithUrban. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AmericanIdol. All episodes of the current season of AMERICAN IDOL are available on FOX NOW and Fox on Demand to subscribers of participating pay-TV services. To learn more about FOX NOW, please visit www.foxnow.com.





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