The End of a Music Era

The End of a Music Era

Lauren Holmes, Staff Writer

American Idol came to a bittersweet end April 7th. The show lasted for 15 seasons that spanned across 14 years, resulting in many stars including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood. Along with the stars the show produced, it has also seen many famous judges come and go. From the original three of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell, to the most recent Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban, all judges provided their advice on singing and their unique takes on what makes a star.

The final show was star studded. Many of the past contestants and winners were brought back.  Past winners and contestants who performed included Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, and LaToya London, often referred to as “The Three Divas”, along with Phillip Phillips and Ruben Studdard. There was a tribute to David Bowie sung by past contestants Phillip Phillips, Lee Dewyze, Kris Allen, Nick Fradiani and David Cook. Along with the past contestants, there were also past judges, including Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, who were surprised by Simon Cowell on stage.  All of these surprises were accompanied by individual performances by Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Underwood.

The finale ended with the announcement of the Season 15 winner. The final two contestants were La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon, both of which had their final singing battle the night before. The winner was Trent Harmon, who sung his final song, “Falling,” on the Idol stage accompanied by his fellow contestants. Both finalists earned record deals, as Harmon and Renae both joined 19/Big Machine Records. Lindsey Johnson (17’) saw the finale, and said “I enjoyed the finale although I did feel that La’Porsha Renae should have won.” The show ended with long term host Ryan Seacrest saying his famous sign off “-we say to you from Hollywood: Good night, America.”