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American Idol: The final winner is...

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More than a decade after the reality show’s start, we’ve finally crowned a farewell winner for the 15th and final season of American Idol.

With a big night of performances from Idol alums including Katharine McPhee, Carrie Underwood, Colton Dixon, and that Pants on the Ground Guy, the singing competition went out in style by recognizing all of the talent that it made it a pop culture juggernaut. But the true reason that we came tonight was to see either Trent Harmon or La’Porsha Renae crowned the final winner, bookending that iconic night in 2002 when Kelly Clarkson launched her career from the first Idol stage.

After the votes were placed and the lights were dimmed one last time, Trent Harmon is our final American Idol! As we wrap up our full recap, let us know what you thought of the Idol finale below.

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.
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