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In one final classic shocker, the series named Trent Harmon the winner over La'Porsha Renae, an announcement that felt like an afterthought to the celebration at hand, probably fitting considering the landmark show's place in music and television history.
[Trent] Harmon may have taken home a title, but it's the show that went out on top.
American Idol ended its run the way you'd expect a pop superstar to: playing its greatest hits.
No other TV talent show has achieved the same track record of fame for contestants, although the power of an [American] Idol win ebbed in recent years. But dreamers didn't let go, with about 75,000 people swarming to auditions in five cities this season.
[American Idol] was a show and a moment that gave you hope that you also might be able to change the world and sing in front of millions of people one day.
All I can say is that [American Idol] died as it lived: confusing, frustrating, as tone-deaf as its best contestants were right on pitch, and wildly entertaining, even if by accident.
Thursday night's farewell episode of American Idol was poorly produced, at times slack in pace, and subject to simply bizarre decisions as to staging and song choice. It was, in short, American Idol.
The show's swan song was true to the spirit of Idol: self-righteous, cringe-worthy spectacle saved by a handful of jaw-dropping, core-shaking moments of talent.
All this nostalgia amounted to a raw deal to the season 15 finalists. In every other finale, there are several group sings that return the eliminated contestants to the spotlight. Here they were extras, barely an afterthought.
[La'Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon] reminds us why American Idol is revered for its legitimacy above all other singing competitions: it's not about creating an artist, it's about giving undiscovered talents the platform to reach millions.
Audience Reviews for American Idol: Season 15
Jan 07, 2016I agree with Clay, this show has become more about the judges than the contestants. I am just tired of giggle judges and nonsense. What happened to the talent of the contestants, I watch the UK version.