It was a bittersweet show filled with awesome performances and tearful goodbyes. The Finale of American Idol Season 15 had a double meaning; the end of the season and the end of an era.
I'll try not to get too sappy here and just tell you what went down on the show.
First thing we saw a video clip from President Obama acknowledging 15 years of American Idol and telling everyone to vote in governmental elections the way Idol fans voted for their favorites.
The program began with a performance of Barry Manilow's "One Voice." La'Porsha began the song, Trent and Dalton joined her, then the rest of the Top 10 joined in and slowly more and more former Idol contestants joined them on stage for the song. It was very touching to see all of these contestants and formed contestants dressed in all white, singing together. There is no way I can list all of the people on the stage, but here are some that I spotted: David Archuleta, Colton Dixon, Nick Fradiani, Jordin Sparks, Chris Daughtry, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, James Durbin, Casey James, Ace Young, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Hicks, Brandon Rogers, David Cook, Constantine Maroulis, Ruben Stoddard, Alison Iraheta, Melinda Dolittle, Kris Allen, Katharine McPhee, Bo Bice, Skylar Laine, Jessica Sanchez, George Huff, Caleb Johnson, Danny Gokey, Lee Dewyze, Elliott Yamin, Clark Beckham, Joshua Ledet, Pia Toscano, and more. I heard there would be somewhere around 50 people on the stage.
Ryan Seacrest began the show, but suddenly the announced "and Brian Dunkleman." Dunkleman was the host with Seacrest way back in season 1. (I wasn't watching then and never realized what an annoying voice Dunkleman has, but he was funny.) Seacrest let him announce the judges.
Harry was dressed in a tux, Keith in a slightly more casual looking suit, and Jennifer was dressed in a beautiful sparkling, champagne colored gown.
The first performance of the night was a duet between La'Porsha and Trent. They sang the same song Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini sang in season 1, Marvin Gaye's "It Takes Two."
There was a video message from former judge Steven Tyler.
First group performance- Pop Medley
First up to sing, former judge Kara DioGuardi (who really needs to writing songs, not singing them). She is joined in this group by Jordin Sparks, Tamyra Gray, Colton Dixon, Justin Guarini, Kimberley Locke, Alison Iraheta, Pia Toscano, and Larry Platt (the guy who sang "Pants On The Ground").
Next we saw a taped performance by the original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson. Poor Kelly couldn't be there because she is having her second baby any minute now, or at least sometime soon, and the doctors said no more traveling. She had taped a performance when she visited Idol to help judge back mid way through. We heard a nice medley of her hits.
Group Performance - The Rockers
Bo Bice, James Durbin, Constantine Maurolis, Caleb Johnson, and ... Chris Daughtry. Too bad their voices didn't blend very well.
We saw a cool performance by Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood of Tom Petty's "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."
Ryan Seacrest stopped in the audience to talk with wrestler John Cena about the new reality show he will be hosting starting next week, "American Grit."
Group Performance - Country Music
Diana Degarmo, Skylar Laine, Kree Harrison, Bucky Covington, Ace Young, Constantine Maroulis, LAuren Alaina, Kellie Pickler, And Scotty McCreery.
Taped message from season 12 judge Nicki Minaj
Harry Connick Jr presented a video package about when Idol Gives BAck was still part of the show and then he sang "What A Wonderful World" with a nine year old girl from New Orleans.
Group Performance - Great singers, great music and great musicians
Katharine McPhee and Casey James, Carly Smithson, Clay Aiken, Amber Holcomb and Ruber Stoddard, and Jessica Sanchez.
Jennifer Lopez performed her new single "Ain't You Mama" while feathers flew, dancers gyrated, and JLo changed outfits on stage behind huge feather fans.
Group Performance - Season 3 Divas and the MoTown guys
Jennifer Hudson, Fantasta, Latoya London, Brandon Rogers, Clark Beckham, George Huff, Danny Gokey, Elliott Yamin. They are later joined by Taylor Hicks, Blake Lewis, Joshua Ledet, Melinda Dolittle, Candice Glover and the Top 10 of this season.
David Bowie Tribute: The WGWG winners of Idol
Phillip Phillips, Lee Dewyze, Kris Allen, Nick Fradiani, and David Cook.
Video package of "having fun" on Idol showing bad auditions, Simon/Paula/Randy jdging clips, and Seacrest dealing with crazy people.
Ryan introduces Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. They present Ryan with a huge neon American Idol sign he gets to take home since he is the only one to make it all 15 seasons. As they are all talking about Simon Cowell, he surprises them by walking on the stage.
William Hung comes out and thankfully only gets to sing a few seconds of "She Bangs."
Message from formed season 9 judge, Ellen DeGeneres.
Tribute to the Ford videos (Which in previous seasons were awesome) showing clips from all seasons. Trent and La'Porsha are presented with keys to their new Ford Fusions.
Carrie Underwood performs her new single "Something In The Water" which is an awesome Christian Country song.
And Finally, the reason for the night (Besides celebrating Idol) the winner of Season 15 of American Idol is....... TRENT HARMON .
The judges seemed to be truly stunned. I was a little surprised, but not that much. (Remember the WGWG effect.)
Trent needs to stop crying and sing his coronation song "Falling" which was co-written by Keith Urban.
And tons of confetti falls.
Ryan Seacrest signs off with a teary-eyed Thank You saying
"Good Night America....... For Now"
And there it is. A no-frills review of a definitely frilly, glittery, teary night of reality television. The End Of An Era. The End of American Idol...as we know it anyway. Simon Fuller has been quoted in several publications saying that Idol will return in some form at some point.
I loved this silly show and so wish I had tuned in to see it sooner than I did. But I did a lot of internet searches and learned as much as I could about seasons 1 thru 5 so I could understand the past and appreciate the present and future better.
I have discovered several awesome singers whom I will continue to follow from watching this show.
So I guess that's all from me about American Idol....