Last week we said goodbye to one of America’s most influential television shows. If you are anywhere near as obsessed as I am with American Idol, you will know that this show has impacted the lives of many young and talented artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood. Last Thursday, April 7, the show premiered its series finale. This two-hour emotional taping included unbelievable performances from Idol alums and the winner of the show was revealed.
Before the Thursday episode, American Idol aired a special that took viewers back in time and behind the scenes of the show. This segment included interviews with past judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, as well as past contestants. The next day, Wednesday, April 7, was the battle between the top three of the final season.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Wednesday taping at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This taping including live performances from the top three; Dalton Rapattoni, LaPorsha Renae, and Trent Harmon. I watched from the edge of my seat as Ryan Seacrest revealed the top two of the show, hoping that my predicitons would be correct. I sat there with my friends holding hands having extreme adrenaline rushes. Ryan announced “Trent Harmon and LaPorsha Renae are your top two!” I screamed at the top of my lungs for these two artists as I predicted this for most of the season that the show would come down to these contestants. Soon after, Trent took the stage to sing “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, followed by his extraordinary performance of Sia’s “Chandelier.” LaPorsha then followed with her unstoppable performances of “A House is Not a Home” by Dionne Warwick and “Diamonds” by Rihanna. This was Trent and LaPorsha’s last time to show America who really deserved the series finale title.
After the show ended my friends and I rushed to the Press area to see all past contestants, as most of them were being interviewed. I got to meet some past contestants that night such as Rayvon Owen (season 14) and Davis Cook ( season 7).
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the series finale taping on April 7,which was the revealing of the series finale winner. That night my family and I watched as the season champion was crowned, Trent Harmon.
My experience at American Idol was definitely one of a kind. I will miss this show and all that it brought to American television. American Idol has brought so many families and friends together through amazing talent. As the emotional series finale came to end, Ryan Seacrest signed off with, “And one more time — this is so tough — we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America.”
Cheers to 15 incredible seasons American Idol!!