After 14 years, the show is saying farewell.
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After 15 seasons, "American Idol" has come to an end.

But the series finale was nothing short of spectacular as previous winners, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Fantasia Barrino, David Cook, Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks and more, returned to perform one last time on the "Idol" stage. The original judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, also made a memorable appearance alongside host Ryan Seacrest with Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban looking on as they all said farewell. (Former co-host Brian Dunkleman even showed up!)

Most importantly, though, the singing competition show crowned its final winner. Seacrest named Trent Harmon as the 2016 "American Idol," with La'Porsha Renae coming in second place. Third-place finisher Dalton Rapattoni was eliminated during Wednesday night's show.

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It seemed like the viewers' choice was somewhat surprising for the judges, as Connick Jr. turned to J.Lo and Urban to say, "Wow." Still, both Trent and La'Porsha were well deserving of the title.

The finale reunited some of the best and brightest "Idol" contestants of yesteryear, including fan favorites from every season like Jennifer Hudson, Bo Bice, Lauren Alaina, Constantine Maroulis, Chris Daughtry and, of course, Justin Guarini. The cameos and fun group performances made us yearn for the days of the early aughts. Sigh.

This show was one that touched many people over the last 14 years. Cheers to "Idol" and its decision to go out on a high note.

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