Fifteen seasons and eleven judges later, American Idol plays their swan song as the fourteen-year series officially comes to a close.
Having birthed mega stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson, the show calls it quits after it crowns its 15th winner.
Join us after the jump where we revisit some of our favorite idol moments from the groundbreaking show…
5. Kelly Clarkson – ‘Natural Woman’
The Idol OG shows why she was season 1’s victor with this rousing performance of ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.’ Setting a bar to a level that many idols after her failed to rich, Kelly remains on of the shows top standouts. Putting her vocal acrobats to work, the ‘Breakaway’ belle blew the crowd away with this showing.
4. Haley Reinhart – ‘House of the Rising Sun’
Arguably one of Idol’s most gifted vocalists, Haley soars with this sensual interpretation of the The Animals classic hit. She managed to captivate her audience though performing a track many of the shows young demographic may not have known. Though ultimately placing 3rd in the competition, the raspy vocalist remains one of the series favorites.
3. Joshua Ledet – ‘No More Drama’
With major shoes to fill, Joshua Ledet took on one of Mary J. Blige’s most notable classics. Hoping to secure a spot in the season 11 finale, Josh put his all into this performance including losing his in-ears halfway through. Though ultimately not making it to the top two, this performance took us to church and then some. Well done.
Candice Glover – ‘Lovesong’
After auditioning for the show three times, Candice Glover became American Idol’s 12th winner and broke the series’ five-year male winner streak. With her astounding rendition of ‘Lovesong’ Glover demonstrates such control and power over her voice. With an effortless talent, alluring sound, and clear understanding of her craft, Candice showed up and showed out. Here’s hoping her next project reflects her true vigor.
1. Fantasia – ‘I Believe’
Our #1 spot goes to none other than Ms. Fantasia Barrino. The North Carolina native brought “I Believe,” written by Season 1’s Tamyra Gray, to life. This moment remains one of Idol’s most authentic. This was an era in the show where focus seemed more on the talent, than the story. (Which was very short lived). Nonetheless, this performance showcased true emotion, true passion, and true vocals. Thank you