I’ve watched almost every season of American Idol ever aired. I remember being shocked when Tamyra Gray was eliminated on season 1, but happy when Kelly Clarkson was named the winner. I remember being devastated when Clay Aiken lost season 2, and blown away when Adam Lambert performed his iconic interpretation of “Mad World” during season 8. I remember watching Carrie Underwood be plucked from relative obscurity and become a country superstar before our very eyes on season 4. I remember cheering when Phillip Phillips refused to be anything but himself, no matter what anyone told him on season 11. And I remember so much more. This week was the finale of the farewell season of American Idol, and boy did they capitalize on the nostalgia of this franchise, all season long.
This season wasn’t about the current competitors. I actually really liked quite a few of them, but they just weren’t the focus this time around, and that’s not a bad thing. The focus was on pulling on the heartstrings of those of us who are longtime fans, and the team at American Idol did a great job of this.
I have to admit that I’d lost a bit of interest over the past couple seasons. I haven’t been near as into the talent search as I was in the earlier years, but I’ve still never stopped watching. There are only a couple seasons that I think I actually skipped, and even then I still caught an episode here or there. I’ve latched on to other singing shows over the years, and I enjoy those too… but there’s something about Idol.
This show was revolutionary. It was a competition that gave the choice to America. It found the diamonds in the rough and polished them up nicely into superstars. Other singing competitions have followed suit, but this was the original – at least here in North America.
All season long this show has been pulling in memories and narratives from the past. It’s been magical… and the finale was no different. Oh the feels! It boasted a bill absolutely chock full of superstars, and I can only think of a handful of people that were important to the development and narrative of Idol that weren’t involved in this final farewell. It was pretty amazing to see, so many Idol stars performing together.
I won’t discuss too many specifics about this final episode, in case you haven’t caught it yet. Because, really, it’s the final one. If you’re a fan of pop culture you should check it out. I won’t even mention the winner, because it doesn’t really matter. Both Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae were contenders from the beginning and either would have made an amazing bookend to the series that began with Kelly Clarkson.
Today I am just enjoying my favourite moments from American Idol over the years, basking in the glow of the superstars that have come from the revolutionary format of this show. I had so many moments during the finale that were full of emotion and excitement. American Idol really does nostalgia right.
What are your favourite Idol memories? What did you think of this season? Let me know in the comments!
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