‘American Idol’ Recap: A Winner is Crowned During Nostalgic Sendoff

Published On April 8, 2016 | By Morgan Ryan | Entertainment News

As expected, Season 1 co-host BRIAN DUNKLEMAN helped kick off last night’s “American Idol” finale.  It started with RYAN SEACREST hitting the stage as usual, but then Brian came out.

 

 

He said, quote, “Well, well, well, Seacrest.  Looks like after tonight, you’re going to be out of a job.  Trust me, nobody knows the pain of life without Idol more than me.  But don’t worry, buddy.  Ya know what, being unemployed?  It’s not that bad!”

 

 

He added, quote, “I just wanted to stop by and congratulate the show on struggling along for another 14 seasons without me.”

 

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As for the show itself, there were performances by a TON of former contestants from the entire 15-season run, plus WILLIAM HUNG and LARRY PLATT of Pants on the Ground fame.  Even former judge KARA DIOGUARDI sang.

 

 

And yes, the original judges’ panel of SIMON COWELL, PAULA ABDUL and RANDY JACKSON put in an appearance.  Simon was actually a surprise to Paula, Randy and Ryan.  They had no idea he was actually there until he hit the stage.

 

As for the actual results, TRENT HARMON beat out LA’PORSHA RENAE to become your 15th American Idol.  Notice I didn’t say “15th AND LAST”.

 

That’s because we’ve already heard that even though it’s done on Fox, the show is going to be resurrected in some way.

 

 

Plus, when Seacrest signed off at the end of the night, he said, quote, “Goodnight, America.  For now.”

 

 

(Here’s a rundown, with pictures.  And check out some of the performances on “Idol’s” YouTube page.  There are also a ton of videos at JustJared.com.)

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