American Idol finale closes out the season with an epic showcase concert

That’s a wrap of season 14. Last night, American Idol ended it’s second to last season with a two-hour-and-six-minute long, star-studded affair. Now, for the big reveal: America’s 2015 Idol is…

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Connecticut alt-rocker Nick Fradiani!

Before Nick was revealed to be the newest signee to Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records (home to Taylor Swift, Rascal Flats), an award show like performance lineup ensued. Fall Out Boy kicked off the night along with both Nick and runner up, bluesy Tennessee crooner, Clark Beckham assisting them on stage for a performance of their recent single “Centuries.”

Legendary acts hit the stage during the night including the top 6 ladies performing a medley of Disco hits alongside Chic, featuring Niles Rodger, which certainly got the audience up on their feet dancing and grooving. Beloved former Idol funny man and judge Steven Tyler took to the stage to perform his debut Country single “Love Is Your Name,” which saw current judge and friend Jennifer Lopez super excited and into his performance. Third place finisher Jax, who would have made for a more exciting Tuesday night part one of the finale, got the chance to rock out with Tyler for a mashup of “Piece Of My Heart” and “Walk This Way” even at one point taking over the judges table!

The show explored it’s Latin side thanks to the top 5 guys joining Ricky Martin for a medley of his hit songs on the Dolby Theatre finale stage. Pitbull hit the stage and performed twice during the night; first, with Prince Royce and Lopez, but also later on showcasing his new single “Fun” alongside featured artist Chris Brown and Idol finalist Qaasim Middleton who both showcased their best dance moves.

The most unique Idol of the season Joey Cook proved indeed she is a cool kid by taking the stage alongside Echosmith to perform their their breakout smash “Cool Kids.” Another finalist Adanna Duru joined modern eclectic musician Janelle Monaé for a stage-filled showing of her latest single, the urban veering tune “Yoga.” The seasons most newsworthy finalist (due to a live outburst that went viral), Quentin Alexander joined the stage to give an encore performance of indie hit song “Riptide,” which he performed in the Hollywood rounds the show alongside singer-songwriter Vance Joy himself.

The top two finalists got to showcase why they made it so far in the competition during the night as well. Clark took the stage with Michael McDonald to perform an energetic “Takin’ It To The Streets,” which is the exact kind of soulful, but fun, music that would suit Clark in his future musical endeavors. Nick was joined by Andy Grammer, who performed a two song medley including his current hit single “Honey, I’m Good,” once again showing why he was the obvious winner this season, in terms of finding a modern artist who could potentially achieve Idol superstar success on the charts, radio and beyond.

Other performances during the night’s amazing lineup included The Jackson 5 with finalist Tyanna Jones, New Kids On The Block with finalist Daniel Seavey, and Jamie Foxx with finalist Rayvon Owen. Fans of the panel were also treated to a performance by the judges. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. took to the stage to perform together for an electrifying rendition of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” followed by the Bruno Mars’ hit “Locked Out Of Heaven.”

The night came to a close with Nick being crowned the winner and performing his coronation single “Beautiful Life,” before a joyful but tear filled celebration with his loved ones. His coronation/winners single currently sits at number 4 on the iTunes Top 200 songs chart. Not bad!

The final season of American Idol is set to begin airing in January of 2016 with Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. all coming back for one final Idol farewell.

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