Nick Fradiani who faced off Clark Beckham was crowned the latest American Idol during the season finale on Wednesday night.
During the broadcast, judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban delivered a captivating performance of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”
The season came to an end with Fradiani’s grand performance of his debut single, “Beautiful Life.”
The season finale comes just days after FOX announced that American Idol is finally coming to an end after 15 seasons.
It’s no debate that since its debut, American Idol has had a lasting impact on pop culture, from creating music stars to paving a path for other competitive shows that have since launched with a similar structure such as America’s Got Talent, American Idol, whether you love it or hate it is iconic and has changed the TV landscape in more ways than one.
The show created by Simon Fuller which debuted in 2002 with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson as the original judges launched careers of some of today’s noteworthy artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood who have led remarkable careers since their talents were discovered by the reality singing competition.
Other winners and famous alums from the show over the years include Phillip Phillips, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken.
The competitive series has served as a launch pad for Seacrest who has since become a TV fixture over the years.
According to FOX, the forthcoming 15th season of the television series will pay tribute to the legacy the show has created over the years, honoring winners and judges. The 15th season of American Idol will begin airing in January 2016 and will feature current judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban with Ryan Seacrest as the host.