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PEOPLE staff writer (and resident American Idol expert) Patrick Gomez predicts who will become the fifteenth – and final – Idol:

After fifteen seasons of searching for superstars, American Idol is set to end Thursday with the crowning of one final winner.

"Whoever wins will be the bookend to a legacy that started with Kelly Clarkson," explains host Ryan Seacrest, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE.

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8 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol

Originally posted 04/06/2016 01:25 PM

8 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol

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Nearly 14 years have passed since the first season of American Idol. Yup, Kelly Clarkson has been in our lives for over a decade.

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Last summer, Scott MacIntyre was saved by the kindness of a stranger.

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A lot has changed for Ryan Seacrest since he first became host of American Idol in 2002.

"I can't even begin to compare my life then and now," the reality TV host says in the current issue of PEOPLE. "I mean, when this all started, I was living in a one-bedroom apartment and splitting the rent with another dude."

In fact, Seacrest hadn't even hosted any sort of live program before Idol.

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When it came to singing Sia songs on Thursday's episode of American Idol, the show's male contestants found themselves fearful to attempt the high notes from the singers vocally difficult songs.

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She's going back to where it all began!

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will perform on the upcoming series finale, PEOPLE can reveal exclusively.

The country superstar first auditioned for the reality singing competition in 2004 and became the show's fourth winner.

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