American Idol



Kelly Clarkson just proved why she's the original American Idol winner.

On a night of nostalgia and congratulations, the season 1 champion went down memory lane, performing a medley of her greatest hits on Thursday's series finale.

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Pia Toscano on Her New Music and Fiancé Jimmy R.O. Smith: He 'Is the Most Supportive Person in My Career – He's My Biggest Fan'

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Before Pia Toscano begins her next chapter, she's looking back on her American Idol past.

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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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