The FOX reality singing competition came to an end with an epic series finale

By Patrick Gomez
April 07, 2016 10:05 PM
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After 15 seasons, it all came down to La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon.

Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae
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Both singers put forth a valiant effort during the performance finale on Tuesday, but only one of them could be crowned the fifteenth (and final) American Idol.

In the end, the winner was Harmon!

The last episode of American Idol was jam-packed with returning contestants and judges, as well as epic performances from former winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood and current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr..

But the most dramatic moment came when host Ryan Seacrest – who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE – gave one last pregnant pause before revealing the final winner of the Fox reality singing competition.

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“Whoever wins will be the bookend to a legacy that started with Kelly Clarkson,” Seacrest told PEOPLE before the finale. “People will always remember the first winner and the last winner.”

And if Seacrest is correct, America will forever remember the name of Trent Harmon.

“I worked so hard. I know that I had a God-given ability, but I didn’t want to take it for granted. I wanted to work so hard, and [Renae] pushed me to do it,” Harmon said before singing his coronation song “Falling.”

And with that, Idol out.