The two finalists, Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae, both hail from Mississippi. In the previous episode, both artists performed original singles, with Harmon going with an R&B track co-written by Keith Urban. Renae, meanwhile, performed a soulful song about her experience as a victim of domestic abuse.
The current season has brought on all veteran American Idol judges. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. all had worked on the show in previous seasons. Perhaps the most famous judge in Idol history, Simon Cowell, took his leave in 2010. Cowell was notorious for both acerbic commentary and a penchant for v-neck tees.
Past Idol winners include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Phillip Phillips. Others who didn’t win the race have nonetheless found commercial success. Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee, David Archuleta and Adam Lambert were all runners-up. Some of these artists even went on to become more recognized than the musician who won in their season.
Regardless of if you’ve been watching American Idol for 15 years or for a single episode, tuning in tonight will no doubt be worthwhile. In fact, Urban stated that this “is going to be the closest race in Idol history.”