Who Won American Idol 2016 Last Night? Season 15 Idol Finale

This story names the victor of Season 15 of Fox's American Idol. We talked with some old contestants and former idols as they said farewell to the iconic series.

The 25-year-old Harmon worked as a waiter at his family's restaurant before auditioning for the show.

"American Idol" is down to the last two finalists in the show's history.

Sparking a furious debate on Twitter, users hit back at the star for her choice of words.

The grand finale witnessed the performances from earlier contestants.

The show opened with a harmonizing chorus of white-clad winners and contenders including Scotty McCreery, Taylor Hicks and Diana DeGarmo.

Judges got in on the act as well.

In a touching segment, he dueted on "It's a Wonderful World" with Marley Fletcher, a young student from The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music that serves the area.

Jennifer also took to the stage and performed a medley of tunes and her dancing included a lengthy twerking session in a sexy purple leotard outfit.

Among the judges were the three originals - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson - who appeared on stage. "I wanted to work so, so hard, and [Renae] pushed me to do it", he said.

President Barack Obama kicked off the finale with a videotaped statement that paid tribute to the series and its impact on the nation.

He praised "American Idol" for having "transformed television" and also encouraged Americans to vote in elections like the upcoming Presidential race.

Hermon almost collapses when hearing host Ryan Seacrest announcing him as the final Idol, the victor told USA today why he was so overwhelmed. The victor of the final seaon will be chosen on Thursday. Both have very bright futures ahead of them, and are still taking in the big moment on Thursday night. Then as the screen faded to black, he added, "For now".

The former competitors weren't the only familiar faces, either.

The Idol season finale, criticized in many years as a cheesy spectacle overstuffed with promotional appearances by recording stars, had a different feel on its final outing. It made talent hunt shows wealthy.

Singer Fantasia Barrino arrives at the "American Idol" grand finale in Hollywood, California April 8, 2016. After all, there's nowhere to go but down once you're at the top.

The show's ratings slumped, the fate of even durable TV performers.

Trent Harmon was crowned the 15 and final American Idol victor last night.

Vanessa Coleman