The judges had dubbed this Final 2 the "closest race" ever on Idol, however, Trent was still viewed as the underdog.
La'Porsha was the frontrunner all season long with her consistent powerful vocals and strategic runs, but Trent captured the judges' hearts early on and only grew stronger as the competition progressed. Trent starting wowing the audience week after week with his soulful vibe, fast vibrato and high-pitched falsetto.
During Thursday night's finale broadcast, Trent and La'Porsha sang "It Takes Two" together in memory of Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini's duet way back in Season 1, which aired in Summer 2002.
Other than that, the grand finale was star-studded and jam-packed with incredible performances. All of Idol's 14 winners before Trent -- including Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and Phillip Phillips -- took the stage and sang, while numerous standout contestants from seasons past also belted out some popular tunes.
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In a nice surprise, the show's original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson made an appearance together and paid tribute to Idol's history and success. Even Simon was getting emotional!
In addition, first-season Idol co-host Brian Dunkleman also made an appearance, as well as memorable terrible auditioneer William Hung.
The night concluded with Ryan getting a little choked up as he looked into the cameras and said, "Goodnight America" for the last time. However, before the broadcast ended Seacrest muttered, "for now" -- an apparent reference to Idol creator Simon Fuller's recent admission that he expects American Idolwill "certainly be coming back" in a revamped format at some point in the future.