Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'American Idol' Vows 'Spectacular' Finale

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'American Idol' Vows 'Spectacular' Finale

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LOS ANGELES - "American Idol," which gave the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has one more chance to mint a star before it fades into TV and music history. Whether viewers choose a future chart-topper or trivia question remains to be seen, but executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who helped translate Britain's "Pop Idol into the Fox version that debuted in 2002, said the farewell episode will be memorable.

"It's going to be a rather spectacular show, Lythgoe promised, with all the former winners on hand along with past contestants and "other surprises in the two-hour finale.

"It's about the American idols, about reminding people of 15 seasons, he said, as well as giving the final winner his or her share of the spotlight.

The contenders for the title were Trent Harmon, 24, of Amory, Mississippi; La'Porsha Renae, 22, of McComb, Mississippi; and Dalton Rapattoni, 19, of Dallas. …

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