“American Idol” is less than 24 hours away from announcing its very last winner. Dalton Rapattoni was eliminated in part one of the series finale Wednesday, leaving Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae as the Season 15 Top 2 finalists.
Thursday, Trent and La’Porsha each will have a chance to sing one more song live for the audience before host Ryan Seacrest reveals which one is taking home the very last “American Idol” win.
Trent, a farmer and waiter from Amory, Mississippi, and La’Porsha, a single mother from McComb, Mississippi, have been front-runners since the very beginning of the competition. Both singers nailed their auditions and sailed through the first few weeks of the Fox competition. During the Top 10 revelation in episode 16, guest judge and Season 1 champion Kelly Clarkson predicted La’Porsha would win after she did a memorable rendition of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” During that episode, La’Porsha was the only contestant to get a standing ovation from three judges.
During the Top 8 revelation the following week, judge Jennifer Lopez told La’Porsha she was the one to beat after she performed Beyonce’s “Halo.” Lopez also told Trent the same night that she could see him with La’Porsha in the Top 2. Guess Lopez’s prediction was on the money.
In episode 19 of this season, centering on the revelation of the Top 5, Trent lost a little steam after a risky performance of OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars.” Lopez said she didn’t feel the song was a good choice for him, and judge Keith Urban said he wasn’t “pulled in” by it. In contrast, La’Porsha continued to receive positive critiques by the judges.
Throughout the remainder of the competition, Trent and La’Porsha continued to dominate as they made it past elimination after elimination. During the episode Wednesday, Seacrest said he believes the results on the show Thursday may be the closest in “American Idol” history.
While the big announcement is still hours away, celebrities and fans alike have tweeted about which “American Idol” contestant they hope will win. Check out their tweets below, and vote in our poll to let us know who you hope will be crowned the 2016 winner.
— GoldenGyrl333 (@GoldenGyrl333) April 7, 2016
American Idol voting is open! I just voted on Google, now it's your turn Don't forget to vote for LaPorsha text 8 to 215-23 #IdolTop3
— Cristy Nolton (@CristyNolton) April 1, 2016
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) April 7, 2016
— Ruben Studdard (@RubenStuddard) April 7, 2016
good morning, time to go outside for posting my important day; by the way, let's vote everyone for Trent Harmon
— brad ✌ // GO! Trent (@bradshawryan15) April 7, 2016
_____EVERYONE VOTE FOR TRENT HARMON!!! HE MUST WIN AMERICAN IDOL!! I REPEAT VOTE FOR TRENT HARMON _____
— lyss (@AlyssaaChantal) April 7, 2016
— Lexi Ciccone (@TheLexiCiccone) April 7, 2016
The “American Idol” Season 15 finale airs on Fox Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT.