American Idol Finale

Thursday we say goodbye to Fox’s “American Idol.”  The show that started as a summer replacement series became a phenomenon.  It helped launch the careers of first year winner Kelly Clarkson and later Carrie Underwood. Along the way there was the battle between Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard which resulted in the latter winning the title.  Fantastia, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreary, Kris Allan and David Cook all benefited from either winning or appearing on the show. Some may recall a young Jennifer Hudson getting voted off the program amid controversially. She had the last laugh by winning an Oscar a few years later for Dreamgirls.  It began in June 2002 and ends Thursday.  It might be fun to check it out one last time.