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Chris Daughtry & 'American Idol' Rockers Take the Stage at Finale

Chris Daughtry and the rockers of American Idol take the stage during the series finale on Thursday (April 7).

The 36-year-old Daughtry frontman was joined by season four runner-up Bo Bice, season 13 winner Caleb Johnson, season-four finalist Constantine Maroulis and season 10 finalist James Durbin.

The group’s medley included The Ides Of March‘s “Vehicle,” The Animals‘ “Tobacco Road,” and Daughtry‘s song “Torches.”

Check out the group’s entire rocking performance below…

American Idol Rockers Perform at the Finale

10+ pictures inside of the American Idol rockers on stage…
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Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, & Randy Jackson Reunite at 'American Idol' Finale! (Video)

Simon Cowell makes a surprise appearance on stage during the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 56-year-old former judge stepped out to reunite the original panel with Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

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“I’d like to say on behalf of us, thank you America for inviting us into your homes. Thank you to the contestants, to Fox for actually putting us on air, to you guys for actually being my best friends now, and I am going to miss you,” Simon said during the appearance.

FYI: Paula is wearing a Lorena Sarbu dress.

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Kelly Clarkson Live Tweets 'American Idol' Series Finale!

Kelly Clarkson couldn’t make it to the American Idol series finale as she is due to give birth to her second child any day, but she still live-tweeted the whole event!

“Bittersweet but I’m excited 4 tonight! #lastperformance #IdolFinale From the beginning 2 the end it has been an honor @AmericanIdol,” the 33-year-old pregnant singer tweeted before the show kicked off.

Kelly commented on all the performances, thanked a bunch of the people that she worked with on the series, and provided some funny commentary throughout the evening.

A couple months ago, Kelly pre-taped an amazing performance that was a medley of all her hits and she ended with her Idol coronation song “A Moment Like This.” Get your tissues ready before watching!

Make sure to see photos from Kelly‘s season one winning moment from 2002 in the gallery!

Click inside to read all of Kelly Clarkson’s tweets from the Idol finale… More Here! »

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Pia Toscano's Vocals Blow Us Away at 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

Pia Toscano belts out a song in an amazing moment at the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 27-year-old singer, who was eliminated far too early on her season, closed a medley of performances with Celine Dion‘s “All By Myself” and wowed everyone.

The medley started with former judge Kara DioGuardi singing Pink‘s “Sober” and continued with Colton Dixon singing his song “Through All Of It,” and Jordin Sparks performing her song “No Air” with Justin Guarini.

Kimberley Locke then sang her song “Eighth World Wonder” and Tamyra Gray from season one sang Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush.” Next up was Alison Iraheta with Meghan Trainor‘s “No” followed by Pia‘s performance.

Watch the video below!

FYI: Pia is wearing a Bao Tranchi jumpsuit.

35+ pictures inside of Pia Toscano, Jordin Sparks, and more performing… More Here! »

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Harry Connick Jr. Performs with Talented Young Girl at 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

Harry Connick Jr. sings on stage during the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 48-year-old entertainer was joined by talented young singer Marley Fletcher for a performance of “What a Wonderful World” as a tribute to the amazing charity work Idol has done over the years.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Harry Connick Jr.

“I’m singing it with somebody and all I can say is regardless of my performance I can tell you in advance it is going to be very special,” Harry teased to Billboard the day before. It sure was a special moment!

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Jessica Sanchez Shows Off Powerhouse Vocals on 'Idol' Finale

Jessica Sanchez belts out an amazing rendition of “The Prayer” during American Idol‘s series finale on Thursday (April 7).

The 20-year-old season 11 runner-up was joined by prior contestants for a medley of songs, which was opened by Katharine McPhee and Casey James singing Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now”.

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Other performers, who Harry Connick Jr. called “some of the best singers American Idol has discovered,” included Carly Smithson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard and Amber Holcomb.

Watch Jessica Sanchez perform on the American Idol finale below…

Jessica Sanchez Sings “The Prayer”

FYI: Katharine is wearing a Shady Zeineldine gown.

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Ryan Seacrest Says Goodbye 'For Now' on 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

Ryan Seacrest might have left the most-talked about moment from the American Idol finale for the last second!

The 41-year-old host signed off from the show by saying goodbye “for now” as the screen faded to black.

“The real reason our lives have changed forever is you at home. We know that. We appreciate that. And one more time, this is so tough, we say to you from Hollywood, good night America… for now,” he said while closing the show.

It has been said all year that this is just the “farewell season” of American Idol and the show’s series creator Simon Fuller said the other day that it will “for sure” be coming back someday in another form. We will just have to wait and see!

Make sure to find out who was crowned the final winner of the series.

A video posted by MaryLee Huerta (@4marylee13) on

FYI: Ryan is wearing Max Verre shoes.

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