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President Obama Urges People to Vote on 'Idol' Finale (Video)

President Barack Obama kicked off the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) with a taped message urging the country to vote.

“Congratulations to everyone at American Idol on an incredible 15 season run. This show transformed television. It inspired young artists and captivated audiences across the county. And it taught America what it means to be pitchy,” the President said while kicking off his speech.

American Idol has achieved something else as well. For over a decade, this show has motivated millions of young Americans to vote, often and with enthusiasm,” Obama continued. “We should do the same in our lives as citizens of this country we love. Voting is the most fundamental and sacred right of democracy. I believe it should be almost as easy as voting on American Idol, and we’re working on that. But when we choose not to vote we surrender that right. We surrender our voice to someone else.”

“Not all of us can sing like Kelly Clarkson, but all of our voices matter,” he added. “This show reached historic heights, not only because Americans watched it, but because you participate din its success. And the same is true of America. We reach our full potential when every American participates. So go to Vote.gov and register to vote today.”

Kelly Clarkson Sings 'A Moment Like This' & All Her Hits for 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

Kelly Clarkson performs an amazing medley in a pre-taped performance for the American Idol series finale, which aired on Thursday (April 7).

The 33-year-old singer couldn’t attend the actual finale as she is due to give birth any day, so she taped her performance when she appeared on the show in February.

Kelly performed a medley of all her hit songs including “Miss Independent,” “Breakaway,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Because Of You,” “Behind These Hazel eyes,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “Stronger,” “Heartbeat Song,” and “Invincible.” She closed the performance with her Idol coronation song “A Moment Like This” and it was an amazing moment!

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La'Porsha Renae & Trent Harmon Sing 'It Takes Two' at 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon hit the stage together during the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The two finalists for the show’s farewell season sang the classic song “It Takes Two,” the same song that the first final two – Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini – sang on the first season finale.

“Hey @JustinGuarini remember when they told us we were gonna sing this duet right before the show started 14 years ago hahaha!! #idolfinale,” Kelly tweeted during the performance.

Make sure to vote in our poll to let us know who you think should win!

Earlier in the night, La’Porsha and Trent walked the red carpet together.

10+ pictures inside of La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon at the finale… More Here! »

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Brian Dunkleman Returns to 'American Idol' for Finale!

Brian Dunkleman surprises the crowd on stage at the opening of the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 44-year-old former host of the show was invited by longtime host Ryan Seacrest to introduce the judges at the top of the show.

Brian also joked about how Ryan should get prepared to be unemployed after tonight and how he knows how it feels. He was let go from the series right after the first season.

“I want to congratulate the show on struggling along another 14 seasons without me,” he joked.

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Scotty McCreery, Jordin Sparks & Lauren Alaina Arrive at 'American Idol' Finale

Scotty McCreery suits up while on the red carpet at the finale of American Idol on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 22-year-old season 10 winner was joined on the carpet by runner-up Lauren Alaina and season six winner Jordin Sparks.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Scotty McCreery

All three singers are set to take the stage during the finale to perform, including a performance from Jordin alongside former judge Kara DioGuardi.

Make sure to check out everyone who’s set to take the stage during the show.

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Carrie Underwood Wears Sheer Dress to 'American Idol' Finale

Carrie Underwood looks absolutely amazing in her sheer dress while attending the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old singer will be hitting the stage for a performance during the event!

Carrie won the fourth season of the hit competition series and her season’s runner-up, Bo Bice, was also seen on the red carpet.

“I can’t believe I’m here at the @AmericanIdol farewell. It’s been an incredible run! Thank you for season 4! I know I’m gonna cry tonight…” Carrie tweeted earlier in the day.

FYI: Carrie is wearing a Yanina Couture gown.

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Fantasia & LaToya London Reunite at 'American Idol' Finale

Fantasia Barrino and LaToya London walk the carpet at the series finale of American Idol on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The ladies were two-thirds of what was referred as the “Three Divas” during season three. Jennifer Hudson was the other diva!

The three divas will be reuniting in a pre-taped performance as Jennifer is currently starring on Broadway in The Color Purple through May 8.

Other former Idols walking the carpet were Pia Toscano, Diana DeGarmo, and Melinda Doolittle.

Make sure to listen to Fantasia‘s new single “Ugly,” which she is scheduled to perform during the show tonight!

10+ pictures inside of Fantasia Barrino and more at the finale… More Here! »

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