“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 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!