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'American Idol' finale: There's still no beating Kelly Clarkson

'American Idol' finale: There's still no beating Kelly Clarkson

The president offered his thanks, Brian Dunkleman forgave Ryan Seacrest, JLo reminded everyone how it’s done, and Simon Cowell and his chest hair were once again reunited with Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

Oh, and in a big upset, Trent Harmon won the thing.

But even in the 15th and final finale of “American Idol,” it was tough to beat Kelly Clarkson.

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