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‘American Idol’: 15 Years of Best, Worst Moments

From William Hung to Kelly Clarkson, the music competition show has impacted pop culture in many ways

The American Idol vocal competition series has been a huge piece of our pop-culture puzzle for the past 15 seasons, beaming into our living rooms to introduce us to Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, as well as William Hung, the Bikini Girl and Paula Abdul's space cadet side. From Kelly Clarkson being crowned the inaugural winner way back in the summer of 2002 to Adam Lambert being robbed in Season 8 to this year's farewell season reminding us just how much the onetime ratings juggernaut has fallen, the reality singing competition helped shape the modern landscape in which we now live. As we prepare to for the final Idol crowning tonight, we look back at all the good, bad and WTF moments that made us love and loathe the show.

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