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'American Idol' Crowns a Winner, Bids Farewell to Randy Jackson in Star-Studded Finale

May 17, 2013 (2:29 am) GMT
Candice Glover duets with Jennifer Hudson and fellow Top 2 finalist Kree Harrison in the last episode of season 12, which also features performances by Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and PSY.

It's a defining moment for and Kree Harrison in "" season 12 final results show aired on May 16. Before they and the viewers got to learn the champion, audience was catered with performances from the Top 10 finalists, returning Idols as well as other notable stars in the music industry, including the judges and .

The Top 10, all dressed in white, opened the show with a cover of 's "Glad You Came". Janelle Arthur then joined halfway through their performance of "DONE".

In a hilarious skit, season 6 winner appeared as a mastermind behind the Top 5 girls' action to sabotage the male finalists. "I'm sorry, guys, it's been five years without a female winner," she said. "I got lonely."

After a medley by the Top 5 guys, got the spotlight as she sang a medley of all-time hits in a pre-taped segment. Korean singing sensation joined the fiesta, dancing "Gangnam Style" to his new hit "Gentleman". Keith Urban also got his chance to take the stage, singing "A Little Bit of Everything".

Candice then teamed up with J-Hud to cover 's "Inseparable", while third-place finisher Angie Miller sang 's "Titanium" with . In a sweet surprise for Angie, her idol invited her to perform her original song "You Set Me Free" at Jessie's live concert in U.K.

Kree was backed up by a star-studded band with Keith on guitar, on bass and on drums when singing "Where the Blacktop Ends". Later, gave a shoutout to the final two via satellite from New York City and addressed Randy's departure from the show, saying, "This evening we say, 'Thank you very much and goodbye' to Randy Jackson."

Another highlight was a performance by former judge who sang her new single "Live It Up" with her collaborator . Candice and Kree teamed up for a duet of Burt Bacharack's "One Less Bell to Answer" before the final results were revealed.

Having received standing ovations and praises from the judges throughout the season, Candice was declared the winner. "I can't even ... oh my God ... three years," she said, apparently losing for words. She sang her coronation song "I Am Beautiful" through tears.

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