American Idol Season 14 Winner: Clark Beckham or Nick Fradiani?

Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani
Did Connecticut singer Nick Fradiani or Tennessee native Clark Beckham win the title of American Idol season 14? Michael Becker/Fox

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your American Idol! The long-running Fox reality series crowned the champion of season 14 on Wednesday night after a two-hour show packed with performances from Fall Out Boy, Pitbull, Jamie Foxx, Ricky Martin, NKOTB, former judge Steven Tyler and many, many more.

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The two singers remaining in the competition, 29-year-old Nick Fradiani and 22-year-old Clark Beckham, made up the first all-male final two since season 8’s face-off between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. (And, since Idol is ending after season 15 in 2016, it’s the second-to-last final two ever!)

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Connecticut singer Nick Fradiani’s coronation song is original single “Beautiful Life.” Michael Becker/Fox

After the aforementioned performers — plus the Idol judges, Chris Brown, Echosmith, The Jacksons, Vance Joy, Michael McDonald, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers, and Prince Royce — took the stage, some with season 14 finalists, Ryan Seacrest finally crowned a winner.

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Tennessee native Clark Beckham’s American Idol coronation single is “Champion.” Michael Becker/Fox

And the recipient of American Idol‘s penultimate confetti shower is Connecticut singer Nick Fradiani, who performed original single “Beautiful Life” after winning the title.

“I remember watching when [Phillip Phillips] won and he kind of broke down and the confetti and seeing his family — I was getting emotional watching it,” he told Us Weekly of whether or not he’d imagined winning the whole competition. “And that’s what I think about — I think of my family. I think of my mom and my dad. It takes a lot to get me emotional but just thinking of that is what I think of. My parents’ faces, that would be what I’m thinking of.”

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