American Idol Winner: Crowned!

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It was a season of judges fighting and ratings dwindling.

Of men disappearing early and women showing their strength.

And, oh, did we mention judges fighting?

But American Idol finally came to an end tonight and - unlike the bloated two hours and seven minutes that it took for Fox to announce the winner - we will not waste anymore of your time in announcing the champion is...

Candice Glover Wins!

... CANDICE GLOVER!

Considered the front-runner for months, Glover broke down as soon as Ryan Seacrest said her name, hugged Kree Harrison and then performed a terrific version of "I Am Beautiful."

What do you think? Did Candice deserve the title?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]