After 15 seasons, thousands of hilariously off-key auditions, and tons of tears of triumph and sorrow, American Idol ends tonight. In the beginning, every audition was a capella, but thanks to new rules that started in 2006 contestants were allowed to bring an instrument. Since then, more and more acoustic guitars made their way onto the show.

So in honor of the American Idol finale — in no particular order — here’s a look back at 10 memorable acoustic guitar moments. There are plenty more, so share your favs in the comments.


Zach Person, Season 15

Phillip Phillips, Season 11

Hollywood Anderson, Season 14

Read more about Hollywood Anderson here, in an article from the June 2015 issue.

Melanie Tierce, Season 15

Andrew Garcia, Season 9

Jared White and Keith Urban jam, Season 13

MacKenzie Bourg, Season 15

Kris Allen and Keith Urban duet, Season 8

Tristen Langley, Season 13

Phillip Phillips, Season 11

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