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
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