AceShowbiz - "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 23 was all about the winner announcement, but %cFantasia Barrino% knew how to make her performance that night memorable. Tapped for a duet of "Take Me to the Pilot" with eliminated finalist %cJoshua Ledet%, the "Bittersweet" songstress rocked a black skintight outfit that highlighted her curve.
Joshua opened the set solo before welcoming the winner of "Idol" season 3, whom he dubbed the biggest inspiration of his life. The two showed off their strong vocals on the stage before walking down the stage to greet the audience. They kept screaming until their performance was cut for a commercial break.
While Joshua had a chance to team up with his idol, fellow contestants %cHollie Cavanagh%, %cSkylar Laine%, %cElise Testone%, %cErika Van Pelt%, %cShannon Magrane% and %cJessica Sanchez% were lucky to share a stage with %cChaka Khan% to sing "I'm Every Woman". Jessica additionally had a duet with %cJennifer Holliday% in a performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
Another "Idol" alumna %cJordin Sparks% was also invited back to the show for a cover of "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Hollie. Meanwhile, the boys of the Top 12 (minus %cPhillip Phillips%) were joined by %cNeil Diamond% to sing "Sweet Caroline".
Also catering the audience before %cRyan Seacrest% announced the champion of the singing competition were %cRihanna%, %cJennifer Lopez%, %cAerosmith%, %cReba McEntire% and many others. Later that night, Phillip repeated his performance of "Home" after he was declared the winner of the eleventh season.
Fantasia Barrino and Joshua Ledet's "Take Me to the Pilot":
The girls of Top 12 and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman":
Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going":
Hollie Cavanagh and Jordin Sparks' "You'll Never Walk Alone":
Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick, Colton Dixon, Joshua Ledet and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline":