Paula Abdul returned. Simon Cowell was given a send-off by a slew of past finalists. And Janet Jackson performed.
But the American Idol finale belonged to Lee DeWyze. He was crowned the ninth-ever champion off the show, knocking off Crystal Bowersox on the finale.
Did he deserve the title?
Upon hearing his name uttered by Ryan Seacrest, Lee was clearly moved. Tearing up, he said he loved Crystal and could not even put into words what it felt like to be the winner.
He then sang the cover of "Beautiful Day" that will soon be heard across your radio dial. Below, relive Lee's journey on the show and send in your congratulations to the singer!