American Idol Winner and Runner-Up

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Bethany and Christianne are joined via satellite with the season 15 winner Trent Harmon and runner up La'Porsha Renae to talk about the whirlwind competition.

Harmon, 24, whose supple voice won over viewers, said on Wednesday’s show that his persistence made him believe he had a shot at winning.

The 22-year-old runner-up, Renae, is a single mother who overcame domestic abuse to compete. She’s also from Mississippi.

“American Idol,” once a ratings powerhouse that influenced TV and music, had suffered steady audience erosion before Fox decided it would end this season.

Both contestants just say they are ready to get back to work.