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After the finale: 11 things to miss about 'American Idol'

After the finale: 11 things to miss about 'American Idol'

I’ve been waiting all season long to feel nostalgic about “American Idol,” the show many of us have spent years watching — if perhaps off and on in recent seasons. But the feeling eluded me until the finale.

It wasn’t the parade of “Idol” contestants, judges and wannabes past (or co-hosts, for that matter — nice to see you, Brian Dunkleman) on Thursday’s lavish two-hour series finale that did it. And it wasn’t the performances in which many of the performers showed just how talented they are and how much they’ve grown (sometimes literally) since last stepping into the “Idol”...

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