"American Idol" is back for its 15th and final season, and we're taking a look at some of the most banging auditions ever.
William Hung launched his three-album music career on "American Idol" but later found his talents were better suited as a statistical analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
We laughed. We cried. We witnessed the ever-evolving judge's table.
It's a show that has influenced a nation, like when this man, who called himself General Larry Platt, built a meme from the ground up.
"Pants on the Ground" even spurred this reaction from the Minnesota Vikings.
Perhaps the show keeps our reality-TV-loving hearts beating because it pairs the tone-deaf with the transcendent — introducing us to superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.
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