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2012 'American Idol' finale

Ace Young's proposal to Diana DeGarmo was among the many special moments during the season 11 finale.

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Carrie Underwood

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Carrie Underwood arrives at Fox's "American Idol 2012" Finale Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Scotty McCreery

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Scotty McCreery arrives at Fox's "American Idol 2012" Finale -Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez

Finalists Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez stand on stage during the 11th season finale of "American Idol" in Los Angeles, California, May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Ryan Seacrest

Host Ryan Seacrest arrives on the stage during the 11th season finale of "American Idol" in Los Angeles, California, May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Here comes the judges

From left, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson appear onstage at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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Phillip Phillips and John Fogerty

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Finalist Phillip Phillips (L) and musician John Fogerty perform onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Joshua Ledet and Fantasia Barrino

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singers Joshua Ledet (L) and Fantasia Barrino perform onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Chaka Khan

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Rihanna

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Rihanna performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Jessica Sanchez

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Jessica Sanchez performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Skylar Laine and Reba McEntire

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singers Skylar Laine (L) and Reba McEntire perform onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Neil Diamond

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Neil Diamond performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, center, performs onstage at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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Jordin Sparks

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Jordin Sparks performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Ace Young (R) proposes to singer Diana DeGarmo onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Aerosmith

Steven Tyler, left, and Joe Perry, of musical group Aerosmith, perform onstage at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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Final moment

Finalists Jessica Sanchez, left, and Phillip Phillips, center, listen as host Ryan Seacrest announces the winner onstage at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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The season 11 champ

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: ***EMBARGO: This image is embargoed until 10:00PM PT/ 1:00AM ET*** Winner Phillip Phillips performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2012" results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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