They endured everything from incoherent judge feedback to the daunting presence of Sanjaya Malakar.
Now, the remaining two contestants on "American Idol" — Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks — will vie for a title as No. 1.
Tonight's performance round starts at 8 p.m., followed by Wednesday night's two-hour elimination episode at the same time.
Sure, everyone's wondering who will win, but fans are probably equally anxious to see if judge Paula Abdul — who broke her nose over the weekend while trying to avoid stepping on her Chihuahua — will be wearing a massive bandage.
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If the finale is the first season six episode you'll watch — or you just want to sound cool at the office water cooler — head over to the "American Idol" blog at www.ledger-enquirer.com.
There, you can get a summary of both singers' strengths and weaknesses, as well as a recap of each of the 16 performances they delivered this season.
The same blog will be updated regularly during both episodes of "Idol.
Stay tuned to the blog later this week, when you'll have an opportunity to weigh in on this season's most memorable moments — everything from best performance to most bizarre send-off.