On April 7th, the fifteenth season of American Idol came to an end. Fox announced on May 11, 2015 that the fifteenth season would be the final season of American Idol; as such, the season was expected to have an additional focus on the program's alumni. Contemporary Christian artist Colton Dixon who came in at the seventh place on Idol's 11th season, returned to perform. Ryan Seacrest returned as host, with Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez all returning for their respective third, fourth, and fifth seasons as judges. Trent Harmon won the season against runner-up La'Porsha Renae.
Sitting on a piano Dixon performed his touching Christian hit "Through All of It." The song's poignant lyrics, which brilliantly captured the moment for the night's two anxious finalists and the show as a whole, include: "I have won and I have lost, I got it right sometimes, but sometimes I did not. Life's been a journey. I've seen joy, I've seen regret. Oh and You have been my God through all of it."
Dixon's debut album, A Messenger, which he released in 2013, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Christian and Gospel charts, and it clenched the No. 15 position on the overall albums chart. His second album, ANCHOR, has also yielded No. 1 hits.