Phillip Phillips was crowned American Idol winner on Wednesday after seeing off competition from rival singer Jessica Sanchez.
The 21-year-old guitar player triumphed in the glitzy two-hour finale of the TV talent contest and he fought back tears when his name was announced by the show's host Ryan Seacrest.
Phillips is the youngest winner of the competition so far, and he will be hoping to follow in the successful footsteps of other American Idol champions - Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.
The show was a star-studded affair with Reba McEntire, John Fogerty, Neil Diamond, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Holliday and former Idol winners Jordin Sparks and Fantasia Barrino teaming up with this season's finalists for collaborations.
Judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler also performed - Tyler hit the stage with Aerosmith and Lopez belted out her new single Follow the Leader with Mexican duo Wisin y Yandel, while there were also a special set from Rihanna, and the male finalists performed a medley of Bee Gees hits as a tribute to Robin Gibb, who died on Sunday.
The show had another surprise for viewers when previous American Idol star Ace Young proposed to his girlfriend and fellow contestant Diana DeGarmo live on air.
After the future bride accepted the proposal, she remarked, "I'm so speechless right now! And my make-up's running..."