By the time the confetti falls at the end of Sunday night's (May 19) season 17 finale of American Idol, the top three will have been through more ups, downs and sideways than they probably ever imagined when they auditioned for the show nearly a year ago.
They've shared their stories with America for the past three months as they climbed from round to round, city to city and stage to stage, culminating in the planned blowout season ender, which is set to feature guest appearances from Weezer, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Daddy Yankee, Kool + The Gang, Adam Lambert, Jon Pardi, Kane Brown and Montell Jordan.
You've heard them sing, watched them take in the judge's advice and grow as performers and worn out our voting fingers, making sure that Madison Vandenburg, Alejandro Aranda and Laine Hardy get their chance to hoist that golden microphone after American votes in real time during the three-hour finale.
Everyone has their favorite moments, but what will Madison, Alejandro and Laine remember most about their Idol journey?
In a Billboard exclusive, find out what the final three will keep in their minds when it's all over, win or lose.
Madison Vandenburg: "I want to be remembered for making the Top 3! The moment they called my name is a moment I will never forget!"
Alejandro Aranda: "The first audition I did in front of the judges."
Laine Hardy: "I want to be remembered for showing people to not give up and keep going no matter how hard it gets, because that’s what I’ve been doing this whole season. Pushing myself through it all and to limits, I never thought that I’d reach. The moment I remember the most is just building friendships with all the contestants through the journey. Do what makes you happy!"