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President Barrack Obama congratulates American Idol

President Barack Obama was the inaugural act for the final episode of “American Idol.”

In recorded comments, Obama commended the show on its 15-year run. He noted that it inspired millions of young people to vote for competitors.

Obama called voting the most important and revered rite of American democracy. It should be almost as easy as voting on “American Idol,” he said, adding “we’re working on that.”

Not all of us can sing like opening “Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, he said, but all of our voices matter.

Tonight’s series finale quarries two young dynamo singers from Mississippi.