“American Idol” Creator: Show “Will Be Coming Back For Sure” In New Format

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Simon Fuller American Idol Coming Back

By Shari Weiss

Simon Fuller American Idol Coming Back

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You haven’t seen the last of “American Idol,” but the “American Idol” of the future is likely to have a different format. That’s what the creator of the FOX competition says just days before Thursday’s big finale.

As Gossip Cop has reported, season 15 of “Idol” has been marketed as the “farewell season.” But everyone from Ryan Seacrest to Jennifer Lopez has questioned whether this is truly the end. Now, according to “Idol” mastermind Simon Fuller, the wheels are already in motion to bring the show back.

“There will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format. Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Monday. “And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again, maybe adding another dimension to it.”

Fuller is currently working on the answer to this question: “How does ‘Idol’ live for the next 15 years?” He notes, “Here we are facing our last season on Fox and now the legacy can be more in our focus. Now we can catch our breath. It allows me to rethink the show for the first time. When you’re a No. 1 show, it’s hard to be too bold and brazen about changing the format because it’s working and succeeding. Also, you’re always rushing to get the next season completed. Now we start with a clean sheet of paper.”

“There are loads of ideas being shared and I’m deep in thought about how we can evolve ‘Idol.’ We debuted at the very beginning of the digital world. So the next generation of Idol will be a lot more interactive, a lot more immersive,” Fuller says.

He goes on, “For me the most exciting thing is we can really now dive deep with all the new technology that’s coming. My head is exploding with opportunities. The next generation of ‘Idol’ — and ‘Idol’ will certainly be coming back for sure — will have a youthful glow and it will be pioneering again, just as it was when we first began.”

The three-night “American Idol” finale will begin on Tuesday with a 90-minute retrospective in which Fuller and other key players reflect on the series. On Wednesday, the final two will compete, and on Thursday, “Idol” alumni will give performances before the final winner, for now, is revealed. Gossip Cop will have full coverage. Fuller is pictured above with Lopez in 2014.

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