American Idol Renewed For 15th And FINAL Season
“American Idol” is coming to an end. The FOX music competition was renewed for one last season on Monday.
The groundbreaking reality series will return next year for its 15th and final season. Ryan Seacrest will finish out the run as host, with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban as the judges. FOX says the farewell will “pay tribute to the past 14 seasons.”
“American Idol” debuted in 2002 with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson looking for the next big superstar. The series became a ratings juggernaut, and launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris Daughtry, among others. Judges went on to include Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Tyler, Nicki Minaj, and Mariah Carey.
Ratings, however, steadily declined over the last few seasons, and the show has failed to produce a major star in a number of years. For the first time in the series’ history, FOX cut back on the number of hours this year, reducing the show from two nights a week to just one. The format was altered to fit the reduced schedule, and will conclude this Tuesday and Wednesday, with Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani, or Jax named the winner on the season 14 finale.
FOX made the announcement in advance of its upfront presentation on Monday. What do you think of the “American Idol” era nearing its end? Is it long overdue or coming too soon?