It’s the end of a musical era. Fox announced on Monday that the hit singing competition “American Idol” will be concluding after Season 15. The final installment is slated to air January 2016.
According to reports, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will all return as judges for the fifteenth season along with Ryan Seacrest who will host the last installment of the beloved singing competition . TVLine revealed that the season will “pay tribute to the past 14 seasons” of the show that first premiered in 2002. "American Idol" is still currently airing Season 14.
The Simon Fuller-created television series made its summer debut 13 years ago with bad-boy Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson acting as the show’s original judges. “American Idol” proved to be successful, becoming TV’s number one show in Season 2. However, as the show progressed, the Fox program began experiencing issues -- specifically behind the judges panel.
Fox attempted to draw ratings by casting A-list celebs to critique the hopeful participants. The judges ranged from Mariah Carey to Steven Tyler and Nicki Minaj, but not even big name celebs could increase interest from the fans. The Wrap reported that the pop culture phenomenon reached a new low during the Season 14 premiere of “American Idol" as it only brought in 1.4 million in the 18-49 demographic.
Fox finally decided to cancel the long-running series. But we have a feeling “American Idol” will go out with a bang for its fifteenth and final season.
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