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Farwell American Idol! Next Season to be the Last

Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 8:10 AM EST

Judges Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban at the American Idol XIV finale.

So American Idol is to be no more after one last hurrah… Season 15, which begins next January on Fox, is to be the grand finale of the network’s hit crooning talent show, its demise blamed on high fees for the judging panels and dwindling audiences.

The show first aired in June 2002. Now current judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., not to mention host Ryan Seacrest who has been there since the start, will make sure the show goes out in style, with what is being billed as a “season-long celebratory event.”

Over the years, the judging panel has changed significantly, and included the likes of Paul Abdul, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.

Won this year by Nick Fradiani, Idol once pulled in 30 million viewers, but by this season numbers had fallen to barely a third of that. Since its beginning, it has made the careers of stars like Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson.

But what do you think? Sad to see Idol go? Or ready to move on?

Picture: AP




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