American Idol's TV run is sadly coming to an end.
After 13 years, the hit reality singing competition has been canceled and will culminate after the show's upcoming 15th season, FOX announced on Monday, May 11.
The show's original judges, Simon, Paula and Randy, in 2002. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"American Idol will begin its 15th — and final — season this January on FOX. A season-long celebratory event, American Idol XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final Idol superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols," the network revealed in an official statement.
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Fox further announced the news with a tweet on Monday with the text, "Just announced! @AmericanIdol will begin its 15th – and FINAL – season this JAN on @FOXTV!"
Just announced! @AmericanIdol will begin its 15th – and FINAL – season this JAN on @FOXTV! http://t.co/DLJmi9U3Ff pic.twitter.com/KQffQPjMvn— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) May 11, 2015
Just announced! @AmericanIdol will begin its 15th – and FINAL – season this JAN on @FOXTV! http://t.co/DLJmi9U3Ff pic.twitter.com/KQffQPjMvn
American Idol first premiered in June 2002 with original judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell and hosts Ryan and Brian Dunkleman. Brian later left the show before season two, leaving Ryan as the program's primary host. As the series progressed, stars including Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Steven Tyler joined the judges' table.
Previous competitors on the hit show include singers Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Jordin Sparks, among others.
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