Can you believe American Idol premiered 15 years ago?
The musical competition show has gone through its fair share of judges, but fans could never forget the original three: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. It was recently revealed that the show — which originally aired on FOX — will be returning for another season to air on ABC.
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"American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon," said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, of the show's cancellation last spring. "ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams."
Randy, Paula, and Simon during Season 1. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Not only was Idol an entertaining show for fans, but it also launched contestants like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood into stardom. With 15 seasons on air, the show is responsible for kickstarting many people's careers in Hollywood.
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"I feel so fortunate and a tremendous sense of gratitude that I got to be a part of something from day one that's leaving an incredible legacy," Paula told Rolling Stone last year. "The incredible stars and the rare talent that we got to see — not just from the winners — were so brilliant and part of something so big. We got to see them go on and achieve world success and win some of the most coveted, prestigious awards in the entertainment business."
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Click through the gallery below to see Paula, Randy, and Simon then vs. now!
The British reality show judge and producer was notorious for his insults towards contestants on the show. Whether you loved him or hated him, his tough critiques and sometimes controversial comments made him a memorable part of the show. Simon left Idol in 2010 and currently serves as a judge on The X Factor UK, Britain's Got Talent, and America's Got Talent.