“American Idol” Season 15 to Be Its Last

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(LOS ANGELES) — What was once the mightiest show on television will end its run next year. American Idol‘s 15th season will be its last.

A tweet from the official American Idol Twitter account declares, “Just announced! @AmericanIdol will begin its 15th — and FINAL — season this JAN on @FOXTV?!”

The news comes as part of FOX’s larger announcement of new, returning and canceled series, revealed in a paragraph buried more than halfway down the page, which goes on to say, “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.”

Debuting in 2002, American Idol quickly became both a TV ratings and music sales powerhouse, discovering pop and country music superstars Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood in their first and fourth seasons, respectively, as well as subsequent stars Fantasia, Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, and others.  However, American Idol has suffered in recent years from steadily-declining audience numbers, a slide it has been unable to stop.

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