Get ready for some tears…or maybe cheers instead? FOX has just announced that the next season of American Idol, one of the most popular reality series in television history, will be its last. You can check out the full story over at Deadline. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Fox has renewed the venerable music competition series for a 15th season, which will be its last. Coming back are host Ryan Seacrest, who has been on the show since Day 1, as well as the judges for the past two seasons Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. In addition to the competition, Season 15 also will reflect on the show’s run and some of its notable alumni.
With all the competition that has popped up in American Idol’s wake over the years (The Voice, The X Factor, etc.), it’s no surprise that the show’s appeal has dissipated over the past decade. I won’t try to pretend I’m all broken up about this news, but truth be told, I have fond memories of watching season 2, which featured Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard facing off for the grand prize. Those atrocious audition scenes at the start of each season offered up endless entertainment as well and shall be missed.
American Idol’s final season is set to premiere some time in 2016.