American Idol

‘American Idol’ Canceled After Season 15 in 2016

American Idol is coming back one last time.

FOX has announced that the show has been renewed for a fifteenth and final season with judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. all returning alongside host Ryan Seacrest.

In the renewal announcement, FOX said that Season 15 will be a “season-long celebratory event,” which I would imagine means we’ll be seeing a lot of familiar faces from Idol’s past. Hell, this season alone, we’ve gotten Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Elliott Yamin back for appearances. If the show digs deeper into its pool of alumni, it could make for a poignant farewell season.

'American Idol' To End After Season 15

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Of course, this final season announcement isn’t that big of a shock, considering the show has pretty much cratered in the ratings this year, continuing its downward trend from the past several years. Apparently, talent salaries were seriously cut this season due to the reduced amount of show time per week, since Idol is now a once-a-week series with a combined performance/results show.

I can’t say this news doesn’t legitimately sadden me, even though I figured it was coming. I love Idol, even in its weaker seasons, and while I’ll still The Voice, AGT, and all my international X Factor shows for that reality talent fix, American Idol was that unique juggernaut that not only produced good TV, but also viable music stars. It’s hard to remember a time where it wasn’t on the air every January, as it’s become something of a midseason tradition. That said, it really is time, as reality singing shows in general seem to be on their way out. Considering how the ratings are going this year, it’s actually something of a kindness that the show is getting a final season at all. Maybe they can reboot it in 10 years, but for now, it feels like it’s overdue to be put out to pasture.

I’m definitely going to miss it though.

But what do you think of the final season announcement? Sound off in the comments!

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