Official: ‘American Idol’ To End After 15 Seasons

Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by Sam

Flames to dust, lovers to friends, all good things must come to an end. And for FOX talent search ‘American Idol’ that end has been confirmed.

Details below…

Deadline reports:

It’s an end of an era. One of the most successful reality series ever,American Idol,will end its run after one final season. 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 notable alumni.

Since launching in 2002, Idol has catapulted the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood in superstardom. The show is also credited with introducing the US and wider world to Simon Cowell and revitalising the career of panelist Paula Abdul.

In recent years, ratings have waned despite high profile additions to the judging panel, including the notorious Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey signings in 2012.

Say what folk will about Idol, there’s no denying it’s cultural and commercial impact.

Will its end signal the final fifteen minutes for the talent-search format or will it open the door for an edgier replacement? Time will tell!

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  1. Suicide Blonde May 11, 2015

    The current judges are the best on American Idol history.

    • Dem Lessers May 11, 2015

      I hope this is sarcasm.

    • maurice May 11, 2015

      the current judges are all flops who need steady exposure and a steady income.
      And that’s the truth, honey.

      • lol May 11, 2015

        Jennifer Lopez does not needs American Idol for A income.. believe that!! and neither does Keith Urban

  2. Gee May 11, 2015

    Thank you Lord this ship sailed a long time ago.

  3. Biting Truth May 11, 2015

    Good. American Idol made a mockery of vocalists and a singers road to fame, and as time went on it became less about the competitors and more about which stars they got to agree to sit at the judges table that season. Glad it’s going. Hopefully the fall of this show will be a ripple effect that cancels those other horrid “singing competition” shows.

  4. NT May 11, 2015

    I’m so sad about this because growing up with this show was an amazing experience, however this show isn’t turning out superstars like it use to … Carrie Underwood, Kelly, Fantasia. I’m however happy because season 10 and up has just been not interesting.

  5. gina May 11, 2015

    shoulda ended it after season 10.

  6. #JACKIE May 11, 2015

    No one watches the show anymore and most of the winners are flops

    • Ciara the Flop May 11, 2015

      Most of the winners and finalists outsold your fave. So, if they are flops…

      • Ego May 11, 2015

        Actually there are only two American Idol contestants that have out sold Ciara and that’s Kelly and Carrie! Most of the winners after that did so-so to poor in sells. Ciara has been flopping since 2009 and her first two albums have still made her the better seller compared to all those people which is saying something.

      • Kelly May 11, 2015

        LOL @ that media gif, post the most hilarious memes and media gif.

      • Kelly May 11, 2015

        @ Mark.

    • Shady81 May 11, 2015

      Oh Like Ciara or shall I say A.K.A C-A-Flop those artist you call flops out sold Ciara, even the panel of judges Paula, Mariah, Keith,Harry,and Jennifer out sold Ciara, the special guest who performed on American Idol including Janet Jackson out sold Ciara. Simon and Randy helped, Produced,Wrote even created Artist who out sold Ciara even Kara wrote for artists who out sold Ciara’s entire existence, so there. Don’t come for others when your fave couldn’t even out sell people Cough Cough(Beyonce,Rhianna,Chris Brown,Bruno Mars Etc.) Who came out after her. So keep it cute or put it on mute now have a nice day!.

      • #JACKIE May 11, 2015

        Wow I have you b****** steam pressed over a simple FACTUAL statement. Sit your bum asses all the way down.

      • Shady81 May 11, 2015

        #Jackie who the f*** you calling a bum b**** you’ve tried your fave is the bum I mean she came out the same time Beyonce went solo and can’t even meet nor match her stats in music or the charts not even accomplishments, and don’t get me started where she is when it comes to Rihanna don’t get me started. How in the hell is Ciara gonna come out in 2002 Rihanna came out and 2005 and Rihanna is way more prominent and more globally known than Ciara and I might add a bigger music sensation than your fave, you do the math Beyonce has worked with everyone from newer artist to Iconic Legendary artist as well as Rihanna, and your fave is stuck trying to grasp Janet Jackson attention when she worked with her already on the Feedback remix even Janet doesn’t even want any part of her irrelevance so she continues to dodge and pay her as major dust. I guess Janet said “b**** your not gonna try to hang on to my legendary legacy in order to gain relevancy from your already diminishing career”. So b**** you’ve tried it and be careful because I’m always ready to tango with the reading and the shade if you’re down to throw it out there.

  7. Dem Lessers May 11, 2015

    This is when Fox should’ve introduced the X Factor. Stupid having them run along each other.

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  9. Centurion May 11, 2015

    Good riddance. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood were the real winners. J. hud won an Oscar. Poor B. 😆

  10. Molly May 11, 2015

    This was long overdue.

  11. Igguana AZoolea May 11, 2015

    Every time I watch Nicki’s High School video I really wish I was her. She just looks so perfect and beautiful in it. But yeah thank god, this show fell off a while ago

    • Barb-wire May 11, 2015

      Lol off the topic hun…. but #carryOn

  12. Kelendria May 11, 2015

    I remember people would try to rush home from activities especially CHURCH activities, but hey, the luminati said no need for this because Empire is keeping them from going to them now

  13. Mark111 May 11, 2015

    I only watched one season, I think it was 10, the one with Ellen. I never understood how people could watch this year after year after year. Most of the winners flopped, while some went on with great careers to even ok careers. Kelly (I don’t even put her name and Ai together anymore) Carrie, Fanny, Daughtry had a good run, and maybe Sparks. It even got to the point they only let country singers win because that was the only genre was selling, now that their flopping they gave it the boot.
    And I really thought that David Archuleta was going to be a star, but then it was clear that the kid had aspergers. Oh well.
    Classic moment…

    • NoHateNoShade May 11, 2015

      ????????☕️ Oh My!!

    • OMG Logic!!! May 11, 2015

      If by Aspergers you mean closeted homosexual Mormon then I completely agree.

    • Barb Wire May 11, 2015

      Oh the irony, when you’re an autistic closet homosexual O_O

  14. AmbeRussell May 11, 2015

    I put fault behind the show for making these acts think that their kind of music was going to sell well. Like the last winner sold 11,000 copies and Candace glover, who I liked, under performed and had awful music. The show stopped pushing star winners by season 5, when the grey haired guy won. A few stood out like Sparks and Phil Philips and Scotty, but that was after their debut. No contestant has seen success besides Adam Lambert. Idol doesn’t know how to make stars any more and it was pretty evident after Sandchaze girl came in 2nd to Phil and released a her dated dance album and got dropped later

  15. AmbeRussell May 11, 2015

    Also, X factor is suppose to be returning…. They can keep that show in the uk if they still can’t have their 1st winner album releases. Like how u drop someone before releasing an album or any good singles. The most successful act from X factor is 5th harmony.
    Also x just seemed like an ego boost for the coaches and not for the actual contestants.
    The voice has 0 stars from that show so idk how it is still lasting.

  16. NoHateNoShade May 11, 2015

    Oh wow, I forgot about Candace Glover. What happened to her???.. Never heard from her again after idol.

  17. TheElusiveLamb May 11, 2015

    I quit watching after Fantasia. She is my fav. I love Ruben, Kelly, Candice, and Carrie as well though. They know this is overdue bc when the focus is on the judges and not the contestants, you know what time it is. Still, I miss being in the audience with Mariah giggling and blowing kisses at the Lambily in between commercials.

  18. DTG May 11, 2015

    Having Mariah on the show was such a waste of money. She did nothing for the ratings. No one cared to see her. That’s probably why they got rid of her so quick. Viewers liked JLo better.

    • NoHateNoShade May 11, 2015

      “WHO?!?..” *In my Mariah voice* Lol. You know she like to play JLo dust, even though they have the same exact life.

    • JOHNVIDAL May 11, 2015

      Where´s the proof? Ratings kept sinking after JLo returned. An depite all the exposure JLo fails to sell anything time after time. At least Mariah had a moderate hit thanks to the exposure just one season gave her. And she keeps selling double albums than JLo with every new release, includig last years.

      • NoHateNoShade May 11, 2015

        blah, blah, blah.. Who cares JLo is still successful she had a Top 3 hit with ‘On The Floor’ (PLAT) from here previous album and that song ‘Booty’ from her latest album was Top 20 (GOLD) both on the Billboard HOT 100. Let’s not discredit an act like JLo isn’t an icon. She is everywhere doing everything and endorsing everything. She still can book and stage or gig Mariah can book, hell I wouldn’t be suprised if she ends up with her own residency in Vegas. If we were still in time where there was limited technology all these artist would still be slaying.

      • TheElusiveLamb May 11, 2015

        On the Floor is the only platinum single JLo has released since I’m Real/Get Right. She was dropped from the Tommy Motolla label back in 05 after her 03 album forced them to go over budget just to push her to being platinum. JLo is a legend, but let’s not pretend that she is in Mariah’s legendary status. Google Images is cute, but it doesn’t compare to Mimi.

    • TheElusiveLamb May 11, 2015

      Then why are the ratings the lowest now?

      • NoHateNoShade May 11, 2015

        Who cares the ratings don’t have anything to do with Mariah or JLo.. and I don’t care about her budget everything I stated is still fact.

      • NoHateNoShade May 11, 2015

        I can’t wait til the day they stop selling physical copies of CDs and stop making albums, then we’ll see what yall stans have to hold on to then. Mariah sold all them records when you didn’t have a choice but to buy a tape or cd or record it yourself from the radio. At a time when you could release a single and present your art to the public without being afraid of a failure. Record sales have steadily been declining since 2005 and it’s only gonna get worse. Mariah is on the same level as everyone else seeing as her last album only sold 50,000 (and yes I know that’s not the exact amount, but in that range. Who cares!) and no shade I much rather see JLo then watch Mariah stand there and flicker her hands in all them gowns & too little costumes and all that over the top diva attitude, I don’t care about that I want to be entertained and she doesn’t give me that. Mariah doesn’t even do the sailor dance on ‘Honey’ anymore ????

      • TheElusiveLamb May 11, 2015

        Why are you talking to me? Watered down Selena/Janet moves, prerecorded off pitch vocals, booty injection shaking, and low budget lighting can do it for you, but it doesn’t for me. If you want to see JLO, then GO SEE HER. Mariah doesn’t need you boo boo. Her residency is ALREADY SOLD OUT. Album sales have declined since 05, but why did JLO decline beforehand? Weren’t you just bragging on the ONE certified single On The Floor by JLO, but now want to shade and pretend that Bye Bye, Obsessed, TMB, WBT, Shake it Off, and etc didn’t happen? All of this shade coming from someone who has no shade in their username. Little guy have a seat.

        PS Mariah does a different version of the Honey sailor dance now. If you don’t know what you’re talking about then STFU.

      • NoHateNoShade May 11, 2015

        LMAO! Yall kill me getting so pressed, it’s ok boo Mariah still is death on stage. I said what I said and it ain’t changing so get over it! I didn’t shade Mariah at all, but it’s not that hard to do so if I chose to. Like it or not, it’s my opinion just like you have your opinion. An I will continue to voice my opinion as I please. Now on the ‘Honey’ comment I could care less about what she does now but the last several times I seen her do it she didn’t do anything but prance around in a too little costume that would have looked just fine on JLo. Just like that yawn of ‘Adventures of MiMi’ show. Now you can can try to shade JLo all you want it’s not gona affect me any, but JLo is hotter at the same age and gives a better show. I don’t care about those singles, that doesn’t make JLo any less great, b/c they both bosses. Yall stay reaching just like Mariah for them notes. If you want to go there I have all day. Let’s go! It’s not my fault Mariah is so insecure with herself that she has to try to throw shade at Jennifer.

      • TheElusiveLamb May 11, 2015

        If the gorg Mariah is insecure, what are you? You’ve been shading and comparing the two this entire post. Mariah isn’t worried or jealous over no damn JLO. She hasn’t thrown shade to JLO since 02. She addressed it in 05 and said how she wishes nothing but the best for JLO. Girl have a seat bc you are clearly pressed. Mariah is not supposed to do what JLO does, bc her shows sell and her pockets are swell. The Adventures of Mimi Tour still grossed 100,000× more than you’ll ever see on your net pay from McDonald’s. Thank you though.

  19. Pretty Iggy May 11, 2015

    I lost all respect for the show once they hired Nicki non singing ass to be a judge.

  20. Casual-T May 11, 2015

    Well, the show has been on 14 seasons! I don’t think there is anything wrong with the concept or show. It’s just run its course.

  21. lolhart May 11, 2015

    Hopefully this won’t meant X-Factor comes back. That show was a train wreck and ratings wise it was even beaten by The Sing-off at one point.

  22. LB May 11, 2015

    The show should have ended as soon as Simon left.

  23. FutureCIARA May 11, 2015

    They squeezed the hell out of this show. Hopefully the producers have a better show idea to follow up with, and NOT another singing competition show

  24. Musika May 11, 2015

    They tried with Nicki & Mariah but us Blacks and Asians got no time for that anymore…

  25. You wanna love it right bettor then my funky money May 12, 2015

    Good ???????????? surprise that people still watch that show

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