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Fox has announced yesterday that American Idol will have its final curtain call next year for season 15. Fox says they are planning a season-long celebratory event that will pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of talented contestants. Idol has been responsible for launching the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and Adam Lambert.
The show is a pioneer in the music competition genre, but has failed to keep the ratings it once had due to more recent shows in the genre, such as The Voice on NBC and Empire another Fox music-based series. A change of judges from the original Paul Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell to Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Australia's very own Keith Urban didn't help ratings either, so the show succumbed to something that kills all television series-old age. The Idol juggernaut was franchised around the world in the early 2000s, including to Australia, where it ran from 2003-2009.
J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban, along with host Ryan Seacrest will appear on the show's final season. Idol's final season will debut on Fox in January 2016. I have to say the most entertaining American Idol contestant for me was William Hung. I mean, who could forget this? (see the video below). Have you guys had any favourite Idol contestants over the years? If so, share your thoughts in the comment box below!