American Idol Cancelled

By Yumia Hobbs      By Getty Images  

By Yumia Hobbs      By Getty Images  

 

 

After a long 13 year journey, American Idol is coming to a close.  The sensational singing competition started out in 2002 with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson as its original judges, but after scandal and other business ventures pulled them away, the show slowly began to decline each time new celebrity judges were brought in to replace previous judges. The show hit its peak during season two when their finale show that resulted in a win for Ruben Studdard, raked in 38 million viewers.  Idol now tends to average around 9 million viewers, which is obviously a far cry from their previous tremendous average. According to Fox, Jennifer Lopez, Harry ConnickJr., and Keith Urban will all return for the final season of American Idol. 

Throughout all of the years and all of the changes, one thing has remained constant on American Idol host- Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest issued a touching statement regarding the show’s cancellation: 

"American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it's frankly hard to imagine it without it. It's been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It's a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true too.”

The fifteenth and final season of American Idol is slated to start in January of 2016.