Once its 15th spring season in 2016 is over, the hit TV series American Idol will be no more. Fox has decided that they will cancel, what used to be one of its most successful shows since early 2000’s. Co-Chairman and CEO of Fox News shares that it was “a pretty tough decision”.
Idol had gained popularity in its early years and it was TV’s number one show in 2002 and held that position for the following eight years. The show plays a big part in the making of the biggest stars we have today; including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, and Jennifer Hudson. All of them notorious for receiving the well deserved golden ticket that allowed them to move on to Hollywood and continue onto more challenging rounds.
American Idol’s popularity has seemed to dwindle over the past few years however. With similar shows like ‘The Voice’ and ‘X-Factor’ being aired and the loss of Simon Cowell as the most noteworthy judge on the show, Idol began losing viewers. Their viewer rates declined dramatically, from over 37 million viewers in 2007 (Season 6) to only 15 million viewers throughout season 13. Although they did try to tweak some facets of the show, it did not seem to be enough. Finally, after much debate, Fox was able to come to terms with a tough but carefully thought out decision to end the show completely.
Current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. will be attending the celebration of the final season including long time host, Ryan Seacrest.