‘American Idol’ To End In 2016
Today U.S. broadcaster FOX has announced that the long-running reality singing competition programme ‘American Idol‘ will end after its fifteenth season next year.
The show (wrapping up its fourteenth season on May 13) once received a peak of thirty-eight million viewers has now seen its ratings steadily decline over the last number of years. This season the show has averaged roughly just nine million viewers, which would be high for any other programme but considerably lower for the giant this show use to be.
Host Ryan Seacrest and current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. are all expected to return next year for its final run.
Idol’s most famous judging panel consisted of Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson from 2002-2008. The golden trio featured on the shows first seven seasons before being joined by Singer-Songwriter Kara DioGuardi in Season 8.
It was after this that the judging panel saw numerous changes. Firstly with Paula Abdul’s departure at the end of Season 8 and then being subsequently replaced by comedian Ellen Degeneres in 2010.
The end of Season 9 saw the departures of Ellen, Kara and most notably Simon Cowell. However the show was given a new lease of life thanks to the introduction of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler throughout Seasons 10 and 11.
Idol soon hit a rough patch in Season 12 thanks to much discussed ‘rivalry’ between new judges Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj. It was perhaps from this season that the public realised that ‘American Idol‘ was now living on borrowed time…
Away from the judging panel, Idol should also be best remembered for the stars that it produced. The show was responsible for introducing the world to the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks and Adam Lambert
Many of those musicians went on to achieved chart topping success, become Grammy Award recipients and even an Academy Award winner!
Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood has sold the most records in the U.S. and is a seven-time Grammy Award winner. She has gone on to become one the biggest Country musicians and has sold over fourteen million albums in the States alone.
But it is no doubt that Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson has become the biggest international star of the franchise thanks to worldwide hits such as ‘Since U Been Gone‘, ‘Because of You‘, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You‘ and ‘Stronger‘. She has also won three Grammy Awards for her work.
We also can’t rule out Jennifer Hudson’s A-List stardom thanks to her award-winning performance in the movie ‘Dreamgirls‘ and her Grammy Award success with her self-titled 2008 debut album. Not bad for someone who finished only in 7th place during Season 3!
Idol was also a great platform for musicians to promote their latest singles on. During its peak if a known artist performed their new single on a live results show, then it would be guaranteed that their latest single would shoot up the charts the following week.
The success of Idol has also launched rival programming such as ‘The X Factor‘, ‘Nashville Star‘, ‘Rising Star‘ and ‘The Voice‘. While some of the shows have been ratings success, none have consistently achieved high selling and acclaimed artists in the way Idol has.
However it is perhaps the over emphasis on these singing competition programmes that further damaged Idols ratings. With new advanced technology, formats and access towards contestants and more, it made Idol seem dated and pale in comparison to its rivals. Nevertheless it did managed to outlive most of its challengers!
While Idol’s hey day may have come and gone it will certainly be an end of an era once Season 15 wraps next year. So lets wait and see what surprises the show has in store to celebrate and salute farewell to this game-changing and trend-setting show!
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