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Fox have announced today that the next season—the 15th, of American Idol will be its last.

The judges for the last season will be the same as for the last two; Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr—with the original host Ryan Seacrest remaining in place.

The final swan song will pay tribute to the show's previous years so expect to see a lot of previous winners back to perform.

Ratings for Idol peaked around 2006 when it welcomed an unbelievable 36 million viewers for the season finale. Since then however, ratings have fallen every season and with the high production costs, Fox have decided that its time is up.

American Idol launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and of course Adam Lambert to name but a few. It was the first show of its genre and spawned numerous other singing competitions including The X Factor, America's Got Talent (both of which also starred Simon Cowell as judge), and of course The Voice, which is still going strong.

The cull was announced as part of Fox's announcement revealing its fall schedule and also a list of canceled shows including The Following, Backstrom and The Mindy Project.


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