American Idol fans have been disappointed to know that their beloved reality show has been cancelled. Fox announced on Monday that it canned the popular series that help put undiscovered singers on the map.
American Idol execs are not pulling the plug on the show yet. After the season finale for Season 14 airs on Wednesday, they will carry on with Season 15, which will also be its final season. In fact, AI execs have big plans for the show, telling reporters that it will become a “season-long celebration.”
“Next year, it’s going to be a true season-long celebration. We’re already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special and send it off [in a way] that makes it as significant as the run it’s had on our network.”
Fans should also expect a lot of familiar faces and favorites making a return back to the American Idol stage.
They’re not the only ones speaking out about the cancellation today. Host Ryan Seacrest released a statement to People magazine. Seacrest credited American Idol for his successful career. Without AI, there wouldn’t a Ryan Seacrest, and without Ryan Seacrest, there wouldn’t be a Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
“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.”
So why was American Idol cancelled? CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden didn’t give a straight reason. It’s obvious that interest and ratings in the show have declined over the years.
“You know, it was not an easy decision. American Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run, and we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end. But we wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated.”
Reporters asked if American Idol would move back to its original summertime slot — when the show launched in 2002. Newman admitted that the idea never occurred to him.
“We really didn’t give a lot of thought to that. Idol had been the No. 1 show on broadcast for eight seasons. It was a collective decision that the right way to send this show out is right in the time period it has been for the last [few] years. It still has a great deal of popularity in viewing, and we’re going to deliver a special season.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Season 15 of American Idol will have the same judges as it has for the past two seasons: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr., along with show host Ryan Seacrest.
With the news of American Idol getting axed by Fox, both music and reality star fans are worried about the future for NBC’s hit show, The Voice.
Now fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Even though the ratings for The Voice have gone down, it’s still the network’s most successful show. NBC has confirmed that the reality show will be back for both the 2015-2016 season.
On tonight’s episode, the top six artists will perform in front of Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton for America’s votes. Carson Daly will also host this weekly reality series.
Maybe Idol fans will flock over to The Voice after it ends next year. What are your thoughts? Are you upset to hear the news about American Idol’s cancellation? Are you a fan of The Voice? Or, are you a fan of both shows?
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