Is American Idol returning after its huge series finale send-off? Thousands (if not millions) of fans tuned in to watch the finale on Thursday night, which featured tons of past contestants and quite a few epic performances. However, there was one very curious moment at the very end of the show that made fans’ ears perk right up.
According to People, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest hinted at something during his sign off.
“And one more time – this is so tough – we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America,” Seacrest said, appearing to get emotional. After a brief pause, he added, “For now.”
While American Idol as fans know it has ended, there may very well be a sort of revival in the works. Yes, already. According to the report, American Idol creator Simon Fuller is thinking ahead to his next big project. It sounds like Ryan Seacrest may be involved, too, more than likely in a hosting capacity.
“There will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format. Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version. And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again, maybe adding another dimension to it,” Fuller said during a recent interview.
American Idol went through quite a few changes over the past 15 seasons. While the show became less popular over the years, there was still a decent amount of viewership, which is something that Fuller seems to want to take advantage of. A new show could be a great way to capitalize on the existing fanbase, however, there is quite a bit of competition from other talent shows currently on television.
A new singing-based reality show may or may not do well for Fuller, but it sounds like he is willing to give it a shot.
Of course, a new show would have to be completely refreshing in order to spark interest — fans tend to get tired of watching the same things over and over again — but it could potentially work. Bringing Ryan Seacrest back to host would be smart as well, since he not only does a great job hosting, but he has a following of his own.
According to Mail Online, Ryan Seacrest was having a pretty hard time letting go of the gig that basically helped shape him into the star he is today. Thursday was a very emotional night for him, but his closing statement gave plenty of hope to fans and for his future in the business.
The American Idol standard bearer recently talked about the relationships that he formed on the show with its original judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. The four formed a very unique bond when they started the show back in 2002. Of course, the original four were together on Thursday night for one last hurrah.
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“We had such a good, tight and close relationship. We’d say to each other, ‘don’t bring up what we were just talking about backstage because it’s personal.’ But that’s exactly what Simon would do, and we’d have a laugh about it. It made the show so much more fun for us,'” Seacrest said in a recent interview.
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