After 15 seasons American Idol will be cancelled; the show which launched the careers of Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. FOX announced the news in a statement, saying:
“A season-long celebratory event, American Idol XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final Idol superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols.”
Speculations started to begin of whether Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will be returning to the judging panel for one last time. FOX’s chairman Dana Waldon said they would ‘welcome any of them back.’
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return as judges along with Ryan Seacrest as host.
The talent show will begin its final season in January 2016.