This is the 14th season of American Idol and the contestants are battling it out in the finale tonight as well as tomorrow. FOX has announced that next season, the 15th of the series, will be its final run. American Idol has been cancelled. My Central Jersey reports host Ryan Seacrest’s feelings on the show ending. Seacrest stated:
Next season will be emotional, yes, but next season will be unforgettable.
Seacrest won’t be the only cast member returning for the final season. All three judges – Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban – will all be coming back to make the show go out with a bang. CEO Gary Newman told Entertainment Weekly:
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.
Newman then added:
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.
For this season’s finale, it’s down to Jax, Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani, though Jax seems to be the fan favorite, encompassing the whole package of what it takes to be the American Idol. Who are you voting for to win?