American Idol Has Officially Been Canceled

After 13 years on the air, American Idol has officially been canceled! According to Us WeeklyFOX made the announcement on Monday, May 11,

"American Idol will begin its 15th -- and final -- season this January on FOX," the network wrote in a release. "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."

The show's original judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson have been long gone. In addition to these and the current judges, other judges over the years included Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, The show has started the careers of quite a few popular singers including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Clay Aiken, and Jordin Sparks.

This is a cancellation I'm happy about honestly! I understand that the show has and still is helping to develop the careers of several great singers, However, this show has been holding on by a thread for a long time. Despite new little bells and whistles, not as many people are watching as when the show first started out. Other than the auditions, I don't even bother anymore. Honestly, I think it should've been canceled once Simon left. Hopefully, it goes out with a big bang though! I see them bringing back a lot of the AI alum to say goodbye, and that's an episode I'll be watching!

Image via Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images

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