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‘American Idol’ Ending After Season 15 on Fox

11 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

American Idol” is finally coming to a close. The 15th and final season will premiere January 2016.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will return as season 15 judges, along with host Ryan Seacrest.

While searching for the final “Idol” superstar, the last season will also serve as a “celebratory event,” paying tribute to fourteen seasons of contestants, winners and fans.

Fox TV Group chairman-ceo Gary Newman said it was “not an easy decision” to call it a wrap for “Idol” after much discussion with producers.

“It’s the right time to bring this run to a close,” Newman said in a conference call Tuesday. “We really wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory … and send it off in a way that is as significant as the run it’s had on our network.”

The show will air in its usual Wednesday-Thursday pattern to start »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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