The network announced that American Idol will go off the air after its 15th and final season next spring.
The cast from the past few seasons, with Ryan Seacrest as host and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr as judges, will return for a season-long celebration of the show’s history.
American Idol faded over the past few years, eclipsed in the music competition genre it pioneered by The Voice on NBC. Personnel changes didn’t help, and neither did tinkering with the format, as the show fell victim to what kills off most television series — old age.
Idol was a quick hit, with fans following contestants and their dream of Hollywood and stardom. In the early years, American Idol showed many of the cringe-worthy auditions but has resisted those recently.
The big-voiced Clarkson became a major pop star after winning Idol, and Underwood is a solid performer on the country charts. Personalities like Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken also became household names through Idol.