American Idol cancelled after 15 series

Published Monday, May 11 2015, 16:58 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
American Idol has been cancelled.

The US musical talent show that discovered the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson is to end after its 15th series.

American Idol judges PAULA ABDUL, RANDY JACKSON and SIMON COWELL at the Television Critics Association Press Tour Party Fox TV, Los Angeles, California - 17.01.05

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In 2002: Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson with host Ryan Seacrest.

FOX network in the US announced the news today – while also confirming that current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will remain with the show until the end.

American Idol was created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller and first aired in the US in 2002. The show brought Simon Cowell fame in America, who was one of the original judges alongside Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

It also made host Ryan Seacrest a household name - long before he brought the Kardashians to us all as producer of Keeping Up With The Kardashians!

Like X Factor in the UK, the show produced some memorable winners – Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks – and successful contestants who didn't win but went on to big things – Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Daughtry.

The 14th series is currently airing in the US.

Ratings had peaked at 36 million for Idol but have fallen to 11 million in recent months.

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