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American Idol Will Air Its Final Season Next Year

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We hope you’ve been savoring all of Jennifer Lopez‘s outfits on American Idol this season because the show will be ending its decade-long run next year.

January will mark the start of American Idol’s final season. According to the show’s producers, the decision to cancel the show was a difficult one. “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,” Fox CEO Gary Newman said. “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 promises a very special final season, which will include appearances from former contestants and judges. Over the past few years, ratings for the show have declined, particularly from its 2006 heyday when it raked in 36 million viewers for its finale. Compare that to the 11.6 million figure they’re working with this year.

Over the years, American Idol has produced several huge stars in music and entertainment including Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks and more. Though we’ll be sad to see the singing competition go, the possibly of watching the ever-displeased Simon Cowell and the ever-positive Paula Abdul bicker again is reason enough to tune in next year. 

[via EW]