'American Idol' Ending After 15 Seasons

by Jackie Willis 8:35 AM PDT, May 11, 2015
Playing 'American Idol' Ending After 15 Seasons

After launching numerous careers, American Idol is coming to an end.

Fox announced Monday that the singing show will be over after season 15, which will premiere in January.

The long-running competition series has seen a rotation of judges throughout the years, including Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Ellen DeGeneres, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.

Current judges, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., and host Ryan Seacrest will all return for the final season that will pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of talent while crowning the final American Idol winner. 

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Idol has opened the doors for several of music's superstars. Chart-toppers Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood both got their big break after winning their respective seasons. Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and rocker Chris Daughtry also got their start competing on the series.

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"American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it's frankly hard to imagine it without it," Seacrest said in a statement. "It's been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It's a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true too.

He added, "The finale is always my favorite part -- two live shows with lots of surprises, and, of course, one winner!"

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In the meantime, check out ET's interview with Idol alum Adam Lambert: