'American Idol's' Final Season Opening Sequence Is Pure Nostalgia

by Zach Seemayer 8:55 PM PST, December 23, 2015
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Do you remember when American Idol was the biggest show on television? Well, the opening sequence of American Idol's farewell season is here to remind you.

This look back at the past 15 seasons of the Fox reality singing competition gives many Idol fans the warm fuzzies -- harkening back to the days when the entire nation gathered around their TVs to see who would be the next American Idol!

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The fun walk down memory lane is only slightly dampened when we’rereminded of Brian Dunkleman's short-lived run as co-host during Idol’sfirst season.

But as American Idol wraps up its illustrious run after a decade and a half, it's admittedly nice to bathe in the nostalgia of the insanely popular early days of the beloved show -- back when Simon Cowell was the mean judge, Randy Jackson was the friendly judge, and Paula Abdul was the third judge.

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Although from this opening sequence, you'd never know the show had any other judges other than its current panel of Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. Dunkleman gets 15 seconds of screen time but they couldn't throw in one classic Cowell zinger about how someone is bad and should feel bad? That's disappointing.

The 15th and final season of American Idol premieres Jan. 6 at 8 p.m.ET/PT on Fox.

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