American Idol to End After 2016 Season

We have American Idol to thank for talented artists like Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, Rubin Studdard, and Kelly Clarkson, but now we must prepare to say goodbye to the long-running reality show.

Fox announced on Monday (May 11) that the upcoming 15th season will be the last hurrah. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will close out as judges — the season will premiere in January 2016 and "pay tribute to the past 14 seasons."

American Idol launched in 2002 and was a ratings champion for close to a decade. In recent years, the show has dropped considerably in ratings and has undergone several judge changes.

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