It is truly the end of an era. American Idol, which debuted in 2002 and was one of the pioneers show of singing competitions and most popular reality shows of all time, will come to an end in 2016.
While American Idol has been a staple for such a long time, the announcement of its cancellation does not come as much as a surprise. The ratings for the show have been in steep decline for the past few seasons.
“It was not an easy decision,” Gary Newman, chairman and CEO of the Fox Television Group, said during a conference call with reporters. “Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run. We spent a lot of time talking to producers about its future and we all arrived to the conclusion it was time to bring the show to an end. But we wanted to to it in a celebratory way.”
Year after year, people voted and voted for their favorite contestants. Many American Idol alumni have succeeded in various sections of entertainment including music, film, and television. Some of the contestants have went on to have incredibly successful careers. Inaugural winner Kelly Clarkson just released her seventh album. Season 3 contestant Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 and continues to both sing and act. Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is a country superstar who has taken home seven Grammys. Season 5 contestant Chris Daughtry had the fastest selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee starred on NBC’s Smash and can currently be seen on CBS’s Scorpion. Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert saw his sophomore album, Trespassing, debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. There are also many honorable mentions such as Clay Aiken, Rueben, Fantasia, who have all become household names.
American Idol will be missed but at least their are still the stars it produced to keep us company.