By now, everyone must have read that American Idol is ending after Season 15 in 2006.
An update from Huffington Post –
‘UPDATE: Fox executives explained the network’s decision to cancel “American Idol” after its fifteenth season on a conference call with industry reporters on Monday. According to EW, Fox Co-Chairman/ Co-CEO Gary Newman said, “You know, it was not an easy decision. ‘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.”
Newman and other Co-Chairman/ Co-CEO Dana Walden emphasized the celebratory aspect of the show’s final season and Newman called it a “true season-long celebration.” He said, “We’re already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special and make send it off that makes it as significant as the run it’s had on our network.”
EARLIER: Fox has just ushered in the end of an era. The network announced on Monday that the forthcoming season of “American Idol” will be the show’s last. “American Idol” Season 15 will begin airing in January 2016 and will feature longtime host Ryan Seacrest and current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. The final episodes will pay tribute to past contestants, winners and fans throughout the season, serving as a “celebratory event.”
“American Idol” has been a staple in Fox’s lineup since it debuted in 2002 with original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Other famous judges have included Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Steven Tyler. It was also the major launching pad for Seacrest, whose face became a fixture on TV, and dozens of singers including Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee.
Last season, the show was paired with ratings megahit “Empire,” and on the first night without the show, “Idol” dropped 26 percent in the ratings.’
Yes, indeed it is time for AI to call it a day. How many viewers who had liked it as their favourite reality show for several years, had begun to find it boring and bland. How many viewers have moved on to other musical reality shows like The Voice.
For me, AI stopped being of interest after the huge disappointment of the results of Season 7. Asia and the rest of the world should have been allowed to vote to have proved any credence of the outcome. ;)
Anyway, much has happened since then. A human society of like-minded people was formed – persistent and determined – sometimes called ‘stalkers’, sometimes called ‘go-getters’ – but, most recognisably, referred to as ‘Archies’. ;)
And I reckon the discovery of David Archuleta is one of the few phenomena which had emerged from AI – not just in talent and looks which are usually the criteria for becoming an idol of sorts – but also his ability to impress upon the world that “there is another way”.
For my age, I don’t need an Idol, not even an American one (lol), but it is nice to know a singer/person like David exists while I exist. Besides, I am still mighty proud of him! :)
PS: The question in the forefront of my mind is: “What kind of fan surprises are they talking about to make the fans feel special at their final show”?
Hmm.. inviting David Archuleta to sing a song or two would definitely make many ex-AI fans/Archies feel very special indeed! :)