Singing competition American Idol is to end after its 15th season kicks off in January.
Fox revealed the show would not be returning after the next season on Monday (May 11), when the U.S. broadcaster released its primetime offerings for the 2015/2016 season.
Billed as a “season-long celebratory event,” season 15 will find host Ryan Seacrest join judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban (pictured) as they search for the final ‘Idol’ and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of the show.
Based on the British competition series Pop Idol - which was created by Simon Fuller - American Idol was launched in the U.S. by Fuller in June 2002, and featured judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
That season’s winner, Kelly Clarkson, was the first in a string of pop stars who got their start on the show, including Carrie Underwood (season four), Jordin Sparks (season six) and Phillip Phillips (season 11). The competition also propelled a wave of talent competition series, such as America’s Got Talent and The Voice .
American Idolis produced by Core Media Group-owned 19 Entertainment with FremantleMedia North America and distributed by FremantleMedia International.