How many hours spent gleeing at the last sparkle of the American Idol airing? How many heartbeats skipped in the finals? How many artists launched at Idol and followed religiously since?
The answers may be countless and revealing of the television history American Idol made. The show is now drawing its last breath during the fifteenth season. Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced on Monday that American Idol is coming to a close.
One statement revealed:
“Having thought about it I thought, ‘No, it’s the right time and very brave I think of Fox to do this.’ It’s still doing very well in the ratings whatever anybody else has got to say. It isn’t doing the 35 million viewers but it’s certainly doing 12 million and a lot of other stations would like that sort of figure, so you’ve got to say it’s preserving the legacy I think of ‘American Idol.'”
American Idol invaded the Fox grid on June 11, 2002 as a remake of a British show. As everything is cyclical, its flashy start as well as its now certain cancellation are hoped to be the forerunners of a new form the TV show will reappear in.
The success of the otherwise mediocre American Idol remains still widely unexpected. Airing as it has during summer when all bids are off for new TV offerings, the show baffled with its strength to resist. The endurance test was passes nonetheless. Now, 14 seasons later, the chain of success counts tens of millions of sold records, glamour launched careers and other revived ones. In short, the show made history.
The secret to success is placed by some on account of high competitive standards in a world where technology was quickly gaining ground and television needed to keep up with it. The internet and mobile technologies were the chances that worked in favor of American Idol. Entwined with the philosophy underpinning the show, they worked magic. It was a show speaking of transcending boundaries and of the public owning their choices.
Voting for preferred candidates, future stars and shaping the future of the music industry drew such an involvement of viewers that the campaigns for a beloved performer looked aloft in front of any presidential campaign. Anyone could judge and anyone could win and that was the tipping point of American Idol’s prime.
For those of you who want to catch the last season of the immensely popular show, it was announced that this season is reserving many surprises for its viewers, including appearances of former judges and participants.
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. along with Ryan Seacrest are still featuring on the judge panel, but appearances by Cowell promise to make this last season the paramount of American Idol.
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