Adam Lambert, Constantine Maroulis & More React to AMERICAN IDOL Cancellation

Scotty McCreery, Season 10 Champion: "American Idol changed my life. It was a great way for me to pursue my dreams of being a country music singer and introduce myself to the nation. I am so thankful to the show, the producers, the judges, and the audience for everything they did for me. American Idol has been a dominant force in our pop culture for almost a decade and a half, but all good things must come to an end. I wish everyone involved with the show my best and know they will all continue to do great things."

Kellie Pickler, Season 5 Contestant: "I am so thankful for my American Idol experience and how the show opened the door for me to pursue my dream of being a country music artist. It's hard to believe that next year at this time we will be watching the ultimate finale. I am sure the final season will be a very exciting and memorable one."

Colton Dixon, season 11: "I think Idol paved the way for so many. I am forever grateful for the opportunities it provided for me and the experiences I've had because of it. I'm honored to be part of an amazing legacy and can't wait to see what the final season has in store."

Mandisa, season 5: "The legacy of American Idol will continue to speak for itself many years from now. The tagline 'The search for a superstar' was realized season one, and it has produced stars ever since. I am forever thankful for the amazing platform that launched me into my childhood dream come true."

Anthony Fedorov, season 4: "I can't believe American Idol will be coming to an end next year. Though I knew it was going to happen eventually, I didn't think it was going to be next season. The fact that Idol now comes to an end really saddens me. But I will focus on celebrating everything that Idol has done for pop culture for the last 15 years. Idolhas truly changed my life and career as it did for so many others. Idol has transformed how talent is being discovered, it transformed television! I will forever be grateful for everything that Idol and my Idol family have done for me. This show has had an iconic run and has produced superstars! American Idol will forever live on as one of a kind."

Season 5 Contestant Melinda Doolittle: "American Idol changed the face of television and music forever! As a fan of the show, I'm definitely sad. As a former contestant, I'm forever grateful. And as an optimist, I can't wait to see what this last season will hold!"

Season 2 contestant Kimberly Caldwell: "It has been a good long run and I am so proud to have my name attached to this show...this machine! Idol gave hope to so many artists that just needed a chance and worked as a stepping stone for so many of us. I could never put into words the gratitude I feel for being an Idol kid."

Season 3 contestant Jon Peter Lewis: "The few months I spent on Idol were some of the most profound and pivotal moments of my life. I certainly had no idea what I was getting into at the time and maybe would have done some things differently in retrospect, but I suppose there are far worse places to start. Idol started me down a career path that has brought me some incredible experiences and immense joy. Despite not winning the competition, many of my boyhood dreams have sprung out of it. I've performed on television to millions of viewers, rocked out with thousands of screaming fans, written songs, released records and become a z-list celebrity (really, the best kind of celebrity. Some of the perks, none of the hassle). Fleer even made me into a trading card and Monopoly gave me piece on their board... It was an interesting ride."


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