Adam Lambert, Constantine Maroulis & More React to AMERICAN IDOL Cancellation
As BWW reported this morning, FOX announced today that AMERICAN IDOL will begin its 15th - and final - season in January of 2016. A season-long celebratory event, AMERICAN IDOL XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final IDOL superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their IDOLs.
American Idolis ending after 15 seasons next year, but Fox executives promise the final run will be a season-long celebration.
At this morning's press call to discuss the network's upcoming primetime schedule, FOX COO Joe Early explained what was behind the decision to cancel the show: "It was not an easy decision," he said. "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. Collectively, we all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end, but a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated. So ... it is going to be a true season-long celebration. We're already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special and send it off in a way that's as significant as the run it's had on our network."
Today, Billboard.com shared reactions from formal AMERICAN IDOL champions and contestants over the cancellation news of the long running singing competition.
Season 5 Winer Taylor Hicks: "Idol was groundbreaking television. I am very fortunate to have won the show at the time. Idol changed my life and I am thankful. Looking forward to an entertaining final season."
Season 8 Runner-up Adam Lambert: "They had a great run. And thank you, Idol, because I wouldn't be here without you."
Season 4 contestant CONSTANTINE Maroulis: "I will be sad to see AMERICAN IDOL go. It's meant the world to me on so many different levels. It still has a great fan base, and still is a great show for the whole family. It's a show about dreams and it is still a productive show. Phillip Phillips is all over the radio. It's still a great vehicle for young talent. It will go down as one of the biggest shows in television history and being a part of it is so cool. All good things come to an end, for sure, and I think the program looks great. I think the production is great, but again when something is so successful for so long and those first nine seasons were dominating, eventually there are going to be other spin-offs and shows like The Voice, and the internet and the interest is going to wane. But you can't name anyone off those other shows. AMERICAN IDOL is still a great brand. Everything is cyclical. There have always been talent shows from the beginning of time. It will go away and when I am old and grey, it will come back and be new again.
I think Jax is really cool. I have caught a bit of that. I have tuned in this season. My friend Megan Michaels got bumped up to producer, my buddy Charles got bumped up to executive producer, Patrick is there, some of the old faces are back. They are all buddies of mine and we are all peers and they are happy for my success and they are kicking it. The show looks great, and it just is what it is. When something is on top for so long we forget. It's like a long running Broadway show. Mama Mia! Rock of Ages. We get so accustomed to seeing the brand open and it's out there that we sort of lose the stakes of it and the energy. There is no stakes anymore because people are finding stars on the Internet. But I think it's been tremendous and it will live on and that is what is really cool about it. Look at the body of work and the people that its put out there. There are dozens of us that have careers and fans and fond memories of it and some people that are stratospheric stars. It did what it was supposed to. It's crazy. I hope they bring Simon Cowell, I hope they bring Randy Jackson and Paul Abdul back to see it off. I hope we all get to go back to be honest."
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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