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Carrie Underwood Wows the Judges for the Very First Time on Season 4 of American Idol

Originally posted 05/12/2015 03:45PM

It is the end of an era! Fox announced on Monday that it will officially be ending American Idol after its upcoming 15th season.

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Are Simon, Paula and Randy Returning for American Idol's Final Season?

Are Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson Returning for American Idol's Final Season?

Originally posted 05/11/2015 03:00PM

After several years spent as Fox's most successful series, American Idol experienced a steep decline in viewership in recent years that, finally, has led to its cancellation.

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Behind the Decision to End American Idol | American Idol, American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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Behind the Decision to End American Idol

Originally posted 05/11/2015 02:15PM

The choice to end American Idol did not come easily for Fox, who told reporters on Monday that the decision was an "emotional" one.

"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 all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end," said Gary Newman, chairman and CEO at Fox.

The exec added that the show's 15th and final season, which will air in 2016 and will follow the same format as this year – that is, once a week and without a separate results show – will be a "season-long celebration. We're already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special."

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American Idol Is Ending – Watch the First Audition Ever

Originally posted 05/11/2015 01:45PM

There have been thousands of auditions over the past 14 seasons on Fox's American Idol – which announced on Monday it is ending the series after the upcoming 15th season – but it all started with the first aired audition in 2002.

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Ryan Seacrest: American Idol Made My Dreams Come True

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Ryan Seacrest: American Idol Made My Dreams Come True

Originally posted 05/11/2015 01:05PM

Is there anybody who benefited from American Idol's initially stratospheric success more than Ryan Seacrest?

Fox announced Monday that it has canceled the series that put the network on the map and launched a legion of reality competition imitators. Set to air the 14th season finale on Wednesday, American Idol execs plan to send the show's 15th and final season out with a bang, telling reporters Monday that it will be a "season-long celebration."

"American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it's frankly hard to imagine it without it," said Seacrest, 40, in a statement released to PEOPLE. "It's been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways."

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FROM EW: American Idol Has Been Canceled After 15 Seasons

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FROM EW: American Idol Has Been Canceled After 15 Seasons

Originally posted 05/11/2015 08:15AM

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Ryan Seacrest will be a part of AI's 15th and final season

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Who Will Nick Fradiani Duet with on the American Idol Finale?

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Who Will Nick Fradiani Duet with on the American Idol Finale?

Originally posted 05/09/2015 01:25PM

Nick Fradiani got quite a surprise this week – and we're not talking about making it into the Top 3 on American Idol.

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Ryan Seacrest's Exclusive American Idol Video Diary: Guys Use Double-Stick Tape Too!

Ryan Seacrest's Exclusive American Idol Video Diary: Guys Use Double-Stick Tape Too!

Originally posted 05/07/2015 12:50PM

The host offers tips on perfecting pocket square placement

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Ryan Seacrest's American Idol Video Diary: When Calzones Get in the Way of Your Suit Buttons

Ryan Seacrest's American Idol Video Diary: When Calzones Get in the Way of Your Suit Buttons

Originally posted 04/23/2015 11:00AM

Plus, a glam-eo (that's a glam cameo) from Jennifer Lopez

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American Idol's Clark Beckham Channels Sam Smith While Performing 'Yesterday'

Originally posted 04/22/2015 10:15PM

This season of American Idol just may belong to Clark Beckham.

Following a string of strong performances, the season 14 contestant, 22, once again garnered rave reviews from the judges on Wednesday.

"It was beautiful," judge Keith Urban told Beckham after his rendition of The Beatles' "Yesterday." "When you started singing that, I thought ... 'That's a much older song.' And listening to the way people responded to it, it [was] like if Sam Smith did it now. It [was] current, fresh."

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