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Carson Daly: American Idol 'Paved the Way' for The Voice

Carson Daly Says American Idol 'Paved the Way' for The Voice

Originally posted 05/12/2015 04:30PM

The Voice's Carson Daly paid tribute to the canceled American Idol Monday, saying the singing competition "paved the way for shows like us."

"[Our success] would never had happened if Idol didn't have the kind of success that it had," The Voice host said at the show's Top Five press conference at Universal Studios. "Tip of the cap to them for paving the way for shows like us."

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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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7 of American Idol's Lesser-Known, Cringiest Auditions (VIDEO)

7 of American Idol's Lesser-Known, Cringiest Auditions (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/12/2015 12:55PM

At its peak, the reality juggernaut American Idol seemed like a perfectly scripted high drama occasionally soundtracked with Bee Gees songs. At its lows, it was also that, but with worse singing.

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Simon Cowell Pays Tribute to American Idol: 'We Had a Blast'

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Simon Cowell Pays Tribute to American Idol: 'We Had a Blast'

Originally posted 05/11/2015 07:30PM

Simon Cowell has paid tribute to American Idol, revealing he and his costars had a "blast" on the talent show juggernaut.

The 55-year-old Brit, whose acid-tongued barbs made him a superstar in the States, spoke out Monday after Fox revealed the show would end after 15 seasons.

And Cowell fondly remembered the show – recalling the "great times" he spent on and off air with his costars Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and first-year cohost Brian Dunkleman.

He tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement: "We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan – and not forgetting Brian. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times.”

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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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