12:00 AM EDT 08/01/2015
Originally posted 05/13/2015 10:00PM
That was the question on everyone's mind at the star-studded finale of American Idol on Wednesday.
Beckham, 22, and Fradiani, 29, bested 10 other finalists and thousands of other hopefuls during season 14, but in the end only one of them could be named the penultimate American Idol.
Originally posted 05/13/2015 08:10AM
It won't be an easy goodbye for American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
The judges of the singing reality competition series opened up about digesting the news of the show's cancellation, which Fox announced Monday.
"Do I believe that it's really ending? I have not come to terms with that yet," Lopez, 45, told reporters backstage after Tuesday night's show. "I might not."
Originally posted 05/12/2015 09:45PM
They had to beat out 10 other finalists, but Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani are now just one vote away from being declared the 14th – and second-to–last – winner of American Idol.
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.
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."
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."
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
Originally posted 05/08/2015 01:10PM
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Originally posted 05/07/2015 12:50PM
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Originally posted 05/06/2015 10:35PM
Jackie Cole may only be 19 years old, but she's already enough of a diva to go by just one name – Jax.
The American Idol contestant has been a front-runner since early on in season 14, and Wednesday night she proved she deserves to be the only girl left in the competition.
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