Fox canceling 'American Idol' after 15th season 

click to enlarge In a Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, from left to right, singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and singer Harry Connick, Jr. arrive on set of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Fox announced announced Monday, May 11, 2015 that "American Idol" will go off the air after its 15th. - DAN STEINBERG/INVISION/AP IMAGES
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  • In a Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, from left to right, singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and singer Harry Connick, Jr. arrive on set of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Fox announced announced Monday, May 11, 2015 that "American Idol" will go off the air after its 15th.
Say goodbye to cringe-worthy auditions, bickering judges and a progressively bland parade of winners: Fox will put “American Idol,” its one-time ratings powerhouse, out of its misery after the upcoming 15th and final season.

“We all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end,” Fox CEO Gary Newman said Monday, promising fans a “really special season” with appearances from former winners and judges.

The reality competition, which has provided a warm, moist environment where pop pablum can multiply since 2002, has suffered in the ratings in recent years. After hitting a peak of 30 million viewers per episode in 2006, the Nielsen company reported, ratings slipped to 20 million viewers per episode in 2011 and about 9.15 million viewers per episode this season, according to The Associated Press.

While “American Idol” counts pop star Kelly Clarkson, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and “Sunday Night Football” chanteuse Carrie Underwood among its alumni, it’s also responsible for interchangeable winners like David Cook, Lee DeWyze and Philip Phillips, who may very possibly have been the same earnest young singer wearing slightly different hats. Other “Idol” notables include Taylor Hicks, who appeared in a national touring production of “Grease” and Clay Aiken, who essayed Sir Robin in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Sharp-tongued former host Simon Cowell gave People magazine a disappointingly tame “Idol” epitaph (“We had a blast! … Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists”). But Brian Dunkleman, who co-hosted the show with Ryan Seacrest during the first season and describes himself as a “television history footnote” on Twitter, summed it all up.

“I knew American Idol would never last without me #CANCELLED,” he tweeted.

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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