American Idol to go off air after season 15

  • IANS, Los Angeles
  • Updated: May 12, 2015 15:11 IST

Singing based reality show American Idol will end its run after the fifteenth season, which will premiere in January 2016, broadcasting company Fox has announced.

Singers Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will return as the season 15 judges, along with host Ryan Seacrest, reports

While searching for the final American Idol superstar, the last season will also serve as a celebratory event, paying tribute to 14 seasons of contestants, winners and fans.

American Idol, created by Simon Fuller, first debuted in 2002 with original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Throughout its fourteen seasons, other A-list judges have included Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.

The reality competition made a star of Seacrest, who has served as emcee since Season one.

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