BY YEMI FALADE
Popular talent hunt TV show, American Idol, which has been on screen since 2002, will not be returning after it’s 15th season in 2016.
Fox announced the cancellation of the show scheduled for 2015-16 in an announcement released on Monday morning.
According to the network, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will all be returning for the final season which will premiere in January.
Meanwhile, thousands of reactions have trailed the announcement as past winners of the show have voiced their appreciation for the show as well as their sadness at the planned cancellation.
Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks said, “Idol was groundbreaking television. I am very fortunate to have won the show at the time. Idol changed my life and I am thankful. Looking forward to an entertaining final season.” Adam Lambert who won the eighth season said, “They had a great run. And thank you, Idol, because I wouldn’t be here without you.“
Melinda Doolittle was a season 5 contestant: “American Idol changed the face of television and music forever! As a fan of the show, I’m definitely sad. As a former contestant, I’m forever grateful. And as an optimist, I can’t wait to see what this last season will hold!“