It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, for about the past 10 years! American Idol has finally been canceled by Fox and the 2015/2016 season will be its LAST! I don’t really even understand why we’ve gotta do another season, but at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Speaking to Billboard a couple of hours later, [Nigel] Lythgoe — who executive produced the show from seasons one through seven, then sat out seasons eight and nine, and returned for seasons 10, 11 and 12 — says he agrees with the decision to pull the plug.
“It’s the right thing to do,” said Lythgoe, adding that it’s about preserving the show’s legacy. “I’m a huge fan of boxing, and it’s like when you’re watching a real heavyweight boxer getting to the end of their career, and all these young whippersnappers are coming up: You’ve got to know when to retire.”
That’s not to diminish from the show’s impact — not just on television, where “there’s never been anything like it beforehand,” boasts Lythgoe, but also for the music industry. “It brought people’s attention to buying records,” he said. “Judging by the amount of sales, whether it’s downloading or actually purchasing a [physical product], Idol uplifted the music industry without question.”
Yeah, sure Idol uplifted the music industry… if you’re still counting Kelly Clarkson‘s sales. Oh wait, and Carrie Underwood! Otherwise, please get out of my face. I can barely even name any other Idol winners since, so stop fooling yourself. Thank GOD this show is ending!