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In 150 Words: Goodbye American Idol

Season 15 will be the last for ‘American Idol’.

FOX announced its cancellation during the week of ‘American Idol”s 14th season finale, citing declining ratings, competition with similar programs such as ‘The Voice’ and falling record sales for recent AI alumni. ‘American Idol”s final season will commence in January 2016.

Debuting in 2002, ‘American Idol’ quickly became one of America’s most-watched programs, ranking atop the ratings for several years and averaging 30 million viewers at its peak. The show became a launchpad for singers such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

For Filipino viewers, AI was credited for introducing Filipino-Americans such as Jasmine Trias and Jessica Sanchez to the national consciousness. Sanchez, the runner-up to Phillip Phillips in Season 11, even earned an endorsement deal with Bench and Smart Communications.

‘American Idol’ currently airs in the Philippines on ETC (via satellite) and Star World (within hours of original American broadcast). The show previously aired on ABC-5 and QTV/GMA News TV on free TV.


14 thoughts on “In 150 Words: Goodbye American Idol

  1. JRDV says:

    Even on television, all good things must come to end. American Idol was the hit reality TV show in the past decade. I think the downfall started when Simon Cowell exited that show.

    After fifteen seasons, AI will always be the catalyst of all future singing shows. It started the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Archuleta, David Cook and Adam Lambert.

    • Cowell went on to establish a rival competition called The X-Factor, which didn’t fare well either in the U.S. Now it’s up to The Voice to keep the genre alive.

  2. Brodd says:

    AI tried to cope with the competition by giving “plot twists” in the show, but still failed to deliver. It’s not really that “hurtful” for them to cancel the show for they already made a benchmark in singing competitions and they have produced popular singers especially in the first four or five seasons.

    • Especially in recent years, when Idol was declining. But there were times when AI was able to beat Survivor, though. Still, Survivor is not the reason why they will cancel the show.

      • JRDV says:

        The major factors why AI cancelled are low ratings in the recent years, pagsulputan ng WGWG (White Guy With Guitar) winners (ewan ko kung ano na ang nangyari sa kanila, blame East Coast bias), pagresign ng tatlong original judges (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, at ang lalong nagpababa ng quality ng AI is yung naging judge sina Mariah Carey at Nicki Minaj. At its peak, AI helped FOX make it as the #1 TV network in the US.

        Times have changed. Many loyal AI viewers have tuned in to NBC’s “The Voice”. Mukhang The Voice na lang ang pag-asa ng mga singing reality show sa Amerika.

      • They’ve even called it the ‘Death Star’ during its peak because they’ve been so unstoppable against other programming. But that’s no longer the case. Even Survivor is beating Idol nowadays.

      • Survivor is one of the reasons why, ever since they moved to wednesday and thursday nights to directly compete with other networks reality shows, nag decline na sila. Survivor was originally on a Thursday night and they move to Wednesdays to directly compete with AI. Survivor will be launching its 31st and 32nd season (Two seasons per year sila) so sila tlga ang kasabayan ng AI sa mga reality based competitions. Kung nde nila siguro nag move ng schedule bka mataas pa ang ratings nila

      • Ok I get your point. Yes Survivor hastened AI’s decline, but not immediately. They were still strong performers in the early years of their battle, and were in the Top 10 compared to Survivor’s Top 20 placing. Only this TV season did AI fall off the wagon.

  3. A.I. — a franchise from UK’s short-lived Pop Idol — was indeed successful.

    Their wins in the early season indeed shine but later stir controversy. The “White Guy with Guitar” (WGWG) trend was formulated as all winners did not come from the extreme coasts of contiguous United States (East and West).

    Well, the ending of the show will be sad for some but ending for tipping off the balance is something to be justified.

  4. James Ty III says:

    Pati sa Pilipinas, hindi nag-click ang Philippine Idol sa TV5 and Pinoy Idol sa GMA. Both shows were Philippine franchises of American Idol. Their winners are nowhere to be found na.

    You’re right. Pati sa Pilipinas, mas sikat ang The Voice.

    • ABS is fortunate enough not to purchase a franchise for Idol. Ganoon lang ka-swerte ang ABS.

      FYI, Philippine Idol aired on ABC-5, not TV5. Coincidentally, AI aired on the said networks who had the local franchises of Idol.

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