I’ll never forget the first season of American Idol and watching Kelly Clarkson sing “At Last” to judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson back in 2002. My sisters and I knew she was going to be a star contestant in the new reality show and three months later, we were the girls jumping up and down watching the television screen when she won. Because of Idol, today, Kelly is a famous singer-songwriter and music mentor and we all know her songs that made it to the tops of charts over the years.
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Let’s reminisce some more … Idol was FOX’s money maker. Specifically, it averaged over 20 million viewers from 2003-2011 and hit a high point in 2006 with 31 million viewers. It was the top rated show on television for eight consecutive seasons.
Fame not only came to the winners of the show, but finale contestants such as Jennifer Hudson rose to stardom after winning a Golden Globe and Oscar just two years after Idol for mo-town musical Dreamgirls in 2006.
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsToday, with shows like The Voice and X-Factor, it seems that the talent on American Idol has dwindled. After celebrity judge Simon Cowell left Idol for X-Factor, ratings took a big hit and never fully recovered.
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In the end, I can’t be devastated by FOX’s decision to cancel the show, because the talent is not the same, the judges are not the same, and stars were born from the show’s popular years. We’ll never forget the incredible talent that came from Idol — Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Katherine McPhee and Jordin Sparks.
For all you die hard fans, American Idol will return in January for its 15th and final season. Don’t miss it!