Friday, February 26, 2016

American Idol comes to a close with final 15th season

Julia Coburn
Jane Weinseimer

 American Idol has had a long and successful run. Most people remember the original judges, Simon Cowell alongside singer Paula Abdul and producer Randy Jackson because they really shaped the show to what it is today. Ryan Seacrest will be hosting the 15th and final season of this popular singing competition. It launched the career of singers such as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Adam Lambert.  Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood had sales of 7,450,000 on her first album which is the most sales any American Idol winner has had on their first album . At the peak of American Idol in 2006 there were about 30 million viewers an episode but has fallen since then.
  “American Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run,” says Fox CEO Gary Newman. Even though American Idol is coming to an end because of its lack of views we still have plenty of singing and competition shows on television. The Voice, America's Got Talent and many other shows are all spin offs of American Idol. Netflix and Amazon prime are two very popular platforms to watch TV and is the way most people are watching television now. About 40 million people in the U.S. watch netflix. American Idol can not be accessed with those platforms because it is a live, interactive reality show.  American Idol has definitely changed how we watch television today and will be a show that people will never forget.

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