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May 11, 2015

FOX announces final season of 'American Idol'

Show to end after its 15th season concludes in 2016

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From left to right, singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and singer Harry Connick Jr. arrive on the set of "American Idol" in Los Angeles.

After a steady decline in ratings, FOX has announced that reality singing competition, "American Idol," will end after its 15th season concludes in 2016.

"American Idol," which began in 2002, gives hopeful singers a chance to win a recording contract. Judges give critiques of the performances, and viewers vote each week for their favorites. 

"A season-long celebratory event, AMERICAN IDOL XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final IDOL superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their IDOLs," FOX said in a release.

Kelly Clarkson was the first artist to win "American Idol." The show also launched the careers of singers like Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

The announcement received mixed reviews on Twitter.