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Post by SLA44 on Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:26 pm

Tonight is the first night of auditions for the final season of American Idol.



American Idol Begins Its Farewell Tour


by Liam Mathews | Jan 5, 2016 10:45 PM EST


[size=16]Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez & Harry Connick Jr., American Idol[/size]


American Idol starts its 15th season Wednesday, and in many ways it's business as usual. The judges will listen to talented unknown singers audition for their chance to go on to the big show in Hollywood. There will be soaring highs as some people's dreams come true and crushing lows as others are told "sorry, not quite good enough." Harry Connick Jr. will ham it up.
But there will be a difference: This will be the last time.


Faced with declining ratings and a vastly different TV and musical landscape since its mid-2000s peak, American Idol is wrapping it up this year. And though it's not the inescapable cultural juggernaut it once was, it's not going out with a whimper or just taking a victory lap. Executive producer Trish Kinane tells TVGuide.com that the goal this season is to find a winner worth mentioning in the same breath as Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson, so the competition aspect will not be an afterthought. And of course, the show will find time to indulge in some nostalgia.


"We're combining the look back at the rich history of Idol with the search for the 15th American Idol," Kinane says, "I think it's that combination of things that's going to make it feel different and special."


Every former judge will return for American Idol's final season


This combination may show up in duets between contestants and Idol alumni. No one is confirmed yet, but Kinane said that producers are negotiating appearances with all sorts of ex-Idols, from winners to successful non-winners to outliers like William Hung and the "Pants on the Ground" guy. Not all of them will sing, but the show will find ways to integrate a lot of familiar faces.
The fresh faces will be as strong as any other Idol contestant pool. Even after all these years,American Idol manages to discover exceptional performers, compelling personalities, and remarkable backstories. It's a testament to the show's incredibly dedicated (and expensive) talent scouting. This year, they found artists like Jeneve Rose Mitchell, a 16-year-old who lives off the grid on a mountaintop farm, where she learned how to sing and play cello in a very unique, funky way. "Jeneve is an example of that authentic, American talent that's at the heart of the show," Kinane says.


While the show has never been short on polished, career-oriented performers, it's also always been populist: Last year, half of the final 10 were people who walked into open auditions in cities all over the country. "We strongly believe that you can't sit in New York and LA and send a few producers out," Kinane says. "You've got to get out there and look."


Kim Kardashian posts sneak peek of Kanye West's American Idol audition

That sort of talent bubbling up out of nowhere will continue on YouTube and Vine (and whatever the next social media phenomenon will be), but none of those have the cultural dominance thatAmerican Idol did in its prime. And that's what this season is saying goodbye to: A show that belonged to every American.


American Idol premieres Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox. Will you miss the show?


http://www.tvguide.com/news/american-idol-begins-its-farewell-tour/
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Re: American Idol 15 - Final Season 2016

Post by SLA44 on Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:07 pm

I thought the show last night was pretty good and the judges seemed to be having a good time and were in a good mood.  It was nice to see some of the former winners and having them do some of the pre-screening.  I didn't like that they had Kanye West on there to end the show though - I would have much rather seen another audition than him.  It was not a good way to end the show that had been good up until then.  
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Re: American Idol 15 - Final Season 2016

Post by singlyme on Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:14 pm

So far, I like Joshua and Josiah. Good show last night.

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Post by SLA44 on Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:49 am

Tonight's show had a  much better ending than last night's even if it was a tear jerker.  But a happy tear jerker.  Sad Very Happy
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Re: American Idol 15 - Final Season 2016

Post by singlyme on Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:51 am

Indeed, SLA. Speaking of endings, the previous night kind of ticked me off, seeing Kanye West actually get a ticket. Just how big is the Kardashian umbrella? No way he should compete with these youngsters. Isn't he too old for this show anyway? Just yuck!

The talent last night was impressive. This is shaping up to be a great final season.

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Post by singlyme on Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:08 am

The final 24.  I like so many of them!  It's difficult to imagine who the throw-aways will be out of this bunch.

This final combination of judges has been magic.  Wish they'd done it before the show went off the cliff with Mariah and Nikki.  Perhaps it wouldn't be the last season.  I think many gave up back then and switched to other shows like The Voice.

Anyway, this season is one which could produce the next star.

PS:  Just asking.  Has anyone from The Voice made it big?

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Post by therealdfshary on Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:46 pm

I will miss this show.  Crying or Very sad
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Re: American Idol 15 - Final Season 2016

Post by singlyme on Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:49 am

It would make me so happy to see this show end with dual winners.  Trent and LaPortia.  Both have insane talent but I'm voting Trent.  His voice often reminds me of Gene Pitney.

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Post by singlyme on Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:55 pm

Evidently, I'm the only one who cares.  lol.  Go, Trent!  Shades of Gene Pitney.

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Post by SLA44 on Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:37 am

I think you got your wish ~ at least it looked like you were pulling for Trent.  I was glad to see him win myself!   Congrats to Trent!!!!  
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Post by Zinartwo on Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:25 pm

I think that La Portia should have won. They were both good but La Portia was a better singer.

I liked the last three judges better than Simon. They were more sensible.

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Re: American Idol 15 - Final Season 2016

Post by singlyme on Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:57 pm

La Portia is extremely talented, however, she doesn't sound much different than a dozen other female singers.  For me, Trent has a unique voice.  I was rooting for him.

Zinar, couldn't agree more about the judges.

The finale was the most enjoyable two hours I've spent on tv for quite some time.  It was so good to see all those familiar faces.

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Post by therealdfshary on Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:58 pm

I'm sad that AI won't be back. I loved that show. Crying or Very sad Sad
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Re: American Idol 15 - Final Season 2016

Post by therealdfshary on Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:02 pm

I, too, thought the last show was great. Loved seeing all the old contestants..Old judges, not so much..Especially Simon who said he would not come back!
I like all entertainment reality shows & am sorry that Simon will now be on AGT.
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