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American Idol Worth Remembering, But Worth Ending Too

The judges on the final season of American Idol are Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. (Fox)
The judges on the final season of American Idol are Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. (Fox)

American Idol’s 15th and final season begins tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox. The show was perhaps the most influential of its generation, dominating television for its first eight seasons – but you wouldn’t know it by how ratings have spiraled.

As the show begins its farewell tour, NPR’s Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about how it transformed a genre while giving us stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

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  • Eric Deggans, TV critic for NPR. He tweets @Deggans.
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