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It's been a long time coming.
Fans of American Idol have known for a while now that the show is far past its golden years.
FOX Chairman Peter Rice has voiced some concern with recent seasons of the once-unbeatable singing competition.
"If I have a criticism of the show for us, it's that we haven't found for us, in the last two years, [contestants] who have captured the imagination of the public. They've been really talented kids, but for whatever reason, there hasn't been that catalyst behind the show."
One of the biggest indicators of FOX's lack of confidence in the series is that for the upcoming 14th season, live episodes might be contained to airing just once a week; combining performance and results shows into one.
With an ever-changing panel of judges, public feuds behind the scenes, and, we'll say it, lackluster performances, it's no surprise that what used to be the No. 1 show in America has fallen all the way to the 17th most watched in just three seasons.
Goodbye, American Idol!
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