‘It allows me to rethink the show for the first time,’ creator Simon Fuller says about the end of ‘American Idol’ — that is more like a break than an end.
We’ve been hearing the term “farewell season” for what seems like forever, but does that actually mean American Idol is over? Or is it just pulling a Ross-Rachel break? It sounds like it may be the second option.
“The next generation of Idol — and Idol will certainly be coming back for sure — will have a youthful glow, and it will be pioneering again, just as it was when we first began,” creator Simon Fuller told The Hollywood Reporter. When asked what the next installment would include, he said it’d he was “deep in though about how we can evolve Idol.”
A future show (or future seasons) will also “be a lot more interactive, a lot more immersive,” he added. “For me the most exciting thing is we can really now dive deep with all the new technology that’s coming. My head is exploding with opportunities.”
And this isn’t just an idea for Simon — he says there’s actually “no doubt” that there will be “another format or refinement or elevation of the format.”
“Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version,” he said. “And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again, maybe adding another dimension to it.”
This honestly doesn’t come as that big of a shock to us, since judge Harry Connick Jr. recently said he assumed the show would return. “Idol‘s going to go away, and I wouldn’t be surprised if, at some point, it came back,” he told us exclusively. “You notice they’re not calling it the final season. They’re calling it the farewell season.”
Good point, HCJ. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is it time for Idol to throw in the towel for good? Let us know — then watch the final three episodes of season 15 air this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on Fox.