The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.
The fun begins for this farewell season when host Ryan Seacrest and returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. travel to Denver and Atlanta, to discover the city's best talent.
Idol fan favorites Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Caleb Johnson, and Nick Fradiani return to mentor and sing with the contestants. Then, after giving it their all, the first round of performers will find out who will make the cut. The judges vote on who will stay in the competition to become the next, and final, American Idol.
Idol fan favorites Constantine Maroulis, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, and Haley Reinhart return to mentor the contestants and perform. The judges vote on the second showcase and five contestants are sent home. Find out who advances to the Top 14 in the quest to become the final Idol.
After proving themselves alongside Idol legends, some semifinalists will reach the end of their journey. The judges will announce the first 4 semi-finalists to make it into the Top 10, leaving 10 to sing for America's vote and the final 6 spots in this farewell season's Top 10.
The first live show of the season is finally here! Host Ryan Seacrest will reveal America's Vote and announce the final two semi-finalists joining the Top 10. Then, the Top 10 finalists will perform for America's vote.
After 15 seasons of epic performances, star power and incredible moments, the final American Idol will be crowned and the farewell celebration will continue, as Idol pays tribute to the amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who called, tweeted, texted, and championed their Idols throughout the series' groundbreaking run. Don't miss the history-making final moments of the farewell season as the last winner is announced.