“American Idol” 2016 ends after 15 years on air. The news still tugs at one’s heartstrings every time its said. The finale would be a heartfelt tribute to the show’s rich musical history.
However, while everyone is busy preparing for the finale, the show’s creator Simon Fuller seems to have other things in mind.
Fuller spoke with The Hollywood Reporter recently. He gave insight into what he calls “the next generation” for “American Idol”. The news should excite AI fans who have a hard time saying goodbye to the show.
“There will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format. Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version,” Fuller revealed.
“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,” Fuller added.
Hence, Ryan Seacrest’s signature spiel, “American Idol will be right back, after the break,” could be true, the website noted.
Fuller also acknowledged the changes of the broadcasting landscape, i.e., the presence of streaming services. He said these are also under consideration for the show’s evolution.
“…the next generation of Idol will be a lot more interactive, a lot more immersive. For me the most exciting thing is we can really now dive deep with all the new technology that’s coming,” he told THR.
Incidentally, Fuller is the largest shareholder in Pulse Evolution. Its the corporation responsible for Michael Jackson’s hologram performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
The Independent cited rumours that his company XIX Entertainment could use the technology for digital performances. Could this be what’s in store for the “next generation” of “American Idol”? The details remain unknown to date.
However, Fuller is certain “the show will be coming back for sure”.
For now, AI fans can look forward to the finale. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe promises a memorable farewell. It includes the reunion of Simon Cowell and other AI judges.
Kelly Clarkson and past AI winners will also take part in the finale.