It’s been running for 15 seasons so far, but American Idol’s star is showing no signs of waving. It came to an end on Fox last year.
However, ABC is understood to be very keen to bring American Idol back to our screens and has already put a deal together to bring the popular talent contest onto its network.
FremantleMedia, which produces American Idol, along with co-owner Core Media Group, are believed to be very close to signing on the dotted line with ABC. If the deal goes ahead then the talent show could be back on TV in spring next year.
Fox, however, isn’t prepared to let American Idol go without putting up a fight and is putting an offer of its own on the table in a bid to keep the programme.
At one point, the show was a ratings giant, even outperforming figures for the Oscars ceremony. However, viewer numbers had been falling. The season two finale attracted 38 million viewers. But numbers tumbled 10 per cent every year before hitting their biggest dip of 30 per cent for season 11.
Both networks are understood to be in talks about Ryan Seacrest coming back to host the show. That could be a sticking point though as the presenter is currently signed up to front Live with Kelly Ripa in New York, which is another ABC show.
The judging panel is, of course, another talking point. In what was thought to be its final season, global superstar Jennifer Lopez, country singer Keith Urban and crooner Harry Connick Jr were on the panel. This time around, Kelly Clarkson is one of those in contention.
Kelly won the first ever season of American Idol back in 2002 and has gone on to achieve international success with tracks including Stronger. She will know exactly what contestants are going through and will be able to give them advice as someone who has been through the same process, and used it as a springboard for her career.
She has gone on to release seven studio albums, a compilation, a remix, video albums. Out of these, 35 tracks were chosen to be released as singles. Some of her best known hits are Stronger and Since U Been Gone.
J-Lo said at the time it was announced that American Idol was ending that she believed it may make a come back, and it looks as if she is about to be proved right.