OK, if you’re an American Idol fan, grab the tissues. Fox has dropped a new promo for the 15th and final season of one of the most successful reality series ever. The clip will air tonight during Game 3 of the World Series on Fox.
With Kelly Clarkson’s (the Season 1 winner, if you can remember back that far) “A Moment Like This” in the background, the video begins with a shot of a fresh-faced Clarkson introducing herself and proclaiming, “I want to be the next American Idol.” The clip takes us back to Clarkson’s win and some of the singing competition’s biggest moments over the years, with glimpses of original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, along with Season 4 winner and now-superstar Carrie Underwood, among others.
American Idol was a surprise breakout smash when it debuted in summer 2002 and spent nearly a decade at the top of the ratings, but it has been declining steadily over the past several years. Last season, Fox trimmed the show’s hours, leading up to the inevitable announcement of its cancellation and that it would end with the upcoming 15th season, which premieres in January. Check out the video above. Will you be tuning in for the final go-round?