AceShowbiz - There will be no more "American Idol" after next week's series finale. The FOX singing competition, which is ending its 15-year run, has even canceled the summer tour which traditionally follows every season finale.
CORE media, the parent company of 19 Entertainment which manages the Idols' careers and recording, announces the cancellation and explains the decision in a statement. " 'The American Idol Live Tour' has historically been an integral part of celebrating the seasons' contestants and also garnering excitement for summer auditions for the upcoming season," they wrote.
"This year's Idol finale celebrates the past 15 seasons, the amazingly talented participants, and the millions of fans who've helped make 'American Idol' the legendary program and brand it is today. It will be so memorable and meaningful, and we've chosen to end it on that note," they added.
The summer tour has been a part of "American Idol" ever since the show was launched in 2002. For the first thirteen years, singers who ended up in the season's top 10 got to hit the road and perform for fans together. Meanwhile, only top 5 contestants got to embark on the tour last year.
The singing competition is coming to an end with a two-part live show scheduled for April 6-7. In the Thursday night episode, the same night this season's winner will be announced, former contestants like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia Barrino, Taylor Hicks, David Cook and Chris Daughtry will return to the show and perform for viewers.