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‘American Idol’ to make comeback on ABC TV in 2018

“AmericAmerican Idol,” the most popular music reality show in US television history, will return to the screen on ABC in 2018, the network announced on Tuesday.

The show, which was canceled by Fox Television last year after 15 seasons, was once a ratings powerhouse, watched by more than 30 million viewers at its peak in 2005-2007.

The glitzy talent show that launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and others – spiced with celebrity judges who alternately feuded and fawned – eventually fell victim to declining ratings.

“Very exciting announcement,” ABC television host Robin Roberts said on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “We can reveal right here for the first time ABC is bringing ‘American Idol’ back!”

Aspinoff of British music competition “Pop Idol,” which aired from 2001 to 2003, the American version’s success led to replications of that format around the world, including Australian, Latin American and Indian “Idols.”

Within the United States, the “American Idol” phenomenon spawned a host of competing shows such as NBC’s “The Voice,” CBS’s “Rock Star”, and Fox’s “The X Factor.” (Reuters)