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The final season of “American Idol” is scheduled to premiere on Jan. 6 and the Fox network has announced that its final season will include judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. Television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, the competition’s longtime host, will also return for the show’s 15th season.

News of the series coming to an end was announced in May 2015 and since that time the show’s successful alumni have publicly reacted to its cancellation. According to The New York Times, at the height of its popularity, “Idol” drew over 30 million viewers. The highest season on record being season 5, which featured gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist Mandisa.

“American Idol” has launched the careers of some of the nation’s favorite Christian singers, including Mandisa, Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey. As the show enters into its final season in 2016, many artists are sharing their reflections about the experience.

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