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'American Idol' Coming Back? Idol Judges, Host, Show Runners Hint Show's Return

by Kareen Liez Datoy   Apr 9, 2016 13:01 PM EDT

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American Idol just concluded after it announced its 15th season winner, Trent Harmon, with La'Porsha Renae placing second, but even before the show came to a close, there are already many apparent clues that the show will soon be back and will not be gone for a long time.

During the sign-off of the show, host Ryan Seacrest said, "We have had some incredible talent on this show. Whether it's the stars we created, or the judges behind the desk, the real reason that our lives have changed forever is you at home -- we know that, we appreciate that, and one more time -- this is so tough, we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America."

And after a very long and dramatic pause, he added, "For now." The grand finale speech of Seacrest made fans wonder if the show Idol will be close for good or there might be a revival of Idol soon.

Aside from that, in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, show runner Simon Fuller said that "there will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format."

"Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version. And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again, maybe adding another dimension to it,” he added.

Meanwhile, executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said that "they were very much on-board for having it come back, but we have to make it in a way that's a lot more cost-effective" and executive in charge of production Wylleen May said that it will have "some different incarnation, it'll be back" because it has an "amazing format," ET Online reported.

People Magazine also revealed that the comeback of American Idol will not occur next season in order to give it some time and to give it "at least a little space."

Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. also said that it is obvious that the show will still be on Fox and not somewhere else knowing that it is "one of the biggest shows on television." He also added, "I would imagine, if I were a network company president, I would want it on my network."

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