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Has ‘American Idol’ Run its Course? [POLL]

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American Idol has certainly seen its fair share of country singers.  It’s produced some big stars in country radio, too.  From Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler to Kelly Clarkson and one of the newest country stars, Scotty McCreery, they’ve all gotten their start from being on the American Idol stage.  But has the show finally come to a screeching stop?

American Idol started off with three judges — Simon, Paula, and Randy. Then they added a fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi. Then they replaced her with Ellen DeGeneres. Then they lost Simon and Ellen and replaced them with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Now, the show looks like it is facing another judges dilemma.

Just a couple days ago, Steven Tyler said that he would be quitting the show to put more energy back into his band, Aerosmith.  Now Jennifer Lopez has jumped on that wagon, too.  On Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, she confirmed the split.

“It’s been a long process and you know this more than anybody… I really have been torn, since we spoke about it even before the finale. I did two years since I fell so in love with the show. I never felt so much a part of a family with something, working on it, as I did with ‘Idol.’ It was such a lovely surprise in my life to do it, but you know, even last year, when I had to make the decision, it was super tough to decide.”

The two departures leave only Randy Jackson returning to the judge’s seat this year, and there is no word yet as to who will be filling the vacant chairs.  So the question is, should they just pack it in now?  Have they run their course with American viewers?  Or is the best yet to come?

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