By: Kyle MacLelland, Larry King Now
Tonight, American Idol — a global pop-culture staple — will say goodbye after 15 years on FOX. The show has produced some of music's most successful contemporary acts, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood & Jennifer Hudson.
At this evening's grand finale, Clarkson, Underwood and other past stars like Fantasia & David Cook will perform. Hosts Jennifer Lopez & Harry Connick Jr. will also take the stage.
Longstanding host Ryan Seacrest shared his thoughts on the show's departure and his personal future, telling The Today Show, "nothing will replace ["Idol"] but I'm looking forward to the possibility of what might be next." Seacrest, of course, has built a media empire beyond his Idol duties.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 8 P.M. ET on FOX, as La'Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon square off for the show's final title.
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Watch former Idol contestant Kellie Pickler discuss the show's legacy with Larry King:
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