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American Idol's 15th and final season begins tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox. The show was perhaps the most influential of its generation, dominating television for its first eight seasons - but you wouldn't know it by how ratings have spiraled.
As the show begins its farewell tour, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with Here & Now's Robin Young about how it transformed a genre while giving us stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.
This segment aired on January 6, 2016.