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'American Idol' on the way out after moving away from pulse of pop

'American Idol' on the way out after moving away from pulse of pop

The symptoms were all there for "American Idol" — falling ratings, high talent costs, advertiser defections. Few were surprised when Fox executives announced Monday that the show's upcoming 15th season would be its last.

What's perhaps less obvious is that the onetime ratings juggernaut lost its way several years ago, when it moved away from the pulse of pop in its broadest and most inclusive sense. It became less relevant to the overall musical conversation — a smaller and smaller echo chamber reverberating with outmoded ideas.

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