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American Idol prepares for swansong

American Idol's original judges were (from left) Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and the vitriolic Simon Cowell. But now the show has aged and the singing competition genre has faded.

New York

AT its height, American Idol minted break-out stars and drew more than 30 million viewers an episode. It was the No 1 broadcast show for eight years, provided a boon to an ailing music industry and was the sort of appointment television that industry executives are desperately...

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