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'American Idol' recap: The final season begins

'American Idol' recap: The final season begins

“American Idol” is back to say goodbye. After 14 seasons, some more successful than others, the show that Simon Fuller built – bringing his “Idol” franchise from the U.K. to America in the summer of 2002 and creating the widely watched, family-friendly entertainment juggernaut that launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips, Jennifer Hudson and so many others and turned relative unknowns such as former judge Simon Cowell and longtime host Ryan Seacrest into household names – returned for its 15th and final season on Wednesday night.

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