American Idol: Season 15 (2016)


Season 15
American Idol

Critics Consensus

After 15 seasons of turning aspiring singers into remarkable, household names, American Idol spectacularly ends its run as one of the most wildly iconic singing competitions in the nation.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 9
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Air date: Jan 6, 2016
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Critic Reviews for American Idol Season 15

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

In one final classic shocker, the series named Trent Harmon the winner over La'Porsha Renae, an announcement that felt like an afterthought to the celebration at hand, probably fitting considering the landmark show's place in music and television history.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

[Trent] Harmon may have taken home a title, but it's the show that went out on top.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's swan song was true to the spirit of Idol: self-righteous, cringe-worthy spectacle saved by a handful of jaw-dropping, core-shaking moments of talent.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

All this nostalgia amounted to a raw deal to the season 15 finalists. In every other finale, there are several group sings that return the eliminated contestants to the spotlight. Here they were extras, barely an afterthought.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

[La'Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon] reminds us why American Idol is revered for its legitimacy above all other singing competitions: it's not about creating an artist, it's about giving undiscovered talents the platform to reach millions.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

[American] Idol needed to be put to rest after giving us the best of both worlds for over a decade. It brought us some memorable stars whose careers are still flourishing, and also watchable train wrecks.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

American Idol ended its run the way you'd expect a pop superstar to: playing its greatest hits.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

No other TV talent show has achieved the same track record of fame for contestants, although the power of an [American] Idol win ebbed in recent years. But dreamers didn't let go, with about 75,000 people swarming to auditions in five cities this season.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

[American Idol] was a show and a moment that gave you hope that you also might be able to change the world and sing in front of millions of people one day.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

All I can say is that [American Idol] died as it lived: confusing, frustrating, as tone-deaf as its best contestants were right on pitch, and wildly entertaining, even if by accident.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Idol: Season 15

  • Jan 07, 2016
    I agree with Clay, this show has become more about the judges than the contestants. I am just tired of giggle judges and nonsense. What happened to the talent of the contestants, I watch the UK version.

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