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Everything We Know About 'American Idol' Coming Back (So Far)

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When Ryan Seacrest signed off of American Idol for the (supposedly) last time on Thursday, the host hinted at the show’s reincarnation somewhere down the line. "Good night, America... for now," Seacrest said as the screen faded to black, leaving millions of viewers to speculate on the fate of Idol after its "farewell" season.

Through our various interviews before the finale, the masterminds behind American Idol also hinted at the show’s return -- so what can we expect from Idol in the future?

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Here’s everything we know (so far):

Idol Will Be Back 'For Sure'
In an interview with Billboard, Idol creator Simon Fuller said “there will no doubt be another format” of American Idol somewhere in the future, noting that the show’s hiatus will give the creator more time to brainstorm new dimensions to add to the show.

“[The end of the show] allows me to rethink the show for the first time, and now I can actually revamp it and come up with a next generation, a new version,” Fuller said. “I think we can look back at the archive and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy that again in some way. Maybe adding another dimension to it.”

The Show Will Be More 'Immersive'
In the 15 years that American Idol has been on air, a lot has changed as far as technological advancements -- and Idol has made every effort to keep up. Now that the show is on hiatus, Fuller noted that he can spend more time focusing on incorporating new technologies into the existing brand to make the show more in line with the digital age.

“I think the next generation of Idol will be a lot more interactive, a lot more immersive,” Fuller said. “For me, the most exciting thing is we can really now dive deep with all the new technology that’s coming, all the new platforms [and] the immersive technologies. So the next generation of Idol -- and Idol will certainly be coming back for sure -- it will have a youthful glow and it will be pioneering again.”

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The Focus Will Be Back on the Contestants
Though he wasn’t there for all 15 seasons, original executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was there for American Idol’s season finale -- and he may have something to do with Idol’s future too.

“I don’t believe that this is the end,” Lythgoe said. “A lot of things need to be rethought about how you bring the focus back on the contestants. I think it needs humor back into it. And I think you have to find a way to regenerate bringing a collective audience together again.”

The Show Won't Be Gone For Long
Though American Idol is ending as viewers have known it for the last 15 years, Lythgoe doubts that the show will be gone for long. And when it does return, Lythgoe says the show will be entirely reborn.

"I cannot believe a format that had the social impact of American Idol will ever be truly canceled," Lythgoe told Billboard. "Rested, revitalized, re-invented and re-introduced but never canceled. By the reaction to last night's finale, that reminded us of the incredible talent Idol found across 15 seasons. I doubt the show will be rested for too long."

'Good Night, America… For Now'
On the second half of American Idol’s two-part series finale, Ryan Seacrest not-so-subtly hinted at the show’s inevitable return. “Good night, America… for now,” the host said at the end of the two-hour finale, teasing fans with a cliffhanger about the show’s future.

Reporting by Fred Bronson