With the announcement of American Idol‘s final season making its way to the show’s extended family, alumni, staff, former producers and crew are weighing in on the end of an era.
What does one of the show’s favorite sons, season eight’s Adam Lambert, make of the news?
“They had a great run,” Lambert tells Billboard. “And thank you, Idol, because I wouldn’t be here without you.”
Indeed, the runner-up from 2009 is one of a dozen-plus of singers to launch a credible career following the Fox series’ launch, and is releasing his third studio album, The Original High, for new label Warner Bros. in June.