"American Idol" will air its 15th and final season next year.
The groundbreaking singing competition series, which paved the way for so many other reality shows over the last decade, has plans to air a "season-long celebratory event," Fox announced Monday when revealing its fall schedule for the 2015-2016 TV season. Judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban will return, along with host Ryan Seacrest. It was not an easy decision — 'American Idol' has a been such a vital part of Fox for its run," Fox Television Group CEO Gary Newman told reporters on a conference call Monday. "We spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of 'American Idol' and collectively we all aligned to the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end. But we really wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory … it's going to be a true season-long celebration."
Paris Bennett did Minnesota proud, finishing fifth in Season 5.
Shakopee student advances
A Shakopee eighth-grader advanced Monday to the finals of the 27th annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. Shreyas Varathan and the 53 other kids, ages 10-14, were tested on their global knowledge in hopes of capturing the top prize, a $50,000 scholarship and a trip with a parent or guardian to the Galápagos aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Varathan, who attends Shakopee Area Catholic School, is now among the 10 finalists who will pit their worldly wits against one another Wednesday. The championship round from the Washington Plaza Hotel airs on the National Geographic Channel at 7 p.m. CDT on Friday and again on Nat Geo WILD at 6 p.m. CDT on May 20. There has been one national champion from Minnesota — Nathan Cornelius, a home-schooled seventh-grader from Cottonwood, who won in 2005. The question Shreyas correctly answered in the tiebreaker to make it into the top ten was: "Name the peninsula in present-day Turkey, on the northern side of the Dardanelles, that was the site of a hard-fought campaign during World War I." Answer: Gallipoli Peninsula
Baby hilton: Perez Hilton had an extra special Mother's Day, spending it with his new baby daughter. Hilton says Mia Alma was born Saturday via surrogate. The celebrity blogger said Monday that being with his mom and baby girl "was the best way to celebrate Mother's Day."