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American Idol to receive TV academy gong

Associated Press Associated Press 20/08/2016

American Idol is receiving the TV academy's 2016 Governors Award for its impact on television.

The academy said on Friday that the Fox singing contest was more than a hit, citing its use of social media, influence on the pop-culture conversation and the talent-show imitators it spawned.

The Governors Award honours achievement that goes beyond the scope of Emmy Award recognition.

American Idol, which ended its 15-year run on Fox this northern spring, was a ratings blockbuster but never captured top Emmy honours in the reality-competition program category.

It isn't up for the award at the September 18 Emmys airing on ABC, but host Ryan Seacrest has a final chance to be honoured as best reality series host.

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