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VIDEO: How American Idol Found Its Heart Again

The farewell season of American Idol is its strongest in years - which is kind of sad

Liam Mathews

American Idol is in the midst of its farewell tour, and its hosts are taking time to reflect on what the show means to them.

For Harry Connick Jr., it's one of the few places left in his life where he can focus solely on music. For Keith Urban, it's watching new talent blossom. "It's still the show that's produced an extraordinary amount of bona fide, legit artists that have gone on to have great careers," Urban says.

He adds that this season is the strongest in years."This Idol to me feels, this season, so much more like the earlier seasons back when the show was it was" - that is, the most popular show on television and a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon - "and had its heart."

Is this really the last season of American Idol?

"I keep using that word [heart], probably, because that's what it feels like. It's recaptured again."

American Idol's final season continues Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c on FOX.