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American Idol's Season 15 Poster Takes Us Back... Way Back

The poster for American Idol‘s 15th and final season is revisiting the B.C. — Before Clarkson — era.

Not only does the key art — obtained exclusively by TVLine — include franchise MVPs Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and more, but it includes a clever nod to the iconic reality singing competition’s earliest promo campaign.

Indeed, wedged right between Chris Daughtry and Phillip Phillips is a blonde-haired hopeful flinging her hair and clutching a mic stand: If she looks familiar, that’s because it’s an image of model Amanda Noret (circa 2002) that Fox used for the show’s Season 1 posters.

OK, I could kvetch about the need for more Haley Reinhart and Fantasia Barrino and… well, you know I could run a list all the way through Aloha Mi’sho… but instead, let me applaud Idol‘s powers-that-be for focusing on the show’s star-making magic.

Idol‘s farewell season (nooooo! I won’t accept this!) kicks off Jan. 6 and 7 at 8/7c on Fox.

Check out the full poster below, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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