American Idol helped launch the career of country superstar Carrie Underwood just over a decade ago, and despite its big season finale earlier this year, the series may not be completely over.

Billboard reports that while accepting the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday evening (Sept. 11), series creator Simon Fuller hinted that American Idol may only be on a short hiatus.

"It's been 15 years, and this is the first Emmy we’ve actually won for the show. Can you believe that?" he said, turning to Fox Broadcasting CEO Dana Walden. "Dana, thank you for bringing the show back in 2018. We can't wait to make it."

American Idol fans shouldn't get their hopes up, though. In an interview backstage after he accepted his award, Fuller then told Yahoo! a different story. He said he was just "being mischievous," and that his comments on the return of the reality singing competition were simply his "English sense of humor."

Underwood was the last performer of what was dubbed as American Idol's finale earlier this April. On April 7, the Season 4 winner of the show stood on a pedestal to sing her then-hit "Something in the Water." Earlier in the evening, she joined forces with Idol judge Keith Urban for a cover of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” made famous by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks.

Underwood first auditioned for American Idol in the summer of 2004. The then-21-year-old college student impressed the judges by singing the Bonnie Raitt classic "I Can’t Make You Love Me."

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