American Idol is an American reality-competition show airing on Fox. It debuted on June 11, 2002, and it has since become one of the most popular shows on American television. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, which was first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.
The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. The outcomes of the later stages of this competition are determined by public voting by phone. The format features three judges who give critiques of the contestants' performances: record producer Randy Jackson; pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul; and music executive Simon Cowell. The show is hosted by former children's game show emcee and television personality Ryan Seacrest; comedian Brian Dunkleman co-hosted with Seacrest during the first season. The American Idol band is led by Rickey Minor. The show usually airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the US and Thursday and Friday nights in the UK. In its seven seasons, its winners have been Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook. Hicks was the oldest winner at 29, Sparks the youngest at just 17.
American Idol News
- American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Gives Free Concert In Kinston - WITN
- 'American Idol's' Candice Glover: 'I'm a hopeless romantic': Interview - HitFix
- Interview with James Durbin from American Idol: 'Parachute' (Includes interview) - DigitalJournal.com
- Kellie Pickler on Keeping Her Marriage Spicy - People Magazine
- 'American Idol' on the Charts: Daughtry's 'Baptized' Is Top Internet Album - Hollywood Reporter
- American Idol 2014 Spoilers: New Day, New Season, New Judges! [VIDEO] - American Idol Net
- Live tonight in Freeland: American Idol winner Lee DeWyze performs at 2013 ... - The Saginaw News
- American Idol 2014 Spoilers: Meet the Faces of Season 13! [VIDEO] - American Idol Net
- Season 13 of 'American Idol' Is About to Start, so Where Is Season 12 Winner ... - Yahoo TV (blog)
- 'American Idol' Producers Slam Racial Discrimination Lawsuit - Billboard
American Idol Blog Posts
- [VIDEO] 'American Idol' Season 13 Promo Features Guitar-Playing ...
- 'American Idol' on the Charts: Daughtry's 'Baptized' Is Top Internet ...
- 'American Idol': New Promo Highlights Show Alums, Track Record ...
- Jennifer Lopez Titillates In American Idol Teasers! See The New ...
- 'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover Releases New Single (Video)
- American Idol X!!! Promo: Hooray for the WGWG! (VIDEO) mjsbigblog
- American Idol Season 13 Promo Creates A Timelines Of Big Idol ...
- 'American Idol': Rickey Minor Returning as Musical Director (Exclusive)
- Watch new 'American Idol' audition footage | Inside TV | EW.com
- Jennifer Hudson Has Harsh Words For 'American Idol' On 'Watch ...
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American Idol Videos
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- Candice Glover Performs "You've Changed" - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
- American Idol 2013 Season 12 - Episode 30 - Full Show
- Angie Miller Performs "Who You Are" - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
- Candice Glover Performs "Lovesong" - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
- American Idol 2013 Season 12 - Episode 33 - Full Show
- Top 4 Results Second Round - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
- Angie Miller Performs "Diamonds" - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
- David Cook Performs "Laying Me Low" - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
- Jimmy's Thoughts On The Top 4 - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
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