Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star Search" clone. After each song that was sung, the judges, Abdul, Jackson and Cowell, then critique that finalist's chosen song. After each show's ending, America must vote for a finalist to whom they really think their performance is good using this AT&T (now Cingular Wireless) or any other cellular phone to cast votes with. Once the votes are locked in, the judges and America decides who has the most and the least amount of votes, and the contestant with the least amount of votes is eliminated, and it goes on each week's show until the winner is crowned as "American Idol," where he/she wins a recording contract worth up to $1,000,000. The rest of the other finalists to whom they have been voted off before (the runner-up) also get recording contracts, too. Written by
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Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins.
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Top 12 Rankings (2005):
- Winner: Carrie Underwood,
- 2nd place: Bo Bice,
- 3rd place: Vonzell Solomon,
- 4th place: Anthony Federov,
- 5th place: Scott Savol,
- 6th place: Constantine Maroulis,
- 7th place: Anwar Robinson,
- 8th place: Nadia Turner,
- 9th place: Nikko Smith,
- 10th place: Jessica Sierra,
- 11th place: Mikalah Gordon,
- 12th place: Lindsey Cardinale
When judges unintentionally laugh during a contestant's bad audition, this can create tension and also add insult to injury. See more
[Repeated line to a contestant that they are not eliminated
You are safe.
Production will have in place weekly monitoring procedures designed to prevent individuals from unfairly influencing the outcome of the voting by generating significant blocks of votes using technical enhancements. The producers reserve the right to remove any identified "power dialing" votes. See more