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American Idol 

American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (original title)
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Twelve American finalists (six men and six women) compete in a singing contest.

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Simon Fuller
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Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 46 wins & 145 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ryan Seacrest ...  Himself - Host / ... 557 episodes, 2002-2019
Mark Thompson ...  Announcer / ... 493 episodes, 2002-2015
Randy Jackson ...  Himself - Judge / ... 474 episodes, 2002-2016
Simon Cowell ...  Himself - Judge / ... 358 episodes, 2002-2016
Paula Abdul ...  Herself - Judge / ... 318 episodes, 2002-2016
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Storyline

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 Gary Richard Collins II (gcollinsii@aol.com)

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Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

ABC [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Idol See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Top 12 Rankings (2006):
  • Winner: Taylor Hicks,
  • 2nd place: Katharine McPhee,
  • 3rd place: Elliott Yamin,
  • 4th place: Chris Daughtry,
  • 5th place: Paris Bennett,
  • 6th place: Kellie Pickler,
  • 7th place: Ace Young,
  • 8th place: Bucky Covington,
  • 9th place: Mandisa Hundley,
  • 10th place: Lisa Tucker,
  • 11th place: Kevin Covais,
  • 12th place: Melissa McGhee
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Goofs

If a contestant has a bad audition the judges shouldn't advise the contestant not to enter the music industry. It's not their business. See more »

Quotes

Simon Cowell - Judge: [Repeated line] And I'm not being rude.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) See more »

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The Only Reason I Have Not to Commit Suicide
7 August 2002 | by MAdams15023See all my reviews

I live for this show. Seriously. If this show wasn't on, I wouldn't have a single reason not to kill myself. The chicks are so hot. It's funny to see washed up Paula Abdul pretending to be Pam Anderson. IT'S GOT A BRITISH GUY ON IT TOO! People come on and sing and we vote on our favorites. Then whoever gets the fewest votes is eaten by Randy Jackson, a very fat man who supposedly knows something about music. My legs sweat just thinking about AMERICAN IDOL - the Jesus of television shows.


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