American Idol (2002– )
"American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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In Season 1, Kelly Clarkson beat out Justin Guarini for the title. In Season 4, Carrie Underwood beat out Bo Bice for the title. In Season 6, Jordin Sparks beat out Blake Lewis for the title. In Season 5, Taylor Hicks beat out Katharine McPhee for the title, making this the first time a male finalist won over the female finalist in a boy-girl finale. See more »

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This show is corrupt, overdone and unnecessary
26 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hate this show with a passion. At first it was a good idea and picked a good singer. When saying there was going to be another one, i though "Ok i guess America could have *2* idols..." but when Rubin won, i knew this was a corrupt show that only cares about image. I was so happy when people began voting for the worst. This show deserves it. And the judges have no purpose if the show is "determined" by America. Randy's "yo yo yo" is just old and annoying, Paula as the "nice one" is quickly becoming annoying, Simons sarcastic British comments are becoming overly done and Ryan Seacrest is possibly *the* most annoying host on television. He is so full of himself and has no place in the show. People should know by now that the show is corrupt and that "America" can't vote for their life.


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