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

TV Series  -   -  Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
4.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.2/10 from 18,359 users  
Reviews: 131 user | 21 critic

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 »

Creator:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On TV

Airs Thu. Jan. 29, 8:00 PM on Fox

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 21 Jan 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 27 Mar 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 10 Sep 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 13 Jan 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "American Idol" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: American Idol (2002– )

American Idol (2002– ) on IMDb 4.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Idol.

User Polls

Episodes

Next Episode


29 Jan 2015
Unnamed Auditions No. 8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Most Recent Episode


22 Jan 2015
S14.E6 Episode #14.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Add a plot


Previous Episode


21 Jan 2015
S14.E5 Episode #14.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Seasons


Years



Unknown   14   13   12   11   10   … See all »
Unknown   2015   2014   2013   … See all »
Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 40 wins & 116 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The X Factor (TV Series 2011)
Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".

Stars: Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid
The Voice (TV Series 2011)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Four famous musicians search for the best voices in America and will mentor these singers to become artists. America will decide which singer will be worthy of the grand prize.

Stars: Carson Daly, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine
America's Got Talent (TV Series 2006)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A weekly talent competition where an array of performers -- from singers and dancers, to comedians and novelty acts -- vie for a $1 million cash prize.

Stars: Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel
The X Factor (TV Series 2004)
Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A British music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions.

Stars: Louis Walsh, Dermot O'Leary, Simon Cowell
Britain's Got Talent (TV Series 2007)
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Amateur singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, ventriloquists and novelty acts perform for a live audience and a panel of three judges. If all three judges buzz them off they must stop their act.

Stars: Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host (454 episodes, 2002-2015)
...
 Himself - Judge / ... (429 episodes, 2002-2013)
...
 Himself - Judge / ... (314 episodes, 2002-2010)
...
 Herself - Judge / ... (273 episodes, 2002-2013)
Edit

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone dreams. Idol delivers. See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Idol  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kelly Clarkson holds the record for the most albums sold by an American Idol alumni with nearly 10 million records. Also, her songs have been downloaded nearly 10 million times. Carrie Underwood is second with album and digital download sales of 15.7 million. See more »

Quotes

[says it at times during the auditions]
Randy Jackson: Singing is not your thing.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.53 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Gives "Reality" TV a whole new meaning.
19 February 2004 | by (Nanaimo BC) – See all my reviews

If it weren't for Simon Cowell, I have to wonder how many people would watch this show. I admit this says something of my character, but he's the reason I watch this show. His blunt matter of fact, tell-it-like-is approach to telling the unvarnished truth to the no-talent wannabes who audition is something I find very refreshing. Especially when their egos and attitudes are directly proportional to the extent that they suck -- meaning the more they suck, the more ego and attitude they tend to have. (Not with all, but certainly a lot of them) Then there are others who don't have attitude and are devastated by criticism and can be seen in tears later, and even if they were bad I feel a little sorry for them. But that's simply the reality, of the music business and if these kids can't handle it, then they shouldn't be trying to forge a career as a musical artist.

That's reality, and Simon gives them this much needed reality check. It's reality TV in every sense of the word.


49 of 80 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I'm sorry colingar
Judges talking during the tryouts kerrithesinger
Who will be on Jlo's S list this year? thebe123-484-488327
Has Luke Randall auditioned in the past? shellebelle2
Rayvon catscratch65
Discuss American Idol (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page