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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins.
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Top 12 Rankings (2007):
- Winner: Jordin Sparks,
- 2nd place: Blake Lewis,
- 3rd place: Melinda Doolittle,
- 4th place: Lakisha Jones,
- 5th place: Chris Richardson,
- 6th place: Phil Stacey,
- 7th place: Sanjaya Malakar,
- 8th place: Haley Scarnato,
- 9th place: Gina Glocksen,
- 10th place: Chris Sligh,
- 11th place: Stephanie Edwards,
- 12th place: Brandon Rogers
The judges shouldn't involve the contestant's personality into their decision to whether or whether not to send them to Hollywood. They should be judged solely on their singing ability. See more
Simon Cowell - Judge
[Repeated line to contestants after their initial audition
Honestly, one of the worst I ever heard in my life.
Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. See more