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 10 Rankings (2002):
- Winner: Kelly Clarkson,
- 2nd place: Justin Guarini,
- 3rd place: Nikki McKibbin,
- 4th place: Tamyra Gray,
- 5th place: R.J. Helton,
- 6th place: Christina Christian,
- 7th place: Ryan Starr,
- 8th place: A.J. Gil,
- 9th place: EJay Day,
- 10th place: Jim Verraros
The judges are inconsistent on which contestants they allow to sing one song or multiple songs. See more
[says this catchphrase everytime before the intro credits begin
This... is "American Idol"!
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
Referenced in The Soloist