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American Idol 

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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 Himself - Host (520 episodes, 2002-2016)
Mark Thompson ...
 Announcer / ... (493 episodes, 2002-2015)
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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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Everyone dreams. Idol delivers. See more »


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Kelly Clarkson is the only American Idol winner to hold the title less than a year. See more »

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It's obvious the judges make their decision before the contestant starts singing. See more »

Quotes

[says it at times during the auditions]
Randy Jackson: Singing is not your thing.
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Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. See more »

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Why does everybody like this show?
23 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why does everybody like to watch this show so much? It is the stupidest, meanest show I have ever seen. I guess people like to watch it to watch others suck, but that just shows how cruel people can be. On top of that, Simon is a rude, stuck-up jackass who has it in his head that he can tell people they have no talent. Who the hell does this guy think he is? I'd like to see him get up and sing before he says ANYTHING to anybody about their singing, and I sincerely wish that somebody would get up and tell Simon "bite me." I don't why or how this show got to be so popular, and I really wish the show would just go away because I'm tired of it. It needs to go off the air soon. I don't know what is worse: the show, or the fact that everybody seems to like it.


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