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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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Aspiring singers from Los Angeles, New York, Louisville, Ky. and Denver see if they have what it takes to move on in the competition; an audition surprises the judges.


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ryan Seacrest ...  Himself - Host / ... 539 episodes, 2002-2019
Mark Thompson ...  Announcer / ... 493 episodes, 2002-2015
Randy Jackson ...  Himself - Judge / ... 474 episodes, 2002-2016
Simon Cowell ...  Himself - Judge / ... 358 episodes, 2002-2016
Paula Abdul ...  Herself - Judge / ... 318 episodes, 2002-2016
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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)

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Dare to Dream. See more »


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Official Sites:

ABC [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Idol See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Scott MacIntyre is the first blind contestant to participate on the show. See more »

Goofs

If a contestant has a bad audition the judges shouldn't advise the contestant not to enter the music industry. It's not their business. See more »

Quotes

Simon Cowell - Judge: [Repeated line to contestants after their initial audition] Honestly, one of the worst I ever heard in my life.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.15 (2011) See more »

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Greatest (and most addicting) TV Talent Show Ever!
4 May 2004 | by FentonMeiksSee all my reviews

I have been watching American Idol religiously since the end of Season 1. I really got into the show when Season 2 started, and in the midst of Season 3 I am still hooked. I love the show because amidst all the William Hungs and other bad singers, there are some great singers out there. And every year there seems to be a few awesome ones. Last year : Clay, Ruben, Kimberly L, and Kimberly C. This season we have Fantasia, Jennifer, George, and LaToya. Every season there is one contestant for everyone to love - they are usually all so varied (although this season there are not many male singers). The show has the power to produce big superstars (Kelly and Clay) and whether they last, they're hot right now! I love Simon Cowell - he really is honest and doesn't hold anything back. Someone has to tell these crappy people that they are crappy - and Simon's the guy to do it. American Idol is my favorite show on TV right now, which reminds me - I have to go set my VCR for tonight's show!


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