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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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The winner is crowned in the Season 1 finale. (Reality).


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Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 46 wins & 142 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Himself - Host / ... 538 episodes, 2002-2018
...  Announcer / ... 493 episodes, 2002-2015
...  Himself - Judge / ... 474 episodes, 2002-2016
...  Himself - Judge / ... 358 episodes, 2002-2016
...  Herself - Judge / ... 318 episodes, 2002-2016
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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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Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins. See more »


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11 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Season Eight is the first season to present a trophy to the winner. See more »

Goofs

If a contestant was rejected after their first audition, why didn't the judges remind them they could audition again the next year?This approach would decrease every disagreement and confrontation between the judges and the contestant, and even between the judges themselves. See more »

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Ryan Seacrest: [Repeated line to a contestant that they are not eliminated] You are safe.
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Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. See more »

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Referenced in Holly's World: Mothers and Other Strangers (2011) See more »

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Gives "Reality" TV a whole new meaning.
19 February 2004 | by 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.


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