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American Idol 

American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (original title)
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Twelve American finalists (six men and six women) compete in a singing contest.

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Simon Fuller
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ryan Seacrest ...  Himself - Host / ... 557 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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Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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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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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Season 7 is the first to have a finale with both finalist having the same first names, and to have both finalists never appear in the bottom two or three. See more »

Goofs

The judges shouldn't display any form of reaction when a contestant is safe from elimination because it demonstrates favoritism. See more »

Quotes

Simon Cowell - Judge: [Repeated line] And I'm not being rude.
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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Idris Elba/Khalid (2019) See more »

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I enjoy it, for the most part.
24 February 2005 | by TLGeerSee all my reviews

This is the first year (2005)that I've watched American Idol. I surprised myself and enjoyed it. It provides a look into the process and reasons for signing a person to a contract. The only thing that I don't like is the final weeks and how they let people know who has not made the cut. I find it cruel and unnecessary. I also find that Simon Crowell's comments are pretty accurate about the contestants. I used to watch Star Search, with Ed McMahon, and thought that was great, but this is much more interesting. I would like to see the handling of cutting contestants changed. I don't find this to be a popularity contest at all. I also think that if these people cannot take the criticism that is handed to them they should not be in the entertainment business.


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