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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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Series cast summary:
...  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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Trivia

For the UK broadcast of Season 6 Cat Deeley introduces the episodes and conducts interviews with contestants and guests. See more »

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Even though the judges know its unprofessional to argue with each other in front of the contestants, the show partially depends on conflict and controversy, it's what sells and creates interest, hence Simon's insulting comments. See more »

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[says this catchphrase everytime before the intro credits begin]
Ryan Seacrest: This... is "American Idol"!
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Crazy Credits

Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson/Björk (2007) See more »

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Most pointless show ever made...
25 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

I can't believe that people willfully watch this show. It's such a waste of time watching people embarrass themselves on national television. Shows like this one are the reason why America is full of morons and the reason why the Chinese and Japanese are going to own this country in the coming decades. The only reason shows like this are even on t.v. is the fact that corporate television executives are so greedy that instead of making t.v. shows that at the very least give a wholesome message or bring awareness to the public about a certain issues they look for any way to squeeze every penny they can and stick it in their own pockets instead of spending it on something worthwhile or educational. Don't watch shows like this. Read a book instead. Spend time with your kids. Get an education. Do something worthwhile with your life.


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