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.
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Did You Know?
At the Miami auditions during the second season, a young man named Edgar Nova was rejected after delivering an off-key rendition of Enrique Iglesias' "My Love". Despite this, he re-entered the tryout line, telling other hopefuls that the judges had asked him to do so. Security was called to escort Nova from the audition venue. Undaunted, Nova flew to Los Angeles at his own expense and appeared at the tryouts there, sporting a different hairstyle in hopes that the judges would not recognize him. They did, but they allowed him another audition, after which he was rejected yet again. See more
Why did the producers and writers hire Ellen DeGeneres to serve as a judge for the fifteenth season? She has no experience in singing and the music industry. While other reality TV competition shows compete in all forms of entertainment, American Idol is limited only to singing. See more
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