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?
and Kris Allen
are the only winners to not have their entire audition shown on television - while Kris had a clip of his shown, Kelly's was not shown at all. 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
Simon Cowell - Judge
[Repeated line to contestants after their initial audition
Honestly, one of the worst I ever heard in my life.
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