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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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Simon Fuller
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ryan Seacrest ...  Himself - Host / ... 538 episodes, 2002-2018
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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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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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

During the Atlanta tryouts of Season 3, a young woman named Kristen Powell, clad in a leotard and leg warmers, gave a tone-deaf and rhythm-less performance of "Flashdance", which the judges quickly rejected. Though Powell burst into tears and begged for the chance to be "synthesized" to look and sound like a star, it was revealed that she and LaMosa Rowell (her companion at the audition) were merely performing a stunt for a radio broadcast (which included an obscenity-laced tirade by Rowell, complete with angry posturings at the camera). LaMosa and Kristen were interns for the MJ Morning Show, a radio morning show based on 93.3 WFLZ-FM in Tampa, Florida. The show is also heard in Jacksonville, FL (on 97.9 Kiss FM) and St. Louis, MO (on Z107.7 FM). MJ's other American Idol activities included an "American Idiot" competition in which people submitted video tapes of themselves doing foolish things to compete for cash prizes. See more »

Goofs

The judges are inconsistent on which contestants they allow to sing one song or multiple songs. See more »

Quotes

[on announcing the results]
Ryan Seacrest: Dim the lights... and here we go.
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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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Dear God, what has become of television?
20 February 2007 | by dokter_hewSee all my reviews

Shows like this are the reason that so much of television sucks these days. It is nothing more than an over-hyped, overblown televised karaoke contest and people watch this crap in droves. I've totally lost all faith in humanity for allowing a show like this to go on and on and on.Years ago, a show like this (think 'Star Search' for example) was the exception rather than the norm. Now it's all you can find. Reality programming has completely ruined TV. Granted, there's still some pretty decent scripted shows on the tube (Monk, 30 Rock, My Name is Earl, The Office) but as long as people line up mindlessly to watch muck like 'American Idol', I'm afraid it's only gonna get worse. I weep for the future.


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