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?
Two brothers from Denver named Jimmy and Scott Osterman were among the hopefuls at the "American Idol 2" tryouts in Austin, Texas. Their audition, which included a cringe-making version of Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract", had judge Simon Cowell
about to deliver a scathing putdown when the pair revealed themselves to be Anthony McPartlin
and Declan Donnelly
in disguise and that Cowell was the victim of a practical joke for their show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
(2002). McPartlin and Donnelly are also the hosts of Pop Idol
(2001) the original British show from which "American Idol" is adapted, and for which Cowell also serves as a judge. See more
The judges are inconsistent on which contestants they allow to sing one song or multiple songs. See more
Simon Cowell - Judge
[Repeated line to contestants after their initial audition
Honestly, one of the worst I ever heard in my life.
Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. See more