4.1/10
20,567
149 user 12 critic

American Idol 

American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (original title)
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
Twelve American finalists (six men and six women) compete in a singing contest.

Creator:

Simon Fuller
Reviews
Popularity
3,457 ( 46)

Episodes

Season 18 Premiere



Most Recent Episode


Sunday, May 19

The winner is announced; scheduled performers include Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Daddy Yankee, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Kane Brown, Kool and the Gang, Luke Bryan, Montell Jordan, ...


Previous Episode


Sunday, May 12

Seasons


Years



18   17   16   15   14   13   … See all »
2020   2019   2018   2016   … See all »
Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 46 wins & 146 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Voice (TV Series 2011)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four famous musicians search for the best voices in America and will mentor these singers to become artists. America will decide which singer will be worthy of the grand prize.

Stars: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Carson Daly
The X Factor (2011–2013)
Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".

Stars: Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid
The X Factor: Celebrity (TV Series 2004)
Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

British singing competition in which contestants sing cover songs to try and impress judges and voting viewers.

Stars: Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Dermot O'Leary
The Voice I (TV Series 2012)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Contestants compete in a singing competition that focuses on the quality of their voice.

Stars: Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden, Sonia Kruger
The Voice UK (TV Series 2012)
Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Aspiring singers perform auditions in front of 4 coaches who have their backs turned to them. If a coach likes the voice they hear, they turn around, and the contestant then gets to decide which one of the coaches they want to work with.

Stars: Will.i.am, Tom Jones, Emma Willis
Britain's Got Talent (TV Series 2007)
Game-Show | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A variety of acts perform in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, for a chance to win £250,000 and to perform at the Royal variety.

Stars: Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell
So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series 2005)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dancers skilled in everything from ballroom and ballet to salsa, jive, hip-hop and krumping, all compete to be named the best. Dancers must impress the judges with their moves and rigorous ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Mark Thompson
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Oprah Winfrey hosts a live audience talk-show with celebrity guests and discusses daily stories.

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King
Short | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Shane Ryan Valdez
Stars: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Ryan Seacrest
American Ninja Warrior (TV Series 2009)
Action | Game-Show | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Contestants run, jump, crawl, climb, hang, and swing through crazy obstacles as they compete to become the next American Ninja champion.

Stars: Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Jenn Brown
Songland (TV Series 2019)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Songwriters compete for a chance to have their work selected by a major recording artist.

Stars: Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, Ryan Tedder
The Bachelorette (TV Series 2003)
Drama | Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down to hopefully find her true love.

Stars: Chris Harrison, Nick Viall, Ali Fedotowsky
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Ryan Seacrest ...  Himself - Host / ... 557 episodes, 2002-2019
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
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Who's Next? See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Kieran" Ryan Seacrest always says to "dim the lights" during the results shows on American Idol (2002) is Kieran Healy (credited on the show as being the "Lighting Designer"). See more »

Goofs

The judges shouldn't display any form of reaction when a contestant is safe from elimination because it demonstrates favoritism. See more »

Quotes

Simon Cowell - Judge: [Repeated line] And I'm not being rude.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.121 (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Optimistic to the Point of Foolishness
1 May 2006 | by FrutyOatyBar42See all my reviews

There comes a time in every reasonable man's life when he must sit down in his living room and watch an episode of American Idol. Truth is I'm not a reasonable man. Or even a reasonable woman, now that I think about it. I have, however, watched an episode of American Idol and will go so far as to say that I have religiously watched three seasons of it. First season was great. Second season was good. During third season, I got wiser and realized that the show wasn't as good anymore, but still I watched. It had lost its magic, its X-Factor, you could say. During fourth season, I watched four or five episodes. By then, I had rediscovered sitcom television. Now comes fifth season, and the inevitable disappointment that lurks around the show reappears again. Yet, people still watch the show because they are too brainwashed not to.

Then again, what else is there to watch on Tuesdays? Or Wednesdays. Or Thursdays. Or any other night of the week, for that matter. I mean, why watch anything else when I can watch the new season or reruns of past performances made readily available via my Handy-Dandy DVD player? (Yes, we bought the Best of Season One. So sue me.) I must say that American Idol has become predictable. A "dude, man, dawg" from Randy Jackson. An "I just want to eat you up and make all our viewers sick to their stomachs with my infinite well of gaga comments" from Paula Abdul. And "Enter sarcastic, British remark here" from Simon Cowell. Cue Ryan Seacrest's idiotic retort and make-the-girls-swoon smile. The contestants are the same: air-headed bimbos, wannabe rockers, real rockers, melt-the-camera-with-a-stare heartthrobs, belters, and the like. For goodness sake, give us something good to watch again! Every now and then we get fantastic singers like Kelly Clarkson, Tamira Grey, and Clay Aiken. The rest are a little more or less than mediocre. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I heard Ruben, Fantasia, or Diana on the radio. Don't even mention Justin Guarini. What a waste of his perfectly good talent. The only thing Idol can do for you is give you a year, if that, of fame, then send you on back home to the karaoke bars in Oneida, Tennessee. Tough break, kids.

It is just unfair to see what they do to these contestants. They get the same amount of men as they do women to avoid any legal problems about gender bias. Completely bogus! Sometimes, there are better men than some of the women on that show (and vice versa), so why should they be cut just so the Idol producers won't be accused of discrimination on the cover of tabloids. The real crime is letting a bunch of less-than-worthy singers get on just to balance things out. And then some of the singers get scolded for song choices. Oh, no, Heaven forbid someone does a Mariah or a Whitney! No, no! Those are untouchable. I just have my fingers crossed that one contestant will finally lash out at Randy, saying, "Well, Mr. Jackson, you give me a list of songs I'm not supposed to do, and I'll make sure I sing them all just for you." Even if they are really good, nothing is as good as the original, so just give up.

The producers of Idol need to take a step back from the show they've created and look at what it has become: a rigged popularity contest. The only thing Idol is good for is delaying House episodes for weeks at a time. What a waste of an Emmy and Golden Globe winning show. Producers, you need some variety in this show. Just keep your fingers crossed that you choose the correct Idol this time, as you seem to think that America is too intellectually inept to do so themselves. Greenlighting this overstayed-it's-welcomed show for another season and thinking that the same people are still going to love it would be optimistic to the point of foolishness. But then again, what do I know? I'm just a kid with a television and a telephone.


66 of 95 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 149 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed