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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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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]

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USA

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English

Release Date:

11 June 2002 (USA) See more »

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American Idol See more »

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Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Season One is the only season to have a Top 10, every season after that had a Top 12. Season Eight is the first season to feature a Top 13. See more »

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When judges unintentionally laugh during a contestant's bad audition, this can create tension and also add insult to injury. See more »

Quotes

[says this catchphrase everytime before the intro credits begin]
Ryan Seacrest: This... is "American Idol"!
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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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Used to like it, but now it is really formulaic, tired and predictable
12 May 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

No doubt there are some really talented singers such as David Cook, Chris Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson, but others were ludicrously bad. Then there were others with annoying personalities, Tatiana I am looking at you. However, while I was addicted to it at first mainly because of the hilarious auditions, I stopped watching it after it became increasingly formulaic, tired and predictable.

Simon's put downs no longer became funny, instead they became increasingly insulting, and Paula became increasingly inaudible over the screaming audience. The choreography was often under-rehearsed, the singers sometimes pick the wrong songs for their voice(a huge danger when it comes to singing), the lighting was dim, the clothes that some contestants wear either in auditions(ie. Bikini Girl and the guy in the Pink Rabbit suit) or on the live shows(ie. Carly) are either too revealing or unflattering and I am not a fan of Ryan Seacrest's presenting. Also the show is very exploitative, I know the X Factor is quite exploitative, but this brings the meaning of exploitation to a whole new level. It is not entirely the show's fault though, the media are mostly to blame too. Then there are those who don't make it through Hollywood or the live shows, they cry and say that American Idol is their life. Give me a break, I am not trying to sound insensitive, but there are many many good things you can do with your life other than go on American Idol, if you really want to sing, join a pop band, a musical theatre or opera group, you may find they are better in terms of time value.

Overall, formulaic, tired and predictable, not to mention exploitative. 2/10 for the auditions. Bethany Cox


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