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(2002– )

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Sex & Nudity

  • There are kissing scenes here and there. Some sexual comments appear in the show rarely.
  • Announcer and most female participants wear mini skirt, dress with cuts so the bare legs are shown.
  • Some episodes, including the audition ones, have panty shots that are mainly superimposed by the show's logo, which the censors considered these shots "purvey and inappropriate".

Violence & Gore

  • Some people explain of their life,hard times,and talk of their loved ones dying. Nothing is shown.


  • All foul language is beeped or skipped. Mild cussing may appear in songs, but all really foul words are either skipped or replaced with a cleaner word.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some songs may lyric such uses.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some people go through extremely emotional times, which makes alot of people cry through episodes. Sometimes violent or scary things have happened to people, and it occurs to be their explanation of why they want to be on American Idol.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The season 5 audition contained a disturbing female amateur, such as the infamous "Paula Goodspeed" threatened the judges after being rejected. Even her infuriated speech after leaving the studio is very unsettling. She committed suicide nearly three years after this incident.

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