The competitors were all trying to win a contract with a record label, and without naming any names, this was clearly a struggle for some of the people who appeared and got raked over the coals by some of the four judges (four, which breaks the "AI" format a little... oh but wait, even AI brought in guests to be extra judges one season)! Really, though, the story of what went on backstage was probably more interesting than anything that was actually seen by the viewing audience. Maybe they should have done a "Real World" style broadcast, where all of them were living in some Bel-Air Mansion and had to rehearse and deal with their rivals in a day-to-day way.
The show itself was a typical train wreck, with the eliminations, the badly rehearsed songs (with footage of the contestants' famed parentage coaching their progeny through that week's performance) and a somewhat lackluster host named Ryan Devlin. For the record, the judges were Jamie King (male, not the model/actress - this Jamie directs and choreographs music videos), Larry Rudolph (a music agent whose most successful client was Britney Spears), June Ambrose (best known for her celebrity philanthropy work), and Belinda Carlisle, who was and will always be lead singer for that quintessentially 80s girl group, The Go-Go's.
The weeks went by, and the voting went on, as people were removed from the scene. In the end, one of them was declared the winner. Have we heard the champion's CD yet? No. But, maybe that's just as well.