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American Idol 

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

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Simon Fuller
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Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 46 wins & 148 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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)

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Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Edgar Nova, who unsuccessfully auditioned for Season 2 twice (once in Miami and once in Los Angeles), appeared yet again, this time at the New York auditions for Season 3. Though the judges said that they admired Nova's tenacity, with Simon Cowell even shaking hands with him, his audition was once again unsuccessful. See more »

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If a contestant was rejected after their first audition, why didn't the judges remind them they could audition again the next year?This approach would decrease every disagreement and confrontation between the judges and the contestant, and even between the judges themselves. See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Referenced in Reba: The Goodbye Guy (2006) See more »

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I want to respond to everyone
7 March 2003 | by Brandy-28See all my reviews

As a person who has been in the entertainment business for years and has - on more than occasion - auditioned - I can tell you that Simon's comments are not that bad. Real producers, directors and casting people are more horrible than Simon Cowell - trust me. If these people really want a career in the entertainment business - they better get used too it. Because - trust me - this will not be the first time someone like Cowell - will be telling them they suck or they need to loose 10 pounds.

Anyway, I would like to see Clay Aiken win. This guy - truly just blows me away. I was wondering the same as Randy - where does that voice come from. This guy is truly amazing and extremely gifted.

Can anyone tell me what happened to Chip Days? (The black guy with the braided hair) He was in trouble with the law?


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