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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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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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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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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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Why did the producers and writers hire Ellen DeGeneres to serve as a judge for the fifteenth season? She has no experience in singing and the music industry. While other reality TV competition shows compete in all forms of entertainment, American Idol is limited only to singing. See more »

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[says it at times during the auditions]
Randy Jackson: Singing is not your thing.
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This summer's Survivor... Enjoyable Show..
10 July 2002 | by Jdc102See all my reviews

Although I think Survivor is a much better overall series, I do enjoy American Idol. I think that Simon is the best part about the show because he IS honest and without him the show wouldn't be worth watching. Its funny to see terrible auditions, but there are some talented people that got through, although its quite dumb how some people got the "sympathy" vote only because Simon was too "mean" for them. How can someone go that far without some criticism. I do agree that him calling people "losers" is going a bit too far, but the guy is honest, you have to give him that. The thing I dont really like about American Idol is that unlike Survivor, they drag it out so much, its almost pathetic. I mean, first they have the top 30- ten at a time and then they choose the "wild card", judges choice. Then they go to the final ten and 2 by 2 they are voted out and finally we have our "American Idol". I'm not a mind reader of course, but I can really see the winner becoming "famous" or "semi famous" only because of this show and not their raw talent. Oh well, its fun to watch when there's nothing much on.

Thanks For taking the time to read this. You Rule.


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