Knowledge Identifier: $American_Idol
Category: Movies & TV (401)
Launched in 1990.
Countries: United States (71%), (9%), United Kingdom (7%)
Linked to: Fox Broadcasting Company, Bertelsmann Music Group, Universal Music Group, Kellogg Company
"American Idol" and fellow competing shows "Survivor" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" were altogether credited for expanding reality television programming in the United States in the 1990s and 2000s, and "Idol" became the most watched non-scripted primetime television series for almost a decade, from 2003 to 2012, breaking records on U.S. television
Tommy Faragher - In 2000, Faragher was an on-screen music producer for the Australian hit TV show "Pop Stars", which spawned the "American Idol" phenomenon
In 2001, Fuller, Cowell, and TV producer Simon Jones attempted to sell the "Pop Idol" format to the United States, but the idea was met with poor response from United States television networks
Paula Abdul - In 2002, Abdul appeared as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show American Idol.
Kelly Clarkson - Clarkson auditioned for the first season of $American_Idol (under the full title $American_Idol: The Search for a Superstar) in May 2002.
Kelly Clarkson - In 2003, Clarkson was later accused of working with a record company prior to winning American Idol.
Josh Gracin - In 2003, Gracin auditioned for the second season of "American Idol", a talent competition television program which airs on Fox Network
Kelly Clarkson - To promote the album, Clarkson appeared on various episodes of American Idol in 2003.
By 2004, it had became the most-watched TV shows in the U.S., a position it held on for eight straight years
Jennifer Hudson - She came to prominence in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of "American Idol", coming in seventh place
Jennifer Hudson - She was released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records so that she could appear on "American Idol" in 2004, but Jennifer credits David Johnson with teaching her "so much" and preparing her for the successful career she is enjoying today
William Hung - Hung was brought back to "American Idol" as part of a mid-season special titled "Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented", airing March 1, 2004
In 2005-2007, BMG partnered with Sony Music Entertainment to form a joint venture known as Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Mark McGrath - He served as a guest judge for "American Idol" auditions that were aired in early 2005
Constantine Maroulis - On April 27, 2005, Maroulis was eliminated from "American Idol" after he performed Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" during the 2000s music round
Ace Young - He spent the summer of 2006 on the annual American Idol Top 10 tour, and afterwards released his first single, "Scattered," as a digital download on iTunes
Chris Young (actor) - Young has been affiliated with the music industry, having produced twelve music videos for "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson's 2006 tour, producing and directing thirteen music videos for American girl group Slumber Party Girls and directing the music video "Struggle" for indie pop band Ringside
Paula Abdul - In March 2006, Fox announced that Abdul had signed to stay on American Idol as a judge for at least three more years.
Stevie Wonder - In March 2006, Wonder received new national exposure on the top-rated "American Idol" television program
Elliott Yamin - Yamin was eliminated from "American Idol" on May 17, 2006, after the tightest race; each of the three top contestants received an almost exactly equal percentage of the viewer votes necessary for advancement to the remaining two spots
Peter Noone - Noone appeared on the televised singing show "American Idol" on 20 March 2007 as a mentor for male contestants on the show
Lulu (singer) - She appeared on "American Idol" Season 6 on 20 March 2007 as a mentor for the female contestants and the following night performed "To Sir, With Love"
Don LaFontaine - On April 12, 2007, LaFontaine appeared on an episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" with ousted American Idol finalist Haley Scarnato to provide humorous "movie trailer"-esque commentary, as a spoof of his &Geico commercial
Sanjaya Malakar - He was featured in the May 7, 2007, issue of "People", where he talked about his "American Idol" run, his younger years, and future aspirations
Elliott Yamin - On May 16, 2007, Yamin performed his hit single, "Wait for You", on the American Idol Season 6 Top 3 results show
Sanjaya Malakar - On May 22, 2007, a one-minute short "I Am Art", co-produced with Will Ferrell, was released online with Malakar playing Bill Vendall, a 25-year-old graduate student of the arts, who created the character "Sanjaya Malakar" to appear on "American Idol", as an installment of his thesis
Sanjaya Malakar - Malakar's American Idol CD album 'Sanjaya Malakar', and some singles were offered on iTunes starting June 10, 2007
Michael Buffer - He appeared on NBC's "Deal or No Deal" on December 10, 2007, and opened the finale of the seventh season of "American Idol" on May 20, 2008, which employed a boxing theme
Chris Cornell - Cornell co-wrote David Cook's first post-"American Idol" album single, "Light On", released in 2008
Brian Dunkleman - During his 2008 appearance on the sixth season of the reality television weight loss show, "Celebrity Fit Club" on which he lost 15 pounds, and won the grand prize with his team, he spoke about his reasons for leaving "American Idol" following its first season
William Hung - However, in contrast to this viewpoint, in a 2008 American Idol Extra, Hung attributes his success in this when asked, "Why do you think it is that people gravitate towards William Hung so much-", Hung stated, "I believe it's my attitude and charisma, I tell people constantly, media, every where I go, just never give up on your dream
Gladys Knight - In 2008 Gladys, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller performed on "American Idol" to raise money for charity
Gloria Estefan - In 2008, Gloria appeared during the seventh season of "American Idol", in the special charity episode "Idol Gives Back", performing her song "Get on Your Feet" along with Sheila E.
George Michael - Michael appeared on the 2008 finale show of "American Idol" on 21 May singing "Praying for Time"
Neil Diamond - On March 19, 2008, it was announced on the TV show American Idol that Diamond would be a guest mentor to the remaining Idol contestants who would be singing Diamond songs for the broadcasts of April 29 and 30, 2008.
Kellie Pickler - Pickler is close friends with "American Idol" fourth season winner Carrie Underwood and country pop singer Taylor Swift, the latter of whom co-wrote Pickler's second single "Best Days of Your Life" from her album "Kellie Pickler", with her "American Idol" roommate Katharine McPhee, for whom she was a bridesmaid at McPhee's 2008 wedding and with songwriter Aimee Mayo
Neil Diamond - On March 19, 2008, it was announced on the TV show "American Idol" that Diamond would be a guest mentor to the remaining Idol contestants who would be singing Diamond songs for the broadcasts of April 29 and 30, 2008. on the April 30th broadcast, Diamond premiered a new song, "Pretty Amazing Grace" from his album "Home Before Dark"
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Also in April 2008 he was featured on the U.S. talent show "American Idol", acting as a mentor when the 6 finalists had to select one of Lloyd Webber's songs to perform for the judges that week
Dmitry Chaplin - On April 9, 2008, Dmitry performed together with professional dancer "Fabienne Liechti" in the Idol Gives Back fund-raiser on Fox's "American Idol"
Elliott Yamin - On April 16, 2008, Yamin performed on the "American Idol" Season 7 Top 7 results show dedicating the song "Free" to his late mother, Claudette Yamin
Ace Young - On May 12, 2008 he appeared on the Fox series "Bones" alongside season-six "American Idol" contestant Brandon Rogers
Nigel Lythgoe - On 4 August 2008, Lythgoe confirmed that he was leaving "American Idol" and decided to move on with "So You Think You Can Dance"
Jennifer Hudson - Hudson resumed her public appearances in 2009, and has since performed at the Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy *awards, "American Idol", and "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Brian Dunkleman - In 2009 he was reported to be pitching a fictional series about his life after "American Idol" entitled "American Dunkleman"
Barry Manilow - He appeared on American Idol on February 3, 2009 during Hollywood Week to give advice to the contestants
Carrie Underwood - In March 2009, she tracked a cover of Mötley Crüe's ballad "Home Sweet Home" for the "American Idol" season eight farewell theme
Jennifer Hudson - In May 2009, "MTV" listed Hudson as the sixth greatest "American Idol" and noted her exit was the most shocking of all time
Chad Kroeger - The single, titled "No Surprise", was debuted on American Idol Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Carrie Underwood - In 2009, "Forbes" reported that Underwood was the top earning "American Idol" alumni from June 2008 to May 17, 2009
Rod Stewart - On 20 May 2009, Stewart performed "Maggie May" on the grand finale of "American Idol" season 8
By 2010, four winners each had more than a million radio spins, with Kelly Clarkson leading the field with over four million spins
Mary J. Blige - Blige appeared as a guest judge on the ninth season of American Idol on January 13, 2010
Harry Connick, Jr. - Connick appeared on the May 4, 2010, episode of "American Idol" where he acted as a mentor for the top 5 finalists
Nigel Lythgoe - On 5 August 2010 "American Idol" confirmed Lythgoe would be returning as an executive producer to the hit show beginning season 10
Elliott Yamin - A May, 2011 interview with American Idol blogger Rodney Ho of the Atlantic Journal Constitution indicated Yamin was no longer with Hickory Records and had not signed with another US label
Paula Abdul - Abdul kicked off 2011 by serving as lead judge, executive producer, creative partner, mentor and coach on CBS' new dancing competition, Live to Dance Abdul said that unlike American Idol, her new show is less about "competition" and more about "celebration.
Gordon Ramsay - In 2011, during the results show of "American Idol", footage of the top 5 contestants taking on a challenge of cooking with Gordon Ramsay was shown
Luther Vandross - Jacob Lusk performed "Dance With My Father" on "American Idol" season 10 as a tribute to his late father Gregory Lusk and as a tribute to Vandross on April 20, 2011
Kellie Pickler - In 2012, she was ranked as the 14th best "American Idol" alumna
Dick Clark - Ryan Seacrest, who began hosting "New Year's Rockin' Eve" after Clark suffered a stroke, paid tribute to Clark on "American Idol", which, along with Game Show Network, broadcast tributes to Clark during the week of April 22-28, 2012
Mary J. Blige - Blige appeared as guest mentor on "American Idol" on March 7, 2012, and performed "Why" on the results show the following night
Diana DeGarmo - On the May 23, 2012 season finale of "American Idol" Young surprised her with an on-air marriage proposal, which she accepted
Ace Young - They got engaged on the May 23, 2012, "American Idol" season finale when Young surprised DeGarmo with an on-air marriage proposal
As of 2013, the "American Idol" alumni in their post-Idol careers have amassed over 59 million albums and 120 million singles and digital track downloads in the United States alone
Paula Abdul - On April 18, 2013, Abdul appeared on the Top 5 results show of season 12 of "American Idol" to compliment contestant Candice Glover on her performance of "Straight Up"
Mariah Carey - Carey taped a performance of "Beautiful" along with a medley of her greatest hits on May 15, 2013; the taping aired on the "American Idol" finale the following day
Harry Connick, Jr. - On September 3, 2013, the officials of "American Idol" officially announced that Connick will be a part of the judging panel for season 13
Mariah Carey - In November 2013, Carey said that she hated working on "American Idol" and said, "It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan
The thirteenth season premiered on January 15, 2014, with Ryan Seacrest returning as host