American Idol

Knowledge Identifier: $American_Idol


American Idol

American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America add

Category: Movies & TV (401)

Launched in 1990.

Countries: United States (71%), (9%), United Kingdom (7%)

Main connections: Kelly Clarkson, Fox Broadcasting Company, Jordin Sparks

Linked to: Fox Broadcasting Company, Bertelsmann Music Group, Universal Music Group, Kellogg Company




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"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 add something


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 add something


The show debuted in 2001 in Britain with Lythgoe as showrunner the executive producer and production leader and Simon Cowell as one of the judges, and was a big success with the viewing public add something


Since the show's inception in 2002, ten of the thirteen "Idol" winners, including its first five, have come from the Southern United States add something


The show aired on Network Ten from 2002-2007 and again in 2013 add something


Brian Dunkleman - In 2002 Dunkleman appeared as the co-host with Ryan Seacrest during the first season of American Idol


Paula Abdul - In 2002, Abdul appeared as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show American Idol.


Ryan Seacrest - In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of the hit Fox reality TV series "American Idol" with comedian Brian Dunkleman


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.


The first season of "American Idol" debuted as a summer replacement show in June 2002 on the Fox network add something


"American Idol" premiered in June 2002 and became the surprise summer hit show of 2002 add something


It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the "Idols" format based on the British series "Pop Idol" and has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television add something


Clarkson was not initially thought of as a contender, but impressed the judges with some good performances in the final rounds, such as her performance of Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman", and Betty Hutton's "Stuff Like That There", and eventually won the crown on September 4, 2002 add something


Both Clarkson and Guarini made a musical film, "From Justin to Kelly", which was released in 2003 but was widely panned add something


McCreery's debut album, "Clear as Day", became the first debut album by an "Idol" winner to reach No. 1 on the US "Billboard" 200 since Ruben Studdard's "Soulful" in 2003, and he became the youngest male artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 add something


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.


Following the success of season one, the second season was moved up to air in January 2003 add something


William Hung - While studying civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, Hung auditioned for the third season of "American Idol" in San Francisco in September 2003


By 2004, it had became the most-watched TV shows in the U.S., a position it held on for eight straight years add something


For the first time in eight years, "American Idol" lost the leading position in both the total viewers number and the 18/49 demo, coming in second to "NBC Sunday Night Football", although the strengths of "Idol" in its second year in the Wednesday-Thursday primetime slots helped Fox achieve the longest period of 18-49 demographic victory in the Nielsen ratings, standing at 8 straight years from 2004 to 2012 add something


Since 2004, votes have been affected to a limited degree by online communities such as DialIdol, Vote for the Worst , and Vote for the Girls add something


Diana DeGarmo - DeGarmo took part in the third season of "American Idol" in 2004, finishing second to winner Fantasia Barrino


Jennifer Hudson - She came to prominence in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of "American Idol", coming in seventh place


Diana DeGarmo - She rose to fame in 2004 as the runner-up of the third season of "American Idol


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


Season three premiered on January 19, 2004 add something


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


Gloria Estefan - In April 2004, Estefan appeared on the Fox Broadcasting Company's program, "American Idol" as a guest mentor for the contestants' Latin week


Constantine Maroulis - In August 2004, acting upon his then-girlfriend's suggestion, Maroulis traveled to Washington DC to audition for Season 4 of the television show "American Idol"


In 2005-2007, BMG partnered with Sony Music Entertainment to form a joint venture known as Sony BMG Music Entertainment add something


It won the People's Choice award, which honors the popular culture of the previous year as voted by the public, for favorite competition/reality show in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 add something


Mark McGrath - He served as a guest judge for "American Idol" auditions that were aired in early 2005


Kellie Pickler - The 19-year-old Pickler auditioned for "American Idol" in the fall of 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina, North Carolina


Season four premiered on January 18, 2005; this was the first season of the series to be aired in high definition, although the finale of season three was aired in high definition add something


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


LeAnn Rimes, commenting on Carrie Underwood winning Best Female Artist in Country Music awards over Faith Hill in 2006, said that "Carrie has not paid her dues long enough to fully deserve that award" add something


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


Bo Bice - In March 2006, Bice sang on the American Idol Top 16 Results Show


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


Rod Stewart - On 18 and 19 April 2006 Stewart was the guest artist and celebrity vocal coach on "American Idol", leading the remaining seven finalists in singing entries from the Great American Songbook


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


Starting September 30, 2006, this season was repackaged as "American Idol Rewind" and syndicated directly to stations in the U.S. add something


Its alumni have a massive impact on radio; in 2007, "American Idol" had become "a dominant force in radio" according to the president of the research company Mediabase which monitors radio stations Rich Meyer add something


Kelly Clarkson - Entire, who first met after Clarkson won the first season of American Idol, recorded an hour-long CMT Crossroads special at Nashville, Tennessee's famed Ryman Auditorium on February 22, 2007.


Cat Deeley - In 2007, she presented the UK coverage of the sixth season of "American Idol" for ITV2


Season six began on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 add something


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"


Peter Noone - He performed "There's a Kind of Hush" on "American Idol" on 21 March 2007


Kelly Clarkson - In April 2007, Clarkson appeared on the American Idol Idol Gives Back charity show aimed at raising money for tackling poverty, hunger and AIDS in Africa, as well as the Hurricane Katrina appeal.


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


Micky Dolenz - On April 25, 2007, Dolenz was featured on "American Idol" on the "Idol Gives Back" episode when the show filmed celebrities singing and dancing to "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees


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


The winning song, "This Is My Now", was performed by both finalists during the finale and released by Sparks on May 24, 2007 add something


Sanjaya Malakar - Malakar's American Idol CD album 'Sanjaya Malakar', and some singles were offered on iTunes starting June 10, 2007


Matthew West - He recorded a duet with American Idol finalist Mandisa which was released as a Christmas radio single in November 2007, from Mandisa's "Christmas Joy EP"


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


Between 2008-2012 it aired on Fox8 add something


From 2008-2010, Sony Music handled the distribution following their acquisition of BMG. Sony Music was partnered with "American Idol" and distribute its music, and In 2010, Sony was replaced by as the music label for "American Idol" by UMG's Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records add something


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


Cat Deeley - She did not return for the seventh season of "American Idol" in 2008


Julie Dubela - In January 2008, Dubela appeared as one of the hopefuls on the Miami audition episode of "American Idol"


Season seven premiered on January 15, 2008, for a two-day, four-hour premiere add something


Constantine Maroulis - March 2008 saw Maroulis joining the cast of "American Idol Extra" as cohost, along with fellow "Idol" alum Gina Glocksen and J.D. Roberto


For the finals, "American Idol" debuted a new state-of-the-art set and stage on March 11, 2008, along with a new on-air look add something


Elliott Yamin - On March 11, 2008, producer Randy Jackson released his first studio album, in which Yamin features in a duet with American Idol co-contestant Katharine McPhee


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


David Cook was announced the winner on May 21, 2008, the first rocker to win the show add something


The winning song, "The Time of My Life", was recorded by David Cook and released on May 22, 2008 add something


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"


The Hollywood round was moved to the Kodak Theatre for 2009 and was extended to two weeks add something


Paula Abdul - Guardi, who became a fellow judge on American Idol in 2009.


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"


Season eight premiered on January 13, 2009 add something


Barry Manilow - He appeared on American Idol on February 3, 2009 during Hollywood Week to give advice to the contestants


On February 14, 2009, The Walt Disney Company debuted "The American Idol Experience" at its Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida add something


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


Elliott Yamin - Yamin collaborated with fellow "American Idol" Taylor Hicks on Hicks' second album, The Distance, released on March 10, 2009


Frankie Avalon - On April 8, 2009, he performed on "American Idol"


Paula Abdul - In May 2009, Abdul debuted her latest song "I'm Just Here for the Music" (originally an unreleased song from Kylie Minogue's ninth album Body Language) on the Ryan Seacrest Radio KIIS-FM show and performed the single on the American Idol results show.


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


Brian May - On 20 May 2009, May and Queen band mate Roger Taylor performed "We Are the Champions" live on the season finale of "American Idol" with winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert providing a vocal duet


Rod Stewart - On 20 May 2009, Stewart performed "Maggie May" on the grand finale of "American Idol" season 8


Shania Twain - On August 17, 2009, EW announced that Twain would be a guest judge on "American Idol" in Chicago, for the show's August 30 and 31 episodes


By 2010, four winners each had more than a million radio spins, with Kelly Clarkson leading the field with over four million spins add something


By the time of the 2010-2011 television season, Fox was in its seventh consecutive season of victory overall in the 18-49 demographic ratings in the United States add something


Its success helped lift the ratings of other shows that were scheduled around it such as "House" and "Bones", and "Idol", for years, had become Fox's strongest platform primetime television program for promoting eventual hit shows of 2010s such as "Glee" and "New Girl" add something


What the "Los Angeles Times" later called "missing one of the biggest marketing opportunities in a generation" contributed to Pepsi losing market share, by 2010 falling to third place from second in the United States add something


Scott Brown - They have two daughters, Ayla, an "American Idol" semi-finalist and 2010 graduate of Boston College, and Arianna, a competitive equestrian and pre-medical student at Syracuse University


Data from Nielsen SoundScan, a music-sales tracking service, showed that of the 47 million CDs sold by "Idol" contestants through January 2010, 85 percent were by contestants with ties to the American South add something


On January 11, 2010, Simon Cowell announced that he was leaving the show to pursue introducing the American version of his show "The X Factor" to the USA for 2011 add something


Season nine premiered on January 12, 2010 add something


Mary J. Blige - Blige appeared as a guest judge on the ninth season of American Idol on January 13, 2010


Elliott Yamin - Sister Domingas Loureira, director of the orphanage, flew to Los Angeles as a guest of American Idol and ExxonMobil and sat next to Yamin at Idol Gives Back performance on April 21, 2010


Travis Barker - On April 22, 2010, Barker performed "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin on "American Idol" along with Mary J. Blige, Orianthi, Steve Vai and Randy


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


It won the first Critics' Choice Television award in 2011 for Best Reality Competition add something


The two finalists in 2011 were Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, both teenage country singers add something


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


Season ten of the series premiered on January 19, 2011 add something


Hulk Hogan - On March 24, 2011, Hogan made a special appearance on "American Idol", giving a big surprise to wrestling fans Paul McDonald and James Durbin


Pia Toscano, one of the presumed favorites to advance far in the season, was unexpectedly eliminated on April 7, 2011, finishing in ninth place add something


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


Season 11 premiered on January 18, 2012 add something


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


Nicki Minaj - In October 2012, a video was leaked to TMZ that showed Minaj and fellow "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey in the midst of a heated argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina


Gregory Charles Royal - In December 2012, Royal will appear in a re-mounting of God Doesn't Mean You Get To Live Forever at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York with American Idol and Rent star Frenchie Davis and legendary pastor Dr.James A. Forbes Jr..


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 add something


Season 12 premiered on January 16, 2013 add something


Nicki Minaj - In April 2013, Carey noted during an episode of "American Idol" that Minaj had yet to earn a number one song on the US "Billboard" Hot 100


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"


Fantasia Barrino - On April 18, 2013, Barrino returned to "American Idol" singing "Lose to Win


Harry Connick, Jr. - Connick debuted the title track live on the May 2, 2013 episode of American Idol and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the following week to discuss his new project


Mariah Carey - The music video was premiered on "American Idol" on May 9, 2013


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


Jennifer Lopez - On September 3, 2013, it was officially confirmed that Lopez would return as a judge on "American Idol" for its thirteenth season, joining Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban on the panel


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


Nicki Minaj - In November 2013, Carey stated that "American Idol"


The thirteenth season premiered on January 15, 2014, with Ryan Seacrest returning as host add something


In Canada, the first thirteen seasons of American Idol were aired live by CTV and/or CTV Two, in simulcast with Fox. CTV dropped "Idol" after its thirteenth season and in August 2014, Crossroads Television System announced that it had picked up Canadian rights to "American Idol" beginning in its 2015 season add something


The fourteenth season premiered on January 7, 2015 add something


Fox announced on May 11, 2015 that the fifteenth season would be the final season of "American Idol"; as such, the season is expected to have an additional focus on the program's alumni add something


On May 11, 2015, Fox announced that the program would conclude its run following its fifteenth season add something


On May 11, 2015, prior to the fourteenth season finale, Fox announced that the fifteenth season of "American Idol" would be its last add something


Various "American Idol" alumni had success on various record charts around the world; in the U.S. they had achieved 345 number ones on the "Billboard" charts in its first ten years,. and 458 by its last year of broadcast in 2016, with 100 achieved by Kelly Clarkson alone add something


It will come to an end on April 7, 2016 add something


In early 2017, it was once reported that FremantleMedia were in talksto revive the show for NBC or for its original network FOX add something


In May 2017, it was announced that ABC had joined the battle with NBC and Fox to the bring the show back add something


The announcement was made official on "Good Morning America" on May 9, 2017 add something


On May 16, 2017, it was announced that Katy Perry was the first to be chosen as a judge for the revival series add something


On May 16, 2017, it was announced that Katy Perry would be the first judge as part of the revival series add something


On May 16, Katy Perry was the first judge to be announced by ABC. On July 20, 2017, it was announced on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" that Seacrest would be returning as the host for the revival season add something


On September 23, 2017, Luke Bryan was the second judge to be announced by ABC as well add something


On September 24, 2017, Luke Bryan was the second judge to be announced for the revival season add something


On September 24, 2017, country singer Luke Bryan was announced as the second judge to take the panel add something


On September 29, 2017, Lionel Richie was the third and final judge to be announced add something


On September 29, 2017, it was announced that Lionel Richie would be taking the third and final seat on the judges panel add something


On November 6, 2017, it was announced that the revival season would premiere on March 11, 2018 add something


On March 11, 2018, the 16th season will make its debut on ABC add something


On May 4, 2018, it was announced that ABC would renew the revival series for another season add something


On April 8, 2019, Bobby Bones subbed for Ryan when he was out sick add something


On May 13, 2019, the series was renewed for an eighteenth season and will premiere in January 2020 add something