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Encyclopedia > American Idol
American Idol

American Idol logo
Format Interactive reality game show
Created by Simon Fuller
Directed by John Pritchett (live shows)
Bruce Gowers (live shows, 2002-2008)
Nigel Lythgoe (audition shows)
Ken Warwick (audition shows)
Presented by Ryan Seacrest
Brian Dunkleman (season 1)
Judges Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Randy Jackson
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 7 (As of May 21, 2008)
No. of episodes 272 (As of May 21, 2008) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive
producer(s)
Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Location(s) Various locations (Auditions)
Orpheum Theatre, Ontario, CA (Hollywood)
CBS Television City (Semi-finals and finals)
Nokia Theatre (Finale)
Running time Varies
Broadcast
Original channel FOX (repeats on Fox Reality)
Picture format 480i (NTSC),
720p (HDTV)
Original run June 11, 2002 – Present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

American Idol is an American reality-competition show airing on Fox. It debuted on June 11, 2002, and it has since become one of the most popular shows on American television[citation needed]. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, which was first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom. For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ... Digital TV set-top box Interactive television describes a number of techniques which allow viewers to interact with television content as they view it. ... // This article is about the genre of TV shows. ... Quiz show redirects here. ... Simon Fuller (born May 17, 1960 in Hastings, England) is one of the most important figures in the entertainment business in the world. ... Bruce Gowers is an English music video director. ... Nigel Lythgoe (born July 9, 1949) is an English television and film director and producer. ... Ken Warwick is a television Executive Producer and director, most noted for producing the reality television series American Idol and Pop Idol. ... Ryan John Seacrest is an American television/radio host. ... !!Brian Dunkleman!! (born September 25, 1971 in Ellicottville, New York) is a comedian/actor who is best known for co-hosting the first season of American Idol on the Fox Network with Ryan Seacrest. ... Simon Phillip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is an English artist-and-repertoire (A&R) executive and television personality/producer, best known as a judge on such TV shows as Pop Idol, American Idol, The X Factor, and Britains Got Talent. ... Paula Julie Abdul is an American, multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, actress, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. ... This article is about the American Idol judge. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... The following is a list of episodes for the Fox reality series, American Idol. ... Nigel Lythgoe (born July 9, 1949) is an English television and film director and producer. ... Ken Warwick is a television Executive Producer and director, most noted for producing the reality television series American Idol and Pop Idol. ... Ontario is a city located in San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Television City redirects here. ... L.A. Live model facing the Staples Center L.A. Live, (also popularly called Times Square West, and The Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District) is currently under construction in downtown Los Angeles, California. ... FOX redirects here. ... Fox Reality is a reality TV network on U.S. cable and satellite. ... 480i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... NTSC is the analog television system in use in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and some other countries (see map). ... JOHN HERMAN SUCKS FAT DICK ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Countries that have their own versions of an Idol series. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the British television series. ... Simon Fuller (born May 17, 1960 in Hastings, England) is one of the most important figures in the entertainment business in the world. ... This article is about the year. ...


The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. The outcomes of the later stages of this competition are determined by public voting by phone. The format features three judges who give critiques of the contestants' performances: record producer Randy Jackson; pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul; and music executive Simon Cowell. The show is hosted by former children's game show emcee and television personality Ryan Seacrest; comedian Brian Dunkleman co-hosted with Seacrest during the first season. The American Idol band is led by Rickey Minor. The show usually airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the US and Thursday and Friday nights in the UK (two days after the US airing). In its seven seasons, its winners have been Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook. Hicks was the oldest winner at 29, Sparks the youngest at just 17. In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This article is about the American Idol judge. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... Paula Julie Abdul is an American, multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, actress, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. ... Simon Phillip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is an English artist-and-repertoire (A&R) executive and television personality/producer, best known as a judge on such TV shows as Pop Idol, American Idol, The X Factor, and Britains Got Talent. ... Ryan John Seacrest is an American television/radio host. ... !!Brian Dunkleman!! (born September 25, 1971 in Ellicottville, New York) is a comedian/actor who is best known for co-hosting the first season of American Idol on the Fox Network with Ryan Seacrest. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Christopher Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978), better known as Ruben Studdard, is an American Idol, an American pop, R&B, and gospel singer who rose to fame as winner of the second season of the American Idol television program. ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American R&B/soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter. ... This article is about the singer. ...

Contents

Initial Auditions

Before contestants get the chance to see the show's judges, they go through two rigorous sets of cuts: the first consists of a brief audition in front of one or two of the show's producers with three other contestants. All four contestants are then either sent through to the next round of producers or are asked to leave. Only about 100-200 contestants in each city make it past this round, which is a staggering statistic considering that tens of thousands of people show up to audition in each city.


Those few contestants who make it through to the next round of auditions sing in front of another panel of producers, who then narrow the remaining contestants down to about forty singers. The remaining singers (again, only about 40 out of 10,000 to 20,000) then audition in front of judges Simon, Randy, and Paula for a chance to make it to Hollywood Week.


Rules

Contestants must be singers and are not permitted to have any current record deals or talent management agreements (though they may have had one at some point in the past). They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents eligible to work full-time and, for the first three seasons, had to be 16 to 24 years of age on October 19 of the year of audition. Since the fourth season, the upper age limit was raised to 28 with an earlier cutoff date, August 4, to attract more mature and diverse contestants. is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Others who are ineligible to compete include those who have made it into the top 40 contestants in past seasons (or the top 50 of season 7), and people employed by affiliates of Fox, Fremantle or 19 Entertainment (including sponsors, subsidiaries and parent companies). Even if a person is eligible, he or she may not have a chance to audition or be seen because the show can see only a limited number of people in each city. FOX redirects here. ... Fremantle is a city located within the Perth metropolitan area on Australias western coast, at the mouth of the Swan River, 19 kilometres south from Perths Central Business District. ... 19 Entertainment, based in the United Kingdom, is a leading creator and producer of entertainment properties, including American Idol in the United States, Pop Idol in the United Kingdom, as well as versions of the Idol series in more than seventy countries around the world and US Television show So...


Auditioning contestants must bring with them to the audition a valid proof of age and work eligibility, such as a birth certificate and driver's license or a passport, and minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All auditioning contestants are required to print out a copy of the release form (available on the show's web site) to fill out and turn in at the audition in order to grant permission to be seen and heard by the producers' cameras. Contestants who were found to have given false information are disqualified. It should be noted that after auditioning - regardless of the outcome (even if eliminated on the very first cut) - contestants are under contract with the show until three months after the final episode.[1] Mary Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) birth certificate A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. ... First German driving school in 1906, Aschaffenburg Current EU driving licence, German version - front 1. ... For Microsoft Corporation’s “universal login” service, formerly known as Microsoft Passport Network, see Windows Live ID. For other types of travel document, see Travel document. ...


They have to be good singers to pass on to the next audition in a different city.


In an interview with Anderson Cooper on the CBS TV current affairs show 60 Minutes on March 17, 2007 (repeated in extended format on CNN's AC 360 program on March 27, 2007), judge Simon Cowell openly declared that the underlying primary purpose of the Idol franchise (including American Idol) was for 19 Entertainment (the parent corporation that produces the Idol TV shows) to discover new singing talent that can be signed to recording agreements that the corporation maintains with a major record company (Sony/BMG), and benefit from the record sales of contestants and winners who are exposed to the worldwide marketplace through the TV shows. Cowell indicated that revenue from recordings by performers associated with the Idol franchise has already exceeded US $100 million. 19 Entertainment also retains exclusive right of refusal for management and merchandising of any contestant. Exercising management rights is at the sole discretion of 19 Entertainment; in the alternative the contestant performer is free to pursue his or her own career. Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an Emmy Award winning American journalist, author, and television personality. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... This article is about the CBS news magazine. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 19 Entertainment, based in the United Kingdom, is a leading creator and producer of entertainment properties, including American Idol in the United States, Pop Idol in the United Kingdom, as well as versions of the Idol series in more than seventy countries around the world and US Television show So... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann) completed on August 5, 2004. ... 19 Entertainment, based in the United Kingdom, is a leading creator and producer of entertainment properties, including American Idol in the United States, Pop Idol in the United Kingdom, as well as versions of the Idol series in more than seventy countries around the world and US Television show So...


Audition sites

Season Year City Venue Number of Hollywood Qualifiers
1 Spring 2002 New York, New York
Chicago, Illinois 23
Dallas, Texas 11
Miami, Florida Fontainbleau Hilton Hotel 6
Atlanta, Georgia AmericasMart
Seattle, Washington Hyatt Regency Hotel 17
2 Fall 2002 New York, New York Regent Wall Street Hotel
Los Angeles, California Rose Bowl 44
Miami, Florida Fontainbleau Hilton Hotel
Detroit, Michigan Athneum Suites Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia AmericasMart 42
Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Entertainment Center 29
Austin, Texas Doubletree Hotel 36
3 Fall 2003 New York, New York Jacob Javits Convention Center 26
Los Angeles, California Rose Bowl 24
San Francisco, California Pacbell Park 24
Houston, Texas Minute Maid Park 13
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 27
Honolulu, Hawaii Aloha Stadium 18
4 Fall 2004 San Francisco, California Cow Palace 31
Las Vegas, Nevada Orleans Arena 21
St. Louis, Missouri Edward Jones Dome 30
Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Browns Stadium 30
New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome 16
Orlando, Florida Orange County Convention Center 16
Washington, D.C. Washington Convention Center 42
5 Fall 2005 San Francisco, California Cow Palace 18
Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center 11
Denver, Colorado Invesco Field At Mile High 37
Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center 12
Chicago, Illinois Soldier Field 27
Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum 33
Boston, Massachusetts Gillette Stadium 28
6 Summer 2006 Los Angeles, California Rose Bowl 40
San Antonio, Texas Alamodome 24
New York, New York/East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena 35
Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex 20
Memphis, Tennessee FedEx Forum 22
Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center 17
Seattle, Washington Key Arena 14
7 Summer 2007 San Diego, California Qualcomm Stadium 31
Dallas, Texas Texas Stadium 24
Omaha, Nebraska Qwest Center 19
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 19
Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum 23
Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena 17
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center 29

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Hollywood

Once in Hollywood, the contestants perform on different days, with dramatic eliminations by the judges on each day. The first day typically has each hopeful sing a song that they had selected from a list. The next round, the contestants split themselves into small groups and perform a song together. In the final round, the contestants perform a song of their choice a cappella. This article is about the vocal technique. ...


Starting in the 2008 season, the structure of the Hollywood round was revamped. There were no longer musical group rounds; rather, the contestants would sing on the first day and if the judges felt the performance was adequate, the contestant moved onto the final Hollywood round. If the performance was not up to par, the contestant would have one more chance to impress the judges before the third day. For the first time, contestants were able to perform with a musical instrument if they had the ability; however, with the exception of only a few contestants, the judges criticized the use of the instruments.


Semifinals

In the first three seasons, the semifinalists were randomly split into different groups. Each contestant would then sing in their respective group's night and the two who received the most votes from America in each group would advance to the finals. In season one, there were three separate groups and the top three contestants made it to the finals. In seasons two and three, there were four groups of eight and the top two contestants would move onto the finals.


The first three seasons each featured a Wildcard show in that contestants who failed to make it to the finals would be allowed to perform once more for a chance at a spot. In season one, only one Wildcard contestant would be chosen by the judges. However, in seasons two and three, each judge would champion one contestant and the public would advance the fourth Wildcard contestant into the finals. In the second season, a few hopefuls who had failed to make the semifinals were selected by the judges to compete in the Wildcard round. In the third season, the judges eliminated four contestants from the Wildcard round before they had the opportunity to sing.


From season four and on, the semifinals were cut down to twenty-four contestants who were divided by gender. The men and women would sing on sequential nights and the bottom two would be eliminated from each group on the results show until the top twelve finalists were left.


Finals

In the finals, which last eleven weeks, each finalist out of all of the contestants performed a song live in prime time from a weekly theme (two songs in later rounds) at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California in front of a live studio audience. Themes have included Motown, disco, big band music, and Billboard #1 hits. Some themes are based on music recorded by a particular artist, and the finalists have a chance to work with that artist in preparing their performances. Artists around whom themes have been based include The Beatles, Billy Joel, Neil Sedaka, Mariah Carey, The Bee Gees, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Gloria Estefan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Neil Diamond, Queen, Bon Jovi, and Elvis Presley. Once in the top five and four, the contestants sing two songs each; once in the top three and finale, the contestants sing three songs each to the three judges, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson. Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... Television City redirects here. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... This article is about the music genre. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. ... This article is about the singer. ... The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of the 20th century. ... Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17, 1943) is an American singer and songwriter best known for such recordings as I Write the Songs, Mandy, Weekend in New England and Copacabana. ... Rod Stewart CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Fajardo on September 22, 1961 in Havana, Cuba) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban American singer and songwriter. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bass guitarist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Elvis redirects here. ...


Following each performance episode, a results show airs that reveals the breakdown of the voting public's decision. The most popular contestants are not typically revealed (although they have been in very rare cases), but the bottom three vote-getters are typically called to the center of the stage. From the bottom three, the bottom two are revealed, until finally the contestant who received the lowest amount of votes is eliminated from the competition. A montage of the contestant's experience is played and they give their final performance.


In the finale, one remaining contestant is declared the winner. Until the 2008 season, the stage was moved to the Kodak Theatre for the finale showdown, where the two remaining contestants perform for an audience of at least 3,400. In 2008, the venue was shifted to the Nokia Theatre, which holds an audience of over 7,000. The winner is announced at the following results show. The winner receives a one million (US) dollar record deal with a major label, and is managed by American Idol-related 19 Management. In some cases, non-winners have also been signed by the show's management company (who has first option to sign contestants) and received record deals with its major label partner. So far, all of the seasons' winners and runner-ups have had major record deals. Kodak Theatre. ... 19 Entertainment, based in the United Kingdom, is a leading creator and producer of entertainment properties, including American Idol in the United States, Pop Idol in the United Kingdom, as well as versions of the Idol format in more than 30 countries around the world. ...


Season synopses

Season 1

Season 1 (2002)
Kelly Clarkson Winner
Justin Guarini September 4
Nikki McKibbin August 28
Tamyra Gray August 21
RJ Helton August 14
Christina Christian August 7
Ryan Starr July 31
A.J. Gil July 24
Jim Verraros July 17
EJay Day
Season 2 (2003)
Ruben Studdard Winner
Clay Aiken May 21
Kimberley Locke May 14
Joshua Gracin May 7
Trenyce April 30
Carmen Rasmusen April 23
Kimberly Caldwell April 16
Rickey Smith April 9
Corey Clark Disqualified
April 2
Julia DeMato March 26
Charles Grigsby March 19
Vanessa Olivarez March 12
Season 3 (2004)
Fantasia Barrino Winner
Diana DeGarmo May 26
Jasmine Trias May 19
LaToya London May 12
George Huff May 5
John Stevens April 28
Jennifer Hudson April 21
Jon Peter Lewis April 15
Camile Velasco April 7
Amy Adams March 31
Matthew Rogers March 24
Leah LaBelle March 17
Season 4 (2005)
Carrie Underwood Winner
Bo Bice May 25
Vonzell Solomon May 18
Anthony Fedorov May 11
Scott Savol May 4
Constantine Maroulis April 27
Anwar Robinson April 20
Nadia Turner April 13
Nikko Smith April 6
Jessica Sierra March 30
Mikalah Gordon March 24
Lindsey Cardinale March 16
Season 5 (2006)
Taylor Hicks Winner
Katharine McPhee May 24
Elliott Yamin May 17
Chris Daughtry May 10
Paris Bennett May 3
Kellie Pickler April 26
Ace Young April 19
Bucky Covington April 12
Mandisa April 5
Lisa Tucker March 29
Kevin Covais March 22
Melissa McGhee March 15
Season 6 (2007)
Jordin Sparks Winner
Blake Lewis May 23
Melinda Doolittle May 16
LaKisha Jones May 9
Chris Richardson May 2
Phil Stacey
Sanjaya Malakar April 18
Haley Scarnato April 11
Gina Glocksen April 4
Chris Sligh March 28
Stephanie Edwards March 21
Brandon Rogers March 14
Season 7 (2008)
David Cook Winner
David Archuleta May 21
Syesha Mercado May 14
Jason Castro May 7
Brooke White April 30
Carly Smithson April 23
Kristy Lee Cook April 16
Michael Johns April 10
Ramiele Malubay April 2
Chikezie March 26
Amanda Overmyer March 19
David Hernandez March 12

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Winner Kelly Clarkson signed with RCA Records, the label in partnership with American Idol's 19 Management. Immediately post-finale, Clarkson released two singles, most notably the coronation song "A Moment Like This" which debuted at number 52, but marked the biggest jump in Billboard Hot 100 history when it shot to number one, breaking a record set by The Beatles. As part of the promotion planned for the show's first winner, the song had been pre-recorded ready to air on radio stations the day after the finale. (As such, a version of the song was also recorded by runner up Justin Guarini which remains unreleased.) Appearances on numerous entertainment/news shows followed, as did videos for the singles that began airing on MTV's TRL. Clarkson has subsequently had two successful albums: Thankful and Breakaway. She has several hit singles mostly from her more successful second album Breakaway. While her first album failed to sell outside of North America, her second was a global success and garnered two Grammy Awards in 2006 with 11 million albums sold worldwide. The less successful third album, My December as of December 2, 2007 has sold 720,000 domestically, approximately 2,000,000 copies worldwide, and was certified Platinum in Canada and the United States. Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... 19 Entertainment, based in the United Kingdom, is a leading creator and producer of entertainment properties, including American Idol in the United States, Pop Idol in the United Kingdom, as well as versions of the Idol format in more than 30 countries around the world. ... A Moment like This is the first single, released as a double A-side with Before Your Love, by Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the first season of American Idol, and later included on her multi-platinum debut album, Thankful. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Justin Guarini (born Justin Eldrin Bell on October 28, 1978 in Columbus, Georgia) is a singer/songwriter, actor who rose to fame in 2002, as the first runner-up on the debut season of the television show “American Idol”. His father, Eldrin Bell, is a former Atlanta Chief of Police. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... TRL redirects here. ... Alternate cover Japanese edition Singles from Thankful Released: September, 2002 Released: May, 2003 Released: August 25, 2003 Released: December, 2003 Thankful is the debut album by American pop singer Kelly Clarkson, released in the United States by RCA on April 15, 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Breakaway is a 2004 song co-written by Avril Lavigne, Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerrard, produced by John Shanks and recorded by pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Singles from My December Released: April 23, 2007 Released: September 24, 2007 Released: September 24, 2007 Released: December 14, 2007 My December is the third studio album by American pop rock singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson. ...


The show inspired a 2003 musical film, From Justin to Kelly, featuring Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini. The musical love story, produced by American Idol's Simon Fuller, was filmed in Miami, Florida over a period of six weeks shortly after the season ended. Released several months later in June 2003, the film failed to make back its budget [3] during its short run in theatres and is often ranked among the worst movies ever made. A DVD with additional footage was released and the movie airs periodically in the U.S. and other countries. Anika Noni Rose, Katherine Bailess and Kelly Clarkson in From Justin to Kelly. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Justin Guarini (born Justin Eldrin Bell on October 28, 1978 in Columbus, Georgia) is a singer/songwriter, actor who rose to fame in 2002, as the first runner-up on the debut season of the television show “American Idol”. His father, Eldrin Bell, is a former Atlanta Chief of Police. ... Simon Fuller (born May 17, 1960 in Hastings, England) is one of the most important figures in the entertainment business in the world. ... Miami redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Plan 9 from Outer Space, infamously considered so bad its good, is a contender for Worst Movie Ever Made. ...


Besides Clarkson and Guarini, also signed were Nikki McKibbin (3rd), Tamyra Gray (4th), RJ Helton (5th), and Christina Christian (6th). It is the only year the runner-up did not release a single following the show's finale. Nikki McKibbin (born Katherine Nicole McKibbin on September 28, 1978 in Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.) is an American rock music singer-songwriter who finished third in the 2002 debut season of the reality television series American Idol. ... Tamyra Monica Gray (born July 26, 1979 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American actress and singer, best known for her rise to fame as one of the finalists on the first season of the reality television program American Idol in 2002. ... RJ Helton (born May 17, 1981 in Cumming, Georgia, USA) is an American singer and was the fifth place contestant in the first season of American Idol. ... Christina Christian (born June 21, 1981 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television correspondent on the TV Guide Channel and is also an American singer. ...


Runner-up Justin Guarini also signed with RCA Records. Contract restrictions required him to reject outside offers received and delay solo projects following the season finale, eventually debuting an album in 2003 after the conclusion of Season 2. RCA dropped him shortly after its debut. Guarini went on to form his own entertainment company, and independently produced a jazz album in 2005, with an album of soul/funk/jazz currently in production. He has also composed/performed music for various projects by other artists, continues to act in independent movies/short films/television, and is a host/commentator for the TV Guide Network. Nikki McKibbin signed with RCA, but quit because she refused to record a country album. She has since made appearances on various Reality TV shows and is working on her debut album. Tamyra Gray was signed to RCA, but was dropped before releasing an album. She then signed with Idol creator Simon Fuller's new label 19 Entertainment. Gray's self-written debut album was released in 2004. In 2005, she was also dropped by that label. She had a supporting role in the 2005 movie The Gospel, and limited guest runs in Broadway's "Bombay Dreams" and "Rent". RJ Helton released a Christian album, but sales were lackluster. Ryan Starr had trouble getting out of her contract with RCA Records but managed to independently release a single, My Religion, which sold 360,000 downloads via iTunes. She is expected to release her debut album in 2007. Jim Verraros, who came out of the closet after being voted off American Idol, starred in an indie film and released a dance-pop album, charting a dance hit on Billboard. Christina Christian, EJay Day (tenth), and AJ Gil (eighth) have had little success after the show. Justin Guarini (born Justin Eldrin Bell on October 28, 1978 in Columbus, Georgia) is a singer/songwriter, actor who rose to fame in 2002, as the first runner-up on the debut season of the television show “American Idol”. His father, Eldrin Bell, is a former Atlanta Chief of Police. ... This article is about the former RCA Corporation. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... TV Guide Network is a cable network produced by Gemstar-TV Guide International. ... Nikki McKibbin (born Katherine Nicole McKibbin on September 28, 1978 in Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.) is an American rock music singer-songwriter who finished third in the 2002 debut season of the reality television series American Idol. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... Tamyra Monica Gray (born July 26, 1979 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American actress and singer, best known for her rise to fame as one of the finalists on the first season of the reality television program American Idol in 2002. ... Simon Fuller (born May 17, 1960 in Hastings, England) is one of the most important figures in the entertainment business in the world. ... 19 Entertainment, based in the United Kingdom, is a leading creator and producer of entertainment properties, including American Idol in the United States, Pop Idol in the United Kingdom, as well as versions of the Idol series in more than seventy countries around the world and US Television show So... The Gospel is a 2005 film directed and written by Rob Hardy. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... RJ Helton (born May 17, 1981 in Cumming, Georgia, USA) is an American singer and was the fifth place contestant in the first season of American Idol. ... Ryan Starr (born Tiffany Ryan Montgomery on November 21, 1982) is an American female singer and song writer. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ... James Conrad Verraros (b. ... Christina Christian (born June 21, 1981 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television correspondent on the TV Guide Channel and is also an American singer. ... American Idol promotional photo. ...


Starting September 30, 2006, the first season of American Idol was repackaged as "American Idol Rewind" and syndicated direct to stations in the US. is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... American Idol Rewind is a television series for syndication, that premiered on September 30, 2006. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American...

Date Bottom Three
July 17 EJay Day Jim Verraros Nikki McKibbin
July 24 A.J. Gil Ryan Starr Christina Christian
July 31 Ryan Starr (2) Justin Guarini Nikki McKibbin (2)
August 7 Christina Christian (2) RJ Helton Nikki McKibbin (3)
Bottom Two
August 14 RJ Helton (2) Nikki McKibbin (4)
August 21 Tamyra Gray Nikki McKibbin (5)
Final Three
August 28 Nikki McKibbin (6)
September 4 Justin Guarini (2) Kelly Clarkson

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Season 2

In Season 2, Seacrest surfaced as the lone host. Dunkleman reportedly hated working on the show and the studio was dissatisfied with his performance. Kristin Holt was originally announced to be added to the show as a co-host to Ryan Seacrest [4], but upon airing, she was introduced as a special correspondent with all of the takes with her acting as a host cut out of the first few shows. This time, Ruben Studdard emerged as the winner with Clay Aiken as runner-up. Out of 24 million votes recorded, Studdard finished 130,000 votes ahead of Aiken. There was discussion in the communication industry about the phone system being overloaded, and that more than 150 million votes were dropped, making the voting suspect.[5] Since then, the voting methods have been modified to avoid this problem. The second season of American Idol premiered on January 21, 2003 and continued until May 21, 2003. ... Kristin Holt Kristin Holt (born August 17, 1981 in Plano, TX) is an entertainment news correspondent and the current host of G4s Cheat!, a television show dedicated to video game cheats and strategies, and also is a substitute host for G4s tentpole shows, Attack of the Show! and... Christopher Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978), better known as Ruben Studdard, is an American Idol, an American pop, R&B, and gospel singer who rose to fame as winner of the second season of the American Idol television program. ... Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978) is an American pop singer who rose to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. ...


In an interview prior to fifth season, a statement by executive producer Nigel Lythgoe suggested that Aiken had led the fan voting from the wild card week onward until the finale.[6] Clay Aiken became the first American Idol non-winning contestant to have a U.S. Hot 100 number-one with "This Is the Night", written by British songwriter Chris Braide with Gary Burr and Aldo Nova. Studdard and Aiken both released albums in the fall/winter of 2003, 2004 and 2006. Third place finalist Kimberley Locke's debut album, One Love was released in 2004. Her second album, Based on a True Story, was released in May 2007. The fifth season of American Idol began on January 17, 2006 and concluded on May 24, 2006. ... Nigel Lythgoe (born July 9, 1949) is an English television and film director and producer. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This Is The Night is a 2003 hit single by American Idol contestant Clay Aiken, produced by Steve Mac. ... Aldo Nova (born Aldo Caporuscio, 13 November 1956, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and producer. ... Kimberley Locke (born January 3, 1978 in Hartsville, Tennessee) is an American adult contemporary pop/R&B singer and plus-size fashion model. ...


Fourth-place finisher and former Marine Josh Gracin became a country artist. His first album spawned three charted singles, including the number-one U.S. country song, "Nothing to Lose". He is signed with Lyric Street Records. Joshua Mario (Josh) Gracin (born October 18, 1980 in Westland, Michigan) is a country music singer. ... Lyric Street Records is a sister label of Hollywood Records. ...


Sixth-place finisher Carmen Rasmusen signed with independent country record label Lofton Creek Records, and released her debut album and a single in 2007. Carmen Rasmusen (born March 25, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta[1]) is a Canadian-American country singer and songwriter who ranked sixth on the second season of American Idol in 2003. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Lofton Creek Records is an United States country music record label launched in 2002 by Harold and Vicky Shafer, along with Mike and Martha Borchetta. ...


After a strong showing during the early stages of auditions, contestant Frenchie Davis was disqualified from the competition when topless photos of her surfaced on the internet. Shortly afterwards she landed a role in the Broadway musical Rent, and continues to work on Broadway. Franchelle Frenchie Davis (born November 18, 1979) is a former American Idol contestant who was disqualified in 2003 for appearing in topless photos on the Internet. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article is about the 1996 Broadway musical. ...


During the course of the contest, Studdard became known for wearing 205 Flava jerseys representing his area code. Shortly after the end of the contest, Studdard sued 205 Flava, Inc. for $2 million for using his image for promotional purposes. Flava responded by alleging that Studdard had accepted over $10,000 in return for wearing 205 shirts, and produced eight cashed checks to validate their claim. The allegations, if true, indicate a clear violation of the American Idol rules.[7] The lawsuit was settled out of court.[8] A telephone numbering plan is a system that allows subscribers to make and receive telephone calls across long distances. ... USD redirects here. ...


Rumor mills concerning Season Two contestants buzzed again when, in 2006, contestant Corey Clark (who producers kicked off the show because of him not disclosing a police record) alleged that he and judge Paula Abdul had an affair while he was on the show and that this contributed to his removal. Clark also alleged that Abdul gave him preferential treatment on the show because of their alleged romance. A subsequent investigation by an independent counsel hired by Fox "could not corroborate the evidence or allegations provided by Mr. Clark or any witnesses".[9] Corey Corey Delaney Clark (born July 13, 1980 in San Bernardino, California) is an American man who was a disqualified finalist in the second season of American Idol in 2003. ...


American Idol Rewind started re-airing this season in the fall of 2007.

Date Bottom Three
March 11 Vanessa Olivarez Julia DeMato Kimberley Locke
March 18 Charles Grigsby Corey Clark Julia DeMato (2)
March 25 Julia DeMato (3) Kimberly Caldwell Rickey Smith
Corey Clark (disqualified)
April 1 Carmen Rasmusen Trenyce Kimberley Locke (2)
April 8 Rickey Smith (2) Kimberly Caldwell (2) Kimberley Locke (3)
April 15 Kimberly Caldwell (3) Carmen Rasmusen (2) Trenyce (2)
April 22 Carmen Rasmusen (3) Joshua Gracin Trenyce (3)
Bottom Two
April 29 Trenyce (4) Ruben Studdard
May 6 Joshua Gracin (2) Kimberley Locke (4)
Final Three
May 13 Kimberley Locke (5)
May 20 Clay Aiken Ruben Studdard (2)
  • None of the bottom 2 were eliminated on the April 1st results show due to the disqualification of Corey Clark.

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Season 3

The third season of American Idol premiered on January 19, 2004. The winner of this season of American Idol was Fantasia Barrino, later known professionally as simply "Fantasia," and the runner-up was Diana Degarmo. This was also the season that Golden Globe Award- and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson was discovered. The third season of American Idol premiered on January 19, 2004 and continued until May 26, 2004. ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American R&B/soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American singer and Broadway actress. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ...


During the audition process Alonzo Munyeneh of Absecon, NJ was the first prospective contestant to ever be arrested for their actions during their audition. Munyeneh finished his performance of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and was told he did not make it to Hollywood. He then became belligerent and started tearing the set apart. He shouted obscenities at the judges while ripping down lighting rigs and knocking over the judges' table. He was finally restrained by security and the authorities were called to take him away. No one was injured but the judges were visibly rattled and had to take a break from the process for a few hours.


The early part of the season introduced William Hung, a UC Berkeley student, who received widespread attention following his off-key rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." His performance, as well as his positive attitude facing Simon's criticisms (a stark contrast to other hopeful contestants' confrontational, angry reactions), landed him a record deal with Koch Entertainment and made him over $500,000 in record sales. He also starred in a Cingular Wireless commercial with host Ryan Seacrest. This article is about the American musician. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ... Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known by his stage name Ricky Martin, is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991. ... She Bangs is a song originally performed by Ricky Martin, from his 2000 album Sound Loaded. ... Koch Entertainment LP is a North American entertainment company with offices in New York, Nashville and Toronto. ...


During the season, controversy over the legitimacy of the contest increased as rocker Jon Peter Lewis and young crooner John Stevens stayed afloat while others were unexpectedly eliminated. Jasmine Trias, despite negative comments from Simon Cowell over her later performances, survived elimination and took the third spot over Latoya London. Trias later released a CD and attracted fans in her home state of Hawaii, the Philippines, Singapore, Guam and other South East Asian countries. The third season was also shown in Australia on Network Ten about half a week after episodes were shown in the U.S. Jon Peter Lewis and his trademark green velvet jacket. ... John Stevens on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. ... For the album, see Jasmine Trias (album) Jasmine Soriano Trias (born November 3, 1986) is a Chinese American singer and entertainer who was the third-place finalist on the third season of American Idol due in part to tremendous call-in support from California, New York To China (source: *USA... La Toya Renee London (born on December 29, 1978) is an American R&B and soul singer and actress who was the fourth-place finalist on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ...


After a nationwide vote of more than 65 million votes in total - more than the first two seasons combined - Fantasia Barrino won the American Idol title over runner-up Diana DeGarmo. She released her first single in June 2004 on the RCA record label. The single included "I Believe" – cowritten by former Idol contestant Tamyra Gray (who also sang backup) – which Fantasia performed on the finale of Idol, the Aretha Franklin hit "Chain of Fools" (released before on an American Idol compilation), and her signature version of "Summertime". The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #1, making Fantasia the first artist in the history of Billboard to debut at number one with their first single.[10][11] The song remained at the number one for one week (it topped the sales chart for 11 weeks in the US and 10 weeks in Canada). Fantasia's CD, I Believe, went on to become the top selling single of 2004 in the U.S and has since been certified double platinum by the CRIA and received 3 Billboard Music Awards. In 2006, she received 4 Grammy nominations for her double platinum debut album Free Yourself. Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American R&B/soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American singer and Broadway actress. ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Free Yourself is the debut album by American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, which was released on November 23, 2004. ...


Sales of Diana DeGarmo's first CD, Blue Skies, suffered partly from a lack of promotion by RCA. DeGarmo eventually asked to be released from her RCA record contract. She received a role in the Broadway production of Hairspray, where she played the part of Penny Pingleton from February 7-May 21 to positive reviews. DeGarmo then starred with Melba Moore in the national tour of Brooklyn the Musical through mid-August. On September 8, she returned to the Broadway production of Hairspray to once again assume the role of Penny Pingleton for a six month period. DeGarmo is also working independently on a second album while performing in the musicals. She recently appeared on the CMT reality show Gone Country. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark ODonnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters movie Hairspray. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Brooklyn the Musical (or BKLYN the Musical) was a musical which opened on Broadway in 2004. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark ODonnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters movie Hairspray. ... CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ...


Jasmine Trias signed with an independent label. Although she has failed to achieve commercial success in the mainland USA, she has become a major celebrity in other countries, such as the Philippines and Japan, where she is signed with Universal Records. For the album, see Jasmine Trias (album) Jasmine Soriano Trias (born November 3, 1986) is a Chinese American singer and entertainer who was the third-place finalist on the third season of American Idol due in part to tremendous call-in support from California, New York To China (source: *USA... Universal Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. ...


Latoya London signed with Peak Records and released an R&B/soul album, "Love & Life," selling 55,000 copies. Her single, "Appreciate/Every Part of Me/All by Myself," charted at number 8 on the Billboard Singles Sales Chart, and her songs, "Appreciate," "Every Part of Me," and "State of My Heart," all received moderate success on urban and adult contemporary radio. She starred in the Los Angeles revival of the retro-musical, "Beehive," and also starred with Angie Stone and Kim Fields in the tour of the play, "Issues: We All Got 'Em." Latoya played the role of Nettie in the touring production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, which began with an extended run in Chicago, Illinois in April, 2007. The musical also starred Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. La Toya Renee London (born on December 29, 1978) is an American R&B and soul singer and actress who was the fourth-place finalist on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol. ... Peak Records is co-founded by The Rippingtons leader and guitarist Russ Freeman & Andi Howard in 1994. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... Love & Life is the debut album by LaToya London. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Angie Stone (born Angela Laverne Brown on January 30, 1961) is an American R&B, soul, and neo soul singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, and occasional actress. ... Kim Victoria Fields (born May 12, 1969 in New York, New York) is an American actress. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The Color Purple is a Broadway musical based upon the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Michelle Williams (born Tenitra Michelle Williams on July 23, 1980) is an American gospel singer-songwriter. ... This article is about the group. ...


George Huff signed with Word Records to release a gospel album and has since had mild success in that genre. John Stevens landed a deal with Maverick Records but was dropped due to low album sales. Word Records is a giant in Christian Music. ... John Stevens on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. ... Maverick Recording Company, is an American record label owned and operated by Warner Music Group, and distributed through Warner Bros. ...



Jennifer Hudson starred alongside Beyoncé Knowles and Jamie Foxx in the 2006 feature film Dreamgirls and won several honors and awards, including a Golden Globe for her performance and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film, which also won the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), sold 8.8 million dollars worth of tickets to claim the top spot at the box office on its first day in wide theatrical release, which was the single highest daily gross for a musical in motion picture history. The soundtrack to Dreamgirls, featuring Hudson's acclaimed version of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," reached Number One on the Billboard Top 200 album chart on January 10, 2007, after five weeks in release. Hudson, who signed a recording contract with Clive Davis' Arista label in late 2006, is expected to release her debut album sometime in 2008. Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (pronounced [1]) (born September 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, actress, dancer, and fashion designer. ... Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, Grammy Award-nominated singer, and stand-up comic. ... A motion picture adaptation of Dreamgirls, to be written and directed by Bill Condon, is scheduled to start filming in early 2006, starring Jennifer Hudson of American Idol fame as Effie White, Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones, and Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1944 for a performance in a motion picture released in the previous year. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... A motion picture adaptation of Dreamgirls, to be written and directed by Bill Condon, is scheduled to start filming in early 2006, starring Jennifer Hudson of American Idol fame as Effie White, Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones, and Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell. ... is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Camile Velasco returned to the Philippines in December 2004 after 17 years for a whirlwind tour of television appearances and a concert with Martin Nievera. In 2005, she signed to Motown Records, but left the label after a lack of promotion for her first single. Camile performed at several concerts in Hawaii, California and Illinois, maintaining her ambition to become an artist. In 2006, she appeared in a Black Eyed Peas video and performed in Hawaii, California, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and the Philippines. Camile is now writing and producing her own songs on Up Above Records. Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco (born September 1, 1985), an American , was one of the finalists on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series, American Idol. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ... Up Above Records independent hip hop record label based in Long Beach, CA, United States, co-founded in 1995 by Doug Papadoug Kato and Visionaries band member member Key-Kool, along with DJ Rhettmatic Visionaries, Beat Junkies). ...


In May 2005, Telescope announced that the third season had a total of approximately 360 million votes.

Date Bottom Three
March 17 Leah LaBelle Jennifer Hudson Amy Adams
March 24 Matthew Rogers Camile Velasco Diana DeGarmo
March 31 Amy Adams (2) Jennifer Hudson (2) LaToya London
April 7 Camile Velasco (2) Jasmine Trias Diana DeGarmo (2)
April 15 Jon Peter Lewis John Stevens Diana DeGarmo (3)
April 21 Jennifer Hudson (3) Fantasia Barrino LaToya London (2)
April 28 John Stevens (2) George Huff Jasmine Trias (2)
Bottom Two
May 5 George Huff (2) Jasmine Trias (3)
May 12 LaToya London (3) Fantasia Barrino (2)
Final Three
May 19 Jasmine Trias (4)
May 26 Diana DeGarmo (4) Fantasia Barrino (3)

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Season 4

The fourth season of American Idol premiered on January 18, 2005. It was the first season in which the age limit was raised to 28, in order to increase variety. All Season 4 contestants had to be between the ages of 16 and 28 on August 4, 2004, born on or between August 5, 1975 and August 4, 1988.[12][13] Among those who benefited from this new rule were Constantine Maroulis (born September 17, 1975) and Bo Bice (born November 1, 1975), considered to be the eldest and somewhat most experienced of the season's Idol contestants. They were also constantly mentioned by Seacrest and in the media as "the two rockers", since their long hair and choice of rock songs made them stand out from conventional Idol standards. The presence of more rock-oriented contestants continued with Chris Daughtry [3]in Season 5, who was inspired to audition for the show by Bice. The fourth season of American Idol premiered on January 18, 2005 and continued until May 25, 2005. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Constantine James Maroulis (born September 17, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer, actor, and writer who was the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Pray for the Soul of Betty and the sixth-place finalist on the fourth season of the popular reality television series... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harold Elwin Bo Bice, Jr. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Christopher Adam Daughtry (IPA: [1]) (born December 26, 1979 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, United States) is a Grammy nominated American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter who is the lead vocalist of Daughtry, a band he formed in 2006. ...


This season also implemented new rules for the final portion of the contest. Instead of competing in semi-final heats in which the top vote-getters are promoted to the final round, 24 semi-finalists were named; 12 men and 12 women, who competed separately, with 2 of each gender being voted off each week until 12 finalists were left.


Mario Vazquez, who was originally one of the top 12, dropped out of the competition on March 11, just days before the top 12's first performance, citing "personal issues", opening a spot in the final 12 for Nikko Smith (son of Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith), who had been voted off in the semi-finals the previous week. Mario Adrian Vazquez (born June 15, 1977) is a Puerto Rican-American singer from The Bronx, New York. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image:NikkoSmith. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Osborne Earl Ozzie Smith (born December 26, 1954, in Mobile, Alabama) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. ...


The winner was Carrie Underwood, a country singer. Carrie Underwood's first single, "Inside Your Heaven", was released on June 14, 2005. The single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 170,000 copies, and briefly stopped Mariah Carey's run at #1 with "We Belong Together". One week later, runner-up Bo Bice released his version of the song, which debuted at #2. The B-side of Underwood's CD was "Independence Day", a cover of the Martina McBride hit. On November 15, 2005, Carrie released her debut album, Some Hearts, which both debuted and peaked at #2 on Billboard. Underwood's first single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" was made available for radio airplay on October 18, 2005. The single also debuted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at #20. Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... Inside Your Heaven is a song written by Andreas Carlsson, Pelle Nylén, Savan Kotecha and produced by Desmond Child. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the singer. ... We Belong Together is a pop–R&B song recorded by Mariah Carey for her ninth studio album The Emancipation of Mimi (2005) and released as the albums second single in 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas) is an American Grammy nominated country music singer-songwriter. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jesus, Take the Wheel is a Grammy Award-winning song written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bo Bice's first single "The Real Thing" has appeared on American Top 40 radio. Although Bice's sales did not match that of Underwood, he stands as the third-most successful recording artist to not win the American Idol title with RIAA platinum status. Third-place contestant Vonzell Solomon landed a role in a film, Still Green and a single on a Christmas album. Fourth-place contestant Anthony Fedorov has appeared in television shows such as Fear Factor, where he competed with Season 2 contestant Carmen Rasmusen, winning second place, and has finished taping several episodes for a new MTV show to air in the fall. Federov will be performing in The Fantasticks on off-Broadway May through July of 2007. Sixth-place contestant Constantine Maroulis has redone his rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" for a Queen tribute album, and released his first full-length solo album in 2007. Since August 2006, Maroulis has appeared in the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer and the now closed off-broadway play Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and has appeared on CBS' The Bold & the Beautiful. Seventh-place contestant Anwar Robinson has released his self-titled EP on an independent label. Twelfth-place contestant Lindsey Cardinale's first single, "Nothing Like A Dream", was released in March 2006. The American Top 40 logo American Top 40 (commonly abbreviated to AT40) is an internationally-syndicated, independent radio program created by Casey Kasem and Don Bustany. ... Vonzell Solomon (born 18 March 1984), also known as Baby V, is an American singer who was the third-place finisher in the fourth season of the television series American Idol. ... Still Green is an upcoming American Drama starring Sarah Jones, Ryan Kelley, Douglas Spain and Noah Segan. ... Anthony Fedorov (born Anatoliy Vladimirovich Fedorov on May 4, 1985) is a Ukrainian-American singer who was the fourth place finalist on the fourth season of the American Idol reality show series. ... This article refers to the American television show by this title. ... Carmen Rasmusen (born March 25, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta[1]) is a Canadian-American country singer and songwriter who ranked sixth on the second season of American Idol in 2003. ... The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ...   is a song written by Freddie Mercury and originally recorded by the band Queen for their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. ... The Wedding Singer has been adapted into a Broadway musical. ... Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is an American musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. ... Anwar Farid Robinson (born April 21, 1979) is an American singer/songwriter/musician who was the 7th place finalist on the fourth season of American Idol. ... This media has an uncertain copyright status and is pending deletion. ...


In May 2005, Telescope announced that the fourth season had a total of approximately 500 million votes.


On February 11, 2007, Carrie Underwood became the first winner of American Idol to sweep all three major music awards (American Music, Billboard, and Grammy Awards) in a single season (for 2006-07). is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Date Bottom Three
March 16 Lindsey Cardinale Mikalah Gordon Jessica Sierra
March 23 Mikalah Gordon (2) Nadia Turner Anthony Federov
March 30 Jessica Sierra (2) Anwar Robinson Nadia Turner (2)
April 6 Nikko Smith Scott Savol Vonzell Solomon
April 13 Nadia Turner (3) Bo Bice Scott Savol (2)
April 20 Anwar Robinson (2) Anthony Federov (2) Scott Savol (3)
April 27 Constantine Maroulis Anthony Federov (3) Vonzell Solomon (2)
Bottom Two
May 4 Scott Savol (4) Anthony Federov (4)
May 11 Anthony Federov (5) Vonzell Solomon (3)
Final Three
May 18 Vonzell Solomon (4)
May 25 Bo Bice (2) Carrie Underwood
  • None of the bottom 3 on the April 20th results show were sent back to safety before the elimination announcement.

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Season 5

The fifth season of American Idol began on January 17, 2006; this was the first season of the series to be aired in high definition. Auditions were in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco, with Greensboro, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada included after the cancellation of the Memphis auditions due to Hurricane Katrina. The season used the same rules as Season 4. [14] [15] The fifth season of American Idol began on January 17, 2006 and concluded on May 24, 2006. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. ... Boston redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in the State of Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State State of Colorado City and County Denver[1] Founded 1858-11-22, as Denver City, K.T.[2] Incorporated 1861-11-07, as Denver City, C.T.[3] Consolidated... San Francisco redirects here. ... Greensboro redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Demonym North Carolinian Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th in the US  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (340 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ...


Taylor Hicks was named American Idol on May 24, 2006; he was the fourth contestant to never fall into any week's "bottom three". His first post-Idol single, "Do I Make You Proud", would debut at #1 and be certified gold. [16] Hicks' album, Taylor Hicks, has sold 702,000 copies to date. Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On May 30, 2006, Telescope announced that a total of 63.5 million votes were cast in the finale round. A total of 580 million votes were cast in the entire season.[17] Taylor Hicks is the second American Idol winner from the city of Birmingham, Alabama (the first being Ruben Studdard), and the fourth finalist with close ties to the city. is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: , Country State Counties Jefferson, Shelby Incorporated December 19, 1871 Government  - Type Mayor - Council  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (Current) Larry Langford (Mayor-Elect) Area  - City 151. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Christopher Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978), better known as Ruben Studdard, is an American Idol, an American pop, R&B, and gospel singer who rose to fame as winner of the second season of the American Idol television program. ...


The fifth-season contestant with the most commercial success is fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry, now lead singer of the band Daughtry. Their eponymous debut album has sold over 5 million copies to date - surpassing former winners Studdard and Fantasia's respective two-album totals - and produced two top-ten singles. The album, which spent two weeks at #1 in the US, is also the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history.[18] Christopher Adam Daughtry (IPA: [1]) (born December 26, 1979 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, United States) is a Grammy nominated American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter who is the lead vocalist of Daughtry, a band he formed in 2006. ... Daughtry is an American rock band from North Carolina, formed by former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry in 2006. ... Nielsen SoundScan is an information system created by Nielsen Media Research that tracks sales data for singles, albums, and music video products in Canada and the United States for Billboard and other music industry companies. ...


Runner-up Katharine McPhee's debut album has sold 367,000 copies to date; she has two Top 40 Billboard hits to date. Also notable: sixth-place finisher Kellie Pickler, whose Small Town Girl reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and has sold over 700,000 copies to date. Strong early sales have also been achieved by mid-2007 eponymous album releases by third-place Elliott Yamin and eighth-place Bucky Covington. This article is about the singer. ... Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music singer and songwriter who finished sixth on the fifth season of the Fox television series American Idol. ... Elliott Yamin (born Efraym Elliott Yamin[1] on July 20, 1978) is an American singer who is known for his hit single Wait for You as well as being the third-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. ... Bucky Covington (born William Joel Covington III, November 8, 1977) is an American country music singer. ...

Date Bottom Three
March 15 Melissa McGhee Lisa Tucker Ace Young
March 22 Kevin Covais Bucky Covington Lisa Tucker (2)
March 29 Lisa Tucker (3) Katharine McPhee Ace Young (2)
April 5 Mandisa Elliott Yamin Paris Bennett
April 12 Bucky Covington (2) Ace Young (3) Elliott Yamin (2)
April 19 Ace Young (4) Chris Daughtry Paris Bennett (2)
Bottom Two
April 26 Kellie Pickler Paris Bennett (3)
May 3 Paris Bennett (4) Elliott Yamin (3)
May 10 Chris Daughtry (2) Katharine McPhee (2)
Final Three
May 17 Elliott Yamin (4)
May 24 Katharine McPhee (3) Taylor Hicks
  • None of the bottom 3 on the April 12th results show were sent back to safety before the elimination announcement.

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Season 6

The sixth season began on Tuesday, January 16, 2007. The premiere episode of the season drew a massive audience of 37.7 million viewers, peaking in the last half hour with more than 41 million viewers.[19] Jordin Sparks was declared the winner on May 23, 2007, at 10:05 EST, with a new record of 74 million votes in the finale against runner-up Blake Lewis. The sixth season of American Idol premiered on the Fox Broadcasting Company on January 16, 2007 and ran until May 23, 2007. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... This article is about the singer. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol, finishing just ahead of Melinda Doolittle. ...


Teenager Sanjaya Malakar was the season's most polarizing and talked about American Idol contestant,[20][21] as he continued to survive elimination for several weeks. The weblog Vote for the Worst and satellite radio personality Howard Stern both encouraged fans to vote for Sanjaya. However, on April 18, after over 38 million votes, Sanjaya was voted off. Sanjaya Joseph Malakar (Bengali: সঞ্জয় মালাকার , IPA pronunciation: )[1] (born Sanjaya Shekar Malakar on September 10, 1989) was a finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. ... VoteForTheWorst. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Top 6 singers performed inspirational music as a part of the first ever "Idol Gives Back" telethon-inspired event which raised more than $60 million in corporate and viewer donations.[22] None of the singers were eliminated, and the votes from that week were added to the votes from the following week to eliminate two singers. Both weeks saw a two-hour extension of the regular two-hour voting window, and in the end, with a two-week total of over 135 million votes, Chris Richardson and Phil Stacey were eliminated. The next week, Lakisha Jones was sent packing after 45 million votes were cast, a result Simon had successfully predicted. Then, in the top 3, Melinda Doolittle, a frontrunner of the show, was ousted after nearly 60 million votes, despite predictions from Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell that she should be in the finale.


A little over a month earlier, the show had launched the American Idol Songwriter contest which enabled fans to select the "coronation song" to be performed by whichever two contestants made it to the finale. In the songwriting contest, amateur songwriters were able to submit original songs they had written and recorded. A selection committee headed by Idol creator Simon Fuller then narrowed thousands of submissions down to twenty finalists. With "one online vote per fan," fans were able to listen to snippets from each song and rate them. When the ratings were tallied, the winning song was the ballad "This is My Now" co-written by Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody.


In the finale, both Jordin and Blake started the night off strong. However, the final song of the night was "This is My Now," the winner of the American Idol Songwriter contest. Since the song had been specifically written for the American Idol finale, neither contestant was allowed much flexibility to make it their own. Some fans complained that this song was written in Jordin's style of singing which would give her an advantange over Blake. In fact, the next night, Simon predicted that Jordin would win purely on this final song. At the end of the episode, Ryan confirmed both Randy's and Simon's predictions announcing Jordin Sparks the Season 6 winner of American Idol, after approximately 74 million votes. Jordin Sparks first non American Idol single is Tattoo, while Blake Lewis' single is Break Anotha. Phil Stacey, tied for fifth place with Chris Richardson, is now signed to Lyric Street and has released his first single If You Didn't Love Me. Jordin's second single is the hit No Air with Chris Brown.


This season of American Idol produced two Top 3 contestants that were never in bottom 2 or 3, Jordin Sparks (the Season 6 winner) and Melinda Doolittle (third place). They are joined by Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks as Top 3 contestants never to have been in the bottom 2 or 3. This article is about the singer. ... Melinda Marie Doolittle (born on October 6, 1977) is an American singer who finished as the third place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978) is an American pop singer who rose to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter. ...

Date Bottom Three
March 14 Brandon Rogers Sanjaya Malakar Phil Stacey
March 21 Stephanie Edwards Chris Richardson
March 28 Chris Sligh Haley Scarnato Phil Stacey (2)
April 4 Gina Glocksen Haley Scarnato (2) Phil Stacey (3)
April 11 Haley Scarnato (3) Phil Stacey (4) Chris Richardson (2)
April 18 Sanjaya Malakar (2) LaKisha Jones Blake Lewis
Bottom Two
May 2 Phil Stacey (5) Chris Richardson (3)
Final Four
May 9 LaKisha Jones (2)
May 16 Melinda Doolittle
May 23 Blake Lewis (2) Jordin Sparks
  • On the March 21st results show, only the bottom two were announced.
  • From the Final 6 onward, only the names of the eliminated contestants were announced, with no mention of a bottom three or two.

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Season 7

American Idol returned for its seventh season on January 15, 2008[23] for a two day, four hour premiere. David Cook was crowned the winner of American Idol season 7 on May 21, 2008, with a record breaking 56% of the 97.5 million votes. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed small changes for the show upon its return in 2008. It was reported that more attention would be paid to who the contestants are, where they come from, and why fans should care to vote for them. Still, the executive producer owns up to the fact that season 6 took the focus away from the contestants, their backgrounds and their talent, and it needs to get back on track.[24] The seventh season of American Idol, which began on January 14, 2008, is the current season of the annual reality show and singing competition. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Season 6, relatively little was known about the contestants, which was evident by the fact that Sanjaya's hair was the biggest "personal" story of each week. While there were a couple of big changes planned, Lythgoe stated that "fans shouldn't fret". Despite cries that every season in the initial audition process the judges were cruel and mean, there was little to no adjustment made to that part of the show. One significant change was allowing contestants to play their own instruments (Contestants on Canadian Idol and Australian Idol are also allowed to play instruments.) This change has brought a new depth to the show, as it has displayed musicianship in addition to good voices. Canadian Idol is a reality television show on the Canadian television network CTV, based on the popular British show Pop Idol and its American counterpart American Idol. ... Australian Idol is a Logie Award-winning Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 27, 2003. ...


As the return of American Idol drew close a former contestant spoke out about the show's credibility. Season 5 sensation Chris Daughtry was quoted saying "I feel like it's definitely lacking some credibility at this point. I'm sure that it will be used against me, but that's the truth." Christopher Adam Daughtry (IPA: [1]) (born December 26, 1979 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, United States) is a Grammy nominated American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter who is the lead vocalist of Daughtry, a band he formed in 2006. ...


On March 11, 2008, American Idol debuted a new state-of-the-art set and stage, along with a new on-air look. The two-night season finale, as announced by Seacrest, was broadcasted live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles last May 20 and 21. is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... L.A. Live model facing the Staples Center L.A. Live, (also popularly called Times Square West, and The Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District) is currently under construction in downtown Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Idol Gives Back raised more than $75 million in 2007 for underprivileged children, and returned on April 9, 2008. Brad Pitt was scheduled to appear for this event. [25]. It is said that the revenue earned from the April 9, 2008 event is comparable to the amount raised in 2007 and will be distributed by the Idol Gives Back Foundation [26]. Idol Gives Back is the name of a charitable campaign that spanned two episodes of American Idol. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an Academy award-nominated American actor, film producer, and social activist. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Idol Gives Back is the name of a charitable campaign that spanned two episodes of American Idol. ...


The media has noted that several of the semi-finalists have previously had record deals, including Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, and Carly Smithson. (Eventual winner David Cook released an independent solo album and had finished recording a follow-up prior to his audition for the show, but he was never involved with a record label or contract.) Idol rules state that contestants may have had a record deal in the past, but are still eligible as long as they are no longer under contract when Idol begins.


This season of American Idol produced two Top 3 contestants that were never in bottom 2 or 3, David Archuleta and David Cook. They will join Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, and Melinda Doolittle as the Top 3 contestants to never have been in the bottom 3 or 2. David Archuleta and Clay Aiken are the only runner-ups to have never been in the bottom 2 or 3. This season's finale was also the first time in the show's history where neither one of the Top 2 were ever in the bottom 3. For the kickboxer of the same name, see David Archuleta (kickboxer). ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978) is an American pop singer who rose to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter. ... This article is about the singer. ... Melinda Marie Doolittle (born on October 6, 1977) is an American singer who finished as the third place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. ...

Date Bottom Three
March 12 David Hernandez Kristy Lee Cook Syesha Mercado
March 19 Amanda Overmyer Kristy Lee Cook (2) Carly Smithson
March 26 Chikezie Eze Syesha Mercado (2) Jason Castro
April 2 Ramiele Malubay Kristy Lee Cook (3) Brooke White
April 101 Michael Johns Carly Smithson (2) Syesha Mercado (3)
April 16 Kristy Lee Cook (4) Brooke White (2) Syesha Mercado (4)
Bottom Two
April 23 Carly Smithson (3) Syesha Mercado (5)
Final Five
April 302 Brooke White (3)
May 72 Jason Castro (2)
May 142 Syesha Mercado (6)
May 21 2 David Archuleta David Cook

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Media sponsorship

American Idol is often noted for advertising its sponsors during the show's runtime. Being the number-one-rated show in the United States, it costs around $700,000 for a 30-second commercial.[27]


Apple iTunes has joined as a Season 7 major sponsor in the U.S., and Ryan Seacrest notes during the program that all performances are available via iTunes. Video is regularly shown of contestants learning their songs by rehearsing with iPods. Coca-Cola is a major sponsor in the U.S., and all the judges, hosts, and contestants are seen consuming beverages out of cups bearing the Coca-Cola logo -- although video evidence suggests Abdul pretends to drink from one cup in which there is no liquid. [28] The sponsorship also depicts contestants and host Seacrest gathering for a "Keeping it Real" segment between songs in the "Coca-Cola Red Room," the show's equivalent to the traditional green room. (During rebroadcast on ITV in the UK, the Coca-Cola logo is obscured in the shots.) In seasons 1 through 4, after every Wednesday results show, the host and remaining contestants meet in the Coca-Cola Red Room to discuss next week's theme; the footage of this meeting is shown at the start of the following Tuesday's performance show. The red room was removed in Season 7 at the beginning of the top 12 when American Idol switched to a new stage. This article is about the iTunes application. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... For the music studio, film or online magazine named The Green Room, see The Green Room A green room is a room in a theater, studio, or other public venues for the accommodation of performers or speakers when not required on the stage. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ...


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Kellogg and Pop-Tarts are also two major sponsors, especially of the cast tour that follows the end of every season.[29] Products from the Ford Motor Company also receive prominent product placement; contestants appear in Ford commercials on the results shows, and the final two of Seasons 4, 5 and 6 each won free Mustangs. Previous contestants Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Hicks have also been tapped to do commercials for Ford. Also, in the top 24's studio, in the red room there is a glass table with a Ford tire inside of it. The camera routinely captures the logo. For other uses, see Kellogg. ... Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts Box of Pop-Tarts Pop-Tarts are a flat toaster pastry, approximately 75mm by 125 mm, made by the Kellogg Company. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter. ...


Contestants will occasionally don Old Navy clothing during performances,[29] and celebrity stylist Steven Cojocaru appeared in two previous seasons to assist contestants with picking out wardrobe pieces from Old Navy. Clairol hair care products also sponsors the show, with contestants usually getting Clairol-guided hair makeovers after the first two or three episodes during the round of 12.[29] Old Navy is a brand of clothing and chain of stores owned by Gap Inc. ... Steven Cojo Cojocaru (born on January 5, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a flamboyantly gay fashion critic. ... Clairol is a personal care products division of Procter and Gamble and was formerly the largest independent hair products company in the world. ...


Controversy

  • American Idol has come under fire for maintaining what some claim to be total control of the careers of the winners of the contest. Former co-host Brian Dunkleman referred to the show as "owning" the winning contestants, noting that winners sign contracts to only record with companies owned by the show's producers and to allow related agencies to manage their careers.
  • During season three, controversy arose at the poor showing during the semi-finals of three highly praised African American contestants, Jennifer Hudson, LaToya London and Fantasia Barrino - collectively known during that season as the 'Three Divas'. After the surprise elimination of Hudson, Sir Elton John, who was a guest judge for that season criticized the vote as 'incredibly racist' in a press conference.[30] The elimination of both Hudson and London relatively early in the competition has been pointed out as a classic demonstration of vote splitting in the American idol vote.[31] However, it should also be noted that Fantasia went on to win that season of American Idol.
  • Since the 2004 season, American Idol producers have battled online community services such as the websites DialIdol.com, Worldsentiment.com, and VotefortheWorst.com. DialIdol predicts which contestants may be voted off or are in danger of being voted off based on the percentage of times an automatic dialer encounters a busy signal for each contestant; Worldsentiment uses very large samplings and algorithms to predict the outcome of the vote-off; and VotefortheWorst exhorts viewers to vote for what the site deems to be the worst contestant, rather than the best. Some in the media have implied that Las Vegas odds makers exert behind-the-scenes influence in protecting the services.[32][33]
  • Season 7 contestant Carly Smithson has stirred up controversy due to a prior major label record deal she had with MCA Records. It has been reported that MCA spent over 2 million dollars promoting Smithson's previous album "Ultimate High", which she made under the name Carly Hennessy. The album sold 378 copies, but is now available on iTunes. To further complicate things, Randy Jackson worked for MCA during the same period of time that Smithson was signed, and was part of the team that signed her to MCA. The show made no mention of this deal. In addition, contestants Michael Johns and Kristy Lee Cook were also represented by a major record label at one time and have made albums. [34][35] Contestant Robbie Carrico was formerly a member of the group Boyz N Girlz United, who had a minor hit in 2000 with the single "Messed Around", as well as opening for Britney Spears in 1999.[36] This new information raises questions as to whether this year's contestants can be considered "amateur", noting their prior work within the entertainment industry. According to a poll by AOL Television, 63 percent of those polled believed that contestants who have already had record deals should not be contestants on American Idol.[37]
  • In the April 20, 2008 edition of Celebrity Fit Club, Brian Dunkleman made claims that he was not fired from American Idol and he was going to break his silence at that point. With that he made the claims that he left the show "because those kids (the contestants) were not treated in the right way". He then went on to say that leaving American Idol was the biggest mistake of his life.
  • Judge Paula Abdul caused controversy on Season 7, top 5 performance night when she slipped up, commenting on two performances when only one was shown. This has been cited by many as proof of American Idol's scripted nature. However, it was reported on the next night that Abdul had listened to some of the contestants' rehearsals and had gotten confused due to the rushed nature of that performance night.

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Television ratings

U.S.

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of American Idol on FOX. This article is about the animal. ...

Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Season[38] Premiered Ended TV Season Timeslot Rank
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1st[39] June 11-June 12, 2002 9.90[citation needed] Final Performances: September 3, 2002 18.69 2002 Tuesday 9:00PM
(performance show)
#30
Season Finale: September 4, 2002 22.77 Wednesday 9:30PM
(results show)
#25
2nd[40] January 21-January 22, 2003 26.50 Final Performances: May 20, 2003 25.67 2003 Tuesday 8:00PM
(performance show)
#5
Season Finale: May 21, 2003 34.24 Wednesday 8:30PM
(results show)
#3
3rd[41] January 19-January 20, 2004 28.56 Final Performances: May 25, 2004 25.13 2004 Tuesday 8:00PM
(performance show)
#2
Season Finale: May 26, 2004 28.84 Wednesday 8:30PM
(results show)
#3
4th[42] January 18-January 19, 2005 33.58 Final Performances: May 24, 2005 28.05 2005 Tuesday 8:00PM
(performance show)
#1
Season Finale: May 25, 2005 30.27 Wednesday 8:00PM
(results show)
#3
5th[43] January 17-January 18, 2006 35.53 Final Performances: May 23, 2006 31.78 2006 Tuesday 8:00PM
(performance show)
#1
Season Finale: May 24, 2006 36.38 Wednesday 8:00PM
(results show)
#1
6th[44][45][46] January 16-January 17, 2007 37.7 Final Performances: May 22, 2007 25.33 2007 Tuesday 8:00PM
(performance show)
#2
Season Finale: May 23, 2007 30.74 Wednesday 8:00PM
(results show)
#1
7th[47][48][49][50] January 15-January 16, 2008 33.4 Final Performances: May 20, 2008 27.06 2008 Tuesday 8:00PM
(performance show)
#1
Season Finale: May 21, 2008 31.66 Wednesday 9:00PM
(results show)
#2

Unlike most successful television programs, past and present, American Idol has maintained and even grown its audience numbers beyond its first few seasons. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... The first season of American Idol premiered on June 11, 2002 (under the full title American Idol: The Search For A Superstar) and continued until September 4, 2002. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... 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A growing number of television executives have begun to regard American Idol as a programming force unlike any seen before. Jeff Zucker, the new chief executive of NBC Universal, said, “I think Idol is the most impactful show in the history of television.”[51] Jeffrey Zucker (born April 9, 1965) is an American television executive who is president of the NBC Universal Television Group. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... The History of television technology can be divided along two lines: those developments that depended upon both mechanical and electronic principles, and those which are purely electronic. ...

American Idol's consistent dominance of an hour two or three nights a week exceeds the 30- or 60-minute reach of previous hits such as The Cosby Show. As a result, competing networks—whose personnel call the show "the Death Star"[52]—have often rearranged their schedules in order to minimize losses. Conversely, FOX has used American Idol to help promote other programs on its schedule.[51] The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... For other uses, see Death Star (disambiguation). ...


Season Six: On the season finale of the sixth season, the ratings of American Idol saw a drop of 19%[53] from last year, when Taylor Hicks was crowned as the 2006 Idol. Ratings of the season finale peaked at 34.9 million viewers at 10pm, just five minutes before Jordin Sparks was declared the winner of Idol.[54] Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter. ... This article is about the singer. ...


The ratings decline continued into season seven, starting with the premiere which was down 11% among total viewers and 13% among adults ages 18 to 49 from last year.[55] The performance show featuring the top seven finalist was the lowest-rated Tuesday American Idol show in five years among adults ages 18 to 49. The subsequent results show, in which Kristy Lee Cook was eliminated, delivered American Idol's lowest-rated Wednesday among adults ages 18 to 34 since its first season back in 2002. As of April 2008, ratings for season seven are down 7% in average total viewers compared to season six. [56] April 2008 is the fourth month of the current leap year. ...


International

American Idol is broadcast to over 100 nations outside of the United States; however, these aren't live broadcasts and may be tape delayed by several days or weeks (excluding Canada, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates, where episodes are also aired live). In those instances, the shows are combined into one episode to summarize the results. Australia airs episodes just 5 hours after their US showing and the UK airs episodes 2 days after their US showing on digital channel ITV2. It is also aired in Ireland on TV3 Ireland 2 days after the showing. In Brazil, the show airs 8 days after the showing in the United States. United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... ITV2 is a 24 hour a day free-to-air entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom owned by ITV plc. ... TV3 Ireland is the sole commercial terrestrial television channel in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Currently American Idol is televised on TVNZ in New Zealand, Fox in the United States, CTV in Canada, MNET Series in South Africa, FOX8 in Australia, ITV2 in the UK, Global TV in Indonesia, TV3 Ireland in Ireland, Star World in several parts of Asia, aTV World in Hong Kong, QTV11 in the Philippines and on TV4 in Sweden. Current TVNZ logo Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is the main broadcaster of television in New Zealand, established in 1980 through the merger of Television One and TV2 (formerly South Pacific Television). ... FOX redirects here. ... CTV is a Canadian English language television network. ... For other uses, see FOX 8. ... ITV2 is a 24 hour a day free-to-air entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom owned by ITV plc. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... Global TV is a private television network in Indonesia established in early 1999 and first went on air in October 2001 with MTV programming. ... TV3 Ireland is the sole commercial terrestrial television channel in the Republic of Ireland. ... STAR World is STAR Groups premiere English-language Entertainment TV-channel which is shown in the Asian region. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Current ATV logo Asia Television Limited (ATV) (亞洲電視廣播有限公司) is the first television station in Hong Kong, established on May 29, 1957. ... Q is a TV Network of GMA Network, Inc. ... TV4 is the largest commercial television channel in Sweden. ...


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It also airs in Mexico in two markets in English -- Tijuana, Baja California and Matamoros, Tamaulipas -- because those markets have Fox affiliates that serve US markets. The Tijuana broadcast is a same-day broadcast, as it is located on the West Coast with its Fox affiliate XETV. The Matamoros broadcast is live, as it is in the Central time zone on XHRIO. Tijuana (Spanish [], English usually []), is the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California and the seat of the municipality of Tijuana. ... Matamoros is a city in the north of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. ... XETV (FOX6) is the Fox television station serving the San Diego market. ...


Top-selling American Idol alumni

Main article: Top-selling American Idol alumni

Major award–winning American Idol alumni

Further information: List of Awards/Nominations for American Idol Finalist
Idol Contestant & Season American Music Awards Billboard Music Awards Grammy Awards Academy Awards
Kelly Clarkson
(Season 1, Winner)
4 12 2
2006 Best Female Pop Vocal
2006 Best Pop Vocal Album
0
Clay Aiken
(Season 2, Runner-Up)
1 3 0 0
Fantasia Barrino
(Season 3, Winner)
0 3 0 0
Jennifer Hudson
(Season 3, 7th Place)
0 0 0 1
Carrie Underwood
(Season 4, Winner)
4 13 3
2008 Best Female Country Vocal
2007 Best New Artist
2007 Best Female Country Vocal
0
Chris Daughtry
(Season 5, 4th Place)
3 6 0 0

On a detailed note, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are the only two Idols to win at all three of these major music awards shows. Carrie Underwood is the only Idol to sweep up honors at all these awards ceremonies in the same season (2006-2007) (2007-2008), and the only Idol to win Best New Artist at the Grammys. Kelly Clarkson is the only Idol who has received a Grammy Award for an album, as opposed to a vocal performance or new artist of the year. Jennifer Hudson is the first and only Idol to be nominated for and to win an Academy Award. She won the Best Supporting Actress category in February 2007 for her performance as 'Effie' in the hit film Dreamgirls, based on the musical of the same name. This is a list of major award wins and nominations for different American Idol contestants. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978) is an American pop singer who rose to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American R&B/soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... Christopher Adam Daughtry (IPA: [1]) (born December 26, 1979 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, United States) is a Grammy nominated American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter who is the lead vocalist of Daughtry, a band he formed in 2006. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ... Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, which opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre. ...


American Idol Hot 100 singles

Main article: American Idol Hot 100 singles

American Idol video games

Photograph of American Idol video games for the PlayStation 2.

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Spin-offs

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Theme park attraction

On February 7, 2008, The Walt Disney Company announced the development of "The American Idol Experience", a live attraction based on American Idol to be built at its Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The show will be co-produced by 19 Entertainment. Set to open in January 2009, park guests will be able to audition and possibly perform in the live show. Winners will be selected by a combination of audience vote and input from a panel of judges, although the exact format has yet to be decided. Winners each day will have the chance to audition for the real TV series.[58] is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Disney redirects here. ... Disneys Hollywood Studios is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. ... Cinderella Castle is the symbol of the Magic Kingdom. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...


See also

Americas Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network. ... Americas Most Talented Kid is an American television series that originally aired on NBC in 2003. ... American Juniors also known as 19 Juniors was a reality television series broadcast on the Fox Network as a spin-off of the immensely popular American Idol, created by Simon Fuller and 19 Television, FremantleMedia, directed by Bruce Gowers and produced by Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. ... The first major American popular songwriter, Stephen Foster Even before the birth of recorded music, American popular music had a profound effect on music across the world. ... Anathema (in Greek Ανάθεμα) meaning originally something lifted up as an offering to the gods; later, with evolving meanings, it came to mean: to be formally set apart, banished, exiled, excommunicated or denounced, sometimes accursed. ... Australian Idol is a Logie Award-winning Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 27, 2003. ... Ídolos Brazil is a reality television show based on the popular British format Pop Idol. ... Canadian Idol is a reality television show on the Canadian television network CTV, based on the popular British show Pop Idol and its American counterpart American Idol. ... Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German for Germany seeks the superstar) is a German television program, also commonly known by its initials DSDS. It is the German version of Pop Idol, broadcast on RTL. The producers were not allowed to use the words pop or idol in the title (Frank Farian... DialIdol is both the name of a computer program for Microsoft Windows and its associated website that began tracking contestants during the fourth season of American Idol, but sprang to prominence at the start of the fifth season. ... Idol Camp Idol Camp is a performing arts summer camp held annually in Northfield, Massachusetts on one of Northfield Mount Hermon Schools campuses starting in mid 2007. ... Countries that have their own versions of an Idol series. ... Idol Gives Back is the name of a charitable campaign that spanned two episodes of American Idol. ... Indian Idol is a popular television show on Indian television, a singing talent contest to determine the best undiscovered young singer in the country. ... Latin American Idol is a reality television series on the Sony Entertainment Television network based on the popular Pop Idol. ... The United States is home to a wide array of regional styles and scenes. ... Malaysian Idol is the Malaysian version of the Idol Series that started in UK, similar to shows such as UKs Pop Idol and American Idol in the franchise. ... Music competitions are public events designed to identify and award outstanding musical performers. ... Nouvelle Star (a. ... NZ Idol, more commonly known as New Zealand Idol, is the New Zealand version of the Idol series originated as the hit British TV series Pop Idol. ... Kochav Nolad ([A] Star [is] Born) is the Israeli version of the TV show Pop Idol. ... Objetivo Fama (sometimes abbreviated as OF, Spanish for Goal Fame) is a Puerto Rican singing talent contest that has been on air for over 5 years on WLII, the Univision outlet in Puerto Rico; and on Telefutura in the mainland United States. ... One in a Million is Malaysias first ever reality singing competition to offer a RM 1,000,000 prize to the winner. ... For Associated Broadcasting Companys former Idol franchise, see Philippine Idol. ... This article is about the British television series. ... Star Search is a television show from 1983 to 1995 hosted by Ed McMahon, which also appeared as a remake in 2003-2004. ... The WBs Superstar USA was a television show that spoofed the popular show American Idol. ... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ... Ted Mack (February 12, 1904, Greeley, Colorado) - July 12, 1976, North Tarrytown, New York), born William Edward Maguiness, was the host of Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour radio and television. ... The Original Amateur Hour was an American television program from the mediums early days. ... X Factor may refer to: X-Factor for the comic book superheroes owned and published by Marvel Comics The X Factor (album) for the 1995 album by Iron Maiden The X Factor (television series) for British singing talent search television series, also franchised to Australia ... Location of different versions of Star Academy Star Academy is a highly successful television show format produced by Endemol, that has been broadcasted in over 50 countries. ... Youre A Star is a singing contest in Ireland, created by Screentime ShinAwiL and Radio Telefís Éireann. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Top 24 finalists named; rejects may be restricted by Idol’s contract
  2. ^ (2007-03-18). 60 Minutes [TV]. New York: CBS. Retrieved on 2007-12-31.
  3. ^ From Justin to Kelly (2003) - Box office / business
  4. ^ "Kristin Holt, who was a semifinalist on Fox TV's hit show "American Idol" last summer, will be back for the talent-search show's second edition -- as a host. Fox has announced that the toothy former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader has been selected to join Ryan Seacrest as "Idol" co-host. She replaces Brian Dunkleman. Holt, a Texas native, returned home after not making the final 10. After hearing that the show was still without a co-host for Seacrest, she says she decided to give the producers a call. "I said, 'I know you're looking for a new co-host, so since I can't be the American Idol, can I have a job?'" She says she sees her role on the show as more than "just saying 'Welcome back to American Idol,'" "I can be there to give advice, or be a shoulder to cry on," she says.: Reality TV World quoted from FOX press announcement
  5. ^ American Idol Outrage: Your Vote Doesn't Count
  6. ^ "It's Going to be a Very Strong Season, I Think": An Interview with American Idol Producer Nigel Lythgoe
  7. ^ 205 Flava claims secret payoffs to 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard
  8. ^ Ruben Studdard settles lawsuit against Birmingham jersey-maker 205 Flava
  9. ^ After probe, Paula Abdul to remain on 'Idol' MSNBC.com
  10. ^ [1], Retrieved on 2007-05-28
  11. ^ [2], Retrieved on 2007-05-28
  12. ^ http://www.americanidol.com/archive/season3/showinfo/rules.htm
  13. ^ http://www.americanidol.com/archive/season3/showinfo/audition71404.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.americanidol.com/archive/season4/showinfo/rules_721.htm
  15. ^ http://www.americanidol.com/archive/season4/showinfo/ai5_release.pdf
  16. ^ Deep in the bowels of J Records. Gray Charles: The Official Taylor Hicks Weblog (2006-09-29). Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  17. ^ Telescope Inc
  18. ^ Daughtry News + Blog | The Official Daughtry Site
  19. ^ == 'Idol' Death Star Returns - Premiere ratings build on last year's ginormous numbers. tv.zap2it.com (2007-01-17). Retrieved on 2007-01-17.
  20. ^ Usmagazine.com | Buh-Bye-Ya, Sanjaya!
  21. ^ Yahoo! Buzz
  22. ^ Netscape Celebrity
  23. ^ Moldova.org - Music - News - “American Idol” season 7 Auditions begin July 30 in San Diego
  24. ^ ''Idol'' producer: ''We made mistakes'' | American Idol | TCA Press Tour | TV | Entertainment Weekly
  25. ^ Pitt Stop in Hollywood for Idol Gives Back?, E! Online, 2008-03-31, Retrieved on 2007-04-03.
  26. ^ Idol Charities Still Waiting For Funds, The NonProfit Times, 2008-06-01, Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  27. ^ Fox Breaks Prime-Time Pricing Record
  28. ^ Paula Abdul Fakes Drinking her Coke on American Idol
  29. ^ a b c Re the official American Idol website
  30. ^ Elton John Says 'American Idol' Vote Is 'Racist', Reuters via Yahoo.com, 2004-04-28, Retrieved on 2007-03-02.
  31. ^ American Idol voting, Votefair.org, Retrieved on 2007-03-02.
  32. ^ Vote for the Worst
  33. ^ Dial Idol
  34. ^ Michael Johns American Idol
  35. ^ Kristy Lee Signs In Triplicate with Arista, Britney, and BMI. BMI News (2001-08-07).
  36. ^ Former Britney Flame Headed to Hollywood on American Idol - Fall TV Watch
  37. ^ "Underwood most popular "Idol," Castro overrated", Reuters, 2008-05-19. 
  38. ^ American Idol does not have a ranking for the 2001-2002 season because it aired in the summer of 2002. If it had aired within the official 2001-2002 U.S. television season, the Wednesday results show would have ranked #25 and the Tuesday performance show would have ranked #30, assuming it would have had the same rating as it did in the summer.
  39. ^ "Reality TV World: Ratings: ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' finale hits summer highs not seen since 'Idol'", July 10, 2005. 
  40. ^ "Cincinnati Enquirer: Television networks face reality check", May 25, 2003. 
  41. ^ Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2004 television season
  42. ^ Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2005 television season
  43. ^ Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2006 television season
  44. ^ Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2007 television season
  45. ^ 'Idol' Finale Audience Tops 30 Million
  46. ^ Ratings Wrapup: CBS and FOX Win, Again
  47. ^ ‘Idol’ Takes Skinny Ratings Dip
  48. ^ 'Idol' showdown brings ratings win
  49. ^ 'Idol' finale matches last year
  50. ^ Nine of the top 20 shows in 2007-2008 were reality; Idol’s performance show takes #1
  51. ^ a b Carter, Bill. "For Fox’s Rivals, ‘American Idol’ Remains a ‘Schoolyard Bully’", The New York Times, 2007-02-20. Retrieved on 2008-03-13. "If any of Fox’s rivals had hopes that this year might signal some hint that the monster — NBC favors the term Death Star — would finally betray some sign of weakness, those hopes were dispelled in just a week." 
  52. ^ Bauder, David. "'Idol' Attracts More Than 32M Viewers", The Associated Press, 2007-01-30. Retrieved on 2008-03-13. "Rival television executives not-so-fondly refer to Fox's American Idol as the 'death star.'" 
  53. ^ 'Idol' finale ratings down 19 percent
  54. ^ 'Idol,' 'Lost' finish strong, but down from 2006
  55. ^ Update: Fox Pleased Despite 'Idol' Ratings Dip
  56. ^ Ominous signs for American Idol
  57. ^ http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/pid=835
  58. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-bk-idol020708,0,5093676.story

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