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Star Search is a television show from 1983 to 1995 hosted by Ed McMahon, which also appeared as a remake in 2003-2004. The show was originally filmed at the old Earl Carroll Theatre at 6230 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and later at the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Star_Search. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Edward Ed Peter Leo McMahon, Jr. ... Earl Carroll Theatre, New York City, 1922 The Earl Carroll Theatre was the name of two major theatres, one on Broadway in New York City and the other on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, owned by Broadway impresario and showman Earl Carroll. ... ... Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. The third park to open at the resort, it debuted on May 1, 1989. ...


Rules of Original Star Search

During the course of the show, several contestants competed in several genres of entertainment. While categories were added and removed from season to season, the six basic ones stuck with the show for the duration of the series. They were:

  • Male Vocalist
  • Female Vocalist
  • Young Performer
  • Vocal Group
  • Fashion Models
  • Comedy

Potential contestants must try out to be on the show. If selected, they will compete. In each category, two people compete, a champion and a challenger. The challenger gets the advantage of performing their act first, the champion performs their act second.

All acts are judged by a panel of five judges, each judge can award an act from one to four stars (later changed to five stars). Once both acts are complete, Ed reveals the scores, best average wins. Note that only the four highest ratings are averaged to determin a contestant's final score. The lowest rating is excluded. Example: If four judges gave an act four stars, and the fifth judge gave the same act three stars, the three star rating is excluded. If there is a tie, a studio audience vote breaks the tie in which the results are revealed at the end of the show.

Any performer must win at least three matches in a row, to earn an entry into the next round of the competition. In later seasons, three match winners were automatically retired. In this case, two new performers compete in that category the following week.

The rules for the Quarter and Semi Final shows are the same as above, only random draw (or alphabetical order) determines who will perform first. Note that scores are never revealed in the Quarter or Semi Finals, and only the winners are announced.

The judges are removed for the Championship show, and the studio audience votes for the winners. Winners of Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Vocal Group, and Comedy are awarded $100,000 but unlike American Idol, no record contract was guaranteed. Only 3 Star Search winners from the early seasons secured recording contracts- Sawyer Brown, Sam Harris and Durell Coleman. The winner of the Fashion Model category is awarded $100,000 and a contract with a well known modeling agency. Winner of Young Performer wins $25,000.

In early seasons, before the three match limit rule was adopted, the grand champions were determined by how long a champion held their title. While it is believed that Sam Harris holds the record for longest championship, at 14 weeks in Season 1, Harris was actually defeated by singer Beau Williams on Harris' 14th attempt. This record is actually held by Singer Durell Coleman (1985) who won the $100,000 on Season 2 with 15 wins and no defeats. Sam Harris is an American pop and musical theatre recording artist as well as a television, stage and film actor. ...


In the wake of American Idol's success, Arsenio Hall hosted a new version of Star Search, which ran for two years: 2003 and 2004 on CBS, before ending up in reruns on cable channel GSN for one year from 2004 to 2005. This new version was judged by several people, including Ben Stein and Naomi Judd. It introduced "star" Loni Love. Dancer Nick Lazzarini (later the winner of Season 1 of So You Think You Can Dance) also appeared on the show. Arsenio Hall at the 1989 Emmy Awards Arsenio Hall (February 12, 1955) is an American comedian, talk show host, and actor. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Game Show Network (GSN) is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite channel dedicated to game shows and interactive television games. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born Jabba the Hut) is an Emmy Award-winning lesbian lawyer, law professor, actor, comedian, game show host and former White House speechwriter. ... Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd from the back cover of Why Not Me (1984). ... Loni Love is an American stand-up comedian and actress, whose most prominent role has been as a regular commentator on VH1s [[1]] and its followup shows. ... Nick Lazzarini was the winner of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dances 1st season. ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show and competition that is broadcast on the Fox Network, on Fox Japan, on CTV in Canada, on Living in United Kingdom and Ireland and on Network Ten in Australia. ...

The revival consisted of four series. For the first series, the categories were Adult and Junior Singer, Comedy, and Modeling. In series two and three, Modeling was replaced with Dance. In the final series, the Comedy category was scrapped altogether and only the singing and dancing categories remained.

For the first three series, two new competitors faced off. The three house judges, along with the one celebrity judge, gave each contestant a score on a scale from 1 to 5 stars, making a maximum studio score 20 stars. During each commercial break, the home audience went to www.cbs.com/star to rate the competitors who just performed. Each performer could earn up to another 20 stars from the home audience. When the scores were tallied, the higher scoring performer won. If the score was tied, then Arsenio would read off each performer's score rounded to the nearest hundredth (the at home score was initially rounded down to the nearest star, unless there was a tie). That performer would then go on to the next round of competition. The only real exception to this format during the first three series was that three people competed in the semi-final rounds, not two. After the first two series, a special, "Battle of the Best" show took place, where the two Adult Singer, Junior Singer, and Comedian Grand Champions (Modeling was only the first season, and Dance had only been around for one season) were brought back to face off for an additional $100,000.

For the fourth and final series, three contestants in Adult Singer, Junior Singer, and Dance were brought back to initially compete (Comedy was dropped, jokingly because Naomi gave many comics only one star). The three brought back in each category were not necessarily the Grand Champions of their series. The show scrapped the celebrity judge and had three house judges for the entire series: Naomi Judd, MC Lyte, and Matti Leshem (who tried to berate contestants as if he were Simon Cowell).

As in past series, two new contestants competed. With only three judges, 15 stars was possible, and ties were broken by a majority vote between the three. This is where the former contestants came in. Initially, in each category, these three performers made up the "Winner's Circle". The winning challenger then had the chance to challenge one of the three performers in his or her respective winner's circle. The winner's circle performer then had to beat or tie the bar set by the challenger- ties were automatically given to the Winner's Circle performer. If they couldn't beat the score, they were out of the competition, and the challenger took his or her place in the Winner's Circle.

Halfway through the series, the three performers in each Winner's Circle competed against each other in a special show. The winner in each category not only received a trip home, but a free pass to the final show. From then on, there were only two people who could be challenged in each Winner's Circle. In the final show, the three people in each Winner's Circle competed against each other for $100,000. This, along with the Free Pass show, were the only two shows which re-adopted the at-home voting concept.

  • The Adult Singer group was the only group to record a complete shutout. The three performers in the beginning were there in the end as well.
  • The free pass was equally important in the other two groups as well. In both the Dance and Junior Singer categories, not only did the free pass save the winner from being challenged in an ever-changing Winner's Circle, but they ended up winning their group finals (Junior Singer Mark Mejia and Dancer Jon Cruz).
  • Adult Singer and Series 1 champion Jake Simpson was challenged a record five times during his tenure in the Winner's Circle. He not only went a perfect 5-0, but he also won his group final. The only match he lost that entire season was the Winner's Circle Square-Off Special.

This remake lasted two years for the reason its counterpart "American Idol" becomes more popular than "Star Search" leading to its cancellation in April 2004.

Selected Star Search Winners

  • 1983 Sam Harris Male Vocalist Champion ( Season 1 )
  • 1985 Durell Coleman (singer) Male Vocalist Champion (Season 2)
  • 1986 Kenny James Male Vocalist Champion
  • 1986 Jenny Jones Comedy Champion
  • 1987 David Slater Male Vocalist Champion
  • 1988 Victor Trent Cook Male Vocalist Champion
  • 1988 Linda Eder Female Vocalist Champion
  • 1993 Tom Burns Male Vocalist Champion (Season 10)
  • 1995 Colleen Ford Junior Vocalist Champion (Season 12)

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Pop culture references

  • Some supporting characters in the movie Donnie Darko aspire to appear on Star Search.
  • This show was frequently referenced during the early years of the comic strip, FoxTrot.
  • The show appeared as the plotline of a Full House episode, where Joey (Dave Coulier) faced comedy writer and future film director Steve Oedekerk, who played himself.
  • The show was parodied on an episode of Drake and Josh, as Search for the Stars, where the teacher Mrs. Hayfer was attempting unsuccessful standup comedy.

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External links

  • Star Search at the National Film and Sound Archive

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