American Idol

American Idol

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American Idol

American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. It had a hiatus for two years, until March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series aired on ABC.

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Also known as
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar
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Pop Idol
by Simon Fuller
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Directed by
  • Andy Scheer (2002)
  • Bruce Gowers (2003–06, 2008)
  • Ken Warwick (2007, 2011–12)
  • Bill DeRonde (2009, 2014–15)
  • Gregg Gelfand (2010, 2013)
  • Louis J. Horvitz (2014)
  • Phil Heyes (2015–16, 2018–)
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United States
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Original language
English
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No. of seasons
18
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PRODUCTION

Executive producer
  • Simon Fuller (2002–)
  • Cecile Frot-Coutaz (2002–2018)
  • Simon Jones (2002–03)
  • Nigel Lythgoe (2002–08, 2011–13, 2016 finale)
  • Ken Warwick (2002–13)
  • J. Brian Gadinsky (2002)
  • Charles Boyd (2009–16)
  • Trish Kinane (2013–)
  • Jesse Ignjatovic (2014)
  • Evan Prager (2014)
  • Per Blankens (2014-15)
  • David Hill (2015–16)
  • Megan Wolflick (2015–)
  • Jessica Castro (2016)
  • Jennifer Mullin (2018–)
  • Phil McIntyre (2018)
  • Chris Anokute (2019)
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Running time
22–104 minutes
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RELEASE

Original network
Fox (2002–16)
ABC (2018–)
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Original release
Fox
June 11, 2002 (2002-06-11) – April 7, 2016
ABC
March 11, 2018 – present
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CHRONOLOGY

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[on announcing the results] Ryan Seacrest: Dim the lights... and here we go.
  • David Cook holds the record for the most downloaded song from American Idol. His song "Time of My Life" has been downloaded more than 300,000 times.
  • Season 5 was the first season to use an actual song (Daniel Powter's "Bad Day") for an eliminated contestant's montage. All the earlier seasons were instrumental.
  • During the Atlanta tryouts of Season 3, a young woman named Kristen Powell, clad in a leotard and leg warmers, gave a tone-deaf and rhythm-less performance of "Flashdance", which the judges quickly rejected. Though Powell burst into tears and begged for the chance to be "synthesized" to look and sound like a star, it was revealed that she and LaMosa Rowell (her companion at the audition) were merely performing a stunt for a radio broadcast (which included an obscenity-laced tirade by Rowell, complete with angry posturings at the camera). LaMosa and Kristen were interns for the MJ Morning Show, a radio morning show based on 93.3 WFLZ-FM in Tampa, Florida. The show is also heard in Jacksonville, FL (on 97.9 Kiss FM) and St. Louis, MO (on Z107.7 FM). MJ's other American Idol activities included an "American Idiot" competition in which people submitted video tapes of themselves doing foolish things to compete for cash prizes.
  • Jordin Sparks is the youngest contestant to win on the show. Taylor Hicks is the oldest contestant to win.
  • Kelly Clarkson and Kris Allen are the only winners to not have their entire audition shown on television - while Kris had a clip of his shown, Kelly's was not shown at all.

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