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  • 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.
  • David Archuleta, 'Diana Degarmo' and Jordin Sparks are the three youngest contestants to make the Final Two.
  • On July 12, 2012, Tyler announced he will not return as a judge on "American Idol".
  • Tamyra Gray co-wrote the winning single for Season 3.
  • Season 5 is the most successful season with all of the Top 10 contestants getting record deals, plus a few other semifinalists getting deals.
  • Season One is the only season to have a Top 10, every season after that had a Top 12. Season Eight is the first season to feature a Top 13.
  • Two brothers from Denver named Jimmy and Scott Osterman were among the hopefuls at the "American Idol 2" tryouts in Austin, Texas. Their audition, which included a cringe-making version of Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract", had judge Simon Cowell about to deliver a scathing putdown when the pair revealed themselves to be Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly in disguise and that Cowell was the victim of a practical joke for their show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002). McPartlin and Donnelly are also the hosts of Pop Idol (2001) the original British show from which "American Idol" is adapted, and for which Cowell also serves as a judge.
  • Season 5 is the season with the highest ratings, being number one almost every week, becoming the most watched show during the 2005-2006 TV season.
  • Top 12 Rankings (2005):
    • Winner: Carrie Underwood,


    • 2nd place: Bo Bice,


    • 3rd place: Vonzell Solomon,


    • 4th place: Anthony Federov,


    • 5th place: Scott Savol,


    • 6th place: Constantine Maroulis,


    • 7th place: Anwar Robinson,


    • 8th place: Nadia Turner,


    • 9th place: Nikko Smith,


    • 10th place: Jessica Sierra,


    • 11th place: Mikalah Gordon,


    • 12th place: Lindsey Cardinale


  • 2.96 billion votes have been cast from Season 1 through Season 7.
  • To date (2009), Kris Allen, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino are the only three contestants to win after being in Bottom Two or Bottom Three on an elimination show.
  • Top 12 Rankings (2004):
    • Winner: Fantasia Barrino,


    • 2nd place: Diana DeGarmo,


    • 3rd place: Jasmine Trias,


    • 4th place: La Toya London,


    • 5th place: George Huff,


    • 6th place: John Stevens,


    • 7th place: Jennifer Hudson,


    • 8th place: Jon Peter Lewis,


    • 9th place: Camile Velasco,


    • 10th place: Amy Adams,


    • 11th place: Matthew Rogers,


    • 12th place: Leah LaBelle


  • At the Miami auditions during the second season, a young man named Edgar Nova was rejected after delivering an off-key rendition of Enrique Iglesias' "My Love". Despite this, he re-entered the tryout line, telling other hopefuls that the judges had asked him to do so. Security was called to escort Nova from the audition venue. Undaunted, Nova flew to Los Angeles at his own expense and appeared at the tryouts there, sporting a different hairstyle in hopes that the judges would not recognize him. They did, but they allowed him another audition, after which he was rejected yet again.
  • The "Kieran" Ryan Seacrest always says to "dim the lights" during the results shows on American Idol (2002) is Kieran Healy (credited on the show as being the "Lighting Designer").
  • Top 12 Rankings (2007):
    • Winner: Jordin Sparks,


    • 2nd place: Blake Lewis,


    • 3rd place: Melinda Doolittle,


    • 4th place: Lakisha Jones,


    • 5th place: Chris Richardson,


    • 6th place: Phil Stacey,


    • 7th place: Sanjaya Malakar,


    • 8th place: Haley Scarnato,


    • 9th place: Gina Glocksen,


    • 10th place: Chris Sligh,


    • 11th place: Stephanie Edwards,


    • 12th place: Brandon Rogers


  • Top 12 Rankings (2008):
    • Winner: David Cook


    • 2nd place: David Archuleta


    • 3rd place: Syesha Mercado


    • 4th place: Jason Castro


    • 5th place: Brooke White


    • 6th place: Carly Smithson


    • 7th place: Kristy Lee Cook


    • 8th place: Michael Johns


    • 9th place: Ramiele Malubay


    • 10th place: Chikezie


    • 11th place: Amanda Overmyer


    • 12th place: David Hernandez


  • On May 11, 2015,Fox announced the fifteenth season will be the show's last season.
  • At the Las Vegas auditions during Season 4, Joseph Land entered the audition room and claimed that he was 28 years old, the maximum age allowed for the competition. All the judges, however, were skeptical of Land's claim, because he appeared to be much older than 28. The chyron graphics displaying his stats even showed his age as "28" (including the quote marks). After his audition received unanimous negative feedback from the judges, Land finally admitted to being 44 years old.
  • Angie Martinez joined the show as a judge in the second season. But Martinez quit after five days and released a statement saying "it became too uncomfortable for me to tell someone else to give up on their dream."
  • Nikki McKibbin from Season 1 and Syesha Mercado from Season 7 have both tied for most times appearing in the Bottom 3 (six times). They both placed 3rd on the show.
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