American Idol
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Founding date

: 2002

Founding place

: United States


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  • American Idol is an American singing competition television series
  • It was created by Simon Fuller, and initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons
  • It had a hiatus for 2 years, until March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series aired on ABC
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Real name:American Idol: The Search for a Superstar
How old is American Idol in 2024? / Age: 21 years
Where was American Idol founded?United States

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  • Origin - American Idol is an American singing competition television series, which started off as an addition to the Idols format based on the British series Pop Idol, and became one of the most successful shows in the history of American television.
  • Original release - It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, ending on April 7, 2016, and subsequently March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series aired on ABC.
  • Concept of the series - Twelve American finalists (six men and six women) compete in a singing contest.
    It involves discovering recording stars from unsigned singing talents, with the winner determined by the viewers in America through telephones, Internet, and SMS text voting.
  • Winners  - The winners chosen by viewers in the first eighteen seasons were: Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Trent Harmon, Maddie Poppe, Laine Hardy, and Just Sam respectively.
  • Judges - American Idol employed a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances.
    The original judges were record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul and music executive and manager Simon Cowell.
    The judging panel for the final seasons consisted of country singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and jazz singer Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Hosts - The first season was hosted by radio personality Ryan Seacrest and comedian Brian Dunkleman, with Seacrest as the sole master of ceremonies for the rest of the series.
  • Success rate - The success of American Idol has been described as "unparalleled in broadcasting history".
    For an unprecedented eight consecutive years, from the 2003–04 television season through the 2010–11 season, either its performance or result show had been ranked number one in US television ratings.
  • Springboard for launching artists - It became a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars.
    In its first ten years, American Idol has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks, while remaining a TV ratings juggernaut.
    The most notable examples are Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.
    The most successful winner by far, Carrie Underwood has released six studio albums and won seven Grammy Awards, 8 CMA Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards and 12 ACM Awards.
    Jennifer Hudson, on the recommendation of the Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd, won a role in Dreamgirls and subsequently received an Academy Award for her performance.
  • Controversy - The show was criticized in earlier seasons over the onerous contract contestants had to sign that gave excessive control to 19 Entertainment over their future careers, and handed a large part of their future earnings to the management.
    Individual contestants have generated controversy in this competition for their past actions, or for being 'ringers' planted by the producers.
    A number of contestants have been disqualified for various reasons, such as for having an existing contract or undisclosed criminal record, although the show has also been accused of a double standard for disqualifying some but not others.
    Voting results have also been a consistent source of controversy.
  • Revenue - The dominance of American Idol in the ratings had made it the most profitable show in U.S. TV for many years.
    The show was estimated to generate $900 million for the year 2004 through sales of TV ads, albums, merchandise and concert tickets.
    By the seventh season, the show was estimated to earn around $900 million from its ad revenue alone, not including ancillary sponsorship deals and other income.
    One estimate puts the total TV revenue for the first eight seasons of American at $6.4 billion.
  • Charity - Idol Gives Back was a special charity event started in season six featuring performances by celebrities and various fund-raising initiatives. This event was also held in seasons seven and nine and has raised nearly $185 million in total.
  • International success - American Idol is broadcast to over 100 nations worldwide.
  • Social media stats as of May 2020:
    • 2M followers on Twitter
    • 2.55M subscribers on YouTube
    • 15.6M followers on Facebook
    • 1.3M followers on Instagram
    • 210.3K followers on TikTok

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