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American Idol

American Idol

Photo Credit:  ABC
  • Premiered: 
    June 11, 2002
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the UK series Pop Idol 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: singing

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Plot Synopsis

In this reality talent show tens of thousand of contestants from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom and a chance to be on the show. Competing hopefuls sing their hearts out for a panel of expert industry judges and for the television audience. Viewers vote weekly for their favorite performers, eventually choosing a winner who receives a major recording contract and the AMERICAN IDOL title. Past winners Kelly Clarkson (Season 1); Ruben Studdard (Season 2); Fantasia Barrino (Season 3); Carrie Underwood (Season 4); Taylor Hicks (Season 5); Jordin Sparks (Season 6); David Cook (Season 7); Kris Allen (Season 8); Lee DeWyze (Season 9); Scotty McCreery (Season 10); Phillip Phillips (Season 11); Candice Glover (Season 12); Caleb Johnson (Season 13); Nick Fradiani (Season 14); and Trent Harmon (Season 15). Plus, IDOL has introduced fan-favorites Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry and Jessica Sanchez, who have all become household names and made their marks on the recording industry.

When FOX premiered Season 12 of IDOL on January 16, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT, three new judges -- Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban -- joined long-standing judge Randy Jackson to find America's next singing superstar.

AMERICAN IDOL returned for its 14th season for a two-night premiere on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 8-9pm ET/PT and Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 8-10pm ET/PT, with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. returning as judges and Ryan Seacrest again hosting. With long-time judge leaving his Season 13 role as Mentor, Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, will help shape the career of the competition's winner in Season 14 by being involved early on in the competition -- through the live shows, to the final winning moment and beyond.

Season 15 of AMERICAN IDOL premiered on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT on FOX as part of a two-night premiere event that continued on Thursday, January 7 from 8-10pm. For the show's fifteenth season, host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., pay tribute to the past 14 seasons, the talented contestants and the millions of fans who called, tweeted, texted and championed their IDOLS. The audition journey will feature auditions from Denver, CO; Little Rock, AR; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; and Atlanta, GA. Hopefuls from around the country will be given one last shot to sing for a ticket to Hollywood and become the final AMERICAN IDOL. Once again, Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, returned as mentor to help shape the career of the competition's winner.

AMERICAN IDOL returned to the airwaves on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 8-10pm ET/PT on its new home: ABC. The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country and searching for talented musicians from far and wide -- from garage band rockers to national anthem singers to caretakers -- who all have the same passion: a love for music. In the first audition episode, the show heads to New York, Los Angeles and Nashville where aspiring singers auditions for a chance to see if they have what it takes to earn the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood. Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation, are music industry forces and superstar judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Ryan Seacrest returned as host.

A new season of AMERICAN IDOL -- its second season on ABC and 17th overall -- premiered on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC. Returning this season to discover an all-new crop of inspiring singers are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as Ryan Seacrest as host. Famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones takes on the role of in-house mentor. In the season opener, viewers embark on a nation-wide journey starting with the shows' famed judge auditions in Louisville, Kentucky; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; and Denver, Colorado, where aspiring singers discover if they have what it takes to earn a coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.
On Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT, ABC premiered the season finale of AMERICAN IDOL. Following a cross-country search for the next singing sensation, IDOL rounds out its second season on ABC with an epic grand finale event, featuring IDOL's Top 3 contestants: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. For the first time in IDOL history, America's live coast-to-coast vote determines the winner, with all voting taking place during the show. The crowning moment is preceded by special performances from music legends, including IDOL's very own superstar judges, the return of fan-favorite contestants from the current season and a special visit by last season's winner, Maddie Poppe. Poppe's debut album, "Whirlwind," drops on Friday, May 17.

Grand finale performances include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Adam Lambert to perform his new single, "New Eyes," and "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Dimitrius Graham

- Carrie Underwood to make a special appearance during her Cry Pretty Tour 360 to perform her new hit single, "Southbound," live on the "Idol" stage

- Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry to perform "Con Calma"

- Dan + Shay to perform "All To Myself" and "Speechless" with Madison VanDenburg

- Jon Pardi to perform a medley of "Night Shift" and "Dirt On My Boots" with Laine Hardy

- Kane Brown to perform "Good As You" and "Lost in the Middle of Nowhere" with Alyssa Raghu

- Katy Perry to perform "Unconditionally" with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon

- Kool & The Gang to perform a medley of "Hollywood Swinging," "Ladies Night" and "Celebrate" with the Top 10

- Luke Bryan to perform "Knockin' Boots" and "Every Breath You Take" with Laci Kaye Booth

- Lionel Richie to perform "Dancing on the Ceiling" with the Top 10

- Montell Jordan to perform "This Is How We Do It" with Margie Mays and Austin Michael

- Viral sensation Shayy returns to perform "Rise Up"

- Weezer to perform a medley of "Africa," "Take On Me" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs


Other Titles

  • Also known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 19 Entertainment
  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America