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American Idol

American Idol

Photo Credit:  Michael Becker / FOX
  • 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. 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. 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); and Candice Glover (Season 12). 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. 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, returns as mentor to help shape the career of the competition's winner.
On November 6, 2017 ABC announced that AMERICAN IDOL will return to 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, as the Idol Bus traveled from Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. 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 will return as host.


Other Titles

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

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 19 Entertainment
  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America