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American Idol

American Idol

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Photo Credit:  ABC
  • Premiered: 
    June 11, 2002
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • 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.
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On Monday, May 21, 2018 from 9-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape), ABC premiered the season finale of AMERICAN IDOL, featuring these performances:

- Bebe Rexha + Top 3 Finalists (Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Gabby Barrett): "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha
- Darius Rucker + Caleb Lee Hutchinson: "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker
- Gary Clark Jr. + Dennis Lorenzo + Cade Foehner: "Bright Lights" by Gary Clark Jr.
- Katy Perry + Catie Turner: "Part of Me" by Katy Perry
- Kermit the Frog + Maddie Poppe: "Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie"
- Layla and Dyxie Spring: "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes
- Lionel Richie + Top 10 Finalists: "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie
- Luke Bryan: "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" by Luke Bryan
- Luke Bryan + Gabby Barrett: "Most People Are Good" by Luke Bryan
- Nick Jonas + Mustard: "Anywhere" by Nick Jonas and Mustard
- Nick Jonas + Jurnee: "Jealous" by Nick Jonas
- Patti LaBelle + Ada Vox: "Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle
- Yolanda Adams with a choir of voices + Michael J. Woodard: "What the World Needs Now"
- Top 2 Finalists: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World"
- The winner of Season 1 of AMERICAN IDOL on ABC will sing his/her winner's single

A new season of AMERICAN IDOL is set to debut in 2019 on ABC.

Cast

Other Titles

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

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 19 Entertainment
  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America