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American Idol
For current information on this topic, see American Idol (season 8).
Running time American Idol Production company(s) Distributor Broadcast Original channel Picture format American Idol logo Format Created by Directed by Interactive talent show Reality Simon Fuller John Pritchett (live shows, 2008) Bruce Gowers (live shows, 2002-2008, 2009) Nigel Lythgoe (audition shows, 2002-2008) Ken Warwick, Gregg Gelfland (audition shows) Ryan Seacrest Brian Dunkleman (2002) Simon Cowell Paula Abdul Randy Jackson Kara DioGuardi (season 8) United States 8 301 (List of episodes) Original run External links Official website FOX 480i (NTSC), 720p (HDTV) (since 2006) June 11, 2002 – Present Television City Finale: Nokia Theatre Varies. Anywhere from 1/2 an hour - 2 Hours FremantleMedia North America 19 Television, Syco FremantleMedia Enterprises

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Country of origin No. of seasons No. of episodes Production Executive producer(s) Location(s)

Nigel Lythgoe (2002-2008) Ken Warwick Cecile Frot-Coutaz Initial auditions: Various Hollywood auditions: Kodak Theatre Hollywood Semi-finals and finals: CBS

American Idol (previously titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar in the first season) is a reality competition to find new solo musical talent, created by Simon Fuller. It debuted on June 11, 2002, and has since become one of the most popular shows on American television. Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spinoff from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller and first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom. The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nation-wide auditions. The American public decides the outcomes of the later stages through phone voting. The judges give critiques of the contestants’ performances: Grammy award -winning record producer and music manager Randy Jackson; Grammy award-winning pop singer and Emmy awardwinning choreographer Paula Abdul; awardwinning music executive and music manager Simon Cowell; and Grammy award-nominated singer-songwriter and record producer Kara DioGuardi. The format originally featured three judges with DioGuardi added in the eighth season. The show is hosted by television personality Ryan Seacrest. Comedian Brian

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Dunkleman co-hosted with Seacrest during the first season. The American Idol band is led by Rickey Minor. The show usually airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the United States and Canada, Wednesday and Thursday nights in Australia and Asia, Thursday and Friday nights on digital television in the United Kingdom and Friday and Saturday nights in Israel.

American Idol

Seasons 1–3
In the first three seasons, the semifinalists were randomly split into different groups. Each contestant would then sing in their respective group’s night. In season one, there were three separate groups and the top three contestants from each group made it to the finals. In seasons two and three, there were four groups of eight and the top two contestants moved on to the finals. The first three seasons each featured a wildcard show. Contestants who failed to make it to the finals were invited back to perform for another chance at a spot in the finals. In season one, only one wildcard contestant was chosen by the judges. However, in seasons two and three, each judge championed one contestant and the public advanced a fourth into the finals. In the second season, a few hopefuls who had failed to make the semifinals were selected by the judges to compete. In the third season, the judges eliminated four contestants from the wildcard round before they had the opportunity to sing.

Selection process
Initial auditions
Before contestants get the chance to see the show’s judges, they go through two rigorous sets of cuts. The first is a brief audition with three other contestants in front of one or two of the show’s producers. Contestants are then either sent through to the next round of producers or asked to leave. Out of the thousands of people who show up to audition, only about 100–200 contestants in each city make it past this round. The remaining contestants audition in front of the four American Idol judges, and those who advance are sent to Hollywood.

Seasons 4–7
From seasons four to seven, the semifinals were cut down to twenty-four contestants who were divided by gender in order to ensure an equal division in the top twelve. The men and women sang on sequential nights and the bottom two in both groups were eliminated each week until only twelve finalists were left.

Hollywood
Once in Hollywood, the contestants perform on different days, with eliminations by the judges on each day. During the first six seasons, contestants selected a song from a list to sing for the first round. For the next round, the contestants split themselves into small groups and performed a song together. In the final round, the contestants performed a song of their choice a cappella. In the seventh season, the structure of the Hollywood auditions was revamped and the musical group round was eliminated. Instead, contestants sang alone on the first day. If the judges felt the performance was adequate, the contestant moved on to the final Hollywood round; otherwise, the contestant had one more chance to impress the judges before the final round. For the first time, contestants were able to perform with a musical instrument if they had the ability.

Season 8
In season eight, there were thirty-six semifinalists. For three consecutive Tuesdays, twelve different semifinalists performed each night in the hopes of moving on to the finals. The three semifinalists with the highest number of votes—one male, one female, and the next top vote getter—advanced to the finals. The wild card round also returned, with the judges choosing three previously eliminated contestants to advance to the finals. Notably, this year they chose 4 people in the wild card instead of three, making it a final 13 instead of a final 12.

Semifinals

Finals
The finals are broadcast live in prime time from CBS Television City in Los Angeles, in front of a live studio audience. The finals

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lasted for eight weeks in season one and eleven weeks in subsequent seasons. Each finalist performs a song or songs selected from a weekly theme. During the first few weeks, contestants sing one song each. The top four and five contestants must sing two songs apiece. The top three perform three songs apiece. Themes are based on a musical genre, songs recorded by particular artists, or Billboard #1 hits. In the past, themes have included Motown, disco, and big band music, as well as music by such artists as Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley. Contestants usually work with a celebrity mentor during each week. Following each performance episode, a results show airs that reveals the breakdown of the voting public’s decision. The most popular contestants are not typically revealed, though they have been on occasion. The three contestants (two in later rounds) who received the lowest number of votes are typically called to the center of the stage. From the bottom three, one contestant is sent to safety so that two contestants remain (although these are not necessarily the two contestants with the lowest votes[1]) and finally the contestant who received the lowest amount of votes is eliminated from the competition. During Season 8, the judges are given the ability to perform a "save" if they feel like the voting audience made a mistake. If they reach a unanimous decision, they can save the contestant for another week, but the following week will eliminate 2 people, and the person saved can not be saved again. Once the contestants get to the top 5, the save can no longer be used. When a contestant is voted off of the show, a montage of the contestant’s experience is played and they give their final performance. In the finale, the two remaining contestants perform and one remaining contestant is declared the winner. For the first six seasons, the finale was broadcast from the Kodak Theatre, which holds an audience of approximately 3,400. For season seven, the venue was changed to the Nokia Theatre, which holds an audience of over 7,000. The winner is announced at the end of the following results show. The winner receives a one million (US) dollar record deal with a major label, and is

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managed by American Idol-related 19 Management. In some cases, other finalists have also been signed by the show’s management company (who has first option to sign contestants) and received record deals with its major label partner.

Season synopses
Overview
Fox, along with other networks, initially rejected American Idol. However, Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox’s parent company, was persuaded to buy the show by his daughter Elisabeth who was a fan of the British version.[2] Through word-of-mouth generated by the appeal of its contestants and the presence of acid-tongued British judge Simon Cowell, the show grew into a phenomenon. It was recently picked up for its ninth season by FOX.[3]

Season 1
Contestants Season 1 (2002) Kelly Clarkson Justin Guarini Nikki McKibbin Tamyra Gray R. J. Helton Christina Christian Ryan Starr A.J. Gil Jim Verraros EJay Day Season 2 (2003) Ruben Studdard Clay Aiken Kimberley Locke Josh Gracin Trenyce Carmen Rasmusen Kimberly Caldwell Rickey Smith Corey Clark Winner May 21 May 14 May 7 April 30 April 23 April 16 April 9 Disqualified April 2 Winner September 4 August 28 August 21 August 14 August 7 July 31 July 24 July 17

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Julia DeMato Charles Grigsby Vanessa Olivarez Season 3 (2004) Fantasia Barrino Diana DeGarmo Jasmine Trias LaToya London George Huff John Stevens Jennifer Hudson Jon Peter Lewis Camile Velasco Amy Adams Matthew Rogers Leah LaBelle Season 4 (2005) Carrie Underwood Bo Bice Vonzell Solomon Anthony Fedorov Scott Savol Constantine Maroulis Anwar Robinson Nadia Turner Nikko Smith Jessica Sierra Mikalah Gordon Lindsey Cardinale Season 5 (2006) Taylor Hicks Katharine McPhee Elliott Yamin Chris Daughtry Paris Bennett Kellie Pickler Ace Young Bucky Covington Mandisa Lisa Tucker Kevin Covais Winner May 24 May 17 May 10 May 3 April 26 April 19 April 12 April 5 March 29 March 22 Winner May 25 May 18 May 11 May 4 April 27 April 20 April 13 April 6 March 30 March 24 March 16 Winner May 26 May 19 May 12 May 5 April 28 April 21 April 15 April 7 March 31 March 24 March 17 March 26 March 19 March 12 Melissa McGhee Season 6 (2007) Jordin Sparks Blake Lewis Melinda Doolittle LaKisha Jones Chris Richardson Phil Stacey Sanjaya Malakar Haley Scarnato Gina Glocksen Chris Sligh Stephanie Edwards Brandon Rogers Season 7 (2008) David Cook David Archuleta Syesha Mercado Jason Castro Brooke White Carly Smithson Kristy Lee Cook Michael Johns Ramiele Malubay Chikezie Amanda Overmyer David Hernandez Season 8 (2009) Kris Allen Adam Lambert Danny Gokey Allison Iraheta Matt Giraud Anoop Desai Lil Rounds Scott MacIntyre Megan Joy Michael Sarver Alexis Grace Jorge Núñez Jasmine Murray

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March 15 Winner May 23 May 16 May 9 May 2 April 18 April 11 April 4 March 28 March 21 March 14 Winner May 21 May 14 May 7 April 30 April 23 April 16 April 10 April 2 March 26 March 19 March 12

May 13 May 6 April 29 April 22 April 8 April 1 March 26 March 18 March 11

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The first season of American Idol debuted without hype as a summer replacement show in June 2002 on the Fox network. It was cohosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. The show ran for 13 weeks from June–September. An estimated 50 million people watched the finale in September 2002. The winner, Kelly Clarkson, signed with RCA Records, the label in partnership with American Idol’s 19 Management. Immediately post-finale, Clarkson released two singles, including the coronation song, "A Moment Like This". Clarkson has since released three successful albums—Thankful, Breakaway, and My December. Her fourth album All I Ever Wanted was released on March 10, 2009. Clarkson was the first contestant ever to win a Grammy and has gone on to receive several awards and sell over 20 million records worldwide. She is the only contestant to have two number one albums, have two number one singles on The Billboard Hot 100, and the first contestant to have a non-related Idol single to peak at number one. Runner-up Justin Guarini also signed with RCA Records, eventually debuting an album in 2003 after the conclusion of season 2. RCA dropped him shortly after its debut. Guarini went on to form his own entertainment company and independently produced a jazz album in 2005, and is a host/commentator for the TV Guide Network. In addition to Clarkson and Guarini, also signed were Nikki McKibbin (3rd), Tamyra Gray (4th), R. J. Helton (5th), and Christina Christian (6th). Tamyra Gray was signed, but was dropped before releasing an album. She then signed with Idol creator Simon Fuller’s new label 19 Entertainment, released her debut album in 2004, and was dropped from that label in 2005. The show inspired a 2003 musical film, From Justin to Kelly, featuring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini. The musical love story, produced by Idol’s Simon Fuller, was filmed in Miami, Florida over a period of six weeks shortly after the season ended. Released several months later in June 2003, the film failed to make back its budget during its short run in theaters, and is often ranked among the worst movies ever made. Starting September 30, 2006, the first season of American Idol was repackaged as

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"American Idol Rewind" and syndicated directly to stations in the US. Date July 17 July 24 July 31 Bottom Three EJay Day A.J. Gil Ryan Starr (2) Christina Christian (2) Jim Verraros Ryan Starr Justin Guarini R. J. Helton Nikki McKibbin Christina Christian Nikki McKibbin (2) Nikki McKibbin (3)

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Bottom Two August 14 R. J. Helton (2) Tamyra Gray Nikki McKibbin (4) Nikki McKibbin (5)

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Final Three August 28 Nikki McKibbin (6) Justin Guarini (2) Kelly Clarkson

September 4

Season 2
Following the success of season 1, the second season was moved up to air in January 2003. The number of episodes increased, as did the show’s budget and the charge for commercial spots. Dunkleman left the show, and Seacrest surfaced as the lone host. Kristin Holt was originally announced to be added as a cohost,[4] but upon airing, her role was reduced to special correspondent. This time, Ruben Studdard emerged as the winner, with Clay Aiken as runner-up. Out of 24 million votes recorded, Studdard finished 130,000 votes ahead of Aiken. There was discussion in the communication industry about the phone system being overloaded, and that more than 150 million votes were dropped, making the voting suspect.[5] Since then, the voting methods have been modified to avoid this problem.

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In an interview prior to season 5, a statement by executive producer Nigel Lythgoe suggested that Aiken had led the fan voting from the wildcard week onward until the finale.[6] Aiken became the first non-winning contestant to have a U.S. Hot 100 numberone with "This Is the Night". In addition to Studdard and Aiken, Kimberley Locke (3rd), Josh Gracin (4th), and Carmen Rasmusen (6th) have signed with various record labels. The show caused controversy when contestant Frenchie Davis was disqualified from the competition when topless photos of her surfaced on the Internet. Shortly afterwards, she landed a role in the Broadway musical Rent, and continues to work on Broadway. Also, after the end of the contest, Studdard sued 205 Flava, Inc. for $2 million for using his image for promotional purposes. Flava responded by alleging that Studdard had accepted over $10,000 in return for wearing 205 shirts, and produced eight cashed checks to validate their claim. The case was settled out of court.[7] In 2005, contestant Corey Clark (whom producers disqualified because he had not disclosed a police record) alleged that he and judge Paula Abdul had an affair while he was on the show and that this contributed to his removal. Clark also alleged that Abdul gave him preferential treatment on the show due to this affair. A subsequent investigation by an independent counsel hired by Fox "could not corroborate the evidence or allegations provided by Mr. Clark or any witnesses".[8] American Idol Rewind started re-airing this season in the fall of 2007. Date March 11 March 18 March 25 Bottom Three Vanessa Olivarez Charles Grigsby Julia DeMato (3) Corey Clark (disqualified) April 11 Carmen Rasmusen Trenyce Julia DeMato Corey Clark Kimberly Caldwell

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April 8 April 15 April 22

Rickey Smith (2) Kimberly Caldwell (3) Carmen Rasmusen (3) Bottom Two

Kimberly Caldwell (2) Carmen Rasmusen (2) Josh Gracin

Kimberley Locke (3) Trenyce (2) Trenyce (3)

April 29 May 6

Trenyce (4) Josh Gracin (2) Final Three

Ruben Studdard Kimberley Locke (4)

May 13 May 20
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Kimberley Locke (5) Clay Aiken Ruben Studdard (1)

Neither of the bottom 2 were eliminated on the April 1 results show due to the disqualification of Corey Clark.

Season 3

The third season premiered on January 19, 2004. By the end of its third season, the network profited more than $260,000,000.[9] The winner was Fantasia Barrino, later known simply as "Fantasia," and the runnerup was Diana DeGarmo. The third season was also shown in Australia on Network Ten about half a week after episodes were shown in the U.S. In May 2005, Telescope announced that the third season had a total of approximately 360 million votes. Kimberley The early part of the season introduced Locke William Hung, a UC Berkeley student, who received widespread attention following his Julia off-key rendition of Ricky Martin’s "She DeMato Bangs." His performance, as well as his posit(2) ive attitude facing Cowell’s criticisms, landed Rickey him a record deal with Koch Entertainment Smith and made him over $500,000 in record sales. During the season, controversy over the legitimacy of the contest increased as rocker Jon Peter Lewis and young crooner John Kimberley Stevens stayed afloat while others, such as Locke (2) Jennifer Hudson, were unexpectedly eliminated. Jasmine Trias, despite negative comments from Simon Cowell over her later

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performances, survived elimination and took the third spot over LaToya London. Over 65 million votes were cast on the night of the finale, more than the first two seasons combined. Fantasia was crowned the winner over runner-up Diana DeGarmo and released her first single in June 2004 on the RCA record label. The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #1, making Fantasia the first artist in the history of Billboard to debut at number one with their first single, and remained there for one week. Fantasia’s debut singleI Believe has been certified double platinum by the CRIA and received 3 Billboard Music Awards. DeGarmo was also signed to RCA. However, the sales of her debut album Blue Skies suffered partly from a lack of promotion and she eventually asked to be released from her contract. Since then, she has played different roles on Broadway. She also appeared as a contestant on the first season of CMT’s reality show Gone Country. In addition to Fantasia and DeGarmo, Jasmine Trias, LaToya London, George Huff, Jennifer Hudson, and Camile Velasco have released albums since the season ended. Hudson has also received praise for her acting in Dreamgirls (for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), Sex and the City, and The Secret Life of Bees. Jon Peter Lewis advanced to the top 12 after receiving the majority of the public vote but it is unclear whether the highest vote recipient was already picked by one of the judges as Jon Peter Lewis was told he had made the top 12 after the Judges had revealed their picks. Date March 17 March 24 March 31 April 7 April 15 Bottom Three Leah LaBelle Matthew Rogers Amy Adams (2) Camile Velasco (2) Jon Peter Lewis Jennifer Hudson Camile Velasco Jennifer Hudson (2) Jasmine Trias John Stevens Amy Adams Diana DeGarmo La Toya London Diana DeGarmo (2) Diana DeGarmo (3)

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April 21 April 28

Jennifer Hudson (3) John Stevens (2)

Fantasia Barrino George Huff

La Toya London (2) Jasmine Trias (2)

Bottom Two May 5 May 12 George Huff (2) La Toya London (3) Jasmine Trias (3) Fantasia Barrino (2)

Final Three May 19 May 26 Jasmine Trias (4) Diana DeGarmo (4) Fantasia Barrino (2)

Season 4
The fourth season premiered on January 18, 2005. The age limit was raised to 28 in this season to increase the variety of contestants. [10][11] Among those who benefited from this new rule were Constantine Maroulis and Bo Bice, considered to be the eldest and most experienced of the season’s contestants. They were also constantly mentioned by Seacrest and in the media as "the two rockers", since their long hair and choice of rock songs made them stand out from conventional Idol standards. The presence of more rockoriented contestants continued with Chris Daughtry in Season 5, who was inspired to audition for the show by Bice. In May 2005, Telescope announced that the fourth season had a total of approximately 500 million votes. This season also implemented new rules for the final portion of the contest. Instead of competing in semi-final heats in which the top vote-getters are promoted to the final round, 24 semi-finalists were named; 12 men and 12 women, who competed separately, with two of each gender being voted off each week until 12 finalists were left. This was in response to season 3 results, which produced a Top 12 of eight women and just four men. The winner was Carrie Underwood, a country singer. Underwood’s first single, "Inside Your Heaven", debuted at #1 on the

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Billboard Hot 100 on June 14, 2005 and had first-week sales of 170,000 copies. One week later, runner-up Bo Bice released his version of the song, which debuted at #2. On November 15, 2005, Underwood released her debut album, Some Hearts, which both debuted and peaked at #2 on Billboard. On February 11, 2007, Underwood became the first winner of American Idol to sweep all three major music awards (American Music, Billboard, and Grammy Awards) in a single season (for 2006-07). Other contestants have also seen success in their post-Idol careers. Third-place contestant Vonzell Solomon landed a role in a film, Still Green, and a single on a Christmas album. Fourth-place contestant Anthony Fedorov has appeared in television shows such as Fear Factor and has finished taping several episodes for a new MTV show to air in the fall; he also performed in the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks in 2007. Sixthplace contestant Constantine Maroulis released his first solo album in 2007. Maroulis is currently starring in the new Broadway musical Rock of Ages for which he has received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[12] He has also appeared in the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer and the now closed off-Broadway play Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Seventh-place contestant Anwar Robinson released a self-titled EP on an independent label. Twelfth-place contestant Lindsey Cardinale’s first single, "Nothing Like A Dream", was released in March 2006. Date March 16 March 23 March 30 April 6 April 13 April 201 Bottom Three Lindsey Cardinale Mikalah Gordon (2) Jessica Sierra (2) Nikko Smith Nadia Turner (3) Anwar Robinson (2) Mikalah Gordon Nadia Turner Anwar Robinson Scott Savol Bo Bice

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April 27

Constantine Maroulis Bottom Two

Anthony Fedorov (3)

Vonzell Solomon (2)

May 4 May 11

Scott Savol (4) Anthony Fedorov (5) Final Three

Anthony Fedorov (4) Vonzell Solomon (3)

May 18 May 25
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Vonzell Solomon (4) Bo Bice (2) Carrie Underwood

None of the bottom 3 on the April 20 results show were sent back to safety before the elimination announcement.

Season 5

Anthony Fedorov (2)

The fifth season of American Idol began on January 17, 2006; this was the first season of the series to be aired in high definition. It remains highest-rated season in the shows run so far. Auditions were in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco, with Greensboro, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada included after the cancellation of the Memphis auditions due to Hurricane Katrina. The season used the same rules as season 4.[13][14] Taylor Hicks was named American Idol on May 24, 2006; he was the fourth contestant to never fall into any week’s "bottom three". His first post-Idol single, "Do I Make You Proud", would debut at #1 and be certified Jessica gold.[15] Hicks’ album, Taylor Hicks, has sold Sierra 702,000 copies to date, his follow-up album, Anthony "The Distance," was released March 10, Fedorov 2009. On May 30, 2006, Telescope announced Nadia that a total of 63.5 million votes were cast in Turner the finale round. A total of 580 million votes (2) were cast in the entire season.[16] Taylor Vonzell Hicks is the second American Idol winner Solomon from the city of Birmingham, Alabama (the first being Ruben Studdard), and the fourth Scott finalist with close ties to the city. Savol The fifth-season contestant with the most (2) commercial success is fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry, now lead singer of the band Scott Daughtry. Their eponymous debut album has Savol sold over 5 million copies to date - surpassing (3)

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former winners Studdard and Fantasia’s respective two-album totals - and produced two top-ten singles. The album, which spent two weeks at #1 in the US, is also the fastestselling debut rock album in Soundscan history.[17] As of November 2008: Runner-up Katharine McPhee’s debut album has sold 374,000 copies; she has two Top 40 Billboard hits. Also notable: sixth-place finisher Kellie Pickler, whose Small Town Girl reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and has sold over 795,000 copies Her self-titled second album was released in September 2008. Third-place finisher Elliott Yamin’s eponymous debut album was certified gold and produced a platinum-selling single. Eighth-place finisher Bucky Covington’s selftitled debut album has sold 384,000 copies and generated a top 20 and two top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Ninth-place finisher Mandisa’s True Beauty album earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 2007. Date March 15 March 22 March 29 April 5 April 121 April 19 Bottom Three Melissa McGhee Kevin Covais Lisa Tucker (3) Mandisa Bucky Covington (2) Ace Young (4) Lisa Tucker Bucky Covington Katharine McPhee Elliott Yamin Ace Young (3) Chris Daughtry Ace Young Lisa Tucker (2) Ace Young (2) Paris Bennett Elliott Yamin (2) Paris Bennett (2)

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Final Three May 17 May 24
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Elliott Yamin (4) Katherine McPhee (3) Taylor Hicks

None of the bottom 3 on the April 12 results show were sent back to safety before the elimination announcement.

Season 6
The sixth season began on Tuesday, January 16, 2007. The premiere episode of the season drew a massive audience of 37.7 million viewers, peaking in the last half hour with more than 41 million viewers.[18] Jordin Sparks was declared the winner on May 23, 2007, at 10:05 EST, with a new record of 74 million votes in the finale against runner-up Blake Lewis. Teenager Sanjaya Malakar was the season’s most polarizing and talked-about American Idol contestant,[19][20] as he continued to survive elimination for several weeks. The weblog Vote for the Worst and satellite radio personality Howard Stern both encouraged fans to vote for Sanjaya. However, on April 18, after over 38 million votes, Sanjaya was voted off. The Top 6 singers performed inspirational music as a part of the first ever "Idol Gives Back" telethon-inspired event which raised more than $60 million in corporate and viewer donations.[21] None of the singers were eliminated, and the votes from that week were added to the votes from the following week to eliminate two singers. Both weeks saw a two-hour extension of the regular twohour voting window, and in the end, the twoweek combined voting totaled 135 million votes. In April 2007, the show had launched the American Idol Songwriter contest which enabled fans to select the "coronation song" to be performed by the final two contestants on the top two performance show and by the winner on the finale. Amateur songwriters were able to submit recordings of original songs. A selection committee headed by Idol creator Simon Fuller then narrowed thousands of submissions down to twenty finalists. With "one online vote per fan," fans were able to listen to snippets from each song and

Bottom Two April 26 May 3 May 10 Kellie Pickler Paris Bennett (4) Chris Daughtry (2) Paris Bennett (3) Elliott Yamin (3) Katharine McPhee (2)

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rate them. The winning song was the ballad "This Is My Now" co-written by Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody. "This Is My Now" was recorded by Jordin Sparks and released on May 24, 2007. The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sparks’ first non American Idol single was the top hit (peaking at #8) "Tattoo", which received platinum certification. Her second single was the Billboard Hot 100 #3 hit "No Air" with Chris Brown. The song went to #1 in several countries, and also topped Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart. "No Air" had been certified platinum in April but recently passed the 2.5 million copies mark. Sparks released a third single off her album, "One Step at a Time", which peaked at #17. This makes Jordin Sparks the only American Idol contestant to have their first 4 singles become a Top 20 Hit. "One Step at a Time" has so far sold 1 million copies and is certified platinum. Blake Lewis’s first single was "Break Anotha!", which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His second single, "How Many Words", also failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #25 in the Bubbling Under chart (Hot 100 equivalent = 125). Shortly afterward, Lewis confirmed that he had been dropped by Arista records. His album sales are just over 300,000. The drop also canceled his apparent plans for a third single release. Phil Stacey, tied for fifth place with Chris Richardson, is now signed to Lyric Street and has released his first single "If You Didn’t Love Me". Tenth place finalist Chris Sligh recently released a Christian album after signing with Brash Music. Chris Richardson also recently produced his first single, "All Alone." This season of American Idol produced two Top 3 contestants that were never in bottom 2 or 3, Jordin Sparks (the season 6 winner) and Melinda Doolittle (third place). They are joined by Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks as Top 3 contestants never to have been in the bottom 2 or 3. Date March 14 Bottom Three Brandon Rogers Bottom Two Sanjaya Malakar

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March 211

Stephanie Edwards

Chris Richardson

Bottom Three March 28 April 4 April 11 April 18 Chris Sligh Gina Glocksen Haley Scarnato(3) Sanjaya Malakar (2) Haley Scarnato Haley Scarnato (2) Phil Stacey (4) LaKisha Jones Phil Stacey (2) Phil Stacey (3) Chris Richardson (2) Blake Lewis

Bottom Two2 May 2 Phil Stacey (5) Final Four May 9 May 16 May 23
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Chris Richardson (3)

LaKisha Jones (2) Melinda Doolittle Blake Lewis (2) Jordin Sparks

On the March 21 results show, only the bottom two were announced. 2 From the Final 6 onward, only the names of the eliminated contestants were announced, with no mention of a bottom three or two.

Season 7

American Idol returned for its seventh season on January 15, 2008[22] for a two-day, fourhour premiere. David Cook was announced the winner of American Idol season 7 on May 21, 2008, with a record breaking 56% of the 97.5 million votes. Known for his rock-oriented cover versions, most of which he arranged himself, Cook was the first ’rocker’ to win the show. Prior to the start of season 7, Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe admitted that season 6 had placed more focus on the guest mentors than the contestants.[23] Changes were Phil Stacey planned for season 7 designed to return attention to the contestants by providing more information on their backgrounds and families. In addition, starting with the Hollywood rounds, contestants were allowed to

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accompany themselves on musical instruments.[24] On March 11, 2008, American Idol debuted a new state-of-the-art set and stage, along with a new on-air look. The two-night season finale, as announced by Seacrest, was broadcasted live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20 and 21, 2008. Idol Gives Back, which raised more than $75 million in 2007 for various charitable organizations, returned on April 9, 2008. It is said that the revenue earned from the April 9, 2008 event is comparable to the amount raised in 2007 and will be distributed by the Idol Gives Back Foundation.[25] The media noted that several of the season 7 semi-finalists had previously had record deals, including Kristy Lee Cook, Brooke White, Michael Johns, and Carly Smithson. (Eventual winner David Cook released an independent solo album and had finished recording a follow-up prior to his audition for the show, but he was never involved with a record label or contract.) Idol rules state that contestants may have had a record deal in the past, but are still eligible as long as they are no longer under contract when Idol begins. Former season 2 contestant Clay Aiken commented during an interview on The View in May 2008 about the general innocence of the contestants, that has increasingly been lost over the years. Aiken stated that the contestants are "increasingly more experienced than ever before".[26] The American Idol Songwriter contest, launched during season 6, was continued for this season. During the top two performance show, each contestant performed a song he had selected from the top ten vote getters, but neither of their selections was used as the “coronation song”. The winning song, "The Time of My Life", was recorded by David Cook and released on May 22, 2008. The song was certified platinum by the RIAA on December 12, 2008.[27] This season David Archuleta and David Cook joined Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle as the Top 3 contestants to never have been in the bottom 3 or 2. David Archuleta and Clay Aiken are the only runner-ups to have never been in the bottom 2 or 3. This season’s finale was also the first time in the show’s history where neither one of the Top 2 were ever in the bottom 3.

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David Archuleta signed with Jive Records and his self-titled debut album was released on November 11, 2008. Archuleta’s first single, "Crush", debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, giving it the highest single debut of 2008. The song has sold 1.5 million copies as of January 2009[28], making it one of the most successful singles ever from an Idol contestant. A second single from the album, "A Little Too Not Over You" has been released. David Cook’s debut album was released on November 18, 2008, on 19 Recordings / RCA Records and was certified platinum by the RIAA on January 22, 2009.[27] Cook teamed with Grammy winning producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock) on the album. A single from the album, "Light On", was released in September 2008.[29] Date March 12 March 19 March 26 April 2 April 101 April 16 Bottom Three David Hernandez Amanda Overmyer Chikezie Eze Ramiele Malubay Michael Johns Kristy Lee Cook (4) Bottom Two April 23 Carly Smithson (3) Final Five April 302 May 72 Brooke White (3) Jason Castro (2) Syesha Mercado (5) Kristy Lee Cook Kristy Lee Cook (2) Syesha Mercado (2) Kristy Lee Cook (3) Carly Smithson (2) Brooke White (2) Syesha Mercado Carly Smithson Jason Castro Brooke White Syesha Mercado (3) Syesha Mercado (4)

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tested it with the sixth season of Nouvelle Star.[36] Date Bottom Two Jasmine Murray Jorge Núñez

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None of the bottom 3 on the April 10 results show was sent back to safety before the elimination announcement. 2 From the Final 5 onward, only the names of the eliminated contestants were announced, with no mention of a bottom three or two.

Bottom Three March 18 March 26 April 1 April 8 April 152 April 223 April 29 Alexis Grace Michael Sarver (2) Megan Joy Scott MacIntyre (2) Matt Giraud (2) Lil Rounds (3) Matt Giraud (3) Final Four May 6 Allison Iraheta (4) Danny Gokey Michael Sarver Matt Giraud Anoop Desai Anoop Desai (2) Lil Rounds (2) Anoop Desai (4) Adam Lambert Allison Iraheta Scott MacIntyre Allison Iraheta (2) Lil Rounds Anoop Desai (3) Allison Iraheta (3) Kris Allen

Season 8
The eighth season of American Idol began on January 13, 2009. Auditions began July 17. This season featured fewer drawn-out semifinal episodes.[30] Mike Darnell, the president of alternative programming for Fox, stated that this season would focus more on the contestants’ reality and emotional state.[31] Also, this season introduced a fourth judge on the panel: record producer, singer and songwriter Kara DioGuardi.[32] After Fox and producers promised changes to the show, on August 4 showrunner and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe announced he was leaving "Idol" to focus on international versions of his other show So You Think You Can Dance.[33] It was also announced that Idol Gives Back would not return during the season due to the ongoing economic crisis and recession.[34] In addition, the Hollywood round was moved to the Kodak Theatre for 2009 and was also extended to two weeks. This season featured for the first time 36 semifinalists with 12 different semifinalists performing every Tuesday. The male, female, and the next top vote getter with the highest number of America’s votes made it into the top 13. This season also featured the return of the Wild Card round, last used in season 3. The judges selected eight eliminated contestants. The plan was for them to select three of those to advance to the finals based on their singing on March 5. When the time came, they put through four instead of three.[35] Another change in the Idol format, which was revealed on March 11, 2009, is that the judges are able to exercise a veto power on one eliminated contestant up until the top 5 of the competition and spare them from elimination. This is called the "Judge’s Save". Executive producer Ken Warwick stated they

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Media sponsorship
American Idol is often noted for advertising its sponsors during the show’s runtime. Idol showed 4,151 product placements in its first 38 episodes during season 7, according to Nielsen Media Research.[37] Being the

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number-one-rated show in the United States, it costs around $700,000 for a 30-second commercial.[38] Coca-Cola is a major sponsor in the U.S., and all the judges, hosts, and contestants are seen consuming beverages out of cups bearing the Coca-Cola logo although video evidence suggests there is no liquid in the cups.[39] Contestants and host are shown gathering for a "Keeping it Real" segment between songs in the "Coca-Cola Red Room," the show’s equivalent to the traditional green room. (During rebroadcast on ITV in the UK, the Coca-Cola logo is obscured in the shots.) In seasons 1 through 4, after every Wednesday results show, the host and remaining contestants meet in the Coca-Cola Red Room to discuss next week’s theme; the footage of this meeting is shown at the start of the following Tuesday’s performance show. The red room was removed in season 7 at the beginning of the top 12 when American Idol switched to a new stage. Highlights of the show were also featured on the official American Idol web site with a Coca-Cola logo surrounding them.[40] Products from the Ford Motor Company also receive prominent product placement; contestants appear in Ford commercials on the results shows, and the final two of seasons 4, 5 and 6 each won free Mustangs; the final two of season 7 received Ford Escape Hybrids.[41] Previous contestants Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Hicks have been tapped to do commercials for Ford. Also, in the top 24’s studio, in the red room there is a glass table with a Ford wheel inside of it. The camera routinely captures the logo. Text voting is made possible by AT&T Mobility, formerly Cingular Wireless. AT&T created an ad campaign that centered around an air-headed teenager going around telling people to vote. This kind of branding to American Idol enabled AT&T to become the favored system to vote for many Americans (Jenkins 87). Apple iTunes joined as a season 7 major sponsor in the U.S., and Ryan Seacrest notes during the program that all performances are available via iTunes. Video is regularly shown of contestants learning their songs by rehearsing with iPods. During season 8 iTunes has been promoted as the official source to download contestant performances. iTunes is listed in the closing credits as a sponsor of the show.

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Kellogg and Pop-Tarts are also two major sponsors, especially of the cast tour that follows the end of every season.[42] Guitar Hero was added as a sponsor during the season 7 tour. Promotion included demonstrations during intermission as well as a music video featuring the top 10 Idols. In addition, David Cook and David Archuleta appeared in “Risky Business” inspired Guitar Hero commercials that aired during the season 7 finale.[43] Jordin Sparks, the winner of the sixth installment of ’Idol’, filmed a commercial promoting the new "American Idol Experience" attraction of the Florida theme park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Contestants will occasionally don Old Navy clothing during performances,[42] and celebrity stylist Steven Cojocaru appeared in two previous seasons to assist contestants with picking out wardrobe pieces from Old Navy. Clairol hair care products also sponsors the show, with contestants usually getting Clairol-guided hair makeovers after the first two or three episodes during the round of 12.[42]

Controversy
This is just a small sampling. See above link for full article. • American Idol has come under fire for maintaining what some claim to be total control of the careers of the winners of the contest. Former co-host Brian Dunkleman referred to the show as "owning" the winning contestants, noting that winners sign contracts to only record with companies owned by the show’s producers and to allow related agencies to manage their careers. • During season 3, controversy arose when three highly praised African American contestants, Jennifer Hudson, LaToya London and Fantasia Barrino - collectively known during that season as the ’Three Divas’ - landed in the bottom 3. After the surprise elimination of Hudson, Sir Elton John, who was a guest judge for that season criticized the vote as ’incredibly racist’ in a press conference.[44] The elimination of both Hudson and London relatively early in the competition has been pointed out as a classic demonstration of vote splitting in the American idol vote.[45] However, it should

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also be noted that Fantasia went on to win that season of American Idol. Since the 2004 season, American Idol producers have battled online community services such as the websites DialIdol.com, Worldsentiment.com, and VotefortheWorst.com. DialIdol predicts which contestants may be voted off or are in danger of being voted off based on the percentage of times an automatic dialer encounters a busy signal for each contestant; Worldsentiment uses very large samplings and algorithms to predict the outcome of the vote-off; and VotefortheWorst exhorts viewers to vote for what the site deems to be the worst contestant, rather than the best. Some in the media have implied that Las Vegas odds makers exert behind-the-scenes influence in protecting the services.[46][47] Season 7 contestant Carly Smithson has stirred up controversy due to a prior major label record deal she had with MCA Records. It had been reported that MCA spent over 2 million dollars promoting Smithson’s previous album "Ultimate High", which she made under the name Carly Hennessy,her maiden name . The album sold 378 copies, but is now available on iTunes. To further complicate things, Randy Jackson worked for MCA during the same period of time that Smithson was signed, and was part of the team that signed her to MCA. The show made no mention of this deal. In addition, contestants Michael Johns and Kristy Lee Cook were also represented by a major record label at one time and have made albums. [48][49] Contestant Robbie Carrico was formerly a member of the group Boyz N Girlz United, who had a minor hit in 2000 with the single "Messed Around", as well as opening for Britney Spears in 1999.[50] This new information raises questions as to whether this year’s contestants can be considered "amateur", noting their prior work within the entertainment industry. According to a poll by AOL Television, 63 percent of those polled believed that contestants who have already had record deals should not be contestants on American Idol.[51] In the April 20th, 2008 edition of Celebrity Fit Club, Brian Dunkleman made claims that he was not fired from American Idol

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and he was going to break his silence at that point. With that he made the claims that he left the show "because those kids (the contestants) were not treated in the right way". He then went on to say that leaving American Idol was the biggest mistake of his life. • Judge Paula Abdul caused controversy on season 7, top 5 performance night when she slipped up, commenting on two performances when only one was shown. This has been cited by many as proof of American Idol’s scripted nature. It was reported on the next night that Abdul had listened to some of the contestants and accidentally read out notes that were intended for the next singer. The New York Times article which addresses this issue can be found here>>> New York Times Commenting on Paula’s DuoJudging • In early 2008 former co-host Brian Dunkleman has publicly stated on Adam Carolla’s morning radio show the Sanjaya situation was rigged and that his being kept on the show didn’t have to do with votes. He also noted how Sanjaya magically disappeared from the show right before that season’s "Idol Gives Back" episodes. • Joanna Pacitti was originally a top 36 contestant on season 8, but was later disqualified when it was revealed that she had connections to the producers at 19 Entertainment and shared an apartment complex with two of them. She was replaced by Felicia Barton, who did not advance to the final 13.[52]

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Starting in Season 6 of American Idol, Idol started the annual charity tradition, "Idol Gives Back". "Idol Gives Back" featured performances, celebrities and had the contestants answering phones to receive donations from viewers. Season 7’s "Idol Gives Back" featured Robin Williams, Celine Dion, Billy Crystal, Forest Whitaker, Dane Cook, Kiefer Sutherland, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Jennifer Connelly, Elliott Yamin and others. "Idol Gives Back" has been discontinued for Season 8, because they didn’t want to ask for money with the economy the way it is. [53]

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season back in 2002.[74] Overall, ratings for the seventh season were down 10% from last season.[75] General attrition of television audiences was the primary reason cited for this ratings decline. Initial numbers for season 8 show further erosion, as numbers have fallen approximately 15% compared to similar episodes from season 7.[76] Though the Wednesday show continues to hold a dominating lead, on Tuesdays, the show has been losing ground to CBS’s NCIS, which is coming very close to beating Idol in overall viewers.[77]

Television ratings
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of American Idol on FOX. It is one of the highest-rated TV shows in the history of television. Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. A growing number of television executives have begun to regard American Idol as a programming force unlike any seen before. Jeff Zucker, the new chief executive of NBC Universal, said, “I think Idol is the most impactful show in the history of television.”[68] American Idol’s consistent dominance of an hour two or three nights a week exceeds the 30- or 60-minute reach of previous hits such as The Cosby Show. As a result, competing networks—whose personnel call the show "the Death Star"[69]—have often rearranged their schedules in order to minimize losses. Conversely, FOX has used American Idol to help promote other programs on its schedule.[68] However, since Season Six, the show has shown a steady decline in viewership. On the season finale of the sixth season, the ratings of American Idol saw a drop of 19%[70] from last year, when Taylor Hicks was crowned as the 2006 Idol. Ratings of the season finale peaked at 34.9 million viewers at 10 pm, just five minutes before Jordin Sparks was declared the winner of Idol.[71] Season Seven coincided with the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, which, according to early predictions would help the show’s ratings by eliminating scripted competition (Idol, being unscripted, was unaffected by the strike).[72] However, the ratings decline continued into season seven, starting with the premiere which was down 11% among total viewers and 13% among adults ages 18 to 49 from last year.[73] The performance show featuring the top seven finalist was the lowest-rated Tuesday American Idol show in five years among adults ages 18 to 49. The subsequent results show, in which Kristy Lee Cook was eliminated, delivered American Idol’s lowest-rated Wednesday among adults ages 18 to 34 since its first

International
American Idol is broadcast to over 100 nations outside of the United States. In most nations these aren’t live broadcasts and may be tape delayed by several days or weeks. Episodes are aired live in Canada, Australia & Israel (for most episodes), Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Middle East on Star World; it may be simsubbed with CTV by the BDUs depending on provider and region for those in Canada. In the instances where the airing is delayed, the shows are usually combined into one episode to summarize the results. Australia airs episodes just 5 hours after their US showing, MBC4 another Middle East Channel broadcasts American Idol 19 hours after its showing in the US most people may watch it on MBC4 as it is a free channel unlike Starworld where you have to pay for a showtime package to watch it, and the UK airs episodes 2 days after their US showing on digital channel ITV2. It is also aired in Ireland on TV3 Ireland 2 days after the showing. In Brazil, the show airs 3 days after the showing in the United States. Country New Zealand USA Canada South Africa Australia Singapore UK Italy and Portugal India Channel TVNZ Fox CTV MNET Series FOX8 Channel5 ITV2 Fox Life STAR World

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Season[54] Premiered Date Ended Viewers Date (in millions) 9.90 Final Performances: September 3, 2002 Season Finale: September 4, 2002 2nd[56] January 26.50 21-January 22, 2003 Final Performances: May 20, 2003 Season Finale: May 21, 2003 3rd[57] January 28.56 19-January 20, 2004 Final Performances: May 25, 2004 Season Finale: May 26, 2004 4th[58] January 33.58 18-January 19, 2005 Final Performances: May 24, 2005 Season Finale: May 25, 2005 5th[59] January 35.53 17-January 18, 2006 Final Performances: May 23, 2006 Season Finale: May 24, 2006 Viewers (in millions) 18.69

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1st[55]

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25.13

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28.84

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30.27

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6th[60][61][62] January 37.7 16-January 17, 2007 Final Performances: May 22, 2007 Season Finale: May 23, 2007 7th[63][64][65][66] January 33.4 15-January 16, 2008 Final Performances: May 20, 2008 Season Finale: May 21, 2008 8th[67] January 30.4 13-January 14, 2009 Final Performances: May 19, 2009 Season Finale: May 20, 2009 25.33 2007

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that serve a US market. The broadcast is live, as it is in the Central time zone on XHRIO, while in the rest of the country, as of the rest of Latin America, the show is broadcasted and subtitled by Sony Entertainment Television.

Top-selling American Idol alumni Major award–winning American Idol alumni
Further information: List of awards and nominations for American Idol contestants On a detailed note, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson are the only three Idols to win Grammy Awards, although many of these Idols have been nominated numerous times. Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson are the only Idols to win a Grammy for an album. Carrie Underwood is the only Idol to win the Best New Artist category. Jennifer Hudson is also the only Idol to be nominated for and to win an Academy Award. She won the Best Supporting Actress category in February 2007 for her performance as Effie

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Idol Contestant American & Season Music Awards Kelly Clarkson
(Season 1, Winner)

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2006 Best Female Pop Vocal 2006 Best Pop Vocal Album

Billboard Music Awards 12

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Carrie Underwood
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White in the hit film Dreamgirls, based on the musical of the same name.

Idols in musical theatre
Many American Idol finalists have left their marks on the Great White Way and starred in many popular Broadway musicals. Some of those people include: • Tamyra Gray - Mimi in Rent, Priya in Bombay Dreams • Vanessa Olivarez - Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray • Clay Aiken - Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot • LaToya London - Nettie in The Color Purple (National Tour) • Diana DeGarmo - Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Brooklyn in Brooklyn • Fantasia Barrino - Celie in The Color Purple • Constantine Maroulis - Sammy in The Wedding Singer, Drew in Rock Of Ages

• Anthony Federov - Matt in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway) • Ace Young - Kenickie in Grease • Taylor Hicks - Teen Angel in Grease • Ruben Studdard in Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin (National Tour) • Frenchie Davis - Seasons of Love soloist in Rent and a performer in Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin (National Tour) • Josh Strickland - Disney’s Tarzan • Anwar Robinson - Tom Collins in Rent • Trenyce - a performer in Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin (National Tour) • Amy Adams - The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National Tour)

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Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/ 05012009/tv/ adam_really_was_in_the_bottom_3_167038.htm. [2] (2007-03-18). 60 Minutes [TV]. New York: CBS. Retrieved on 2007-12-31. [3] "Fall TV Scorecard: Which Shows Are Returning? Which Aren’t?". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/ News/Fall-TV-Schedule-1005618.aspx. Retrieved on 2009-04-30. [4] Steve Rogers (23 November, 2002). "’American Idol 2’ hires former contestant Kristin Holt as new co-host". http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/ american-idol-2-hires-former-contestantkristin-holt-as-new-co-host-776.php. [5] Deborah Starr Seibel (17 May 2004). "American Idol Outrage: Your Vote Doesn’t Count". http://www.broadcastingcable.com/ article/ CA417981.html?display=Top+of+the+Week. [6] Logan Martin (17 January 2006). ""It’s Going to be a Very Strong Season, I Think": An Interview with American Idol Producer Nigel Lythgoe". http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgibin/ ae.pl?mode=1&article=article9455.art&page=6. [7] Wade Paulsen (22 December 2003). "Ruben Studdard settles lawsuit against Birmingham jersey-maker 205 Flava". http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/ ruben-studdard-settles-lawsuit-againstbirmingham-jerseymaker-205-flava-2109.php. [8] Associated Press (24 August 2005). "After probe, Paula Abdul to remain on ’Idol’". http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/ 8931265/. [9] Jenkins, Henry (2006). Convergence Culture: Buying into American Idol, How We Are Being Sold On Reality Television. NYU Press. ISBN 0814742815. [10] Archive copy at the Internet Archive [11] Archive copy at the Internet Archive [12] New York Times.com blog on The Tony Awards [13] Archive copy at the Internet Archive [14] Archive copy at the Internet Archive [15] "Deep in the bowels of J Records". Gray Charles: The Official Taylor Hicks Weblog. 2006-09-29. http://www.graycharles.com/index.php/ 2006/09/29/goldplaque/. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.

American Idol video games
• American Idol - PlayStation 2, personal computer, Game Boy Advance, mobile phone • Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol - PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 • Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore - PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 • Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2 - PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360

Spin-offs
• The Next Great American Band[78] • American Juniors • American Idol Rewind • American Idol Extra • An American Idol Christmas • From Justin to Kelly • Idol Camp • Idol Wrap

Theme park attraction
On February 7, 2008, The Walt Disney Company announced the development of "The American Idol Experience", a live attraction based on American Idol to be built at its Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The show is co-produced by 19 Entertainment. The attraction opened on February 14, 2009, with many of the former Idol contestants present for the event. Park guests are able to audition and possibly perform in the live show. Winners are selected by a combination of audience vote and input from a panel of judges. Winners each day will have the chance to audition for the real TV series.[79]

See also
• • • • • America’s Got Talent America’s Most Talented Kid Nashville Star Star Search List of American Idol finalists

References
[1] Maxine Shen (1 May, 2009). "Adam Really Was in the Bottom 3". New York

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External links
• American Idol Official Website (owned by Fox Interactive Media) • TVWeek.com Producer Shop Talk With Exec Producer Nigel Lythgoe • American Idol at the Internet Movie Database • American Idol at TV.com

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