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American Idol

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American Idol reality showThe program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. The outcomes of the later stages of this competition are determined by public voting by phone. The format features three judges who give critiques of the contestants' performances: record producer Randy Jackson; pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul; and music executive Simon Cowell. The show is hosted by former children's game show emcee and television personality Ryan Seacrest; comedian Brian 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 US and Thursday and Friday nights in the UK.

American Idol

(2002 - Present)

Genre: Reality show

Created by
Simon Fuller

Presented by
Ryan Seacrest
Brian Dunkleman (season 1)

Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Randy Jackson

Directed by
John Pritchett
Bruce Gowers
Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick



Before contestants get the chance to see the show's judges, they go through two rigorous sets of cuts: the first consists of a brief audition in front of one or two of the show's producers with three other contestants. All four contestants are then either sent through to the next round of producers or are asked to leave. Only about 100-200 contestants in each city make it past this round, which is a staggering statistic considering that tens of thousands of people show up to audition in each city

Contestants must be singers and are not permitted to have any current record deals or talent management agreements

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

Kelly Clarkson was the first "American Idol"

Number of seasons: 7
Country: United States
Language : English
Original channel : FOX

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Guest  - It was fun in the beginning   |2008-06-21 22:56:12
Now it's become a raging bore. The only reason people tune in is to watch the reactions of people getting rejected from the show. You can't tell me that's not where the ratings are.

There's effusive praise and idolation bordering sickening by the judges and enthusiastic audiences for the winners only to become the fall to the bottomless pit when "Idols" can't sell records and are dropped by the label.

I don't know why anyone would want to be humiliated in front of millions because you're always judged on how successful you were in your singing career after it's all over.
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