American Idol is the American version of the British television series "Pop Idol". It was created by Simon Fuller and premiered in June of 2002. On American Idol, contestants audition to win the title of American Idol and a recording contract. For the 2006 season, they traveled to San Francisco, Greensboro, Las Vegas, Austin, Denver, Boston and Chicago. They audition before the producers, then audition before the judges. After picking through contestants, the public is able to vote after performances, until we're left with one American Idol. Past winners include Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, and David Cook, the most successful being Clarkson and Underwood. American Idol also brings success for its losers. From season 2, Clay Aiken, and Josh Gracin have sold thousands of records, with Chris Daughtry selling millions with his band Daughtry. Many other Idol alumni can be seen in the entertainment industry, such as season 3 contestant Jennifer Hudson winning Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Dream Girls, which shows that even if you don't win, you can go onto major fame and success. The judges are Simon Cowell, who never fails to tell the cold truth, Paula Abdul, who counters Simon's snark with sweetness and Randy Jackson, who can usually give an honest yet kind opinion, and as of season 8, Kara DioGuardi. The host is Ryan Seacrest.

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Premiere Date: Jun/11/2002

Genre: Reality Series, Talent

Most Recent Episodes

American Idol season 17 episode 18

Season 17, Episode 18: Top 5

Each contestant performs 3 songs, including a pick from mentor Bobby Bones, a song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day, and a selection from Elton John’s catalog....

Air Date: May 12, 2019

American Idol season 17 episode 19

Season 17, Episode 19: Season Finale

The Final 2 perform live from coast to coast and the winner is announced at the end of the show. Also, special performances from music legends and other surprises....

Air Date: May 19, 2019

Series Promo / Trailer

 

American Idol Casts

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Judge

Harry Connick, Jr.

 Harry Connick, Jr.

Judge

Simon Cowell

 Simon Cowell

Judge

Randy Jackson

 Randy Jackson

Judge

Paula Abdul

 Paula Abdul

Judge

Steven Tyler

 Steven Tyler

Judge

Nicki Minaj

 Nicki Minaj

Judge

Mariah Carey

 Mariah Carey

Judge

Kara DioGuardi

 Kara DioGuardi

Judge

Ryan Seacrest

 Ryan Seacrest

Host

Ellen DeGeneres

 Ellen DeGeneres

Judge

Keith Urban

 Keith Urban

Judge

Brian Dunkleman

 Brian Dunkleman

Co Host (Season 1)