American Idol

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American Idol
American Idol logo.svg
GenreReality television
Created bySimon Fuller
Directed byAndrew Scheer (2002)
Bruce Gowers (2003–06, 2008)
Gregg Gelfand (2007, 2011-12)
Ken Warwick (2007, 2011-12)
Bill DeRonde (2009, 2014–15)
John Pritchett (2006–2008, 2010)
Gregg Gelfand (2010, 2013)
Louis J. Horvitz (2014)
Phil Heyes (2015–16, 2018-)
Ben Thursby (2018)
Presented byRyan Seacrest
Brian Dunkleman (2002)
StarringSimon Cowell (2002-2010)
Paula Abdul (2002–2009)
Randy Jackson (2002-2013)
Kara DioGuardi (2009–2010)
Ellen DeGeneres (2010)
Jennifer Lopez (2011-12, 2014-16)
Steven Tyler (2011-12)
Mariah Carey (2013)
Nicki Minaj (2013)
Keith Urban (2013-16)
Harry Connick, Jr. (2014-16)
Katy Perry (2018-)
Luke Bryan (2018-)
Lionel Richie (2018-)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes475
Production
Executive producer(s)Simon Fuller (2002–)

Cecile Frot-Coutaz (2002–)
Simon Jones (2002–03)
Nigel Lythgoe (2002-08, 2011-13, 2016)
Ken Warwick (2002-13)
Brian Gadinsky (2002)
Charles Boyd (2009-16)
Trish Kinane (2013–)
Jesse Ignjatovic (2014)
Evan Prager (2014)
Per Blankens (2015)
David Hill (2015-16)
Megan Wolflick (2015–)
Jessica Castro (2016)
Jenniffer Mullin (2018–)

Phil McIntyre (2018–)
Running time22-104 minutes
Release
Original networkFox (2002-16)
ABC (2018-)
Picture format480i (SDTV) (2002-2004)
720p (HDTV) (2005-present)
Original releaseJune 11, 2002 (2002-06-11) – present
External links
Website

American Idol is an American reality-singing competition series created by Simon Fuller, produced by 19 Entertainment, and distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It aired on Fox from June 11, 2002 to April 7, 2016, as an addition to the Idols format based on the British series Pop Idol and has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. On March 11, 2018, the 16th season aired on ABC.[1]

Eventually the American people are allowed to vote by calling or texting, and the person with the fewest votes is off the show.

The TV show consists of multiple rounds of elimination. The singers can be anyone between the age of 15 and 29 years.

Host and judges[change | change source]

American Idol has three judges, who give comments on performances.

The three judges are:

Host

Winners[change | change source]

  • Season 1 (2002): Kelly Clarkson
  • Season 2 (2003): Ruben Studdard
  • Season 3 (2004): Fantasia Barrino
  • Season 4 (2005): Carrie Underwood
  • Season 5 (2006): Taylor Hicks
  • Season 6 (2007): Jordin Sparks
  • Season 7 (2008): David Cook
  • Season 8 (2009): Kris Allen
  • Season 9 (2010): Lee DeWyze
  • Season 10 (2011): Scotty McCreery
  • Season 11 (2012): Phillip Phillips
  • Season 12 (2013): Candice Glover
  • Season 13 (2014): Caleb Johnson
  • Season 14 (2015): Nick Fradiani
  • Season 15 (2016): Trent Harmon
  • Season 16 (2018): Maddie Poppe
  • Season 17 (2019): Laine Hardy

Runners-up[change | change source]

  • Season 1 (2002): Justin Guarini
  • Season 2 (2003): Clay Aiken
  • Season 3 (2004): Diana DeGarmo
  • Season 4 (2005): Bo Bice
  • Season 5 (2006): Katharine McPhee
  • Season 6 (2007): Blake Lewis
  • Season 7 (2008): David Archuleta
  • Season 8 (2009): Adam Lambert
  • Season 9 (2010): Crystal Bowersox
  • Season 10 (2011): Lauren Alaina
  • Season 11 (2012): Jessica Sanchez
  • Season 12 (2013): Kree Harrison
  • Season 13 (2014): Jena Irene
  • Season 14 (2015): Clark Beckham
  • Season 15 (2016): La'Porsha Renae
  • Season 16 (2018): Caleb Lee Hutchinson
  • Season 17 (2019): Alejandro Aranda

Third place[change | change source]

  • Season 1 (2002): Nikki McKibbin
  • Season 2 (2003): Kimberley Locke
  • Season 3 (2004): Jasmine Trias
  • Season 4 (2005): Vonzell Solomon
  • Season 5 (2006): Elliott Yamin
  • Season 6 (2007): Melinda Doolittle
  • Season 7 (2008): Syesha Mercado
  • Season 8 (2009): Danny Gokey
  • Season 9 (2010): Casey James
  • Season 10 (2011): Haley Reinhart
  • Season 11 (2012): Joshua Ledet
  • Season 12 (2013): Angie Miller
  • Season 13 (2014): Alex Preston
  • Season 14 (2015): Jax
  • Season 15 (2016): Dalton Rapattoni
  • Season 16 (2018): Gabby Barrett
  • Season 17 (2019): Madison VanDenburg

Other contestants[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "ABC Officially Gets 'American Idol,' Chides Fox for Canceling". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.

Other websites[change | change source]