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American Idol
American Idol logo.svg
Genre Reality television
Created by Simon Fuller
Directed by Bruce Gowers (2002-2011)
Gregg Gelfand (2007–)
Andrew Scheer (2002)
Ken Warwick (2005, 2007–2013)
John Pritchett (2006–2008, 2010)
Shane Drake (2008)
Nigel Lythgoe (2008, 2012)
Presented by Ryan Seacrest
Brian Dunkleman (2002)
Starring Simon Cowell (2002-2010)
Paula Abdul (2002–2009)
Randy Jackson (2002-2013)
Kara DioGuardi (2009–2010)
Ellen DeGeneres (2010)
Jennifer Lopez (2011-2012, 2014)
Steven Tyler (2011-2012)
Mariah Carey (2013)
Nicki Minaj (2013)
Keith Urban (2013-)
Harry Connick, Jr. (2014-)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 475
Executive producer(s) Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Trish Kinane
Per Blankens (2014–)
Jesse Ignjatovic (2014–)
Evan Prager (2014–)
Nigel Lythgoe (2002–2008, 2011–2013)
Ken Warwick (2002–2013)
Running time 22-104 minutes
Original network Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2002-2004)
720p (HDTV) (2005-present)
Original release June 11, 2002 (2002-06-11) – present

American Idol is an American reality-singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, 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.

Eventually the American people are allowed to vote by calling or texting, and the person with the least 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. In 2013, the show finished the twelfth season.

Host and judges

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

American Idol also has a host, Ryan Seacrest.



Other contestants

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