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American Idol
American Idol logo.svg
Genre Reality television
Created by Simon Fuller
Directed by Andrew 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 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 (2011-12, 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 origin United States
No. of episodes 609
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 time 22-104 minutes
Release
Original network Fox (2002-16)
ABC (2018-)
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, 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.

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

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

The three judges are:

Host

Winners

  • 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
  • Season 18 (2020): Just Sam

Runners-up

  • 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
  • Season 18 (2020): Arthur Gunn

Third place

  • 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
  • Season 18 (2020): Dillon James

Other contestants


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