Created by Simon Fuller
Directed by John Pritchett (live shows), Bruce Gowers (live shows, 2002-2008), Nigel Lythgoe (audition shows), Ken Warwick (audition shows)
Presented by Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman (season 1)
Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson
Country of origin United States
Original channel FOX (repeats on Fox Reality)
Original run June 11, 2002 – Present
American Idol is America’s favorite reality show without question. And it is one of ours too, shallow as it may seem. The show is professionally presented and always draws the best performances, although many of our favorites are the botched horror shows during the early auditions.
The judges are all great at calling the show, with Simon’s honesty telling the real story most of the time. Although he has botched plenty, like last year’s final. The stages and camera work are all exceptional. And the show’s costume designers, professional accompaniment, and the presentation are exceptional, making what start off as reasonably talented amateurs into seemingly seasoned professionals by year’s end.
And who doesn’t dream of being Kelly Clarkson or David Cook or Jordin Sparks up on that stage and wowing millions, in some cases after having no exposure whatsoever? And doesn’t every contestant appear a winner, when a fourth place finisher like Chris Daughtry becomes a downright American icon pulling off hit after hit in his first year as a professional performer. Or Kellie Pickler, who got eliminated in the final ten, only to show up with a new set of breasts and a top country hit “In My Red High Heels“.
In mid 2008, American Idol announced a new addition to the judges lineup for Season 8 that premiered in January 13, 2008. Kara DioGuardi is the fourth judge for American Idol. How she fares as a judge remains to be seen going into the actual competition.
American Idol is our number two favorite.
THE AMERICAN IDOLS:
Season 1: Kelly Clarkson, 20, from Burleson, TX
Season 2: Ruben Studdard, 25, from Birmingham, AL
Season 3: Fantasia, 19, from High Point, NC
Season 4: Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, OK
Season 5: Taylor Hicks, 29, from Birmingham, AL
Season 6: Jordin Sparks, 17, from Glendale, AZ
Season 7: David Cook, 25, from Blue Springs, MO
Season 8: ????