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American Idol: The Untold Story

  • Jan 21, 2011

American Idol: The Untold Story is the first book to take us behind the curtains of American Idol and tell us what really has been happening from the beginning of one of the most discussed television shows of our time. The book covers everything from how the idea for American Idol came about in the late 90s to Simon Cowell's departure in 2010. It is fascinating to read the behind the scenes story. Below is a guest post from the author:

Idol's Top 10 Scandals
By Richard Rushfield, Author of American Idol: The Untold Story
Idol was perhaps the first show on television to have as much of a life off the screen as on.   These days we are used to The Hills girls, Bachelor contestants, Real Housewives and Jersey Shore housemates seeing their dramas spill over from the shows that made them famous to the covers of the tabloids and the greater celeb-obsessed blogosphere. 

But when Idol debuted on the US airwaves in 2002, such a phenomenon was relatively unknown.  The internet was still in its infancy and network programming was a remote, pristine world, largely untouched by the hurly burly press.

What brought Idol out of its shell was the steady stream of scandals it provided as fodder for the ravenous new media.  Each year it seemed, some gotcha shattered Idol's peace, some disqualification brought it face to face with the public beast.

Ten years later, the stream of scandals doesn't seem to have hurt entertainment's greatest juggernaut.  If anything, the blow-ups have kept us all talking about the show, even when the singing got a little dull.

Here then, in order of appearance, are the ten greatest scandals of Idol's first decade:

Continued at  American Idol: The Untold Story and its Top 10 Scandals

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January 31, 2011
Like they say, there's no such thing as negative press, it equals free PR and gets people talking about you or your show. Great write-up!
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review by . January 22, 2011
  For American Idolizers (fans of America's most popular TV show, that is) Richard Rushfield offers an insider's look at what has been called our "biggest dream factory."    Starting in season six Rushfield covered American Idol for the Los Angeles Times - he wrote countless lines of type, did thousands of interviews, and continues to cover the show on his own blog. He's most definitely the go-to guy for Idol information, and here it all is - 287 pages detailing the …
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