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American Idol  is an American singing competition airing on FOX. It debuted on June 11, 2002, and has since become one of the most popular shows on American television. Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spinoff from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller and first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.

The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. The American public decides the outcomes of the later stages through phone voting. The judges give critiques of the contestants' performances: Grammy award-winning record producer and music manager Randy Jackson; Grammy award-winning pop singer and Emmy award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul; music executive and music manager Simon Cowell; and Grammy award-nominated singer-songwriter and record producer Kara DioGuardi. The format originally featured three judges, with Kara DioGuardi added in the eighth season.

The show is hosted by television personality Ryan Seacrest. Comedian Brian Dunkleman co-hosted with Seacrest during the first season. The American Idol band is led by Rickey Minor.

The show usually airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the United States and Canada, Wednesday and Thursday nights in Australia & Asia, Thursday and Friday nights in the United Kingdom and Friday and Saturday nights in Israel.
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Quick Tip by . September 01, 2010
I see that Steven Tyler will be taking Simon's place this year - this ought to be good!!
Quick Tip by . August 16, 2010
I like the later shows when we really begin to see the talent coming out in these kids.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
the auditions are the only part worth watching.
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Really, only the audtions are entertaining.
Quick Tip by . April 22, 2010
Proof that there is a God: Tim Urban is finally voted off of American Idol. All is right with the world once more.
Quick Tip by . April 13, 2010
After last weeks vote and save Hold on to your seats for the double elimination and No save.
review by . February 10, 2010
After thousands of auditions in multiple cities, only 181 contestants have finally made it to Hollywood Week. Only 12 guys and 12 girls will survive this rough week in the Kodak Theater. The judges’ table now welcomes new judge Ellen DeGeneres, which seems to be with open arms. We’ll see if she ends up being a good asset to the judges. During first stage of Hollywood, the contestants are split into groups of 8 and are required to sing portions of songs. They can choose to either sing …
review by . August 12, 2009
 No good at all. Waste of time. Don't watch. The people on the show smell like used socks.
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