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American Idol

31 May, 2002
American Idol

American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. It was on hiatus for two years until March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series began airing on ABC. It started as an addition to the Idols format that was based on Pop Idol from British television, and became one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. The concept of the series involves discovering recording stars from unsigned singing talents, with the winner determined by American viewers using phones, Internet, and SMS text voting.

Genre Reality competition
Created by Simon Fuller
Based on Pop Idol
Directed by Andy Scheer (2002), Bruce Gowers (2003–2006, 2008), Ken Warwick (2007, 2011–12), Bill DeRonde (2009, 2014–15), Gregg Gelfand (2010, 2013), Louis J. Horvitz (2014), Phil Heyes (2015–2016, 2018–)
Presented by Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman
Judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie
Theme music composer Julian Gingell, Barry Stone, Cathy Dennis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 19
No. of episodes 640
Executive producer(s) Simon Fuller (2002–), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (2002–18), Simon Jones (2002–03), Nigel Lythgoe (2002–08, 2011–13, 2016 finale), Ken Warwick (2002–13), J. Brian Gadinsky (2002), Charles Boyd (2009–16), Trish Kinane (2013–), Jesse Ignjatovic (2014), Evan Prager (2014), Per Blankens (2014-15), David Hill (2015–16), Megan Wolflick (2015–), Jessica Castro (2016), Jennifer Mullin (2018–), Phil McIntyre (2018), Chris Anokute (2019), Brian Burke (2021–)
Running time 22–104 minutes
Production company(s) Fremantle North America, 19 Entertainment
Original network Fox (2002–16), ABC (2018–)
Picture format SDTV (480i) (2002–04), HDTV 720p (2005–)

About American Idol

Based on the British series Pop Idol, this competition series, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, featured the original judge trio of Randy JacksonPaula Abdul and Simon Cowell.  The show was revived by ABC in 2018.

Achievement of American Idol

Several American Idol contestants who were finalists or semi-finalists went on to have success in their careers such as Jennifer HudsonChris Daughtry and Adam Lambert.

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Latest information about American Idol updated on July 28 2021.