It became a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars. American Idol was based on the British show Pop Idol created by Simon Fuller, which was in turn inspired by the New Zealand television singing competition Popstars.
According to Billboard magazine, in its first ten years, "Idol has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks while remaining a TV ratings juggernaut." For an unprecedented eight consecutive years, from the 2003–04 television season through the 2010–11 season, either its performance or result show had been ranked number one in U. Television producer Nigel Lythgoe saw a version in Australia and helped bring it over to Britain.
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Although auditions can exceed 10,000 in each city, only a few hundred of these made it past the preliminary round of auditions.
Successful contestants then sang in front of producers, where more may be cut.
Special section: "American Idol" Sources spotted the couple leaving Gulfstream restaurant in Century City.
TMZ reports that both stars were rehearsing and shooting their shows next to each other on the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles before Toscano was eliminated.
The first season was hosted by radio personality Ryan Seacrest and comedian Brian Dunkleman, with Seacrest as the sole master of ceremonies for the rest of the series.
The success of American Idol has been described as "unparalleled in broadcasting history".
(CBS) What better way to recover from Thursday's "American Idol" elimination than to go on a date with a hot dancer?
"Idol" castoff Pia Toscano apparently downed her sorrow with "Dancing with the Stars" pro Mark Ballas; the two were spotted in Los Angeles on what was reported as a first date on Friday.
The show was renamed American Idol: The Search for a Superstar and debuted in the summer of 2002.
Cowell was initially offered the job as showrunner but later turned down the offer; Lythgoe then took over that position.
She stayed for two seasons and left the show before season ten. In season two, guest judges such as Lionel Richie and Robin Gibb were used, and in season three Donna Summer, Quentin Tarantino and some of the mentors also joined as judges to critique the performances in the final rounds.