TV show dates: June 11, 2002 — April 7, 2016; March 11, 2018 — Present.
Series status: Not Cancelled.
Performers include: Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman (hosts); Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan (judges); Bobby Bones (in-house mentor).
TV show description:
A pop singing competition reality show, the American Idol TV series ran for 15 seasons on FOX, before being cancelled/ending. Now, ABC has revived it. Although Ryan Seacrest has returned to host, the new iteration launches with three new judges — Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.
Contestants are found via nationwide open auditions. The number of contestants is narrowed down, through subsequent single and group auditions, and are judged by people like recording artists and record industry insiders.
In the final weeks of the competition, the judges critique performances but only the most popular singers (determined by audience votes) stay in the competition. At the culmination of the season, the most popular singer is named “American Idol.”
Episode #555 (FOX TV Series Finale)
Trent Harmon won the 15th and final (for now) season of the series. Past judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul appeared to say goodbye. Numerous former contestants returned to perform on the finale, including Clay Aiken, Lauren Alaina, Kris Allen, David Archuleta, Fantasia Barrino, Clark Beckham, Bo Bice, Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Diana DeGarmo, Lee DeWyze, Colton Dixon, Melinda Doolittle, James Durbin, Nick Fradiani, Candice Glover, Danny Gokey, Mikalah Gordon, Tamyra Gray, Justin Guarini, Kree Harrison, Taylor Hicks, Amber Holcomb, Jennifer Hudson, George Huff, Allison Iraheta, Casey James, Caleb Johnson, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Blake Lewis, Kimberley Locke, LaToya London, Sanjaya Malakar, Constantine Maroulis, Scotty McCreery, Katharine McPhee, Phillip Phillips, Kellie Pickler, Brandon Rogers, Jessica Sanchez, Carly Smithson, Jordin Sparks, Ruben Studdard, Pia Toscano, Jasmine Trias, Carrie Underwood, Elliott Yamin, and Ace Young.
First aired: April 7, 2016.
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