American Idol is an American reality series. It is a singing competition which is the creation of Simon Fuller and is produced in association of Fremantle Media North America and 19 Entertainment. It was first telecasted on Fox channel on June 11, 2002. It is run as the Idol franchise which has derived its foundation from the UK show Pop Idol. American Idol has today become the most famous reality series in the history. In 2011, it was declared as the most watched show according to Nielson Ratings and remained on number 1 since its first seven consecutive seasons. Fans can switch to watch American Idol online anytime.
The main target of the series is to hunt the singing talent from the entire country. The winner is of the show is selected by the mass public through voting. The votes are posted by phone calls, SMS voting and voting through internet. The American Idols were Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee De Wayze, Scotty Mc Creery and Philip Phillips during the respective seasons.
There is a panel of three judges who gives their remarks including (compliments and areas of improvement) to the contestants’ performances. The judges keep on changing every season. In the first season it were: the music producer and executive Randy Jackson; the pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul and the Music Composer Simon Cowell. At present the panel consists of Jackson; Jennifer Lopez (singer/ actress) and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith Frontman). Other judges during the eleven seasons were Kara Dio Guardi and a great comedy star Ellen DeGeneres. The series is hosted by the radio jockey Ryan Seacrest and initially it was co-hosted with stand-up comedian Brian Dunkleman in the first season.
The series is defined as ‘the most influencing show in the history of television’. It has become the most popular and recognized platform to extract the talent among the singing artists. It has enlightened the careers of many stars. It gives them the opportunity to sing as a playback singers. They get the fame and name on the national television channel Fox which is the most watched channel. All the winners get the chance to pave their way to great success.
The auditions take place in various cities and the potential singers are extracted from the entire country. Then they perform on the stage and each of the good performers gets a golden ticket to step into the next round. Nearly 24 to 36 contestants get a chance to deliver a live concert and make their way to semifinals. They are voted by the public and three top rated contestants reach the finals. The two hour finale episode declares the winner after the group and solo performances of the eliminated participants with a full band.
The show actually enjoys high ratings. The viewers can even now easily watch American Idol online for free, all thanks to high-speed internet services and authenticated websites. The American Idol episodes are available on the numerous sites which can hold the viewer’s interest with the all the latest happenings. There are myriad of websites on internet and one such popular site is http://americanidol.seriesgate.com/
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