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"American Idol 2016" returns on FOX for a remarkable 15th season in January 2016. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., The original music show will bring generations together to cheer and vote for their favorite contestants and crown America's next singing sensation – one last time. The farewell celebration will pay tribute to the past fourteen seasons, the amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who called, tweeted, texted and championed their Idols.

The audition journey will feature auditions from Denver, Colorado; Little Rock, Arkansas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; and Atlanta, Georgia. During auditions, former Idols, including Nick Fradiani, Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze, also joined in the search. Hopefuls from around the country will be given one last shot to sing for a ticket to Hollywood and become the final "American Idol." Once again, Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and one of the most successful forces in the music industry today, returns as mentor to help shape the career of the competition's winner.



"Idol" is the gold standard and the only TV singing competition show to produce hit recording artists. From the first-ever "Idol" winner, Kelly Clarkson, who continues to dominate the charts with three Grammy Awards under her belt; to Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, who has sold 58 million records worldwide, 17 million albums, with 22 No. 1 singles and seven Grammy Awards; to Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, whose debut single, "Home," has become the best-selling single of any Idol to date, "American Idol" is a bona fide cultural phenomenon.

Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, and Nick Fradiani as well as fan-favorites Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Katharine McPhee, Clay Aiken and Lauren Alaina, have all become household names and made their marks on the recording industry.
 
The series' impact on the entertainment industry resonates beyond the scope of television. Over the past fourteen seasons, Idol finalists have released more than 200 albums, scored 456 No.1 Billboard hits and garnered more than 250 million iTunes downloads. "Idol" contestants have conquered Broadway, television and film and have won numerous awards and accolades, including American Country Music Awards, Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.

"American Idol 2016" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created and executive produced by Simon Fuller. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Trish Kinane and David Hill also serve as executive producers. Charles Boyd, Jess Devlin Castro and Megan Michaels Wolflick serve as co-executive producers.




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AMERICAN IDOL 2016: FACTS

Network: FOX
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: June 11, 2002
Seasons: 15
Production Companies:
Fremantle Media
19 Entertainment





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alan says:
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dave says:
American Idol - X Factor The Singers Reply new Christmas release bit.ly/hSwLeG The only song ever written in support of the singers
teammick says:
american idol is ma fave singn show! i wish i could go and win! hahaha probly not! im still practicin! love u guys!
zachabee says:
American Idol is in desperate need of a judge like Simon - who truly knows what it takes to make it big and will be critical without compromise. These 3 love all the performances, no matter how bad they are. That really sucks and takes the show down a few notches for me.
stephanie says:
what's with your audio people. do something about your backround singers. they are supposed to be just thar, BACKROUND. most of the time you have them drowning out the singers.

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