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"American Idol 2014" returns for a remarkable 13th season in January 2014. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, television's No. 1 hit series empowers contestants and viewers to share their voices in deciding who will be America's next singing superstar.

No other show in TV history has proven to be a force in the entertainment industry like "American Idol." The series solidified itself as the No. 1 television show for nine consecutive seasons and, following its 12th season, still remains a Top 5 program. "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 11 winner Phillip Phillips, whose debut single, "Home," has become the best-selling single of any "Idol" to date, the series is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Season 12 winner Candice Glover continues to show the strength of the "Idol" brand when her album, "Music Speaks," was the first album from an "Idol" to debut in the Top 5 on iTunes when it was issued for pre-order on the night of the series' season finale.
 
"Idol's" impact on the entertainment industry resonates beyond the scope of television. The series has brought generations together with a common goal: to discover the next music superstar. Over the past 12 seasons, "Idol" finalists have released more than 200 albums, scored 400 No.1 Billboard hits, garnered more than 250 million iTunes downloads and have been certified with 95 gold and 83 platinum records. "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.
 
As "American Idol XIII" enters a landmark season in January 2014, the search continues to find amazing talent from across the nation. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and featuring judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, along with in-house mentor Randy Jackson, the series empowers contestants and viewers to share their voices in deciding who will be America's next singing superstar.
 
Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom. The show's judges will travel across the country including stops in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Omaha, Nebraska, Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Francisco, California, in search of the next "American Idol." They narrow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists who sing their hearts out each week in front of a studio audience and television viewers.
 
The judges have their say after every performance, but it's the viewing public that determines who will advance to become a finalist and who will go home. Telephone, text message and online voting begin immediately after each live performance show, and the results are announced during the following night's live broadcast.
 
In its quest for undiscovered talent, "American Idol 2014" embarked on its second "American Idol Audition Bus Tour" to search the nation for the next superstar. In August, the hit competition series hit the road for a five-town mobile tour offering hopefuls another way to audition. "American Idol XIII" recently expanded the audition opportunities even further by bringing back the "Nominate an Idol" program, allowing family and friends to nominate individuals whom they think could be the next "American Idol."
 
Eventually the competition is whittled down to two finalists who compete for a major recording contract with 19 Recordings and the "American Idol" title. Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips, as well as fan-favorites Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee, have all become household names and made their marks on the recording industry.
 
"American Idol 2014" is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia; Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; and Per Blankens, FremantleMedia North America, and Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager, for Core Media Group, serve as executive producers.




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AMERICAN IDOL 2014: FACTS

Network: FOX
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: June 11, 2002
Seasons: 13
Production Companies:
Fremantle Media
19 Entertainment





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alan says:
American Idol The Singers Reply New Christmas release bit.ly/hSwLeG The only song ever in defense of Idol singers, see link above!
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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