‘American Idol’ is a music competition reality television series that needs no introduction to those who follow reality shows. A long-standing show, ‘American Idol’ used to air on Fox from its inception till 2016, but it currently airs on the ABC network.
Created by Simon Fuller, the show started off as one based on Fuller’s British music competition show ‘Pop Idol’, which aired from 2001 to 2003. Season 1 of ‘American Idol’ premiered more than a decade back in 2002, and since then, the show has seen a whopping 17 seasons air, and has become one of America’s most successful and popular television shows. As it stands, Season 17 of ‘American Idol’ is currently airing, and fans of the show are already looking forward to its renewal. Here’s everything we know about it.
American Idol Cast: Who is in it?
Being a reality show that has spanned for nearly two decades, ‘American Idol’ has seen dozens of contestants. Even the judges for the show have undergone some changes over the years.
In its original lineup, the show was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman, while the judges included producer and music manager Randy Jackson, former pop star Paula Abdul, and British music executive Simon Powell. From the eighth season, the panel of judges saw several changes, and included the entry and exit of personalities like Latin Grammy Award-nominee singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, famous talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez, rock legend and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, pop stars Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, singer-songwriter Keith Urban, and Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning singer Harry Connick Jr. From Season 16, pop star Katy Perry, famed singer-songwriter from the ‘80s, Lionel Richie, and country musician Luke Bryan took over as the permanent judges of the show.
Apart from the panel of main judges, ‘American Idol’ has also seen several guest judges make appearances over the years, with some notable ones being Quentin Tarantino, Donna Summer, Gene Simmons, LL Cool J, Jewel Kilcher, Olivia Newton-John, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Adam Lambert, and Neil Patrick Harris.
As far as contestants are concerned, dozens have taken part over the years, but we aren’t going into the details of each season here. Over the years, starting from Season 1 to Season 16, the winners have been 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, Nick Fradiani, Trent Harmon, and Maddie Poppe, respectively.