American Idol

2002 - 2016 TV-PG 42m 4.3

Twelve American finalists (six men and six women) compete in a singing contest.

Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star Search" clone. After each song that was sung, the judges, Abdul, Jackson and Cowell, then critique that finalist's chosen song. After each show's ending, America must vote for a finalist to whom they really think their performance is good using this AT&T (now Cingular Wireless) or any other cellular phone to cast votes with. Once the votes are locked in, the judges and America decides who has the most and the least amount of votes, and the contestant with the least amount of votes is eliminated, and it goes on each week's show until the winner is crowned as "American Idol," where he/she wins a recording contract worth up to $1,000,000. The rest of the other finalists to whom they have been voted off before (the runner-up) also get recording contracts, too.

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Episode 1 Auditions

1. Auditions

Aired: Jun 11, 2002

A humorous debut for this hit reality show series. It showed three judges, wh...

Episode 2 Hollywood Week

2. Hollywood Week

Aired: Jun 12, 2002

After going through their first round, things start to heat up when the compe...

Episode 4 Dewey Defeats Truman!

4. Dewey Defeats Truman!

Aired: Jun 19, 2002

The show is live and the votes are in! America will see which 3 contestants ...

Episode 5 Army Of The Mediocre

5. Army Of The Mediocre

Aired: Jun 25, 2002

They sing. You vote. You decide. Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest host as Gr...

Episode 6 Six Pack

6. Six Pack

Aired: Jun 26, 2002

The show is live and the votes are in! Three more contestants will advance t...

Episode 8 Judge Fight!

8. Judge Fight!

Aired: Jul 3, 2002

The show is live and the votes are in! The final choices are revealed as the ...

Episode 9 Wild!

9. Wild!

Aired: Jul 10, 2002

10,000 auditioned... 121 made it to Hollywood... 30 sang for your vote and 9 ...

Episode 10 The Live Album!

10. The Live Album!

Aired: Jul 17, 2002

Last night American Idol rocked to Motown. The Top 10 finalists gave it the...

Episode 11 Top 10 Results

11. Top 10 Results

Aired: Jul 16, 2002

Live in Hollywood! They have a new set, full orchestral arrangements, and a ...

Episode 14 The Big Time!

14. The Big Time!

Aired: Jul 30, 2002

Tonight the Top 7 will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Id...

Episode 15 Ryan-ara!

15. Ryan-ara!

Aired: Jul 31, 2002

Last night, the Top 7 finalists performed hits from the 70's. Tonight, the s...

Episode 16 Jump, Jive and Fail!

16. Jump, Jive and Fail!

Aired: Aug 6, 2002

Tonight the Top 6 will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Id...

Episode 20 Two for Each One

20. Two for Each One

Aired: Aug 20, 2002

Tonight the Top 4 will perform two songs live for the nation, vying for the A...

Episode 22 Three Do Two

22. Three Do Two

Aired: Aug 27, 2002

Tonight the Top 3 will each perform two songs live for the nation, vying for ...

Episode 23 Two More

23. Two More

Aired: Aug 28, 2002

Last night, the Top 3 finalists performed two songs. Tonight, the show is li...

Episode 25 EL FINALE!


Aired: Sep 4, 2002

The episode begins as usual, with the whole thing starting. They go behind th...

Info about American Idol

Current Status: Ended

Network: FOX

Genres: Reality-TV, Documentary, Music, Game-Show