American Idol

First Aired: June 1st 2002
Status: Continuing
Runtime: 60 minutes

The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.
Ellen DeGeneres
Jennifer Lopez
Kara DioGuardi
Nicki Minaj
Paula Abdul
Randy Jackson
Ryan Seacrest
Simon Cowell

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