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American Idol is a singing competition show that is broadcast on the ABC network. The show was first aired on Fox before being revived for ABC on March 11, 2018. The show was created by Simon Fuller, who created the original concept for this show as Pop Idol, which was broadcast on ITV starting on October 6, 2001. The show is responsible for introducing many famous musicians including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and many others.

It was renewed in 2020 for a 19th season.

Season overview

Season number Begin date End date Season winner
Original series (2002-2016)
1 June 11, 2002 September 4, 2002 Kelly Clarkson
2 January 21, 2003 March 21, 2003 Ruben Studdard
3 January 19, 2004 May 26, 2004 Fantasia Barrino
4 January 18, 2005 May 25, 2005 Carrie Underwood
5 January 17, 2006 May 24, 2006 Taylor Hicks
6 January 16, 2007 May 23, 2007 Jordin Sparks
7 January 15, 2008 May 21, 2008 David Cook
8 January 13, 2009 May 20, 2009 Kris Allen
9 January 12, 2010 May 26, 2010 Lee DeWyze
10 January 19, 2011 May 25, 2011 Scotty McCreery
11 January 18, 2012 May 23, 2012 Phillip Phillips
12 January 16, 2013 May 16, 2013 Candice Glover
14 January 15, 2014 May 21, 2014 Caleb Johnson
15 January 7, 2015 May 13, 2015 Nick Fradiani
15 January 6, 2016 April 7, 2016 Trent Harmon
New series (2018-present)
16 March 11, 2018 May 21, 2018 Maddie Poppe
17 March 3, 2019 May 19, 2019 Laine Hardy
18 February 16, 2020 May 17, 2020 Just Sam

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