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There are singers, then there are idols.

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, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert, and Chris Daughtry to name a few.

It was renewed in 2020 for a 19th season, which will be the fourth season to air on ABC. This season will premiere on Sunday February 14 at 8|7c on ABC.

About the show

American Idol is the gold standard of all music competition series with the goal to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic.

Its debut in the United States revolutionized television, pioneering the reality-competition genre and holding an unmatched record for being the highest-rated series for nearly a decade. The series also ushered in second-screen audience participation, being the first to introduce text-based and mobile voting. Since then, the show has gone global with original versions in 53 countries.

To date, American Idol has earned 57 Emmy nominations and eight wins, including the prestigious Governors Award in 2016, and its talented discoveries have already won 13 Grammys, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, among numerous other accolades.



Original seasons (1-15)

ABC seasons (16 and onward)


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ABC seasons


American Idol is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle's Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin and Megan Wolflick, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.


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