American Idol: The Untold Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

The currency is fame, and it's bigger than money, more desired than power.

Each season American Idol delivers on a promise whose epic scope is unparalleled in the annals of competition: to take an unknown dreamer from the middle of America and turn him or her into a genuine star. It has become not only the biggest show on television, but the biggest force in all of ...
See more details below
American Idol: The Untold Story

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.99
BN.com price

Overview

The currency is fame, and it's bigger than money, more desired than power.

Each season American Idol delivers on a promise whose epic scope is unparalleled in the annals of competition: to take an unknown dreamer from the middle of America and turn him or her into a genuine star. It has become not only the biggest show on television, but the biggest force in all of entertainment; its alumni dominate the recording charts and Broadway, win Academy Awards, and sweep up Grammys. In fact, American Idol has reshaped the very idea of celebrity.

But it didn't start out that way. When the little singing contest debuted as a summer replacement on the U.S. airwaves, it was packed between reruns and low-cost filler. The promise that it would find America's next pop star produced a hearty round of guffaws from the country's media critics. Now, some ten years and millions of records later, no one is laughing.

American Idol: The Untold Story chronicles the triumphs and travails, the harrowing backstage drama and the nail-biting onstage battles that built this revolutionary show. In this revealing book, veteran journalist Richard Rushfield goes deeper inside the circus than any reporter ever has. Candid interviews with Idol alumni, including Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell, shed new light on the show that changed the entertainment industry. And because Rushfield had full access to the people who created the show, starred in it, and kept it atop the pop culture pyramid, this book is the first to take Americans behind the curtain and tell what has really been happening on the world's most watched and speculated-about stage.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rushfield begins with an overview of producer Simon Fuller, whose 2001 U.K. launch of Pop Idol came to the States as American Idol on the Fox network. The show combined several key factors: viewer voting, the "audition from hell" process, and a panel of judges that included the abrasive "dasher of dreams," Simon Cowell, who received much press coverage as "Mr. Nasty." For the American version, Fox insisted on the affable Randy Jackson as a "counterweight" to the caustic Cowell. Amid unknowns, Paula Abdul began as "the show's real star," generating a "love/hate chemistry" with Cowell. Within months, 26 million viewers were tuning in. Going season by season, Rushfield covers top finalists and winners, backstage intrigues, record deals, media coverage, fan fiction, and Web sites, lawsuits, and contractual conflicts, as well as Abdul's antics and departure. Rushfield explores the lives of the finalists after the Idol tours, making for a poignant closing chapter. A former Los Angeles Times columnist, Rushfield spent three years covering the show, and his many interviews with the show's cast and crew provide a genuine "insider" flavor. Diehard fans will appreciate both the deep background material and the behind-the-scenes gossip. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews

A comprehensive, unfettered history of one of the most popular shows in TV history.

Vanity Fair contributing editor Rushfield (Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College at the Twilight of the '80s, 2009, etc.) demonstrates an uncanny ability to mix the distinctive history of American Idol with the show's intricate machinations and juicy backstage bits. It was enterprising British media mogul and Spice Girls longtime manager Simon Fuller who first envisioned an audition-based singing competition, while Fuller's fellow music producer, Nigel Lythgoe, brought the musical-group creation showPopstarsover from New Zealand. Rushfield writes that Fuller, upon seeing his contemporary's program, began marketing another "very young contemporary pop show" calledPop Idol. Enter Simon Cowell, a hardworking, outspoken, longtime record-label executive who Fuller strongly encouraged to become the antagonistic judge on his new endeavor—even though Cowell had limited on-camera experience. With the show's immense success in Britain following its 2001 debut, Fuller and Cowell pitched the format to American TV networks. Fox chief Rupert Murdoch sealed the deal, and the stateside spinoff debuted in 2002, a splash of fresh material amid sluggish post-9/11 on-air programming. With Lythgoe producing, alongside judges Cowell, record exec Randy Jackson and singer/dancer Paula Abdul, the project soared despite an initial lukewarm media reception. Rushfield expertly condenses seasons one through nine with nary a detail overlooked, from newfound singing sensation Kelly Clarkson and troublemaking Nikki McKibbin to the spectacles of Clay Aiken, Sanjaya, Fantasia Barrino and Adam Lambert. The author also explores Cowell's trademark "verbal assaults," the infighting among the judges, varied controversies over Abdul's deterioration and certain episodes being "retaped." Rushfield overstuffs the final pages with play-by-play highlights, cast and crew opinions and personal perspectives from the great and not-so-great singers who braved theIdolstage.

A generous bird's-eye viewpoint of the competition from past to present—supreme fodder forIdolbuffs.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401396527
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,110,765
  • File size: 78 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

For three years, Richard Rushfield has covered American Idol for the Los Angeles Times, writing hundreds of columns and conducting thousands of hours of interviews with the cast and crew, going deeper inside the circus than any report ever has. A former columnist for the LA Times, he is currently an entertainment columnist for the Daily Beast, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and author of the long running Intelligence Report column.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 33 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(21)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(6)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 33 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    I love the old american idol

    Are we talking about "American Idol"? This book is talking about the good times of Idol, not the NEW panel...I love the panel of before, I always watched, they were genine showing how they really feel for these performers. Today, especially one of them, it is only an act.....so the stars are for the old panel, Simon, and the rest

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Idolfans will enjoy

    Those who religiously follow American Idol (I admit I've been one of those) will delight in this behind-the-scenes look at arguably the hugest show on television. The first few chapters give background information on Simon Cowell and other prime movers, then get down to the juicier stuff about the contestants and the other judges. The author explores the scandals of each season, many of which center around high-strung,insecure Paula Abdul. He also interviews many of the contestants, both successful and has-beens, and devotes a chapter to the surprising spiritual organization which assists the families of the contestants during competition. I always wondered how they handled those thousands of hopefuls in the city auditions, and how some get through while other talents are dismissed immediately. This book covers it all, from the early cattle call to the hell of Hollywood Week and the gut-churning "green mile",through the final selection and crowning of the winner. Much of this has been covered in other sources, but there's enough new and interesting here to keep the reader constantly engaged.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Go broncos

    ?

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    FANTASIA BURRINO

    Look her up shes beautiful and she was the best of american idol history

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Carrie Underwood

    Carrie Underwood is the best and most successful singer in american idol history. Case closed. Plus, added bonus: she's hot.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Angie

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Please read this

    I really wanted angie to win but she didnt :( tap i agree if you wanted her to win

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Amber

    Is the best

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Kree

    Kreeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She will win!!!!!!!!!!!! Nuff said

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    To i like

    Your such a lire Angie Miller is fron Engleend not massicusets

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    I like

    Angie miller!!! Shes from massachusetts....and so am i!!! Its so cool!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Candice won!

    I love he so much and she definitley deserved it... they said she was the best singer in american idol history ever, im really sad that te season ended though... looking fward to next year though!!!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    James durbin and jessica sanchez

    Oh yeah

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I vote haley

    GO HALEY!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Vote

    I vote for Aze/Zane!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Voyte

    Storm

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Vote

    Uuuummm either haley or amber but imma go with haley :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Liz's & Mylo's audition

    *Liz and Mylo stepped onto the stage with matching white headsets* Liz: We are going to be doing a duet on Call me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. Mylo: I'll start. I threw a wish in the well. Don't ask me, i'll never tell. I looked to you as it fell. But now you're in my way. Liz: I traded my soul for a wish. Pennies and dimes for a kiss, I wasn't looking for this, but you're in my way. Both: Your stare was holding, ripped jeans, skin was showing, a hot night wind was blowin'. Where do you think you're going, baby? Mylo: Hey, I just met you and this is crazy. But here's my number, so call me maybe. Liz: It's hard to look right at you baby, but here's my number, so call me maybe. Both: And all the other boys try to chase me, but here's my number, so call me maybe. *Liz vocalizes 'maybe' while Mylo plays an airy tune on her banjo* ~Liz and Mylo, the cousins

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    I VOTE STORM

    XD

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    AUDITIONS FOR SCARLET idol

    :3 NOW AUDITIN!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 33 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)