Insights Into American Idol

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American Idol is a television show unlike any other. Each week, millions of viewers tune in, casting upwards of 100 million votes for their favorite performers. For eight seasons, it has dominated television ratings, and it has taken TV to a whole new level of interactivity. Moreover, American Idol has spawned countless clones, received unprecedented media coverage, and expanded its influence into more than 100 countries around the world. It has become a phenomenon of global ...

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Overview

American Idol is a television show unlike any other. Each week, millions of viewers tune in, casting upwards of 100 million votes for their favorite performers. For eight seasons, it has dominated television ratings, and it has taken TV to a whole new level of interactivity. Moreover, American Idol has spawned countless clones, received unprecedented media coverage, and expanded its influence into more than 100 countries around the world. It has become a phenomenon of global proportions.

Insights into American Idol takes a look at this worldwide phenomenon. Covering the first eight seasons of the popular talent competition, the book looks back at the best and most famous contestants in series history, offering a fresh perspective while including thought-provoking comments from the winners, judges, and other American Idol experts. It also examines the influence the show has had in other countries, including the more than three dozen international versions of Idol, and much more!

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Bednar gives an overall picture on the popular television show, American Idol. He looks back at the best and most famous contestants, including comments from the winners, judges, and American Idol experts. American Idol's eighth season premiered on January 13, 2009. More than 100,000 people auditioned, from which 14 contestants were selected. Of these 14 contestants, five finalists were chosen. On May 20, Kris Allen defeated Adam Lambert to become the newest American Idol. Behind this American phenomenon is Simon Fuller, a British talent manager looking for a way to discover new stars. In spite of its success, Fuller had trouble finding a television home for American Idol, but once it did, it became a world-wide popular talent show. Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are only two of the many talented singers that have emerged as American Idol winners. The future of American Idol is strong, with auditions already scheduled for season nine. The author has written a busy book filled with lots of information and detail about the show and its winners. Color photographs are included as well as a chronology, glossary, a list of further reading, and a list of internet resources. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Table of Contents

American Idol Timeline 6

Chapter 1 The American Idol Phenomenon 9

Chapter 2 Origins of a TV Icon 17

Chapter 3 American Idol's Ascent 27

Chapter 4 The Phenomenon Continues 37

Chapter 5 Idol's Global Impact 49

Chronology 58

Glossary 60

Further Reading & Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

About the Author 64

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