NEWS: American Idol is Back!

Since 2004, I become hooked up with American Idol. Who doesn't know about American Idol? Well for others sake, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:

"American Idol, titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idol franchise based on the UK show Pop Idol, and has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. It was the most watched TV series from 2005 to 2011 in the Nielsen ratings, and it is the only program to have been number one for seven consecutive seasons.

The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists where the winner is determined by the viewers. Winners chosen by viewers through telephone, Internet, and SMS text voting were Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.

The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The original three judges were record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul and music executive and manager Simon Cowell. The judging panel currently consists of Jackson, American singer Mariah Carey, Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, and Australian/New Zealander singer Keith Urban. The series is emceed by radio personality Ryan Seacrest. 

The series was described by a rival TV executive as "the most impactful show in the history of television." It has also become a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars. According to Billboard, in its first ten years, "Idol has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Undewood, Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks while remaining TV ratings juggernaut.""

Here's a compilation of my favorite performances from American Idol Season 03 up to Season 11:


Jennifer Hudson's rendition of I Have Noting

Jasmine Trias sings Inseparable

Fantasia Barrino's magical performance of Summertime


Bo Bice - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Vonzel Solomon's heartfelt When You Tell Me That You Love Me

Carrie Underwood's version of Alone


Emotional Christ Daughtry on Have You Ever Loved A Woman

Elliot Yamin's Knocks Me Off My Feet

Katherine McPhee's Somewhere Over The Rainbow


Blake Lewis awesome performance of You Give Love A Bad Name

Jordin Sparks powerful performance of I Who Have Nothing

Click here for American Idol Best of the Best Performances from Season 07 up to Season 11.

American Idol Season 13 will be airing Thursday, January 17, 6 pm and on it's prime time telecast at 8pm on ETC. 

New Season, New Judges, New Audition Formats!

American Idol Season 13!

How about you? What's your favorite IDOL Performance?

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