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Harry Connick Jr. says he writes music while he is on movie sets

Harry Connick Jr. says he writes music while he is on movie sets

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) --Jazz musician, actor and TV personality Harry Connick Jr. says he frequently writes songs during downtime on movie sets.
Karen Butler
Kellie Pickler unveils plans to release fifth album

Kellie Pickler unveils plans to release fifth album

NASHVILLE, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Country music star Kelly Pickler spoke to Billboard about how far she's come and teased the release of a new record, her fifth, on Monday.
Veronica Linares
Josh Gracin apologizes to friends and family for suicide scare

Josh Gracin apologizes to friends and family for suicide scare

SPRING HILL, Tenn., Aug. 15 (UPI) --Josh Gracin wrote a message to his friends and family apologizing for the apparent suicide note he posted on his Facebook account Thursday.
Veronica Linares
Betty Boop movie to be produced by Simon Cowell

Betty Boop movie to be produced by Simon Cowell

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) --The first feature-length Betty Boop film is in the works at Simon Cowell's production company, Syco Entertainment.
Annie Martin
American Idol's Josh Gracin sparks death rumors with cryptic Facebook post

American Idol's Josh Gracin sparks death rumors with cryptic Facebook post

MEMPHIS, Aug. 15 (UPI) --"American Idol" alum Josh Gracin is being held on a 5150 psychiatric hold after the singer shared an alarming post on Facebook believed to be a suicide note.
Veronica Linares
Former 'American Idol' contender dies

Former 'American Idol' contender dies

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 2 (UPI) --"American Idol" finalist Michael Johns died of a blood clot in his ankle.
Danielle Haynes
Debra Messing discusses Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Idol' gig

Debra Messing discusses Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Idol' gig

NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) --Debra Messing opened up about her former co-star Harry Connick Jr.'s new "American Idol" gig while speaking to reporters at the 2014 NBC Summer TCA press tour.
Veronica Linares
Shayna Taylor confirms relationship to Ryan Seacrest

Shayna Taylor confirms relationship to Ryan Seacrest

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) --Ryan Seacrest is officially dating model Shayna Taylor.
Veronica Linares
Julianne Hough talks dating before and after Ryan Seacrest in Redbook interview

Julianne Hough talks dating before and after Ryan Seacrest in Redbook interview

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) --Julianne Hough opened up about how she used to hold back in relationships during an interview for the July issue of Redbook magazine.
Veronica Linares
Kellie Pickler to headline 2014 Dearborn Homecoming festival

Kellie Pickler to headline 2014 Dearborn Homecoming festival

DEARBORN, Mich., June 27 (UPI) --Kellie Pickler has been approved by the Dearborn City Council to headline the upcoming 35th annual Homecoming Festival.
Veronica Linares
Adam Levine admits 'The Voice' has 'problems' finding a star

Adam Levine admits 'The Voice' has 'problems' finding a star

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) --Adam Levine admitted to Rolling Stone that "The Voice" has "problems" creating breakout stars.
Kate Stanton
Jason Aldean, former mistress Brittany Kerr make their red carpet debut as a couple

Jason Aldean, former mistress Brittany Kerr make their red carpet debut as a couple

NASHVILLE, June 5 (UPI) --Jason Aldean and former mistress Brittany Kerr made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2014 Country Music Television awards.
Annie Martin
'American Idol' winner Caleb Johnson to release his first album Aug. 12

'American Idol' winner Caleb Johnson to release his first album Aug. 12

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (UPI) --"American Idol" Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson will release his first album this summer, 19 Recordings and Interscope Records announced.
Karen Butler
Clay Aiken says his political career is more difficult than 'American Idol'

Clay Aiken says his political career is more difficult than 'American Idol'

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) --Former 'American Idol' contestant Clay Aiken sat down with the Today show on Tuesday to discuss his political career.
Annie Martin
Jennifer Lopez to release her first book, 'True Love'

Jennifer Lopez to release her first book, 'True Love'

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) --Jennifer Lopez's first book, 'True Love,' will give fans a candid glimpse into the star's recent personal life and career.
Annie Martin
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"American Idol" finalists attend the premiere of the motion picture fantasy thriller "Red Riding Hood", at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on March 7, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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American Idol (also known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar) is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, which began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002. Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spin-off from the UK show Pop Idol. The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists, and has since become one of the most popular in the history of American television. As of January 2011, it is the most-watched TV series in the Nielsen ratings and is the only program to have been number one for six consecutive seasons, surpassing All in the Family and The Cosby Show, which were both number one for five consecutive seasons.

The program aims to discover the best singer in the country where the winner is determined by the viewers. Through telephone, Internet, and SMS text voting, viewers have chosen as winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze (listed in chronological order).

The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The original three judges were Grammy Award-winning record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, Grammy Award-winning pop singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul and award-winning music executive and music manager Simon Cowell. Since January 2011, the judging panel currently consists of Jackson, award-winning singer/actress and record producer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Steven Tyler. For all seasons the show has been hosted by radio disc jockey Ryan Seacrest.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "American Idol."
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