Those are just a few of the names that were largely unknown in the United States before "American Idol" premiered in 2002. Fourteen years later, each is a household name – and television and pop music have taken different, visibly "Idol"-ized forms.
The singing competition, which began its last season in early January, opened the Top 40 to new talent and helped transform the record industry into a digital business. It whetted our still-raging appetite for ritualized talent judging. And it demonstrated that a live TV show could reach a mass audience – around 30 million people at its peak – well into the Internet age, a prospect that's driven network executives (for better or worse) ever since.
"American Idol" is definitely going out in style - and at the end of the day (and the season and the series) and after much farewell talk about stardom and
"It's going to be the closest race in 'Idol' history," "American Idol" judge Keith Urban announced after La'Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon performed their final
The starmaker-mentor at 'American Idol' shines light on what it takes to succeed after the lights go down
Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records knows what it takes to turn an 'American Idol' winner into a star
Here are some of the phrases and quotes that found their way into the cultural lexicon and will forever recall the phenomenon that was ¿American Idol,¿ dawg.
The end of 'American Idol' ripples through pop music, affecting artists, musicians — and even the judges
The "American Idol" finale kicks off Wednesday night, marking the end of a show that changed the music industry, affecting artists, musicians and even judges.
The curtain is about to come down on "American Idol," Fox's phenomenal singing competition series that launched a genre of reality television shows devoted to novice singers aspiring to to be stars. After fifteen seasons packed with performances both good and not-so-good, ¿American Idol¿ ends its run April 7.
"Where is everybody?" Ryan Seacrest wondered while gazing at the remaining final "American Idol" contestants scattered sparsely on risers on the side of the
With five weeks to go before closing up shop for good, ¿American Idol¿ continued its valedictory march on Thursday, picking its very last Top 8.
A lot happened on "American Idol" on Thursday night. In the course of two hours, we learned the six singers who would join the judges' four "fast-pass" picks -
This week, "American Idol" is set to reduce the Top 14 (chosen by the judges) to the Top 10 (only partly chosen by the judges). For reasons that are not
"American Idol" had another lightning ... er ... "showcase" round on Wednesday night, in which 12 members of the Season 15 Top 24 did their best to prove their
It was old home week on "American Idol." On Thursday night, six "Idol" alumni - Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, Season 3 winner Fantasia, Season 10 winner and
After Wednesday's soporific first night of Hollywood week, in which 190 contestants were unexcitingly albeit swiftly reduced to 108, on Thursday, "American
I suppose it's saying something about an episode of "American Idol" when the highlight of the whole thing may have been watching Ryan Seacrest do a few pushups
The final night of "American Idol" auditions -- of Season 15 and ever -- offered up an assortment of singers cherry-picked from a variety of audition cities:
After its lackluster Philadelphia auditions, in which few talents turned up to grab a ticket to Hollywood, "American Idol" found a plethora of singers it deemed
Good talent isn't easy to phind in Philadelphia -- at least judging from Wednesday's episode of "American Idol," in which the show traveled to the cheesesteak
Kelly Clarkson, along with other ¿American Idol¿ alumni will be a part of the long running singing competition¿s final season.
For a first episode, the season premiere of "American Idol" sure had a lot to say about the end. Rarely was Wednesday's show far from a reminder that, after 14
"American Idol" is back to say goodbye. After 14 seasons, some more successful than others, the show that Simon Fuller built - bringing his "Idol" franchise
It may seem hard to remember now, but a few years ago "American Idol" was such a huge hit that a rival TV executive called it a "monster" that should be killed.
For a while, there was no greater prize on TV than the title of the next "American Idol." With the series ending next year, that title doesn't carry with it
In 2002, Times reporter Susan King interviewed "American Idol" personnel, including producer and then-judge Simon Cowell about the show, its critics and its