‘American Idol’ by the numbers
With more than a dozen seasons, hundreds upon hundreds of episodes and a reality television model based almost entirely on phone numbers and populist voting, it seemed only fitting to say goodbye to Fox’s landmark television series “American Idol” by breaking down the digits. Here are a handful of the numbers that matter when it comes to examining the pop culture monolith that was “American Idol.”
Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits
Three of these top hits belong to Kelly Clarkson: “A Moment Like This,” “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Stronger.” Also achieving No. 1 status were “This is the Night” by Clay Aiken, “I Believe” by Fantasia, “Inside Your Heaven” by Carrie Underwood and “Do I Make You Proud” by Taylor Hicks.
In addition to original judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, “Idol” has seen Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. all join the judges panel.
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Number of Celine Dion songs performed by “Idol” contestants, the most by any artist not receiving a dedicated theme week. (Stevie Wonder songs have been performed 67 times on the show.)
Number of times contestants have performed Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” the two most-performed songs in “Idol” history.
Number of “Idol” video games, including three iterations of “Karaoke Revolution.”
Number of former “Idol” contestants who’ve won Oscars (Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls”)
Number of Grammys won by “Idol” contestants
Number of Grammys won by Carrie Underwood
Number of “American Idol” episodes (through March 24)
Number of “American Idol” seasons
Number of female “Idol” winners
Number of male “Idol” winners
Age of the youngest Idol contestants: Daniel Seavey from season 14 and Gianna Isabella from season 15
Number of times Kanye West auditioned for “Idol” (that we know of)
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