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‘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.”


Kelly Clarkson on “American Idol”

7

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.


Judges Keith Urban, left, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
Judges Keith Urban, left, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. (Dan Steinberg / Invision)

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Total judges

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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Celine Dion
Celine Dion (AEG Live)

33

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.)


Whitney Houston, left, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler
Whitney Houston, left, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times; Bret Hartman / For The Times)

9

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.



Lee Jean and Tristan McIntosh perform “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”

4

Number of “Idol” video games, including three iterations of “Karaoke Revolution.”


Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

1

Number of former “Idol” contestants who’ve won Oscars (Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls”)


Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

13

Number of Grammys won by “Idol” contestants


Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

7

Number of Grammys won by Carrie Underwood



‘American Idol’ hits 500 episodes

552

Number of “American Idol” episodes (through March 24)



‘American Idol’ winners

15

Number of “American Idol” seasons


Candice Glover
Candice Glover (Dan Hallman / Invision / Associated Press)

5

Number of female “Idol” winners


Ruben Studdard
Ruben Studdard (Los Angeles Times)

9

Number of male “Idol” winners



Gianna Isabella performs “I Still Believe.”

15

Age of the youngest Idol contestants: Daniel Seavey from season 14 and Gianna Isabella from season 15



Kanye West auditions.

1

Number of times Kanye West auditioned for “Idol” (that we know of)


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