January 14, 2010
Simon Cowell Will Not Be Boo'd Off the Idol Stage at Season End
This is going to be a multi-part blentry on BeDifferentlyOnline because people know American Idol is a ratings winner and an album-seller. But do you know this -- American Idol (titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar in the first season) is the #1 TV show in the history of Nielsen Ratings and is one of only three that have been #1 for five consecutive seasons, along with All in the Family and The Cosby Show. American Idol winners, runners-up and finalists have sold more than 45 million albums combined. The reality competition was created by Simon Fuller to find new solo musical talent. It debuted on June 11, 2002 on the Fox network, and has since become one of the most popular shows on American television. Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spin-off from the British show Pop Idol, of which two series were broadcast between 2001 and 2003 in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Through telephone voting only originally (then later seasons added texting), America has chosen past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, and Kris Allen. (Don't forget "losers" include Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry, Adam Lambert & Clay Aiken (oy)!). More than 500,000 people have auditioned for the show since 2002 (and about 100,000 of those auditioned for this the 8th season of Idol).