It debuted on June 11, , and had since become the most popular show on American television. ABC announced on May 9, that it will bring the show back starting in spring The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. The American public decides the outcomes of the later stages through phone voting. The judges give critiques of the contestants' performances: Grammy award-winning record producer and music manager Randy Jackson ; grammy award-winning pop singer and Emmy award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul ; music executive and TV producer Simon Cowell ; and Grammy award-nominated singer-songwriter and record producer Kara DioGuardi.
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It initially aired on Fox from June 11, , to April 7, , for 15 seasons. Since March 11, , a revival of the series has aired on ABC. It started as an addition to the Idols format that was based on Pop Idol from British television, and became one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. The concept of the series involves discovering recording stars from unsigned singing talents, with the winner determined by American viewers using phones, Internet, and SMS text voting. American Idol employs a panel of vocal judges who critique the contestants' performances.
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So if all these big name superstars are doing their thang, putting out the records and making cash money, what on earth are they doing on a reality TV talent competition? The relationship between the discoverer and discoveree can vary in nature. Take Usher and Justin Bieber. Not all careers take off that fast.
Since the announcement early last year that American Idol was coming back on ABC, after wrapping up its supposedly final season on Fox in , most of the excitement about its return centered on the new panel of judges. But the overall focus on these celebrity judges speaks to a larger problem for Idol that helps explain why the onetime ratings giant lost steam and seems unlikely to regain its former glory. It did so by making stars, not hiring them. But once Abdul, and later Cowell, left the franchise, it was reduced to relying on outside celebrities to attempt to bring audiences in — losing ratings, its own star-making power, and some of its identity as a forum for pop democracy in action. It is, by design, one of the most compelling moments of reality television history.