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American Idol

Series Summary
Singers compete for the grand prize.

Air Dates: 2003 - Present

Genres: Reality, Music

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  • Connick, who was among Idol's most engaging mentors in past seasons, is even more adept in this new role, and the chemistry on the current panel is at least on par with the more celebrated Voice cast. As Idol wraps its auditions this week before heading to Hollywood, I find myself looking more forward to the actual competition than I have in years. show more

  • Viewers will sigh with relief to see this trio actually get along with one another. They listen, share in the laughs and coolly talk through decisions--it makes for a captivating panel that’s fun to watch. show more

  • Naturally, Idol is still heavy on crying mothers, the thrill of victory and agony of defeat, Ryan Seacrest saying things like “This ... is your show,” and an on-air script resembling a heart-disease public-service announcement that reads, “Life Can Change in a Heartbeat.” All told, though, the show feels brighter and breezier, and initially avoids some of the heavier-handed pomposity “X Factor” exhibits during these rounds. show more

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All 'American Idol' Judges Will Return for Season 14

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Katie Roberts on Jun 24th, 2014 4:30PM

Despite sinking ratings, "American Idol" is determined to keep afloat, and is keeping its judging roster intact for Season 14. Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban are all set to...

'American Idol' Is Moving to One Night a Week

Posted by
Katie Roberts on May 13th, 2014 4:00PM

Following in the footsteps of other reality competition shows with sagging ratings, "American Idol" may downsize from two nights a week to one for its upcoming 14th season. Once Fox's flagship...


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