52nd Post: American Idol

American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. It was on hiatus for two years until March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series began airing 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. The winners of the first nineteen seasons, as chosen by viewers, are Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Trent Harmon, Maddie Poppe, Laine Hardy, Just Sam, and Chayce Beckham, respectively.

American Idol employs a panel of vocal judges who critique the contestants’ performances. The original judges, for the first through eighth seasons, were record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, singer and choreographer Paula Abdul, and music executive and manager Simon Cowell. The judging panel for the last three seasons on Fox consisted of singers Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. The sixteenth season brought three new judges: singers Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. The first season was hosted by radio personality Ryan Seacrest and comedian Brian Dunkleman, but Seacrest has been the sole master of ceremonies since the second season.

The success of American Idol has been described as “unparalleled in broadcasting history”. A rival TV executive said the series was “the most impactful show in the history of television”. It became a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars. According to Billboard magazine, in its first ten years, “Idol has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, Gabby Barrett and Jordin Sparks while remaining a TV ratings juggernaut.”

For an unprecedented eight consecutive years, from the 2003–04 television season through the 2010–11 season, either its performance show or result show was ranked number one in U.S. television ratings.

2021: Chayce Beckham WINS!!

Chayce Beckham (24)
“Everything I Do (I Do It for You)”
https://youtu.be/MddfN5ryJ18
“You Should Probably Leave”
https://youtu.be/g2EN5CDRyfY
“Baby Mine”
https://youtu.be/7flH51QjqtM
“Mamma” an original
https://youtu.be/FqQkmeG7Jyk
“23” an original
https://youtu.be/cuMJxfAKiSM
Status: The Winner!
Willie Spence (21)
“Stand Up” https://youtu.be/0X67riLY0k4
“I Will Was Here”
https://youtu.be/BN_cSLBH0_o
“Circle of Life”
https://youtu.be/3YaE2g1MC1c
“Yellow”
https://youtu.be/6STAPESnOlQ
“Never Be Alone”
https://youtu.be/RYp9hhZQgiA
“Stand Up”
https://youtu.be/Z2crFmW_e6o
Status: Made Top Three
Grace Kinstler (20)
“Happy”
https://youtu.be/ZL8TvkWXmRI
“Father”
https://youtu.be/ANHGp6bqXTM
“Into the Unknown”
https://youtu.be/6JLPYDgjdis
“When We Were Young”
https://youtu.be/-s-7oYA9-rw
“A Moment Like This”
https://youtu.be/7n5g-zTAbuE
Duet with Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”
https://youtu.be/fr9j0EFDI4E
Status: Made Top Three
Casey Bishop (16)
“Over the Rainbow”
https://youtu.be/5PJPpd4HCAo
“She Talks to Angels”
https://youtu.be/lX6cgUOhwqc
“When She Loved Me”
https://youtu.be/14yLXEVNqEI
“Ironic”
https://youtu.be/Xj6R0b7RnW8
“Live Wire”
https://youtu.be/OWE6Kxwish0
Duet with Luke Bryan “Living on a Prayer”
https://youtu.be/UpVTL_VtC9U
Status: Made Top Four
Caleb Kennedy (16)
“On the Road Again”
https://youtu.be/b0CrU_HvTM8
“Real Gone”
https://youtu.be/Iy49pUx07s4
“Mamma Said” an original
https://youtu.be/I5l3_T_eXMw
Status: Made Top Five
Backed Out of Competition

Hunter Metts (22)
“Falling Slowly”
https://youtu.be/RjYU0jrj0Cw
“July”
https://youtu.be/KimilRQtQh4
“You’ll Be in My Heart”
https://youtu.be/SJXhvoNLo50
“The River”
https://youtu.be/24B4YD7DTtg
Duet with Katy Perry “Thinking of You”
https://youtu.be/VhxlFQmtjhc
Status: Made Top Seven, then eliminated
Arthur Gunn
“Remember Me”
https://youtu.be/GPgs4yoJyv4
“Simple Man”
https://youtu.be/vLLdVKiwPQY
Special guest appearance “Am I Still Mine?”
https://youtu.be/MPi9pz3WX4c
Status: Brought back to make 10 finalists,
Made Top Seven, then eliminated.
Deshawn Goncalves (20)
“The Way We Were”
https://youtu.be/YzoXSoX7Zcc
“Over the Rainbow”
https://youtu.be/0jawFynabQI
“When You Wish Upon a Star”
https://youtu.be/h5LSC7BfHtA
Special guest appearance, medley with Chaka Kahn:
https://youtu.be/sT5sUuneRMc
Status: Top 9 – Eliminated
Alyssa Wray (18)
“This Is Me”
https://youtu.be/6M_gXD5Alh8
“I’m Here”
https://youtu.be/_giKl2z98gQ
“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
https://youtu.be/escE-goW9Vs
Special guest appearance, duet with Mickey Guyton:
“Black Like Me”
https://youtu.be/5FtmEtXehik
Status: Top 9 – Eliminated
Cassandra Coleman (24)
“Writing on the Wall”
https://youtu.be/eF_STU0KG_w
“Running with Wolves”
https://youtu.be/5cqKmZUaJeE
“Go the Distance”
https://youtu.be/Hs3vJYlzQWk
Special guest appearance,
duet with Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
“Go Your Own Way”
https://youtu.be/ZWEjpV_BE-Q
Status: Top 9 – Eliminated
Beane (23)
“The Time of My Life”
https://youtu.be/ZL8TvkWXmRI
“What’s Goin On”
https://youtu.be/5XLAuSwOOxk
Status: Top 12 (Saved), Eliminated
Madison Watkins (25)
“Run to You” https://youtu.be/TmkzIKrBIe8
“Its a Man’s World” https://youtu.be/feQaoaqGmKM
Status: Top 12 (Saved), Eliminated
Ava August (15)
“City of Stars”
https://youtu.be/uKbrxErfeMQ
“Ghost of You”
https://youtu.be/w09MmzK4TfQ
Status: Top 12, eliminated
Alanis Sophie (19)
“Uninvited” https://youtu.be/SOZRE8tSyJg
Status: Top 16 – Eliminated
Wyatt Pike (19)
“Blame It on Me” https://youtu.be/2UucrGoKJpE
Status: Out of Competition (Health Issues)
Colin Jamieson (22)
“Sugar We’re Goin Down”
https://youtu.be/S4u9de6DehI
Status: Top 16 – Eliminated
Graham DeFranco (27)
“Beautiful War” https://youtu.be/cySzel3gdC0
Status: Top 16 – Eliminated
Mary Jo Young (19)
“Us” https://youtu.be/NIDr2SDDYA8
Status: Eliminated from Top 24
Anilee List (20)
“Blue” https://youtu.be/gd8fYsnYJGc
Status: Eliminated from Top 24
Liahona Olayan (16)
“Me Too” https://youtu.be/ukpEPHmI2B0
Status: Eliminated from Top 24
Jason Warrior (25)
“Believer” https://youtu.be/div6s1hgGaM
Status: Eliminated from Top 24
Alana (22)
“Bust Your Windows”
https://youtu.be/rKfZXTF4o3o
Status: Eliminated from Top 24
Hanna Everhart (17)
“Wrecking Ball” https://youtu.be/6bGF2lzNq_U
Status: Eliminated from Top 24
Andrea Valles (23)
“Blinding Lights” https://youtu.be/w2YnuV2DNS0
Status: Eliminated from Top 24
Cecil Ray (20)
“Beyond”
https://youtu.be/tgNE4wvuN3E
Status: Eliminated from Top 24

BRING BACK: (BAD CUT)

Laila Mach (15)
“If I Ain’t Got You” https://youtu.be/55NJijUo0wo
Status: Failed to make Top 24