American Idol is a television show unlike any other. Each week, millions of viewers tune in, casting upwards of 100 million votes for their favorite performers. For eight seasons, it has dominated television ratings, and it has taken TV to a whole new level of interactivity. Moreover, American Idol has spawned countless clones, received unprecedented media coverage, and expanded its influence into more than 100 countries around the world. It has become a phenomenon of global proportions.
Insights into American Idol takes a look at this worldwide phenomenon. Covering the first eight seasons of the popular talent competition, the book looks back at the best and most famous contestants in series history, offering a fresh perspective while including thought-provoking comments from the winners, judges, and other American Idol experts. It also examines the influence the show has had in other countries, including the more than three dozen international versions of Idol, and much more!
Table of Contents
American Idol Timeline 6
Chapter 1 The American Idol Phenomenon 9
Chapter 2 Origins of a TV Icon 17
Chapter 3 American Idol's Ascent 27
Chapter 4 The Phenomenon Continues 37
Chapter 5 Idol's Global Impact 49
Further Reading & Internet Resources 61
Picture Credits 64
About the Author 64