Season 7's American Idols are on tour this summer and they are hitting more than 40 cities from coast to coast. People have seen them on TV, as they surprise the judges and the audience week after week. Now you can experience their breathtaking voices live on stage. The American Idol finalists are scheduled to hit the road and perform in an arena near you.
The Popular American Idol Show
American Idol is an American reality-competition show which is telecasted on the Fox TV. It was first time aired on June 11, 2002, and has since then become one of the most popular shows on American television. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, which was first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.
The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. The outcomes of the later stages of this competition are determined by public voting by phone. The format features three judges who give critiques of the contestants' performances: record producer Randy Jackson; pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul; and music executive Simon Cowell. The show is hosted by former children's game show emcee and television personality Ryan Seacrest.
The show usually airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the US and Thursday and Friday nights in the UK. In its seven seasons, its winners have been Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook.
Before audience all around the globe get the chance to see the show, judges go through two rigorous sets of cuts: the first consists of a brief audition in front of one or two of the show's producers with three other contestants. All four contestants are then either sent through to the next round of producers or are asked to leave. Only about 100-200 contestants in each city make it past this round, which is a amazing statistic considering that tens of thousands of people show up to audition in each city. Those few contestants who make it through to the next round of auditions sing in front of another panel of producers, who then narrow the remaining contestants down to about forty singers. The remaining singers (again, only about 40 out of 10,000 to 20,000) then audition in front of judges Simon, Randy, and Paula for a chance to make it to Hollywood Week.
Television's No. 1 show, American Idol, returns for its seventh season when it premieres in January. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the hit series captivates huge number of viewers and discovers America's next solo singing superstar by voting for their favorites to win the popular American Idol title.
Every year, tens of thousands of people from across the nation gather for auditions for a shot at stardom and struggling for a chance to be the next American Idol. The show's judges - Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson - narrow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists who sing their hearts out each week for the studio audience and the television viewers. The judges have their say after every performance, but it's the viewing public that determines who will advance to the next round of the competition and who will go home. Voting via telephone and text messaging begins immediately after each performance show, and the results are announced during the following night's broadcast.
Themes such as country music, hits of the 21st century and Elvis Presley songs add spice to the performance shows, along with appearances and mentoring by legendary artists like Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Martina McBride and Bon Jovi. These guest performers not only share their expertise with the contestants, but also enable audience members to experience a variety of musical styles.
Eventually the competition is narrowed down to two finalists who compete for a major recording contract and the American Idol title. Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and recently crowned Jordin Sparks already have risen to the top of the recording industry.
American Idol live inspired from the TV show American Idols is gaining a lot of popularity with people waiting for their past winners to perform in arenas near their cities.
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