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About American Idol: The Phenomenon Continues


Television's No. 1 show, American Idol, returns for its seventh season when it premieres in January. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the hit series empowers viewers to discover America's next solo singing superstar by voting for their favorites to win the coveted American Idol title.

Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom and a chance to be the next American Idol. The show's judges - Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson - winnow 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, they enable audience members to experience a variety of musical styles.


About 19 Entertainment:
Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment brands today. The company has attracted a unique collection of expertise in executives who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist/writer management.

19 Founder and CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainers of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and renowned U.K. television series POP IDOL. 19’s roster of chart-topping artists includes legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, and IDOL alumni Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and David Cook, to name just a few.

In 2007, 19 Entertainment Ltd. nabbed multiple Grammy nominations for AMERICAN IDOL alumni Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino and Chris Daughtry, as well as a prestigious Governors Emmy Award, the Television Academy’s highest honor, for “Idol Gives Back.” In 2008, Simon Fuller was named “Top British Manager of All Time” by Billboard Magazine, broke music industry records by securing 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in just one week (all 19 managed/American Idol artists), and beat the record of 14 singles charted by the Brian Epstein-managed Beatles during a single week in 1964.
Added: July 2008