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American Idol

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RealityGame Show7+2002 - Present16 SeasonsReturning: Date TBA

American Idol is an American reality-singing competition program created by Simon Fuller. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idols format based on the British series Pop Idol and has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists where the winner is determined by the viewers in America.

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Season 1

ABC
Season 01, Episode 19 RJ is Short for "Really Gone"

S01 E19

Aug 15, 2002
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RJ is Short for "Really Gone" Aug 15, 2002 Last night, the Top 5 finalists performed love songs. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will be sent home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for.

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Season 16

Hulu | ABC | DirecTV Now
Season 16, Episode 15 Top 10 – Disney Night

S16 E15

Apr 30, 2018
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Top 10 – Disney Night Apr 30, 2018 The Top 10 perform in the first “American Idol” Disney Night. Idina Menzel serves as mentor.

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Season 16, Episode 16 Top 7

S16 E16

May 7, 2018
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Top 7 May 7, 2018 American Idol breaks more boundaries as the show pays tribute to music luminary Prince. The Top 7 take on the legendary Prince catalogue, paying homage to the late icon in a historic first-time tribute episode by a singing competition series. The tribute continues American Idol's longstanding relationship with the Prince family, following Prince's live performance on the show in 2006. Iconic musician Sheila E., who toured with Prince earlier in her career, performs with American Idol music director, Kris Pooley, and the house band for this special tribute. Golden Globe® and GRAMMY®-nominated artist Nick Jonas lends his expertise to the Top 7 finalists as mentor for this week's performances. In addition to singing a song from Prince's catalogue, each contestant will also sing a song from the year of their birth.

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Season 16, Episode 17 Top 5

S16 E17

May 14, 2018
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Top 5 May 14, 2018 The top five contestants perform.

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Season 16, Episode 18 Performance Finals

S16 E18

May 21, 2018
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Performance Finals May 21, 2018 The Top 3 finalists visit their hometowns to celebrate their time on the show before returning to the Idol stage for their last chance to win America's votes.

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