American Idol

American Idol

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American Idol is an American reality-competition show airing on Fox. It debuted on June 11, 2002, and it has since 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; comedian Brian Dunkleman co-hosted with Seacrest during the first season. The American Idol band is led by Rickey Minor.

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It is referred to by these movies...

(500) Days of Summer

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This Movie refers to American Idol
While Tom and Summer are in the IKEA store, sitting in a living room display, Summer sits on the couch and says "Ooh! Idol's on!".
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Bruno

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This Movie refers to American Idol
When Bruno tries to start up a talk show in Hollywood, one of his guests is Paula Abdul, an American Idol Judge.
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It is referred to by these television episodes...

Californication:
Season:  4  / Episode:  9 
Another Perfect Day

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Becca asks Hank if she and Pearl look like the kind of girls who would like 'American Idol'. Hank responds by saying they look like the kind of girls who would make fun of people who do like the show.

Rescue Me:
Season:  2  / Episode:  10 
Brains

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Garrity compares the stripper service to American Idol.

The King of Queens:
Season:  6  / Episode:  15 
Cheap Saks

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Carrie makes Doug go to an art gallery opening with her. Doug brings along Spence and Deacon to help him get through the event. When Doug thanks Deacon for coming, Deacon tells Doug that going to the gallery got him out of Kelly's 'American Idol' party.

The Cleveland Show:
Season:  2  / Episode:  2 
Cleveland Live!

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
After returning from the first commercial break, the camera shows Ryan Seacrest in the audience, with a banner on the screen informing viewers that it was "American Idol's Ryan Seacrest and 'Friend'."

30 Rock:
Season:  2  / Episode:  15 
Cooter

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Jenna tries to teach Kenneth how to become skilled in "backdoor bragging", giving him the example of "It's hard for me to watch American Idol because I have perfect pitch.". Kenneth tries the "backdoor bragging" himself, saying "It's hard for me to watch American Idol because there's a water bug in the channel changer.".

Suburgatory:
Season:  1  / Episode:  10 
Driving Miss Dalia

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
After passing her driving test Tessa decides to try and fake George out by pretending she didn't pass, saying it's like on 'American Idol' when the contestants hide their yellow paper behind their backs when everyone knows they're going to Hollywood.

The Office:
Season:  7  / Episode:  24 
Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Kelly asks Dwight for the day off so she can go to her 'American Idol' audition.

The Cleveland Show:
Season:  1  / Episode:  17 
Gone with the Wind

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
They played Bad Day to vote the Krinklesac's out of the karaoke contest in the same way they used this song in the fifth season of American Idol.

The OA:
Season:  1  / Episode:  1 
Homecoming

This Television Episode refers to American Idol

The Simpsons:
Season:  21  / Episode:  23 
Judge Me Tender

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Moe is invited to be a judge on 'American Idol'.

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  5  / Episode:  4 
Litchfield's Got Talent

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
The talent show is referred to as Litchfield Idol; a show is mentioned with J-Lo as a judge

Entourage:
Season:  1  / Episode:  8 
New York

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Shawna is upset about the fliers for Vince's going away party, saying his unapproved picture looks like he's trying out for 'American Idol'.

My Name Is Earl:
Season:  1  / Episode:  24 
Number One

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Crabman asks Earl what his method for choosing which list items to cross off is. Randy tells him that sometimes Earl lets him pick the list item, saying "but I get a little freaked out when I play God. That's why I also don't vote on American Idol.".

The Simpsons:
Season:  21  / Episode:  10 
Once Upon a time in Springfield

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Bart complains that women ruin all the good things, naming the Army, the Fantastic Four and American Idol - saying American Idol would be better with just Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.

Perfect Couples:
Season:  1  / Episode:  5 
Perfect Crime

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Dave is upset that he can't name any astronauts, but says he can name every American Idol winner, asking, "What is wrong with our generation?".

The New Adventures of Old Christine:
Season:  2  / Episode:  5 
Separation Anxiety

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Christine wants to apologize to Barb, so she goes to the house, knocking on the door, telling Barb that she knows she's home, and that she doesn't have to be anywhere till 'American Idol' starts...in January.

Six Feet Under:
Season:  5  / Episode:  8 
Singing for Our Lives

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Jackie is tired of listening to Brenda complain so she asks if they can just talk about something meaningless like American Idol.

The New Adventures of Old Christine:
Season:  5  / Episode:  3 
The Mole

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
Christine thinks she has cancer and is dying, so she offers some words of wisdom to Ritchie. She tells him "It doesn't matter who you vote for on 'American Idol', it's rigged.".

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  1  / Episode:  2 
Tit Punch

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
The female prison guard, Bell, tells Larry that she should be on American Idol, but that she can't sing for shit.

Ray Donovan:
Season:  2  / Episode:  1 
Yo Soy Capitan

This Television Episode refers to American Idol
This show is discussed by multiple characters and Ray Donovan gets involved in cleaning up a mess dealing with one of the contestants

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Blake Lewis

This Person is related to American Idol
Blake Lewis was a contestant on season 6 of American Idol.
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Justin Guarini

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Justin was the runner-up on the first season of American Idol
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It spun-off these television series...

American Idol Extra

This Television Series is a spin-off of American Idol
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American Idol Rewind

This Television Series is a spin-off of American Idol
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American Juniors

This Television Series is a spin-off of American Idol
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