American Idol

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Quotes (631)

  • (Judges' comments to Christopher Aaron) Randy: Chris man, you did your thing man... you're just cool, cool Chris. Paula: ...a voice of an angel... and it's been lovely to hear. Simon: I don't think you've shone in this competition (dramatic pause) until now. I thought it was fantastic.

  • (Judges' comments to Kelli Glover) Randy: You did a really good job tonight. Paula: ...You've just been consistently wonderful every step of the way. Simon: ...That was a karaoke sound alike performance and you are capable of better than that.

  • (Judges' comments to Justinn Waddell)
    Randy: It's a very interesting outfit to sing that song in. Paula: Overall you gave a good performance but I've seen better performances out of you. Simon: ...There are a lot better singers in this competition.

  • (Judges' comments to Ryan Starr)
    Randy: I wouldn't know what to do with you singing songs like that in the competition. I was totally thrown off. Paula: ...What an interesting song to choose. Your personality really came out... Simon: It's difficult. I kinda know where Randy's coming from... it was very cabaret.

  • (Judges' comments to Brad Estrin)
    Randy: Brad, Brad, Brad! Dude, I didn't like that... Paula: I felt you were a little disconnected from the song. Simon: Do you know what comes to mind during that performance? You on a local Chilean Variety Show...

  • (Judges' comments to Natalie Burge)
    Randy: ...I thought it was strong overall. Paula: I felt your nervousness a little bit, but you're still an awesome performer. Simon: I wouldn't know what to do with you as a recording artist based on that.

  • (Judges' comments to Rodesia Eaves)
    Randy: I loved it man. Paula: It started out a little shaky... but you got right into the groove of it... Simon: Oh dear, I hated your audition... I thought it was terrible, sorry.

  • (Judges' comments to Adriel Herrera)
    Randy: I think it's the best I've seen you. I thought it was good. Paula:...I thought you did a really good job. You look great; you sounded awesome. Simon:Based on that performance you've proved to me and the others you are a star.

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Notes (1532)

  • The Los Angeles auditions were held from April 20–22, 2002 at Westin Bonaventure Hotel. The Seattle auditions were held from April 23–25, 2002, at Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Chicago auditions were held April 26–28, 2002, at Congress Plaza Hotel. The New York City auditions were held April 29-May 1, 2002, at Millenium Hilton Hotel, The Atlanta auditions were held May 3–5, 2002, at AmericasMart and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The Dallas auditions were held May 5–7, 2002, at Wyndham Anatole Hotel. The Miami auditions were held May 11, 2002, at Fontainebleau Hilton.

  • This is the only season where there were no callback and change of venues for the audition process. They were all held at the same time and place.

  • This is the only season in which the order of the auditions that they aired was the same as the order in which the Judges visited.

  • The show was official entitled American Idol: The Search for A Superstar, but even in the first episode the hosts, judges and even all the signs referred to it as just American Idol, which is now the official name

  • The first season of this successful show was not aired in Latin America.

  • This special series debut is 90 minutes in length.

  • Hollywood Week takes place at the Pasadena Civic Center.

  • In her audition Ryan Starr went by Tiffany Montgomery. Starting with this episode her name changes. According to Simon Cowell's memoir "I Don't Mean to be Rude", she was "cripplingly shy" at the audition, but "Paula [Abdul] saw some potential for stardom in her, and decided to mentor her." As a result, he claims, Montgomery became overly confident, changing her name to "Ryan Starr". Ryan is her middle name and Starr because she felt like a star. Also Nikki is shown in this episode to have the last name Ozment, but for the rest of the series her last name is McKibbin, with no explanation as to why.

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Trivia (2131)

  • Even though only 100 were suppose to make it to "Hollywood Week" they let through 121

  • 31 contestants from Los Angeles made it to Hollywood, 10 contestants from Seattle made it to Hollywood, 23 contestants from Chicago made it to Hollywood, 25 contestants from New York City made it to Hollywood, 15 contestants from Atlanta made it to Hollywood, 11 contestants from Dallas made it to Hollywood, and 6 contestants from Miami made it to Hollywood. This is a total of 121 contestants.

  • Hollywood week started with 121 contestants. After the Line Performance 65 moved on to the next round. After the Group Performance 45 contestants moved to the next round. After the Individual Performance 30 contestants moved on. The Top 15 were first announced, the judges then select 15 more out of the remaining 30. The 30 were split into two groups and the judges then go to each group to announce the chosen group.

  • Tamyra Gray (22) Norcross, GA Jim Verraros (19) Circle Crystal Lake, IL Adriel Herrera (18) Odessa, TX Rodesia Eaves (21) Columbia, SC Natalie Burge (17) Morton, IL Brad Estrin (24) Valley Village, CA Ryan Starr (19) Sunland, CA Justinn Waddell (20) Dayton, NJ Kelli Glover (19) Cranford, NJ Christopher Aaron (23) Duluta, GA

  • The three people to make it into the top ten were: Tamyra Gray , Ryan Starr and Jim Verraros

  • Judges predictions to win the show: All 3 picked Tamyra to win 1st. Their votes were split between Chris and Ariel for the 2nd and 3rd spots.

  • This is the very first American Idol show where the viewers decided who went on to the next round. There were 3 millions votes.

  • When Randy is introduced, Ryan and Brian's names appear on the screen instead of Randy's.

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Allusions (81)

  • Simon: ...That was a karaoke sound alike performance and you are capable of better than that. Karaoke is a Japanese word meaning "empty orchestra". It is a form of entertainment where you have the music and background vocals and you sing the lead vocal in the style of the original artist

  • Randy: ...that was definitely Miami karaoke to me. Karaoke is a Japanese word meaning "empty orchestra". It is a form of entertainment where you have the music and background vocals and you sing the lead vocal in the style of the original artist.

  • Paula: When it ain't broke don't fix it. This is an idiom that you say when it is a mistake to improve something that works.

  • Simon: Straight from Star Trek to Saturday Night Fever... Star Trek was a popular TV show in the 1960's about a crew who set out to explore new worlds and life. It also had movies and other popular TV spin-offs. Saturday Night Fever is a movie from 1977 starring John Travolta who enters a dancing contest. The movie is best known for the disco dancing and the soundtrack of Bee Gee songs.

  • Tameka: ...A.J. you are a pale Backstreet Boy reject! The Backstreet Boys are one of the highest selling boy band groups on record selling over 71 million albums. They gained popularity in the late 1990's.

  • Simon: I can't help but think cabaret when you perform. Cabaret is a form of entertainment that emphasizes skits, songs, magic, comedy, and dance and is often performed in a restaurant or bar where the audience is seated around tables.

  • Title: The Bad, The Even Worse and The Ugly The title is a reference to the 1967 movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood.

  • The title of this episode could be an allusion to the fact that Corey was "bad" by hiding that he had a record/a pending charge against him.

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