American Idol

Season 1 Episode 1

Debut

4
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jun 11, 2002 on FOX
7.4
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Judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell look for the next big superstar in a cross country search, while Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman host. Some auditions are great, some bad, and others just horrible. Those that impress move on to the Hollywood round, while the rest are sent packing.

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  • good show.

    9.8
    A humorous debut for this hit reality show series. It showed three judges, which were Randy, Paula and Simon, getting starting to search for the next American Idol. They went to different cities, in each one picking 30 to move on to the next round. Faced with some that were great performers, or the most talentless people you've ever seen. In the end though, successfully they found over a 100 people for the next round. star:Paula Abdul (Judge), Brian Dunkleman (Host (Season 1)), Ryan Seacrest (Host), Simon Cowell (Judge), Tamyra Gray (Fourth Place (Season 1)), Justin Guarini (Runner-Up (Season 1)), Kelly Clarkson (Winner (Season 1)), Nikki McKibbin (Third Place (Season 1)), R. J. Helton (Fifth Place (Season 1)), Jim Verraros (Ninth Place (Season 1)), Ryan Starr (Seventh Place (Season 1)), EJay Day (Tenth Place (Season 1)), Christina Christian (Sixth Place (Season 1)), A.J. Gil (Eighth Place (Season 1)), Randy Jackson (II) (Judge)moreless
  • If you have not watched this show in the first 6 -7 episodes, you have to see it...

    9.9
    This show is the perfect place to go to/ watch. This show will make you so hard... espisiolly the "bad" singers.A fun show with many wonderful aspects and show thats just perfect for your laugh. The first episodes are about who gets chosen and who doesnt. Mostly, people who dont get chosen... FUNNY! seriously one word for it... funny. The things that are funny are the singing and also Simon Cowell's comments. Many of these people that want to have their dream realised have to be judged by none other than Simon. His comment are the funniest. But thats not all, the host is Ryan. He is awesome wiht how he tries to comforts the ones that make it and the one that dont. KEEP DOING A GOOD JOB RYAN!moreless
  • What is to become a major hit!

    6.2
    This is what will to become a major hit and not

    Just only a once in a lifetime experience as

    Three judges! Paula, Randy, and Simon(Soon to be known as the man that you love to hate a lot! But also can't seem to resist!)

    As they try to find singers in which to become stars!

    Going all over the USA to do so!
  • If you have been on the fence with this series and are hoping things might get better... then you might want to give this season a try. I think it will be a big year for American Idol.moreless

    9.6
    This series has had its ups and downs and I think, now that it has become part of American culture it has a greater obligation to maintain a higher level of entertainment.



    This episode to me has given the show renewal and seems to be starting on the right foot. The thing that sets this season apart is that they are finding humor in the natural part of this process and not relying on Simon's comments to put the show together.



    If you have been on the fence with this series and are hoping things might get better... then you might want to give this season a try. I think it will be a big year for American Idol.

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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.

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  • NOTES (6)

    • 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.

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