American Idol

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jun 11, 2002 on FOX
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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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  • 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.