The show was dubbed "the Death Star", and competing networks often rearranged their schedules in order to minimize losses. The impact of American Idol was also strongly felt in musical theatre, where many of Idol alumni have forged successful careers.  Radio Disney also broadcast its first season of American Idol Insider.  The show reached its peak in the fifth season with numbers averaging 30.6 million per episode, and this season remains the highest-rated of the series. Perry, Bryan and Richie returned as judges, while Seacrest returned as host. The results segment feature group performances by the contestants as well as guest performers. The following week, unlike previous seasons, Colton Dixon was the only contestant sent home. Former judge Jennifer Lopez and former mentor Harry Connick, Jr. joined Urban on the panel.  Nevertheless, American Idol overall finished its ninth season as the most watched TV series for the sixth year running, breaking the previous record of five consecutive seasons achieved by CBS' All in the Family and NBC's The Cosby Show.. DeWyze was declared the winner during the May 26 finale. Starting September 30, 2006, this season was repackaged as "American Idol Rewind" and syndicated directly to stations in the U.S.
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Jones denied the accusation that he concealed his arrests.
On the fourteenth season, the show aired on Wednesday nights, and on the fifteenth season, Thursday nights.
By winning, Fradiani became the first winner from the Northeast region. One change was nevertheless made due to the presence of multiple time zones in the United States that made it impractical for the country to vote in the same time period, an additional half-hour results show was therefore added the day following the performance show.
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 American Idol revolutionized American pop culture and the pop idol process and has provided an opportunity for many to bypass the small club scene and allow a much larger audience to participate in and select the next potential chart topping performer.  Audience members then voted for their favorite performer.
Starting in tenth season, the girls and boys perform on separate nights. Two of the more prominent contestants during the Hollywood round were the Brittenum twins who were later disqualified for identity theft.. Fradiani released "Beautiful Life" as his coronation single while Beckham released "Champion".
In the following week, Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia were both eliminated.  Later episodes, however, retained viewers better, and the season ended on a high with a significant increase in viewership for the finale – up 12% for the adults 18–49 demographic and a 21% increase in total viewers from the ninth-season finale. The contestants are voted for by the viewing public, and the outcome of the public votes is then revealed during a results segment. In the first season, there were three groups of ten, with the top three contestants from each group making the finals. The pre-season buzz and the early episodes of the show were dominated by the feud between the judges Minaj and Carey after a video of their dispute was leaked to TMZ..
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 Later, ABC announced that it had acquired the rights to the series, and that American Idol would return for the 2017–18 television season.
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joined Randy Jackson as judges following the departures of Simon Cowell (who left to launch the American version of The X Factor), Kara DioGuardi (whose contract was not renewed) and Ellen DeGeneres, while Nigel Lythgoe returned as executive producer.
Updated Sep 25, 2017 at 5:48pm NBCUniversal Tonight is the premiere of season 13 for The Voice , which means there may be some new judges as part of the cast.
In the tenth season the weekly studio recordings were also released as compilation digital album straight after performance night. David Cook's performance of "Billie Jean" on top-ten night was lauded by the judges, but provoked controversy when they apparently mistook the Chris Cornell arrangement to be David Cook's own even though the performance was introduced as Cornell's version. , On May 13, 2019, the series was renewed for an eighteenth season and premiered on February 16, 2020. In Southeast Asia, it is broadcast by Sony Channel every Monday and Tuesday nine or ten hours after since its revival.
 Ryan Seacrest returned as the host.
For the next round, the contestants put themselves in small groups and performed a song together.
The number of those attending the auditions by now had increased to over 100,000 from the 10,000 of the first season. 'Idol' Ad Sales $oar", "Can 'Idol' Survive Without Its X Factor, Simon Cowell? For the first time in eight years, American Idol lost the leading position in both the total viewers number and the 18/49 demo, coming in second to NBC Sunday Night Football, although the strengths of Idol in its second year in the Wednesday-Thursday primetime slots helped Fox achieve the longest period of 18–49 demographic victory in the Nielsen ratings, standing at 8 straight years from 2004 to 2012. Country singer Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will officially be joining the judges table when "American Idol" makes its debut on ABC, the network has confirmed. iTunes sponsored the show since the seventh season.
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