Definitely one of the most highly anticipated shows in the world today, “American Idol” is a reality television show that offers viewers loads of surprises. This interactive talent show is currently on its way to start its ninth season. The show is known for featuring some of the best homegrown talents in the United States. It offers participants a once in a lifetime opportunity to shine and become popular worldwide. Despite its wondrous accomplishments, it is still good to look back and learn the colorful history of the show including who invented American Idol.
The Invention of American Idol
Who invented American Idol? Led by a group of directors that include Ken Warwick, Nigel Lythgoe and Bruce Gowers, the concept behind this highly interesting show was invented by Simon Fuller. Throughout the years, his name has been associated with some of the huge names in show business such as Annie Lennox, Spice Girls as well as past American Idol winners David Cook and Carrie Underwood. In 1998, he was able to create a format that revolutionized the world of television. Amongst the shows that he made by that time were Canadian Idol, Pop Idol and American Idol.
Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information
After Fuller’s Pop Idol made some really serious noise in its first two installments in the United Kingdom, he decided to sell the show to the Fox Network in the United States. Upon its release, American Idol was an instant hit among various audiences. After that, the show has popularized show presenters Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. This particular type of television format that Fuller created has an estimated value of more than $2.5 billion, the revenues of which are comprised of advertising sources, broadcast rights, music sales, telephone tie-ups, merchandising and sponsors.
The format that Fuller created for the American Idol includes the initial auditions, Hollywood performances, semi-finals and the finals. Kelly Clarkson was the winner for Season 1, Ruben Studdard for Season 2 and Fantasia Barrino for Season 3. After that, Carrie Underwood won Season 4, Taylor Hicks won Season 5 and Jordin Sparks won Season 6. David Cook dominated Season 7, while Kris Allen pulled an upset to win it all in Season 8 of the competition.
Besides American Idol, Fuller is credited as one of the co-creators of another hit TV show entitled “So You Think You Can Dance.” Aside from his prestigious career in the music world and television, Fuller is very much involved in other fields like sports, fashion and business. Throughout the years, he has already received a number of awards and citations including the Forbes Magazine Top Trend Setter for 2007, the 2008 Producers Guild of America Visionary Award and the Music Managers Forum 2008 Peter Grant Award.