Continuing my theme of previous posts, I would like to thank everybody involved with American Idol. Since premiering in 2002, it has been the gold standard for American singing competition television series’s. I would like to thank the host Ryan Seacrest (and Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)) for bringing American Idol into peoples homes throughout 17 Seasons on FOX and most recently ABC. I would like to thank all of the judges (Originals Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, as well as Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie) for bringing their industry insights and honest opinions to the contestants season after season. And I would like to thank all of the contestants who were brave enough year after year to volunteer to sing for the american public. Finally I would like to thank show creator Simon Fuller and all of the Producers, Directors, Writers, Editors, Production managers, etc.. and everybody else listed on IMDB for the hard work, time and effort in bringing American Idol to life each season
Since its 1st season, American Idol has changed the way people think about talent shows and the careers of contestants. Besides launching the careers of superstars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, dozens of contestants have gone on to have hugely successful careers and for this everybody should be thankful to American Idol that we got to learn about and experience so much talent and music that otherwise we may never have heard
Unlike shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race, where I dream of one day becoming a contestant and experiencing things from that side of the show, I have absolutely no musical talent, and have no desire to try out for American Idol. Instead I want to continue to watch as the show continues to showcase new and talented individuals who may go on to become superstars, but who touch millions of fans just for their own talents and uniqueness regardless of their ultimate outcome
From Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Constantine Maroulis, Chris Daughtry, Elliott Yamin in the early seasons, to Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze in the middle, and Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, and Maddie Poppe, the talent that come out of American Idol is simply amazing.
Add to that the memories of contestants such as Nikki McKibbin with her red hair, Sanjaya Malakar with his Mohawk, David Archuleta, and James Durbin (Currently singing for Quiet Riot), its been a fun ride
Again, thanks to every person involved with American Idol as you all have influenced my life in a amazing way and for that I am truly grateful
PS – Had to include the following 2 videos as the are some of my favorite memories