American Idol

Aired: Oct 15, 2002 , Sunday at 20:00 on FOX

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Episode Summary: 10,000 performers, one superstar. How do you turn a talent search into a phenomenon? Simple. You let America be the judge. In the summer of 2002, that's exactly what producer Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment along with FremantleMedia did for Fox Television. Beginning with an open call for auditions in seven cities across the country, American Idol judges Rand more
...y Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell narrowed a field of over 10,000 pop singer wannabes to one American Idol. Includes never-before-seen footage!
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