‘American Idol’ The Pefect Rags To Riches Story

Beth Gillin of the Philadelphia Inquirer chatted with James Seguin, professor of communications at Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh, on what has made ‘American Idol’ the big hit of the summer, in his professional opinion. “It’s a rags-to-riches story,” he said. “It’s the success of the common man in a perfect television format.” He added, “People are living their dreams through these kids.”

Top 10 ‘American-Idol’ Moments

September 1, 2002 – Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press has her top 10 ‘American Idol’ moments posted. Amongst her selections were Nikki McKibbon’s son gives her a rose, Paula Abdul’s refusal to sing, Randy Jackson’s constant name-dropping, and Tamyra Gray being voted off, which she compared to being the “biggest mistake since ‘Dewey defeats Truman'”

‘American Idol’ Success Mind Blowing To Paula Abdul

September 1, 2002 – Jay Bobbin of Tribune Media Services chatted with Paula Abdul on the huge and surprise success ‘American Idol’ has received this summer. “I don’t think anyone anticipated the level of [the show’s] success, even though the show was so large in its original version in the United Kingdom [as ‘Pop Idol’],” she said. “It’s mind-blowing how many people are addicted to this show. I can’t even articulate the craziness that goes on around it. It’s just insane, almost like when you’re an artist giving a concert in your hometown. Everyone wants tickets, and that’s how this show is.”

Stars Pick Their ‘American Idol’ Favorite

September 1, 2002 – Us Weekly asked numerous celebrities to predict the winner of ‘American Idol.’ Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter commented, “I like the kid with the curly hair, Justin. He’s good.” Jennifer Love Hewitt added, “I hope they all win and become big stars.” The remaining celebs picked Kelly Clarkson to win.

‘American Idol’ Is More Sophisticated Than ‘Star Search’

August 30, 2002 – Simon Duffy of CNN.com has an article out Wednesday on how ‘American Idol’ has become the buzz hit of the summer. Robert Thompson, head of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University said this show is a lot different than ‘Star Search’, and is testament to its success. “This is to ‘Star Search’ what modern quantum physics is to Newtonian gravitational equations,” he said. “It’s big, so much more sophisticated and so much more conscious of how you gather an audience.”

Nice Eyes, But You Don’t Belong In This Competition

August 30, 2002 – ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell spoke with co-host Ryan Seacrest on Extra TV earlier today and shared his thoughts on last night’s performances on the show by the final three contestants. On Nikki McKibbon’s performance, Simon said, “I miss Tamyra. Every time I looked at Nikki, I just thought, ‘You shouldn’t be there.'” He did have something nice to say about her though, “I’ll tell you something, she has the best eyes I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Atlanta Begins Tuning Out Of ‘American Idol’

August 30, 2002 – ‘American Idol’ had huge numbers on Tuesday, but did take a ratings drop in one market – Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Norcross native Tamyra Gray was voted off the show last week, so 140,000 Atlantans decided to skip the show apparently. On Aug. 21, ‘Idol’ peaked with 860,000 metro Atlanta viewers out of about 4 million residents, according to local Nielsen figures. This past Tuesday night, without an Atlantan left to root for, about 720,000 tuned in. Nationally, the show drew 15.3 million, their best number of the season.

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