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American Idol Trivia Questions and Answers

Trivia quiz questions about the TV show American Idol.


American Idol Trivia Questions and Answers

American Idol was based on what British show?
A: Pop Idol, created by Simon Fuller.

Who persuaded Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox's parent company, to buy the show?
A: His daughter Elisabeth, who was a fan of the British show.

The show was renamed what?
A:  American Idol: The Search for a Superstar.

When did the show début?
A: In the summer of 2002.

Cowell was initially offered the job as showrunner but he what?
A: Refused; Lythgoe then took over that position.

Much to Cowell's surprise, it became what?
A: One of the hit shows for the summer that year.

By 2004, the show, had became the what?
A: The most-watched TV show in the U.S.


How long did the show hold that position?
A:  Eight straight years.

The show had originally planned on having how many judges?
A: Four.

By the time of the audition round in the first season, what judges in place?
A: Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

How long did all three of the original judges stay on the judging panel?
A: For eight seasons.

Who was added as a judge in season eight?
A: Kara DioGuardi.

How long did Kara stay?
A: For two seasons.

Paula Abdul left the show before season nine after what?
A: Failing to agree terms with the show producers.


Who replaced Paula Abdul for that season?
A: Ellen DeGeneres.

What did Simon Cowell announce, on January 11, 2010?
A: That he was leaving the show.

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joined the judging panel in which season?
A: Ten.

Both left after how many seasons?
A: Two.

They were replaced by what three new judges?
A: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

Both Carey and Minaj left after how long?
A: One season.

Randy Jackson announced that he would depart the show after twelve seasons as a judge, but would return as a what?
A: Mentor.

Urban is the only judge from season 12 to do what?
A: Return in season 13.


Urban was joined by previous judge Jennifer Lopez and what former mentor?
A: Harry Connick, Jr.

Lopez, Urban and Connick, Jr. will all return as judges for the show's what?
A: Fourteenth season.

Lionel Richie was a what in season two?
A: Guest judge.

The first season was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and whom?
A: Brian Dunkleman.

Dunkleman quit making Seacrest the sole emcee of the show starting with what season?
A: Season two.

The eligible age-range for contestants is currently what?
A: Fifteen to twenty-eight years old.

The initial age limit was what in the first three seasons?
A: Sixteen to twenty-four.

Contestants go through at least how many sets of cuts?
A: Three.

How many contestants get sent to Hollywood from each city?
A:  Between 10–60 people.


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