- “American Idol” began back in 2002 and is one of the most successful singing competitions.
- After 19 seasons, the show’s still going and has had judges including Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.
- More recent judges include Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Katy Perry.
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He quickly became known as the most critical judge who was popular for his harsh one-liners.
Despite his reputation, Cowell was a beloved star on the show and many felt he kept things entertaining.
Aside from creating talent shows and judging them, Cowell signed a book deal in 2020 for a seven-part series about animals called “Wishfits,” co-authored with his son Eric.
Abdul’s music was especially popular in the late 1980s and she became one of the most popular artists of the 1990s.
She stayed on as a judge for “American Idol” through season eight.
In April 2021, she made a temporary return to “Idol” as a guest judge when Luke Bryan was out after testing positive for COVID-19.
On “Idol,” Jackson was known to be a level-headed judge who balanced out Abdul and Cowell.
In 2017, she helped launch the first Maine effort of the Enough Abuse Campaign, a national program working to prevent child sexual abuse.
In 2020, Buzzfeed News spoke to multiple current and former employees who accused the show of having a toxic workplace. Degeneres apologized to staff members but later addressed the allegations, calling them “orchestrated” on “Today.”
In May 2021, she announced the show would be ending.
At the time, Tyler — the lead singer of Aerosmith — had recently come off a successful comeback and a tour, as well as a stint in rehab for his prescription-painkiller addiction.
After two seasons on the show, Tyler announced he was leaving in 2012 to focus more on his work with Aerosmith.
At the time, Lopez had recently parted ways with Epic Records.
Her comeback single “On the Floor” was released right around the time of her debut on the show.
Although she hasn’t released a full album since 2014, Lopez still sings and performs. In 2018, she released a hit single with Cardi B and DJ Khaled. In 2019, she starred in and produced the film “Hustlers.”
Carey stayed on for just one season.
In 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer told Australian radio show “Kyle and Jackie O” that her time on the show was “so boring and so fake.”
“When I say it’s fake, I mean, I have to make up things to say about everybody,” she said. “Half the time, the performances are good, you’ll just be like, ‘It was good.’ “
In June 2021, it was announced that Carey would be featured on a new single with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, called “Somewhat Loved.”
Urban stayed on “Idol” for four seasons and left after season 15. While he was on the show, he released some new music and continued to tour.
In December 2020, Urban was named one of Rolling Stone Australia’s “50 Greatest Australian Artists of All Time.” He was also a featured artist on Taylor Swift’s song “That’s When” from “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”
In 2013, for season 13, he became part of the judging panel alongside Lopez, who was just returning, and Urban.
Connick was a very popular musician when he joined “Idol.” He stayed on for three seasons and left after season 15.
That season, Lopez, Urban, and Connick all left — opening all three spots up. Page Six reported that Perry, who had appeared as a guest judge for the show in 2010, signed a $US25 ($AU34) million deal to become a judge in 2018.
At the time, Perry had recently released her album “Witness” and was fresh off a tour.
Outside of “Idol,” he did a North American tour in 2019 and released an album from his Las Vegas residency.