Each volume in this series insightfully tells the story of a person who starts out living quite an ordinary life--just like you or me. All the remarkable people whose stories are told have one thing in common--the desire deep in their hearts to dream big!
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"Beginning with an extensive timetable of the show's evolution, the book takes plenty of opportunities to look at the Idol phenomenon, with one chapter about the show's history, and interjections throughout about other Idol winners and traditions, such as the top three contestants returning to their hometowns."
"The information is not only interesting, but it also offers both inspiration and a cautionary word to readers that fame and talent do not always go hand-in-hand. The bright colors and large font format of the book are reminiscent of teen magazines and should especially appeal to middle-school readers." Review
American Idol is more than just a TV program. It is a national and international phenomenon. Tens of millions of people tune in each week to see aspiring musicians performing. Viewers know that anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or background, could become the next big star-perhaps one day it could even be them! Is it any wonder, then, that a show that inspires so many would-be performers to dream big was once called "the most impactful show in the history of television" by NBC television CEO Jeff Zucker?
For more than seven years, fans have watched the finalists compete against each other. They've voted for their favorites, cheered when their choices advanced, and sat in anticipation each year as the winner was announced at the end of it all.
Of the 82 finalists who were featured during those first seven American Idol seasons, which ones have gone on to stardom? Which ones have struggled? Which ones have been forced to put their musical dreams on hold? Catch up with all of your favorites from the first seven seasons with this American Idol Profiles Index!
Chris Daughtry grew up in small towns in North Carolina and Virginia. As a teenager, he learned to play rock 'n' roll music and soon formed his own band. Despite his broad talent as a singer, Chris spent years performing in small nightclubs, never able to catch the eye of a record producer. But then he auditioned for American Idol, and suddenly people began to take notice.
Chris soon emerged as the favorite to win the competition during the fifth season of Idol, but after reaching the final four he was stunned to learn he had been voted off. He soon signed a record deal, though, and his album, Daughtry, shot to the top of the charts where it remained for more than 100 weeks while selling some 4 million copies. Although he didn't win on American Idol, Chris's fans remain devoted as they watch his star continue to rise.
David Archuleta was a mild-mannered 16-year-old when he first auditioned for American Idol, but by the time the 2008 season of the popular television program ended, he was a beloved teen idol with some of the most devoted fans in all of show business. With his classic performances of songs like "Imagine," "Smoky Mountain Memories," "Love Me Tender," and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," the seventh season runner-up was, according to Idol judge Paula Abdul, "destined for superstardom."
The blueprint for his success dates back to early in his childhood. Both of his parents were musicians, and at the tender age of six, he became enamored with the musical Les Mis?rables. By the time he was a teenager, he had already performed on television several times, including a stint as the junior champion on the TV show Star Search. Since his time on Idol, he has released a best-selling CD and even has made his acting debut. He had big dreams, and as a result, David has truly become an American Idol superstar!
When he was younger, David Cook wanted to pitch in the Major Leagues, but an injury shattered his dreams. Instead, David turned to music. After years of working at odd jobs and performing with small-time rock 'n' roll bands, David auditioned for American Idol. After a lively competition against many talented contestants David emerged as the winner, capturing the season seven title by 12 million votes.
After releasing a hit album, David saw 11 of his singles climb onto Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart-a feat that no individual artist or group had been able to do since 1964 when the Beatles placed 14 songs on the charts. Adored for his sandpapery voice and the unusual arrangements he selects for his songs, David's debut album has sold more than a million copies. However, David is not content to be a one-hit wonder; his goal is to win an Oscar, Grammy, or Tony Award.
Elliott Yamin struggled through much of his childhood-he suffered from severe allergies and an ear ailment that eventually cost him most of the hearing in his right ear. He was also diagnosed with diabetes. But Elliott could always sing, and when he heard American Idol planned to audition contestants he drove more than 11 hours and stood in line all day before getting his opportunity to pursue stardom.
From among thousands of hopefuls, Elliott was picked to go to Hollywood, where he made the most of his chance during Idol's fifth season. Elliott worked hard to hone his talent, eventually finishing third in that year's competitive field. Elliott has since gone on to release two very popular and successful albums and tour the world, where he continues to find new enthusiastic fans, thanks to his soulful voice and zeal for performing.
American Idol is a television show unlike any other. Each week, millions of viewers tune in, casting upwards of 100 million votes for their favorite performers. For eight seasons, it has dominated television ratings, and it has taken TV to a whole new level of interactivity. Moreover, American Idol has spawned countless clones, received unprecedented media coverage, and expanded its influence into more than 100 countries around the world. It has become a phenomenon of global proportions.
Insights into American Idol takes a look at this worldwide phenomenon. Covering the first eight seasons of the popular talent competition, the book looks back at the best and most famous contestants in series history, offering a fresh perspective while including thought-provoking comments from the winners, judges, and other American Idol experts. It also examines the influence the show has had in other countries, including the more than three dozen international versions of Idol, and much more!
Jordin Sparks was just 12 years old when Kelly Clarkson won the title on the first season of American Idol. Less than six years later, Jordin auditioned for American Idol and found herself competing in Hollywood. At first, Jordin was considered a long shot but she gained widespread support among Idol fans for her strong voice and commanding stage presence. At the age of 17, Jordin won the competition, becoming the youngest American Idol winner in the show's history.
After winning Idol, Jordin overcame a potentially career-ending medical emergency when she lost her voice, but recovered and has gone on to tour and make many personal appearances on TV and radio. She has also released two hit albums, establishing herself as one of pop music's brightest stars.
Kellie Pickler's parents lived in an abusive relationship, forcing them to leave her in the care of her grandparents. Kellie found love in the home of Clyde and Faye Pickler-it was her grandmother who taught her to sing. By the time she was a high school student, Kellie was winning beauty pageants, cheerleading, and acting in school plays. After graduation, she was unsure of what to do with her life and found a job as a roller-skating waitress.
And then she heard about American Idol. Kellie auditioned and was picked to compete on the show in Hollywood. Kellie enchanted the judges and audience with her Southern charm, small-town values, and humorous flubs. She didn't win, but music producers recognized her enormous talent and audience appeal. Since leaving Idol, Kellie has released two hit albums and maintains a busy tour schedule, earning her a place among America's top country stars.
A country girl with a phenomenal voice, Texas native Kelly Clarkson captured America's hearts when she won season one of American Idol. Beginning with her very first single, "A Moment Like This," which sold 236,000 copies in the first week, Kelly has many fans who have snapped up all four of her albums and cheered as Kelly became the first American Idol to win a Grammy Award. Her success has been the yardstick by which other Idol contestants are judged.
Kelly has experimented with different song styles including pop, rock, and country. One of the hardest-working performers in the music business, Kelly has toured with country singer Reba McEntire and fellow Idol alumnus Clay Aiken. She has proven her singing and songwriting talent and has a long, extraordinary career ahead of her.
More than 28 million television viewers watched as 23-year-old Arkansas native Kris Allen was named the 2009 winner of American Idol. Kris, who throughout the season was called a dark horse and an underdog, edged favorite Adam Lambert as nearly 100 million people cast their votes during the eighth season finale.
With this entry into the Dream Big: American Idols Superstars series, you can follow Kris's journey from a singer who saw little to no screen time during early episodes to the man who won over the hearts of America. Find out how his brother, Daniel, saved him from missing his audition. Follow along as he belts out his now-famous renditions of "Ain't No Sunshine," "Falling Slowly," "Apologize," and "Heartless." Read what the Idol judges and other music experts really thought about his performances, and learn what the future holds for Kris Allen, the 2009 American Idol.
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