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American Idol Celebrates 10th Birthday

June 11, 2012 06:52 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

Time flies when you’re having fun! Or, at least, it does when you’re having fun watching American Idol. The hit reality series turns ten today!  Keep reading to relive ten great years of American Idol.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been ten years since a fresh-faced Kelly Clarkson stepped onto the American Idol stage to stun America with her first big performance.  But it’s true; the first episode of American Idol aired on this very day, ten years ago.  In the years that have passed, the show has spawned a number of successful music careers, including those of Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and Jordin Sparks.  It also has gone through a number of judges, with former favorite Simon Cowell eventually leaving the show for rival talent competition The X Factor.

Perhaps the most notable thing about the last ten years of American Idol is the impressive numbers that the show has garnered.  Several episodes managed to draw in audiences of well over 30 million viewers. And the most recent season finale garnered a full 132 million votes! If that isn’t enough, much of American Idol’s onscreen success has transferred over to the radio and elsewhere. Over the years, the show’s singers have racked up a cool 345 Billboard hits.  And with the recent crowning of Phillip Phillips, there will surely be at least a few future hits added to the mix.

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