American Idol Quiz


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How much do you know about the show that gave America a chance choose the next big star? Find out by taking this American Idol quiz!

Who is the host of American Idol?

Ryan Seacrest actually co-hosted the first season of American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman.


Which of the following talk show hosts served as a judge for one season?

She replaced Paula Abdul in season 10 but left after just one season.


Who is known as the bluntest American Idol judge of all time?

Cowell has also served as a judge on other talent competition shows including: The X Factor, America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent and Pop Idol.


Who was the first American Idol winner ever?

Her debut single was “A Moment like This” which she sang in the finale of Season 1 of American Idol.


Who was the first male winner of American Idol?

Ruben was born in Germany to American parents. He’s the only American Idol winner to have been born outside of the United States.


Which American Idol contestant went on to win an Oscar for best supporting actress in the movie Dreamgirls?

Hudson finished in seventh place on the third season of American Idol but gained stardom on the big screen in several high-profile films!


What do all American Idol hopefuls wish to receive after their first audition?

This next stage of the competition allows the contestants to further display their talents in hopes of moving on to the live shows.


What do some auditioning hopefuls ask the judges if they can do when meeting them?

“Oh my gosh, can I hug you!?”


Which of the following women was NOT a judge on American Idol?

Though never a judge, Beyonce did serve as a coach and also performed on American Idol on several occasions.


Which of the following men was NOT a judge on American Idol?

He was the one consistent cast member of American Idol for all its seasons.


What does the eliminated contestant do at the end of each show?

The credits often roll as the eliminated contestant takes the mic one last time!


How many seasons did Randy Jackson serve as a judge on American Idol?

Randy Jackson was the last original judge to leave the show. He is also known for his role as executive producer of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.


In season 8, who was added to the panel as a fourth judge?

Kara, an American singer/songwriter actually wrote many of the songs sung by idol winners and alumni such as Kelly Clarkson, Katharine McPhee, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert!


This judge joined the judging panel for Seasons 10 and 11, left the show, and then returned for Seasons 14 and 15.

JLo gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991.


What were viewers encouraged to do at the end of each episode of American Idol?

There was a telephone line associated with each contestant. In more recent years, texting and social media played a role in voting as well.


Which American Idol 2nd place finisher went on to run for Congressional office?

Clay was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election, though followed his theme of not winning!


Justin Guarini was in the final showdown with which female American Idol winner?

The two went on to star in a musical romantic comedy film called From Justin to Kelly. It won the Golden Raspberry Award for the Worst “Musical” of Our First 25 Years in 2005.


Which of the American Idol winer appeared on the fifteenth season of The Biggest Loser?

Studdard lost a total of 119 pounds while on The Biggest Loser – going from 462 lbs down to 343 lbs. He is 6’3” tall.


Phillip Phillips’ coronation song, “Home” was widely used in NBC’s coverage of the 2012…

Summer Olympic Games. The song, “Home” sold more than 4 million copies in the US that year.


Season 12 winner Candice Glover was the first female to win American Idol since this person in Season 6.

Candice Glover is a singer, songwriter and actress. Her debut album Music Speaks was released on February 18, 2014.


Which of the American Idol winners auditioned for the show three times in four years and finally went on to win it all?

Caleb became the only finalist in the season to never land in the bottom three prior to reaching the finale. His coronation song was “As Long as You Love Me.”


Which beverage company ended their long-time sponsorship deal with American idol in 2014?

The judges of American Idol always had prominently placed large Coca-Cola cups on their panel table each episode.


Which major car manufacturer was also a long-time sponsor of American Idol?

In the red room of the American Idol set, there is a glass table with a Ford wheel as its base!


Who was the first rocker to win American Idol in season seven?

His winning song “The Time of My Life was released on May 22, 2008. He is currently signed to the labels: XIX Recordings and Analog Heart Music.


This American Idol winner was up against Adam Lambert in the finale of season 8:

Kris Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas in 1985. His most famous song, “Live Like We’re Dying” peaked at number 18 in the US with combined sales of more than 1.7 million on his self-titled album.


This runner-up lost to Lee DeWyze on season 9 of American Idol:

Following her stint on American Idol, Bowersox, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, works to bring more awareness to people who suffer from the disease.


An American Idol contestant played Karen Cartwright, a lead female role on the NBC Series…

Smash was an American musical drama series that debuted in 2012 but was cancelled in 2013 for poor ratings.


Which American Idol contestant was known for rocking his grey hair?

Taylor Hicks auditioned for American Idol in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul liked him, Simon Cowell said Hicks would never make it to the final round. Cowell later admitted he was wrong.


Whose coronation song was “Inside Your Heaven”?

As of 2015, Carrie Underwood has become the most successful American Idol contestant in the United States, selling more than 14 million album copies.


Which American Idol contestant was shockingly eliminated in fourth place on the fifth season?

He is the 3rd most successful American Idol contestant in terms of record sales behind Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. His band is Grammy-nominated.


He was the runner up against Carrie Underwood on the fourth season of American Idol.

Harold Elwin “Bo” Bice, Jr. Bo was known for his long hair and rocker look.


What was the name of the famous American Idol hopeful who performed a very entertaining audition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs”?

In a surprise appearance, Hung returned for the series finale to give one last hurrah to his rendition of “She Bangs”


How does Ryan Seacrest begin each episode of American Idol?

He would say this after giving a quick recap of the previous episode and a preview of the upcoming episode. After he said it, the opening credit music would play.


Which judge did Mariah Carey least get along with on the judges panel?

Nicki Minaj was the recipient of Billboard’s Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award. She served as a judge on American Idol for only one season in 2013.


Which American Idol winner performed “Something in the Water” on the series finale show?

Carrie was born on March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her debut album “Some Hearts” was released in 2005.


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