American Idol History

Events in Film & TV


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2002-06-11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

Birthdays in Film & TV


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1959-10-07 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell

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1962-06-19 Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up) and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 1978-01-21 Phil Stacey, American Idol finalist
  • 1978-04-13 Chris Sligh, American Idol finalist
  • 1978-07-20 Elliott Yamin, American Idol contestant
  • 1978-10-20 Michael Johns, American Idol (season 7) finalist
  • 1981-05-17 R. J. Helton, American Idol finalist

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1982-04-24 Kelly Clarkson, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol, born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1982-12-20 David Cook, American singer, winner of American Idol.
  • 1983-01-13 William Hung, American Idol contestant
  • 1984-01-18 Kristy Lee Cook, American Idol 7 cast member
  • 1984-02-19 Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist
  • 1984-03-18 Vonzell Solomon, American Idol Contestant
  • 1984-10-26 Amanda Overmyer, American Singer, American Idol (season 7)
  • 1985-11-11 Jessica Sierra, American Idol season 4 finalist
  • 1987-03-25 Jason Castro, American Idol contestant

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1987-06-16 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1988-08-21 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)
  • 1989-12-22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1990-12-28 David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American Singer

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1997-02-02 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 2005-06-16 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama
  • 2006-09-02 "Color Me Badd" singer Sam Watters (36) weds American Idol first season finalist Tamyra Gray (27) on a cliff on the island of Capri
  • 2008-10-05 American Idol season 6 fourth finalist LaKisha Jones (28) weds financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2008-12-31 Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois
  • 2009-09-26 "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2009-09-29 American Idol's first runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2010-01-02 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-07-10 Actress and fourth season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood (29) weds Nashville Predators ice hockey player Mike Fisher (32) at Ritz Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia

  • 2010-10-10 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago
  • 2011-08-18 American Idol's first-ever blind finalist Scott MacIntyre (26) weds Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2011-12-31 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California
  • 2012-07-21 2010 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze (26) weds model-actress Jonna Walsh at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California
  • 2015-03-21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • 2015-10-24 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2011-11-16 Second season American Idol winner Rubben Studdard (33) divorces Surata Zuri McCants due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 2009-07-25 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)