American Idol History

Events in Film & TV

Music History

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

Music History

2002-09-04 Kelly Clarkson is crowned the winner of the first series of "American Idol" TV singing competition series

Birthdays in Film & TV

Lionel RichieLionel Richie (73 years old)

1949-06-20 American singer (Commodores, 1968-82; "Easy"; "Three Times A Lady"; solo -"Hello"; "All Night Long"), and TV personality (American Idol, 2018-22), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • 1956-06-23 Randy Jackson, American session and touring bassist, singer, and record producer (Jean-Luc Ponty; Journey; Mariah Carey) and TV personality (American Idol judge, 2002-14), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Simon CowellSimon Cowell (63 years old)

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

Paula AbdulPaula Abdul (60 years old)

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

Harry Connick JrHarry Connick Jr (55 years old)

1967-09-11 American pop and jazz singer and pianist (We Are in Love; When Harry Met Sally), actor (Will & Grace), and TV Personality (American Idol, 2013), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Keith UrbanKeith Urban (55 years old)

1967-10-26 New Zealand-Australian Grammy, CMA, and ARIA Award-winning country music singer-songwriter ("Somebody Like You"; "The Fighter"), and television personality (American Idol; The Voice Australia), born in Whangarei, New Zealand

Ryan SeacrestRyan Seacrest (48 years old)

1974-12-24 American DJ (On Air; American Top 40), and television host (American Idol, since 2002; Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, since 2005; Live with Kelly and Ryan, since 2017), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1975-09-17 Constantine Maroulis, American rock singer (American Idol, season 4), born in Brooklyn, New York

Luke BryanLuke Bryan (46 years old)

1976-07-17 American country singer ("I'll Stay Me"), and television personality (American Idol), born in Leesburg, Georgia

  • 1976-10-07 Taylor Hicks, American pop and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter (American Idol, 2006), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1978-01-21 Phil Stacey, American Idol finalist
  • 1978-04-13 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • 1978-07-20 Elliott Yamin, American Idol contestant
  • 1978-09-12 Ruben Studdard, American singer (American Idol, I Need An Angel), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1978-10-20 Michael Johns, American Idol (season 7) finalist
  • 1978-10-28 Justin Guarini [Bell], American pop singer and actor (American Idol), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1980-04-02 Bobby Bones [Bobby Estell], American radio host and TV personality (American Idol), born in Mountain Pine, Arkansas
  • 1980-11-15 Brett "Ace" Young, American pop singer (American Idol), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1981-05-17 R. J. Helton, American Idol finalist
  • 1981-07-21 Blake Lewis, American musician (American Idol), born in Redmond, Washington
  • 1981-08-17 Kristin Holt, American television personality (American Idol), born in Plano, Texas

Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson (40 years old)

1982-04-24 American pop singer ("Since U Been Gone"; "My Life Would Suck Without You"), winner of 1st season of "American Idol", songwriter, and TV personality, born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1982-06-15 Haley Scarnato, American pop singer (American Idol), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1982-12-20 David Cook, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1983-01-13 William Hung, American Idol contestant
  • 1983-02-08 Jim Verraros, American pop singer (American Idol, 2002), born in Mount Prospect, Illinois
  • 1983-05-31 David Hernandez, American pop singer (American Idol), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1984-01-18 Kristy Lee Cook, American country singer (American Idol, season 7), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1984-02-19 Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist
  • 1984-03-18 Vonzell Solomon, American Idol Contestant
  • 1984-06-30 Fantasia [Barrino], American singer (American Idol, "Back to Me"), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • 1984-09-14 Melissa McGhee, American rock singer (American Idol, season 5), born in Tampa, Florida

Katy PerryKaty Perry (38 years old)

1984-10-25 American pop singer ("I Kissed A Girl"; "Teenage Dream"; "Firework"), and TV personality (American Idol, 2018-present), born in Santa Barbara, California

  • 1984-10-26 Amanda Overmyer, American singer (American Idol season 7 finalist), born in Mulberry, Indiana
  • 1985-09-01 Eli-Mac [Camile Velasco], Filipino-American pop singer (American Idol), born in Makati, Philippines
  • 1985-11-11 Jessica Sierra, American Idol season 4 finalist
  • 1987-03-25 Jason Castro, American Idol contestant

Diana DeGarmoDiana DeGarmo (35 years old)

1987-06-16 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), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1989-05-30 Kevin Covais, American singer (American Idol) and actor, born in Levittown, New York
  • 1989-06-13 Lisa Tucker, American singer and actress (American Idol), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1989-12-22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1990-12-28 David Archuleta, American singer (American Idol runner-up), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1994-11-08 Lauren Alaina, American singer-songwriter (American Idol), born in Rossville, Georgia
  • 2011-10-09 Scotty McCreery, American country music singer. (American Idol, 2011; "I Love You This Big"), born in Garner, North Carolina

Weddings in Film & TV

Paula Abdul

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

  • 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

Carrie Underwood

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)