There has been a number of talent shows in the USA over the
years but none has dominated the TV landscape like American Idol.
American Idol was introduced to the USA by Simon Fuller and Simon
Cowell, following the success of Pop Idol in the United Kingdom. In
2002 Starsearch, a popular US talent show in the eighties and nineties
was revived as some would see it, to challenge the dominance of
American Idol. But even this show that produced a worthy winner in
Tiffany Evans could not withstand the force that is American Idol.
However, there are shows in other music genres enjoying a degree of
success inspired by the American Idol phenomenon such as American
Juniors, and Nashville Star.
America's Got Talent
Talent is another popular show in the USA. It was
created by Simon Cowell and introduced to the USA in 2006. The format
of this show is different to that of the other popular talent shows
because it features not only singers but dancers, magicians, comedians
and other performers of all ages competing for the top prize of 1
The format of American
is similar to that of the British
Pop Idol show where viewers vote each week to save their favourite
contestant from being ejected from the competition. After each
performance, the contestants are critiqued by the judges, Simon Cowell,
Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. It has to be said that the appeal of the
show is not only the performance of the contestants good or bad, but
also the comments from the judges, in particular Simon Cowell who is
well known for his plain speaking. Let’s also not forget the very
charismatic and fun loving host, Ryan Seacrest. His banter with the
contestants and judging panel is also in our view a key ingredient in
the show’s appeal.