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1 Which American radio personality hosted the tenth season of "American Idol"?
Answer: Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest co-hosted the very first season of "American Idol" together with Brian Dunkleman back in 2002. When Dunkleman left the show in 2003, Seacrest became the sole host for "American Idol". Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, or more commonly known as "Ant & Dec", were the hosts for another reality TV show, "Britain's Got Talent".
    Your options: [ Brian Dunkleman ] [ Ryan Seacrest ] [ Anthony McPartlin ] [ Declan Donnelly ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Season 10
2 Simon said this idol's performance was "on a par with Whitney Houston, Celine Dion; one of the best performances on TV I have ever, ever seen." Who and what song did this idol perform?
Answer: Tamyra Gray - "A House is Not a Home"

Tamyra Gray's sang the Burt Bacharach classic "A House is Not a Home". The first idol shocker occurred when she was eliminated the following week.
    Your options: [ Latoya London - "All by Myself" ] [ Fantasia Barrino - "Summertime" ] [ Katharine McPhee - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" ] [ Tamyra Gray - "A House is Not a Home" ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Simon Says
3 Which season 1 finalist recorded the album "Thankful", which includes the songs "A Moment Like This" and "Miss Independent"?
Answer: Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson was the first "American Idol" winner. She sang "A Moment Like This" at the final competition, and again on the show's final results night. Her album "Breakaway" was later released.
    Your options: [ Ryan Starr ] [ Tamyra Gray ] [ Kelly Clarkson ] [ Nikki McKibbon ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" - The First 4 Seasons - Pt. 2
4 In which season of "American Idol" did Jennifer Hudson compete?
Answer: Season 3

Jennifer Hudson was voted out in the round of 7 remaining contestants. Her ouster created quite an uproar as she was generally considered a superior talent to some of the remaining contestants. Even Ryan Seacrest commented on the travesty.
    Your options: [ Season 3 ] [ Season 1 ] [ Season 2 ] [ Never competed ]
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
5 Which Aerosmith singer became one the of the two new judges for the tenth season of "American Idol"?
Answer: Steven Tyler

Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson were the judges for the ninth season of "American Idol". Only Randy Jackson stayed for the tenth season. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were chosen as the new judges for the tenth season of "American Idol".
    Your options: [ Joe Perry ] [ Steven Tyler ] [ Tom Hamilton ] [ Joey Kramer ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Season 10
6 During season three, the top nine finalists sang Elton John Songs. After this idol's performance, Simon predicted his/her impending elimination. The next night, s/he was eliminated.
Answer: Camile Velasco

Camile Velasco sang "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." Simon said "Camile, somewhere in Las Vegas, a television will be thrown out the window. and that is where Elton John is watching this show. Camile, I'm sorry, that was honestly the end of the road for you I think. Didn't work".
    Your options: [ John Stevens ] [ Camile Velasco ] [ Jon Peter Lewis ] [ Amy Adams ]
  From Quiz: Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
7 Which former contestant co-wrote the song "I Believe", which was sung by the winner and runner-up at the grand finale of season 3?
Answer: Tamyra Gray

Both Diana DeGarmo and Fantasia Barrino sang "I Believe" at the season 3 finals. Fantasia later recorded the song on a single CD. It is also included in her album, "Free Yourself". Tamyra Gray, who placed fourth in season 1, co-wrote the song.
    Your options: [ Christina Christian ] [ Justin Guarini ] [ Tamyra Gray ] [ Kelly Clarkson ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" - The First 4 Seasons - Pt. 2
8 When did Tamyra Gray compete?
Answer: Season 1

Tamyra Gray was voted out in the round of 4 remaining contestants. Her ouster also created quite an uproar when Nikki McKibbin beat her out. Tamyra was considered by many as a favorite to win it all. She has since had a successful recording and acting career.
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
9 Taylor and Tori Thompson are the two sisters in the final ten on the show. Which is younger?
Answer: Tori

Taylor is the older sister, and was voted into the group first. On "American Juniors," each of the top 10 contestants tries for a spot in the final 5, which make up a group. Taylor was the first finalist to make it into the group, and Tori followed soon after.
    Your options: [ Taylor ] [ Tori ] [ They're twins ] [ They're not sisters ]
  From Quiz: American Juniors
10 Within one season, Simon told two idols that they should lose a few pounds, saying it would help them in the competition. Who were these idols?
Answer: Vanessa Olivarez and Joshua Gracin

Simon: "I think you could lose a feel pounds."
Randy: "What?!"
Vanessa: "It's okay. I know I have a big butt but it worked for J Lo!"

A few weeks later, Simon told the same thing to Joshua Gracin.
Josh: "Come up and do some push-ups with me. We'll see how much you can hang in there for."
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Simon Says
11 Paula often complimented this season two contestant's "upper register", especially with such songs as "Against All Odds" and "Drift Away". What was his name?
Answer: Corey Clark

As we all remember, Corey Clark was disqualified. He also sang "This Old Heart of Mine."
  From Quiz: Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
12 Two "American Idol" finalists were natives of Hawaii. Can you name them?
Answer: Jasmine Trias and Camille Velasco

Camille and Jasmine both auditioned for "American Idol" in Hawaii. Camille comes from Haiku, Maui. Jasmine is from Miliani. Both girls, were extremely popular with their Hawaiian fans during season 3.
  From Quiz: "American Idol" - The First 4 Seasons - Pt. 2
13 Which season featured several strong female contestants, (including the four top finalists) who were often referred to as "the divas"?
Answer: season 3

Fantasia Barrino won the title of "American Idol" for season 3. Diana DeGarmo became her runner-up, followed by Jasmine Trias and La Toya London. Jennifer Hudson, who finished in seventh place was also considered a top contender.
    Your options: [ season 2 ] [ season 1 ] [ season 3 ] [ season 4 ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol " - The First 4 Seasons - Pt.1
14 In which season of "American Idol" did Brian Dunkleman compete?
Answer: Never competed

Brian Dunkleman was not a competitor but the co-host in season 1 along with Ryan Seacrest. The producers decided that he would not return.
    Your options: [ Never competed ] [ Season 2 ] [ Season 1 ] [ Season 3 ]
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
15 How many boys were in the top ten?
Answer: 3

Chauncey Matthews, A.J. Melendez, and Morgan Burke were the resident males in the top ten.
  From Quiz: American Juniors
16 A total of 327 people advanced to the Hollywood Week and only 24 lucky ones were chosen to be the semi-finalists. These 24 people were divided into two groups based on what criterion?
Answer: Gender

The 24 semi-finalists, consisting of 12 men and 12 women, continued their journey and only 13 people were chosen to compete in the finals.
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Season 10
17 During season five, Ryan Seacrest removed her high-heels before she sang "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing". What was her name?
Answer: Mandisa

Mandisa felt discomfort wearing her heels and Ryan offered to remove them for her. She sang her Stevie Wonder song barefoot.
  From Quiz: Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
18 Which season 4 contestant dropped out of the race just before the start of the finalist rounds?
Answer: Mario Vasquez

Mario, who advanced from the semifinals to finalist status, dropped out of the race for "personal reasons". This move created an opportunity for Nikko Smith to take his place. Nikko lasted an additional three weeks before being voted off.
    Your options: [ R.J. Helton ] [ Corey Clark ] [ Mario Vasquez ] [ Nikko Smith ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" - The First 4 Seasons - Pt. 2
19 When did R.J. Helton compete?
Answer: Season 1

R.J. made it to the final 5 in the first season. He was in the audience of a Season 3 competition.
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
20 The first five contestants to be eliminated from the 13 finalists were Ashthon Jones, Karen Rodriguez, Thia Megia, Naima Adedapo and Pia Toscano. What did all of them have in common?
Answer: They were female contestants

The producer for "American Idol", Ken Warwick commented, "It's no secret that most reality shows are female driven, either by moms or by young girls. It does mean we're going to get a heftier amount of female votes and it's always bent towards the boys, obviously, we are very much aware that the voting can be skewed towards the boys."
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Season 10
21 Which "American Idol" finalist entered the competition at the tender age of 16?
Answer: all of these

Mikalah was the second finalist to be eliminated in season 4. John Stevens earned a sixth place spot in season 3. Diana DeGarmo, also of season 3, finished the season as runner-up to Fantasia Barrino. These three were the youngest finalists of the first four seasons.
    Your options: [ Diana DeGarmo ] [ John Stevens ] [ all of these ] [ Mikalah Gordon ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol " - The First 4 Seasons - Pt.1
22 Clay Aiken competed in which season?
Answer: Season 2

Clay Aiken of course lost to Ruben Studdard in Season 2. In many respects Clay Aiken is the most successful of all "American Idol" contestants. He has released a very successful CD and sells out concerts nationwide. Not bad for second place.
    Your options: [ Season 2 ] [ Season 3 ] [ Season 1 ] [ Never competed ]
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
23 Who was the first season's wildcard pick?
Answer: RJ Helton

RJ sang "I'll Be There" as his first song, which didn't earn him enough votes. After he sang "Lately" by Stevie Wonder, the judges unanimously allowed him to go further in the competition. He ended up attaining 5th place in the season.
  From Quiz: Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
24 When did Vanessa Olivarez compete in "American Idol?"
Answer: Season 2

22 Year-old Vanessa Olivarez was the first contestant voted off in Season 2.
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
25 How many finalists were from California?
Answer: 3

Tori and Taylor Thompson are from Santa Maria, and Chauncey is from San Diego.
  From Quiz: American Juniors
26 Which male contestant, who received the lowest amount of votes in the Top 11 Results Show, finished in the sixth place on the tenth season of "American Idol" after the judges decided to use the only save on him?
Answer: Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams auditioned in Austin, Texas where he sang "I Don't Need No Doctor". He performed together with Haley Reinhart in the Top 6 Performance Show. They sang Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move".
    Your options: [ Jovany Barreto ] [ Casey Abrams ] [ Robbie Rosen ] [ Jordan Dorsey ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Season 10
27 What did Simon compare Kellie Pickler's appearance to the night she sang Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"?
Answer: Night of the Living Dead

Simon said that because of the heavy eyeshadow and makeup near Kellie's eyes, causing her to look like a living zombie.
Simon mentioned Kellie looked like Dolly Parton when Kellie sang "Blame it on the Sun".
He called her "a naughty little minx" after she sang "I'm the Only One."
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Simon Says
28 Simon told Carrie Underwood she would "win 'American Idol' and sell more records than any other idol". What song did Carrie sing that night?
Answer: "Alone"

Carrie sang "Alone" for her fifth performance on "American Idol". Even so early in the season, Simon knew she would win and several weeks later, her many fans made it happen.
  From Quiz: Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
29 Diana DeGarmo competed in which season?
Answer: Season 3

16 Year-old Diana DeGarmo from Snellville, Georgia was the youngest contestant in the first 3 seasons of "American Idol."
    Your options: [ Season 3 ] [ Season 2 ] [ Season 1 ] [ Never competed ]
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
30 Which male contestant, who hailed from Santa Cruz, California, and had Tourette and Asperger's syndrome, placed fourth on the tenth season of "American Idol"?
Answer: James Durbin

James Durbin sang "You Shook Me" and "Dream On" during his audition in San Francisco. He covered Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and The Clover's "Love Potion No. 9" during the Top 4 Performance Show.
    Your options: [ Jacob Lusk ] [ James Durbin ] [ Stefano Langone ] [ Paul McDonald ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Season 10
31 What did Simon tell AJ Gil to do after he sang his first song during the Hollywood auditions (round 1)?
Answer: get a suntan

AJ laughed and said he "was Mexican". Randy pointed out the sun never shines in England.
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Simon Says
32 Trenyce, Leah Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Vonzell Solomon, and Katharine McPhee have all performed their own renditions of what song?
Answer: "I Have Nothing"

Most were given great song reviews by the judges. However, Katharine was told she was not nearly as good as Whitney Houston. On elimination night, the judges retracted their statement, saying that it sounded better on TV.
  From Quiz: Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
33 How was the previous age requirement changed prior to auditions for season 4?
Answer: The maximum age was raised from 24 to 28

The original age range for "American Idol" was from 16 to 24. The producers later raised the maximum age to 28, allowing for more experienced candidates to audition.
  From Quiz: "American Idol" - The First 4 Seasons - Pt. 2
34 Which finalist was enlisted in the military during his performing season on "American Idol"?
Answer: Josh Gracin

Joshua Gracin was a marine during season 2. He finished in fourth place.
    Your options: [ none of these ] [ Matt Rogers ] [ Josh Gracin ] [ Scott Savol ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol " - The First 4 Seasons - Pt.1
35 What season of "American Idol" did Justin Guarini compete?
Answer: Season 1

Justin Guarini was the runner-up in Season 1. He initially enjoyed great success and even made a movie with winner Kelly Clarkson.
  From Quiz: Which "American Idol" Season
36 What song did Morgan Burke sing for his first performance in the final ten?
Answer: "Build Me Up, Buttercup"

Lucy Hale sang both "Call Me" and "Get Here."
  From Quiz: American Juniors
37 Which Illinois singer, who was famous for her covers of "Bennie and the Jets", "The House of the Rising Sun" and "I (Who Have Nothing)", was the second runner-up for the tenth season of "American Idol"?
Answer: Haley Reinhart

Haley Reinhart was born in Wheeling, Illinois. Both of her parents were also musicians. Her father, Harry, played guitar during the Top 3 Performance Show when she sang "What Is and What Should Never Be" by Led Zeppelin.
    Your options: [ Naima Adedapo ] [ Haley Reinhart ] [ Kendra Chantelle ] [ Karen Rodriguez ]
  From Quiz: "American Idol" Season 10
38 After receiving critical remarks from the judges, Jasmine Trias shed tears after her performance of what song?
Answer: "It's Raining Men"

Some believed her tears earned her enough votes to share the spotlight with Diana DeGarmo. Fantasia Barrino and Latoya London were once again in the bottom two. Sadly, Latoya sang "Don't Rain on My Parade" as her last song on the show.
  From Quiz: Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
39 How many of the season 4 "American Idol" finalists would not have qualified for the competition if the age requirement had not been changed?
Answer: 5

By the end of season 4, Bo and Constantine were 29 years of age. Scott Savol and Nadia Turner were both 28, and Anwar Robinson was 26. These five would have been too old to have qualified in previous seasons.
  From Quiz: "American Idol" - The First 4 Seasons - Pt. 2
40 Who won the "American Idol" title in season 3?
Answer: Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia was a 19 year old from High Point, North Carolina with a background in gospel singing when she auditioned for the third season of "American Idol". She was very popular with the judges, as well as with the voting audience. Her performances of "Chain Of Fools", "I Believe", and George Gershwin's "Summertime" from "Porgy And Bess" were particularly memorable. Her first full album is titled "Free Yourself".
  From Quiz: "American Idol " - The First 4 Seasons - Pt.1
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