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  The Next "American Idol"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"American Idol" became the highest rated reality program of 2002. With over ten million votes after almost every live broadcast, it became a national sensation overnight. From 10,000 contestants to just one-- the next "American Idol"!
Tough, 10 Qns, Logan24, May 09 04
4286 plays
  "American Idol": The Search for a Superstar    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Based on the British show "Pop Idol", this show judges hopeful singers for a chance at fame. Here's a quiz on the last ten finalists. Bonus-- Simon's nastiest comments on each!
Average, 15 Qns, billybob87, Sep 27 05
4189 plays
  So You Wanna Be the 'American Idol'?    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Pushed into a roaring stadium with a microphone, the spotlight hits your eyes. You start belting out a song, that could rival stars. But you wake up, ending the dream. Yet determined more then ever, you begin your journey to being the "American Idol".
Difficult, 20 Qns, XanderSlayer, Nov 20 14
2202 plays
  "American Idol" Season One    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz focuses on the first season of the TV show, "American Idol". It includes questions regarding contestants, song choices, and other minor details of the season.
Difficult, 10 Qns, lilpengu1n, Mar 10 09
376 plays
  Do You Know Your "American Idol"-ogy?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to my quiz all about "American Idol." Hope you enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Kevinl75, May 09 04
3747 plays
  "American Idol": The Final Shows    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
What a great show! The first one's over, and I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms, so I decided to make another quiz. It's on the songs/finalists, mostly. Simon rules!
Difficult, 25 Qns, billybob87, May 09 04
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trivia question Quick Question
When Paula was trying desperately to be funny, she gave Justin a compliment which broke up one word into two. What word was it?

From Quiz ""American Idol": The Final Shows"

American Idol: Season 1 Trivia Questions

1. Which song garnered enough votes for Ejay Day to be in the Top 10?

From Quiz
"American Idol" Season One

Answer: "I'll Be"

While in the Top 10, he sang "My Girl" which sent him packing. He chose to sing "I'll Be" for the season's CD that showcased the idol's favorite performances.

2. Count up the number of contestants gleaned from the Top 30, hosts, and judges. What number do you get?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Final Shows

Answer: 15 & fifteen

10 finalists, 2 hosts, 3 judges.

3. How old was the contestant that got kicked out of the top 30 because he was over the age limit of 24?

From Quiz Do You Know Your "American Idol"-ogy?

Answer: 29

EJay Day took his place and went on to reach the Top 10.

4. On the form, you see that there is an age limit, which disappointed many of the older hopefuls, you saw walking out the door. What is the oldest you have to be to participate in "American Idol"?

From Quiz So You Wanna Be the 'American Idol'?

Answer: 24

While it would of been nice to have all ages in the competition, the producers wanted a fresh, young face to represent the "American Idol". And plus take away the age limit, and who knows how many MORE people would've fallen flat on their mugs. Yet, the age dilemma didn't stop many from lying about their age (these people were later removed from the show).

5. What did Nikki McKibbin sing for the "Big Band" section of the competition?

From Quiz The Next "American Idol"

Answer: "Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)"

"Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)" made Nikki McKibbin wail for the live studio audience. Justin Guirani sang "Route 66" and RJ Helton sang "I Won't Dance". Tamyra Gray sang "Minnie the Moocher" to open the "Big Band Show". Nikki almost made it to the finals-- missing it by one show. She was the 8th person voted off. She was picked up by RCA/ 19 Entertainment after the end of the show.

6. Who was put into the "bottom three" four weeks in a row?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: Nikki McKibbin

Besides for her Semifinal performance of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", the only other song that America appeared to enjoy that Nikki performed was "Piece of My Heart". Every other time, she was placed into the "bottom three".

7. Which finalist was entered by her friends?

From Quiz The Next "American Idol"

Answer: Kelly Clarkson

According to Kelly, after her first stint in LA, she was very wary of coming back. Her friends heard about auditions in Dallas, Texas, and filled out the paperwork for her. Kelly went on to become one of the "favorites" of the competition. Kelly ended up being crowend THE American Idol on September 4, 2002. Her first single "A Moment Like This" made the biggest leap in the Billboard Charts history-- debuting at 52 the week after the show only to jump 51 places to number one the next week. "American Idol" indeed!

8. Who was not present at the time of his/her elimination from the competition?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: Christina Christian

Christina sang "Glory of Love" and received great comments from the judges. However, the next day, she felt ill and had to go to the hospital. She ended up being in the bottom three with RJ and Nikki and was subsequently eliminated. The other contestants gave good-bye messages to her as she probably watched from a TV in her hospital room. In an interview with "American Idol: Rewind", Christina reported that she was glad she was eliminated because her body could not take the stress of the competition. Had she gone further, she may have gotten even more sick.

9. What was the last song Ryan Starr performed before a live studio audience?

From Quiz The Next "American Idol"

Answer: Last Dance & "Last Dance"

Fate stepped in and chose the disco hit "Last Dance" by Donna Summer for Ryan Starr's last performance on "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar". She was the fourth person voted off on July 31, 2002.

10. Throughout the competition, Kelly Clarkson sang three songs by what musical icon?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: Aretha Franklin

The songs include "Respect", "Natural Woman", and "Don't Play That Song". Kelly also sang two Celine Dion songs, "I Surrender" and "Think Twice". She sang one Dionne Warwick song, "Walk On By". She never sang a Whitney Houston song.

11. Who is Justin Guarini's famous cousin?

From Quiz The Next "American Idol"

Answer: Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson announced on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that he was pulling for his "cousin, Justin" to win "American Idol: The Search for a Supestar". Justin became the runner up in "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar".

12. What was Justin Guarini's original audition song when he first saw the judges in New York City?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: "Who's Lovin' You"

In this audition, Simon admitted that the American talent was better than the British talent, calling Justin's audition "amazing".

13. Which contestant caused an uproar by mouthing off to Simon after a rude remark, and asking the audience, "What did you guys think?"

From Quiz The Next "American Idol"

Answer: Justin Guarini

Showing that even "favorites" can fall from grace, Justin was almost voted off the next week after apologizing to Simon. He later redeemed himself the week after apologizing, pulling out a show-stopping performance.

14. During a photo shoot clip, Tamyra Gray said she felt insecure for what reason?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: she thought her legs were too skinny

Tamyra said she thought "her legs were twigs". The photographer then commented that she had a fantastic body and that she had no reason to be insecure. Tamyra wore a dress during the photo shoot.

15. Complete the song title: "Before Your ____"

From Quiz Do You Know Your "American Idol"-ogy?

Answer: love

"Before Your Love" and "A Moment Like This" are the two "American Idol" singles.

16. What song did the judges choose for Nikki McKibbin during the Top 3?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: "Black Velvet"

Nikki chose to sing "Edge of Seventeen" but the judges picked "Black Velvet" for her. She sang "Mary Jane" and "I'm the Only One" the night before and received enough votes to eliminate contender Tamyra Gray.

17. In Los Angeles, you are approached by a blonde guy with spiky hair and way too strong cologne. He introduces himself as Ryan Seacrest, one of the hosts. Who is the black haired partner, next to him. (The other host of "American Idol 1")

From Quiz So You Wanna Be the 'American Idol'?

Answer: Brian Dunkleman

Brian has guest starred on "That '70s Show," "Friends," "The Hughleys," "Third Rock From The Sun," "Dharma and Greg," and "Two Guys And Girl" among others. He is an accomplished stand up comedian and has appeared at the prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

18. In the Top 5, what was one of the only group songs of the season?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: "That's What Friends Are For"

The top 5 were Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin, Tamyra Gray, and RJ Helton.

19. Who was supposed to be playing a harmonica when the final 5 sang "That's What Friends Are For?"

From Quiz Do You Know Your "American Idol"-ogy?

Answer: Justin

Justin had the harmonica as an intro to that song. According to the DVD, he was only pretending to play it, but he was the one doing the motions.

20. What is Ryan Starr's real name?

From Quiz The Next "American Idol"

Answer: Tiffany Montgomery

After becoming one of the final 30 contestants, Tiffany Montgomery changed her name to "Ryan Starr". Although no explanation was given by the show, it is thought that she might have changed it because people remembered her name from the show "Popstars", which she was in with other fellow Top 30 contesants, Tenia Taylor, Alexandra Bachelier, and Angela Peel. Ryan, however, was the only one to make it to the final 10, finally being cut in round four.

21. Which finalist was the "Wild-Card" (the last one to be chosen)?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Search for a Superstar

Answer: RJ Helton

He's the one that Simon and Randy got in a fight over. He returned to compete in the Wild-Card show and proved himself worthy of the final round. Simon says: "You've got to raise the game...mechanical."

22. In the finals, Kelly Clarkson sang "A Moment Like This", "Before Your Love", and what previously-sung song?

From Quiz "American Idol" Season One

Answer: "Respect"

Kelly Clarkson chose to sing this as one of her final songs because it was the very first song she sang in the competition. Justin Guarini chose to sing "Get Here", which received much praise during Hollywood week.

23. Who won "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar"?

From Quiz The Next "American Idol"

Answer: Kelly Clarkson & Kelly & Clarkson

On September 4, 2002, Kelly Clarkson of Burleson, Texas became THE American Idol on national television. The final show was watched by a staggering 28 million people. Congratulations Kelly!

24. Who's the cranky British judge?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Search for a Superstar

Answer: simon & simon cowell & cowell

He's the one providing all the nasty comments; he's blunt, but honest, so I just love him.

25. Ejay Day is his replacement. He sings "I'll Be" with a wide range of vocals. But you get a sense of deja vu. How many times has this song been performed in the top 31 of "American Idol 1"?

From Quiz So You Wanna Be the 'American Idol'?

Answer: 2

The Edwin McCain hit is popular with those auditioning with American Idol. Unfortunately, it often gets butchered by those. In the top 30, only two performances of "I'll Be" came up, both wonderfully sung. The first was Adriel Herrera, who has been considered robbed of the wildcard (as said by "Entertainment Weekly"). The second was Ejay Day, who made the final 10.

26. On to group songs! Which group performed "California Dreaming"?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Final Shows

Answer: Final 8

Originally recorded by the Mamas and the Papas.

27. Who's the African American producer judge?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Search for a Superstar

Answer: randy & randy jackson & jackson

Randy Jackson is the one who almost got into physical fighting with Simon. He should pick on someone his own size-- might be tough finding somebody like that, though.

28. Which group sang "Joy to the World"?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Final Shows

Answer: Final 7

29. Which judge is a former singer/dancer?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Search for a Superstar

Answer: paula & paula abdul & abdul

She was once pretty famous-- now, she's a judge on a reality TV show. Don't feel too bad, though, she's been mean to Simon.

30. Which group sang "It Takes Two"?

From Quiz "American Idol": The Final Shows

Answer: Final 2

This was Justin and Kelly singing together.

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