American Idol (also known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar) is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, which began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002. Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spin-off from the UK show Pop Idol. The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists, and has since become one of the most popular in the history of American television. As of January 2011, it is the most-watched TV series in the Nielsen ratings and is the only program to have been number one for six consecutive seasons, surpassing All in the Family and The Cosby Show, which were both number one for five consecutive seasons.

6 Reasons Why Nicki Minaj Won?t Make A Good American Idol Judge

Like most of you, we were surprised to learn that rapper Nicki Minaj will be joining Mariah Carey as a judge on American Idol next season. With curt credentials like being Lil Wayne's protégé, we're not so sure the colorful lyricist has what it takes to be judge material.

Could Nick Jonas Be The Next 'American Idol' Judge?

"American Idol" hopefuls already have so much to look forward to as they wait in line and clutch their numbers on auditions days; the chance to showcase their vocals talents on national TV, the chance to compete in the world famous talent search, and ultimately the possibility that all their show buisness dreams can come true. This year, however, there could be a new reason for the singers to swell with excitement -- the chance to meet a Jonas brother.