American Idol Rewind (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
American Idol Rewind is a syndicated television series that ran from September 30, 2006 to May 15, 2010. The hour-long weekly series was a repurposed edition of the hit reality talent show American Idol, featuring present day interviews with the contestants, semi-finalists and rejected auditioners in addition to extra audition, Hollywood Week, and finals footage never previously aired. It featured the first five seasons of the original series.
In August 2006, the series was cleared for broadcast on stations in over 96 percent of the United States. In addition to local channels, the program formerly aired nationally over cable channel Superstation WGN/WGN America.
Starting Fall 2008, American Idol Rewind started airing encores a week later on the TV Guide Network. It was also shown on The CW Plus's lineup.
Until December 2007, "Rewind" was syndicated by Tribune Entertainment. On December 18, 2007, Tribune Entertainment announced it would exit the program distribution business. () As a result, its programs were being forced to find new distributors for their shows. Almost immediately after the closedown, American Idol's producers, FremantleMedia, transferred syndication to another company, Trifecta Entertainment & Media.
Season 1 (2006-2007)
The first season highlighted the same season of the original series.
A highlight of the audition episodes was the first-ever screening of Kelly Clarkson's full audition in Dallas, which never aired in the original run of the show. On the episode aired the weekend of October 14-15, Clarkson singing a portion of Madonna's "Express Yourself" was shown.
The second season showcased the same season of the original series. The second season, described by the show's producers as "the year that put American Idol on the map with legendary talent and unprecedented ratings," introduced Ruben Studdard (winner), Clay Aiken (runner-up), Kimberley Locke, and Josh Gracin. Aiken provides the narration for this set of episodes.
24 Semifinalists, 12 guys and 12 girls, are cut down to the Top 12 Finalists.
"S4 Top 12 to Top 10"
March 14, 2009
The Top 12 perform songs from the 60's, 12 will become 11; The Top 11 perform Billboard Number Ones, 11 will become 10.
"S4 Top 10 to Top 8"
March 21, 2009
The Top 10 perform songs of the 90's, 10 will become 9; The Top 9 perform songs from Broadway, 9 will become 8.
"S4 Top 8 to Top 6"
March 28, 2009
The Top 8 perform songs from the year they were born, 8 will become 7; The Top 7 perform 70's dance music, 7 will become 6.
"S4 Top 6 to 4"
May 2, 2009
The Top 6 sing songs from the 2000s, 6 will become 5; The Top 5 sing songs from Leiber and Stoller and the current Billboard Chart, 5 will become 4.
"S4 Top 4 to 2"
May 9, 2009
The Top 4 sing country songs and songs from Gamble and Huff, 4 will become 3; The Top 3 sing a song of their choice, a song chosen by the judges, and a song chosen by Clive Davis, guest judge Clive Davis, The Top 2 are revealed.
"S4 Finale; Results"
May 16, 2009
The Final 2 perform; the winner is revealed.
"Carrie Underwood Special"
May 23, 2009
The journey of Carrie Underwood.
"S5 Chicago Auditions"
September 26, 2009
Season 5 Auditions in Chicago.
"S5 Greensboro Auditions"
October 3, 2009
Auditions in Greensboro.
"S5 Las Vegas-Austin Auditions"
October 10, 2009
Auditions in Las Vegas and Austin.
"S5 Denver Auditions"
October 17, 2009
Auditions in Denver.
"S5 Boston Auditions"
October 24, 2009
Auditions in Boston.
"S5 San Francisco Auditions"
October 31, 2009
Auditions in San Francisco.
"S5 Hollywood Week"
November 7, 2009
Contestants perform and are eliminated in Hollywood.