13 Facts About American Idol

1. American Idol is broadcast to over 100 nations outside of the United States.

2. American Idol has traditionally released studio recordings of contestants' performances as well as the winner's coronation single for sale.

3. American Idol Gives Back was a special charity event started in season six featuring performances by celebrities and various fund-raising initiatives.

4. American Idol partnered with Disney in its theme park attraction The American Idol Experience.

5. Impact of American Idol was strongly felt in musical theatre, where many of Idol alumni have forged successful careers.

6. American Idol was nominated for the Emmy's Outstanding Reality Competition Program for nine years but never won.

7. American Idol premiered in June 2002 and became the surprise summer hit show of 2002.

8. American Idol Gives Back returned this season on April 21, 2010, and raised $45 million.

9. American Idol Gives Back was canceled for this season due to the global recession at the time.

10. Finals, American Idol debuted a new state-of-the-art set and stage on March 11, 2008, along with a new on-air look.

11. American Idol was based on the British show Pop Idol created by Simon Fuller, which was in turn inspired by the New Zealand television singing competition Popstars.

12. American Idol employs a panel of vocal judges who critique the contestants' performances.

13. American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America.