Inspired by England's Pop Idol, America created a show that went on to become one of the most watched reality series in the nation. I am of course talking about American Idol!
This show brought my family together one evening a week. We would cook dinner, turn on the TV, watch some incredible singers put their lives on the line and belt their vulnerable hearts out, and then discuss our favorites. It helped our already tight-knit family get even closer.
American Idol may be ending after its fifteenth season in 2016, but there are many talented artists that will further impress us as their careers continue to bloom.
Let's take a walk down memory lane as we recount some incredible moments from the past thirteen years.
The Original Judges
Who could forget this dynamic trio? Randy was super cool and chill, Paula was a sweetheart full of love and support, and then there was Simon...
Simon was a harsh critic that would crap on most performances, and clashed with Paula quite often, but that's part of what made the show so enjoyable.
This was probably my favorite part of the show. Although 10,000 people show up at the auditions in each city, only a few hundred of these make it past the first round.
Sometimes the judges would find an absolute diamond among the rough, but for the most part you would witness people absolutely crumble as the judges (mainly Simon) would reveal that all the people who told them they could sing was an absolute lie. We were introduced to some of the strangest characters.
I learned some very crucial life lessons from American Idol. Not everybody is cut out for show business. Also, most people CANNOT sing. Not even a note.
Famous Starts for Famous Stars
I don't care if you're a man or woman, an adult or a child, and if you considered yourself too cool for pop music. At one point of your life, you have belted "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson at the top of your lungs, completely thinking about that ex who did you wrong.
Some other famous American Idol Alumni include:
Hudson went on to act in such notable films as Dream Girls and The Secret Life of Bees. She also won a Grammy for her self-titled album and the coveted Oscar for her work in Dreamgirls.
Underwood has won several Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, and eight American Music Awards. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
You can also find her in an episode of How I Met Your Mother as well as NBC's live recording of The Sound of Music.
Sparks was the youngest winner in American Idol history. Her self-titled album went platinum, she has won countless awards including NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, an American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards, and she has appeared in the film Sparkle and on Broadway in In The Heights.
This girl has immense talent all across the board. Her third album Right Here, Right Now will be released this month, and I'm ready for some more Sparks jams.
This is a man who can do it all. He can sing, he can dance, he can host, he can act. The list goes on. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2011 and an Honorary GLAAD Media Award in 2013.
Lambert also went on to tour with the remaining members of Queen as a perfect stand in for Freddie Mercury (RIP). Lambert will be releasing a new album this July called "The Original High." Can't wait to hear that insane vocal range!
Not to mention Clay Aiken, David Archuleta, Katherine McPhee, Fantasia, and many more. Let's be real, there is too much talent to mention.
Many American Idol contestants took to Twitter to express their appreciation and gratitude for the opportunities that were presented to them by being on the show.
Many may feel melancholy, but the show had an incredible run with the final fifteenth season scheduled for 2016. Bring on the Sanjaya's, the William Hung's, the Pickler's, and so forth. We are ready for the final winner.
We know America is unbelievably talented. We are fabulous, we are shining stars, and we have insane pipes that will make your eyes pop out of your skull. Thank you American Idol for showing us how to truly go the distance and fulfill our ultimate goals and dreams.
And also, thanks for teaching us to just admit it when we really can't carry a tune. We all need some Simon-level honesty from time to time.