Premise

The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

Former Cast

A.J. Gil
570 Episodes (2002-2016)
Sam Woolf
28 Episodes (2014-2014)
RJ Helton
25 Episodes (2002-2002)
Tim Urban
22 Episodes (2010-2010)
Chikezie
21 Episodes (2008-2008)

Guest Stars

Rihanna
3 Episodes (2010-2012)
Jeff Beck
3 Episodes (2007-2011)
Lady Gaga
3 Episodes (2009-2011)
Katy Perry
3 Episodes (2009-2012)
Jax
3 Episodes (2015-2015)
Elton John
2 Episodes (2004-2010)
Jack Black
2 Episodes (2007-2011)
Jamie Foxx
2 Episodes (2010-2015)
Bono
2 Episodes (2007-2011)
Joss Stone
2 Episodes (2009-2010)
Kanye West
2 Episodes (2009-2011)
Shakira
2 Episodes (2006-2010)
Pitbull
2 Episodes (2011-2015)
Ne-Yo
2 Episodes (2012-2013)
Fergie
2 Episodes (2007-2008)
will.i.am
2 Episodes (2010-2011)
Joe Jonas
2 Episodes (2010-2010)
Katy Perry
2 Episodes (2009-2012)

Credits

Co-Executive Producer (1 Credit)
Commentator (2 Credits)
Subject (person only) (2 Credits)