And the 2008 American Idol is...
The 2008 American Idol two-hour season finale begins with Ryan Seacrest proudly proclaiming that 97.5 million votes were cast to determine this year's winner. Seacrest adds, this is 23 million more votes than the previous high.
Figures like this perpetuate the myth that more people vote for the winner of American Idol than they do for the US president. This is a fallacy of course because people are allowed to vote more than once, and most likely, a large number of people vote numerous times.
Still, American Idol remains as the most popular American television show. First airing on June 11, 2002, Idol attempts to discover the best young singer in the United States through a series of nationwide auditions.
During the early audition rounds, tens of thousands of Idol hopefuls will try out; first in front of preliminary judges and ultimately-if they are lucky-in front of the show's three primary judges (Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell). For many viewers, these early rounds are the most fun. Well, maybe for the sadist viewers, these early rounds are the best. I must admit, I am one of those people who usually enjoy the early rounds more than the final elimination rounds.