American Idol Facts

1. The Season Finale of 5th season of American Idol on May 24, 2006 received over 36 million viewers.

2. William Hung, a pathetic performer turned away at auditions made international fame. He release an album "Inspiration" that reached #34 on the charts and sold over two hundred thousands copies.

3. Howard Stern has encouraged people to vote for the worst American Idol contestant. A website, was started to do just that.

4. Simon Cowell is known as being a jerk, but also respected for "telling it like it is."

5. Ryan Seacrest is between 5'5 and 5'9, went to the University of Georgia and apparently claims to be a metrosexual

6. Paula Abdul was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers. Her albums have sold over 53M copies.

7. Randy Jackson is a former musician and had gastric bypass surgery in 2003.

8. Past winners have included:

Kelly Clarkson
Carrie Underwood
Ruben Studdard
Fantasia Barrino
Taylor Hicks

9. In total Idol contestants have created more than $100M in revenue.

10. It has been rumored that average Americans know American Idol contestants better than political candidates.

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