Characters: American Idol
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The AI Crew
Randy Jackson (season 1-12)
Simon Cowell (Season 1-9)
Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Kara DioGuardi (Season 8-9)
Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9)
Jimmy Iovine (Season 10-present)
Harry Connick Jr. (season 13)
- Deadpan Snarker
- Serious Business: Although he can be fun and amusing, he truly cares about music, and doesn't appreciate people treating the show like a joke; telling off Rick Rowling, who came in and told stupid, unfunny jokes solely to further his "acting career", proved this.
Jon Peter Lewis
- Alliterative Name
- One-Hit Wonder: Technically, "Inside Your Heaven" was his only top 40 hit; it peaked at number 2! However, "The Real Thing" was the only song of his to get a reasonable amount of airplay.
Paris Ana'is Bennett
Kellie Dawn Pickler
Brett Asa "Ace" Young
- Grand Romantic Gesture: Proposed to fellow Idol alum Diana DeGarmo on-air at the Season 11 finale; they got married a year later.
- Ships That Pass in the Night: Both he and his wife were former American Idol finalists, but from different seasons. They only met years later when both were in Hair on Broadway.
William Joel "Bucky" Covington
Lisa Gabrielle Tucker
Kevin Patrick Covais
Melissa Christine McGhee
LaKisha Ann Jones
Kristy Lee Cook
- Born Lucky: Recipient of the Judges' Save for the first time ever.
- Bollywood Nerd: To some extent - was awarded the 2008 Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies after graduating from UNC, and comes off as extremely intelligent in interviews.
- Token Minority: So far the only Indian contestant to make the finals.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Oh sweet holy crap yes.
- Shocking Elimination: Definitely this for Season 9, with both the judges and David Letterman baffled at her elimination.
- Could technically be called the most important, at least in terms of effect, with the episode immediately after her elimination being the least viewed episode in American Idol history.
- The Runner Up Takes It All: It took a little a while, but she seems poised to do this with her new band Doubtful Guest, which is comprised of members of Everclear, Godsmack, Third Eye Blind, Fuel, and Candlebox, and is sponsored by Hansen.
- Runner Up Takes It All: It took several years, and she's not even famous as a singer, but now as one of the stars of MTV's Faking It, she's in the only person from the season that anyone knows.
- Ascended Extra/Born Lucky: He was only accompanying his sister during auditions for moral support. The judges, knowing how talented he is during his stint in season 10, called him and made him audition on the spot. We know the rest.
- Ascended Fanboy: Full Stop. Sang both Daughtry's What About Now and Dave Cook's Permanent, showing he has an affinty for past contestants. Also consider he's now writing songs with Lifehouse's Jason Wade, who's song Everything he sang, as well as Daughtry.
- Blatant Lies: Come on, you could see it on his face when the judged brought him in that he was gonna audition.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He was first seen in season 10 and almost made the semi-finals.
- Camp Straight
- Christian Rock: His preferred music type.
- Granola Guy
- Out-of-Character Moment: He states that the reason why he was axed is because his performance the night before alienated his fanbase.
- Ship Tease: With Skylar.
- Shocking Elimination
Erika Van Pelt
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted, she's not dumb but when sang Dolly Parton's single "Dumb Blonde" many people thought she was since that song choice resulted in her elimination.
- Ms. Fanservice
- My Greatest Third Chance: Finally made it to the top 10, after falling at the top 48 in season 10, then falling at the Vegas round in season 11.
- Two First Names
Curtis Finch, Jr.
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Her name, while spelled like Jenna, is pronounced more like "Gina", something that became a bit of a running gag.
- Mr. Fanservice: The show seemed to be pimping him as this; the judges rarely made a comment without mentioning "the ladies".
- Graceful Loser: When she was eliminated, she loudly (and surprisingly cheerfully) exclaimed "I knew it!"
- Spicy Latina: Seemed to be going for this when she sang one of J-Lo's songs; it didn't work, as she was eliminated the next night.