The comparisons between “American Idol” and every other singing competition on TV are numerous, but the “Idol” team — judges, host and producers alike — would like to remind you that “Idol” is the first and the best in the game.
Judge Randy Jackson says that although he is friends with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul and he wishes them the best of luck with “The X Factor,” nothing else can compete with “Idol.” “I think that ‘Idol’ is still the best TV show of its kind, anywhere. We’re the original,” he says. “We kind of invented this whole game that everybody’s now copying.”
Executive producer Ken Warwick goes further, saying that “Idol” is the only reality competition you can count on for real talent. “This is the show that produces the stars,” he says. “There is no other series over the years that has produced anywhere near the number of stars that we have. To be honest, Leona Lewis was kind of a one-and-a-half hit star for a minute, but there’s no Kelly Clarksons, Carrie Underwoods, Jennifer Hudsons. Coming up on [NBC] now is Kat McPhee — they are real stars. They really are. And none of these other shows are producing stars like that.”