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It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists and Careers for the New Music Business by Dan Kimpel, Don Grierson

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Chapter 12. The American Idol

Since the advent of television, there have been talent contests: from Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey in the fifties to Star Search in the eighties. American Idol, and its counterparts in many other countries, however, has dwarfed all of its predecessors to become a cultural juggernaut of epic proportions and a worldwide phenomenon. Artists now have an unprecedented opportunity to showcase their talents in front of millions of potential fans. For those in our business who might view themselves as cool and trendy, a televised vocal competition might not be their thing; but it must be respected for what it is, as it has spun off a roster of current stars, including Elliot Yamin and Kellie Pickler, ...

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