It is the first season to have a gender imbalance among the finalists, followed by season 8, each having eight finalists of the dominant gender.Season 3 has eight female finalists, whereas the eighth season had eight male finalists.Both Fantasia and Diana De Garmo released a single after the finale.Fantasia's first single, released in June 2004 on the RCA record label, entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, making Fantasia the first artist in the history of Billboard to debut at number one with their first single.premiered on the Fox television network on January 6, 2016.Ryan Seacrest continued as the show's host, while Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. This season was four to six weeks shorter than seasons 2 through 14.
Winners chosen by viewers in its fifteen seasons were Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee De Wyze, Scotty Mc Creery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, and Trent Harmon. Nikki Reed is calling "American Idol's" Paul Mc Donald her "boyfriend," a well placed source tells us. The "Idol" cameras were rolling as Nikki, in a strapless dress and flowing hair, gushes to Paul, "You're amazing.And as "Idol" super fans may recall, we know exactly where the "Twilight" hottie and "Idol" heartthrob first met, back when... Check out this video of their first meeting on the red carpet when the top 13 "Idol" finalists attended the "Red Riding Hood" premiere in early March. I'm blushing, I should go." Paul then says, "Wow, thank you" and the two awkwardly hug goodbye.after it was revealed that he had been arrested over an incident that involved his younger sister and a few police officers.He was booted from the Fox show because producers said he hadn't disclosed his arrest record when joining the competition.For the first time, performances by the Top 24 were judged solely by the show's judges and producers, who determined which contestants were eliminated.