Definition of American Idol from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

American Idol

 
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a very popular US television programme based on the idea of the British programme, Pop Idol in which young people who want to be singers or entertainers have the chance to be chosen to perform on the programme in front of judges who select a group of the best. The worst performers in this first stage are often shown on the programme. In later programmes, members of the public can vote by phone for the person they think is best and the people with the most votes become the winners.