Behind-The-Scenes Exclusive! 35 Scandals & Secrets From The Set Of ‘American Idol’

In 2002, FOX introduced American Idol, which became the highest rated reality show of all time, launched the careers of such powerhouse singers as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, made judge Simon Cowell a household name, and spawned a host of musical TV imitators. Although Idol stumbled badly in the ratings last year, the show has been recast for season 13 with its judging panel of newcomer Harry Connick Jr. and returning Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez. And fans can certainly expect controversies as AI show has had them every season!  With AI premiering Jan. 15 and 16 on FOX, Radar reviews the show’s history of secrets and scandals:

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