Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star ... See full summary¬†¬Ľ

[on announcing the results]
Ryan Seacrest: Dim the lights... and here we go.
[says it at times during the auditions]
Randy Jackson: Singing is not your thing.
[says this catchphrase everytime before the intro credits begin]
Ryan Seacrest: This... is "American Idol"!