American Idol Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best American Idol Quotes from famous authors such as Billy Porter, Nigel Lythgoe, Carrie Brownstein, Eric Nam, Carrie Underwood. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!

Many movie stars or American Idol contestants sort of fall into theater… and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I would love to do theater.’ And then they get here and say, ‘Oh, wait a minute, this actually is a craft!’ It’s not just show up one day and do it. It’s show up eight times a week, twice on Wednesdays and twice on Saturdays.
Billy Porter
Hip-hop is a way of life. It isn’t a genre in truth in ‘American Idol.’
Nigel Lythgoe
In the realm of fakery, I would choose ‘Rock Band’ over ‘American Idol’ or over any of the other flimsy truths masquerading as music.
Carrie Brownstein
Even if you look at ‘American Idol,’ or ‘X-Factor,’ or ‘The Voice’ or anything, it was always difficult to see an Asian or an Asian-American make it to a certain point.
Eric Nam
There’s a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board. I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.
Carrie Underwood
Who wouldn’t want to be an ‘American Idol’ judge? It’s an awesome, awesome show.
Jane Krakowski
I am broadcaster’s biggest cheerleader because I genuinely believe in it. Where else can you get 20 million people a week watching ‘NCIS’ or ‘American Idol?’ Where else can you get 120 million watching the Super Bowl?
Leslie Moonves
American Idol allowed us to find Carrie Underwood.
Luke Bryan
Don’t go on American Idol, I think you’ll spend the rest of your life living it down and I think it’s getting kinda scary, isn’t it?
Joe Cocker
I’m also a big ‘American Idol’ fan. I think it’s just great fun.
Jim Parsons
I’ve never seen American Idol but I am grateful to them. That show is one of Fox’s biggest moneymakers, and some of that money goes to pay for shows like Prison Break. Simon Cowell’s been signing my paychecks and for that I say thanks.
Wentworth Miller
I watch ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol,’ and I sit in my Brookstone foot massager. It’s so exciting at my house.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
A lot of the new people they choose on shows like ‘American Idol’ and things like that – I don’t ever hear lead singers. They always seem to choose to pick people that are great singers, fabulous singers, but they’ve never got the voice that makes a great lead singer.
Roger Daltrey
Winning ‘American Idol’ is awesome.
Lee DeWyze
I got in the audition line called ‘Making the Band’ because I wanted to be in a band. If I didn’t, I would have done ‘American Idol.’
Dawn Richard
Some people choose to go on ‘American Idol’ or another singing contest, and some people choose to beat down barrooms before anyone even knows who they are, in order to get a fan base, so when they do get a record deal, they have that to put in front of a label.
Jake Owen
I’m not in this to make money. I would not have sold my soul to be on ‘American Idol.’
Mark Foster
I would lose straight away if I went on ‘American Idol.’
Tom DeLonge
An American Idol is someone that has all the qualities that America thinks is positive, attractive and alluring.
Mario Vazquez
I don’t watch ‘American Idol,’ but I wouldn’t call it ‘undignified.’
Buzz Aldrin
If you watch ‘American Idol,’ and you close your eyes, you don’t know who’s singing because they all sound exactly alike.
Frankie Avalon
American Idol, I love. I think it’s a passing fancy but not passing so soon.
Diane Sawyer
I think one of the things I was shocked about was how interested the world is in ‘American Idol’ and how people, writers, they write about ‘Idol’ all the time, and I guess I didn’t expect that.
Nicki Minaj
On ‘American Idol,’ I felt like one of my challenges was picking songs because I’ve definitely been exposed to a lot of music. So when I went to pick songs, it was difficult for me to choose, but I’d always go to country because country music is so memorable.
Danny Gokey
I do watch ‘American Idol’ sometimes. It’s not really that pleasurable… I take that back. It is the epitome of a guilty pleasure. Sometimes there’s some good singers on that show.
M. Ward
Obviously neither ‘American Idol’ nor ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is a variety show in the classic sense, but the way they incorporate elements of drama, comedy and suspense is moderately ingenious.
Tom Shales
Nobody held a gun to my head and forced me to write recaps about the tenth season of ‘American Idol.’ Although I feel like someone must have and I just forgot about it.
Paul F. Tompkins
As an artist development platform, we’ve proven that all the work done behind the scenes at American Idol, along with surviving the rigors of the intense live shows, can properly prepare a winner for a real-world music career opportunity.
Scott Borchetta
I don’t watch ‘American Idol’ – that’d be like getting divorced from somebody and then hanging out with them.
Brian Dunkleman
We aren’t handicapped in any way except by what other people think. Focus on people’s abilities. I can’t be on ‘American Idol,’ but there’s all kinds of stuff I can do.
Marlee Matlin
I’m not trying to be evasive, but when I say yes and no, I say ‘yes’ because there are narrow-minded people that won’t look past the logo and ‘no’ because ‘American Idol’ put me in front of millions of people and I would not have a career without ‘Idol.’
Bo Bice
I was 15 on the show, and I cried a lot. I was homesick, and was so worried, that I didn’t think of being on ‘American Idol.’ I was so worried that I was going home every week that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have.
Lauren Alaina
Yeah, the first contract I signed, that was the first time I realized, Oh man, never mind, I don’t want to do this anymore, but it was too late. I realized it was a bad thing because I wanted to try out for ‘American Idol’ and all these different things couldn’t do that because I was in this contract.
Ari Lennox
I wouldn’t have made it past the first round of American Idol auditions. It was months before our first song was recorded. The guys were like, ‘Just seeng!’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know how to seeng! Can’t I just play the triangle?’
Malin Akerman
The landscape is television has changed so much, because there are so many outlets, that the odds of getting a zeitgeisty hit – you know how ‘American Idol’ seems to appeal to every human being on the planet? Doing that in comedy nowadays is very, very hard.
Bill Lawrence
I’ve been watching ‘American Idol’ since its debut season in 2002. Back then, America hadn’t yet evolved into a gladiatorial cybernation of bloggers, tweeters, and self-ordained voice coaches.
Diablo Cody
At the end of the day, it is about the album and book and also about setting the record straight, because ‘American Idol’ has done a great job of defaming my name and throwing a lot of mud at me for the past two years. So that set up a lot of roadblocks for me.
Corey Clark
I got to play with ZZ Top and introduce Bryan Adams and George Michael. And to have it all topped off by me winning ‘American Idol?!’ It’s pretty absurd.
David Cook
What I love about ‘American Idol’ is that it’s broad.
Channing Dungey
My first album after ‘American Idol’ I did with Desmond – we paid for it together, and we literally were together working on it every day for a year and half, just writing. We wrote in New York, Nashville, L.A., Sweden – we wrote with some other amazing songwriters like Diane Warren, too.
Ace Young
What made ‘American Idol’ different from ‘The Voice’ and all these other singing competitions… ‘American Idol’ just gave regular old normal people like me and like Trent a chance.
La’Porsha Renae
I will always appreciate ‘American Idol,’ and I never forget about where I come from.
Lee DeWyze
Have you seen ‘American Idol’ lately? I’m sure that some kids somewhere at this moment are thrashing themselves silly over what they call ‘Rock n’ Roll.’
Eric Burdon
I’ve been wanting to sing for a long time. I’ve been singing all my life, and I’ve tried different record companies, but it seemed like – it was such a struggle and so hard to get out there. So, I said, ‘I’m gonna go on American Idol and see how far it takes me.’
Fantasia Barrino
‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon. ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base.
Channing Dungey
The judiciary wields enormous power but is utterly mysterious to most Americans. People know more about ‘American Idol’ judges than Supreme Court judges. Done right, social media is a high-octane tool to boost civic awareness.
Don Willett
If I went on ‘American Idol,’ I would definitely be kicked out immediately.
‘American Idol’ has changed the face of television.
Jennifer Hudson
I’m a big ‘American Idol’ watcher, and sometimes I like to watch ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Those are big, corny admissions, but sometimes it’s so fun to see those kids really sing their hearts out.
Katey Sagal
The whole ‘American Idol’ way of looking at things is the antithesis of what I grew up with. There are a whole lot of kids wanting to be famous now, whereas if I’d even mentioned that word to one of my teachers, I would have got into a whole load of trouble.
Harry Connick, Jr.
These days the whole ‘American Idol’ and ‘The X Factor’ and all that stuff has opened up doors for songwriters like me. I get songs on their albums.
Chesney Hawkes
The Internet has changed how young people listen to music. Television programs like ‘American Idol’ changed how people listen to music. It was no longer the songwriters that we celebrated; it was the singers.
Robert Hilburn
To be given a chance to be in the finals was a dream come true, and I will forever be thankful to the whole ‘American Idol’ crew.
Gabby Barrett
When I heard ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel,’ I was like, OK. Some people look at it as a song written for an American Idol, Carrie Underwood, who is wonderful. But when you’re a songwriter listening to a song, you hear something else. I heard that song, and wow.
Lady Gaga
In all honesty, I’m not able to talk about contracts. It’s nothing with ‘American Idol’ in particular, it’s just things I really need to take care of in my life.
Mario Vazquez
American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything.
Carrie Underwood
‘American Idol’ was fun; it was definitely an experience. I was 16 years old when I did it, and I was curious about how I would do on the show.
Tori Kelly
Especially now, with ‘Glee,’ it’s allowed a lot of kids to love music and performing at a young age. All ages watched ‘American Idol,’ but I think it was nice to be able to show kids, ‘Hey, you can be here, too.’
David Archuleta
I enjoy watching Fear Factor, Newlyweds and American Idol as far as reality TV shows go.
Natalie Gulbis
I was always in bands before, but on ‘American Idol,’ it was about getting my voice out there. It was always my goal, though, to get a band together again.
Chris Daughtry
Winning ‘American Idol’ really anoints you the opportunity to have a great career; it does not anoint you a career.
Scott Borchetta
I’m cute – and God I hate that. Because that’s not cool. I’m like your niece, and nobody wants to date their niece. It’s the chubby cheeks. The whole reason people voted for me on American Idol is because I’m an everyday, normal girl.
Kelly Clarkson
‘American Idol’ is such a big platform. It’s been on for so many seasons. I went on the show not thinking I was going to make it that far at all because there was so many talented people that auditioned.
Jessica Sanchez
I was 15 on American Idol, and everybody had something to say. It was like I had my really awkward phase on national television, you know?
Lauren Alaina
When I was younger, I definitely had more of a dream, as they say on ‘American Idol,’ that I would have my own show. I always thought that that was something that would happen, that eventually I would just get my own show because anyone who wants their own show should get their own show.
Scott Aukerman
I tried out for American Idol, I got a record deal, and now it’s like my best days are ahead of me.
Danny Gokey
I’ve always wanted to be a recognized singer and just – just so people can hear my music – and thought, you know, look how many people watch ‘American Idol.’ Why not audition, you know?
Diana DeGarmo
This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in ‘American Idol’ than in any US election.
Rush Limbaugh
If you’re going to go the way of ‘American Idol,’ then you better be able to do what you want musically, because just going for the fame will only keep you happy for so long.
Beth Hart
I think after coming off of ‘American Idol’… people kind of expect you to just be awesome all the time, and we’re still learning. I had a lot of stage experience, but it was in a 200-seat theater, you know – it wasn’t thousands of people in front of me.
Carrie Underwood
Before ‘American Idol’ and all this stuff, I was obsessed with music charts, and I used to go online to find out what was popular in other countries. I’d log on to the BBC website, and that’s how I found out about artists like Natasha Bedingfield, Daniel Bedingfield and Take That.
David Archuleta
Instead of plotting the demise of the traditional family, as some politicians and religious leaders would have you believe, gay people mow their lawns and watch ‘American Idol’ and video their children’s concerts and have the same hopes and dreams that their straight counterparts do.
Jodi Picoult
There are plenty of people who are willing to pay $2.6 million for 30 seconds on the Super Bowl and hundreds of thousands of dollars for ‘American Idol.’ There will be advertising dollars on the Internet. We’re there as well. We win either way.
Leslie Moonves
If I have a name out there from this thing called ‘American Idol,’ I don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t use it for good. That’s the way the world should work.
Crystal Bowersox
My weakness is ‘American Idol.’ My husband thinks it’s ridiculous. But I am so inspired by those young people who are singing their guts out.
Mary Gordon
With ‘American Idol,’ you are on your toes a lot. People don’t realize the amount of work.
Diana DeGarmo
I think a big part of ‘American Idol’ that scares people and actually has, I’m sure, stopped people from trying out is the fact that you do have to do things that are necessarily not your genre.
Lee DeWyze
‘American Idol’ was just really a platform. What you do after that is what separates you from the show. And I’ve been working really hard, touring constantly, and building those fans. You’ve got to work hard.
Phillip Phillips
I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on ‘American Idol.’ The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.
Phillip Phillips
There were a lot of challenges I had to face on ‘American Idol’ that helped me grow in a few different ways that I’ll take forever with my career.
Gabby Barrett
‘American Idol’ has taken over my whole life.
Paula Abdul
Oh my God, nothing compares to the pre-horse show jitters! It’s like going on ‘American Idol’ or ‘The Voice’ all the time, because you’re just going and getting judged for your entire show.
Noah Cyrus
I’ve tried to move on with my life and my career for the last two years and do my own thing, and ‘American Idol’ and FOX, they’ve just been making it really tough for me to do that.
Corey Clark
‘American Idol’ opened up all the doors to where I am now.
Ace Young
Carrie Underwood was just a small-town Oklahoma girl with big dreams in 2005 when she competed on the fourth season of ‘American Idol.’ She is one of the few true ‘American Idol’ success stories and went on to have incredible career success.
Fabrizio Moreira
I have no choice but to admit that, for a while, I was a casual viewer of ‘American Idol.’ By ‘casual viewer,’ I mean I watched every episode aired between 2004 and 2007.
Kim Brooks
It was a pleasure to work with everybody at ‘American Idol’ and to be able to be part of the ‘Idol’ family.
Katie Stevens
I’ve been watching ‘American Idol’ half my life, and I wanted to audition since I was 8.
Katie Stevens