4 episodes

American Idol changed the shape of reality television and connected the audience to the stars like no other. Throughout the course of 17 seasons, it also helped jump-start the careers of talented performers that are known and loved around the world.
Idol Memories, hosted by American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, goes one-on-one with some of America’s favorite former American Idol winners, the production team and crew members while revisiting a few of their favorite Idol Memories.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9, 30 Ratings

American Idol changed the shape of reality television and connected the audience to the stars like no other. Throughout the course of 17 seasons, it also helped jump-start the careers of talented performers that are known and loved around the world.
Idol Memories, hosted by American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, goes one-on-one with some of America’s favorite former American Idol winners, the production team and crew members while revisiting a few of their favorite Idol Memories.

    EP 003 - First Semi-Final

    EP 003 - First Semi-Final

    In the third episode of Idol Memories, American Idol Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, takes us behind the curtain of the season one semi-finals, including a failed attempt to change the show’s audience-driven format for shock value. Nigel also chats with Idol Stage Manager, Debbie Williams, about producing the first live shows and why Nigel wasn’t allowed to hold onto anything important. Then Randy Jackson joins Nigel to reflect about the first season, his hesitation to become a judge on the show, and the singers who stood out to him.
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    • 42 min
    Ep 002 - Hollywood Auditions/PopStars

    Ep 002 - Hollywood Auditions/PopStars

    In the second episode of Idol Memories, American Idol Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, reveals the truth about American Idol’s Hollywood auditions (a fan favorite) from where they took place to the reason behind making contestants stay up all night to learn a new song. Nigel goes on to reflect about being introduced to the reality TV show Popstars through his son Simon, and how its success is what led to the creation of Pop Idol and American Idol. Plus, it earned Nigel the nickname of “Nasty Nigel.”
    Simon Lythgoe is a television producer known for Popstars, American Idol, Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings, and So You Think You Can Dance.
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    • 34 min
    Ep 001 - Idol America

    Ep 001 - Idol America

    In the premiere episode of Idol Memories, American Idol Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, reminisces about his decision to bring the UK’s Pop Idol across the pond to America and the chaos that ensued. From naming the show to building the judging panel, every decision had to be perfect to allow this reality television competition show to take off, and with the perfect personalities in place - it did! As successful as it was, there were times, like during the initial auditions, where it seemed they wouldn’t be able to find the right talent. It even looked as though they were going to lose a judge before live shows even started, but it all worked out for the best as American Idol went on to become America’s iconic eight-time Emmy-winning performance show that started a reality TV boom! 
    ABOUT THIS EPISODE'S GUESTS:
    Ken Warwick is a British television executive producer and director, most noted for producing the reality television series American Idol, and Pop Idol. In this episode he joins Nigel Lythgoe to reminisce about transforming Pop Idol into a show for American audiences and convincing Simon Cowell to join the show.
    Justin Guarini, American Idol Season 1 finalist and runner-up, joins Nigel as they look back on his first audition.
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    • 51 min
    Introducing Idol Memories

    Introducing Idol Memories

    The Idol Memories podcast is a series of conversations and memories about America’s greatest 8-time Emmy-winning performance show, American Idol, hosted by the show’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, who has been a pioneer in reality television and a driving force in the world of performing arts. 

    Following 17 successful seasons of American Idol, Nigel and former American Idol contestants, producers, and production team members remember their favorite memories on and off-camera. The tears, the laughter, the heartbreaks, and even heart attacks - they talk about it all. From the renowned and notorious judges of the show to the most memorable performances, get a peek into a never-before-seen side of American Idol!
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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Skigirlsc ,

Idol Memories

If you are an American Idol fan (as I am) you will enjoy every second of this podcast! The history of how Idol came about has been fascinating to me! There are so many wonderfully talented artist that have come out of the Idol machine (my favorite David Archuleta)! I cannot wait to hear his segment as well as the others! Would it be possible to do more than one podcast a week! I’m looking forward to hearing it all!!

sooozin ,

Brings me back!

I loved American Idol and watching it with my family, guessing who was going to go on to the next round or voted out. Really excited about Idol Memories and learning more about the behind the scenes of the show.

Wrenbird22 ,

Podcast or Audio book?

Nigel, I have always enjoyed your shows and have experienced many many hours of entertainment from American Idol and so you think you can dance. But please… It doesn’t sound like a podcast when it sounds like you are only reading from a script or a book. The interview portions were much better and were more unscripted.

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