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American Idol: The Untold Story Hardcover – January 18, 2011
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Plus the book is badly in need of a competent fact-checker! Fantasia was not in the original cast of "The Color Purple" on Broadway -- she replaced original star LaChanze, which rendered Fantasia ineligible for a Tony despite her rave reviews. Tamyra Gray guest starred on "Boston Public," not "Boston Legal." The name of the song is "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," not "You're Gonna Love Me." And Nigel Lythgoe is quoted saying about Kelly Clarkson, "Then she did some stuff like that there, a big band number, a Bette Midler big band number, and her personality shined," without the editors realizing "Stuff Like That There" is the actual name of the song.Read more ›
"American Idol: The Untold Story is a very detailed look at the genesis and success of American Idol (some might say too detailed with 20 very dense but well-written chapters). The early sections of the book focus strongly on background info about Simon Fuller, Simon Cowell and how they started American Idol type projects overseas before coming to America.
Listed below is a look at some of the various chapters and some info about what each chapter covers. I've intentionally describing only some of the bare bones info so readers will still be eager to learn more - and there is certainly much, much more described in the book! I couldn't cover all chapters or this review would end up being a book in itself!
Readers should find the writing style very appealing, with far more information, contestant quotes, revelations from Simon Cowell and more.. This isn't a light and easy read so potential buyers should be aware of that. It IS engaging but there is so much info in each chapter!. Also, American Idol and its first contestants aren't really described until Chapter 5.
Until then, readers learn about the background of the show, the personalities at play and background info about both Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell (who connected before American Idol came to America). Depending on your interest in an extensive chronology of the years before American Idol, you may get impatient to get to the heart of the book - American Idol, the contestants, controversies, successes, etc. So here is a look at some of the info contained in some chapters.Read more ›
There is less about the actual individual season contests than I expected, and more about the producers history and relationships. He also focused what I felt was an inordinate amount of time on Brian Dunkelman who is really a bit of a blip on the show's radar having only cohosted for one season. He's got a somewhat interesting story I suppose, but
The book was obviously rushed to market without a good editor vetting it. There are words that were out of place or used wrong, seasons incorrectly identified, whole paragraphs repeated verbatim in different parts of the book, and a basic disorganization in structure where the author would start on a subject, get sidetracked into another subject, and then return to the first one after the reader had long since moved on.
The book is mostly about Simon Cowell it seemed to me. He is an interesting subject, but I expected more about the contestants so I was somewhat unsatisfied when I finished it.
It's worth reading if you're a fan of the show, particularly if you watched since its inception. Season 1 is covered pretty thoroughly although the others are referenced much more perfunctorily.
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This was susposed to be a book about Allen Mulley Boeing/Ford history but it is not. Are there two book by the same name?Published 7 months ago by Michele Shaw
Wished for more, ended abruptly, some interesting backstory but more judge focused than i expected. Like Idol you'll enjoy the read.Published 15 months ago by Kevin
I've been a fan since the first season so some bias here....but really interesting behind the scenes stories that I had never heard of.... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Janice G. Agazio
This book made for a good read during my daily commute. It is like reading some extended magazine feature story, or an article from the Lifestyle / Entertainment section of the... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by CT
It was really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. You never really know until someone writes a book about it.Published on February 10, 2013 by DLC
I enjoyed the book very much and added it to my library collection. i have been an Idol fan from the first season.Published on January 28, 2013 by Mary Brooks
I enjoy American Idol on TV, and I found that this book offered many little surprises that I was not aware of. It was very informative.Published on December 26, 2012 by madeline Alvarez
I really enjoyed going behind the scenes to the very beginnings of "American Idol." The history and developement of the show from the UK to the US was informative and interesting. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by The Booker