Since the early days of television, with shows like The Original Amateur Hour which migrated from radio to TV in 1948, Americans have loved watching amateur musical talent from the comfort of home. But it was over fifty years later before the genera became a hit. American Idol debuted during the summer of 2002 and gave television audiences the first opportunity to vote for their favorite artists each week.
American Idol kicked off a national craze that inspired many local communities to host their own vocal competition parties. There has been a growth in populaity of music themed decorations each year since Idol debuted.
Over the past decade, several shows have challenged American Idol’s dominance, including America’s Got Talent, X Factor, and now The Voice. Television producers never disclose exactly how many total votes their shows receive, but millions of viewers are believed to participate each week. Recently, TV ratings have given The Voice a slight edge in total viewership to take the show to the top.
Shindigz, a leading seller of party supplies, conducted a nationwide online poll to see if American Idol has lost its luster and the results were conclusive. The Voice captured 62.5 % of the votes, compared to 17.5% for American Idol when voters were asked, “What’s your favorite music reality show?” The remaining votes were divided between America’s Got Talent and X-Factor, which are both on hiatus this season.