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Contestant Katharine McPhee with Kermit

American Idol is a popular reality TV singing competition airing on FOX. Judged by Randy Jackson, Keith UrbanMariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and hosted by Ryan Seacrest, each year it narrows down a series of finalists until one of them is chosen as the American Idol. Notable winners and finalists that have worked with the Muppets have included Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard, Matt Rogers, and Jennifer Hudson. It is part of the Idol franchise which spans across the world. Past judges are Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul, Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Simon Cowell. Nigel Lythgoe serves as executive producer since the show's inception (except for 2009 and 2010).

Muppet Appearances

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Miss Piggy on "Idol Gives Back"

  • During the "Results Show" broadcasts aired each week, the remaining contestants are featured singing in a commercial for a Ford automobile. Kermit the Frog has appeared inside the featured car at the end of a few of these spots.
  • May 10th and May 24th, 2006, vehicle: Ford Fusion, Kermit's tagline: "I guess it is easy being green."
  • April 4th, 2007, vehicle: Ford Escape Hybrid, Kermit's tagline: "Aww, I love being green," as he hangs a tree-shaped air-freshener in the vehicle.

Muppet Mentions

On the January 30, 2007 episode of the program's sixth season (Birmingham, Alabama auditions), a contestant named Margaret Fowler appeared, dressed in bright yellow feathers. She claimed to be 26-years-old (the maximum age for eligibility to compete is 28), but was later revealed to be 50. Host Ryan Seacrest remarked, through voice-over, that she looked like Big Bird, and a few bars of the "Sesame Street Theme" were played.[1]

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Statler and Waldorf audition for "American Idol"

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Sesame Street's "American I"

References

Sources

  1. "PEOPLE EXCLUSIVE: Margaret Fowler's Poem for Simon!", People Magazine, January 31, 2007.

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