American Idol

Ordinary young men and women compete to become America’s newest pop superstar.

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American Idol can make your dreams come true. All that stands in your way are three judges, thousands of other hopefuls, and millions of American voters. You need to stand out and be noticed. And you need to be good, or you’ll hear it from Simon.

This study guide is designed to help you think about American Idol and the deeper themes behind this cultural phenomenon. What is fame, and why do people want it? What confidence should people have in themselves and their abilities? How should we judge others? Why is music so much a part of our lives?

Discussion Guide


    • Program Summary

    • Discussing the Scenes

(Philippians 2:3; Galatians 1:10)
(Romans 12:3; Proverbs 27:6)
(Matthew 7:1–2; Luke 6:31)
(Psalm 33:1–3; Psalm 100:1–2)
    • As the Credits Roll

Based On

The Best & Worst of American Idol, Seasons 1–4: Limited Collector’s Edition (Capital Entertainment Enterprises, 2005), rated TV-PG.

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