The Idol Phenomenon: Pop Cultural Forms in Transit

Since its inception in 2002, the reality television show "American Idol" has become an icon of American television and culture. The success and popularity of American Idol has quickly become a larger, global phenomenon, spawning spin-offs in countries such as France, with "A la Recherche de la Nouvelle Star," in Germany with "Deutschland sucht den Superstar," in the Phillipines with "Pinoy Idol," and even in Arabia with "SuperStar."