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Contestant Katharine McPhee with Kermit

American Idol is a popular reality TV singing competition that aired on FOX from 2002 through 2016. It is part of the Idol franchise which spans across the world. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, each season it narrowed 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 Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Matt Rogers, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks. After ending on FOX in 2016, the series was brought back on ABC.

The original three judges for the first eight seasons were Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. Other celebrity judges during the series run included Mariah Carey, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Tyler and Keith Urban. Nigel Lythgoe served as a long-running executive producer.


Miss Piggy on "Idol Gives Back"

Kermit and Maddie Poppe in 2018.

  • 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.
  • Kermit appeared in the May 21, 2018 finale episode, performing "Rainbow Connection" with finalist Maddie Poppe. Poppe had previously been shown on the show singing the song for her audition.


  • 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]


Statler and Waldorf audition for "American Idol"

Sesame Street's "American I"

  • Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of the show, were spoofed as "Deutschland sucht die Superkuh" in the Sesamstrasse episode 2348. Another reference have been made as "Deutschland sucht die Super Grautsch"


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

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