Top 100 American Idol Quotes

Words matter. These are the best American Idol Quotes from famous people such as Diana DeGarmo, Ari Lennox, Carrie Underwood, Simon Cowell, Corey Clark, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I always knew I wanted to be involved in entertainment

I always knew I wanted to be involved in entertainment in some way. But I really can’t say I’d be where I am now if I hadn’t been on ‘American Idol.’
Diana DeGarmo
Yeah, the first contract I signed, that was the first time I realized, Oh man, never mind, I don’t want to do this anymore, but it was too late. I realized it was a bad thing because I wanted to try out for ‘American Idol’ and all these different things couldn’t do that because I was in this contract.
Ari Lennox
I think after coming off of ‘American Idol’… people kind of expect you to just be awesome all the time, and we’re still learning. I had a lot of stage experience, but it was in a 200-seat theater, you know – it wasn’t thousands of people in front of me.
Carrie Underwood
If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her… I like her.
Simon Cowell
At the end of the day, it is about the album and book and also about setting the record straight, because ‘American Idol’ has done a great job of defaming my name and throwing a lot of mud at me for the past two years. So that set up a lot of roadblocks for me.
Corey Clark
Winning ‘American Idol’ gives the opportunity to really help make a change to a lot of lives, and making a difference has given me the greatest satisfaction and joy.
Taylor Hicks
‘American Idol’ is sometimes lumped with reality shows and it has that element – folks-next-door battling it out in a contest. But instead of fighting leeches, bugs, parasites and each other, as on CBS’s ‘Survivor’ and other shows that imitate it, the ‘American Idol’ contestants, of course, sing.
Tom Shales
When one person does something that works, everyone else wants to do it. So it didn’t surprise me at all to see people come with different versions of ‘American Idol’ and a lot of them are exactly the same but with different twists.
Ruben Studdard
It’s funny because ever since ‘American Idol,’ people look at me without makeup and think I’m 15 years old – they think I’m really young and quiet and shy, and that I’ve never been in a relationship and have never been in love or anything.
Candice Glover
I have no choice but to admit that, for a while, I was a casual viewer of ‘American Idol.’ By ‘casual viewer,’ I mean I watched every episode aired between 2004 and 2007.
Kim Brooks
The TV is often on in our house, but I really only keep up with three shows: ‘American Idol,’ ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Walking Dead.’ Sometimes I’ll sip red wine – it’s a nice way to slow down and relax.
Carrie Underwood
At the time, the only options were playing the local county fair. Now with American Idol and younger recording artists that have come out, there is more of an opportunity.
Marla Sokoloff
Winning ‘American Idol’ really anoints you the opportunity to have a great career; it does not anoint you a career.
Scott Borchetta
Most people use Twitter to meet girls, and I use it to meet ‘American Idol’ contestants!
Chris Jericho
There’s a lot I’ve yet to say about ‘American Idol,’ so I am excited about teaming up with ‘Idol Go Home’ and starting my blog.
Brian Dunkleman
There’s something about seeing somebody who thinks they’re great and is so wrapped up in their moves, voice, and performance that makes it so wonderfully charming that you can’t take your eyes off. That’s why we all remember William Hung from those first years of ‘American Idol. It’s the William Hung effect.
Craig Robinson
I really do think that getting the golden ticket for ‘American Idol,’ it’s just the start of something really great.
La’Porsha Renae
I think the attraction of ‘American Idol’ is about the basic human nature attitude that is, ‘We can put you up there. But we can take you down.’
Quincy Jones
Well, being that, at the house and being in the competition, it was very hard to be with family. We couldn’t have visitors out of respect for everyone else there. But, being the American Idol, the focus would have been on me.
LaToya London
Before ‘American Idol’ and all this stuff, I was obsessed with music charts, and I used to go online to find out what was popular in other countries. I’d log on to the BBC website, and that’s how I found out about artists like Natasha Bedingfield, Daniel Bedingfield and Take That.
David Archuleta
If millions of Americans choose to weigh in on the outcome of ‘American Idol’ through text messages and the Web, then why not harness similar technological tools to encourage discourse on the political landscape?
Ruzwana Bashir
The biggest risk I’ve ever taken is going on American Idol and trying to be myself. I wasn’t going to try too hard to conform, and I knew that it could possibly not work out.
Adam Lambert
Carrie Underwood was just a small-town Oklahoma girl with big dreams in 2005 when she competed on the fourth season of ‘American Idol.’ She is one of the few true ‘American Idol’ success stories and went on to have incredible career success.
Fabrizio Moreira
I’ve been watching ‘American Idol’ since I was five years old.
Jessica Sanchez
Nobody held a gun to my head and forced me to write recaps about the tenth season of ‘American Idol.’ Although I feel like someone must have and I just forgot about it.
Paul F. Tompkins
I’ve been asked to do ‘American Idol’ and ‘X Factor.’ I’m an Ed McMahon kind of girl. ‘Star Search?’ I’m in, all day long. It felt more authentic, and the market wasn’t oversaturated with karaoke contests.
I am broadcaster’s biggest cheerleader because I genuinely believe in it. Where else can you get 20 million people a week watching ‘NCIS’ or ‘American Idol?’ Where else can you get 120 million watching the Super Bowl?
Leslie Moonves
I don’t watch ‘American Idol.’ I don’t watch any of that stuff.
Denis Leary
With ‘American Idol,’ you are on your toes a lot. People don’t realize the amount of work.
Diana DeGarmo
The Internet has changed how young people listen to music. Television programs like ‘American Idol’ changed how people listen to music. It was no longer the songwriters that we celebrated; it was the singers.
Robert Hilburn
Look at ‘American Idol,’ which I don’t look at. Those winners haven’t become household names except for Jennifer Hudson, and she was a reject. You can’t aim to be a household name. You just have to be successful.
Andre Leon Talley
I was very honored to get to be part of 'American Idol.

I was very honored to get to be part of ‘American Idol.’
Dolly Parton
I will always appreciate ‘American Idol,’ and I never forget about where I come from.
Lee DeWyze
A lot of the people who have been on ‘American Idol’ have unfortunately not been very successful after the show is over. I would be one of the most successful contestants to not make it to the Top 12. So that would be a good statistic to throw into the show. It’s what you make of it.
Todrick Hall
There’s a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board. I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.
Carrie Underwood
I’ve never watched an entire episode of ‘American Idol’. It’s too mean.
Christina Aguilera
I’ve tried to move on with my life and my career for the last two years and do my own thing, and ‘American Idol’ and FOX, they’ve just been making it really tough for me to do that.
Corey Clark
The whole ‘American Idol’ way of looking at things is the antithesis of what I grew up with. There are a whole lot of kids wanting to be famous now, whereas if I’d even mentioned that word to one of my teachers, I would have got into a whole load of trouble.
Harry Connick, Jr.
My aunts and uncles were like, ‘You’ve got such a great voice – why don’t you try out for ‘American Idol?” I’d say, ‘Because I’m a songwriter, not a puppet.’ Even if I won and became really successful off a show like that, I’d be miserable.
Mark Foster
‘American Idol,’ for me, is fizzling out. They can’t package me, man… I’m an artist that’s created this concept but used the ‘American Idol’ machine as a marketing tool.
Taylor Hicks
The world is so caught up in the ‘American Idol’ idealistic sort of tendency in regards to just thinking that this whole thing is what everybody wants, but it doesn’t help you make a better record.
What I love about ‘American Idol’ is that it’s broad.
Channing Dungey
American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything.
Carrie Underwood
If you don’t have any ties to the music industry, you just love ‘American Idol,’ you can sit there and do exactly what you do in your living room, which is stare at them and judge them.
Neil Patrick Harris
Obviously neither ‘American Idol’ nor ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is a variety show in the classic sense, but the way they incorporate elements of drama, comedy and suspense is moderately ingenious.
Tom Shales
We aren’t handicapped in any way except by what other people think. Focus on people’s abilities. I can’t be on ‘American Idol,’ but there’s all kinds of stuff I can do.
Marlee Matlin
I auditioned for ‘American Idol’ at 17. They told me, ‘No.’
Amber Riley
I got in the audition line called ‘Making the Band’ because I wanted to be in a band. If I didn’t, I would have done ‘American Idol.’
Dawn Richard
I think ‘American Idol’ has prepared me for anything.
Gabby Barrett
The people that go on ‘American Idol’ do want some recognition and fame.
Kimberly Caldwell
Hip-hop is a way of life. It isn’t a genre in truth in ‘American Idol.’
Nigel Lythgoe
‘American Idol’ was just really a platform. What you do after that is what separates you from the show. And I’ve been working really hard, touring constantly, and building those fans. You’ve got to work hard.
Phillip Phillips
I grew up watching ‘American Idol.’
I’ve been wanting to sing for a long time. I’ve been singing all my life, and I’ve tried different record companies, but it seemed like – it was such a struggle and so hard to get out there. So, I said, ‘I’m gonna go on American Idol and see how far it takes me.’
Fantasia Barrino