First created by Simon Fuller as an American version of the British show Pop Idol, the show soon expanded into a nationwide phenomenon. Each season, a group of individuals from each city audition in front of a panel of judges, originally Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and the very harsh and critical Simon Cowell to earn a chance to move to Hollywood. In Hollywood the contestants must perform again before being narrowed down to a line of 12. Each week, all contestants perform live on stage and the viewing audience can call in to cast a vote for a contestant. At the end of the week, the contestant with the lowest votes in eliminated. The winner wins a recording contract for $5,000,000.