- American Juniors
Infobox musical artist
Name = American Juniors/19 Juniors
Background = group_or_band
Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre = Pop Garage
Label = 19
Lucy Hale Chauncey Matthews Taylor Thompson Tori Thompson Danielle White
Katelyn Tarver( 2003– 2004)
Jordan McCoy( 2003– 2004) Chantel Kohl( 2003– 2004)
AJ Melendez (
Morgan Burke (
2003) Julie Dubela( 2003)
Quinton Caruthers (
Grace Leer (
Kara Leiberman (
Tyler Foehr (
Brennan Hillard (
Mercedes Ruiz (
Kristinia DeBarge (
Lauren Klena (
Canyon Grove (
Tyron Glascoe (
Mariah Stanley (
"American Juniors" also known as 19 Juniors was a
reality televisionseries broadcast on the Fox Network as a spin-offof the immensely popular " American Idol", created by Simon Fullerand 19 Television, FremantleMedia, directed by Bruce Gowersand produced by Nigel Lythgoeand Ken Warwick. It was very similar to the adult "American Idol", much like the British series "S Club Search" (producing the "S Club Juniors") was to British band "S Club 7". The first and only season of "American Juniors" aired in the summer of 2003. It was taped in Hollywood, California.
Around 2,000 children and teenagers auditioned for the show; from these twenty were chosen as contestants. Throughout the season, this number was narrowed down to ten through several rounds of voting. Like "American Idol", voting was done by the show's viewers via
telephone. Unlike "Idol", to prevent hurt feelings, the contestants were voted "into" the group, as opposed to being voted "off" the show. "Idol" host Ryan Seacrestrepeated this duty for most of the shows. "Idol" judges did not appear (other than one satellite hookup with Simon Cowellfrom the second season of " Pop Idol"); the principal "Juniors" judges were Gladys Knight(who also hosted when Seacrest was absent), Deborah Gibson, and Jordan Knight(former member of New Kids on the Block). A number of "Idol" alumni, such as Ruben Studdard, Christina Christianand Justin Guarinimade guest performances
Ratings and aborted second season
"American Juniors" became one of the highest rated television shows of the summer season, with approximately 11.9 million viewers on
June 3, though the numbers dropped 40% toward the end of July. Nonetheless, the producers were satisfied of the strong teen demographic. A second edition had been planned for fall 2003, later postponed to the summer after " American Idol (season 3)", then called off.
Following the show
The American Juniors made a brief appearance on the
December 2003"American Idol" Christmas special, " An American Idol Christmas". Their debut album "America Juniors" was released on October 26, 2004 after a year's delay from its original scheduled date. Probably the most successful teenagers from the show are Julie Dubela(who failed to make the final ten), Jordan McCoyand Katelyn Tarverwho both made the final ten but failed to reach the final five.
All three of them have since to gone on in their singing career with Tarver and McCoy both releasing albums while Dubela making several TV appearances including appearing on the kids TV show "Endurance".
Dubela auditioned for the seventh season of "American Idol" when they traveled to
Miami, Florida. She reunited with former "Juniors" host Ryan Seacrest and sang and danced to the "Juniors" theme song, "One Step Closer". When she introduced herself to the judges, Randy Jacksonand Paula Abdultold her they had liked "American Juniors" but Simon Cowellsarcastically added "Yes, that was a really good show wasn't it?". After her performance, they were not as kind to her, calling her precocious and telling her to become an actress. After she unhappily left, the show played part of her Juniors performance ("Rainy Days and Mondays"). Lucy Halehas had acting success since the band broke up, guesting on the TV series " How I Met Your Mother" and with a regular role on the 2007 version of "Bionic Woman". She now appears on the CWTV show, Privileged, as Rose Baker, an ultra rich teen living with her twin and her grandmother. She also recently had a role on The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 as Effie Kaligaris, younger sister of Lena.
The American Juniors group disbanded in 2005. The members seem to be pursuing individual efforts and there is little publicity about them as a group. The show website became inactive in
April 2005, but the music website remains intact as an archive. In May 2005, the Thompson sisters' website announced they were now out on their own.
Radio stations that play children's music (e.g, Disney, or digital radio) still occasionally play the music of "American Juniors".
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