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27 American Idol Innovations

 - May 12, 2009   Updated: Jun 14 2011
As far as TV shows go, 'American Idol' has done it all. It's the place where prime-time commercials air, heavy hitters in the music industry perform and undoubtedly the hottest reality show around in terms of viewers.

'American Idol' has inspired and enabled some particularly unusual innovations. From outrageous fashions to all-new collaborations between musicians, you'll read about the best 'American Idol' has given pop culture below.

Implications - From faking reality talent to reality show trading cards, iconic television shows can easily market products as they promote the show as well as audience interaction. The audience feels that they relate to contestants, judges, etc. and by offering the products, they feel a deeper connection to the brand.