"American Idol" is still the top reality competition show on television. The winners, even from early seasons, still have mega-album sales. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are household names and multi-millionaires. Without American Idol, Underwood wouldn't have been the next Baroness Von Trapp on NBC's revival of "The Sound of Music." Without 'Idol' and its success, all other competition shows would not exist among the crush of reality shows all over the airwaves today.
Americas got talent allows the chance for more than just singers to show of their skills. Dancers, singers, puppeteers, anyone with a unique hobby and talented skill is able to join and show others what they are made of. It is far more interesting to watch and you get to see some great things.