'American Idol' Season 13 Taglines: Can America Pick a Winner?

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Every TV tagline tells a story, and "American Idol" wants America to have a voice (no pun intended; well, maybe a little) in the matter.

Host Ryan Seacrest, who, let's face it, is always working the "Idol" angle despite his gazillion other jobs, recently took to Twitter to write: "So we're working on a couple tag lines for this season of @ AmericanIdol and want u guys to make the final decision."

A couple million hashtags later, and America will decide which of these doozies will be the show's official tagline for the Season 13:

"The search for a superstar." #IdolSearch

"Every story is different. The dream is the same." #IdolStory

"A million different stories. One powerful dream." #IdolMillion

"Listen to their dreams come true." #IdolListen"

Fans can vote for their favorite "American Idol" tagline via Twitter, Facebook, or at AmericanIdol.com.

Over the years, "Idol" has dared to dream up a variety of slogans (one of them was even "Dare to dream"), but last winter's doomed season kicked off with a promise they still haven't delivered. Remember the tagline: "Everyone dreams, 'Idol' delivers"? Well, we're still waiting.

Check out a promo with "American Idol's" Season 12 tagline: 

It's true that "Idol" trounces the competition when it comes to TV talent-show superstars ("The Voice" and "The X Factor" have yet to create a Kelly Clarkson or a Carrie Underwood), but last season's promise to "deliver" hasn't exactly panned out.

While Candice Glover was a worthy winner, her album release date keeps getting pushed back. Glover's debut album "Music Speaks" was originally due out in July, then it was pushed back to October, and now it's not set to drop until February 2014. Definitely snail mail when it comes to "Idol's" claim of delivering. (Although someone forgot to tell iTunes.)

Diehard fans of the long-running singing competition may remember the show's original tagline and show title. It was "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar." That season the tagline was fitting: Season 1 champ Kelly Clarkson went on to become a bona fide superstar and one of the show's biggest success stories.

They whittled down the title for Season 2 (maybe it sounded too much like "Star Search"), and these days, "Idol" has plenty of competition.

The first season of "The Voice" played up its blind-audition theme with this slogan: "Close your eyes. Open your ears." Now, with the show's original coaches all back together for Season 5 (last season, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green took a break), it's "Reunited and it feels so good."

Check out the "Reunited" promo for "The Voice": 

"The X Factor" contestants have to face the music -- and Simon Cowell -- with this tagline: "It's time to face the music." But this season, one of the show's promos touts: "Made in the USA."

Hey, maybe that should be "American Idol's" new tagline.

"American Idol" Season 13 premieres on Fox in January.

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