From the young contestants' song choices to the artists who agree to become mentors on the program, former chart-topping acts can find their careers re-invigorated from what is commonly known as the "America Idol" bump.

But despite being a ratings blockbuster for Fox and a powerful marketing tool for record labels, not all artists and executives think favorably of the hit reality show. Alan Frutkin, correspondent from Billboard sister publication Mediaweek, reports: