The Portable Gamer writes: "I hate to say it but this game is actually really fun if you can get past the corny script and constant show plugs.
American Idol is a mix of DDR and Guitar Hero with a mini-game thrown in to keep things interesting. The main activity is singing songs, which is done by tilting the iPhone up and down when the notes go by or tapping on stationary stars to dance. A good performance impresses the judges and moves you on to the next week. Between performances, a video clip from the actual show plays praising or demeaning your performance."