|Release date||February 2009|
American Idol was a campaign which took place in February 2009 for the USA and Spanish hotels (.com and .es). The campaign was substituted by a range of furni, also called American Idol. However, release was spread out over a timescale of two months - between February and April 2009. The final accompaniment to the campaign was a Microphone Effect added to the Effects section of the catalogue. Brand new achievements (exclusively for Habbo USA users) were introduced, which involved users gaining votes to help them progress through the different badge stages.
On March 10th 2009, the 'Hot Spot Scoreboard' and 'Voting Chair' were released into the Hotel, along with 10 new achievement badges. The culmination of all these elements was a Voting system, in which users could perform on the Hot Spot and be judged by others via the use of a Voting Chair.
Only 1 Hot Spot/Scoreboard could be placed in one room, as it works in the same way as a Trax machine. When a player stood on the Hot Spot, a screen appeared with a list of Trax songs available to choose from. The performance began when the music started playing, and ended once the player stepped off the stage. Their score (based on the votes they received) would appear on the scoreboard above the Hot Spot, which the other players in the room decided on by sitting in a Voting chair, allowing them to rate the contestant’s performance. Unlike the Hot Spot, a user could have as many voting chairs in their room as possible.
When a contestant stood on the Hot Spot, a popup would appear for each judge sitting in a Voting chair, stating Yes or No. Each button corresponds to a vote for the currently performing contestant. The chair would turn blue for a 'Yes' vote and red for a 'No' vote. The more votes a user received, the higher the achievement level they reached. To gain the level X badge, a user had to receive 1651 votes in total. Here are all the achievement badges for this competition and their description;
Whilst the final 3 badge descriptions all say "300 votes" and badges 6 and 7 both say "200 votes", the achievement was actually described as "For gathering an additional ___ votes."
Habbo American Idol
Sulake took the voting achievements further, and created an entire competition surrounding the campaign, entitled "Habbo American Idol". Habbos were encouraged to keep performing and collect as many 'Yes' votes as they could, and each week, 5 random Habbos (out of the top 50 scores) received a prize of 25 coins. After 6 weeks, the top 25 contestants faced Habbo Staff at the Habbo Judge's Mansion to perform for a spot in the Top 12, similarly to popular US TV show American Idol. Each of the top 12 contestants received a badge and an exclusive item of furni. They then went on to perform for the Habbo public, through videos posted on the Habbo American Idol Voting group page. The community were encouraged to vote in a poll for the top 6, and finally, the top 2. The final 2 went on to perform one final time and the winner was picked live in a 'Crowning' ceremony. The winner received a Habbo American Idol Winner’s Badge, an American Idol-themed room stocked with lots of furniture, 2 gold bars and a few rares.
American Idol Furniture
All 22 pieces of American Idol Furniture were released in 6 different stages, spread out over 3 months. One of the furniture pieces was never released to the public and was only handed out to the top 12 contestants - this was the Super Rare "American Idol Trophy". Here are the rest of the furniture items;
- The News Reporter Desk and Cubicle Partition were released in Habbo UK via random furni package deals.
Latin American Idol Furniture
The Spanish-speaking hotel also received a few items of American Idol furniture with slight alterations; the addition of the word "Latin". Here are the 3 furniture items that were altered;
|Furniture Name||Furniture Motto||Furniture Image|
|Latin American Idol Carpet||Make your grande entrance at the finale!|
|Latin American Idol Neon Sign||Just like the real thing.|
|Latin American Idol Flat Screen||OMG! Finally, a flat screen tv!|
Nouvelle Star Furniture
|Furniture Name||Furniture Motto||Furniture Image|
Other Competitions & Releases
A few other items were released during the American Idol campaign. These items were;
- An American Idol homepage background
- American Idol homepage stickers
- The "Audience" landscape (found under "Spaces" in the catalogue)
A lot of room building competitions also took place during the American Idol campaign - 5 in total. The themes were;
- Audition room
- Studio room
- Hollywood walk of fame
- Artist manager
- American Idol theatre
There was also a video creating competition, a fansite-hosted competition and a graphics competition.
Although the entire American Idol range comes under "Categorised Rares" due to it being limited to 2 hotels, some of the items proved to be very valuable on Habbo.com. These are currently the most valuable American Idol items;
- American Idol Piano
- American Idol Carpet
- American Idol Judge Chair
- American Idol Judge Desk
The American Idol Jukebox and American Idol Trax Machine were both worth over 80 credits before they were made untradeable in late 2011.