The game was met with mostly negative reception upon release. GameRankings gave it a score of 33.17% for the PC version, 52.27% for the PlayStation 2 version, and 45.50% for the Game Boy Advance version. Likewise, Metacritic gave it a score of 39 out of 100 for the PC version, and 41 out of 100 each for the PS2 and GBA versions.
X-Play gave the game a 1 out of 5, complaining about the gameplay consisting of pressing buttons in time to judge the character's singing and not on the player's actual singing.
An iPhone application entitled "American Idol: The Game" was released on the App Store. It was released by Electronic Arts on July 3, 2009. Omaha Sternberg of Macworld rated the game 4.5 out of 5 stars. The application has received mixed to positive reviews from its users.