American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Season 3 episodes

American Idol Season 3, Episode 39

A “moment like this” awaits one of the final two as Ryan Seacrest reveals the results of last night's votes---and the third season's winner. Also: Jennifer Hudson, George Huff and the other top 12 singers reunite for a mini-concert, while judges Simon, Paula and Randy offer comments on this year's showdown. From Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 38

Fantasia and Diana face off in the showdown's last night of competition before the finale. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 37

The finale's two competitors are named after Ryan reveals the results of the voting and sends one of the last three singers home. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 36

The final three face their fiercest competition yet, as they perform in a sing-off that will decide which two will move on to the grand finale. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 35

The votes are in, so it's one more down, one left to go before the final sing-off. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 34

The top four face the nation as they hit the stage for one more shot at the big finale. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 33

Now it's getting hot. The five finalists learn the results of the viewer voting---and the identity of the singer leaving the competition. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 32

The final five go live to perform for votes and a shot at the big prize. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 31

The votes are in, which means nothing but trouble for the bottom vote-getter from last night's competition. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 30

The final six perform. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 29

The remaining seven say goodbye to one more after Ryan reads off the viewer votes. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 28

The final seven take the stage. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 27

There's good news for seven singers and really bad news for one after Ryan lines up the bottom three vote-getters and sends one of them home. Judges include Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 26

The top eight perform before a studio audience and that scary table of judges. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 25

Season 1 finalist Tamyra Gray shows the final nine how it's done before the sun goes down on one hopeful from Elton John night. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 24

The Brit is back! Elton John lends a hand to tutor the nine remaining hopefuls, who then take the stage to sing Sir's greatest hits. But after that, it's up to the viewers to decide who's still standing and who says goodbye to the yellow brick road. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 23

Ryan reads off the votes and sends one more wannabe packing. Judges include Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 22

The Top 10 perform. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 21

The results are in and one more singer is out. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 20

With one singer already voted out, the final 11 take the stage for another go at the top spot and more commentary from the judges. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 19

The viewers claim their first victim as the top 12 goes down to 11, thanks to the phone-in votes. To add insult to injury, Simon, Paula and Randy also get their digs in. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 18

The top 12 take the stage. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 17

The four most voted-for Wild Card hopefuls join the top 12 after Ryan finally reveals the results from the previous sing-off. Judges include Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 16

The judges' picks for the Wild Card competition return to the stage in hopes of singing their way back into the top 12. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 15

The viewer votes are in, which means it's time for Ryan Seacrest to torture the final eight hopefuls with recaps of the judges' comments before reading the results. Judges include Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 14

The fourth and final group of eight semifinalists take the stage to perform for the judges and viewers, who get to vote on which two move on to the top 12. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 13

America has voted and the next two finalists couldn't be happier. The other six who didn't do so well? Well, there's always “Star Search.” Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 12

The third group of eight semifinalists take the stage in hopes of making it to the final 12. But only two will move on and it's up to the viewers to choose who that is. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 11

The viewer votes are in and the second two finalists join the pair from last week in the Top 12. But before that, Ryan and the judges offer their takes on which warblers were worth the effort. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 10

The second round of eight singers from the 32 semifinalists take the stage and face the criticisms of Simon, Paula and Randy. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 9

The first two members of the Top 12 are announced after Ryan reveals the results of the viewer votes. Also: The judges weigh in on who should---and shouldn't---keep singing. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 8

The first eight of the 32 semifinalists hit the stage for their first performances to be voted on by the viewers. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 7

In Part 2 of the Hollywood round, the top 32 finalists are revealed during a visit from Paula, Simon and Randy. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 6

The finalists from the national auditions arrive in Hollywood for more rehearsals and rejections from the judges. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 5

The judges sit through more auditions, upping the tensions between Randy, Simon and Paula. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 4

More auditions. More horrified looks from Simon, Paula and Randy. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 3

The auditions conclude. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 2

More footage from the auditions, with poor Simon, Paula and Randy trying to find hopefuls to send to Hollywood. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 3, Episode 1

The talent search continues with a third batch of singers facing Simon and company, starting with the always-trying tryouts. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
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Premise: The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

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