American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Season 4 episodes

American Idol Season 4, Episode 42

Simon, Paula and Randy take their balcony seats at the Kodak Theatre as Ryan reveals which of the final two singers is off to a recording contract and riches. But before the big moment, there's more music from the ousted also-rans and clips from the past six months of theme nights and upset eliminations. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 41

The final two singers take the stage to compete for the last time with performances of the song that will become the winner's first single. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 40

The three finalists find out who's headed to the Kodak for the massive sing-off next week after Ryan reveals the results of the penultimate vote. Judges include Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 39

The three remaining singers take the stage for their last performances before next week's finale at the Kodak Theatre. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 38

That stage gets a little bigger---and the competition a lot hotter---as another one of the finalists heads home. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 37

It's down to the wire as the final four take one more swing at winning those viewer votes, which will be sending someone home. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 36

It's the homestretch---and time to go home for one singer---as Ryan reveals the results that will turn the top five into the final four. Judges include Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 35

The final five try to stay alive with a night of music performances that will ultimately seal one singer's fate. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 34

The final five take their places after Ryan reads off the viewer votes and sends one of the half-dozen hopefuls home. Judges include Paula Abdul. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 33

Back on stage, the final six singers face the music---and the nation---as they perform one more time before the judges. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 32

The body count rises as Ryan reveals the votes that will send yet another singer home. Judges include Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 31

Seven contestants remain, but after tonight's performances, one of them will be singing the blues. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 29

Five are safe, three are at the bottom and one of them is out as Ryan reveals the results of last night's viewer votes. Judges include Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 28

It's up to the Top 8---and some smart song selection---to wow the crowd and win viewer votes if they plan on making it past tomorrow night's elimination. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 27

Another one bites the dust after Ryan reveals the results of the viewer votes. Judges include Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 26

With the Top 10 officially a thing of the past, it's time for the final nine to face another theme night as the competition begins edging out the weakest wannabes. Judges include Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 25

So long. Farewell. We'll even say “adieu.” The votes are in and one of the Top 10 is out. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 24

It's the Top 10 on display, with one of them hitting the stage for the last time. Judges include Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 23

The top 10 are revealed after viewer votes send one more singer home. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 30

Thanks to a voting glitch during last night's show, the show re-airs the Top 11 hopefuls' takes on Billboard No. 1 hits. Performances include Vonzell Solomon tackling “The Best of My Love” and Jessica Sierra's top-notch “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 22

The final 11 performers go for broke in hopes of sticking around for another week. The judges include Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 21

The votes are in, which means one of the top 12 is out. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 20

Now that the first dozen are done, the official Top 12 face the music in an episode that seals the fate of the lone singer who hits the flattest note with the voters. Judges include Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 19

Four of the 16 would-be pop stars---two women, two men---learn that they won't be American idols when host Ryan Seacrest announces which ones the voting viewers dissed. The judges also get their shot. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 18

The remaining eight of the 16 hopefuls get their shot. They learn tomorrow what the voting viewers think. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 17

Eight of the 16 remaining hopefuls serve up another round of songs for Simon and his buds to either praise or pick apart. Tomorrow, the other eight face the judges table. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 16

Four of the 20 finalists get the boot after Ryan Seacrest announces the results of the viewer votes. But before anyone's dreams are dashed, the judges weigh-in on who rocked and who should roll. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 15

Half of the remaining top 20 perform for the judges---and the voting viewers---in hopes of making it to the next round. The hopefuls find out their fates tomorrow night during a live results show. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 13

In the first elimination, four of the top 12 hopefuls---two guys, two girls---are sent home after the viewer votes are tallied. Judges include Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 12

The top 12 female performers strut their stuff for the judges. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 11

The top 12 male performers hit the stage for a chance to move on in the competition. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 10

After weeks of auditions, 12 men and 12 women hear the magic words as the Top 24 are revealed. Judges include Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 9

In the last round of the Hollywood semifinals, the remaining hopefuls give it their all for a spot in the Top 24. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 8

Part two of the Hollywood semifinals. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 7

In the first round of the Hollywood auditions, more than 200 semifinalists prep for their time in front of the judges' table. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 6

The heat is on for the semifinalists, who arrive in Hollywood for another round of auditions in front of the judges' table. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 5

The judges---and their victims---endure tryouts in Orlando and San Francisco. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 4

Las Vegas is the setting for auditions, in which Kenny Loggins joins the judging panel seeking the next singing sensation. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 3

Gene Simmons is the guest judge at auditions in New Orleans. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 2

More footage from the auditions that were held in seven cities across the country. read more

American Idol Season 4, Episode 1

Season 4 of the vocal Olympics kicks off with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson scouring seven cities for the next Fantasia. Ryan Seacrest hosts. read more

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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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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