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American Idol Season 5 episodes

Season Finale Season 5, Episode 43

It's between Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee for the fifth Idol crown. Prince, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Live, Mary J. Blige, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau and Meat Loaf perform. America's choice is made known after a reunion of the Top 12 on the Kodak Theatre stage in Hollywood. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 42

The last two finalists, Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, perform, and Daniel Powter sings “Bad Day.” read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 41

One of the three remaining finalists (Taylor Hicks, Elliott Yamin and Katharine McPhee) is voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 40

The three remaining finalists sing three songs: one chosen by the judges, one chosen by record mogul Clive Davis and one of their own choosing. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 39

One of the remaining four finalists is voted off, based on their performance of Elvis Presley songs. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 38

The four remaining finalists perform songs by Elvis Presley. Also: a look at the group's trip to Graceland, where they are welcomed by Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley for an Elvis workshop with music mogul Tommy Mottola. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 36

A finalist is voted off, leaving four to sing again next week. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 35

The five remaining finalists each perform two songs: one from the year of their birth and one from this week's Billboard Top 10 charts. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 34

Andrea Bocelli sings “Because We Believe,” and one of the six remaining finalists is voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 33

The remaining six finalists perform classic love songs. Also: behind the scenes with Andrea Bocelli as he helps the contestants with their performances. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 32

Rod Stewart performs, and one of the seven remaining finalists is voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 31

The seven remaining finalists sing standards from the classic American songbook. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 29

The eight finalists perform a Queen medley, then one of the remaining eight gets voted off, based on how they performed tunes from the rock group's songbook. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 28

The eight remaining finalists perform songs by legendary rock group Queen. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 27

Kenny Rogers performs, and one of the nine finalists is voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 26

The nine remaining finalists perform country songs. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 25

Shakira and Wyclef Jean perform “Hips Don't Lie,” and one of the remaining 10 finalists is voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 24

The 10 remaining finalists perform songs from the 21st century. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 23

Barry Manilow performs a tune from his “Greatest Songs of the Fifties” CD, and one of the 11 finalists is voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 22

The 11 finalists perform music from the 1950s. Also: The contestants meet Barry Manilow. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 21

Stevie Wonder performs “My Love Is on Fire,” and one of the 12 finalists is voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 20

The 12 finalists perform. The theme is the music of Stevie Wonder. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 19

Bo Bice performs his single “The Real Thing,” and four contestants are voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 18

Eight male singers perform. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 17

Eight female singers perform. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 16

Carrie Underwood returns to sing “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” The four lowest vote getters of the 20 semifinalists are sent home, leaving 16 hopefuls to sing another day. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 15

Ten male semifinalists perform. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 14

Ten female semifinalists perform. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 13

Four contestants, two females and two males, are voted off. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 12

The 12 male semifinalists perform. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 11

The 12 female semifinalists perform. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 10

The 24 semifinalists---12 males and 12 females---are revealed. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 9

The Hollywood round continues. read more

American Idol Season 5, Episode 8

The Hollywood round begins. read more

Auditions #7 Season 5, Episode 7

The final auditions for the season are held in Las Vegas. read more

Auditions #6 Season 5, Episode 6

Auditions continue. read more

Auditions #5 Season 5, Episode 5

Auditions continue in Las Vegas. read more

Auditions #4 Season 5, Episode 4

Auditions continue. read more

Auditions #3 Season 5, Episode 3

Auditions continue in Greensboro, N.C. read more

Auditions #2 Season 5, Episode 2

Auditions are held in Denver. read more

Auditions #1 Season 5, Episode 1

The fifth-season premiere features auditions in Chicago. 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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