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American Idol Season 8 episodes

American Idol Finale Recap: We Have a Winner! Season 8, Episode 40

After a season that brought us a fourth (un-needed, some might say) judge, the return of of the wild-card round, the introduction of the judges' save, plenty of high notes (and even a few bum ones), we've made it to the finale. Who has America named as the eighth Idol? And who showed up to rock the house? The answers lie ahead in our recap.
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American Idol Episode Recap: The Final 2 Perform Season 8, Episode 39

After weeks of amazing performances (plus plenty that made us laugh and cringe) we're finally here: the final performance show. Adam Lambert has clearly won the judges over, but can Kris Allen pull the upset? Let's find out!

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American Idol Recap: Top 2 Revealed Season 8, Episode 38

It's down to the final hours of American Idol! After this tense results show, only two singers are left in the battle to become America's next Idol. Following four month of whittling down the wannabes, Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert sang their hearts out this week with one song selected by the judges, and one song of their own choosing. Which guy is going home? Let's dive in.

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3 Finalists Compete Season 8, Episode 37

The Top 3 finalists sing two songs each in a performance edition. The show's 300th episode. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Top Three Perform Season 8, Episode 36

Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert perform two songs tonight as they fight for the title of the next American Idol. One song will be chosen by the judges, the other by the contestants themselves. Will they pick the perfect songs, or will the pressure finally get to them? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 3 Revealed Season 8, Episode 35

This critical results show was packed with tons of musical performances, but for one of our four hopefuls, the music stopped. So who rocked the stage and who rolled out the door after a record-setting 64 million votes were cast? Let's find out. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 4 Perform Season 8, Episode 34

It's Rock Week on American Idol! Former Guns N' Roses axman Slash has mentored the kiddies, so we'll be on the lookout for dangling cigarette butts and impeccably conditioned mountains of curly hair. I'm sure that Tuesday's proceedings will stretch the boundaries of "rock" in new and "interesting" directions, as the contestants are not all equally suited to more hard-edged songs (we're looking at you, Kris and Danny!).

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American Idol Episode Recap: Top 4 Revealed Season 8, Episode 33

One more Idol will bid us farewell tonight, but only after we see performances from Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, Natalie Cole and Rat-Pack mentor Jamie Foxx. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 5 Perform Season 8, Episode 32

The remaining Idols take on a fun and potentially difficult genre of songs: Rat Pack standards, with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as their mentor. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 5 Revealed Season 8, Episode 31

The Top 7 Idols brace themselves to lose two contestants from their tight-knit group in this week's elimination round. But, not before we hear the sweet sounds of Season 7 runner-up, David Archuleta. read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Disco Week Season 8, Episode 30

Break out your platforms, spandex and short shorts: this week our Idol hopefuls are taking on disco! And since Matt Giraud was saved by the judges last week, we'll have to say goodbye to two contestants on Wednesday's elimination show.

Hello Idol fans! It's finally here. The week I dread the most during these theme shows: Disco week. Really? Out of all the amazing music genres or artists' repertoires to pick, the producers have to stick with disco? Boo.

On a positive note, it seems that someone finally called a meeting at Fox and told Seacrest and the judges to get down to business at the top of the show. No lame drawn out intros or nonsense; they literally swoop right into Lil Rounds' song. So, let's follow suit.

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Performance Show Season 8, Episode 29

The Top 7 finalists take center stage and interpret songs of the cinema in a performance show. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is the guest mentor. read more

Results Show Season 8, Episode 28

The remaining singers come up against elimination in a results edition. Country songstress and Season 5 contestant Kellie Pickler performs the song "Best Days of Your Life." Frankie Avalon and rapper Flo Rida also perform. read more

Performance Show Season 8, Episode 27

The remaining eight finalists render songs from the year they were born in performance showcases. read more

Results Show Season 8, Episode 26

The finalists face elimination in a results show. Season 7 winner David Cook performs, as does singer-songwriter Lady GaGa. Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. read more

Performance Show Season 8, Episode 25

The remaining finalists deliver songs from a wide-spanning genre---pop music. Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson are the judges. read more

1 of 10 Voted Off Season 8, Episode 24

The singers face the prospect of elimination in a results show. Smokey Robinson, Ruben Studdard, Joss Stone and Stevie Wonder perform. read more

10 Finalists Compete Season 8, Episode 23

The finalists perform Motown songs in the third showcase edition, with judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson offering advice, praise or criticism. Appearing: Motown luminaries Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. read more

1 of 11 Voted Off Season 8, Episode 22

One Top 11 singer is eliminated in a results show. Country artists Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis and Brad Paisley perform. read more

11 Finalists Compete Season 8, Episode 21

The Top 11 finalists perform, choosing songs from the country genre. Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson are the judges. read more

2 of 13 Voted Off Season 8, Episode 20

Two Top 13 finalists are eliminated in a results edition. Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West perform. read more

Michael Jackson Songbook (Top 13 Perform) Season 8, Episode 19

The Top 13 finalists of Season 8 perform the songs of Michael Jackson. Adam Lambert sings "Black or White" and Kris Allen renders "Remember the Time." Other performances feature "The Way You Make Me Feel"; "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"; and "Beat It." read more

Judges' Wild Card Season 8, Episode 18

In a wild-card episode, the judges' favorite remaining contestants compete for a position in the next round of the competition. read more

3 Finalists Chosen Season 8, Episode 17

In a results edition, three finalists are selected from the final pool of 12 performers, and nine singers are eliminated. read more

American Idol Season 8, Episode 16

Performances by the third and final set of 12 singers. read more

Three Finalists Chosen Season 8, Episode 15

In a results installment, three finalists are chosen from the second set of semifinalists---and nine contestants are eliminated. read more

Second 12 of 36 Season 8, Episode 14

Performances by the second set of 12 semifinalists. read more

3 Finalists Chosen Season 8, Episode 13

In a results edition, three finalists are chosen---and nine hopefuls are cut. read more

First 12 of 36 Compete Season 8, Episode 12

The first 12 of the Top 36 semifinalists perform. Viewer voting begins. read more

Hollywood Round #4 Season 8, Episode 11

The Hollywood rounds advance with the unveiling of the Top 36 semifinalists. read more

Hollywood Round #3 Season 8, Episode 10

The Hollywood rounds continue with the singing hopefuls vying for a position in the Top 36. read more

Hollywood Round #2 Season 8, Episode 9

Hopefuls render performances in the second installment of the Hollywood rounds. read more

Hollywood Round #1 Season 8, Episode 8

They're going to Hollywood: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson appraise performances in the first installment of the Hollywood rounds. read more

Road to Hollywood Season 8, Episode 7

New York City and San Juan are the destinations for the final audition round, as judged by Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. read more

American Idol Season 8, Episode 6

The preliminary auditions continue in Salt Lake City, with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson serving as performance judges. read more

American Idol Season 8, Episode 5

The preliminary auditions continue in Jacksonville. read more

Louisville Auditions Season 8, Episode 4

The early auditions continue in Louisville, as Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson appraise trial performances. read more

San Francisco Auditions Season 8, Episode 3

Singer wannabes render trial performances in San Francisco. Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson are the judges. read more

American Idol Season 8, Episode 2

Early auditions continue in Kansas City, Mo., in Season 8's second installment. read more

American Idol Season 8, Episode 1

Season 8 kicks off with new judge Kara DioGuardi and returning arbiters Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson rating (and likely berating) a fresh pool of aspiring crooners in Phoenix. 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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