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American Idol Season 9 episodes

American Idol Episode Recap: We Have a Winner! Season 9, Episode 43

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze sang, America voted, and American Idol crowned its ninth champion. After 14 weeks of competition and more then 500 million votes, another season came to a close with an impressive performance lineup, a few "surprise" guests, and of course, a farewell to departing crankypants Simon Cowell. But the real reason we're here is to give someone a confetti shower, right? So let's get to it... read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Final Two Perform Season 9, Episode 42

After countless auditions, weeks of voting, some show-stopping performances and some pretty awful ones, Season 9 of American Idol culminates in the Nokia Theatre for the final showdown between hopefuls Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox. So who brought the best fight to the finale and more importantly, who is going to win this thing? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top Two Revealed Season 9, Episode 41

After 47 million votes this week, American Idol's Season 9 showdown is set: It's down to the final two singers. First, we got to see all the contestants have their days of being a hometown hero, each returning to their native cities to perform, greet fans and visit with family. But who is headed home to stay? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Final 3 Perform Season 9, Episode 40

The singers have almost made it to the finish line of this season's American Idol, and while one contestant seemed to be losing steam, another was just hitting his stride. After a night when the judges proved better at choosing songs than the singers (shocking!) Season 9's top two contenders have never looked more inevitable. So, who is most likely headed for the Nokia Theater? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 3 Revealed Season 9, Episode 39

And then there were three. After a season-high 37 million votes, another American Idol hopeful's journey came to an end. As Ryan Seacrest reminded us, making the top three is a special honor, because those singers all receive a hero's welcome in their hometown. So, who just missed out on the homecoming? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Final 4 Perform Season 9, Episode 38

American Idol's final four took on songs of the cinema under Jamie Foxx's tutelage, and most of the performances were as uninspired as Foxx's second attempt at mentoring the singers. The one (slightly) bright spot of the night was the return of the contestant duets, which were a big hit in Season 8. They played less successfully this time, but they were a welcome improvement over the rest of what was offered... read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 4 Revealed Season 9, Episode 37

And we have the final four! After a night of middling Frank Sinatra covers, America spoke — and it was one more American Idol hopeful for the road. Before that, Lady Gaga brought her brand of weirdness back to the Idol stage, the show continued to dote on Harry Connick Jr. and the contestants sang two (groan) group numbers... read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 5 Perform Season 9, Episode 36

Harry Connick Jr. was on hand to guide American Idol's five remaining contestants through their performances of Frank Sinatra tunes, and, well, I felt bad for ol' Blue Eyes' daughters, who were sitting in the front row. Although most of Connick's arrangements — yes, in a very nice touch for the show, Harry wrote and performed the arrangements with his own band — were excellent, not all the singers were up to them? So, who did the Chairman of the Board proud? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 5 Revealed Season 9, Episode 35

After 33 million votes were cast, American Idol sent another singer home. After a night of mostly solid performances, America's decision was decidedly tough. So, who was the unlucky contestant? read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 6 Perform Season 9, Episode 34

Shania Twain returned to mentor the singers as American Idol's top 6 took on the country-pop superstar's songbook. For the first time all season, there wasn't a stand-out bad performance, but country did not sound good on everyone either. So, which singers were the best? Let's find out... read more

1 of 7 Voted Off/Idol Gives Back Season 9, Episode 33

One of the Top 7 singers is slated to be eliminated in an "Idol Gives Back" episode, which features performances by Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Jeff Beck, Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige. The initiative raises funds for U.S. and global charities, including Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children's U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation. Queen Latifah emcees the performance portion of the show. read more

7 Finalists Compete Season 9, Episode 32

The seven remaining contestants perform inspirational songs. Alicia Keys is the mentor. read more

2 of 9 Voted Off Season 9, Episode 31

Two of the nine final singers are eliminated in a results episode. Season 8 contestant Adam Lambert sings "Whataya Want From Me," and Brooke White and Justin Gaston perform a duet. read more

9 Finalists Compete Again Season 9, Episode 30

The nine remaining finalists perform the songs of Elvis Presley. Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert serves as the mentor. read more

1 of 9 Voted Off Season 9, Episode 29

One of the final nine singers is eliminated in a results show. Jason Derulo performs, Rihanna sings "Rock Star 101," and former contestant David Archuleta reimagines the John Lennon song "Imagine." read more

9 Finalists Compete Season 9, Episode 28

The nine finalists perform the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. read more

1 of 10 Voted Off Season 9, Episode 27

One of the Top 10 finalists is eliminated in a results episode. Performers: Ruben Studdard; Diddy; and Usher and will.i.am. read more

Top 10 Perform Season 9, Episode 26

The Top 10 finalists perform soul and R&B numbers. Usher is the musical mentor. read more

1 of 11 Voted Off Season 9, Episode 25

One of the Top 11 finalists is sent packing in a results installment. Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato perform. read more

Top 11 Perform Season 9, Episode 24

The final round advances with the Top 11 singers rendering genre-spanning Number 1 hits from Billboard's Top 100 list. Pop singer Miley Cyrus serves as the singers' mentor. read more

1 of 12 Voted Off Season 9, Episode 23

One of the Top 12 finalists is eliminated in a results edition. Kesha and Orianthi perform, as does David Cook, who sings the Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash." read more

Top 12 Perform Season 9, Episode 22

The final round begins when the newly minted Top 12 finalists---six males and six females---deliver performances of songs by the Rolling Stones. read more

4 Finaliists Eliminated; Top 12 Revealed Season 9, Episode 21

Four semifinal contestants are eliminated and the Top 12 finalists are revealed. Former contestants Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud perform Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It." read more

Top 8 Boys Compete Season 9, Episode 20

Eight male semifinalists perform. read more

Top 8 Girls Compete Season 9, Episode 19

Eight female semifinalists deliver performances. read more

4 Finalists Eliminated Season 9, Episode 18

Two male semifinalists and two female semifinalists are eliminated in a results installment. read more

Ten Girls Perform Season 9, Episode 17

The semifinal round continues with 10 female contestants performing. read more

Ten Boys Perform Season 9, Episode 16

The semifinal round continues with 10 male singers performing. read more

4 Finalists Eliminated Season 9, Episode 15

In Season 9's first results show, two male semifinalists and two female semifinalists are eliminated. Past contestants Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen perform. read more

Top 12 Boys Compete Season 9, Episode 14

The semifinal round advances with the Top 12 male singers taking to the stage. read more

Top 12 Girls Compete Season 9, Episode 13

The semifinal round kicks off with the Top 12 female singers delivering performances. Viewer voting begins. read more

Hollywood Round #4/Top 24 Chosen Season 9, Episode 12

Season 9's semifinalists are unveiled as the Hollywood round concludes. read more

Hollywood Round #3 Season 9, Episode 11

The Hollywood round continues, with a gradually dwindling contingent of contestants vying for a slot in the Top 24. read more

Hollywood Round #2 Season 9, Episode 10

The golden-ticket winners perform again in the second heat of the Hollywood round. read more

Hollywood Round #1 Season 9, Episode 9

The Hollywood round begins with nation-spanning golden-ticket winners arriving in California. They struggle through punishing rehearsals and nerve-jangling auditions in the hopes of winning a slot in the Top 24. read more

Road to Hollywood Season 9, Episode 8

The preliminary auditions conclude with a "Road to Hollywood" installment. Guest judges: Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Shania Twain. read more

Auditions #7: Denver Season 9, Episode 7

The star search continues with preliminary tryouts in Denver. Victoria Beckham is the guest judge. read more

Auditions #6: Dallas Season 9, Episode 6

The judges search for lone stars in the Lone Star State when open auditions are held in Dallas. Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas are the guest judges. read more

Auditions #5: Los Angeles Season 9, Episode 5

Los Angeles serves as the setting for open auditions. Pop songstresses Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry are the guest judges. read more

Auditions #4: Orlando Season 9, Episode 4

Auditions continue in Orlando. Kristin Chenoweth is the guest judge. read more

Auditions #3: Chicago Season 9, Episode 3

Preliminary auditions continue when the judges breeze into the Windy City. Country singer Shania Twain is the guest judge. read more

Season Premiere, Part 2 Season 9, Episode 2

Auditions continue in Atlanta in the conclusion of the Season 9 opener. Mary J. Blige is the guest judge. read more

Season Premiere, Part 1 Season 9, Episode 1

Part 1 of 2. The talent contest kicks off Season 9 with open auditions in Boston. Victoria Beckham serves as a guest judge. 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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