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American Idol Season 3 Episodes

39 Episodes 2004 - 2004

Episode 1

Episode 1

Mon, Jan 19, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 2

Episode 2

Tue, Jan 20, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 3

Episode 3

Wed, Jan 21, 2004 60 mins

The auditions conclude.

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Episode 4

Episode 4

Tue, Jan 27, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 5

Episode 5

Wed, Jan 28, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 6

Episode 6

Tue, Feb 3, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 7

Episode 7

Wed, Feb 4, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 8

Episode 8

Tue, Feb 10, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 9

Episode 9

Wed, Feb 11, 2004 30 mins

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.

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Episode 10

Episode 10

Tue, Feb 17, 2004 60 mins

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.

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Episode 11

Episode 11

Wed, Feb 18, 2004 30 mins

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.

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Episode 12

Episode 12

Tue, Feb 24, 2004 60 mins

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.

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Episode 13

Episode 13

Wed, Feb 25, 2004 30 mins

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.

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Episode 14

Episode 14

Tue, Mar 2, 2004 65 mins

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.

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Episode 15

Episode 15

Wed, Mar 3, 2004 30 mins

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.

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Episode 16

Episode 16

Tue, Mar 9, 2004 90 mins

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.

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Episode 17

Episode 17

Wed, Mar 10, 2004 30 mins

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.

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Episode 18

Episode 18

Tue, Mar 16, 2004 120 mins

The top 12 take the stage. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

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Episode 19

Episode 19

Wed, Mar 17, 2004 60 mins

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.

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Episode 20

Episode 20

Tue, Mar 23, 2004 120 mins

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.

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Episode 21

Episode 21

Wed, Mar 24, 2004 30 mins

The results are in and one more singer is out.

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Episode 22

Episode 22

Tue, Mar 30, 2004 60 mins

The Top 10 perform. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

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Episode 23

Episode 23

Wed, Mar 31, 2004 30 mins

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

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Episode 24

Episode 24

Tue, Apr 6, 2004 60 mins

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.

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Episode 25

Episode 25

Wed, Apr 7, 2004 60 mins

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.

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Episode 26

Episode 26

Wed, Apr 14, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 27

Episode 27

Thu, Apr 15, 2004 30 mins

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.

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Episode 28

Episode 28

Tue, Apr 20, 2004 60 mins

The final seven take the stage. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

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Episode 29

Episode 29

Wed, Apr 21, 2004 30 mins

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

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Episode 30

Episode 30

Tue, Apr 27, 2004 60 mins

The final six perform. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

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Episode 31

Episode 31

Wed, Apr 28, 2004 30 mins

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

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Episode 32

Episode 32

Tue, May 4, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 33

Episode 33

Wed, May 5, 2004 30 mins

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.

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Episode 34

Episode 34

Tue, May 11, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 35

Episode 35

Wed, May 12, 2004 65 mins

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

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Episode 36

Episode 36

Tue, May 18, 2004 60 mins

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.

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Episode 37

Episode 37

Wed, May 19, 2004 60 mins

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.

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Episode 38

Episode 38

Tue, May 25, 2004 60 mins

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

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Episode 39

Episode 39

Wed, May 26, 2004 120 mins

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.

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