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In this competition series, aspiring performers attempt to impress both a panel of judges on set and the broad American viewing public at home. After being one of the biggest series in America for several years, the series was cancelled by Fox, only to be revived in 2017 on ABC.

Sundays & Mondays at 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
18 Seasons, 644 Episodes
January 8, 2009
Music, Reality
Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Mark Thompson, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell
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American Idol Full Episode Guide

  • The Final 3 perform live from coast to coast and the winner is announced at the end of the show. Also, special performances from music legends and other surprises.

  • Each contestant performs 3 songs, including a pick from mentor Bobby Bones, a song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day, and a selection from Elton John’s catalog.

  • Singers show off their singing talent in hopes of making it to the next round. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan serve as judges.

  • The finalists pay tribute to one of the world's most iconic bands, Queen, before partnering up for classic movie duet performances. Helping to prepare the Top 8 to rock the stage is Adam Lambert, who acts as celebrity guest mentor.

  • A look at each finalist's journey so far.

  • "American Idol"'s Top 10 contestants head to The Happiest Place On Earth, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, to prepare for the next phase of the competition, Disney Night. The finalists will be joined by celebrity mentor Rebel Wilson, who will offer up her pitch-perfect expertise as the superstar hopefuls prepare for their Disney-themed performances. All-star judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will perform a timeless Disney song in Disneyland Park's Fantasyland. The Top 10 will then return to the iconic Idol stage in Los Angeles to perform fan-favorite Disney songs, in hopes of winning America's heart and vote for a spot in the Top 8.

  • The 7 contestants with the most votes by America take their spot in the top 10, while the 7 remaining contestants must sing to impress the judges.

  • The Top 14 perform.

  • The remaining 10 of the Top 20 finalists perform duets with all-star celebrity partners. Following the performances, the contestants find out who has made the last 7 spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned.

  • The contestants duet with established stars.

  • The Top 20 perform.

  • The showcase round goes to Aulani, A Disney Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii, where the show’s Top 40 contestants take to the beach for solo performances in front of a live audience and the judge panel. Afterward, the judges sit down with each contestant to reveal their fate, culminating with the show’s Top 20 finalists.

  • Hollywood Week continues.

  • Hollywood Week commences.

  • The Top 5 finalists are revealed; the singers perform.

  • Auditions continue in Los Angeles; Louisville; New York; and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Included: the story of a girl reuniting with her egg donor; a performance that Katy Perry shares as one of her favorite voices she has ever heard; and an audition that makes Luke Bryan drop to the floor.

  • Auditions continue in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; New York; Louisville, Ky.; and Los Angeles. Included: an original song; the return of a fan favorite from last season; a walk down memory lane by Lionel Richie; and a surprise dance move by Katy Perry.

  • Auditions in Coeur d’Alene ID, Louisville KY, and Los Angeles CA.

  • Auditions in Louisville KY, Coeur d’Alene ID, Los Angeles CA, New York NY, and Denver CO.

  • The winner is announced.

  • The 3 finalists perform for America's votes.

  • The top five contestants perform.

  • The Top 7 perform.

  • The judges push 10 hopefuls a step closer to stardom

  • The Top 10 is announced.

  • The Top 14 perform.

  • The second half of the top 24 finalists perform duets with celebrity partners.

  • The second half of the top 24 finalists perform solos. Radio show host Bobby Bones mentors.

  • The first half of the top 24 finalists perform duets with celebrity partners.

  • The first half of the top 24 finalists perform solos. Radio show host Bobby Bones mentors.

  • Contestants perform for a live crowd and the judges.

  • In this second episode of Hollywood Week, Idol hopefuls from across the country gather in Hollywood to battle it out in solo performances, singing their hearts out in hopes of making it through to the showcase round.

  • In this first episode of Hollywood Week, Idol hopefuls from across the country head to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to battle it out in solo and group performances in hopes of making it through to the showcase round.

  • Hopefuls audition in Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, and Savannah. They include a choreographer from Tennessee, a hostess from Colorado and a personal assistant from Alabama, perform for the judges.

  • Hopefuls audition in Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, and New York City. They include a teacher from Michigan, a construction worker from Alabama, and a goat farmer from Oklahoma.

  • Hopefuls audition in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, and Savannah. They include a cattle farmer from Texas, twin teenagers from Southern California, and a furniture salesman from Illinois.

  • In episode two of auditions, Idol hopefuls, including a shoe salesman from Washington D.C., a construction worker from Southern California and a student from Louisiana, sing their hearts out for the judges to see if they have what it takes to earn a ticket to Hollywood.

  • Hopefuls audition in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, Tenn before judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie.

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Ryan Seacrest Shunned by Best Actress Nominees on Oscar Red Carpet

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Rumors of a pending divorce have begun to circulate.

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