American Idol (2002)

American Idol - Season 10 Episodes

American Idol - Season 10

American Idol - Season 10

The tenth season of American Idol premiered on January 19, 2011 and concluded on May 25, 2011, on the Fox television network. The show underwent a number of changes from the ninth season, including the return of Nigel Lythgoe as executive producer, and the addition of American singers Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to the judging panel, replacing Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi.

Interscope Records, which is part of Universal Music Group, replaced Sony Music Entertainment as Idol's official partner record label. Interscope's Chairman Jimmy Iovine, a songwriter and producer, was named as the in-house mentor to work with the contestants on a weekly basis. He was supported by associated producers Rodney Jerkins, Alex da Kid, Tricky Stewart, Don Was, will.i.am, and Timbaland, who all helped the contestants tailor their song choices to their chosen genre of performance, while also producing arrangements for the contestants and offering original material to be performed. Ray Chew replaced Rickey Minor as the show's musical director and leader of Idol's live band.

Programming changes affecting viewership included a revision in the days of broadcast from Tuesdays and Wednesdays to Wednesdays and Thursdays. The show also opened up an option for viewers to cast their votes online through Facebook, allowing 50 votes per account. Specific changes in the competition itself included extending extra rounds and a final solo round, while also returning the judges' wild card choice. The show additionally lowered the age of eligibility to 15 years. More contestants made it to Hollywood in season 10 than in previous seasons.

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Episode 1

Auditions #1: New Jersey

The talent contest opens Season 10 with auditions in New York and New Jersey.

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Episode 2

Auditions #2: New Orleans

As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. After many viewers (yours truly included) complained that American Idol's Season 10 premiere on Wednesday didn't offer anything remarkably different from past seasons, Thursday's episode gave us something we've never seen before: Randy Jackson's bare stomach. I'm pretty sure that's not what any of us were hoping for. So, what had Randy (and Steven!) taking off their clothes? And which New Orleans singers gave J. Lo goose bumps and moved her to tears? Let's find out....

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Episode 3

Auditions #3: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The American Idol audition train rolled on to Milwaukee, which served up yet another batch of really young youngsters, a few more impressive standouts and the most ridiculous auditions we've seen thus far. But while watching and judging the wannabes, some interesting things happened to the judging panel: Steven Tyler became an even more inappropriate softie, Jennifer Lopez finally looked comfortable crushing people's dreams and Randy Jackson ... actually said something smart? So which singers inspired these changes?

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Episode 4

Auditions #4: Nashville, Tennessee

The auditions continue from Nashville, TN on the new season of American Idol as the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar.

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Episode 5

Auditions #5: Austin, Texas

The auditions continue on the new season of AMERICAN IDOL. Don’t miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.

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Episode 6

Auditions #6: LA

The auditions carry on as Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler continue their quest to find the next singing superstar.

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Episode 7

Auditions #7: San Francisco, California

The auditions continue on the new season of AMERICAN IDOL as Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler travel the country on their quest to find the next singing superstar.

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Episode 8

Hollywood Round (1)

As Hollywood begins, meet some of the contestants that caught the attention of Randy, Jennifer and Steven in their quest to find the next singing superstar.

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Episode 9

Hollywood Round (2)

Judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler join host Ryan Seacrest in Hollywood to begin winnowing down the contestants. Hopefuls chosen from around the nation endure grueling rehearsals and pressure-packed auditions as they vie for a coveted spot among the Top 20.

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Episode 10

Hollywood Round (3)

The Hollywood Round continues as Randy, Jennifer and Steven narrow down the contestants even further.

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Episode 11

Las Vegas Round

The Hollywood Round continues as Randy, Jennifer and Steven continue to narrow down the contestants even further.

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Episode 12

Top 24 Chosen

The auditions conclude when the judges reveal – in an exciting new twist – 24 semifinalists: 12 guys and 12 girls.

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Episode 13

Top 12 Boys Perform

The Top 12 male semifinalists take theAMERICAN IDOL stage for the first time to perform for the judges and for the nation. On this season’s first night of voting, America votes to pick the Top 5 Guys.

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Episode 14

Top 12 Girls Perform

The Top 12 female semifinalists sing their hearts out for America and the AMERICAN IDOL judges. After the performances, America votes to pick the Top 5 Girls.

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Episode 15

First Results Show and Finalists Announced

The results are in and the Top 24 are going to be cut down to 13 tonight. This is the most cut at this point in the competition and all hopefuls are nervous. Who has made the cut to be part of America's Top 10 and the 3 Wildcard spots? Jennifer Lopez's new music video is also premiered.

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Episode 16

Finalists Compete

The AMERICAN IDOL finalists perform LIVE for the first time hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote. Tune in to see who amazes the judges and who falls flat.

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Episode 17

1 Voted Off

One finalist will be eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed.

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Episode 18

Finalists Compete

The American Idol finalists perform once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote. Tune in to see who amazes the judges and who falls flat.

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Episode 19

1 Voted Off

One finalist will be eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed.

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Episode 20

11 Finalists Compete

The American Idol finalists perform LIVE once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote.

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Episode 21

1 of 11 Voted Off

one finalist will be eliminated from the competition. See who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed.

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Episode 22

11 Finalists Compete..Again

The American Idol finalists perform LIVE once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote. Tune in to see who amazes the judges and who falls flat.

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Episode 23

2 of 11 Voted Off

It’s that time of the week where one finalist will be eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed LIVE.

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Episode 24

Finalists Compete

The American Idol finalists perform LIVE once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote.

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Episode 25

1 Of 9 Voted Off

It’s that time of the week where one finalist will be eliminated from the competition.

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Episode 26

8 Finalists Compete

The top 8 finalists perform live once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote. Tune in to see who amazes the judges and who falls flat on American Idol.

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Episode 27

1 Of 8 Voted Off

It’s that time of the week where one finalist will be eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed live on American Idol.

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Episode 28

7 Finalists Compete

The Top 7 finalists perform live once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote.

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Episode 29

1 of 7 Voted Off

It’s that time of the week where one finalist will be eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed live on American Idol.

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Episode 30

6 Finalists Compete

The Top 6 finalists perform LIVE once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote. Tune in to see who amazes the judges and who falls flat on American Idol.

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Episode 31

1 of 6 Voted Off

It’s that time of the week where one finalist will be eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed LIVE on American Idol.

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Episode 32

Finalists Compete

The Top 5 finalists perform LIVE for the nation, singing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.

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Episode 33

1 Voted Off

In another all-new LIVE results show, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title, narrowing the competition from five to four contestants.

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Episode 34

Finalists Compete

The Top 4 finalists perform LIVE as they vie for the title.

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Episode 35

1 Voted Off

One of the Top 4 finalists is sent home in another all-new, heart-pounding LIVE results show.

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Episode 36

Finalists Compete

The Top 3 finalists perform LIVE once again hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote.

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Episode 37

1 Voted Off

It’s that time of the week where one finalist will be eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who faces the chopping block and is sent home after America’s vote is revealed LIVE on AMERICAN IDOL.

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Episode 38

Finalists Compete

On the first night of the two-night season finale, the remaining two finalists battle it out for the AMERICAN IDOL crown at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in front of a live audience and millions of viewers watching at home. After the finalists perform, viewers will vote to decide who will be the next AMERICAN IDOL.

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Episode 39

Season 10 Finale

On the second part of the two-night AMERICAN IDOL milestone 10th season finale, the Top 13 reunite on stage one last time. At the end of a two-hour music celebration, host Ryan Seacrest will reveal the next AMERICAN IDOL.