The eleventh season of American Idol premiered on Fox on January 18, 2012. The show aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c. Ryan Seacrest returned as host, while Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez all returned as judges. Interscope Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine, a songwriter and producer, also returned as an in-house mentor to work with the contestants on a weekly basis. This season followed the same format as season 10, although a new title screen and logo were created, with a different font. Tyler and Lopez announced that they would be leaving the show two months after the finale. Though Lopez later returned as a judge for the show's thirteenth season.
The season set a record when 132 million votes were gathered for the finale. On May 23, 2012, Phillip Phillips became the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, beating Jessica Sanchez, the first female recipient of the judges' save.
Eight contestants from this season were signed to record labels. The signed artists are Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Heejun Han, Erika Van Pelt and Jeremy Rosado.
Skylar Laine signed to 19 Entertainment's management and was in the process of finding a label, but she later parted ways with them.
Television’s No. 1 series returns for its highly anticipated 11th season with brand new contestants, a superstar judging panel and the best and worst of auditions. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tylertraveled across the country to Savannah, Aspen, Galveston, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego and St. Louis where the good, the bad and the outrageous auditioned for their shot at stardom. This season promises to deliver the most talented group of singers yet and as always, it’s up to the viewers to root and vote for their favorite contestants, ultimately crowning the next AMERICAN IDOL. Don’t miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.
Auditions continue in Pittsburgh on Part Two of the two-night season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL as the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar!
The auditions continue on a special, extended primetime broadcast of AMERICAN IDOL as the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar in San Diego. Don’t miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.
More auditions are featured on AMERICAN IDOL as the judges try to find the next singing superstar. Don’t miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.
The auditions continue on American Idol as the judges travel to Galveston, TX to search for the next singing superstar. Don't miss another round of good, bad and outrageous auditions.
The auditions continue on the new season of AMERICAN IDOL, as the judges search for the next great singing superstar. Don’t miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.
Madonna will world preview the video for her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during AMERICAN IDOL, which travels to St. Louis, MO, for more auditions as the search for the next singing superstar continues. Hopefuls have travelled great distances, waited in seemingly never-ending lines and practiced their routines over and over – and now only Randy, Jennifer and Steven stand between them and their dream.
Randy, Jennifer and Steven join Ryan Seacrest in Hollywood, where some dreams will come true and others will come to an end. The intensity of the competition heats up as hopefuls chosen from around the nation vie for a coveted semifinalist spot.
The tension mounts as the Hollywood Round continues and Randy, Jennifer and Steven narrow down the contestants. Some will leave with shattered dreams, others will proceed in the competition.
Tensions are at an all-time high as the Hollywood Round continues and Randy, Jennifer and Steven further narrow down the contestants. Some will leave with shattered dreams, others will proceed in the competition.
Contestants try to impress the judges during a grueling performance challenge. Some will shine, while others will crack under the pressure.
Contestants try one last time to impress the judges, singing for their lives to prove who deserves to make it to the next round. For some, it’s the end of the road, but for the first group of semifinalists whose names will be revealed tonight, the next part of the journey is about to begin.
The first phase of the competition comes to a dramatic end when Randy, Jennifer and Steven reveal this season’s remaining semifinalists.
The first set of semifinalists takes the AMERICAN IDOL stage to perform for judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler and for the nation. On this season’s first live show and first night of voting, America votes to send their favorites through to the next round.
The second set of semifinalists give it their all for the judges and for the nation. America will have to make tough decisions on the season’s second live show and second night of voting.
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: This season’s finalists are announced tonight! Tune in to see if your favorites earn one of the coveted spots
Finalists perform live hoping to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote.
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.
Season 11's finalists must bring it and sing it in a performance edition.
One singer is cut from the competition in a results episode.
The finalists perform.
One singer is voted off in a results installment.
The finalists perform.
A finalist is eliminated in a results episode.
Finalists perform live once again in hopes of exciting the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote for their favorite singers to keep them in the competition. Tune in to see who amazes the judges and who falls flat.
It's that time of the week when another finalist gets eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who doesn't make the cut after the nation's vote is revealed LIVE.
After last week's visit to the '80s, the Top 7 returned to the present Wednesday night with songs from 2010 to today, with help from guest mentor Akon and a lot of support from their hometowns.
They warned us to expect the unexpected, and they weren't kidding! But before America gave us the shocker of the season, the Top 7 performed Pink's "Raise Your Glass" and debuted their new Ford music video ("Great Escape"). We also checked out some tweets of support from Kellie Pickler, Jazmine Sullivan, and Skylar Grey, who loved the contestants' performances of their songs. Colton received a prom invitation from a fan, and Hollie was invited to a spring formal! Elise, meanwhile, received a pair of handcrafted feather earrings for herself and Steven.
The Top 7 finalists embarked on a "new beginning" Wednesday night, with each contestant singing two songs from "Now & Then": a #1 hit from 2001 to the present and a second soul song from back in the day.
They warned us that another shock was going to rock Idol, and they weren't kidding. After 53 million votes were counted — the most of the season so far — the Top 7 became the Top 6 on Wednesday night.
On Wednesday, the AMERICAN IDOL finalists perform live once again in hopes of exciting the judges and the nation. After the performances, it is up to America to vote for their favorite singers to keep them in the competition. Tune in to see who amazes the judges and who falls flat in the all-new “Finalists Compete” episode of AMERICAN IDOL.
On Thursday, another finalist gets eliminated from the competition. Tune in to see who doesn’t make the cutafter the nation’s vote is revealed LIVE in the all-new “1 Voted Off” episode of AMERICAN IDOL.
The singers perform. The theme is British music.
One singer is eliminated. Performing: Carrie Underwood and Coldplay.
The singers perform. The theme is "California Dreamin'.
A finalist is eliminated in a results show. Jennifer Lopez and David Cook perform.
The final three singers each perform three songs—a judges' choice, Jimmy Iovine's choice and their own choice. They also return to their hometowns to visit family, friends and fans.
A singer is eliminated in a results show. Lisa Marie Presley and Adam Lambert perform.
The two finalists take the stage to battle it out on the last performance show of the season at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. One will be crowned the next American Idol. Tune in to see who impresses the judges and America.
The most anticipated night of the television season is finally here! On the second part of the two-night season finale, the Top 12 reunite on the stage one last time before host Ryan Seacrest reveals the newest American Idol.