American Idol - Season 9 Episodes

American Idol - Season 9

American Idol - Season 9

The ninth season of American Idol premiered on January 12, 2010 and concluded on May 26, 2010 on Fox. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi all returned as judges, and Ellen DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul as the fourth judge. Idol Gives Back also returned for the season and was held on April 21, 2010, during the top seven results show. The top 24 semi-finals format used in the fourth through seventh seasons also returned this season. Judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, and Ellen DeGeneres all left the show after this season ended, although only Cowell's departure was announced in advance. This was the second season where neither of the final 2 contestants had been in the bottom 2 or 3 prior to the finale, with the first being the seventh season. This was also the third consecutive season a male contestant had won, the longest streak for either gender. It was the first season since season 6 where a female made it to the finale and was also the first time since season 7 that both the finalists released a different song as a debut single.

Lee DeWyze, a folk rocker from Mount Prospect, Illinois won the competition, beating the runner-up Crystal Bowersox.

Eight contestants from this season were signed to record labels. The signed artists are Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus, Tim Urban, Didi Benami, and Lacey Brown.

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Episode 1

Boston Auditions

The most-anticipated show in television returns for its ninth season with all-new contestants, a new judge and the best and worst of auditions. AMERICAN IDOL kicks off by traveling to Boston with the help of guest judge,Victoria Beckham. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, television’s No. 1 series promises to deliver the most unforgettable season yet as Ellen DeGeneres will soon join the judging panel to sit alongside Simon Cowell,Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi. Don’t miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day on AMERICAN IDOL.

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Episode 2

Atlanta Auditions

The auditions continue in Atlanta with guest judge, Mary J. Blige on the second part of two-night season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL as the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar.

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Episode 3

Chicago Auditions

The judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar in the "Windy City." Don't miss the auditions everyone will be talking about the next day.

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Episode 4

Orlando Auditions

The judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar in the Sunshine State. Don't miss the auditions everyone will be talking about the next day.

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Episode 5

Los Angeles Auditions

The judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar in the Golden State with guest judges Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry. Don't miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.

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Episode 6

Dallas Auditions

The judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar in the Lone Star State with guest judges Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas. Don't miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.

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Episode 7

Denver Auditions

The judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar in the "Mile High City" with returning guest judge Victoria Beckham. Don't miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day.

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Episode 8

Best of the Rest

It is the last of the Season Nine auditions. Join Simon, Kara and Randy as they continue their quest to find the next singing superstar. Don't miss the auditions everyone will be talking about the next day.

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Episode 9

Hollywood Round (1)

American Idol's newest judge, Ellen DeGeneres, joins Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson in Hollywood to begin winnowing down the contestants. The golden ticket contenders chosen from around the nation will endure a grueling rehearsal schedule and pressure-packed auditions as they vie for a coveted spot among the Top 24. Find out who will survive and who will go home during round 1.

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Episode 10

Hollywood Round (2)

The pressure mounts as the Hollywood Round contestants must perform once again for Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy in hopes of securing a spot in the Top 24. See who makes it through to another day when round 2 continues.

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Episode 11

Hollywood Round (3)

The pressure mounts as Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy narrow down the contestants even further in their search for the Top 24. See who makes it through to another day when the all-new two-hour Hollywood Round 3 begins.

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Episode 12

Hollywood Round (4)

The judges make their final cuts tonight, and this season's semifinalists - 12 boys and 12 girls - are revealed tonight.

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Episode 13

Top 12 Female Semifinalists Perform

The Top 12 girls were the lucky ones kicking off the first live show of the season. You can physically see them shaking in their boots, or platform Mary Janes in the case of Siobhan Magnus. Hey, did you know Simon Cowell has the hots for Ellen DeGeneres? Yeah…neither did I.

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Episode 14

Top 12 Male Semifinalists Perform

The Top 12 Guys live show began as Ryan said, "Simon, stop talking." Remember when the days when "THIS...is American Idol!" was used to kick off a show? Simon said, "If you lose it tonight or you forget your words, your career is over." No pressure...on with the show!

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Episode 15

Top 24 Results Show

Over 24 million votes were cast for the contestants, but two guys and two girls would be going home. In addition, Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen were at the show to perform. Bring it on…the performances, skip the results…I'm not ready for those yet.

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Episode 16

Top 10 Female Semifinalists Perform

After a last minute switcheroo, the girls had an extra day to ready themselves for a big night of performances. Who would move on to the Top 16?

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Episode 17

Top 10 Male Semifinalists Perform

Early in the day, the Top 10 guys found out they would be performing that day instead of the girls since Crystal Bowersox was in the hospital. The guys were game and performed live one day earlier than planned and hoped that Crystal would get better to perform the next day.

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Episode 18

Top 20 Results Show

The Top 20 took the stage with an energetic performance of the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." Ironically they were singing "I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night," but the night ended with four people going home and tears running down 20 faces.

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Episode 19

Top 8 Female Semifinalists Perform

It was do or die time (well, not quite as drastic as death) for the Top 8 girls performing for a spot in the finals. Ellen DeGeneres was sitting on Simon's lap and kissing his cheek. Now THIS...is American Idol! What would Simon's fiance think of this?!

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Episode 20

Top 8 Male Semifinalists Perform

You could tell it was going to be a serious night when Ryan Seacrest introduced the Top 8 guys like a drill sergeant. Alex Lambert and Aaron Kelly could barely contain their laughter as Ryan eyed them as he introduced them.

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Episode 21

Top 16 Results Show

Twelve finalist stools awaited the contestants, which meant that four of the Top 16 would be leaving within the hour. To lighten the mood, Ryan flashed a picture of Randy's head on Bikini Boy's body. That's an image I haven't been able to shake from my mind.

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Episode 22

Top 12 Finalists Perform

The Top 12 finalists take the stage to perform live for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote. Tune in to see who sizzles and who fizzles.

This Week's Theme Is: Rolling Stones

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Episode 23

Top 12 Results Show

The Top 12 finalists find out who is safe and who will be sent home during the results show live. Tune in to see if your favorites make it.

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Episode 24

Top 11 Perform

The Top 11 finalists take the stage to perform live for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote. Tune in to see who sizzles and who fizzles.

Tonight's Theme Is:Billboard # 1 Hits

Tonight's Guest Mentor: Miley Cyrus

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Episode 25

1 of 11 Voted Off

The Top 11 finalists find out who is safe and who will be sent home during the results show live tonight.

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Episode 26

Top 10 Perform

The Top 10 finalists take the stage to perform live for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote. Tune in to see who sizzles and who fizzles live.

Tonight's Mentor: Usher

Tonight's Theme Is: R&B songs

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Episode 27

1 of 10 Voted Off

The Top 10 finalists find out who is safe and who will be sent home during the live results

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Episode 28

Top 9 Perform

The nine remaining finalists take the stage to perform live for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote. Tune in to see who sizzles and who fizzles live.

Tonight's Theme Is: Lennon/McCartney Songbook

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Episode 29

1 of 9 Voted Off

The nine remaining finalists find out who is safe and who will be sent home during the results show live.

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Episode 30

Top 9 Perform Again

On Tuesday, the eight remaining finalists take the stage to perform LIVE for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote.

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Episode 31

2 of 9 Voted Off

The nine remaining finalists find out who is safe and which two will be sent home live.

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Episode 32

Top 7 Perform

On Tuesday, the seven remaining finalists take the stage to perform LIVE for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote. Tune in to see who sizzles and who fizzles

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Episode 33

One of 7 Voted Off; Idol Gives Back

On Wednesday, AMERICAN IDOL once again hosts IDOL GIVES BACK, a music celebration raising awareness and benefiting various U.S. and international charities that will feature performances and appearances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck. Additionally, the seven remaining finalists find out who is safe and who will be sent home during.

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Episode 34

Top 6 Perform

On Tuesday, the Top 6 finalists perform as they continue on their journey to try and become the next AMERICAN IDOL! Be sure to watch and see who impresses Simon, Kara, Randy and Ellen.

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Episode 35

1 of 6 Voted Off

What do a paint salesman, a high school student, a glass blower, a mother, a father, and a construction worker have in common? They're all still in the running to become the next American Idol. Their lives have been changed forever, but so have many other lives thanks to the $45 million Idol Gives Back raised. Nice job! You can still donate - visit IdolGivesBack.org.

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Episode 36

Top 5 Perform

On Tuesday, the five remaining finalists take the stage to perform LIVE for the nation! Harry Connick Jr. will appear as a guest mentor the Top 5 finalists on a Frank Sinatra themed performance show. Connick Jr. will be the first IDOL mentor to arrange the songs, write the orchestrations for the contestants and perform.

On Wednesday, tune in for a special performance by Harry Connick Jr. and to see pop superstar Lady Gaga perform her latest smash hit, “Alejandro,” as well as to find out who receives enough votes to stay in the competition and who is sent home.

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Episode 37

1 of 5 Voted Off

The show started with scenes from the Top 5 Frank Sinatra performances, along with 5 silhouettes. Who's the mobster? Oh, it's just the silhouette of Michael Lynche in a fedora. Ryan Seacrest took the stage wearing what he wears every night. After wishing us a happy Cinco de Mayo, he revealed that 32 million votes were counted. Americans either have a lot of passion or too much time on their hands.

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Episode 38

Top 4 Perform

On Tuesday, the four remaining finalists take the stage to perform LIVE for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote.

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Episode 39

1 of 4 Voted Off

At the end of the Songs from the Movie Week results show, one person would be leaving the competition, and the other three would be on their way to celebrate in their hometown.

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Episode 40

Top 3 Perform

"Elliston, Ohio. Mount Prospect, IL. Cool, Texas." These are three places Ryan Seacrest is planning on vacationing at this summer. Oh wait; it's the three cities the remaining finalists hail from. They spent the weekend celebrating their Top 3 status in their hometowns, where the judges text messaged them on their AT&T phone, naturally, to share what song they selected for the finalists. But first, the Idols would perform a song of their choice.

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Episode 41

1 of 3 Voted Off

The results show opened with an exciting intro; "Sometimes it's good to go home. [Insert clips of hometown visits and journey on the show]. The two going to the finale are..." OMG, I cannot wait one hour! Ryan Seacrest came out on stage with a huge grin. Does he know something? Apparently he's just happy to have a job...and another one, and another one.

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Episode 42

Top 2 Perform

The two finalists take the stage to perform LIVE for the nation! After the performances, it is once again up to America to vote. Tune in to see who becomes this years American Idol!

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Episode 43

Season 9 Finale

And the Winner IS.................