|Hosted by||Ryan Seacrest|
|Judges|| Paula Abdul |
|Finals venue||Kodak Theatre|
|Original release||January 16 –|
May 23, 2007
The sixth season of American Idol premiered on the Fox Broadcasting Company as a two-night, four-hour premiere special on January 16 and January 17, and ran until May 23, 2007. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson returned to judge once again, and Ryan Seacrest returned as host. A new record of 74 million votes were cast in the finale round, and a new record of 609 million votes were cast in the entire season (the seasonal total record was surpassed by the tenth season and the finale vote record was broken by the eleventh season). Jordin Sparks won the competition with Blake Lewis as the first runner-up and Melinda Doolittle finishing third. Jordin Sparks is also the youngest winner of the competition, winning at age 17, as well as the first winner from outside the Southern United States. Sparks remained the last female winner until the twelfth season.
The Auditions were held in the following cities:
|Episode Air Date||Audition City||Date||First Audition Venue||Callback Date||Callback Venue||Golden Tickets|
|January 16, 2007||Minneapolis, Minnesota||September 8, 2006||Target Center||September 12, 2006||Minneapolis Convention Center||17|
|January 17, 2007||Seattle, Washington||September 19, 2006||KeyArena||October 2–3, 2006||W Hotel||14|
|January 23, 2007||Memphis, Tennessee||September 3, 2006||FedEx Forum||October 5–6, 2006||Memphis Cook Convention Center||22|
|January 24, 2007||New York City, New York||August 14, 2006||Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford||August 30, 2006||Chelsea Piers, New York||35|
|January 30, 2007||Birmingham, Alabama||August 21, 2006||Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex||September 29–30, 2006||Sheraton Hotel||20|
|January 31, 2007||Los Angeles, California||August 6, 2006||Rose Bowl, Pasadena||September 26, 2006||Millennium Biltmore Hotel||40|
|February 6, 2007||San Antonio, Texas||August 11, 2006||Alamodome||August 26, 2006||Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||24|
|Total Tickets to Hollywood||172|
Auditioning contestants were required to be between the ages 16 and 28 on August 6, 2006 (born between August 7, 1977 and August 6, 1990). Guest judges were used for audition this season.
Guest judges – Jewel – Minneapolis audition Carole Bayer Sager – New York audition Olivia Newton-John – Los Angeles audition
Many of the people who auditioned had trouble with the double doors, with many often going towards the wrong door on their way out; this was spoofed by Idol later in the season with "audition footage" featuring Tony Bennett. This did not seem to be a problem for the seventh season as both doors were accessible.
An elderly man named Sherman Pore auditioned in Los Angeles this year after a successful petition drive to convince the producers to waive the age-limit rule so he can audition. He explained that he did it to ease the pain and suffering of his female companion who was dying of cancer, but had died shortly before he can audition before the judges.He later released an album for the benefit of cancer research. Another contestant that year was Melissa Sgambelluri, also known as "Fountain girl" for her appearance in the promo and opening sequence celebrating in a fountain after winning her golden ticket.
Jordin Sparks, the eventual winner this season, failed to pass through her audition in Los Angeles,but later won an audition in Seattle as a reward for winning a local Fox-affiliate-sponsored contest called Arizona Idol.
The Hollywood rounds of the audition process were held over four days in November 2006 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
The first round consisted of each contestant singing one song a capella of their own choosing in front of the judges and all the other contestants of the same gender. Contestants were then told whether they were moving on or going home, in groups of six. This extended over the first two days, first females, then males.
The second round took place on the second and third day, and consisted of groups of three or four contestants choosing, rehearsing, and then performing one of nine pre-selected songs. Groups were reviewed and contestants were then judged individually as to whether they were moving on or going home.
The third round took place on the fourth day, and consisted of individual contestants performing a song from a pre-selected list, accompanied by a piano and backup singers. Contestants were again informed of whether they had made the cut or not.
The final pre-audience voting cut down took place at the Pasadena Civic Center on January 14 or 15, 2007, just before the regional audition shows began airing. Without any further auditioning, but possibly with some audience research having taken place, the 40 remaining contestants were reduced to 24. In a process taking a whole day, contestants wait in a sitting room until one by one, they go up an elevator and take a long walk to the other end of the Center's Gold Room. Then the three judges told them whether they have made it onto the stage show or are cut. Those cut at this phase included the "fountain girl" in the opening credits, Melissa Sgambelluri.
The 24 semi-finalists were announced February 14, 2007.
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The semi-finals began on February 20. There were three shows each week for the three weeks of the semi-finals. The February 20 through May 16 shows originated from CBS Television City in Hollywood.
The live show portion of the semifinals began on February 20, 2007, with the names announced on February 14, 2007. Starting with 12 women and 12 men, the women and men perform on weekly separate shows and on the result shows, and the bottom two contestants each night are eliminated from the competition. The semi-finals took place over three weeks, meaning that six from each gender will be eliminated over the course of the competition, leaving the other six to form the top 12. The females performed on the first night, followed by the males thereafter.
Contestant was chosen by the public vote and moved on to the live shows
Contestant was chosen by the public vote and moved on to the next round
Contestant was in the bottom three/two but was declared safe
Contestant was eliminated
|Order||Females (20 February)||Males (21 February)|
|1||Stephanie Edwards||"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" (Alicia Keys)||Safe||Rudy Cardenas||"Free Ride" (Edgar Winter Group)||Eliminated|
|2||Amy Krebs||"I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt)||Eliminated||Brandon Rogers||"Rock with You" (Michael Jackson)||Safe|
|3||Leslie Hunt||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin)||Safe||Sundance Head||"Nights in White Satin" (The Moody Blues)||Safe|
|4||Sabrina Sloan||"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Aretha Franklin)||Safe||Paul Kim||"Careless Whisper" (Wham!)||Eliminated|
|5||Antonella Barba||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith)||Safe||Chris Richardson||"I Don't Want to Be" (Gavin DeGraw)||Safe|
|6||Jordin Sparks||"Give Me One Reason" (Tracy Chapman)||Safe||Nick Pedro||"Now and Forever" (Richard Marx)||Safe|
|7||Nicole Tranquillo||"Stay" (Chaka Khan)||Eliminated||Blake Lewis||"Somewhere Only We Know" (Keane)||Safe|
|8||Haley Scarnato||"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Pandora's Box)||Safe||Sanjaya Malakar||"Knocks Me Off My Feet" (Stevie Wonder)||Safe|
|9||Melinda Doolittle||"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (Aretha Franklin)||Safe||Chris Sligh||"Typical" (Mutemath)||Safe|
|10||Alaina Alexander||"Brass in Pocket" (The Pretenders)||Safe||Jared Cotter||"Back at One" (Brian McKnight)||Safe|
|11||Gina Glocksen||"All by Myself" (Eric Carmen)||Safe||Aj Tabaldo||"Never Too Much" (Luther Vandross)||Safe|
|12||Lakisha Jones||"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Jennifer Holliday)||Safe||Phil Stacey||"I Could Not Ask for More" (Edwin McCain)||Safe|
|1.1||Top 24||"Sowing the Seeds of Love" (Tears for Fears)|
|Order||Females (27 February)||Males (28 February)|
|1||Gina Glocksen||"Alone" (i-TEN)||Safe||Phil Stacey||"Missing You" (John Waite)||Safe|
|2||Alaina Alexander||"Not Ready to Make Nice" (Dixie Chicks)||Eliminated||Jared Cotter||"Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye)||Safe|
|3||LaKisha Jones||"Midnight Train to Georgia" (Gladys Knight & the Pips)||Safe||AJ Tabaldo||"Feeling Good" (Cy Grant)||Eliminated|
|4||Melinda Doolittle||"My Funny Valentine" (Chaka Khan)||Safe||Sanjaya Malakar||"Steppin' Out with My Baby" (Tony Bennett)||Safe|
|5||Antonella Barba||"Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion)||Safe||Chris Sligh||"Trouble" (Ray LaMontagne)||Safe|
|6||Jordin Sparks||"Reflection" (Christina Aguilera)||Safe||Nick Pedro||"Fever" (Little Willie John)||Eliminated|
|7||Stephanie Edwards||"Dangerously in Love" (Beyoncé)||Safe||Blake Lewis||"Virtual Insanity" (Jamiroquai)||Safe|
|8||Leslie Hunt||"Feeling Good" (Cy Grant)||Eliminated||Brandon Rogers||"Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper)||Safe|
|9||Haley Scarnato||"Queen of the Night" (Whitney Houston)||Safe||Chris Richardson||"Geek in the Pink" (Jason Mraz)||Safe|
|10||Sabrina Sloan||"All the Man That I Need" (Whitney Houston)||Safe||Sundance Head||"Mustang Sally" (Mack Rice)||Safe|
|2.1||Top 20||"Joy to the World"|
|2.2||Kellie Pickler||"I Wonder"|
|Order||Females (6 March)||Males (7 March)|
|1||Jordin Sparks||"Heartbreaker" (Pat Benatar)||Advanced||Blake Lewis||"All Mixed Up" (311)||Advanced|
|2||Sabrina Sloan||"Don't Let Go (Love)" (En Vogue)||Eliminated||Sanjaya Malakar||"Waiting on the World to Change" (John Mayer)||Advanced|
|3||Antonella Barba||"Put Your Records On" (Corinne Bailey Rae)||Eliminated||Sundance Head||"Jeremy" (Pearl Jam)||Eliminated|
|4||Haley Scarnato||"If My Heart Had Wings" (Faith Hill)||Advanced||Jared Cotter||"If You Really Love Me" (Stevie Wonder)||Eliminated|
|5||Stephanie Edwards||"Sweet Thing" (Chaka Khan)||Advanced||Chris Richardson||"Tonight I Wanna Cry" (Keith Urban)||Advanced|
|6||Lakisha Jones||"I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston)||Advanced||Brandon Rogers||"I Just Want to Celebrate" (Rare Earth)||Advanced|
|7||Gina Glocksen||"Call Me When You're Sober" (Evanescence)||Advanced||Phil Stacey||"I Need You" (LeAnn Rimes)||Advanced|
|8||Melinda Doolittle||"I'm a Woman" (Peggy Lee)||Advanced||Chris Sligh||"Wanna Be Loved" (dc Talk)||Advanced|
|3.1||Top 16||Stealers Wheel: "Stuck in the Middle with You"|
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The 12 finalists were announced on March 8, 2007. As in past years, the top 12 will appear on the annual compilation album while the top 10 will be the participants in the American Idol summer concert tour. Also as in past years, one finalist was eliminated every week, with the exception of the April 25 show, when all contestants were declared safe. As a result, two of the participants were eliminated on the May 2, 2007 results program.
The following is first in reverse chronological order by elimination date, then in alphabetical order by family name, where applicable.
Jordin Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is a 31-year-old (17 at the time of the show) from Glendale, Arizona who auditioned in Seattle. She was a contestant on America's Most Talented Kid in 2003 and also appeared on the program's Tournament of Champions, on which she sang the Celine Dion ballad "Because You Loved Me" in her auditions. She is the daughter of former NFL defensive back Philippi Sparks. With her win, Jordin became the youngest Idol yet and joins the ranks of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks by winning without ever appearing in the bottom two or three.
Blake Lewis (born July 21, 1981) is a 39-year-old (25 at the time of the show) and auditioned in Seattle, and is from Bothell, Washington. He is a former member of the a cappella group KickShaw. Claiming to be the city's beatboxing champion, Lewis sampled a hip hop tune to the judges before rendering Seal's "Crazy". He passed the auditions but Simon commented to him that "you are not as good as you think you are", reminding him not to be cocky and overconfident in the future.
Melinda Doolittle (October 6, 1977) age 43 (29 at the time of show), was the oldest in the competition and, auditioned in Memphis, and is from Brentwood, Tennessee. Despite being a professional back-up singer, she admitted she was still tense and nervous about competing in the show. She auditioned with "For Once in My Life" popularized by Stevie Wonder, and was met with universal praise from the three judges on her vocal ability. The judges did express concern about her nerves and told her to believe in herself. Her elimination the week before the finale had Simon Cowell looking disappointed, as he felt that she deserved to be in the finale for "week to week consistency".
LaKisha Ann Jones (born January 13, 1980) a 41-year-old (27 at the time of show) bank teller who performed "Think" by Aretha Franklin, and is originally from Flint, Michigan. Viewers were first introduced to Jones during the "Best of the Rest" episode. After her audition in New York, LaKisha celebrated with her family and cried tears of happiness with her daughter. She is also the runner up of the Houston show, KPRC Local 2 Gimme the Mike, in 2005. She listed Fort Meade, Maryland as home on her application, and also has a Houston following.
Chris Richardson (born February 19, 1984) is a 37-year-old (23 at time of show). He is from Chesapeake, Virginia, and auditioned in New York with Leon Russell's A Song for You as interpreted by Donny Hathaway. During Richardson's audition Randy compared him to Justin Timberlake.
Phil Stacey (born January 21, 1978) is a 43-year-old (29 at time of show) and serves in the United States Navy. He auditioned in Memphis and is from Jacksonville, Florida. He missed the birth of his daughter, McKayla, to audition for Idol. He performed two songs before getting through to Hollywood: "My Girl" and "Let's Get It On".
Sanjaya Malakar (born September 10, 1989) is a 31-year-old (17 at time of show). He auditioned in Seattle with his sister Shyamali, singing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." He is from Federal Way, Washington, the same town as Amy Krebs. After Sanjaya's audition, Simon commented that he had a better voice than his sister. Both made it to Hollywood, but Sanjaya was shown tearfully embracing his sister when he made it to the top 40 in Hollywood and she was cut.
|Haley Scarnato (born June 15, 1982) is a 38-year-old (24 at time of show) former wedding band singer. She sang "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt during her audition. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.|
Gina Glocksen (born July 4, 1984) is a 36-year-old (22 at time of show), auditioned in Memphis, and is from Naperville, Illinois. She originally auditioned in Chicago during season five and made it to Hollywood, but she was cut before the Top 40.
Chris Sligh (born April 13, 1978) is a 43-year-old (28 at time of show), hails from Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated from North Greenville University. He auditioned in Birmingham and sang "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal, after which Paula gave a standing ovation and stated, "I like you very much".
|Stephanie Edwards (born November 5, 1987) is a 33-year-old (19 at time of show) and from Savannah, Georgia. She auditioned in Memphis.|
Brandon Rogers (born December 11, 1977) is a 43-year-old (29 at time of show). He auditioned in Los Angeles and is from North Hollywood, California. Rogers has been a backup singer to established artists, performing on Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera's 2003 Justified and Stripped Tour and Anastacia's 2005 Encore Tour. After hearing his audition song, the judges (including guest judge Olivia Newton-John) were impressed with his vocals. Simon Cowell later mentioned he was the best auditioner coming from that city.
There are 11 weeks of finals and 12 contestants compete and one finalist eliminated per week based on the American public's votes. The exception was on the Top 6 week, where the first week being non-elimination and the following week was a double-elimination.
Contestant was saved by America's vote
Contestant was in the bottom three or two, but was saved by America's vote
Contestant was eliminated
Contestant won the season
Contestant finished as the runner-up
Contestant finished in 3rd place
Diana Ross served as the guest mentor this week.
|Order||Contestant||Song (original artist when applicable)||Result|
|1||Brandon Rogers||"You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes)||Eliminated|
|3||Chris Sligh||"Endless Love" (Lionel Richie & Diana Ross)||Safe|
|4||Gina Glocksen||"Love Child"||Safe|
|5||Sanjaya Malakar||"Aint No Mountain High Enough" (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)||Bottom two|
|6||Haley Scarnato||"Missing You"||Safe|
|7||Phil Stacey||"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (Dee Dee Warwick)||Bottom three|
|8||Lakisha Jones||"God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday)||Safe|
|9||Blake Lewis||"You Keep Me Hanging On"||Safe|
|10||Stephanie Edwards||"Love Hangover"||Safe|
|11||Chris Richardson||"The Boss"||Safe|
|12||Jordin Sparks||"If We Hold On Together"||Safe|
|1.1||Top 12||"Where Did Our Love Go" / "Baby Love" / "Stop! In The Name of Love"|
|1.2||Diana Ross||"More Today Than Yesterday"|
British singers Peter Noone and Lulu served as the guest mentors this week.
|Order||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Haley Scarnato||"Tell Him" (The Exciters)||Safe|
|2||Chris Richardson||"Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" (Gerry And The Pacemakers)||Bottom two|
|3||Stephanie Edwards||"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (Dusty Springfield)||Eliminated|
|4||Blake Lewis||"Time of the Season" (The Zombies)||Safe|
|5||Lakisha Jones||"Diamonds Are Forever" (Shirley Bassey)||Safe|
|6||Phil Stacey||"Tobacco Road" (The Nashville Teens)||Safe|
|7||Jordin Sparks||"I (Who Have Nothing)" (Ben E. King)||Safe|
|8||Sanjaya Malakar||"You Really Got Me" (The Kinks)||Safe|
|9||Gina Glocksen||"Paint It Black" (The Rolling Stones)||Safe|
|10||Chris Sligh||"She's Not There" (The Zombies)||Safe|
|11||Melinda Doolittle||"As Long As He Needs Me" (Shirley Bassey)||Safe|
|2.1||Peter Noone||"There's a Kind of Hush"|
|2.2||Lulu||"To Sir, With Love"|
Gwen Stefani served as the guest mentor this week.
|Order||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Lakisha Jones||"Last Dance" (Donna Summer)||Safe|
|2||Chris Sligh||"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (The Police)||Eliminated|
|3||Gina Glocksen||"I'll Stand by You" (The Pretenders)||Safe|
|5||Haley Scarnato||"True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper)||Bottom two|
|6||Phil Stacey||"Every Breath You Take" (The Police)||Bottom three|
|7||Melinda Doolittle||"Heaven Knows" (Donna Summer)||Safe|
|8||Blake Lewis||"Lovesong" (The Cure)||Safe|
|9||Jordin Sparks||"Hey Baby"||Safe|
|10||Chris Richardson||"Don't Speak"||Safe|
|3.1||Gwen Stefani and Akon||"The Sweet Escape"|
Tony Bennett served as the guest mentor this week
|Order||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Blake Lewis||"Mack The Knife" (Louis Armstrong)||Safe|
|2||Phil Stacey||"Night And Day" (Fred Astaire)||Bottom three|
|3||Melinda Doolittle||"I Got Rhythm" (Ethel Merman)||Top three|
|4||Chris Richardson||"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Duke Ellington)||Safe|
|5||Jordin Sparks||"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (John Cullum)||Top three|
|6||Gina Glocksen||"Smile" (Charlie Chaplin)||Eliminated|
|7||Sanjaya Malakar||"Cheek to Cheek" (Fred Astaire)||Safe|
|8||Haley Scarnato||"Ain't Misbehavin" (Fats Waller)||Bottom two|
|9||Lakisha Jones||"Stormy Weather" (Ethel Waters)||Top three|
|4.1||Michael Bublé||"Call Me Irresponsible"|
Jennifer Lopez, who would go on to become a future judge of the show, served as the guest mentor this week.
|Order||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Melinda Doolittle||"Sway" (Dean Martin)||Safe|
|2||Lakisha Jones||"Conga" (Gloria Estefan)||Safe|
|3||Chris Richardson||"Smooth" (Santana)||Bottom three|
|4||Haley Scarnato||"Turn the Beat Around" (Vicki Sue Robinson)||Eliminated|
|5||Phil Stacey||"Maria Maria" (Santana)||Bottom two|
|6||Jordin Sparks||"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (Gloria Estefan)||Safe|
|7||Blake Lewis||"I Need to Know" (Marc Anthony)||Safe|
|8||Sanjaya Malakar||"Bésame Mucho" (Andy Russell)||Safe|
|5.3||Jennifer Lopez||"Qué Hiciste"|
Martina McBride served as the guest mentor this week.
|Order||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Phil Stacey||"Where the Blacktop Ends" (Keith Urban)||Safe|
|2||Jordin Sparks||"A Broken Wing" (Martina McBride)||Safe|
|3||Sanjaya Malakar||"Something to Talk About" (Bonnie Raitt)||Eliminated|
|4||Lakisha Jones||"Jesus, Take the Wheel" (Carrie Underwood)||Bottom two|
|5||Chris Richardson||"Mayberry" (Rascal Flatts)||Safe|
|6||Melinda Doolittle||"Trouble Is a Woman" (Julie Reeves)||Safe|
|7||Blake Lewis||"When the Stars Go Blue" (Ryan Adams)||Bottom three|
|6.1||Top 7||"I'm Alright"|
|6.2||Fergie||"Big Girls Don't Cry"|
Owning to a special theme week, Idol Gives Back, Seacrest announced that the week was a non-elimination, and that the votes cast for this week will be rolled over to the following week's performances.
|Order||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Chris Richardson||"Change the World" (Eric Clapton)||Safe|
|2||Melinda Doolittle||"There Will Come a Day" (Faith Hill)||Safe|
|3||Blake Lewis||"Imagine" (John Lennon)||Safe|
|4||Lakisha Jones||"I Believe" (Fantasia)||Safe|
|5||Phil Stacey||"The Change" (Garth Brooks)||Safe|
|6||Jordin Sparks||"You'll Never Walk Alone" (Carousel)||Safe|
With the previous week's being non-elimination, votes were accumulative on both last week and this week shows and the two contestants receiving the two fewest count of votes at the end of this round were eliminated. Bon Jovi and David Bryan served as guest mentors this week.
|1||Phil Stacey||"Blaze of Glory"||Eliminated|
|2||Jordin Sparks||"Livin' on a Prayer"||Safe|
|3||Lakisha Jones||"This Ain't a Love Song"||Safe|
|4||Blake Lewis||"You Give Love a Bad Name"||Safe|
|5||Chris Richardson||"Wanted Dead or Alive"||Eliminated|
|6||Melinda Doolittle||"Have a Nice Day"||Safe|
|8.1||Robin Thicke||"Lost Without U"|
|8.2||Bon Jovi||"(You Want to) Make a Memory"|
For the first time this season, contestants performed two songs. Barry Gibb served as the guest mentor this week.
|Melinda Doolittle||1||"Love You Inside Out"||5||"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"||Safe|
|Blake Lewis||2||"You Should Be Dancing"||6||"This Is Where I Came In"||Safe|
|Lakisha Jones||3||"Stayin' Alive"||7||"Run to Me"||Eliminated|
|Jordin Sparks||4||"To Love Somebody"||8||"Woman in Love"||Safe|
|9.1||Top 4||Barry Gibb medley|
|9.3||Barry Gibb||"To Love Somebody"|
The contestants sang three songs determined by the judges, the producers, and themselves.
|Contestant||Order||Judge's choice||Chosen by||Order||Producers choice||Order||Contestant's choice||Result|
|Jordin Sparks||1||"Wishing on a Star"||Simon Cowell||4||"She Works Hard for the Money" (Donna Summer)||7||"I (Who Have Nothing)" (Ben E. King)||Safe|
|Blake Lewis||2||"Roxanne"||Paula Abdul||5||"This Love" (Maroon 5)||8||"When I Get You Alone" (Robin Thicke)||Safe|
|Melinda Doolittle||3||"I Believe in You and Me"||Randy Jackson||6||"Nutbush City Limits" (Ike & Tina Turner)||9||"I'm a Woman" (Peggy Lee)||Third place|
|10.1||Elliott Yamin||"Wait for You"|
|10.2||Maroon 5||"Makes Me Wonder"|
|Contestant||Order||Contestant's Choice||Order||Contestant's reprise||Order||Winner's single||Result|
|Blake Lewis||1||"You Give Love a Bad Name"||3||"She Will Be Loved"||5||"This Is My Now"||Runner-Up|
|Jordin Sparks||2||"Fighter"||4||"A Broken Wing"||6||"This Is My Now"||Winner|
The Grand Finale of season 6 aired on May 23, 2007, live from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordin Sparks was announced as the winner at 10:05pm EDT (the show ran over its allotted time), with Blake Lewis as the runner-up.
Guest performers included Smokey Robinson, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Gladys Knight and Tony Bennett. Every past winner of Idol also performed, except for Fantasia Barrino who was appearing in The Color Purple in New York City.
After Carrie Underwood performed "I'll Stand by You", Clive Davis gave a speech extolling the state of "the American Idol album franchise", then presented Underwood with a special award for achieving 6 million U.S. album sales for her album Some Hearts .
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|Place||Contestant||Semi-finals (Top 24)||Top 12||Top 11||Top 10||Top 9||Top 8||Top 7||Top 6||Top 4||Top 3||Finale|
|1||Jordin Sparks||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Top three||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Winner|
|2||Blake Lewis||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Runner-Up|
|3||Melinda Doolittle||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Top three||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Eliminated|
|4||LaKisha Jones||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Top three||Safe||Bottom two||Safe||Safe||Eliminated|
|5-6||Chris Richardson||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom two||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Safe||Safe||Eliminated|
|Phil Stacey||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Safe||Bottom three||Bottom three||Bottom two||Safe||Safe|
|7||Sanjaya Malakar||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom two||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Eliminated|
|8||Haley Scarnato||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom two||Bottom two||Eliminated|
On the April 3, 2007 show, Ryan Seacrest announced the first American Idol Songwriter: a songwriting contest. Following an open online submission process where over 25,000 submissions were received, twenty songs were selected for competition by Simon Fuller and A&R representatives of his 19 Entertainment. Beginning May 2, 2007 and ending May 8, 2007, with "one online vote per fan", the American public were able to listen to snippets from each song and rated them on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) on the American Idol Songwriter website. On the May 22, 2007 show, the two finalists performed the winning song, "This Is My Now." The song was released as a single by Jordin Sparks, the winner of American Idol Season 6.
The titles of the twenty songs are:
Live + same day ratings
American Idol ended the season as the top show of the 2006–2007 TV season. Its Wednesday episodes ranked first with an average of 30.02 million viewers, followed by the Tuesday episodes which averaged 29.54 million. The premiere episode became the series' highest rated debut episode, viewed by 37.44 million viewers and receiving a 15.8/36 Nielsen rating in the Adult 18-49 demographic.
Live + 7 day (DVR) ratings
American Idol Extra (season 2)
American Idol Extra , a behind-the-scenes show, also returned for a second season, corresponding with the start of the finals in March. It aired Thursdays on Fox Reality.
Idol Gives Back 2007
On the March 8, 2007 results show, Ryan Seacrest announced an initiative to give back to people in poverty in both Africa and the United States (including those affected by Hurricane Katrina). The event took place over two episodes of the series. For every vote cast immediately following the April 24, 2007 broadcast, many sponsors donated funds to the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund. The fund will distribute the money raised to many charities in the US as well as in Africa.News Corporation pledged to donate 10 cents for every vote made to the show for the first 50 million calls, that is, up to $5 million. MySpace created a special profile page for the event in order to spread the word. Donations from viewers were accepted by phone and website during the April 25, 2007 results show, in a manner similar to a telethon. Near the end of the broadcast, Seacrest announced the show raised 30 million US dollars, with the final tally coming on May 1, 2007. As of May 1, 2007, over $70 million has been raised as a result of Idol Gives Back.
Between contestant performances, video vignettes showing the judges and Seacrest visiting and observing squalid conditions in Africa and the United States were aired. Similar vignettes were aired during the results show. For this special, the voting period was doubled to four hours following the show, rather than the usual two. In response to the anticipated call volume, each contestant was assigned two toll free numbers. Over 70 million votes were cast.
The results show was broadcast from two locations—the regular American Idol stage and Walt Disney Concert Hall—and included many celebrity actors and personalities. The show also included numerous performers; for a full list of performances, see the main article. Ellen DeGeneres co-hosted the event from the Disney Hall stage. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited the fund. Videos of the results show's performances are available for purchase on iTunes, with proceeds going to charity.
Due to the "charity" theme of the show, no contestant was eliminated on the April 25 results show. This was a surprise both to viewers, to whom Seacrest promised the "most shocking elimination ever", and to the contestants. When Ryan Seacrest was about to eliminate Jordin Sparks he said since it was a charity night none of the contestants were voted off, and the votes from that week were added to the votes from the following week to eliminate two singers. Both weeks saw a two-hour extension of the regular two-hour voting window, and in the end, the two-week combined voting totaled 135 million votes.
Idol Chat (season 3)
TV Guide Channel aired its third season of Idol Chat.
Idol Tonight (season 2)
TV Guide Channel brought back a second season of Idol Tonight, the live pre-show to American Idol, which aired on Wednesdays starting in March. The show features former Idol runner-up Justin Guarini as a correspondent along with Kimberly Caldwell and Rosanna Tavarez.
For the UK back-to-back repeat of the performance and results shows on the following Friday night on ITV2, Cat Deeley presents additional sections preceding and following each commercial break, and follows the end of the show with a short interview with that week's eliminated contestant.
Unlike previous seasons the top 12 compilation album did not come out while the show was airing. The top 12 recorded studio versions of each of the songs they sang on the show. The songs were available for purchase on AmericanIdol.com as digital downloads through the night of the finale. Sparks' and Lewis' songs (except Sparks' "Livin' on a Prayer") remained available on the Idol website and iTunes Store through June 20, 2007,.
Originally, a collage of the finalists' head shots from the top 24 photo shoot was used as album art on AmericanIdol.com, with the title American Idol 6: Greatest Moments; at present, the covers of Sparks' and Lewis' EPs are used instead. The American Idol: Season 6 – "Greatest Hits" & "The Collector's Edition" were eventually released on June 12, 2007 on iTunes/Americanidol.com. This is the only season that the season's collection is not distributed by Sony BMG/RCA Records.
Sparks' first non-American Idol single was the top hit (peaking at number eight) "Tattoo", which received platinum certification. Her second single was the Billboard Hot 100 number three hit "No Air" with Chris Brown. The song went to number one in several countries, and also topped Billboard's Pop Airplay chart. "No Air" had been certified platinum in April but recently passed the 3 million copies mark. It stands as the best-selling single by any Idol contestant. Sparks released a third single off her album, "One Step at a Time", which peaked at number 17. "One Step at a Time" has so far sold over a million copies and is certified platinum. Sparks released her second album Battlefield in July 2009. The album's title track became Jordin's fifth top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 10. This makes Jordin Sparks the only American Idol contestant to have their first five singles become Top 20 Hits.
Blake Lewis's first single was "Break Anotha!", which failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His second single, "How Many Words", also failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 25 in the Bubbling Under chart (Hot 100 equivalent = 125). Shortly afterward, Lewis confirmed that he had been dropped by Arista records. His album sales are just over 300,000. The drop also canceled his apparent plans for a third single release.
"This Is My Now" as performed by Jordin Sparks was released as a radio single. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 15.
On May 24, 2007, the winner Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis released five-song EPs on iTunes Store; though only iTunes calls them "EPs", they are also available as "bundles" for the same price on AmericanIdol.com through June 20, 2007.
Sparks' EP contained the winner's single, "This Is My Now", as well as four songs she performed on Idol: "I (Who Have Nothing)", "A Broken Wing", "To Love Somebody", and "Wishing on a Star".
Lewis' EP did not contain "This Is My Now"; all of the tracks were songs he performed on the show: "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Time of the Season", "I Need to Know", "Love Song", and "When the Stars Go Blue".
On June 12, 2007, Apple released five song EPs for the rest of the top 12 finalists (Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, Chris Richardson, Phil Stacey, Sanjaya Malakar, Haley Scarnato, Gina Glocksen, Chris Sligh, Stephanie Edwards and Brandon Rogers) along with the compilation album as a collector's edition of the season's songs. Each of the songs are also available for individual purchase.
Phil Stacey, tied for fifth place with Chris Richardson, is now signed to Lyric Street and has released his first single "If You Didn't Love Me". Richardson recently[ when? ] produced his first single, "All Alone." Tenth place finalist Chris Sligh recently[ when? ] released a Christian album after signing with Brash Music.
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American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. It was on hiatus for two years until March 11, 2018, when a revival of the series began airing on ABC.
The fourth season of American Idol premiered on January 18, 2005 and continued until May 25, 2005. It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell also returned to judge. Carrie Underwood won the season with approximately 500 million votes cast in the season and 37 million for the finale. Underwood has since gone on to become a seven-time Grammy-winning country megastar. It was also the first season of the series to be aired in high definition.
The third season of American Idol premiered on Monday, January 19, 2004, and continued until May 26, 2004. The third season was won by Fantasia Barrino, who defeated Diana DeGarmo by an approximate margin of 2% ; the vote total was the highest recorded vote total in the show's history until the May 23, 2007, finale of the sixth season. This season also featured Jennifer Hudson, who would subsequently win the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. This was the last season to be aired in standard definition, with the only exception being the grand finale.
The first season of American Idol premiered on June 11, 2002 and continued until September 4, 2002. It was won by Kelly Clarkson. The first season was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman, the latter of whom left the show after the season ended.
The American singing competition show American Idol has generated controversy over the years in numerous areas.
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American Idol Extra is a television show that was shown on the Fox Reality Channel and Star! and billed as "the show that picks up right where American Idol leaves off". The program featured the first full-length interview with the most recent eliminated contestant and various behind-the-scenes material.
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Melinda Marie Doolittle is an American singer who finished as the third place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. Prior to her appearance on American Idol, Doolittle worked as a professional back-up singer for, among others, Michael McDonald, Kirk Franklin, Aaron Neville, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Alabama, Jonny Lang, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Carman, and Anointed.
Idol Gives Back is the name of a charitable campaign that spanned two episodes of American Idol during its sixth season. A second Idol Gives Back concert and fundraiser occurred on April 9, 2008, during the seventh season of the show. Idol Gives Back was not held in 2009 due to the economic crisis and recession. The executive producer released a statement saying that it was not the time to be asking for money from the American public. However, the fundraiser returned on April 21, 2010 during the top 7 results show of season 9. It did not return in future seasons.
The seventh season of American Idol, the annual reality show and singing competition, began on January 15, 2008, and concluded on May 21, 2008. Ryan Seacrest continued to host the show with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson returning as judges. David Cook was announced the winner of the competition on May 21, 2008, defeating runner-up David Archuleta by a margin of roughly 12 million votes out of over 97 million, which was at that time the highest recorded vote total in the show's history. The split was 56 to 44%.
The eighth season of American Idol premiered on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, and concluded on May 20, 2009. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson continued to judge the show's contestants, along with Ryan Seacrest as host. The season introduced Kara DioGuardi as the fourth judge on the Idol panel. It was also Abdul's final season as a judge. Kris Allen, a native of Conway, Arkansas, was announced the winner of the competition on May 20, 2009, defeating runner-up Adam Lambert after nearly 100 million votes. This was the second season where both of the final two contestants had been in the bottom three or two at least once before the finale, with the first being season three.
The ninth season of American Idol premiered on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 and concluded on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 on Fox. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi returned to the judging panel. Ellen DeGeneres joined the panel as a replacement for Paula Abdul after guest judges filled in during the auditions. 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. Cowell, DioGuardi and 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 the sixth season where a female made it to the finale and was also the first time since the seventh season that both the finalists released a different song as a debut single.
Timothy Joseph Urban is an American singer-songwriter and actor who was the seventh place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol. Following his participation in the series, he released two EPs: Heart of Me in 2010 and New York Sessions in 2014.
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. Randy Jackson returned as judge for his tenth season while Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joined the judging panel following the departures of Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.
The twelfth season of American Idol premiered on January 16, 2013, as part of the mid-season of the 2012–13 network television season. Ryan Seacrest returned to host. Randy Jackson returned for his twelfth season as judge and was joined by new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, who replaced Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
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The sixteenth season of American Idol premiered on March 11, 2018, on the ABC television network. It is the show's first season to air on ABC, and after 15 years on Fox, Ryan Seacrest continued his role as the show's host, while Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie joined as judges. Maddie Poppe from Clarksville, Iowa won the season on May 21, 2018, while her boyfriend Caleb Lee Hutchinson was the runner-up, and Gabby Barrett finished in third place. Poppe was the first female winner since Candice Glover in season twelve.
The seventeenth season of American Idol premiered on March 3, 2019 on the ABC television network. It is the show's second season to air on ABC. Ryan Seacrest continues his role as the show's host, while Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie returned for their second season as judges. Bobby Bones returned as the in-house mentor, and acted as guest host for the taped April 8, 2019 episode.