|Hosted by||Ryan Seacrest|
|Judges|| Simon Cowell |
|Finals venue||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live|
|Original release||January 12 –|
May 26, 2010
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.
Lee DeWyze, a folk rocker from Mount Prospect, Illinois won the competition, beating the runner-up Crystal Bowersox.
Multiple contestants from this season were signed to record deals, including winner Lee DeWyze, runner-up Crystal Bowersox, finalists Casey James, Michael Lynche, and Siobhan Magnus.
After the season began, Paula Abdul did not return to the judging panel, having announced in the beginning of August 2009 that she was leaving the show due to unresolved contract negotiations.Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Katy Perry (who would go on to be a regular judge on Idol starting in the sixteenth season), Avril Lavigne, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth were brought in to star as guest judges during the auditions phase. There was no guest judge on day two of the Orlando auditions because day one guest judge Chenoweth was called back to New York City. Therefore, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson appeared with only three judges on the audition panel similar to the main panel from the first to the seventh season.
After making the decision to utilize guest judges in Abdul's absence, Fox chairman Peter Rice stated that they would find a permanent fourth judge before the season premiere in January 2010,leading the confirmation on September 9, 2009 by Ellen DeGeneres that she would be joining the show as the new permanent fourth judge for the rounds held at CBS Television City for Hollywood Week and thereafter, onto the live shows.
In addition, Simon Cowell announced shortly before the ninth season began that it would be his last season on American Idol. Cowell left the show to begin preparations for an American version of his singing competition The X-Factor .Also, DeGeneres announced on July 29, 2010 that she would not return to the judging panel because it was not the right fit for her. DioGuardi would also not return as a judge for the tenth season as announced on September 3, 2010. After her departure, DioGuardi helped and nominated Steven Tyler for a role as a judge on season ten to the show's producers.
Auditions had begun on June 14 of the previous year, less than a month after previous season's finale. Auditions were held in the following cities:
During this stage guest judges filled in the fourth judging seat.Beckham was the first guest judge, appearing for the Denver and Boston auditions. Blige served as a guest judge for the Atlanta auditions. Jonas filled the guest judging role on the first day of the Dallas auditions and Harris took over the role the following day. Chenoweth served as a guest judge on the first day of the Orlando auditions and Twain judged in Chicago. Lavigne judged on the first day of the Los Angeles auditions and was replaced by Perry the following day.
|Episode Air Date||Audition City||First Audition Date||Audition Venue||Callback Date||Callback Venue||Guest Judge||Golden Tickets|
|January 12, 2010||Boston, Massachusetts||June 14, 2009||Gillette Stadium||August 13 & 14, 2009||60 State Street||Victoria Beckham||32|
|January 13, 2010||Atlanta, Georgia||June 18, 2009||Georgia Dome||August 16 & 17, 2009||W Hotel Atlanta Midtown||Mary J. Blige||25|
|January 19, 2010||Chicago, Illinois||June 22, 2009||United Center||August 31 & September 1, 2009||Hyatt Regency Chicago||Shania Twain||13|
|January 20, 2010||Orlando, Florida||July 9, 2009||Amway Arena||August 28 & 29, 2009||Rosen Shingle Creek Resort||Kristin Chenoweth||31|
|January 26, 2010||Los Angeles, California||June 30, 2009||Rose Bowl Stadium||September 4, 2009||Marina del Rey Marriott||Avril Lavigne||23|
|September 3, 2009||Katy Perry|
|January 27, 2010||Dallas, Texas||June 26, 2009||Cowboys Stadium||August 25, 2009||W Hotel Dallas Victory||Neil Patrick Harris||31|
|August 24, 2009||Joe Jonas|
|February 2, 2010||Denver, Colorado||July 14, 2009||Invesco Field||August 7 & 8, 2009||Grand Hyatt||Victoria Beckham||26|
|Total Tickets to Hollywood||181|
During the Atlanta auditions, 62-year-old activist Larry Platt appeared and performed his original song "Pants on the Ground". The song's lyrics criticize people wearing the hip-hop style of clothing including pants that sag. Well over the age limit of 28, Platt was ineligible to continue. His performance has since become a viral hit, and several celebrities performed the song in the days that followed the original airing of his audition in Atlanta.
Held at the Kodak Theatre for the second straight year, the first day of Hollywood Week featured the 181 contestants from the auditions round (although only 172 contestants were listed on the American Idol website) singing solo with the option of playing an instrument. Ninety-six contestants advanced. The next round required the contestants to split up into groups and perform. Seventy-one advanced to the final round of Hollywood requiring a solo performance. Forty-six made it to the final round where the judges take contestants one by one and tell them if they made the final twenty-four.
Ellen DeGeneres made her first appearance as a judge (replacing Paula Abdul) at this time.
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The first seven were revealed on February 16, 2010 (during the second hour on the episode), and the rest were revealed on the following night's episode.
The semi-final format used through the fourth through seventh seasons was revived for this season. Starting with 12 women and 12 men, the women and men perform on weekly separate shows and on the result shows, each performing a Billboard Hot 100 Hit song, 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 (the exception was the Top 20, as the Males performed first instead due to a hospitialization of one contestant, Crystal Bowersox, due to complications from diabetes.
From this point on in the show, this season's exit song, "Leave Right Now" by Will Young, was played over eliminations.
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 eliminated
Kris Allen's rendition of "Let It Be" was made available on iTunes for download, with all proceeds going to Haiti charities.
|Order||Females (24 February)||Males (25 February)|
|1||Paige Miles||"All Right Now"||Safe||Todrick Hall||"Since U Been Gone"||Safe|
|2||Ashley Rodriguez||"Happy"||Eliminated||Aaron Kelly||"Here Comes Goodbye"||Safe|
|3||Janell Wheeler||"What About Love"||Eliminated||Jermaine Sellers||"Get Here"||Safe|
|4||Lilly Scott||"Fixing a Hole"||Safe||Tim Urban||"Apologize"||Safe|
|5||Katelyn Epperly||"Oh! Darling"||Safe||Joe Muñoz||"You and I Both"||Eliminated|
|6||Haeley Vaughn||"I Want to Hold Your Hand"||Safe||Tyler Grady||"American Woman"||Eliminated|
|7||Lacey Brown||"Landslide"||Safe||Lee DeWyze||"Chasing Cars"||Safe|
|8||Michelle Delamor||"Fallin'"||Safe||John Park||"God Bless the Child"||Safe|
|9||Didi Benami||"The Way I Am"||Safe||Michael Lynche||"This Love"||Safe|
|10||Siobhan Magnus||"Wicked Game"||Safe||Alex Lambert||"Wonderful World"||Safe|
|11||Crystal Bowersox||"Hand in My Pocket"||Safe||Casey James||"Heaven"||Safe|
|12||Katie Stevens||"Feeling Good"||Safe||Andrew Garcia||"Sugar, We're Goin Down"||Safe|
|1.1||Top 24||"American Boy"|
|1.3||Kris Allen||"Let It Be|
|Order||Males (2 March)||Females (3 March)|
|Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Michael Lynche||"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"||Safe||Crystal Bowersox||"Long As I Can See the Light"||Safe|
|2||John Park||"Gravity"||Eliminated||Haeley Vaughn||"The Climb"||Eliminated|
|3||Casey James||"I Don't Want to Be"||Safe||Lacey Brown||"Kiss Me"||Safe|
|4||Alex Lambert||"Everybody Knows"||Safe||Katie Stevens||"Put Your Records On"||Safe|
|5||Todrick Hall||"What's Love Got to Do with It"||Safe||Didi Benami||"Lean on Me"||Safe|
|6||Jermaine Sellers||"What's Going On"||Eliminated||Michelle Delamor||"With Arms Wide Open"||Eliminated|
|7||Andrew Garcia||"You Give Me Something"||Safe||Lilly Scott||"A Change Is Gonna Come"||Safe|
|8||Aaron Kelly||"My Girl"||Safe||Katelyn Epperly||"The Scientist"||Safe|
|9||Tim Urban||"Come On Get Higher"||Safe||Paige Miles||"Walk Away"||Safe|
|10||Lee DeWyze||"Lips of an Angel"||Safe||Siobhan Magnus||"Think"||Safe|
|2.1||Top 20||"I Gotta Feeling"|
|2.2||Danny Gokey||"My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"|
|Order||Females (9 March)||Males (10 March)|
|Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result||Contestant||Song (original artist)||Result|
|1||Katie Stevens||"Breakaway"||Advanced||Lee DeWyze||"Fireflies"||Advanced|
|2||Siobhan Magnus||"The House of the Rising Sun"||Advanced||Alex Lambert||"Trouble"||Eliminated|
|3||Lacey Brown||"The Story"||Advanced||Tim Urban||"Hallelujah"||Advanced|
|4||Katelyn Epperly||"I Feel the Earth Move"||Eliminated||Andrew Garcia||"Genie in a Bottle"||Advanced|
|5||Didi Benami||"Rhiannon"||Advanced||Casey James||"You'll Think of Me"||Advanced|
|6||Paige Miles||"Smile"||Advanced||Aaron Kelly||"I'm Already There"||Advanced|
|7||Crystal Bowersox||"Give Me One Reason"||Advanced||Todrick Hall||"Somebody to Love"||Eliminated|
|8||Lilly Scott||"I Fall to Pieces"||Eliminated||Michael Lynche||"This Woman's Work"||Advanced|
|3.1||Top 16||"Haven't Met You Yet"|
|3.1||Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre||"Tell Her About It"|
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Lee DeWyze (born April 2, 1986 in Mount Prospect, Illinois, 23 years at the start of the show) is from Mount Prospect, Illinois and auditioned in Chicago, Illinois with Bill Withers' Ain't No Sunshine. He performed The Fray's "You Found Me" during Hollywood week. Prior to his appearance on American Idol, he had worked in various jobs, including as a paint salesman and a trading floor clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He also appeared as an actor in a short low-budget film 'Deadscapes: Broken Road.' When he was 17, he was signed to Wuli Records and had released two CDs – So I'm Told and Slumberland. He was declared the winner on May 26. He was signed to RCA Records after the competition and released an album Live It Up on November 16, 2010.
Crystal Bowersox (born August 4, 1985 in Elliston, Ohio, 24 years at the time of the show) is from Elliston, Ohio and auditioned in Chicago, Illinois with Erma Franklin's Piece of My Heart. She auditioned for Idol to try to make a better life for her son. Her Hollywood performance of Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" impressed the judges and fellow contestants alike. She had performed as a singer from the age of 10 and moved to Chicago aged 17, frequently working as a busker at train stations there. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was six, and while on the show, she suffered diabetic complication and was hospitalized which resulted in the Top 20 performance nights for the male and female contestants being switched. She became the runner-up and was signed to Jive Records. Her debut album Farmer's Daughter was released on December 14, 2010.
Casey James (born May 31, 1982 in Princeton, Texas, 27 years at the time of the show) is from Fort Worth, Texas and auditioned in Denver, Colorado with John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room". He performed professionally after finishing school, but suffered a serious motorcycle accident when he was 21. He took his shirt off during audition after prompting from Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson, and Kara's interest in him became a recurring joke in the season. He is an accomplished guitarist and demonstrated his skill with his Hollywood round performance of Ray Charles's "I Don't Need No Doctor" and Top 20 performance of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want to Be." He had never previously watched the show before he auditioned. He was eliminated as a third-place finisher on May 19. He was signed to Sony Music Nashville after the show.
Michael Lynche (born May 31, 1983, 26 years at the time of the show) is from St. Petersburg, Florida auditioned in Orlando, Florida with Todd Duncan' "Unchained Melody". He worked as personal trainer prior to Idol. His is married and his daughter was born during Hollywood round, and the unfolding drama of his wife's labor was heavily featured during the Hollywood round where he performed John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change". He was saved by the judges when he became the lowest vote-getter on April 7, 2010, but finally he was eliminated at fourth place on May 12.
Aaron Kelly (born April 2, 1993 in Davenport, Florida, 16 years old at the start of the show) is from Sonestown, Pennsylvania and auditioned in Orlando, Florida as a winner from American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios. His audition song was Miley Cyrus's "The Climb", and performed Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" during the Hollywood rounds but forgot his words. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle at 5. He had performed from a young age, and was a finalist on PAX-TV's America's Most Talented Kid at the age of 11. He was in 2010 the youngest American Idol contestant to reach Top 12. He was eliminated at fifth place on May 5.
Siobhan Magnus (born March 15, 1990 in Barnstable, Massachusetts, 19 years at the start of the show) is from Cape Cod, Massachusettsand auditioned in Boston, Massachusetts with Queen's "Love of My Life". Before Idol she performed as the lead vocalist of her band, Lunar Valve, and she worked as a glassblower in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She performed Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" in the Hollywood rounds. She was noted in the show for her ability to sustain a long high-pitched note. She was eliminated as sixth-placed finisher on April 28.
Tim Urban (born May 1, 1989 in Tacoma, Washington, 20 years at the time of the show) is from Duncanville, Texas and auditioned in Dallas, Texas with Matt Nathanson's Bulletproof Week. He performed David Cook's Come Back To Me during the Hollywood round. He did not qualify initially for the semi-finals but was chosen as a replacement for Chris Golightly who was disqualified for having a prior record deal. He finished at seventh place on April 21.
Katie Stevens (born December 8, 1992 in Southbury, Connecticut, 17 years at the time of the show) is from Middlebury, Connecticut auditioned in Boston, Massachusetts with Glenn Miller's At Last. She looked after her Portuguese grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and she is fluent in Portuguese. She performed Jean DuShon's "For Once in My Life" in the Hollywood rounds where Kara DioGuardi considered her a possible season's winner. She finished eighth place on April 14 in a double elimination, due to judges' save being used the previous week.
Andrew Garcia (born October 8, 1985 in Moreno Valley, California, 24 years at the time of the show) auditioned in Los Angeles with Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning". He had a good sized following on YouTube prior to auditioning on Idol. He impressed the judges with his performance of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" during the Hollywood rounds, but failed to interest the judges in the later rounds. He was eliminated as joint eighth-place finishers together with Katie Stevens on April 14.
Didi Benami (born October 25, 1986 in New York, 23 years at the time of the show) is from Knoxville, Tennessee and currently resides in Hollywood. She auditioned in Los Angeles, California with The Beatles' "Hey Jude". She was inspired to audition by her best friend who died in a traffic accident. She was notable during the Hollywood rounds for her performance of Kara DioGuardi-penned Katharine McPhee's song "Terrified." She finished tenth after being eliminated on March 31.
Paige Miles (born September 26, 1985, 24 years at the time of the show) is from Naples, Florida and auditioned in Dallas, Texas. She was eliminated in eleventh place on March 24, 2010. She performed Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" in the Hollywood rounds which she considered her favorite moment prior the semi-final. Simon Cowell considered her to have the best voice among the girls.
Lacey Brown (born August 13, 1985, 24 years at the time of the show) is from Amarillo, Texas and auditioned in Orlando, Florida with Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow". She had previously made it to the Hollywood round in the eighth season of American Idol but lost out to Megan Joy at Top 50. Ryan Seacrest noted that her chilling performance of "What a Wonderful World" by Louie Armstrong had a major part in her advancing into the Top 24. She was the first finalist to be voted off on March 17.
There are 11 weeks of finals and 12 contestants compete and one finalist eliminated per week based on the American public's votes, except for one week on the Top 9 where it became a double elimination cumulating to the use of the Judges' Save which first introduced in the previous season.
Contestant was saved by America's vote
Contestant was in the bottom three or two, but was saved by America's vote
Contestant was initially eliminated, but was saved by Judges' save
Contestant was eliminated
Contestant won the season
Contestant finished as the runner-up
Contestant finished in 3rd place
|1||Michael Lynche||"Miss You"||Safe|
|2||Didi Benami||"Play with Fire"||Safe|
|3||Casey James||"It's All Over Now"||Safe|
|4||Lacey Brown||"Ruby Tuesday"||Eliminated|
|5||Andrew Garcia||"Gimme Shelter"||Safe|
|6||Katie Stevens||"Wild Horses"||Safe|
|7||Tim Urban||"Under My Thumb"||Bottom three|
|8||Siobhan Magnus||"Paint It, Black"||Safe|
|9||Lee DeWyze||"Beast of Burden"||Safe|
|10||Paige Miles||"Honky Tonk Women"||Bottom three|
|12||Crystal Bowersox||"You Can't Always Get What You Want"||Safe|
|1.1||David Cook||"Jumpin' Jack Flash"|
|1.2||Orianthi||"According to You"|
|1.3||Kesha feat. 3OH!3||"Blah Blah Blah"|
Teams performed a song which hit a number #1 song in the Billboard. Miley Cyrus served as the guest mentor this week.
|1||Lee DeWyze||"The Letter"||Safe|
|2||Paige Miles||"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"||Eliminated|
|3||Tim Urban||"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"||Bottom three|
|4||Aaron Kelly||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Safe|
|5||Crystal Bowersox||"Me and Bobby McGee"||Safe|
|6||Michael Lynche||"When a Man Loves a Woman"||Safe|
|7||Andrew Garcia||"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"||Safe|
|8||Katie Stevens||"Big Girls Don't Cry"||Bottom three|
|9||Casey James||"The Power of Love"||Safe|
|10||Didi Benami||"You're No Good"||Safe|
|2.1||Top 11||"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"|
|2.2||Miley Cyrus||"When I Look at You"|
|2.3||Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato||"Make a Wave"|
Usher served as the guest mentor this week.
|1||Siobhan Magnus||"Through the Fire"||Safe|
|2||Casey James||"Hold On, I'm A Comin'"||Safe|
|3||Michael Lynche||"Ready for Love"||Safe|
|4||Didi Benami||"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"||Eliminated|
|5||Tim Urban||"Sweet Love"||Bottom three|
|7||Katie Stevens||"Chain of Fools"||Bottom three|
|8||Lee DeWyze||"Treat Her Like a Lady"||Safe|
|9||Crystal Bowersox||"Midnight Train to Georgia"||Safe|
|10||Aaron Kelly||"Ain't No Sunshine"||Safe|
|3.1||Ruben Studdard||"Don't Make 'Em Like U No More"|
|3.2||Usher and will.i.am||"OMG"|
|3.3||Diddy-Dirty Money||"Hello Good Morning"|
|1||Aaron Kelly||"The Long and Winding Road"||Bottom three|
|2||Katie Stevens||"Let It Be"||Safe|
|3||Andrew Garcia||"Can't Buy Me Love"||Bottom three|
|4||Michael Lynche||"Eleanor Rigby"||Judge's Save|
|5||Crystal Bowersox||"Come Together"||Safe|
|6||Tim Urban||"All My Loving"||Safe|
|7||Casey James||"Jealous Guy"||Safe|
|8||Siobhan Magnus||"Across the Universe"||Safe|
|9||Lee DeWyze||"Hey Jude"||Safe|
|4.1||Top 9|| Lennon–McCartney medley |
("Here, There and Everywhere" / "Got to Get You into My Life" / "The Fool on the Hill" / "All You Need Is Love" / "She Loves You" / "The End")
|4.2||Jason Derülo||"In My Head"|
|4.4||Rihanna with Nuno Bettencourt||"Rockstar 101"|
American Idol last year's runner-up Adam Lambert served as the guest mentor this week.
|2||Andrew Garcia||"Hound Dog"||Eliminated|
|3||Tim Urban||"Can't Help Falling in Love"||Safe|
|4||Lee DeWyze||"A Little Less Conversation"||Safe|
|5||Aaron Kelly||"Blue Suede Shoes"||Safe|
|6||Siobhan Magnus||"Suspicious Minds"||Safe|
|7||Michael Lynche||"In the Ghetto"||Safe|
|8||Katie Stevens||"Baby What You Want Me to Do"||Eliminated|
|9||Casey James||"Lawdy Miss Clawdy"||Safe|
|5.1||Top 9|| Elvis Presley medley |
("Teddy Bear" / "Burning Love" / "Return to Sender" / "Viva Las Vegas")
|5.2||Brooke White and Justin Gaston||"If I Can Dream"|
|5.3||Adam Lambert||"Whataya Want from Me"|
Alicia Keys served as the mentor for this week.
|1||Casey James||"Don't Stop"||Bottom three|
|2||Lee DeWyze||"The Boxer"||Safe|
|3||Tim Urban||"Better Days"||Eliminated|
|4||Aaron Kelly||"I Believe I Can Fly"||Bottom three|
|5||Siobhan Magnus||"When You Believe"||Safe|
|7||Crystal Bowersox||"People Get Ready"||Safe|
|6.1||Top 7||"Keeping the Dream Alive"|
|6.2||Alicia Keys||"Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" / "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down"|
|6.3||The Black Eyed Peas||"Rock That Body"|
|6.5||Elton John||"Your Song"|
|6.6|| Mary J. Blige |
(featuring Randy Jackson, Orianthi, Travis Barker, Steve Vai and others)
|"Stairway to Heaven"|
Contestants performed songs paying tribute to Shania Twain, who also served as the guest mentor this week.
|1||Lee DeWyze||"You're Still the One"||Safe|
|2||Michael Lynche||"It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing"||Bottom three|
|3||Casey James||"Don't!"||Bottom three|
|4||Crystal Bowersox||"No One Needs to Know"||Safe|
|5||Aaron Kelly||"You've Got a Way"||Safe|
|6||Siobhan Magnus||"Any Man of Mine"||Eliminated|
|7.1||Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus and Christina Aguilera||"Beautiful" / "Fighter"|
|7.2||Lee DeWyze, Casey James, Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly, Daryl Hall and John Oates||"I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates|
|7.4||Sons of Sylvia||"Love Left to Lose"|
|7.5||Lady Antebellum||"Need You Now"|
|7.6||Shakira and Rascal Flatts||"Gypsy"|
Harry Connick, Jr. served as the guest mentor this week.
|1||Aaron Kelly'||"Fly Me to the Moon"||Eliminated|
|2||Casey James||"Blue Skies"||Safe|
|3||Crystal Bowersox||"Summer Wind"||Safe|
|4||Michael Lynche||"The Way You Look Tonight"||Bottom two|
|5||Lee DeWyze||"That's Life"||Safe|
|8.1||Top 5|| Frank Sinatra medley|
("The Lady Is a Tramp" / "It Was a Very Good Year" / "I've Got the World on a String" / "Night and Day")
|8.2|| Harry Connick, Jr. medley |
("We Are in Love" / "Come by Me" / "Hear Me in the Harmony")
|8.4||Harry Connick, Jr.||"And I Love Her"|
Each contestant sang one solo and one duet with a fellow contestant. Jamie Foxx served as the guest mentor this week.
|Contestant||Order||Solo song||Featured film||Order||Duet partner||Duet song||Featured film||Result|
|Lee DeWyze||1||"Kiss from a Rose"||Batman Forever||3||Crystal Bowersox||"Falling Slowly"||Once||Safe|
|Michael Lynche||2||"Will You Be There"||Free Willy||6||Casey James||"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"||Don Juan DeMarco||Eliminated|
|Casey James||4||"Mrs. Robinson"||The Graduate||6||Michael Lynche||"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"||Don Juan DeMarco||Safe|
|Crystal Bowersox||5||"I'm Alright"||Caddyshack||3||Lee DeWyze||"Falling Slowly"||Once||Safe|
|9.3||Bon Jovi||"Superman Tonight"|
Each contestant sang two songs, one chosen by the contestant and another by the judges.
|Contestant||Order||Contestant's choice||Order||Judges's choice||Chosen by||Result|
|Casey James||1||"OK, It's Alright with Me"||4||"Daughters"||Randy Jackson & Kara DioGuardi||Third place|
|Crystal Bowersox||2||"Come to My Window"||5||"Maybe I'm Amazed"||Ellen DeGeneres||Safe|
|Lee DeWyze||3||"Simple Man"||6||"Hallelujah"||Simon Cowell||Safe|
|10.2||Justin Bieber||"U Smile" / "Baby"|
Each contestant sang three songs, a song of their choice, a song chosen by the mentor Fuller, and one winner's single.
|Contestant||Order||Contestant's choice||Order||Mentor's choice||Order||Winner's song||Result|
|Lee DeWyze||1||"The Boxer"||3||"Everybody Hurts"||5||"Beautiful Day"||Winner|
|Crystal Bowersox||2||"Me and Bobby McGee"||4||"Black Velvet"||6||"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)"||Runner-Up|
|11a.1||Will Young||"Leave Right Now"|
|11b.1||Siobhan Magnus and Aaron Kelly |
(Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb)
|"How Deep Is Your Love"|
|11b.?||Michael Lynche |
|"Takin' It to the Streets"|
|11b.?||Top 6 Females |
|"Beautiful" / "Fighter"|
|11b.?||Top 6 Males |
(Daryl Hall and John Oates)
|"I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" / "Maneater" / "You Make My Dreams"|
|11b.?||Crystal Bowersox |
(with Alanis Morissette)
|"Ironic" / "You Oughta Know"|
|11b.?||Casey James |
(with Bret Michaels)
|"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"|
|11b.?||Lee DeWyze |
|"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" / "If You Leave Me Now" / "25 or 6 to 4"|
|11b.?||Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox |
(with Joe Cocker)
|"With a Little Help from My Friends"|
|11b.?||Alice Cooper||"School's Out"|
|11b.?||Kris Allen||"The Truth"|
|11b.?||Dane Cook||"Simon Said"|
|11b.?||Christina Aguilera||"You Lost Me"|
|11b.?||Carrie Underwood||"Undo It"|
|11b.?|| Larry Platt |
|"Pants on the Ground"|
|11b.?||American Idol alumnus |
(including winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Taylor Hicks and Kris Allen)
|"Together We Are One"|
|11b.?|| Janet Jackson |
(with Top 12)
|"Again" / "Nothing" / "Nasty"|
|Place||Contestant||Semi-finals (Top 24)||Top 12||Top 11||Top 10||Top 9||Top 7||Top 6||Top 5||Top 4||Top 3||Finale|
|3||Casey James||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Bottom three||Safe||Safe||Eliminated|
|4||Michael Lynche||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Judges' save||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Bottom two||Eliminated|
|5||Aaron Kelly||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Safe||Bottom three||Safe||Eliminated|
|7||Tim Urban||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Bottom three||Bottom three||Safe||Safe||Eliminated|
|8–9||Andrew Garcia||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Eliminated|
|Katie Stevens||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Bottom three||Safe|
|11||Paige Miles||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom three||Eliminated|
|Week||Performer(s)||Title||Hot 100 Reaction||Hot Digital Songs Reaction||Performance Type|
|Top 24||Allison Iraheta||"Scars"||failed to chart||—||live|
|Kris Allen||"Let It Be"||63 (debut)||—||live|
|Top 20||Danny Gokey||"My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"||82 (debut)||63 (debut)||live|
|Top 16||Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre||"Tell Her About It"||no release||N/A||live|
|Top 12||David Cook||"Jumpin' Jack Flash"||failed to chart||—||live|
|Orianthi||"According to You"||19(−1)||23(+9)||live|
|Kesha feat. 3OH!3||"Blah Blah Blah"||15(+1)||10(−1)||pre-recorded|
|Top 11||Miley Cyrus||"When I Look at You"||25(+33)||12(+19)||live|
|Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato||"Make a Wave"||fell off chart||—||live|
|Top 10||Ruben Studdard||"Don't Make 'Em Like U No More"||failed to chart||—||live|
|Usher and will.i.am||"OMG"||14 (debut)||7 (debut)||pre-recorded|
|Diddy-Dirty Money||"Hello Good Morning"||34 (debut)||17 (debut)||live|
|Jason Derülo||"In My Head" ("Whatcha Say" intro)||5(+4)||6(+5)||live|
|David Archuleta||"Imagine"||no release||N/A||live|
|Rihanna with Nuno Bettencourt||"Rockstar 101"||failed to chart||failed to chart||pre-recorded|
| Brooke White and Justin Gaston|
(from If I Can Dream)
|"If I Can Dream"||failed to chart||failed to chart||live|
|Adam Lambert||"Whataya Want from Me"||10(+13)||8(+21)||live|
|Top 7||Alicia Keys||"Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"|
"Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down"
|The Black Eyed Peas||"Rock That Body"||unreleased||—||live|
|Carrie Underwood||"Change"||68(debut)||51,000 (+ 2001%)||live|
|Elton John||"Your Song"||no release||—||live|
|Mary J. Blige (feat. Randy Jackson, Orianthi, Travis Barker, Steve Vai and others)||"Stairway to Heaven"||no release||—||live|
|Top 6||Rascal Flatts||"Unstoppable"||60(+6)||—||live|
|Sons of Sylvia||"Love Left to Lose"||101 (debut)||—||pre-recorded|
|Lady Antebellum||"Need You Now"||5(−1)||9(−1)||pre-recorded|
|Shakira & Rascal Flatts||"Gypsy"||65 (debut)||48 (debut)||live|
|Top 5||Lady Gaga||"Alejandro" ("Bad Romance" intro)||11(+5)||9(+4)||pre-recorded|
|Harry Connick, Jr.||"And I Love Her"||no release||—||live|
|Top 4||Fantasia||"Bittersweet"||failed to chart||—||live|
|Daughtry||"September"||failed to chart||—||live|
|Bon Jovi||"Superman Tonight"||failed to chart||—||live|
|Top 3||Travis Garland||"Believe"||failed to chart||—||live|
|Justin Bieber||"U Smile" / "Baby"||38(no change)||24(+3)||pre-recorded|
|Finale||Will Young||"Leave Right Now"||81 (debut)||50 (debut)||live|
|Alice Cooper||"School's Out"||ineligible to re-enter||ineligible to re-enter||live performance|
|Kris Allen||"The Truth"||failed to chart||failed to chart||live|
|Dane Cook||"Simon Said"||no release||no release||live|
|Christina Aguilera||"You Lost Me"||no release||no release||live|
|Carrie Underwood||"Undo It"||25(+34)||18(+43)||live|
|Larry Platt feat. William Hung||"Pants on the Ground"||failed to re-enter||failed to re-enter||live|
|American Idols||"Together We Are One"||no release||no release||live|
|Janet Jackson||"Again"/"Nothing" / "Nasty"||ineligible to re-enter/ no release||ineligible to re-enter/failed to chart||live|
|"—" denotes no figure was available.|
Since the seventh season, the voting results are seemingly skewed towards white contestants, and critics believe that it was white female viewers who vote only for white male contestants. During top 20 week, all four eliminated contestants were non-white. This season had the fewest non-white finalists. This led to criticism of bias in favor of white contestants.
Chris Golightly was originally selected as semi-finalist. According to reports, Golightly was disqualified on February 17, 2010, after already being told he was in the top 24, over an old contract. The contract had expired by the time the top 24 began to tape, but they disqualified him because he was under contract at the time of the tryouts, in violation of Idol rules. He was later replaced by Tim Urban at the last minute of the last part of Hollywood Week.Golightly later appears on a Korean television show called Superstar K , a singing competition similar to the American Idol. In there, he tells that he also used to write songs for Korean singers, such as Jewelry, DBSK and ZE:A.
The semi-final eliminations of early favorites Alex Lambert, Katelyn Epperly and Lilly Scott before the Top 12 stunned bloggers and viewers. Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly stated, "So you'd think by season 9 — during the inconsequential semifinals, no less — it would be easy to brush off the bad judgment of speed-texting tweens, to process the way-too-early exits of Lilly Scott, Katelyn Epperly, and Alex Lambert...and move on...(S)o why do the ritual killings of the dreams of (three) indisputably flawed semifinalists feel like they’re part of something bigger, a shifting of the tectonic plates at the core of the Idol universe?"
Lacey Brown's elimination stirred up controversy after Ryan Seacrest tweeted the results before the elimination aired on the west coast.This caused anger among the fans of the show and as a result, the elimination show may have had lower ratings than usual.
Seacrest has been criticized by The Wrap and MSNBC Entertainment contributors for "critiquing the judges’ comments" and becoming more aggressive.Ratings for this season have dropped significantly compared to the prior two seasons leading to speculation that its run as the number one show on television may be coming to a close. Reasons for the decline have ranged from the smaller role and pending departure of Simon Cowell to the more unpredictable behavior of Ryan Seacrest.
It was also claimed that Crystal Bowersox had considered Ryan Seacrest to have betrayed her.After it was reported that she had doubts about staying on in the show but Ryan Seacrest had talked her out of it, her fellow contestant Katelyn Epperly revealed that Crystal texted: "I'm fine...betrayed by Seacrest!" in a text message to her. Crystal denied that she was planning to leave, and there was no evidence that Ryan Seacrest had leaked the information himself.
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