American Idol (season 14)

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American Idol
Season 14
Broadcast from January 7, 2015
Judges Jennifer Lopez
Keith Urban
Harry Connick, Jr.
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox
Chronology
2015  

The fourteenth season of American Idol, also known as American Idol XIV, premiered on the Fox television network on January 7, 2015. Ryan Seacrest continues his role as host, while Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. returned for their respective fourth, third and second seasons as judges. Randy Jackson stepped down as mentor for this season, and was replaced by Scott Borchetta.

Changes[edit]

The fourteenth season of American Idol features a number of major changes to its format and talent; some of these changes come in response to the falling popularity and viewership of Idol in comparison to NBC's competing series The Voice; viewership of the thirteenth season had fallen by 27%.[1][2] Former judge Randy Jackson, who served as a mentor on the previous season, left the show and was succeeded by Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta.[3] In May 2014, Ryan Seacrest signed a two-year extension to remain host of Idol through at least 2016.[4]

To evaluate their ability to perform in front of a live audience, the final 48 contestants participated in a private concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood before being cut to 24.[1][2] Additionally, upon the start of the top 12 rounds, live results shows will be discontinued in favor of a single two-hour broadcast on Wednesday nights, in which results from the previous week will be revealed at the start of the program, similarly to Dancing with the Stars.[2] Long-time sponsor Coca-Cola ended its relationship with series, and the Ford Motor Company will maintain a reduced role.[1][2] In this season the number of votes is limited to 20 for each method of voting.

Regional auditions[edit]

Auditions took place in the following cities:[5][6]

Date of airing City Audition date Venue Callback date Callback venue
January 21, 2015 Minneapolis, Minnesota June 18, 2014 Mariucci Arena September 24–25, 2014 Minneapolis Convention Center[7]
January 22, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana June 25, 2014 Lakefront Arena August 26–27, 2014 Morial Convention Center[8]
January 15, 2015 Long Island, New York July 23, 2014 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum September 16–17, 2014 Marriott Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn[9]A
January 7–8, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee July 30, 2014 Nashville Municipal Auditorium August 3–4, 2014 Music City Center[10]
January 28–29, 2015 San Francisco, California September 29, 2014 Cow Palace October 3–4, 2014 Westin St. Francis[11]
January 8 & 14, 2015 Bus tour – various citiesB July 9–21, 2014 Various August 13–14, 2014 Bartle Hall Convention Center, Kansas City[12]

^Note A For the New York auditions, Adam Lambert replaced Urban who took time off to be with his wife, Nicole Kidman, after the death of her father.[13]
^Note B The American Idol "Audition Bus Tour" visit the cities of: Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine; Reno, Nevada; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Amarillo, Texas; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Branson, Missouri; Tallahassee, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

Hollywood Rounds[edit]

The Hollywood Rounds on the fourteenth season of American Idol aired in four parts during a period of two weeks. During these rounds, contestants participated in the regular solo-rounds, as well as the group rounds. However, the judges asked many of their "most memorable" contestants to sing for them at the very beginning of the rounds, which surprised the vast majority of the contestants.

Semi-finalists[edit]

The following is a list of Top 24 semi-finalists who failed in the first round of the semi-finals:

Males
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Females
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city

The following is a list of Top 16 semi-finalists who failed to reach the finals:

Males
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Females
Contestant Age (on show) Hometown Audition city
Males
Females

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals began on February 25, 2015, and continued for three episodes. Should a contestant make it through the semi-finals, he/she will also be on the American Idols LIVE! tour during that year. There contestants performed at The Fillmore in Detroit.[14]

"Top 12 Boys Perform"[edit]

The top twelve boys performed on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Adam Ezegelian "I Wanna Rock" TBA
2 Michael Simeon "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" TBA
3 Savion Wright "Hey, Soul Sister" TBA
4 Mark Andrew "The Weight" TBA
5 Trevor Douglas "Best I Ever Had" TBA
6 Clark Beckham "When a Man Loves a Woman" TBA
7 Rayvon Owen "Jealous" TBA
8 Daniel Seavey "I'm Yours" TBA
9 Riley Bria "Homeboy" TBA
10 Quentin Alexander "I Put a Spell on You" TBA
11 Nick Fradiani "Thinking Out Loud" TBA
12 Qaasim Middleton "Uptown Funk" TBA

"Top 12 Girls Perform"[edit]

The top twelve girls performed on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Lovey James "Love Runs Out" TBA
2 Adanna Duru "Rather Be" TBA
3 Alexis Gomez "Gunpowder & Lead" TBA
4 Joey Cook "Somebody Like You" TBA
5 Katherine Winston "Safe & Sound" TBA
6 Shannon Berthiaume "Who Knew" TBA
7 Loren Lott "Note to God" TBA
8 Shi Scott "Umbrella" TBA
9 Maddie Walker "Love Gets Me Everytime" TBA
10 Sarina-Joi Crowe "Mamma Knows Best" TBA
11 Jax Cole "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" TBA
12 Tyanna Jones "Lips Are Movin" TBA

Elimination chart[edit]

Females Males Top 24 Top 12 Wild card Winner
Did Not Perform Safe Safe first Safe last Eliminated Judges' save
Stage: Semifinals Finals
Week: 3/4 3/5 3/11 3/19 3/26 4/2 4/9 4/16 4/23 4/30 5/7 5/14
Place Contestant Result
Quentin Alexander
Mark Andrew
Clark Beckham
Shannon Berthiaume
Riley Bria
Jax Cole
Joey Cook
Sarina-Joi Crowe
Trevor Douglas
Adanna Duru
Adam Ezegalian
Nick Fradiani
Alexis Gomez
Lovey James
Tyanna Jones
Loren Lott
Qaasim Middleton
Rayvon Owen
Shi Scott
Daniel Seavey
Michael Simeon
Maddie Walker
Katherine Winston
Savion Wright

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

The season premiere was watched by 11.2 million viewers; down 25% from season 13's premiere (which had an audience of 15.19 million viewers). However, it was up 6.3% from season 13's finale (which had an audience of 10.53 million viewers), the second time in the show's history. As of February 24, 2015, the most-viewed episode this season was the "Minneapolis Auditions", which aired on January 21, 2015, and the episode with the least amount of viewers tuning in was the "Showcase #2", which aired on February 19, 2015. Overall, Wednesday night's show appears to have a higher amount of viewership, ranging anywhere from 11.76 million viewers to 10.38 million viewers, compared to Thursday nights, which regularly have near or close to one million viewers less than Wednesday.

No. Episode Air date Rating/Share
18–49
Viewers
(millions)
Weekly
rank
Source
1 "Nashville Auditions" January 7, 2015 3.2 / 10 11.20 14 [15][16][17][18]
2 "Nashville and Kansas City Auditions" January 8, 2015 3.1 / 9 11.23 13 [17][18][19][20]
3 "Kansas City Auditions" January 14, 2015 3.0 / 9 10.87 7 [21][22][23]
4 "Brooklyn Auditions" January 15, 2015 2.6 / 8 10.42 10 [23][24][25]
5 "Minneapolis Auditions" January 21, 2015 3.4 / 11 11.76 3 [26][27][28]
6 "New Orleans Auditions" January 22, 2015 2.8 / 9 10.65 7 [28][29][30]
7 "San Francisco Auditions" January 28, 2015 2.9/9 11.28 10 [31][32]
8 "San Francisco Auditions (Continued)" January 29, 2015 2.2/7 9.37 17 [32][33]
9 "Hollywood Week: Part 1" February 4, 2015 3.1/10 11.21 8 [34]
10 "Hollywood Week: Part 2" February 5, 2015 2.4/8 9.65 16 [35]
11 "Hollywood Week: Part 3" February 11, 2015 2.8/9 10.66 9 [36]
12 "Hollywood Week: Part 4" February 12, 2015 2.3/8 9.62 16 [37]
13 "Showcase Week/Top 24 Revealed: Part 1" February 18, 2015 2.8/9 10.70 11 [38]
14 "Showcase Week/Top 24 Revealed: Part 2" February 19, 2015 2.1/7 8.98 22 [39]
15 "Idol Road Trip To Detroit: Top 12 Boys Perform" February 25, 2015 2.7/8 10.38 DNC [40][41][42]
16 "Idol Road Trip To Detroit: Top 12 Girls Perform" February 26, 2015 2.2/7 9.43 DNC [43][44]
17 "Guys Results: Top 8 Guys Perform" March 4, 2015
18 "Girls Results: Top 8 Girls Perform" March 5, 2015

Contestants who appeared on other talent shows[edit]

  • Adanna Duru was a contestant on the third season of The Voice. She defaulted to Adam Levine's team, but she was eliminated in a Battle Round match with three chair turner Michelle Brooks-Thompson, who was eliminated in a Knockout Round match with Amanda Brown. Duru's Blind Audition and Battle Round match were montaged when they were broadcast.
  • Mark Andrew was a contestant on the fourth season of The Voice. He turned a chair around for Adam Levine and Shakira, but he elected to be on Shakira's team. He was eliminated in a Battle Round match with Tawnya Reynolds, who was eliminated in a Knockout Round match with Garrett Gardner.
  • Nick Fradiani is the frontman for the band Beach Avenue, who auditioned for the ninth season of America's Got Talent. They made it through the judges, but they were cut during Judgement Week.

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