American Idol (season 12)

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American Idol
Season 12
Broadcast from January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16) – May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
Judges Randy Jackson
Mariah Carey
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox
Finals venue Nokia Theatre Los Angeles
Winner:
Candice Glover
Candice Glover 2013.jpg
Candice Glover singing the National Anthem at Citi Field in Queens, New York City
Origin St. Helena Island, South Carolina
Song "I Am Beautiful"
Genre(s) R&B, jazz, pop, soul
Runner-up
Kree Harrison
Chronology
2013

The twelfth season of American Idol premiered on January 16, 2013, as part of the mid-season of the 2012–13 network television season.[1] Randy Jackson returned for his twelfth and final season as judge. Three new judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, signed on to replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler who left after two seasons of judging on the show.

The season was the third to have four judges, after the eighth and ninth seasons. It was also the first season in the show's history where all of one gender's finalists (males) were eliminated before any of the opposite gender's finalists, therefore making it the first to not only have an all-female top 5, but also the first season since the sixth season to produce a female winner, as well as the first season since the third season to have a finale consisting of two females. It was also the first season where the judges did not use the "Judges' Save" since its introduction in the eighth season. This was the third season where both finalists were in the bottom three or two at some point in the competition, following the third and eighth seasons.

This season is also notable for showcasing an "Idol Update" segment by bringing back many Idol alumni to perform on the result shows or as a guest in the audience. Such performers were Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, Colton Dixon and Jessica Sanchez. In addition, three former judges made appearances on this season. Paula Abdul returned to the show briefly on the Top 5 result night, Steven Tyler appeared dressed up posing as a contestant during the audition rounds and Jennifer Lopez performed the night of the finale.

On May 16, 2013, Candice Glover was announced the winner of the twelfth season of American Idol, making Kree Harrison the runner-up. In a series first, Glover's debut album, Music Speaks, was available for pre-order immediately following the finale broadcast. So far, two finalists, Candice Glover and Angie Miller, are signed to record deals.

This was the only season to feature Carey and Minaj as judges, who both decided to leave the show in May 2013 to focus on their music careers.[2][3]

Show changes[edit]

After a sharp drop in ratings during the eleventh season, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced that the show would undergo "some creative tweaking" for the following season.[4] After two seasons, judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their exits from the series on July 12 and 13, 2012, respectively.[5][6] On July 23, Mariah Carey was announced as a judge for the twelfth season.[7] On September 16, returning judge Randy Jackson and new hires Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were confirmed to be serving on the panel.[8][9] On December 31, 2012, it was announced that Ryan Seacrest has signed on to remain the host for at least two more seasons.[10]

Producer Nigel Lythgoe indicated on January 9, 2013, that during the Hollywood rounds, the girls and boys would perform on separate weeks. The separation of the sexes would continue in the Vegas round right up until the Top 10.[11] There would not be a Top 12 or wild cards, but he publicly stated he was contemplating the idea of ranking the singers by their vote totals as well as the possibility of breaking out voting data by geographic region.[12] This is the first season to introduce the "Sudden death"-round in which the top 40 already has to perform in front of a live audience. The judges pick five out of the ten contestants per show to proceed to the top 20. The amount of finalists was limited to ten which happened last in the inaugural season.

This season also introduced the SuperVote where viewers were able to cast fifty votes at once online or through the new American Idol App, in addition to all the regular voting methods.[13] Voters are able to allocate any number of votes for one contestant or multiple contestants, for a total of fifty votes, across all online voting destinations.

Regional auditions[edit]

In an attempt to refresh the show's audition process, new ways to audition were announced. First is the "American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour", a ten town nationwide tour that will give hopefuls who couldn't make it to one of the large audition cities a chance to try out. The cities are Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Montana; Casper, Wyoming; Rock Rapids, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Joplin, Missouri; Dodge City, Kansas and Grand Junction, Colorado. Idol is also starting the "Nominate an Idol" program, which will let friends and family of individuals they think could be the next American Idol nominate said person in secret by filling out an online form and existing video or URL of their nominee—they must be singing solo and a capella. The chosen auditions will then be surprised on location by a film crew and given an opportunity to advance to the next round. Finally, online auditions for season 12 were open from August 1 to 14, 2012,[1][14] and October 12 to November 4, 2012.[15] Auditions took place in the following cities:[16][17]

Episode
Airdate
Audition city Date Audition venue Callback date Callback venue Golden tickets
January 16, 2013 Newark, New Jersey June 23, 2012 Prudential Center September 16 & 17, 2012 Jazz at Lincoln Center, (New York City, New York)[18] 41
January 17, 2013 Chicago, Illinois July 12, 2012 United Center September 25 & 26, 2012 Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum[19] 47
January 23, 2013 Charlotte, North Carolina June 19, 2012 Time Warner Cable Arena October 2 & 3, 2012 Charlotte Motor Speedway, (Concord, North Carolina)[20] 37
January 24, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana July 17, 2012 New Orleans Arena October 5 & 6, 2012 Baton Rouge River Center, (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)[21] 35
January 30, 2013 San Antonio, Texas June 14, 2012 Alamodome November 11 & 12, 2012[22] Sunset Station[23] 31a
Los Angeles, California June 7, 2012 Dodger Stadium November 14 & 15, 2012 Queen Mary, (Long Beach, California)[24] 50
January 31, 2013 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma July 20, 2012 Chesapeake Energy Arena November 9 & 10, 2012 Devon Boathouse[25] 45
Total number of tickets to Hollywood 286
  • ^Note a The number for San Antonio audition was not revealed and this is the number of contestants from that city profiled in American Idol official website, and may not represent the true number.

Hollywood week[edit]

For the first time, the Hollywood rounds were held in the Valley Performance Arts Center in Northridge, California.[26] The contestants were separated by gender, with the male contestants performing in the first week, and the female the next. There were three rounds in each week – the a cappella, the group, and the solo rounds.[27] Unlike previous seasons, the groups in the group round were chosen by the producers, although each group was able to select a song from a list of twenty songs to perform. The males performed February 6 and 7 and the females performed February 13 and 14. The contestants sang a capella solos in groups of eight and the judges chose only a few of them to move on to group round that same night and for the first time, the producers picked the groups. On the second night, the contestants performed solos. They were then divided into groups of eight, and only a few of them moved on. The judges picked 20 males and 20 females to perform in front of a live studio audience at The Beatles Love by Cirque De Soleil at The Mirage. Beginning this season, the contestants no longer took "the long walk" to find out if they made it to the Semi-finals. Five were eliminated, while five advanced.

Vegas semifinal rounds[edit]

The semi-finals round took place at The Beatles Love by Cirque De Soleil at The Mirage. The forty people who made it then faced the "sudden death" Las Vegas round and only twenty moved on. The contestants were divided into four gender-separated groups of ten, with the female groups airing on Wednesdays and the male groups airing on Thursdays between February 20 and 28. Each group performed in front of the judges and a studio audience, singing a standard ninety-second solo with the judges critiquing them at the end. When everyone had performed, they were called out one by one to face the judges, who – based on how they performed – would either eliminate them or advance them to the live semi-final voting round.

Female Group 1[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jenny Beth Willis "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love" Eliminated
2 Tenna Torres "Soulmate" Advanced
3 Adriana Latonio "Ain't No Way" Advanced
4 Brandy Hotard "Anymore" Eliminated
5 Shubha Vedula "Born This Way" Eliminated
6 Kamaria Ousley "Mr. Know It All" Eliminated
7 Kree Harrison "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)" Advanced
8 Angie Miller "Nobody's Perfect" Advanced
9 Isabelle Pasqualone "God Bless the Child" Eliminated
10 Amber Holcomb "My Funny Valentine" Advanced

Male Group 1[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Paul Jolley "Tonight I Wanna Cry" Advanced
2 Johnny Keyser "I Won't Give Up" Eliminated
3 JDA "Rumour Has It" Eliminated
4 Kevin Harris "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Eliminated
5 Chris Watson "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Eliminated
6 Devin Velez "Listen" Advanced
7 Elijah Liu "Talking to the Moon" Advanced
8 Charlie Askew "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" Advanced
9 Jimmy Smith "Raining on Sunday" Eliminated
10 Curtis Finch, Jr. "Superstar" Advanced

Female Group 2[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Melinda Ademi "Nobody's Perfect" Eliminated
2 Candice Glover "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Advanced
3 Juliana Chahayed "Skyscraper" Eliminated
4 Jett Hermano "Only Girl (in the World)" Eliminated
5 Cristabel Clack "No One" Eliminated
6 Aubrey Cleland "Sweet Dreams" Advanced
7 Rachel Hale "Nothing But the Water" Eliminated
8 Breanna Steer "Bust Your Windows" Advanced
9 Janelle Arthur "Just a Kiss" Advanced
10 Zoanette Johnson "Circle of Life" Advanced

Male Group 2[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Mathenee Treco "A Little Less Conversation" Eliminated
2 Gurpreet Singh Sarin "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You" Eliminated
3 Vincent Powell "Cause I Love You" Advanced
4 Nick Boddington "Say Something Now" Advanced
5 Josh Holiday "I'm Better with You" Eliminated
6 David Oliver Willis "Fever" Eliminated
7 Bryant Tadeo "New York State of Mind" Eliminated
8 Burnell Taylor "This Time" Advanced
9 Lazaro Arbos "Tonight I Wanna Cry" Advanced
10 Cortez Shaw "Titanium" Advanced

Semi-finalists[edit]

The following is a list of Top 20 semi-finalists who failed to reach the finals:

Females Males
Contestant Age at time of show Date of birth Hometown Audition location Contestant Age at time of show Date of birth Hometown Audition location
Aubrey Cleland 19 July 10, 1993 West Linn, Oregon Los Angeles, California Charlie Askew 17 November 28, 1995 Little Rock, Arkansas New Orleans, Louisiana
Zoanette Johnson 20 December 6, 1992 Tulsa, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Nick Boddington 27 April 22, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee Newark, New Jersey
Adriana Latonio 17 January 11, 1996 Anchorage, Alaska Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Elijah Liu 18 September 7, 1994 Rowland Heights, California Los Angeles, California
Breanna Steer 18 July 13, 1994 LaPlace, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Vincent Powell 29 August 12, 1983 Austin, Texas San Antonio, Texas
Tenna Torres 28 February 26, 1984 New York City, New York Newark, New Jersey Cortez Shaw 21 December 8, 1989 Dallas, Texas Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

As a first in American Idol history, the semi-finalists of this season are eligible to audition for the next season. Within these exceptions are Aubrey Cleland, who won for this season's sing-off to join the summer tour, and Tenna Torres & Vincent Powell, because of the age limit.

Semi-finals[edit]

The Top 20 semi-finals continue at The Beatles Love stage in Las Vegas. The three-night event marked the first week viewers were allowed to cast votes. On the first night, the top ten females performed; on the second night, the top ten males followed; and on the third night, the show moved back to Los Angeles and only five males and five females advanced while the rest were eliminated. A new format was introduced for the revealing of the results: Ryan walked backstage into the green room and, one by one, announced the contestant who would advance to the finals. The live studio audience and judges did not know the results until the contestants walked out on stage. Each of them sang their victory song. After the results were announced, Ryan revealed that there will be a sing-off next week during the finals between the sixth placing male and female contestant who did not make the top ten. They would compete to join the American Idol tour.[28]

Females[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Zoanette Johnson "What's Love Got to Do with It" Eliminated
2 Breanna Steer "Flaws and All" Eliminated
3 Aubrey Cleland "Big Girls Don't Cry" Eliminated1
4 Janelle Arthur "If I Can Dream" Advanced
5 Tenna Torres "Lost" Eliminated
6 Angie Miller "Never Gone" Advanced
7 Amber Holcomb "I Believe in You and Me" Advanced
8 Kree Harrison "Stronger" Advanced
9 Adriana Latonio "Stand Up for Love" Eliminated
10 Candice Glover "Ordinary People" Advanced

Males[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Elijah Liu "Stay" Eliminated
2 Cortez Shaw "Locked Out of Heaven" Eliminated
3 Charlie Askew "Mama" Eliminated1
4 Nick Boddington "Iris" Eliminated
5 Burnell Taylor "I'm Here" Advanced
6 Paul Jolley "Just a Fool" Advanced
7 Lazaro Arbos "Feeling Good" Advanced
8 Curtis Finch, Jr. "I Believe I Can Fly" Advanced
9 Devin Velez "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)" Advanced
10 Vincent Powell "End of the Road" Eliminated

Victory songs[edit]

Order Contestant Song
1 Paul Jolley "Alone"
2 Burnell Taylor "Ready for Love"
3 Curtis Finch, Jr. "So High"
4 Devin Velez "The Power of One (Change the World)"
5 Lazaro Arbos "Bridge over Troubled Water"
6 Janelle Arthur "Home"
7 Candice Glover "I'm Going Down"
8 Angie Miller "I Was Here"
9 Amber Holcomb "I'm Every Woman"
10 Kree Harrison "Evidence"

a b Cleland and Askew did qualify for the Sing-off, but, like the other four semi-finalists from each respective gender group who failed to reach the finals and were eliminated, did not compete in the finals.

Finalists[edit]

All of season 12's finalists will participate in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013. Semifinalist Aubrey Cleland will also participate in the tour.

Candice Glover

Candice Glover (born November 22, 1989) is from Beaufort, South Carolina. She currently lives in St. Helena Island, South Carolina. She auditioned in Charlotte, singing "Syrup & Honey". She previously auditioned in the ninth and eleventh seasons, where she made it to the Las Vegas round during the eleventh season and grouped with that season's finalists DeAndre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez. She performed Alicia Keys's "Girl on Fire" in her final solo in the Hollywood rounds. Glover performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the sudden death round which received high praises from the judges. She performed "Ordinary People" at the semi-finals. At Top 6 Week Glover performed "Lovesong" her performance earned high praise and was called the best performance in the show's history. Her musical influences are Christina Aguilera and Jazmine Sullivan.[29] Glover was announced as the winner on May 16, 2013. Her debut album, Music Speaks was released on February 17, 2014.

Kree Harrison (born May 17, 1990) is from Woodville, Texas but lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She auditioned in Oklahoma City. Her father died in an airplane crash when she was twelve, and her mother passed away in a car accident after Kree turned sixteen. She also signed a deal with Lyric Street Records when she was twelve but was dropped after creative differences. She has also had a song publishing deal. She performed "Sin Wagon" at the group round in Hollywood. Harrison performed "Stars" as her final solo in the Hollywood rounds which received praises from the judges. Then, she sang "Up to the Mountain (MLK song)" in the sudden death rounds. She sang "Stronger" at the semi-finals. She stated that her musical influence is her family.[30][31] Harrison was announced as the runner-up on May 16, 2013.

Angie Miller

Angie Miller (born February 17, 1994) is from Beverly, Massachusetts. She auditioned in New York City, with "Mamma Knows Best." She stated at her audition that she is partially deaf, with twenty percent hearing loss in her right ear and forty percent in her left. Prior to auditioning for American Idol, Miller had a successful YouTube channel, earning a current total of 3.7 million views. Miller performed her original composition "You Set Me Free" for her final solo in the Hollywood rounds receiving standing ovation from the judges. Miller sang Jessie J's "Nobody's Perfect" at the Vegas sudden death rounds. She sang "Never Gone" at the semi-finals. Her personal musical influences are Jessie J and Beyoncé Knowles. Miller finished in third place on May 9, 2013. Prior to her elimination, Miller had never been in the bottom group. During the season finale, she sang a duet with her idol Jessie J, singing Domino. After the performance, Jessie J invited Miller to come on tour in Europe with her to perform her original song "You Set Me Free." "You Set Me Free" was also released on iTunes the night of the season finale.

Amber Holcomb (born March 17, 1994) is from Houston, Texas. She originally auditioned in the eleventh season, but was cut in the Las Vegas round, where she grouped with Curtis along with the eleventh season finalists Shannon Magrane and Joshua Ledet. She performed "My Funny Valentine" in Vegas sudden death rounds which received standing ovation from the judges. Holcomb performed "I Believe in You and Me" at the semi-final voting round receiving standing ovation from all of the judges. Prior to Idol, she graduated from Dekaney High School in 2012. Her musical influences are Celine Dion, Karen Carpenter and Whitney Houston. Holcomb was eliminated on May 2, 2013 and came in fourth place.

Janelle Arthur (born December 12, 1989) is from Oliver Springs, Tennessee. She auditioned in Charlotte, where she sang "Where the Blacktop Ends". She has auditioned twice before, in seasons the tenth and eleventh seasons. In the tenth season, she was cut in the group round, and in the eleventh season she made it to the Las Vegas round. Arthur performed "I Told You So" at the Hollywood rounds. Then, she performed "Just a Kiss" at the Vegas sudden death rounds. She sang "If I Can Dream" at the semi-final round. Prior to Idol, Arthur was a Zumba instructor. Her musical influences are Vince Gill and Eva Cassidy. After singing, "When I Call Your Name" and "Dumb Blonde", Arthur was eliminated on April 18, 2013, and came in fifth place.

Lazaro Arbos (born December 27, 1990) is originally from Cuba but has lived in Naples, Florida, since he was ten years old. He auditioned in Chicago, where he sang "Bridge over Troubled Water". He sang "The Edge of Glory" at the Hollywood rounds as his final solo. Arbos performed "Tonight I Wanna Cry" at the Vegas sudden death rounds. He performed "Feeling Good" at the semi-finals. When Lazaro was six, he began stuttering to the point where he could barely talk. He has gone through speech and language therapy, but it never improved his stutter. His musical influence is Selena. He was eliminated on April 11, 2013, and came in sixth place.[32]

Burnell Taylor (born April 14, 1993) is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He auditioned in Baton Rouge, singing "I'm Here" which received standing ovation from the judges. He sang "Jar of Hearts" at the Hollywood rounds. Taylor performed "This Time" at the Vegas sudden death rounds. He also performed the same song at the semi-finals. He stated in his audition that he and his family were survivors of Hurricane Katrina. His musical influence is India.Arie. After his performance of "You Give Love a Bad Name", he was eliminated on April 4, 2013, and came in seventh place.

Devin Velez (born April 22, 1994) is from Chicago, Illinois. He auditioned in Chicago as well. Velez sang "What a Wonderful World" at the Hollywood rounds. Then, he sang "Listen" at the sudden death rounds. Velez performed "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)" at the semi-final round. He draws his musical influences anywhere from Israel Houghton, Cece Winans, Smokie Norful, Donnie McClurkin, Beyoncé Knowles and his mother. After his performance of "The Tracks of My Tears", he was eliminated on March 28, 2013, and came in eighth place.

Paul Jolley (born January 27, 1990) is from Palmersville, Tennessee. He auditioned in Baton Rouge, singing "I Won't Let Go". He sang Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" at the Hollywood rounds. He sang "Tonight I Wanna Cry" at the Vegas sudden death rounds. Jolley performed "Just a Fool" at the semi-final round. His musical style came from his family. He dubbed himself as the male version of Carrie Underwood. After his performance of "Eleanor Rigby", he was eliminated on March 21, 2013, and came in ninth place.

Curtis Finch, Jr. (born August 19, 1988) is from St. Louis, Missouri. He has previously auditioned in the fourth and eleventh seasons, where he made it to the Las Vegas round, where he grouped with Amber along with eleventh season finalists Shannon Magrane and Joshua Ledet. He had performed "Jar of Hearts" as his final solo in the Hollywood rounds. Finch sang "Superstar" at the sudden death rounds. He performed "I Believe I Can Fly" at the semi-final round. His personal musical style is his gospel background. He was the first finalist eliminated on March 14, 2013, and came in tenth place.

Finals[edit]

In this season, there are ten weeks of the finals and ten finalists, with one finalist eliminated per week based on the American public's votes (exception includes the Top 4-non-elimination week). Previous season's winner Phillip Phillips recorded the song "Gone, Gone, Gone" as the send-off song played when a contestant is eliminated. Jimmy Iovine resumed duties as a weekly mentor to the contestants, frequently assisted by guest mentors. This is the first season in American Idol history in which all of the contestants of one gender were voted off before anyone of the opposite gender.

Top 10 – Music of the American Idols[edit]

The contestants performed a song that a previous American Idol winner performed while on the show, including their coronation songs, or a song they recorded in their post-Idol career.[33] Two more acts were presented on the Top 10 results show, for one last spot in the Idol tour 2013. They were Aubrey Cleland and Charlie Askew, who were the sixth place finishers for each respective gender group. The results were announced the next episode.

Order Contestant Song Former Idol Winner Result
1 Curtis Finch, Jr. "I Believe" Fantasia Barrino Eliminated
2 Janelle Arthur "Gone" Scotty McCreery 6th
3 Devin Velez "Temporary Home" Carrie Underwood 9th
4 Angie Miller "I Surrender" Kelly Clarkson Top 3
5 Paul Jolley "Amazed" Scotty McCreery 8th
6 Candice Glover "I (Who Have Nothing)" Jordin Sparks Top 3
7 Lazaro Arbos "Breakaway" Kelly Clarkson 4th
8 Kree Harrison "Crying" Carrie Underwood Top 3
9 Burnell Taylor "Flying Without Wings" Ruben Studdard 7th
10 Amber Holcomb "A Moment Like This" Kelly Clarkson 5th

Before the results were announced, Charlie Askew performed "Sky Blue Diamond" and Aubrey Cleland performed "Out Here On My Own".

Top 9 – The Beatles[edit]

Further information: The Beatles

Aubrey Cleland was announced as the winner of AT&T fan tour save against Charlie Askew.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Kree Harrison "With a Little Help from My Friends" Safe
2 Burnell Taylor "Let It Be" Safe
3 Amber Holcomb "She's Leaving Home" Bottom 3
4 Lazaro Arbos "In My Life" Safe
5 Candice Glover "Come Together" Safe
6 Paul Jolley "Eleanor Rigby" Eliminated
7 Angie Miller "Yesterday" Safe
8 Devin Velez "The Long and Winding Road" Bottom 3
9 Janelle Arthur "I Will" Safe

Top 8 – Music of Motor City[edit]

Further information: Music of Detroit

Mentor: Smokey Robinson

The contestants sang songs from any artist who is from Detroit. Duets and trios were also introduced during this week.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Candice Glover "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Safe
2 Janelle Arthur & Kree Harrison "Like a Prayer" N/A
3 Lazaro Arbos "For Once in My Life" Bottom 3
4 Janelle Arthur "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Safe
5 Devin Velez "The Tracks of My Tears" Eliminated
6 Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb & Angie Miller "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" N/A
7 Burnell Taylor "My Cherie Amour" Bottom 3
8 Angie Miller "Shop Around" Safe
9 Amber Holcomb "Lately" Safe
10 Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor & Devin Velez "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" N/A
11 Kree Harrison "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" Safe

Top 7 – Rock[edit]

The contestants sang songs within the rock genre; a caveat was added that ballads were off-limits this week.[34]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Burnell Taylor "You Give Love a Bad Name" Eliminated
2 Lazaro Arbos & Angie Miller "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" N/A
3 Kree Harrison "Piece of My Heart" Top 3
4 Candice Glover & Burnell Taylor "The Letter" N/A
5 Janelle Arthur "You May Be Right" Bottom 2
6 Lazaro Arbos "We Are the Champions" Top 3
7 Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" N/A
8 Candice Glover "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Safe
9 Amber Holcomb "What About Love" Safe
10 Angie Miller "Bring Me to Life" Top 3

Top 6 – Burt Bacharach and Hal David / Songs They Wish They'd Written[edit]

Further information: Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Angie Miller "Anyone Who Had a Heart" Safe
2 Amber Holcomb "I Say a Little Prayer" Bottom 2
3 Lazaro Arbos "(They Long to Be) Close to You" Eliminated
4 Kree Harrison "What the World Needs Now Is Love" Top 2
5 Janelle Arthur "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" Safe
6 Candice Glover "Don't Make Me Over" Top 2
7 Angie Miller "Love Came Down" Safe
8 Amber Holcomb "Love on Top" Bottom 2
9 Lazaro Arbos "Angels" Eliminated
10 Kree Harrison "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Top 2
11 Janelle Arthur "The Dance" Safe
12 Candice Glover "Lovesong" Top 2

Top 5 – Year They Were Born / Divas[edit]

Order Contestant Song Year/Diva(s) Result
1 Candice Glover "Straight Up" 1989 Safe
2 Janelle Arthur "When I Call Your Name" 1989 Eliminated
3 Kree Harrison "She Talks to Angels" 1990 Bottom 2
4 Angie Miller "I'll Stand by You" 1994 Safe
5 Amber Holcomb "Without You" 1994 Safe
6 Candice Glover "When You Believe" Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston Safe
7 Janelle Arthur "Dumb Blonde" Dolly Parton Eliminated
8 Kree Harrison "Have You Ever Been in Love" Celine Dion Bottom 2
9 Angie Miller "Halo" Beyoncé Safe
10 Amber Holcomb "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" Barbra Streisand Safe

Top 4 (first week) – Contestant's Choice / One-Hit Wonders (AT&T Idol™ Fan Theme Pick)[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Amber Holcomb "The Power of Love" Bottom 2
2 Candice Glover "Find Your Love" Bottom 2
3 Kree Harrison "It Hurt So Bad" Safe
4 Angie Miller "Who You Are" Safe
5 Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb "Rumour Has It" N/A
6 Candice Glover & Angie Miller "Stay" N/A
7 Amber Holcomb "MacArthur Park" Bottom 2
8 Candice Glover "Emotion" Bottom 2
9 Kree Harrison "A Whiter Shade of Pale" Safe
10 Angie Miller "Cry Me a River" Safe

On the results night, Ryan Seacrest revealed that Holcomb and Glover were in the bottom 2. However, the two contestants were then declared safe together with Miller and Harrison and no one was eliminated. Seacrest stated that due to the save not being used, it was a surprise non-elimination round and votes for that week would be carried over to the following week.

Top 4 (second week) – Songs from Now and Then[edit]

Each contestant will perform a hit song of 2013 and a song from the Great American Songbook standards.[35]

Mentor: Harry Connick, Jr.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Angie Miller "Diamonds" Safe
2 Amber Holcomb "Just Give Me a Reason" Eliminated
3 Candice Glover "When I Was Your Man" Safe
4 Kree Harrison "See You Again" Safe
5 Angie Miller "Someone to Watch Over Me" Safe
6 Amber Holcomb "My Funny Valentine" Eliminated
7 Candice Glover "You've Changed" Safe
8 Kree Harrison "Stormy Weather" Safe
9 Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb & Angie Miller "Wings" N/A

Host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Holcomb received the least number of votes for those two weeks of Top 4 and was sent home.[36]

Top 3 – Jimmy Iovine's Choice / Judges' Choice / Producers' Choice[edit]

Each contestant will perform a song chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine, the judges and the producers.

Order Contestant Song Chosen By Result
1 Kree Harrison "Fuckin' Perfect" Jimmy Iovine Safe
2 Candice Glover "One" Jimmy Iovine Safe
3 Angie Miller "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Jimmy Iovine Eliminated
4 Candice Glover "Next to Me" Judges Safe
5 Angie Miller "Try" Judges Eliminated
6 Kree Harrison "Here Comes Goodbye" Judges Safe
7 Angie Miller "Maybe" Producers Eliminated
8 Kree Harrison "Better Dig Two" Producers Safe
9 Candice Glover "Somewhere" Producers Safe

Top 2 – Simon Fuller's Choice / Winner's Single / Favorite Performance[edit]

Each contestant will perform a song chosen by creator Simon Fuller, their debut single and a reprisal of one of their previous favorites.

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Kree Harrison "Angel" Runner-up
2 Candice Glover "Chasing Pavements" Winner
3 Kree Harrison "All Cried Out" Runner-up
4 Candice Glover "I Am Beautiful" Winner
5 Kree Harrison "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)" Runner-up
6 Candice Glover "I (Who Have Nothing)" Winner

Elimination chart[edit]

Females Males Top 20 Top 10 Sing-off Winner
Did Not Perform Safe Top Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semi-Finals Sing-off Finals
Week: 3/7 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 4/18 4/252 5/2 5/9 5/16
Place Contestant Result
1 Candice Glover Top 10 Top 3 Top 2 Bottom 2 Winner
2 Kree Harrison Top 10 Top 3 Top 3 Top 2 Bottom 2 Runner-up
3 Angie Miller Top 10 Top 3 Top 3 Elim
4 Amber Holcomb Top 10 5th Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
5 Janelle Arthur Top 10 6th Bottom 2 Elim
6 Lazaro Arbos Top 10 4th Bottom 3 Top 3 Elim
7 Burnell Taylor Top 10 7th Bottom 3 Elim
8 Devin Velez Top 10 9th Bottom 3 Elim
9 Paul Jolley Top 10 8th Elim
10 Curtis Finch, Jr. Top 10 Elim
11 Aubrey Cleland Elim Tour1
12 Charlie Askew Elim
13–20 Nick Boddington
Zoanette Johnson
Adriana Latonio
Elijah Liu
Vincent Powell
Cortez Shaw
Breanna Steer
Tenna Torres

^Note 1 Cleland received the most votes in the sing-off and was permitted to participate in the summer tour along with the Top 10 finalists.
^Note 2 During the week of April 25, there was no eliminated contestant and it was not announced if Candice Glover or Amber Holcomb had the least amount of votes. This was due to the fact that the save was not used during the Top 5 so the Top 4 remained intact for another week. That week's votes were added to the votes for the week of May 2.

Results show performances[edit]

Week Performer(s) Title Hot 100 reaction Digital sales reaction Performance type
Top 10 Bon Jovi "Because We Can" did not chart 12,000 (+128%)[37] pre-recorded
Phillip Phillips "Gone, Gone, Gone" 59 (+41) 65,000 (+257%)[37] live
Top 9 Casey Abrams "I Saw Her Standing There" unreleased unreleased live
Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo "Tonight" did not chart 13,000 (debut)[38] live
Top 8 Colton Dixon "Love Has Come For Me" did not chart live
OneRepublic with Katharine McPhee "If I Lose Myself" 89 (re-entry) 36,681 (+284%) live
Keith Urban "Long Hot Summer" did not chart live
Top 7 Casey James "The Good Life" did not chart live
Carrie Underwood "See You Again" 90 live
Top 6 Scotty McCreery "See You Tonight" 94 (debut) 46,000 (debut)[39] live
Kelly Clarkson "People Like Us" did not chart 17,000 (+1,214%)[39] live
Top 5 Clay Aiken "Bridge over Troubled Water" unreleased unreleased live
Fantasia Barrino "Lose to Win" did not chart 15,000 (+383%)[40] live
Top 4
Week 1
Stefano Langone "Yes to Love" did not chart live
Lee DeWyze "Silver Lining" did not chart 11,000 (debut)[41] live
Top 4
Week 2
David Cook "Laying Me Low" did not chart 14,000 (debut)[42] live
will.i.am "Bang Bang" did not chart TBA pre-recorded
Harry Connick, Jr. "Every Man Should Know" did not chart TBA live
Top 3 Lauren Alaina "Barefoot and Buckwild" TBA 19,000 (debut) [43] live
Mariah Carey featuring Miguel "#Beautiful" 24 (debut) 114,000 (debut) music video premiere
Alicia Keys "Tears Always Win" did not chart 15,000 (debut) [43] pre-recorded
Top 2 Carly Rae Jepsen "Take a Picture" did not chart live
Finale
American Idol Top 10 "Glad You Came" unreleased unreleased live
The Band Perry & Janelle Arthur "DONE." unreleased unreleased live
American Idol Boys "Let's Hang On!" / "Walk Like a Man" / "Who Loves You" unreleased unreleased live
Frankie Valli & American Idol Boys "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" / "Grease" unreleased unreleased live
Mariah Carey & Randy Jackson "Vision of Love" / "Make It Happen" / "My All" / "Hero" / "We Belong Together" / "#Beautiful" unreleased unreleased pre-recorded
Emeli Sandé & Amber Holcomb "Next to Me" unreleased unreleased live
Psy "Gentleman" 49 (10-) TBA live
Keith Urban "Little Bit of Everything" 94 (Debut) 38,000 (debut) pre-recorded
Jennifer Hudson & Candice Glover "Inseparable" unreleased unreleased live
Adam Lambert & Angie Miller "Titanium" unreleased unreleased live
Jessie J & Angie Miller "Domino" unreleased unreleased live
Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Travis Barker & Kree Harrison "Where the Blacktop Ends" unreleased unreleased live
Aretha Franklin & American Idol Girls "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" / "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" / "Respect" / "Think" unreleased unreleased live
Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull "Live It Up" 62 (11+) TBA live
Candice Glover & Kree Harrison "One Less Bell to Answer" / "A House Is Not a Home" unreleased unreleased live
Candice Glover "I Am Beautiful" 93 (debut) 54,000 (debut) live
"—" denotes no figure was available.

Controversy[edit]

Mariah Carey–Nicki Minaj feud[edit]

A video was leaked to TMZ in October 2012 which showed Nicki Minaj erupting in a tirade against Mariah Carey during the audition in Charlotte, North Carolina.[44] It was also claimed that Minaj was heard saying off-camera, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch."[45][46] Minaj however denied that she had made the threat.[47] Ryan Seacrest said that the dispute "went a little too far",[48] while Keith Urban jokingly said "I was the UN",[49] and the feud elicited a comment from President Barack Obama that Carey and Minaj will "sort it out".[50] In an interview with Barbara Walters on The View aired on January 7, 2013, Carey said that, due to Minaj's threats, it "felt like an unsafe work environment," and claimed that she had boosted her personal security.[51] Carey also said that she has since made up with Minaj. Carey's husband Nick Cannon claimed that the feud was used by American Idol producers to generate interest and ratings.[52] Producer Nigel Lythgoe however denied that he was responsible for leaking the video or that it was a publicity stunt, and said that he had no plans to use the footage in advance of or during the season.[53][54] Fox executive Mike Darnell described the buzz due to the feud as being great,[55] but later said that "a rogue crew member probably took the video and sent it to TMZ. We did not encourage it."[56] The aired episode of the Charlotte audition did not show the tirade and what was shown appeared to have no real linear connection with the leaked footage.[57]

In April 2013, Carey noted during an episode of American Idol that Minaj had not had a number one song on the US Billboard Hot 100. The following day, Minaj took to Twitter to post what have been described as "extremely harsh" insults against Carey. She labelled the singer as "insecure" and "bitter", while also referencing a widely spread rumor that the producers of American Idol wanted to bring Jennifer Lopez back to the panel after a significant decline in ratings this season; "All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that", Minaj tweeted.[58][59][60][61] In November 2013, Carey stated that "American Idol was like going to work everyday in hell with satan".[62]

Other Idol contestants[edit]

Season 13 contestants[edit]

Two of the contestants from season 12 also auditioned for the subsequent season and made into the Top 30.

  • Brandy Neelly – auditioned in Chicago, cut in the group day of the girls section of Hollywood week
  • Briana Oakley – auditioned in Los Angeles, cut in the last day of the girls section of Hollywood week

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

The Wednesday episodes had an average viewer number of 15.04 million with a 4.6 rating in the 18/49 demo, while the Thursday episodes had an average viewer number of 14.64 million and a 4.3 in 18/49 demo.[63] The average figure represents a drop 23% from the previous year. [64]

Episode list
Show Episode Air date Ratings Share Rating/share
18–49
Viewers
(millions)
Weekly
rank
Note
1 "New York City Auditions" January 16, 2013 10.2 15 6.0/16 17.93 4 [65][66][67]
2 "Chicago Auditions" January 17, 2013 9.2 14 5.6/15 16.28 6 [67][68][69]
3 "Charlotte Auditions" January 23, 2013 9.3 14 5.5/15 16.07 1 [70][71][72]
4 "New Orleans Auditions" January 24, 2013 8.7 13 5.2/14 15.65 2 [72][73]
5 "San Antonio and Los Angeles Auditions" January 30, 2013 9.2 14 5.5/15 15.78 7 [74][75]
6 "Oklahoma City Auditions" January 31, 2013 7.9 12 4.5/13 13.80 9 [75][76]
7 "Hollywood Round, Part 1" February 6, 2013 8.4 13 4.6/13 14.27 6 [77][78]
8 "Hollywood Round, Part 2" February 7, 2013 7.7 12 4.1/12 13.28 8 [78][79]
9 "Hollywood Round, Part 3" February 13, 2013 7.9 12 4.3/12 13.45 4 [80][81]
10 "Hollywood Round, Part 4" February 14, 2013 7.4 12 3.7/12 12.59 5 [81][82]
11 "Las Vegas, Girls Perform" February 20, 2013 8.5 13 4.1/11 14.37 7 [83][84]
12 "Las Vegas, Guys Perform" February 21, 2013 7.9 12 3.9/10 13.66 9 [83][85]
13 "Las Vegas, Girls Perform 2" February 27, 2013 7.9 12 3.9/11 13.30 3 [86][87][88]
14 "Las Vegas, Guys Perform 2" February 28, 2013 7.5 12 3.8/11 12.56 4 [87][89]
15 "Semifinalists Girls Perform" March 5, 2013 6.9 10 3.5/10 11.72 8 [90][91]
16 "Semifinalists Boys Perform" March 6, 2013 7.6 12 3.8/10 12.84 7 [90][92]
17 "Finalists Chosen" March 7, 2013 7.7 12 3.6/10 13.12 6 [90][93][94]
18 "Top 10 Perform" March 13, 2013 8.0 13 3.8/10 13.44 3 [95][96][97]
19 "Top 10 Results" March 14, 2013 6.9 12 3.1/10 11.93 8 [97][98][99]
20 "Top 9 Perform" March 20, 2013 7.7 12 3.6/10 12.94 4 [100][101][102]
21 "Top 9 Results" March 21, 2013 7.3 12 2.9/9 11.65 5 [101][103][104]
22 "Top 8 Perform" March 27, 2013 7.4 12 3.2/9 12.33 7 [105][106][107]
23 "Top 8 Results" March 28, 2013 6.8 12 2.8/9 11.43 9 [107][108][109]
24 "Top 7 Perform" April 3, 2013 7.0 11 3.1/9 11.76 12 [110][111][112]
25 "Top 7 Results" April 4, 2013 7.0 11 2.9/9 11.72 13 [112][113][114]
26 "Top 6 Perform" April 10, 2013 7.4 12 3.2/9 12.23 9 [115][116][117]
27 "Top 6 Results" April 11, 2013 7.7 13 3.2/10 13.19 6 [116][118][119]
28 "Top 5 Perform" April 17, 2013 7.5 12 3.4/10 12.71 5 [120][121][122]
29 "Top 5 Results" April 18, 2013 7.5 12 3.0/10 12.42 7 [121][123][124]
30 "Top 4 Perform" April 24, 2013 7.5 12 3.3/9 12.46 9 [125][126][127]
31 "Top 4 Results" April 25, 2013 6.9 12 2.8/9 11.40 12 [125][128][129]
32 "Top 4 Redux Perform" May 1, 2013 7.1 12 2.9/9 11.08 10 [130][131][132]
33 "Top 4 Redux Results" May 2, 2013 6.8 11 2.6/9 11.27 9 [132][133][134]
34 "Top 3 Perform" May 8, 2013 6.7 11 2.9/8 11.11 10 [135][136][137]
35 "Top 3 Results" May 9, 2013 7.0 12 2.9/9 11.57 8 [137][138][139]
36 "Top 2 Perform" May 15, 2013 7.2 12 3.0/10 12.11 6 [140][141][142]
37 "Finale" May 16, 2013 8.3 14 3.6/11 14.31 3 [142][143][144]

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