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|host = Ryan Seacrest|broadcaster = Fox Broadcasting Company|finalsvenue = Nokia Theatre L.A. Live200px)|caption = Phillips at the American Idols Live! Tour 2012 at Seattle Center's KeyArena|winner-name = Phillip Phillips|winner-origin = Leesburg, GeorgiaRock music>RockHome (Phillip Phillips song)>Home|runner-name = Jessica Sanchez|last = American Idol (season 10)|next = American Idol (season 12)|year = 2012}}The eleventh season of American Idol premiered on Fox on January 18, 2012. The show aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c.WEB,weblink Fox (Finally) Announces Mid-Season Schedule: 'Touch' & 'Alcatraz' Will Share Mondays at 9pm – Ratings, TV by the Numbers, December 1, 2011, 2011-12-05, Ryan Seacrest returned as host,WEB,weblink Ryan Seacrest Confirms He Will Return To Host 'Idol' in 2012 on 'Leno' [VIDEO], Ryan Seacrest.com, May 18, 2011, 2011-12-05, while Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler,WEB,weblink They're Back! Two American Idol Judges Sign On to Return—So Who's the Lone Holdout?, E!, June 29, 2011, 2011-12-05, and Jennifer LopezWEB,weblink Fox says Jennifer Lopez back for 'American Idol', Reuters, August 17, 2011, 2012-07-13, all returned as judges. Interscope Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine, a songwriter and producer, also returned as an in-house mentor to work with the contestants on a weekly basis.Nigel Lythgoe Says No Big Changes Planned for 'American Idol' (VIDEO). Aoltv.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27. This season followed the same format as season 10. Tyler and Lopez announced that they would be leaving the show two months after the finale.NEWS,weblink Steven Tyler quits 'American Idol', Anna Chan, MSNBC, July 12, 2012, July 12, 2012, NEWS,weblink Jennifer Lopez leaving 'American Idol': 'The time has come', Erin Strecker, Entertainment Weekly, July 13, 2012, July 13, 2012, Lopez later returned as a judge for the show's thirteenth season.Official: J. Lo and Harry Connick Jr. join 'American Idol' Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved September 22, 2013The season set a record when 132 million votes were gathered for the finale. On May 23, 2012, Phillip Phillips became the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, beating Jessica Sanchez, the first female recipient of the judges' save.WEB,weblink American Idol season 11 Winner is Phillip Phillips! - BeautyMania.Biz, May 23, 2012, May 23, 2012,

Regional auditions

Auditions took place in the following cities:WEB,weblink Season 11 Auditions – Show and Alumni News, American Idol, May 12, 2011, 2011-12-05, {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:Center; background:#ccc;"! Episode air date! Audition city! Date! Venue! Callback date! Callback venue! Golden tickets style="background:#FAF6F6;"| January 18, 2012| North Charleston, South Carolina| July 22, 2011North Charleston ColiseumHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/CHARLESTON/ PUBLISHER=AMERICAN IDOL, 2011-12-05, | August 17–18, 2011Savannah, GeorgiaHTTP://BLOGS.AJC.COM/AMERICAN-IDOL-BLOG/2011/08/17/OKAY-NOW-ITS-OFFICIAL-CHRISTINA-AGUILERA-BACK-ON-IDOL/?CXNTLID=THBZ_HM PUBLISHER=BLOGS.AJC.COM URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=OCTOBER 23, 2012 URL=HTTP://SAVANNAHNOW.COM/NEWS/2011-08-18/RYAN-SEACREST-AMERICAN-IDOL-LAND-SAVANNAH PUBLISHER=SAVANNAHNOW.COM, 2011-12-05, | 42 style="background:#FAF6F6;"| January 19, 2012| Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania| July 15, 2011Heinz FieldHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/PITTSBURGH/ PUBLISHER=AMERICAN IDOL, 2011-12-05, | September 28–29, 2011| David L. Lawrence Convention Center‘American Idol’ Back In Pittsburgh. pittsburgh.cbslocal.com (2011-09-29)| 38 style="text-align:Center; background:#FAF6F6;"|January 22, 2012| San Diego, California| July 8, 2011Petco ParkHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/SAN_DIEGO/ PUBLISHER=AMERICAN IDOL, 2011-12-05, | October 9–10, 2011USS Midway (CV-41)>USS Midway Aircraft CarrierHTTP://WWW.MYFOXLA.COM/DPP/GOOD_DAY_LA/AMERICAN-IDOL-SAN-DIEGO-AUDITIONS-20111010 >TITLE=AMERICAN IDOL: SAN DIEGO AUDITIONS DATE=OCTOBER 10, 2011, 2011-12-05, | 53 style="background:#FAF6F6;"|January 25, 2012| Denver, Colorado| July 29, 2011Invesco FieldHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/DENVER/ PUBLISHER=AMERICAN IDOL, 2011-12-05, ACCESSDATE=SEPTEMBER 28, 2011DATE=SEPTEMBER 28, 2011, Janet Urquhart, Aspen, Colorado>AspenHTTP://WWW.ASPENTIMES.COM/ARTICLE/20111007/NEWS/111009872/1077&PARENTPROFILE=1058 >TITLE=WANNABE STARS ALIGN FOR 'AMERICAN IDOL' IN ASPEN DATE=OCTOBER 7, 2011 ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20111211021804/HTTP://WWW.ASPENTIMES.COM/ARTICLE/20111007/NEWS/111009872/1077%26PARENTPROFILE%3D1058 URL-STATUS=DEAD, mdy-all, | 31 style="background:#FAF6F6;"|January 26, 2012| Houston, Texas| August 26, 2011Reliant ArenaHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/HOUSTON/ PUBLISHER=AMERICAN IDOL, 2011-12-05, | August 30–31, 2011WORK=HOUSTON CHRONICLE ACCESSDATE=2011-12-05, | 55 style="background:#FAF6F6;"| February 1, 2012| Portland, Oregon| July 2, 2011Rose Garden (arena)>Rose GardenHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/PORTLAND/ >TITLE=PORTLAND – SEASON 11 AUDITIONS ACCESSDATE=2011-12-05, | October 1–2, 2011TITLE='AMERICAN IDOL' COMES TO PORTLAND: JENNIFER LOPEZ, STEVEN TYLER, RANDY JACKSON AND RYAN SEACREST TALK ABOUT LOCAL AUDITIONS DATE= OCTOBER 2, 2011, 2011-12-05, | 45 style="background:#FAF6F6;"| February 2, 2012| St. Louis, Missouri| June 28, 2011Scottrade CenterHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/ST_LOUIS/ PUBLISHER=AMERICAN IDOL, 2011-12-05, | September 2–3, 2011PUBLISHER=STLTODAY.COM ACCESSDATE=2011-12-05, | 46 style="background:#FAF6F6;"a|a}}| East Rutherford, New Jersey| September 22, 2011IZOD CenterHTTP://WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM/AUDITIONS/SEASON_11/EAST_RUTHERFORD/ PUBLISHER=AMERICAN IDOL, 2011-12-05, AUTHOR=WEBSITE=TWITTER.COM, | —| — style="background:#FAF6F6;"! colspan="6"|Total number of tickets to Hollywood! 310(File:AmericanIdolPetcoParkByPhilKonstantin.jpg|300px|thumb|A helicopter view of American Idol auditions at Petco Park, San Diego, July 8, 2011)
  • {{note|a|Note a}}The New Jersey audition episode was not aired due to scheduling changes.WEB,weblink American Idol Auditions End This Week? (Schedule Change!), February 1, 2012,
The New Jersey audition was a late addition to the schedule,American Idol" to Hold Auditions in East Rutherford, New Jersey Thursday, September 22. Thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27. the audition was held although the attendance was reportedly low.Idol Craze: Hundreds at Izod Center for 'American Idol' auditions. Bergen.com (September 22, 2011). Retrieved 2012-05-27. However, the audition episode was not shown, the first time that a scheduled audition that had taken place was not shown. Contestants known to have auditioned in New Jersey were listed as having auditioned elsewhere on the official American Idol website, for example Alex Wong who auditioned in New Jersey has San Diego listed as his audition city on the official website.WEB,weblink Nigel Lythgoe OBE on Twitter, twitter.com, Alex Wong. Americanidol.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.

Hollywood week and Vegas rounds

The Hollywood rounds of auditions were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium starting December 12, 2011.WEB,weblink Nigel Lythgoe OBE on Twitter, twitter.com, There were 309 contestants at the start of Hollywood Week. The contestants performed solo for the first round, and 185 made the cut. Amongst those sent home included actor/comedian Jim Carrey's daughter, Jane Carrey."American Idol": Jim Carrey's daughter out, and then disaster. Cbsnews.com (February 9, 2012). Retrieved 2012-05-27.The second round involved group performances, and a number of contestants became ill and collapsed in the auditorium. 98 contestants moved on to the third and final round, which were solo performances accompanied by a band or instrument. The contestants were then separated into four rooms, where one room of 28 contestants were all eliminated, while the 70 contestants in the other three rooms all advanced to the Las Vegas round.After Hollywood, the contestants went to Las Vegas for a challenge round where they performed traditional late 1950s song in groups with Elvis Presley "Viva, Elvis!" show as the backdrop.TCA: 'American Idol' Judges, Producers Bash the Competition. Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 28 of the 70 contestants were eliminated. Next came a solo round accompanied by an instrument at the stage for Le Rêve at the Wynn Las Vegas.After the 42 remaining contestants sang their last solo at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, they were called one by one to hear the final judgement. Twelve guys and twelve girls were initially announced as the semi-finalists; however, the judges announced plans to add a thirteenth male semi-finalist between Jermaine Jones, Richie Law, Johnny Keyser and David Leathers Jr. The following week, after the male performances, Jermaine Jones was revealed to be the thirteenth performer.

Semi-finalists

{{refimprove section|date=March 2016}}The following is a list of semi-finalists who failed to reach the finals:{||
Females{| border="8" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin:0; background:#f9f9f9; border:1px #aaa solid; border-collapse:collapse; font-size:90%;" style="background:#ccc;"
! Contestant !! width="50"|Age at time of show !! Date of birth !! Hometown !! Audition locationDATE=FEBRUARY 22, 2012, Krum, Texas Houston, TexasDATE=FEBRUARY 25, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaDATE=FEBRUARY 22, 2012, Agoura Hills, California Houston, TexasDATE=FEBRUARY 22, 2012, Beaverton, Oregon Portland, OregonDATE=FEBRUARY 22, 2012, Stokesdale, North Carolina Charleston, South CarolinaDATE=FEBRUARY 25, 2012, Staten Island, New York Rutherford, New Jersey|
Males{| border="8" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin:0; background:#f9f9f9; border:1px #aaa solid; border-collapse:collapse; font-size:90%;" style="background:#ccc;"
! Contestant !! width="50"|Age at time of show !! Date of birth !! Hometown !! Audition locationWashington, Pennsylvania >| Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaQueens, New York >| Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaLoveland, Ohio >| Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaEllsworth, Wisconsin >| Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaPoint Pleasant, West Virginia >| Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaAtlanta, Georgia >| Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Semi-finals

The semi-finals round started on February 28. Below are the two semi-final groups (males and females) with contestants listed in their performance order. The top five males and top five females, along with the three wild card choices by the judges, advanced to the finals. The males started the semifinal round, and the females continued on following night's episode, the contestants perform songs of their choice (there was no particular theme). This season, long-time vocal coach Debra Byrd was replaced by Jimmy Iovine's own team in the live shows.NEWS,weblink 'American Idol' Vocal Coach Debra Byrd Takes Live Show Leave (Exclusive), The Hollywood Reporter, February 23, 2012, ">

Males{| class"wikitable plainrowheaders" style"text-align:center;"

! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result style="background:#ddd;"| 1Reed Grimm| "Moves Like Jagger" | Wild Card| 2Adam BrockThink (Aretha Franklin song)>Think" | Eliminated style="background:#ddd;"| 3DeAndre BrackensickReasons (Earth, Wind & Fire song)>Reasons" | Wild Card style="background:#ccc;"| 4Colton DixonDecode (song)>Decode" | Advanced style="background:#ddd;"| 5Jeremy RosadoGravity (Sara Bareilles song)>Gravity" | Wild Card| 6Aaron Marcellus| "Never Can Say Goodbye" | Eliminated| 7Chase LikensStorm Warning (song)>Storm Warning" | Eliminated| 8Creighton FrakerTrue Colors (Cyndi Lauper song)>True Colors" | Eliminated style="background:#ccc;"| 9Phillip Phillips| "In the Air Tonight" | Advanced| 10Eben Franckewitz| "Set Fire to the Rain" | Eliminated style="background:#ccc;"| 11Heejun HanAngels (Robbie Williams song)>Angels" | Advanced style="background:#ccc;"| 12Joshua LedetJennifer Hudson (album)>You Pulled Me Through" | Advanced style="background:#ccc;"| 13Jermaine JonesDance with My Father (song)>Dance with My Father" | Advanced">

Females{| class"wikitable plainrowheaders" style"text-align:center;"

! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result| 1Chelsea Sorrell| "Cowboy Casanova" | Eliminated style="background:#ddd;"| 2Erika Van Pelt| "What About Love" | Wild Card style="background:#ddd;"| 3Jen Hirsh21 (Adele album)>One and Only" | Wild Card style="background:#ddd;"| 4Brielle Von Hugel| "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" | Wild Card| 5Hallie Day| "Feeling Good"| Eliminated style="background:#ccc;"| 6Skylar LaineStay with Me (Faces song)>Stay with Me" | Advanced| 7Baylie Brown| "Amazed" | Eliminated style="background:#ccc;"| 8Hollie CavanaghReflection (song)>Reflection"| Advanced| 9Haley Johnsen| "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" | Eliminated style="background:#ccc;"| 10Shannon MagraneKathy Troccoli>Go Light Your World" | Advanced style="background:#ccc;"| 11Jessica Sanchez| "Love You I Do" | Advanced style="background:#ccc;"| 12Elise Testone|"One and Only" | Advanced

Wild Card round

Following those ten singers advancing on Thursday, March 1, six of the remaining 25 semi-finalists were selected by the judges to compete in the Wild Card round. The Wild Card round immediately began, following the announcement of the ten finalists. Following another performance by each Wild Card contender, the judges then selected three contestants to advance to the final group of 13.{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result| 1Jen Hirsh| "Oh! Darling" | Eliminated style="background:#ccc;"| 2Jeremy RosadoCarnival Ride>I Know You Won't" | Advanced| 3 Brielle Von HugelSomeone Like You (Adele song)>Someone Like You" | Eliminated style="background:#ccc;"| 4 DeAndre Brackensick| "Georgia on My Mind" | Advanced style="background:#ccc;"| 5 Erika Van Pelt| "The Edge of Glory" | Advanced| 6Reed GrimmUse Me (Bill Withers song)>Use Me" | Eliminated

Finalists

{{refimprove section|date=March 2016}}(File:Phillip Phillips in Paris, March 2013.jpeg|thumb|110px|Phillip Phillips)
  • Phillip Phillips (born September 20, 1990) is from Leesburg, Georgia. He attended Lee County High School. He graduated Albany Technical College, but had to miss the graduation ceremony due to being on American Idol. He auditioned in North Charleston, singing "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" with the guitar.NEWS,weblink January 18, 2012, MTV, 'American Idol': David Leathers Jr., Phillip Phillips Wow, Graham, Adam, April 27, 2012, He performed "I Only Have Eyes For You" with Heejun Han, Neco Starr, and Jairon Jackson during Hollywood Week. Many people have compared his vocal style to that of Dave Matthews, whom he has also noted as an influence. Phillips was announced the winner on May 23. Philips' coronation song, "Home", was a success with sales of 5.4 million copies in the United States.
{{Clear}}(File:Jessica Sanchez cropped.JPG|thumb|110px|Jessica Sanchez)
  • Jessica Sanchez (born August 4, 1995)WEB,weblink Jessica Sanchez Birthday, February 22, 2012, is from San Diego, California. Sanchez auditioned in San Diego. She performed "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with DeAndre Brackensick and Candice Glover in Las Vegas. During the Sing For Your Life green mile round, Sanchez performed "The Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli. Before Idol, she was known for her appearance on the first season of America's Got Talent where she was brought back by judge Brandy during the show's wildcard round. Sanchez also participated in the YouTube edition of "We Are the World" along with 56 other YouTube artists, including American Idol season 10 finalist Thia Megia. She was saved from elimination by the judges after receiving the lowest number of votes in the top seven round, making her the first female contestant to be saved by the judges. Sanchez was announced the runner-up on May 23, 2012.
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  • Hollie Cavanagh (born July 5, 1993) is originally from Liverpool, Merseyside, England but grew up in McKinney, Texas. She originally auditioned for season 10, but she was eliminated in the green mile round and was encouraged by Jennifer Lopez that she could win the competition in a couple of years with practice. Hollie sang "Mr. Sandman" with Naomi Gillies and Marissa Pontecorvo in Las Vegas. Hollie's only appearance in season 11 was during the Top 42 green mile round. She sang "Change" by American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood for the Sing for Your Life round. She was eliminated on May 10, coming in fourth place. She auditioned in Galveston.
{{Clear}}(File:Skylar Laine at North Charleston.jpg|thumb|110px|Skylar Laine) {{Clear}}(File:Graffeti-14.jpg|thumb|110px|Elise Testone)
  • Elise Testone (born July 29, 1983) is from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She auditioned in North Charleston with the song "Get It While You Can" by Janis Joplin. Prior to Idol, she was a voice instructor in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,NEWS,weblink March 2, 2012, The Post and Courier, Local musician Elise Testone advances to finals on ‘American Idol’, Thompson, Bill, March 4, 2012, NEWS,weblink October 19, 2011, Charleston City Paper, Elise Testone and the Freeloaders, Booth, Jared, March 4, 2012, and she performed regularly, either solo or with one of several bands, in Charleston, South Carolina.WEB,weblink February 29, 2012, Holy City Sinner, Elise Testone: Killin It, March 4, 2012, NEWS,weblink February 15, 2012, Charleston Scene, Local ‘American Idol’ contestant Elise Testone just wants to perform, Thompson, Bill, March 4, 2012, dead,weblink" title="archive.is/20130119022805weblink">weblink January 19, 2013, mdy-all, In 2011, her band, the Freeloaders, won the Funk/Soul/R&B Artist of the Year award in the Charleston City Paper’s Music issue.NEWS,weblink October 19, 2011, Charleston City Paper, The winners of the 2011 City Paper Music Awards, Lesemann, T. Ballard, March 4, 2012, Testone received additional recognition from the Charleston City Paper in 2011, winning the staff pick for Best Tribute for Elise Testone’s James Brown Dance Party.NEWS,weblink Charleston City Paper, Best Tribute, Lesemann, T. Ballard, March 4, 2012, She has performed as an opening act for various other artists, including Snoop Dogg, Nappy Roots, Seven Mary Three, and Kevin Costner’s band, Modern West.NEWS,weblink June 2011, Charleston Magazine, Sound Control, Gray, Stanfield, March 5, 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120423180050weblink">weblink April 23, 2012, mdy-all, She was eliminated on April 26, coming in sixth place.NEWS,weblink April 27, 2012, Reuters, Not my time to go, says ousted "Idol" Elise Testone, Serjeant, Jill, April 27, 2012, Her debut album, In This Life was released on February 11, 2014.
{{Clear}}(File:Colton Dixon in February 2013.jpg|thumb|110px|Colton Dixon)
  • Colton Dixon (born October 19, 1991WEB,weblink Colton Dixon Birthday, February 22, 2012, ) is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He auditioned in North Charleston with his younger sister, Schyler. He originally auditioned for season 10 along with Schyler in the Nashville, Tennessee, auditions, but she was cut in the group round and then he was cut in the green mile round. Dixon returned in season 11, however he did not plan to audition, initially planning to simply accompany his sister Schyler to her audition. The judges implored Dixon to audition as well, where he sang David Cook's "Permanent". Colton performed "Dedicated to the One I Love" with Skylar Laine, Chase Likens, and Cari Qouyeser in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, Schyler was eliminated, bringing Colton to tears. He performed the Coldplay song "Fix You", and dedicated it to his sister. He was eliminated on April 19, coming in seventh place. Prior to his elimination, Dixon had never been in the Bottom 3. His debut album A Messenger was released on January 29, 2013.
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  • Heejun Han (born April 20, 1989 in Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea) is from Flushing, New York. He and his family migrated to Queens, New York when he was a child and then moved to Flushing, Queens, New York during his teenage years. Before American Idol, he was a non-profit organizer, working with children with special needs. He has spoken of suffering from emotional depression and credited the children that he worked with for helping him to recover from his illness. He has also said that the children motivated him to audition for American Idol. He auditioned in Pittsburgh with "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You". His audition brought Jennifer Lopez to tears, and Steven Tyler stated "I think you are really great. I think you could be the American Idol". He is the first Korean American to make the finals on American Idol. He was eliminated on March 29, coming in ninth place.
{{Clear}}(File:Erika Lynn Van Pelt at the Warwick mall in Warwick Rhode Island - 2013-12-16 21-14.jpg|thumb|110px|Erika Van Pelt) {{Clear}}
  • Shannon Magrane (born October 21, 1995WEB,weblink Shannon Magrane Birthday, February 25, 2012, ) is from Tampa, Florida. She is the daughter of Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster and former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane. She auditioned in North Charleston, South Carolina, with the song "Something's Got a Hold on Me" by Etta James. She was eliminated on March 15, coming in eleventh place.NEWS,weblink March 21, 2012, Huffington Post, American Idol Cast-Off Shannon Magrane Talks That Steven Tyler Moment On Anderson, April 27, 2012,
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  • Jermaine Jones (born November 18, 1986) is from Pine Hill, New Jersey. He auditioned in Portland, Oregon. He attended Overbrook High School. Before Idol, he worked as a vocal instructor at Highest Praise Performing Arts Center.WEB,weblink Jermaine Jones of 'American Idol' does talk to his father, says his mother, March 8, 2012, March 8, 2012, Jones was not originally chosen for the semi-finals, but he was called back after the top 24 selection filming, making him the 25th semi-finalist and thirteenth male semi-finalist. Standing 6 feet 8 and a half inches tall, he was dubbed "The Gentle Giant" on the show. His musical influences are his mother and John Legend. On March 13, he was disqualified for concealing arrests and outstanding warrants.NEWS, Lisa de Moraes,weblink ‘American Idol’: After Jermaine Jones is disqualified, who will go home?, The Washington Post, March 15, 2012, He is the second Idol contestant to be disqualified during the finals, as Corey Clark was disqualified in the second season, and he came in twelfth place.
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Finals

In this season, maintaining the previous season's format, there were 12 weeks of the finals and 13 finalists, with one finalist eliminated per week based on the American public's votes (exceptions include Top 13-week, where the judges were able to decide who would go home based on the lowest votes between the male and female contestants, and Top 12-week, where Jermaine Jones was disqualified). Previous season's winner Scotty McCreery recorded the Tim McGraw song "Please Remember Me" 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 season, the fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and Soyon An were employed as image advisers for the Top 10 finalists.NEWS,weblink Tommy Hilfiger tranforms Erika Van Pelt, can't help Philip Phillips on 'American Idol', Newsday, March 22, 2012,

Top 13 – Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder

On March 7, 2012, the women performed Whitney Houston songs and the men performed Stevie Wonder songs. Ryan Seacrest stated that it would be a competition between the male and female contestants. As a result, the bottom three of each gender, as well as the male and female contestant who received the lowest number of votes amongst their gender, were announced the next night, and the judges chose who went home. However, this will not count as the supposed "Judges' Save" which can only be used once in the competition before the Top 5. Between Jeremy Rosado and Elise Testone, each of whom received the lowest number of votes for their respective gender groups, the judges used the Top 13 Save on Elise Testone and chose to eliminate Jeremy Rosado from the competition.{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" style="background:#f2f2f2;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result style="background:#ddd;"| 1 Joshua LedetI Wish (Stevie Wonder song)>I Wish"| Bottom 3 (M) style="background:#ccc;"| 2 Elise TestoneI'm Your Baby Tonight (song)>I'm Your Baby Tonight"| Saved style="background:#ddd;"| 3 Jermaine JonesSongs in the Key of Life>Knocks Me Off My Feet"| Bottom 3 (M) style="background:#ddd;"| 4 Erika Van Pelt| "I Believe in You and Me"| Bottom 3 (F)| 5 Colton DixonLately (Stevie Wonder song)>Lately"| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 6 Shannon Magrane| "I Have Nothing"| Bottom 3 (F)| 7 DeAndre Brackensick| "Master Blaster (Jammin')"| Safe| 8 Skylar Laine| "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"| Safe| 9 Heejun HanInnervisions>All in Love Is Fair"| Safe| 10 Hollie Cavanagh| "All the Man That I Need" | Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 11 Jeremy Rosado| "Ribbon in the Sky"| Eliminated| 12 Jessica Sanchez| "I Will Always Love You" | Safe| 13 Phillip PhillipsSuperstition (song)>Superstition"| Safe
  • Group performance: "As"

Top 11 – Year They Were Born

Due to a hidden criminal past, Jermaine Jones was disqualified prior to the Wednesday performance show.Jermaine Jones disqualified from 'American Idol'. Content.usatoday.com (March 14, 2012). Retrieved 2012-05-27. Footage of executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick confronting Jones was shown in what would have been his performance slot, in between Van Pelt's and Laine's performances.'American Idol': Jermaine Jones disqualification captured on tape. What are the chances?!. Popwatch.ew.com (March 14, 2012). Retrieved 2012-05-27. A clip of his rehearsal, singing "Somewhere Out There", was shown after his removal from the competition. Voting continued as scheduled with one of the remaining 11 contestants eliminated in addition to Jones, unlike the season 2 disqualification of Corey Clark.{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" style="background:#f2f2f2;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Year! scope="col"| Result| 1 Phillip PhillipsHard to Handle (song)>Hard to Handle"| 1990| Safe| 2 Jessica Sanchez| "Turn the Beat Around" | 1995| Safe| 3 Heejun Han| "Right Here Waiting" | 1989| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 4 Elise TestoneLet's Stay Together (Al Green song)>Let's Stay Together" | 1983| Bottom 3| 5 DeAndre BrackensickEndless Love (song)>Endless Love" | 1994| Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 6Shannon Magrane| "One Sweet Day" | 1995| Eliminated| 7 Colton DixonBroken Heart (White Lion song)>Broken Heart" | 1991| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 8 Erika Van PeltHeaven (Bryan Adams song)>Heaven"| 1985| Bottom 3| 9 Skylar Laine| "Love Sneakin' Up On You" | 1994| Safe| 10 Joshua LedetWhen a Man Loves a Woman (song)>When a Man Loves a Woman"| 1992| Safe| 11 Hollie CavanaghThe Power of Love (Jennifer Rush song)>The Power of Love" | 1993| Safe

Top 10 – Billy Joel

{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" style="background:#f2f2f2;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song! scope="col"| Result style="background:#ddd;"| 1 DeAndre Brackensick| "Only the Good Die Young"| Bottom 3 style="background:#ccc;"| 2 Erika Van Pelt| "New York State of Mind"| Eliminated| 3 Joshua Ledet| "She's Got a Way"| Safe| 4 Skylar LaineShameless (Billy Joel song)>Shameless"| Safe| 5 Elise TestoneVienna (Billy Joel song)>Vienna"| Safe| 6 Phillip Phillips| "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"| Safe| 7 Hollie CavanaghHonesty (Billy Joel song)>Honesty"| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 8 Heejun HanMy Life (Billy Joel song)>My Life"| Bottom 3| 9 Jessica SanchezThe Stranger (album)>Everybody Has a Dream"| Safe | 10 Colton DixonPiano Man (song)>Piano Man"| Safe

Top 9 – Their Personal Idols

  • Mentor: Stevie Nicks{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" style="background:f2f2f2;"
! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant(s)! scope="col"| Song(s)! scope="col"| {{nowrap|Personal Idol}}! scope="col"| Result| 1 Colton DixonNo Name Face>Everything" Lifehouse (band)>Lifehouse| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 2 Skylar Laine| "Gunpowder & Lead"| Miranda LambertBottom 3}}| 3 Colton Dixon, Phillip Phillips & Elise Testone"Landslide (Fleetwood Mac song)" / "Edge of Seventeen" / "Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac song)>Don't Stop"}}| Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks| N/A style="background:#ccc;"| 4 Heejun Han| "A Song for You" | Donny Hathaway| Eliminated style="background:#ddd;"| 5 Hollie Cavanagh| "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Carrie Underwood}}| Bottom 3| 6DeAndre Brackensick| "Sometimes I Cry"| Eric Benét| Safe| 7Jessica SanchezSweet Dreams (Beyoncé Knowles song)>Sweet Dreams"| Beyoncé| Safe| 8{{nowrap|DeAndre Brackensick, Heejun Han & Joshua Ledet}}"The Lady in My Life" /"Rock with You" / "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"}} | Michael Jackson| N/A| 9Phillip PhillipsWander This World>Still Rainin'" | Jonny Lang| Safe| 10Joshua LedetWithout You (Badfinger song)>Without You" | Mariah Carey| Safe| 11Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine & Jessica SanchezLike a Prayer (song)>Like a Prayer" / "Borderline (Madonna song)" / "Express Yourself (Madonna song)>Express Yourself" Madonna (entertainer)>Madonna| N/A| 12Elise Testone| "Whole Lotta Love" | Led Zeppelin| Safe

Top 8 – Songs from the 1980s

{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" style="background:#f2f2f2;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result style="background:#ccc;"| 1 DeAndre BrackensickI Like It (DeBarge song)>I Like It" | Eliminated style="background:#ddd;"| 2 Elise Testone| "I Want to Know What Love Is" | Bottom 3| 3 Colton Dixon & Skylar LaineIslands in the Stream (song)>Islands in the Stream" | N/A| 4 Phillip PhillipsThat's All (Genesis song)>That's All" | Safe| 5 DeAndre Brackensick & Hollie Cavanagh| "I'm So Excited"| N/A| 6 Joshua Ledet| "If You Don't Know Me by Now" | Safe| 7 Jessica Sanchez| "How Will I Know"| Safe| 8 Phillip Phillips & Elise Testone| "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" | N/A style="background:#ddd;"| 9 Hollie Cavanagh| "Flashdance... What a Feeling"| Bottom 3| 10 Joshua Ledet & Jessica Sanchez| "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" | N/A| 11 Colton DixonTime After Time (Cyndi Lauper song)>Time After Time" | Safe| 12 Skylar Laine| "Wind Beneath My Wings"| Safe

Top 7 (first week) – Songs from the 2010s

  • Guest mentor: Akon
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" style="background:#f2f2f2;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result| 1 Skylar Laine| "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" | Safe| 2 Colton Dixon| "Love the Way You Lie" | Safe| 3 Phillip Phillips & Elise Testone| "Somebody That I Used to Know" | N/A style="background:#ccc;"| 4 Jessica SanchezLove Me Back (album)>Stuttering"| Saved style="background:#ddd;"| 5 Joshua Ledet| "Runaway Baby"| Bottom 3| 6 Colton Dixon & Skylar Laine| "Don't You Wanna Stay" | N/A| 7 Hollie Cavanagh| "Fuckin' Perfect" | Safe| 8 Phillip Phillips| "Give a Little More" | Safe| 9 Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet & Jessica Sanchez| "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" | N/A style="background:#ddd;"| 10 Elise TestoneYou and I (Lady Gaga song)>You and I" | Bottom 3

Top 7 (second week) – Songs from Now & Then

Each contestant performed two songs: a Billboard number-one hit from the 21st century and a song from the classic soul era. Normally two finalists would be eliminated the week after using the judges' save.{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result style="background:#ddd;"|1| Hollie Cavanagh| "Rolling in the Deep" | Bottom 3 style="background:#ccc;"| 2| Colton Dixon| "Bad Romance" | Eliminated style="background:#ddd;"| 3| Elise TestoneNo One (Alicia Keys song)>No One" | Bottom 3| 4| Phillip Phillips| "U Got It Bad"| Safe| 5| Jessica SanchezFallin' (Alicia Keys song)>Fallin'"| Safe| 6| Skylar LaineBorn This Way (song)>Born This Way" | Safe| 7| Joshua LedetI Believe (Fantasia song)>I Believe" | Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 8| Hollie Cavanagh| "Son of a Preacher Man" | Bottom 3 style="background:#ccc;"| 9| Colton DixonSeptember (Earth, Wind & Fire song)>September"| Eliminated style="background:#ddd;"| 10| Elise TestoneLet's Get It On (song)>Let's Get It On"| Bottom 3 | 11| Phillip Phillips| "In the Midnight Hour"| Safe| 12| Jessica Sanchez| "Try a Little Tenderness" | Safe| 13| Skylar Laine| "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" | Safe| 14| Joshua Ledet| "A Change Is Gonna Come" | Safe ">

Top 6 – Queen / Contestant's Choice{| class"wikitable plainrowheaders" style"text-align:center;"

! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song! scope="col"| Result| 1| Jessica Sanchez| "Bohemian Rhapsody"| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 2| Skylar LaineThe Show Must Go On (Queen song)>The Show Must Go On"| Bottom 3| 3| Joshua Ledet| "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"| Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 4| Elise TestoneI Want It All (Queen song)>I Want It All"| Eliminated| 5| Phillip Phillips| "Fat Bottomed Girls"| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 6| Hollie CavanaghSave Me (Queen song)>Save Me"| Bottom 2| 7| Jessica SanchezDance with My Father (song)>Dance with My Father"| Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 8| Skylar Laine| "Tattoos on This Town" | Bottom 3| 9| Joshua LedetAcoustic Soul>Ready for Love" | Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 10| Elise TestoneBold as Love (song)>Bold as Love" | Eliminated| 11| Phillip PhillipsThe Stone (Dave Matthews Band song)>The Stone" | Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 12| Hollie CavanaghThe Climb (Miley Cyrus song)>The Climb" | Bottom 2

Top 5 – Songs from the 1960s / British Pop

{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result style="background:#ddd;"| 1| Hollie Cavanagh| "River Deep – Mountain High" | Bottom 2| 2| Phillip PhillipsThe Letter (The Box Tops song)>The Letter" | Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 3| Skylar Laine| "Fortunate Son" | Eliminated| 4| Joshua Ledet & Phillip Phillips| "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" | N/A| 5| Jessica Sanchez| "Proud Mary" | Safe| 6| Joshua Ledet| "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" | Safe style="background:#ddd;"| 7| Hollie Cavanagh| "Bleeding Love" | Bottom 2| 8| Phillip Phillips| "Time of the Season" | Safe| 9Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine & Jessica Sanchez}}"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" }}| N/A style="background:#ccc;"| 10| Skylar Laine| "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" | Eliminated| 11| Jessica Sanchez| "You Are So Beautiful" | Safe| 12| Joshua LedetTo Love Somebody (song)>To Love Somebody" | Safe">

Top 4 – Music of California / Songs They Wish They'd Written{| class"wikitable plainrowheaders" style"text-align:center;"

! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result| 1| Phillip Phillips"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"}}| Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 2| Hollie CavanaghFaithfully (song)>Faithfully" | Eliminated| 3| Joshua Ledet| "You Raise Me Up" | Safe| 4| Jessica SanchezJimmy Hughes (singer)>Steal Away" | Safe| 5| Joshua Ledet & Phillip PhillipsThis Love (Maroon 5 song)>This Love" | N/A| 6| Hollie Cavanagh & Jessica SanchezEternal Flame (song)>Eternal Flame" | N/A| 7Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips & Jessica Sanchez}}| "Waiting for a Girl Like You"| N/A| 8| Phillip PhillipsO (Damien Rice album)>Volcano" | Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 9| Hollie Cavanagh| "I Can't Make You Love Me" | Eliminated| 10| Joshua Ledet| "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" | Safe| 11| Jessica Sanchez| "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"| Safe ">

Top 3 – Judges' Choice / Contestant's Choice / Jimmy Iovine's Choice{| class"wikitable plainrowheaders" style"text-align:center;"

! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song! scope="col"| Chosen By! scope="col"| Result style="background:#ccc;"| 1| Joshua Ledet| "I'd Rather Go Blind" | Randy Jackson| Eliminated| 2| Jessica Sanchez| "My All" | Jennifer Lopez| Safe| 3| Phillip Phillips| "Beggin'" | Steven Tyler| Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 4| Joshua LedetImagine (John Lennon song)>Imagine"| Self| Eliminated| 5| Jessica Sanchez| "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" | Self| Safe| 6| Phillip PhillipsDisease (song)>Disease" | Self| Safe style="background:#ccc;"| 7| Joshua LedetNo More Drama (song)>No More Drama" | Jimmy Iovine| Eliminated| 8| Jessica SanchezI'll Be There (The Jackson 5 song)>I'll Be There" | Jimmy Iovine| Safe| 9| Phillip Phillips| "We've Got Tonight"| Jimmy Iovine| Safe

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

{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"! scope="col"| Order! scope="col"| Contestant! scope="col"| Song ! scope="col"| Result| 1| Jessica Sanchez| "I Have Nothing" | Runner-up style="background:#ccc;"| 2| Phillip PhillipsStand by Me (Ben E. King song)>Stand by Me" | Winner| 3| Jessica SanchezThe Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli song)>The Prayer" | Runner-up style="background:#ccc;"| 4| Phillip Phillips| "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" | Winner| 5| Jessica SanchezChange Nothing (song)>Change Nothing" | Runner-up style="background:#ccc;"| 6| Phillip PhillipsHome (Phillip Phillips song)>Home" | Winner

Elimination chart

{| border="2" cellpadding="4" style="background:gray; border:1px solid gray; border-collapse:collapse; margin:0 1em 1em 0; text-align:center;" Females Males Top 25 Top 13 Wild Card Winner{| border="2" cellpadding="4" style="background:gray; border:1px solid gray; border-collapse:collapse; margin:0 1em 1em 0; text-align:center;" Did Not Perform Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated Top 13 Save Judges' Save{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center; font-size:85%"Stage:{{nowrap|Semi-Finals}}{{nowrap|Wild Card}}FinalsWeek:! colspan="2" |3/1! width=6%|3/8{{ref|1|1}}!width=6%|3/15!width=6%|3/22!width=6%|3/29!width=6%|4/5!width=6%|4/12{{ref|3|3}}!width=6%|4/19!width=6%|4/26!width=6%|5/3!width=6% |5/10!width=6%|5/17!width=6% |5/23!style="width:50px;"|Place!Contestant!colspan="14"|Result 1 Phillip Phillips Top 13 ||||||||||| Winner 2 Jessica Sanchez Top 13||||| Saved||||| {{nowrap|Runner-up}} 3 Joshua Ledet Top 13 {{nowrap|Bottom 3 (M)}}|||| {{nowrap|Bottom 3}}|||| Elim 4 Hollie Cavanagh Top 13 ||| {{nowrap|Bottom 3}} {{nowrap|Bottom 3}}| {{nowrap|Bottom 3}} {{nowrap|Bottom 2}} {{nowrap|Bottom 2}} Elim 5 Skylar Laine Top 13 ||| Bottom 3||| Bottom 3 Elim 6 Elise Testone Top 13 Saved {{nowrap|Bottom 3}}|| Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim 7 Colton Dixon Top 13 |||||| Elim 8 {{nowrap|DeAndre Brackensick}} Wild Card Top 13|| {{nowrap|Bottom 3}}| Elim9 Heejun Han Top 13|| Bottom 3 Elim 10 Erika Van Pelt Wild Card Top 13 Bottom 3 (F) Bottom 3 Elim 11 Shannon MagraneTop 13 Bottom 2 (F) Elim 12 Jermaine Jones Top 13 Bottom 2 (M)Disq{{ref2}} 13 Jeremy Rosado Wild Card Top 13 Elim {{nowrap|14–16}} Reed Grimm Wild Card Elim Jen Hirsh Wild Card Brielle Von Hugel Wild Card 17–25 Adam Brock Elim Baylie Brown Hallie Day Creighton Fraker Eben Franckewitz Haley Johnsen Chase Likens Aaron Marcellus Chelsea Sorrell{{note|1|Note 1}}: The 'Top 13' results featured 'Bottom 3' groups for each gender, with Testone and Rosado receiving the fewest votes among their respective genders. The judges subsequently opted to save Testone, thereby eliminating Rosado from the competition.{{note|2|Note 2}}: Jones was disqualified for failing to disclose his full criminal history prior to the voting rounds commencing.{{note|3|Note 3}}: Due to the judges using their one 'Judges' Save' per season, in order to save Sanchez, the 'Top 7' remained intact for another week.">

Results show performances{| class"wikitable" style"font-size:90%;"

! scope="col"| Week !! Performer(s) !! Title !! Hot 100 reaction !! Digital sales reaction !! Performance type! scope="row" rowspan=2| Top 13Lauren Alaina >Georgia Peaches" >date=May 2012}} liveMary J. Blige >My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)>Why" did not chart — live! scope="row" rowspan=2| Top 11Demi Lovato >Give Your Heart a Break" >| liveDaughtry (band)>Daughtry"Outta My Head (Daughtry song)" >| live! scope="row" rowspan=2| Top 10Lana Del Rey>Video Games (song)>Video Games" did not chart 13,000 (+147%)HTTP://CONTENT.USATODAY.COM/COMMUNITIES/IDOLCHATTER/POST/2012/03/KELLY-CLARKSON-HALEY-REINHART-CARRIE-UNDERWOOD-SINGLE-SALES/1#.T5IQLDLNIE4 >TITLE= WOMEN WIN THE WEEK FOR 'IDOL' DOWNLOADS DATE=MARCH 28, 2012, pre-recordedHaley Reinhart >Free (Haley Reinhart song)>Free" 104 (debut)Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 35,000 (debut) pre-recorded! scope="row" rowspan=2| Top 9Nicki Minaj >Starships (song)>Starships" 6 (−1)PAUL GREIN >URL=HTTP://MUSIC.YAHOO.COM/BLOGS/CHART-WATCH/WEEK-ENDING-APRIL-1-2012-SONGS-TEEN-TASTIC-184942611.HTML WORK=CHART WATCH DATE=APRIL 4, 2012, 204,000 (+17%) liveScotty McCreery >Clear as Day>Water Tower Town" did not chart 15,000 (+3,519%)'DON'T YOU WANNA STAY' PASSES 2 MILLION DOWNLOADS >URL=HTTP://CONTENT.USATODAY.COM/COMMUNITIES/IDOLCHATTER/POST/2012/04/KELLY-CLARKSON-IDOL-TRACK-SALES-664741/1 FIRST=BRIAN DATE=APRIL 4, 2012 | live! scope="row" rowspan=3| Top 8Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull (entertainer)>Pitbull "Dance Again" 27 (debut)HTTP://MUSIC.YAHOO.COM/BLOGS/CHART-WATCH/WEEK-ENDING-APRIL-8-2012-SONGS-NEWCOMERS-BEAT-003435390.HTML >TITLE=WEEK ENDING APRIL 8, 2012. SONGS: NEWCOMERS BEAT SUPERSTARS | CHART WATCH (NEW) – YAHOO! MUSIC DATE=APRIL 11, 2012, 118,000 (debut)HTTP://CONTENT.USATODAY.COM/COMMUNITIES/IDOLCHATTER/POST/2012/04/IDOL-TRACK-SALES-KELLY-CLARKSON-AND-MORE/1#.T4HA6S0WB6K >TITLE='IDOL' TRACK SALES: KELLY CLARKSON AND MORE DATE=APRIL 11, 2012 | music video premiereThe Wanted >Glad You Came" >TITLE=WEEK ENDING APRIL 8, 2012. SONGS: NEWCOMERS BEAT SUPERSTARS PUBLISHER=YAHOO MUSIC | liveKellie Pickler >100 Proof (album)>Where's Tammy Wynette" did not chart — live! scope="row" rowspan=2| Top 7Week 1James Durbin (singer)>James Durbin "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" >| liveJennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo >Think Like a Man (song)>Think Like a Man" 90 (debut){{BILLBOARDURLBYNAME>ARTIST=JENNIFER HUDSONtitle=Jennifer Hudson Chart History accessdate=2012-05-23}} 25,000, (+109%)HTTP://CONTENT.USATODAY.COM/COMMUNITIES/IDOLCHATTER/POST/2012/04/IDOL-TRACK-SALES-KELLY-CLARKSON-AND-MORE/1#.T6F39DV-SSP >TITLE=IDOLS BOOST IDOLS WITH 'IDOL' PERFORMANCES DATE=APRIL 18, 2012 | live! scope="row" rowspan=2| {{nowrap|Top 7Week 2}}Kris Allen >The Vision of Love" >| liveLMFAO (group)>LMFAO "Sorry for Party Rocking (song)" >WORK=USA TODAY ACCESSDATE=2012-04-27, live! scope="row" rowspan=3| Top 6Queen Extravaganza Tour>Queen Extravaganza "Somebody to Love (Queen song)" >|liveStefano Langone>I'm on a Roll" >LAST=MANSFIELD WORK=IDOL CHATTER ACCESSDATE=MAY 3, 2012, liveKaty Perry >Part of Me (Katy Perry song)>Part of Me" 11 (+1)HTTP://ACHARTS.US/US_SINGLES_TOP_100/2012/04>TITLE=US SINGLES TOP 100 – SATURDAY JANUARY 28, 2012, 73,000 (−6%) pre-recorded! scope="row" rowspan=3| Top 5Coldplay>Paradise (Coldplay song)>Paradise" 48 (re-entry)HTTP://WWW.BILLBOARD.COM/#/CHARTS/HOT-100?BEGIN=41&ORDER=POSITION>TITLE=BILLBOARD - MUSIC CHARTS, NEWS, PHOTOS & VIDEODATE=|pre-recordedCarrie Underwood >Blown Away (album)>Blown Away" 66 (debut) 66,000 (debut)HTTP://CONTENT.USATODAY.COM/COMMUNITIES/IDOLCHATTER/POST/2012/05/CARRIE-UNDERWOOD-TRACK-SALES-KELLY-CLARKSON-IDOL/1#.T6Z288V-SSP >TITLE=KELLY CLARKSON HITS 3 MILLION FOR 'STRONGER' SINGLE DATE=MAY 10, 2012 | liveEvery Teardrop Is A Waterfall">|pre-recorded! scope="row" rowspan =2| Top 4David Cook (singer)>David Cook "The Last Song I'll Write for You" did not chart 15,000 (debut) liveLAST=TRUST WORK=BILLBOARD (MAGAZINE) >DATE=MAY 18, 2012 PUBLISHER=USA TODAY ACCESSDATE=2012-05-17, pre-recorded! scope="row" rowspan=2| Top 3Lisa Marie Presley>Storm & Grace>You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet did not chart — pre-recordedAdam Lambert>Never Close Our Eyes">|live! scope="row" rowspan=2| Top 2Jason Derülo>Undefeated (Jason Derülo song)>Undefeated" did not chart — livePlease Remember Me" >| live! scope="row" rowspan=16| FinaleRunaway Baby">|liveJohn Fogerty & Phillip Phillips>Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" / "Bad Moon Rising (song)>Bad Moon Rising" unreleased unreleased liveFantasia Barrino & Joshua Ledet>Take Me to the Pilot" >| liveChaka Khan>Ain't Nobody (Rufus and Chaka Khan song)>Ain't Nobody" / "Through the Fire (song)" / "I'm Every Woman" >| liveRihanna>Where Have You Been" >TITLE=WEEK ENDING MAY 27, 2012. SONGS: BIEBER’S TRANSITIONAL HIT PUBLISHER=YAHOO MUSIC | liveReba McEntire & Skylar Laine>Turn On the Radio" >| liveJessica Sanchez>I Will Always Love You" >| liveNeil Diamond & American Idol Boys (minus Phillip Phillips)>America (Neil Diamond song)>America" / "Cracklin' Rosie" / "I'm a Believer" / "Sweet Caroline" unreleased unreleased liveLil Jon & Flo Rida>Goin' In">| liveWisin & Yandel>Follow the Leader (Wisin & Yandel song)>Follow the Leader" failed to chart 13,000 (+203%) liveJordin Sparks & Hollie Cavanagh>You'll Never Walk Alone" >| liveWords (Bee Gees song)>Words" / "How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees song)" / "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" / "To Love Somebody (song)>To Love Somebody" unreleased unreleased liveJennifer Holliday & Jessica Sanchez>And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" >| liveAerosmith>Legendary Child" / "Walk This Way" >| liveUp Where We Belong" >| liveHome (Phillip Phillips song)>Home" 10 (debut)PHILLIP PHILLIPS STORMS HOT 100'S TOP 10, GOTYE HAS YEAR'S LONGEST-RUNNING NO. 1 >URL=HTTP://WWW.BILLBOARD.COM/ARTICLES/NEWS/485449/PHILLIP-PHILLIPS-STORMS-HOT-100S-TOP-10-GOTYE-HAS-YEARS-LONGEST-RUNNING-NO-1 FIRST=GARY DATE=MAY 30, 2012 LAST=MANSFIELD WORK=IDOL CHATTER ACCESSDATE=MAY 30, 2012, live "—" denotes no figure was available.

Controversies

Disqualification of Jermaine Jones

On March 14, finalist Jermaine Jones was disqualified for concealing arrests and outstanding warrants. Jones, however, denied that he had concealed his previous arrests, as he admitted his arrests when he signed up for Idol.NEWS, Kevin O'Donnell, Jermaine Jones: I Didn't Know I Broke American Idol's Rules,weblink People, March 16, 2012, A police official in a New Jersey town where he was the target of two arrest warrants said that "the case wasn't big enough to merit going after him in California", and a New Jersey legislator commented that for the show "to expose, embarrass and interrogate a young man without an attorney in front of 40 million viewers was an outrage".NEWS, Beth DeFalco, Cops: Wasn't worth chasing 'Idol' on small charges,weblink Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 15, 2012, Critics suggested that the show may have staged the disqualification to boost ratings.NEWS, Shirley Halperin, 'American Idol': Did Show Producers Plot the Jermaine Jones Scandal in Advance? (Opinion),weblink The Hollywood Reporter, March 14, 2012, When asked about speculations that producers had prior knowledge of his criminal past and that the producers were simply out to exploit him on-air, Jones replied that "I haven’t even taken my mind into that and why they did what they did, because then I’ll drive myself crazy".NEWS, Jermaine Jones speaks on 'Idol' exit,weblink The Marquee Blog, CNN, March 16, 2012,

Jennifer Lopez music video

The music video of Jennifer Lopez's song, "Dance Again", which aired on the program, was criticized as inappropriate for younger viewers. Dan Gainor of the Culture and Media Institute wrote, "Even the supposedly family-friendly TV shows like American Idol are never safe in the hands of Hollywood," and went as far as saying her "skanky new video shows how desperate she is to retain her fame despite her fading relevance. Such sexualized videos aren't appropriate for any children to watch, including Lopez's own twins."Jennifer Lopez's 'Dance Again' Video Slammed By Right Wing Group (VIDEO). Huffingtonpost.com (April 9, 2012). Retrieved 2012-05-27.Jennifer Lopez's 'Dance Again' Video Stirs Controversy: Her Five Trashiest Videos. Ibtimes.com (April 9, 2012). Retrieved 2012-05-27. Jenna Hally Rubenstein from MTV Buzzworthy also commented about the video's content not being appropriate for a family show, "we thought "Idol" was a family show? This video is less "sit on the couch and chill with dad" and more "call your boyfriend over immediately."WEB,weblink New Video: Jennifer Lopez Featuring Pitbull, 'Dance Again', MTV, March 30, 2012, 2012-04-12, Ed Masley from AZ central.com said that the video was on the verge of being too "steamy" for the show.WEB, Masley, Ed,weblink Was J.Lo video too steamy for 'family-friendly' 'American Idol?', The Arizona Republic, 2012-04-27,

Gender and ethnic biases

Phillip Phillips became the fifth consecutive white male to win the show, which led to some viewers and critics accusing American Idol of having gender and ethnic biases. The bias towards the so-called "white guy with guitar" (WGWG) has been widely commented on before and after the result was known, with some complaining about the predictability of the likely winner.NEWS,weblink Will another white guitar guy win ‘Idol’?, Derrik J. Lang, Chicago Sun-Times, May 18, 2012, WEB,weblink 'American Idol': Why Phillip Phillips and the White Guy With Guitar Trend Are Bad For Business, Laura Prudom, Huffington Post, May 24, 2012, May 27, 2012, NEWS,weblink Phillip Phillips Continues Worrying Trend Of 'White Guy With Guitar' Winners For 'American Idol', Star Pulse, May 24, 2012, May 30, 2012, NEWS,weblink "American Idol" Expert Says Jessica Sanchez Can’t Win, ABC News, ABC, May 23, 2012, May 23, 2012, The string of white guitar-playing male winners includes David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, and Scotty McCreery who won seasons 7, 8, 9, and 10 respectively. Just hours before the finale, Richard Rushfield, author of the book American Idol: The Untold Story, said, "You have this alliance between young girls and grandmas and they see it, not necessarily as a contest to create a pop star competing on the contemporary radio, but as…who’s the nicest guy in a popularity contest," he says, "And that has led to this dynasty of four, and possibly now five, consecutive, affable, very nice, good-looking white boys."

Contestants who appeared on other seasons/shows

Season 12 contestants

Thirteen of the contestants from the eleventh season auditioned for the subsequent season and made into the Top 40. Ten of them made into the voting rounds.
  • Amber Holcomb – auditioned in Houston, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds
  • Aubrey Cleland – auditioned in Portland, cut at the Top 24 selection
  • Bryant Tadeo – auditioned in San Diego, cut on the last day of Hollywood week
  • Candice Glover – auditioned in Savannah, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds, and won the twelfth season.
  • Cortez Shaw – auditioned in Houston, cut at the Top 24 selection
  • Curtis Finch, Jr. – auditioned in St. Louis, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds
  • Elijah Liu – auditioned in San Diego, cut on the group day of Hollywood week
  • Janelle Arthur – auditioned in Houston, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds
  • Johnny Keyser – auditioned in St. Louis, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds, however, Keyser was called for a surprise twist along with three eliminated hopefuls including Jermaine Jones, but Jones took the final spot
  • Mathenee Treco – auditioned in Aspen, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds
  • Nick Boddington – auditioned in New Jersey, called back for the judges in Portland, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds
  • Tenna Torres – auditioned in Pittsburgh, cut on the performance challenge in the Las Vegas rounds
  • Vincent Powell – auditioned in Houston, cut on the last day of Hollywood week

Season 13 contestants

Three of the contestants from the eleventh season auditioned for the subsequent season and made into the Top 30.
  • Caleb Johnson – auditioned in Savannah, cut at the Top 24 selection, and won the thirteenth season.
  • George Lovett – auditioned in Savannah, cut at first day of Hollywood Week.
  • Neco Starr – auditioned in Savannah, cut at the Top 24 selection

Season 15 contestants

  • Stephany Negrete - Cut during Hollywood Round 3/Final Solo Round.

U.S. Nielsen ratings

The premiere was watched by 21.93 million viewers. While at the time it drew the second largest audience of any entertainment program in the television season, it was down 16 percent from the previous year's premiere, which was watched by 26.23 million viewers. After seven consecutive years as the most watched program on primetime television (eight years in the 18/49 demo), the eleventh season of American Idol came in second place to NBC Sunday Night Football in total viewers, as well as in the 18/49 demo.WEB, Andreeva, Nellie, Full 2011–2012 TV Season Series Rankings,weblink May 25, 2012, May 24, 2012, {| class="wikitable collapsible" style="width:95%; margin:1em auto 1em auto;"! colspan="7" style="background:#ccc;"| Episode list{|class="wikitable sortable" style="margin:0; width:100%;"! Show! Episode! Air date! Rating! Share! Rating/share18–49! Viewers(millions)! Weeklyrank! Note| 1| "Savannah Auditions"| January 18, 2012 12.3 19 7.4/19 21.93 3HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/01/19/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-MODERN-FAMILY-ADJUSTED-UP-ARE-YOU-THERE-CHELSEA-THE-MIDDLE-ADJUSTED-DOWN/116986/>TITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'MODERN FAMILY' ADJUSTED UP; 'ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?,' 'THE MIDDLE' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=BILLWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERSTITLE=TV RATINGS BROADCAST TOP 25: GIANTS-49ERS, 'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'BIG BANG THEORY' TOP WEEK 18PUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=JANUARY 24, 2012, | 2| "Pittsburgh Auditions"| January 19, 2012 10.3 165.7/15 18.02 4Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Tops 'American Idol' 1st Half Hour; 'Office,' 'Mentalist,' 'Grey's' Adj. Up; 'Person,' 'Rob,' 'Parks' Adj. Down. Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com (January 20, 2012). Retrieved 2012-05-27.|34|a}}| January 22, 2012 N/A N/A 7.9/21 19.70 N/A{{refb}}SEIDMAN>FIRST=ROBERTURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/01/24/FOX-MOVES-INTO-SEASON-LEAD-OUTRATES-OTHER-FOUR-NETWORKS-COMBINED/117535/ACCESSDATE=2012-01-31, January 24, 2012, |4| "Aspen Auditions"| January 25, 2012 11.1 17 6.5/18 19.67 1SEIDMAN>FIRST=ROBERTURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/01/26/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-CRIMINAL-MINDS-CSI-ADJUSTED-UP/117763/ACCESSDATE=2012-01-27TITLE=TV RATINGS BROADCAST TOP 25: 'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'BIG BANG THEORY' TOP WEEK 19PUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=JANUARY 31, 2012, |5| "Houston/Galveston Auditions"| January 26, 2012 10.0 16 5.5/16 17.14 2SEIDMAN>FIRST=ROBERTURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/01/27/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-THE-BIG-BANG-THEORY-ADJUSTED-UP-TO-THURSDAY-HIGH-AMERICAN-IDOL-UP-THE-FINDER-ADJUSTED-DOWN/117845/ACCESSDATE=2012-01-28, January 27, 2012, |6| "Portland Auditions"| February 1, 2012 10.6 17 6.0/17 18.48 4GORMAN >FIRST=BILL URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/02/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-ADJUSTED-UP-MOBBED-SUPER-BOWLS-GREATEST-COMMERCIALS-ADJUSTED-DOWN/118437/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-02 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=FEBRUARY 5, 2012, SEIDMAN >FIRST=ROBERT URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/07/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-SUPER-BOWL-THE-VOICE-TOP-WEEK-20/118854/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-07 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=NOVEMBER 20, 2014, |7| "St. Louis Auditions"| February 2, 2012 10.2 16 5.5/15 17.41 5GORMAN >FIRST=BILL URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/03/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-BIG-BANG-THEORY-GREYS-ANATOMY-OFFICE-MENTALIST-ADJUSTED-UP-ROB-ADJUSTED-DOWN/118569/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-03 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=FEBRUARY 5, 2012, |8| "Hollywood Week, Part 1"| February 8, 2012 11.0 17 6.1/17 19.32 3SEIDMAN >FIRST=ROBERT URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/09/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-SUBURGATORY-ADJUSTED-UP-HAPPY-ENDINGS-CSI-SVU-AMONG-MANY-DOWNWARD-ADJUSTMENTS/119343/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-10 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=MARCH 28, 2013, GORMAN >FIRST=BILL URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/14/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-GRAMMY-AWARDS-THE-VOICE-THE-BIG-BANG-THEORY-TOP-WEEK-21/119740/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-15 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=JUNE 26, 2012, mdy, |9| "Hollywood Week, Part 2"| February 9, 2012 10.5 17 5.8/16 18.13 4SEIDMAN >FIRST=ROBERT URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/10/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-THE-BIG-BANG-THEORY-AMERICAN-IDOL-GREYS-ANATOMY-THE-MENTALIST-VAMPIRE-DIARIES-ADJUSTED-UP-ROB-PRIVATE-PRACTICE-THE-FINDER-UP-ALL-NIG/119426/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-10 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=FEBRUARY 13, 2012, |10| "Hollywood Week, Part 3"| February 15, 2012 10.8 17 6.1/16 18.89 2KONDOLOJY >FIRST=AMANDA URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/16/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-WHITNEY-ADJUST-UP-THE-MIDDLE-IS-DOWN/120174/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-17 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=MAY 15, 2013, SEIDMAN >FIRST=ROBERT URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/22/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-AMERICAN-IDOL-THE-VOICE-THE-BIG-BANG-THEORY-AND-NCIS-TOP-WEEK-22/121141/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-22 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=JUNE 11, 2012, mdy, |11| "Las Vegas Round"| February 16, 2012 9.8 15 5.1/14 16.71 3GORMAN >FIRST=BILL URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/17/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-VAMPIRE-DIARIES-GREYS-ANATOMY-BIG-BANG-THEORY-30-ROCK-OFFICE-ADJUSTED-UP-PERSON-OF-INTEREST-MENTALIST-ADJUSTED-DOWN/120429/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-17 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=APRIL 10, 2012, mdy, |12|"Final Judgement Part 1"| February 22, 2012 9.3 15 5.1/14 16.10 6BIBEL >FIRST=SARA URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/23/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-MODERN-FAMILY-CSI-ONE-TREE-HILL-ADJUSTED-UP-THE-MIDDLE-HAPPY-ENDINGS-ADJUSTED-DOWN/121523/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-25 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=FEBRUARY 27, 2012, KONDOLOJY >FIRST=AMANDA URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/28/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-ACADEMY-AWARDS-TOWERS-OVER-THE-WEEK-BIG-BANG-THEORY-IS-TOP-SCRIPTED-SHOW/122163/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-29 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=JUNE 10, 2012, mdy, |13|"Final Judgement Part 2"| February 23, 2012 9.3 15 4.5/13 15.64 8BIBEL >FIRST=SARA URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/02/24/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-BIG-BANG-THEORY-AMERICAN-IDOL-THE-MENTALIST-ADJUSTED-UP-ROB-PRIVATE-PRACTICE-UP-ALL-NIGHT-ADJUSTED-DOWN/121760/ ACCESSDATE=2012-02-26 URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=FEBRUARY 27, 2012, |14|"Semifinalists Boys Perform"| February 28, 2012 9.4 14 5.1/13 16.11 4Tuesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'NCIS,' 'Last Man Standing,' 'Body Of Proof' & 'Cougar Town' Adjusted Up {{webarchiveweblink >date=February 29, 2012 }}. Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com (February 29, 2012). Retrieved 2012-05-27.SEIDMAN>FIRST=ROBERTURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/03/06/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-THE-VOICE-AMERICAN-IDOL-MODERN-FAMILY-NCIS-TOP-WEEK-24/123057/ ACCESSDATE=2012-03-07, March 6, 2012, |15|"Semifinalists Girls Perform"| February 29, 2012 10.1 16 5.0/13 17.23 3HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/03/01/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-ADJUSTED-UP-SUBURGATORY-AMERICAS-NEXT-TOP-MODEL-HAPPY-ENDINGS-ADJUSTED-DOWN/122584/>TITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL' ADJUSTED UP; 'SUBURGATORY,' 'AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL' & 'HAPPY ENDINGS' ADJUSTED DOWNLAST=KONDOLOJYDATE=MARCH 1, 2012, 2012-03-02, |16|"Wildcard Results/Finalists Chosen"| March 1, 2012 10.8 17 5.4/15 18.27 1HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/03/02/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AWAKE-AMERICAN-IDOL-ADJUSTED-UP/122753/>TITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AWAKE' & 'AMERICAN IDOL' ADJUSTED UPLAST=KONDOLOJYDATE=MARCH 2, 2012, 2012-03-03, |17|"Top 13 Perform"| March 7, 2012 10.9 17 5.7/16 18.69 1BIBEL>FIRST=SARA URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/03/08/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-ADJUSTED-UP-2/123684/ACCESSDATE=2012-03-08PUBLISHER=TV BY THE NUMBERSFIRST=AMANDAACCESSDATE=2012-03-13, |18|"Top 13 Results"| March 8, 2012 10.2 16 4.9/14 17.27 2BIBEL>FIRST=SARATITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL' ADJUSTED UP; 'PARKS & RECREATION' ADJUSTED DOWNACCESSDATE=2012-03-10, March 9, 2012, |19|"Top 11 Perform"| March 14, 2012 10.7 17 5.4/16 18.38 1KONDOLOJY>FIRST=AMANDATITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD', 'CSI', 'ONE TREE HILL', 'ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?' & 'MODERN FAMILY' ADJUST UPACCESSDATE=MARCH 16, 2012TITLE=TV RATINGS BROADCAST TOP 25: 'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'THE VOICE,' 'MODERN FAMILY' TOP WEEK 26 RATINGSPUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=MARCH 22, 2012, |20|"Top 11 Results"| March 15, 2012 9.4 16 4.6/14 16.02 2KONDOLOJY>FIRST=AMANDATITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'THE OFFICE', 'MISSING' ADJUSTED UP, 'PRIVATE PRACTICE' ADJUSTED DOWN + NCAA GAME RATINGSACCESSDATE=MARCH 16, 2012, March 16, 2012, |21|"Top 10 Perform"| March 21, 2012 10.4 17 5.1/15 17.21 3BIEBEL>FIRST=SARATITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'SURVIVOR,' 'CSI,' 'ONE TREE HILL' ADJUSTED UP; 'BENT' ADJUSTED DOWNACCESSDATE=MARCH 23, 2012URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/03/27/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-AMERICAN-IDOL-NCIS-TOP-WEEK-27-RATINGS/126107/PUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=MARCH 27, 2012, |22|"Top 10 Results"| March 22, 2012 9.3 15 4.2/13 15.58 5SEIDMAN>FIRST=ROBERTTITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'TOUCH,' '30 ROCK,' 'UP ALL NIGHT' ADJUSTED UPACCESSDATE=MARCH 23, 2012, March 24, 2012, |23|"Top 9 Perform"| March 28, 2012 10.5 17 5.3/15 17.87 3KONDOLOJY>FIRST=AMANDATITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'IDOL', 'SURVIVOR' 'ONE TREE HILL' AND 'WHITNEY' ALL ADJUSTED UPACCESSDATE=MARCH 30, 2012TITLE=TV RATINGS BROADCAST TOP 25: NCAA, 'AMERICAN IDOL,' 'THE VOICE,' 'BIG BANG THEORY' AND 'NCIS TOP WEEK 28 VIEWINGPUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=APRIL 3, 2012, |24|"Top 9 Results"| March 29, 2012 9.6 16 4.4/13 15.87 5KONDOLOJY>FIRST=AMANDATITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL',"THE BIG BANG THEORY', 'MISSING' AND 'VAMPIRE DIARIES' ADJUSTED UP, 'RULES' AND 'TOUCH' ADJUSTED DOWNACCESSDATE=APRIL 1, 2012, March 30, 2012, |25|"Top 8 Perform"| April 4, 2012 10.2 17 4.9/14 17.09 2BIBEL>FIRST=SARATITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'HAPPY ENDINGS', 'SURVIVOR' ADJUSTED UP; 'BENT' ADJUSTED DOWNACCESSDATE=APRIL 6, 2012URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/04/10/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-AMERICAN-IDOL-BIG-BANG-THEORY-THE-VOICEAND-PERSON-OF-INTEREST-TOP-WEEK-29-VIEWING/128177/PUBLISHER=VBYTHENUMBERSDATE=APRIL 10, 2012, |26|"Top 8 Results"| April 5, 2012 8.8 15 3.9/13 14.34 5BIBEL>FIRST=SARATITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'BIG BANG THEORY', 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'PERSON OF INTEREST', 'MISSING', 'UP ALL NIGHT' ADJUSTED UP; 'SCANDAL' ADJUSTED DOWNACCESSDATE=APRIL 6, 2012, April 6, 2012, |27|"Top 7 Perform"| April 11, 2012 10.0 18 5.0/14 16.81 2KONDOLOJY>FIRST=AMANDA TITLE=TV RATINGS BROADCAST TOP 25: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'NCIS' TOP WEEK 30 VIEWINGACCESSDATE=APRIL 18, 2012, April 17, 2012, |28|"Top 7 Results"| April 12, 2012 9.7 16 4.3/13 15.81 4|29|"Top 7 Redux Perform"| April 18, 2012 10.7 16 4.8/14 16.89 2HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/04/19/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-SVU-SURVIVOR-MODERN-FAMILY-ADJUSTED-UP-OFF-THEIR-ROCKERS-BEST-FRIENDS-FOREVER-ROCK-CENTER-ADJUSTED-DOWN/129836/>TITLE= WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'SVU', 'SURVIVOR', 'MODERN FAMILY' ADJUSTED UP; 'OFF THEIR ROCKERS, 'BEST FRIENDS FOREVER', 'ROCK CENTER' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=AMANDATV BY THE NUMBERS>DATE=APRIL 19, 2012URL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/04/24/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-AMERICAN-IDOL-MODERN-FAMILY-TOP-WEEK-31-VIEWING/130482/PUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=APRIL 24, 2012, |30|"Top 7 Redux Results"| April 19, 2012 9.2 16 4.0/13 14.99 4HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/04/20/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-GREYS-ANATOMY-AWAKE-SCANDAL-PARKS-AND-RECREATION-ADJUSTED-DOWN/130065/>TITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'GREY'S ANATOMY', 'AWAKE' & 'MISSING' ADJUSTED UP; 'SCANDAL' & 'PARKS AND RECREATION' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=AMANDAWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERS, April 20, 2012, |31|"Top 6 Perform"| April 25, 2012 10.2 16 4.8/14 16.87 2HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/04/26/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-SVU-SURVIVOR-OFF-THEIR-ROCKERS-REVENGE-ADJUSTED-UP/130885/>TITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'SVU', 'SURVIVOR', 'OFF THEIR ROCKERS', & 'REVENGE' ADJUSTED UPFIRST=AMANDAWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERSURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/01/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-AMERICAN-IDOL-BIG-BANG-THEORY-TOP-WEEK-32-VIEWING/131459/130482/PUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=MAY 2, 2012, |32|"Top 6 Results"| April 26, 2012 9.1 15 4.0/12 14.87 3HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/04/27/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-IDOL-BIG-BANG-THEORY-GREYS-THE-VAMPIRE-DIARIESMENTALIST-SCANDAL-ADJUSTED-DOWN/131096/>TITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'IDOL', 'BIG BANG THEORY', 'GREY'S', 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES', 'MENTALIST' & 'MISSING' ADJUSTED UP; 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, TVbytheNumbers, May 8, 2012, May 13, 2012,
|34|"Top 5 Results"| May 3, 2012 9.4 16 4.0/13 15.56 4HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/04/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGSTHE-BIG-BANG-THEORY-AMERICAN-IDOL-VAMPIRE-DIARIES-GREYS-ANATOMY-ADJUSTED-UP-SECRET-CIRCLE-THE-MENTALIST-SCANDAL-ADJUSTED-DOWN/132411/>TITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS:'THE BIG BANG THEORY', 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'VAMPIRE DIARIES', 'GREY'S ANATOMY,' 'MENTALIST', ADJUSTED UP; 'SECRET CIRCLE','SCANDAL' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=AMANDAWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERS, May 4, 2012, |35|"Top 4 Perform"| May 9, 2012 10.0 16 4.5/13 16.46 2HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/10/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-IDOL-SVU-MODERN-FAMILY-SURVIVOR-OFF-THEIR-ROCKERS-ROCK-CENTER-ADJUSTED-DOWN/133245/>TITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'IDOL', 'SVU', 'MODERN FAMILY', 'SURVIVOR', & 'CRIMINAL MINDS' ADJUSTED UP; 'OFF THEIR ROCKERS', 'ROCK CENTER' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=AMANDAWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERSURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/15/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-AMERICAN-IDOL-NCIS-TOP-WEEK-34-VIEWING/134023/ PUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=MAY 16, 2012, |36|"Top 4 Results"| May 10, 2012 9.5 16 4.0/13 15.62 4HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/11/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-BIG-BANG-THEORY-IDOL-VAMPIRE-DIARIES-OFFICE-SECRET-CIRCLE-GREYS-ADJUSTED-UP-TOUCH-SCANDAL-ADJUSTED-DOWN/133458/>TITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'BIG BANG THEORY', 'IDOL', 'VAMPIRE DIARIES', 'OFFICE', 'SECRET CIRCLE', 'GREY'S' ADJUSTED UP; 'TOUCH', 'SCANDAL' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=AMANDAWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERS, May 11, 2012, |37|"Top 3 Perform"| May 16, 2012 10.5 17 4.9/14 17.68 2HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/17/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGSAMERICAN-IDOL-CRIMINAL-MINDS-OFF-THEIR-ROCKERS-ADJUSTED-UP-DONT-TRUST-THE-B-ADJUSTED-DOWN/134655/>TITLE=WEDNESDAY FINAL RATINGS:'AMERICAN IDOL', 'CRIMINAL MINDS', 'OFF THEIR ROCKERS' ADJUSTED UP; 'DON'T TRUST THE B' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=SARAWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERSURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/22/TV-RATINGS-BROADCAST-TOP-25-AMERICAN-IDOL-NCIS-TOP-WEEK-35-VIEWING/135326/ PUBLISHER=TVBYTHENUMBERSDATE=MAY 22, 2012, |38|"Top 3 Results"| May 17, 2012 9.8 17 4.4/15 16.40 3HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/18/THURSDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-GREYS-ANATOMY-30-ROCK-ADJUSTED-UP-TOUCH-SCANDAL-ADJUSTED-DOWN/134984/>TITLE=THURSDAY FINAL RATINGS: 'AMERICAN IDOL', 'GREY'S ANATOMY', '30 ROCK' ADJUSTED UP; 'TOUCH', 'SCANDAL' ADJUSTED DOWNFIRST=SARAWORK=TV BY THE NUMBERS, May 18, 2012, |39|"Top 2 Perform"| May 22, 2012 8.7 14 4.4/14 14.85 4KONDOLOJY>FIRST=AMANDAURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/23/TUESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-AMERICAN-IDOL-DWTS-AGT-ADJUSTED-UP-GLEE-ADJUSTED-DOWN/135476/DATE=MAY 23, 2012, BIBEL >FIRST=SARA TITLE=TV RATINGS BROADCAST TOP 25: 'AMERICAN IDOL' TOPS WEEK 36 VIEWING; 'MODERN FAMILY' IS NUMBER ONE SCRIPTED PROGRAM ACCESSDATE=MAY 31, 2012, May 30, 2012, |40|"Finale"| May 23, 2012 12.2 20 6.4/18 21.49 1KONDOLOJY>FIRST=AMANDAURL=HTTP://TVBYTHENUMBERS.ZAP2IT.COM/2012/05/24/WEDNESDAY-FINAL-RATINGS-IDOL-MODERN-FAMILY-SVU-ADJUSTED-UP-APT-23-ADJUSTED-DOWN/135606/DATE=MAY 24, 2012,
  • {{note|4|Note a}} This episode was shown on Sunday, January 22, 2012, after the NFC Championship Game, but was repeated on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 with ratings of 5.7/9 overall and 3.4/9 for the 18/49 demographic. Overall, the episode averaged 9.64 million viewers.WEB, Seidman, Robert, Tuesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol' Encore Adjusted Up; No Adjustments for '90210' or 'Remodeled',weblink TV, 2012-01-31, January 25, 2012,
  • {{note|5|Note b}}Episode was bumped out of primetime due to the (NFL playoffs, 2011-12NFC Championship Game: New York Giants 20, San Francisco 49ers 17 (OT)|NFC Championship Game) going into overtime, therefore it was not included in the weekly rankings.WEB, Herbert, Steven, Fox wins with ‘American Idol' and football,weblink The Orange County Register, 2012-02-10, January 25, 2012,

Deaths

Haley Smith, who was eliminated during Hollywood week, died in a motorcycle accident on August 31, 2019weblink

See also

References

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