American Idol Episode Guides
Auditions #7 - San Francisco
The judges evaluate potential contestants in San Francisco.
Auditions #1 - New Jersey
New judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez join veteran Randy Jackson and begin the lengthy audition process that yields the eventual winner of the competition (who will be signed by mentor Jimmy Iovine to Interscope Records). The judges evaluate applicants in New Jersey.
Auditions #2 - New Orleans
The judges evaluate potential contestants in New Orleans.
Auditions #3 - Milwaukee
Season ten auditions continue from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Auditions #4 - Nashville
The judges evaluate potential contestants in Nashville.
Auditions #5 - Austin
The judges evaluate potential contestants in Austin, Texas.
Auditions #6 - Los Angeles
The judges evaluate applicants in Los Angeles, California.
Hollywood Week #1
Qualifiers from the regional auditions compete for a spot in the group round.
Hollywood Week #2
The remaining hopefuls have to compete in groups.
Hollywood Week #3
The remaining applicants continue to compete at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Las Vegas Round
The 61 remaining applicants board buses to Las Vegas where they learn and perform a song written by The Beatles in a short period of time.
Top 24 Contestants Announced
The judges reduce the remaining applicants to the final 24 contestants.
Top 12 Boys Perform
The 12 male contestants perform.
Top 12 Girls Perform
The 12 female contestants perform.
First Results Show and Finalists Announced
The judges narrow the field to 13 contestants.
2 of 11 Voted Off
Contestants perform as duets, trios, and quartets. In the end, two contestants--Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia--are voted off.
13 Finalists Compete
The top 13 contestants compete.
1 of 13 Voted Off
Ashthon Jones is the first contestant sent home.
The 12 finalists perform live.
1 Voted Off
Karen Rodriguez, the second finalist of the season, is sent home.
11 Finalists Compete
The top eleven contestants must perform Motown songs in their live competition.
1 Voted Off
Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, and Sugarland perform songs. Casey Abrams is voted off, but the judges use their "save" option to keep him on the show.
11 Finalists Compete Again
The 11 finalists perform songs from the catalog of Sir Elton John.
9 Finalists Compete
Rock n' Roll is the theme as the 9 finalists perform their songs, with some coaching by will.i.am.
1 of 9 Voted Off
After performances by "Idol" alumnus Constantine Maroulis and rock legend Iggy Pop, Pia Toscano is eliminated.
8 Finalists Compete
The theme is movie music, and the final 8 perform to try to stay alive in the competition.
1 of 8 Voted Off
After voting is tabulated and guests perform, Paul McDonald is eliminated from the competition.
7 Finalists Compete
The top 7 contestants perform recent songs from the 21st century. Contestants voted off return for a special performance.
1 of 7 Voted Off
After the votes are tabulated and the guests perform, Stephano is sent home from the competition.
6 Finalists Compete
The contestants perform the songs of Carole King as they compete to survive the elimination.
1 of 6 Voted Off
After the votes are tabulated, Casey is sent home.
The top five contestants perform a current hit and a song from the 60s, with help from guest coach Sheryl Crow.
1 of 5 Voted Off
Lady Antebellum and Jennifer Lopez perform their new hits, Chef Gordon Ramsay leads a cooking competition between the contestants, and in the end Jacob is voted off.
4 Finalists Compete
The final four contestants perform two songs each--one that inspires them and one from the songbook for Leiber and Stoller. Lady GaGa appears to help mentor the contestants.
1 of 4 Voted Off
After the performances and the votes are tallied, the two remaining men find themselves up for elimination, and James is the one sent home.
The final three contestants perform 3 songs, one selected by the contestant, one by Jimmy Iovine, and one by the judges.
1 of 3 Voted Off
The contestants get a sneak peak of J.J. Abram's new film SUPER 8 and are given Super 8 cameras to film their visits to their hometowns. When the votes are tabulated, Lauren and Scotty advance while Haley is eliminated.
2 Finalists Compete
Scotty and Lauren face off in the last night of performances to find out who will be the new American Idol. They perform a song of their own choosing, a song chosen by one of their favorite idols, and a song that would be their first single should they win.
In the finale, the 13 finalists perform along with special guest performers. After an evening of performances, the envelope is brought out and Scotty is announced as the Season 10 American Idol winner.
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