American Idol

Season 12 Episode 37

And The Winner Is...............

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 16, 2013 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The following is a list of all the special performances tonight, some with special notes:
      Top 10-"Glad You Came" by The Wanted
      The Band Perry and Janelle Arthur-"DONE."
      The Boys of Top 10 sang a medley of The Four Seasons with the songs "Let's Hang On!", "Walk Like a Man" and "Who Loves You" and then The Four Seasons' Frankie Valli came out and joined them to sing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Grease"
      Mariah Carey With Randy Jackson on Bass performed a medley-"Vision of Love", "Make It Happen", "My All", "Hero", "We Belong Together" and "#Beautiful". Mariah becomes the fifth judge to perform on stage, after Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Keith Urban (Randy has also played bass on stage with Mariah on Idol, previously, so technically there have been six, but he only did background music, so he was not previously accounted for)
      Emeli Sandè and Amber Holcomb-"Next to Me"
      Keith Urban-"Little Bit of Everything"
      Jennifer Hudson and Candice Glover-"Inseparable" by Natalie Cole
      Adam Lambert and Angie Miller-"Titanium" by David Guetta Ft. Sia
      Jessie J and Angie Miller-"Domino"
      Kree Harrison and Keith Urban, with Randy Jackson on bass and Travis Barker on drums-"Where The Blacktop Ends" by Keith Urban
      Aretha Franklin and the Girls of the Top 10 sang an Aretha medley-"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "Respect" and "Think"
      Jennifer Lopez Ft. Pitbull-"Live It Up"
      Candice Glover and Kree Harrison-"One Less Bell to Answer" by The Fifth Dimension and "A House is Not a Home" by Dionne Warwick. This is the first time there are two songs for the Top 2 performance. 
      Candice Glover performed her debut single"I Am Beautiful" after being named the Winner.

    • This year the fans got to pick which type of Ford car the Top 2 win, and they selected Ford Escapes.

    • After Jessie J's and Angie's performance, Jessie revealed that because she came on the show they had to cut Angie performing her Single which she had performed earlier in the year. Because of this, Jessie J invited Angie to go to the U.K. and they would perform together. Ryan also mentioned that the single was available to download on iTunes.

    • Ryan did not mention the number of votes.

    • The Ford Mission was from the contestants to invite their Mentors to the finale. Before this section both Candice and Kree talked about their favourite moments. After the video, the two Mentors received Ford cars.

    • Tonight's Live Tweet Question was "Who are you most excited to see on the American Idol Live Tour?" with the option of #IdolGirls and #IdolGuys.

    • This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #idolfinale, #idoltop2, #TheBandPerryOnIdol, #idolsabotage, #idoltour, #EmeliOnIdol, #RandyGoodbye, #ArethaOnIdol, #idolauditions, #LiveItUp and #CandiceWins.

    • Season 5 Winner Taylor Hicks, Season 4 Runner Up Bo Bice, Season 3 Contestant Kimberley Locke, Season 8 contestant Danny Gokey, and Season 10 Winner Scotty McCreery, were all in the audience tonight.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This was the last episode for Judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Randy left to pursue other ventures, while Mariah and Nicki stated they wanted to focus on their careers. However, there was much back and forth about how Mariah felt extremely uncomfortable throughout the season, and most likely the main reason neither returned was due to the fighting. Jimmy Iovine also left as the In House Mentor, and Ray Chew left as band director. This is very similar to Season 9 when 3 of the 4 Judges left at the end creating a huge change in the show.

    • Candice becomes the fifth female Winner, and Kree is the sixth female Runner Up. Candice is the first female Winner since Season 6, and is also the first winner ever to have tried out in previous seasons.

    • Due to this being Randy Jackson's last season as judge, a special video was put together for him to send him off.

    • Due to this being Randy Jackson's last season as judge, a special video was put together for him to send him off.

    • There was a special video shown of why the Boys all got eliminated back-to-back, revealing that the girls plotted it and the mastermind was no other than Season 6 Winner Jordin Sparks, who was the last female Winner. In this video Candice said it was "easy" to do since none of the guys played guitar. This was eluding to the WGWG (White Guys With Guitar) controversy which had five years in a row of a white male who performed mostly with their guitar on stage, winding up winning, from Season 7 (David Cook) until Season 11 (Phillip Phillips).

  • Allusions