American Idol

Season 12 Episode 37

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

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



  • 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.