American Idol

Sunday 8:00 PM on ABC Premiered Jun 11, 2002 Returning March 11th, 2018




  • Season 13 Episode 39: Winner Chosen

  • The following is a list of all the performances from the Finale and some special notes.
    Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene-"We Will Rock You" by Queen, "I'm Just a Girl" by No Doubt, and "It's Only Love" by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner
    Phillip Phillips and Sam Woolf-"Home" and "Raging Fire"
    Jennifer Nettles sang "That Girl" and then was joined by Jessica Meuse and they sang "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
    Jennifer Lopez-"First Love"
    Kiss and Caleb Johnson-"Love Gun" and "Shout It Out Loud"
    Aloe Blacc and the Boys of the Top 13-"The Man"
    Demi Lovato and the Girls of the Top 13-"Really Don't Care" and "Neon Lights"
    Jena Irene sang "Decode" by Paramore and then Paramore joined her and they sang "Ain't It Fun"
    John Legend sang "You & I (Nobody in The World)" and then Malaya Watson joined him and they sang "All Of Me"
    Jason Mraz and Alex Preston-"Love Someone"
    Richard Marx and Ryan Seacrest-"Right Here Waiting". This is the first time ever Ryan has actually "performed" although throughout the 13 years he has sung now and then.
    Darius Rucker sang "True Believers" and then C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts joined him and they all sang "Alright"
    Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson sang a section of "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum before introducing them, and then Lady Antebellum performed "Bartender"
    Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, with Randy Jackson on bass-"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper and "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac. This is the first time ever that all three judges not only perform on the same night but together. Randy who was the In-House Mentor becomes the first one to perform and has now performed as a Judge and Mentor, and with Ryan singing earlier, all Judges, Host, and Mentor have performed in one episode.
    Caleb Johnson-"As Long As You Love Me" which is his debut single, and the Winner's Song

  • Jena's Music Teacher and Caleb's guitar player, were invited to the show and were surprised with 2014 Ford Fusions.


  • Caleb's brother, who is a huge Kiss fan, came up on stage after they performed to meet them.


  • The Ford Journey Video was Majesty and Sam collecting things for Caleb and Jena's dressing room, as they are now celebrities. It ends with Sam and Majesty surprising Caleb and Jena with 2015 Ford Mustangs.

  • Ryan did not mention the number of votes.

  • Just like in the earlier episodes of the season there was the Live Tweet Trivia, where Ryan asked a question and the viewers could tweet and the answer was revealed. Tonight the question was whether Harry was reacting to a good performance or bad one, with his poker face. The Tweeting options were #GoodPerformance and #BadPerformance.

  • Actors, Amy Pohler, Jane Lynch, Ramon Rodriguez, Terry O'Quinn, "So You Think You Can Dance?" Judge, Mary Murphy, Season 6 Runner Up Blake Lewis, Season 8 contestant Scott McIntyre, and Season 10 contestants Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart, were in the audience tonight.


  • This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #IdolFinale, #TeamJena, #TeamCaleb, #RagingFire, #JenniferAndJess, #FirstLove, #KISSOnIdol, #AloeBlacc, #FordIdolJourney, #DemiOnIdol, #IdolTour, #ParamoreOnIdol, LegendOnIdol, #MrazOnIdol, #RichardMarx, #DariusRucker, #LadyAntebellum and #JudgesRockIdol.

  • Season 13 Episode 38: Two Finalists Perform

  • There were no video clips before any of the song.

  • Matt Hicks, from the show "I Wanna Marry Harry" was in the audience tonight.

  • After the first two performances of each, the contestants walked over to the side of the stage to stand next to Randy, who brought out their number from the season, as the phone number appeared on screen.

  • At the end of the episode all the Top 13 (minus MK who had gotten very sick and was unable to be at the finale), sang "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson, as images from the season were shown. This was the coronation song, that played during the goodbye videos, this season.

  • This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #Hollywood, #IdolFinale, #TeamJena, #TeamCaleb, #IdolProm and #ImWatchingIdol.

  • Season 13 Episode 37: 1 of 3 Voted Off

  • After being eliminated, Alex sang his original song "Fairytales".

  • Voted Off: Alex Preston

  • Scotty McCreery performed "Feelin' It".

  • The Hometown Hero videos of the Top 3 were shown tonight. This is the first time since Season 10 that they are shown on the results night, and not the performance night. It was done on the results night for the first 10 seasons, before they switched for Seasons 11 and 12.

  • Season 5 contestant Elliott Yamin, and Season 8 contestant Danny Gokey, were in the audience tonight. Both of them were eliminated in Top 3 Week, in their respective seasons.


  • The Recap with Randy's comments and the special After Show video with the Idols was all edited into one video.

  • The Ford Journey Video was the Idols describing what would be their Winning Song, if they were to win, as well as giving a sneak peak.
    *Afterwards Ryan announced that, for the first time ever, the songs could be downloaded that night.

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