American Idol

Wednesday 8:00 PM on FOX Premiered Jun 11, 2002 Between Seasons



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  • Season 1 Episode 25: EL FINALE!

  • Kelly and Justin each performed their final song from the previous night one last time (A Moment Like This for Justin and Before Your Love for Kelly). They also sang a duet of "It Takes Two" by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

  • The top 10 sang on stage together twice. Both times individual people would have solo songs with the rest backing up. The first time was a 60's medley (with some of sixty's week songs in there and songs by Burt Bacharach, who was the first mentor ever on A.I.) and consisted of: "The Shoop Shoop Song" by Merry Clayton (girls), "California Girls" by Beach Boys (boys), "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra (led by Ryan), "A Fool In Love" by Tina Turner (led by Tamyra), "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin (led by Niki), "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" by James Taylor (led by A.J.), "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield (led by Justin), "Don't Make Me Over" by Dionne Warwick (led by Christina), "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers (led by EJay), "Under the Boardwalk" by Drifters (led by R.J.), "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin (led by Kelly) and "Happy Together" by The Turtles.
    The second was a Motown medley (which also had Motown week songs) and consisted of: "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, "Get Ready" by The Temptations (boys), "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder (girls with Ryan Soloing), "I Can't Help Myself" by 4 Tops (led by R.J.), "I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5 (led by Niki), "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder (led by Jim), "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (led by Kelly), "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder (led by A.J.), "My Guy" by Diana Ross (led by Christina), "My Girl" by The Temptations (led by EJay), "With You I'm Born Again" by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright (led by Justin and Tamyra), and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (led by Kelly and Will Young (winner of Pop Idol) who joined her on stage for just the last song).

  • When asked who they thought America voted for all three judges said Kelly.

  • After Kelly won she sung "A Moment Like This", which would be her first single. Towards the end of the song the Top 30 joined her on stage.

  • This was a special two hour episode

  • America voted for Kelly Clarkson to be their first American Idol with 58% of the votes over Justin Guarini. There were 15.5 million votes the night before and over 100 million since the start.

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Start It Up!

  • Kristin Holt, who was in the Top 30 in season one, is now a special correspondent. She was originally suppose to be co-host to replace Brian Dunkleman but the producers edited most of her footage from the premiere and changed her title.

  • This is the first time you see people with the yellow paper (also known as their "ticket") when they make it to Hollywood, although you only see a few people with one. It has become a common thing for people to flash the ticket when coming out of the auditions if they've made it through.

  • This season introduces the Focus Room; a place where the contestants can go before and after their audition to let off some steam on camera.

  • The audition stops for this episode & the number of people there & the number of people going to Hollywood are:
    9,000 in New York with 35 going to Hollywood

    6,000 in Miami with 20 going to Hollywood

    6,000 in Austin with 36 going to Hollywood

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Part Deux

  • In the Detroit auditions in certain shots there was a fourth chair beside Simon, but the person in it was never shown. Also in Detroit Paula and Randy kept switching seats, obviously after a break they switched and then during editing they showed them out of order.

  • The audtion stops & # of people going to Hollywood are:

    11,000 in LA with 45 going to Hollywood
    6,000 in Detroit with 22 going to Hollywood

  • Season 2 Episode 3: One Last Batch

  • The audition stops & # of people going to Hollywood are:
    6,500 in Atlanta with 46 going to Hollywood
    5,000 in Nashville with 30 going to Hollywood

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Cut 'Em Up

  • There were 234 contestants at the start of Hollywood Week. It is not revealed how many contestants are eliminated after the Line Performance. After the Song Writing Performance 80 contestants moved on to the next round. After the Group Performance 48 contestants moved on to the next round, and then the Top 32 were selected after the Individual Performances.

  • Hollywood week started on December 9th 2003

  • Tony Bennett made a cameo appearance. He was in the airport when the contestants arrived.

  • Ryan had a poll for AT&T uses to text whether they thought Simon was more mean, less mean or the same from last year. The initial results shown towards the end of the episode were: Less mean 33%, more mean 30% and the same 37%. Final results were revealed the next day on the website.

  • Differences from last year: One round they had to compose their own melody to lyrics of five original songs with only lyrics. The location is also different. This year Hollywood week was at the Alex Theatre.

  • This was a special hour and a half episode

  • Here is the list of the 32 semi-finalist:
    Ashley Hartman, Bettis Richardson, Candice Coleman, Charles Grigsby, Chip Days, Clay Aiken, Corey Clark, Equoia Coleman, Frenchie Davis, George Trice, Hadass Halev, Jacob Smalley, J.D. Adams, Jennifer Fuetes, Jordan Segundo, Joshua Gracin, Julia DeMato, Kimberly Caldwell, Kimberly Kelsey, Kimberley Locke, Lashundra Cobbins, Louis Gazzara, Meosha Denton, Nasheka Siddall, Patrick Fortson, Patrick Lake, Rebecca Bond, Rickey Smith, Ruben Studdard, Samantha Cohen, Sylvia Chibilti, and Vanessa Olivarez

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