Harry Connick Jr. says the final season of 'Idol' might be the best yet
'My only hope is that we can bookend the first year ... and find someone who can make a really big name for themselves'
Pia Toscano, Jessica Sanchez, and Allison Iraheta give Jennifer Lopez a vocal boost; who got eliminated?
The Top 10 take on Top 10 Hits; Harsh Harry is just being honest, y'all
The weakest three performers from Wednesday night are Thursday's bottom three? Are you sure I'm watching 'Idol'?
The Top 12 take on 'Songs from the Cinema'; Harsh Harry mellows out
One of the Top 12 heads home; Phillip Phillips and his chest hair perform
Is 'American Idol' waving a 'White Flag' with these mediocre Top 12 performances?
Top Top 13 announce 'This Is Me' to the swaying teens, with varying results
America votes 10 through; the judges choose five to sing for three Wild Card spots
Ten of the Top 15 men get to sing while the rest fester in the Dumpster Outside Randy's Workshop
Only 10 of the Top 15 Girls (the wrong 10) get to perform following Randy's leatherdenim workshop
The judges announce the Top 30 for season 13 -- but there's a twist!
Group Night comes and goes with few hitches, one double-logo "glitch," and a soul-killing stage mom
It's hangar time, huh! Many of Hollywood's 212 hopefuls don't even make it out of the airport.
Harry Connick Jr. provides a gentle dance assist during the final auditions in Omaha
Auditions continue in Salt Lake City, where Wonder Mike's daughter shows up and J. Lo ushers most hopefuls through to Hollywood
Auditions No. 4 bring us to Atlanta for American Horror Story: Seacrest House
Detroit's got it all -- fragels, an airline salesman's daughter, and a dozen or so potential standouts
Auditions continue in Austin and San Francisco, "Harsh Harry" diva-snaps his way into our hearts
Candice and Kree wait it out in a finale featuring Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Fireworks Mariah, Satellite Aretha, and more
Candice Glover and Kree Harrison both prompt Keith Urban to throw up his gospel hand in the season 12 finals
Did the right girl go home? Top 3 results; plus Alicia Keys, Lauren Alaina, and Mariah writhing on a motorcycle!
Kree, Candice, and Angie sing stuff other people picked for them. Plus: Hometown visit sob stories!
Top 4 results: 'Hometown Hero' visits are on the line. Who will head home without a camera crew?
The Top 4's guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. speaks for viewers: "Stop, Randy! Stop!"
Spoiler alert: It's not. Get your Top 4 results right here!
The judges lie 23 times during the Top 4 performance night. Let's count them all!
Paula Abdul straight-up takes back that judge's seat. Did one of the Top 5 women get the Save of the Season?
The Top 5 take on Birth Years and Divas; Nicki Minaj politely pays homage to Mariah Carey's status as a Royal
Last chance for the Judges' Save -- will they use it? Plus: Kelly Clarkson and Scotty McCreery perform
The only guy in the Top 6 crashes and burns; Candice Glover is in a class by herself
One of the Top 7 heads home, one of the Top 3 is a travesty, and Carrie Underwood performs
The Top 7 take on classic rock tunes (let Nicki Minaj boo herself in advance) with accompaniment from Orianthi
One of the Top 8 heads home; Keith Urban performs
Set me free, why don't you, Idol, from this done-to-death Motown theme night?
Jimmy went after the judges and the Top 9 contestants, one of whom got the boot. Plus, Jessica Sanchez unveiled her new single.
Lend the Top 9 your ears and they'll sing you Beatles songs they've never heard before
A Top 10 songbird must spread its wings and fly away; Bon Jovi and Phil Phillips perform
Only a few of the Top 10 stand out on 'Music of the American Idols' night; Nicki Minaj talks snacks
Most of the teachers' pets -- and the two best singers -- advance to the Top 10. Welcome to Mimi Boob Land, kids!
It's sad, but true: Only a few of the Top 10 guys impress, while one nearly has a meltdown
The Top 10 ladies vie for five spots; Ryan Seacrest reveals himself as a weave expert
The guys mostly underwhelm; Nicki Minaj becomes obsessed with three of them anyway
Ten girls sing, five get cut, and one of 'em is so good Mariah Carey wants to smack her
The feeling's right as the girls take on their solos. Plus: Top 40 announcement!
The manicured claws come out in another round of dramatic bitchery and forgotten lyrics
As Hollywood Week continues, one contestant's Nervous Nelly antics won't fly with Slammin' Nicki Minaj
Most of the guys spin out of control in the group round. Oh well -- take a sip and send 'em through!
The San Antonio and Long Beach auditions deliver some inspiring hopefuls -- one of whom was bullied for being on 'Maury'!
The Baton Rouge auditions focus on the contestants for a change; Keith Urban reveals more heavage
Soul-heavy singers battle fuse-blowing Nicki Minaj for the Charlotte auditions spotlight
The Windy City singers inspire, while Keith Urban wants to crawl in a hole and die
Bewildered ill person Phillip Phillips wins season 11; Aerosmith and Jennifer Holliday's mouth perform
Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips belt out an impressive finale
The most exciting performer heads home; finalists advance; Adam Lambert trespasses
Hometown heroes Joshua, Jessica, and Phillip prove it's easy if you try
It's the end of California Dreamin' for one of the Top 4; J. Lo and David Cook perform
Jessica and Joshua deliver season highs. There's no, no, no way you're living without the Top 4, "our favorite swingers"
The Top 5 become the Top 4; Coldplay and Carrie Underwood perform
The Top 5 sing a '60s classic and a Brit Pop tune; Seacrest turns down the chance to wear high heels
The Top 6 become the Top 5; Katy Perry and Stefano Langone perform
The Top 6 hover between real life and fantasy on Queen Night; a sick Ryan says the show must go on
The judges pretend to be on pins and needles as Top 7 become the Top 6; Kris Allen and LMFAO perform
The Top 7 take on soul favorites and recent hits; J. Lo crushes on Phillip; Hollie is back!
The judges rush the stage to rescue a Top 7 singer; James Durbin and Jennifer Hudson perform
The Top 7 take on 'songs from this decade.' I think they all want it, Ryan!
The Top 8 perform solos and duets; Randy switches his catchphrase from "in it to win it" to "gotta have it"
The judges toy with saving one of the Top 9; Nicki Minaj and Scotty McCreery perform
Stevie Nicks mentors the Top 9 contestants, and breaking news from Randy: They all want to win it!
The wrong Top 10 contestant heads home; Haley Reinhart's 'Free' is a stunner
The Top 10 take on Billy Joel; Erika chops off her Van Pelt
The Top 10 make the summer tour; Daughtry and Demi Lovato perform
Everyone except Jermaine Jones parties like it's the year they were born
The Top 13 take on Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston songs; Randy Jackson wears a sparkly beaded pin
Top 13 move on; judges pull three wild cards; dungeoness crab Jimmy Iovine returns
The top 12 girls perform; Randy admits the judges were useless on Tuesday. You're all still beautiful!
First live show! The Top 12 guys become the Top 13 as Ryan welcomes back an operatic gentle-giant mama's boy
The judges name 14 of the Top 24; the rejects are cast into deadly pools of plasma
The judges narrow the field from 70 to 42 after performances on the 'Viva ELVIS' stage
It's the dreaded Hollywood Week Group Round! Some girls collapse; an entire room heads home
The Hollywood Week hopefuls try not to kill each other with their conflicting personalities and infectious diseases
The judges put on their hard hats for Hollywood Week; a girl falls off the stage. Cliffhanger!
The judges attempt to find the next Carrie Underwood in St. Louis
TV worlds collide as Ryan Seacrest's ego takes a healthy beating in the land of environmental consciousness
A few local loons and dissension among the judges provide a welcome change of pace for the Texas auditions
Our wacky extended family vacations in tranquil Colorado for another round of auditions
All aboard the U.S.S. Sunday Night Football! The ladies impress during the post-game San Diego auditions
There's nowhere to go but down after a flat but sturdy set of Pittsburgh auditions
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina face off in a jam-packed season 10 finale
Scotty and Lauren fight to gain support of their fans -- but only one has the support of the Idol machine.
The most interesting top 3 contestant heads home; Il Volo, Nicole Scherzinger, and 50 Cent perform
Haley, Scotty, and Lauren sing three times each on Wednesday's penultimate season 10 performance show
A judges' favorite heads home. But wait a minute...I thought that person was in it to win it! Was Randy lying?!
J. Lo and Randy act as if Scotty, James, and Lauren have cracked an impossible code before their very well-paid eyes
A charismatic singer heads home; J. Lo writhes around "On the Floor"; Steven Tyler plays with popcorn
Randy and J. Lo -- who both showed up Wednesday night -- flap their traps wildly in an agonizing attempt to stick to the script
One of the top 6 skedaddles home; Crystal Bowersox and Bruno Mars perform
The top 6 take on the Carole King songbook; Randy declares an early winner
One of the top 7 heads home, David Cook sings, and Katy Perry performs
The top 7 mostly stick to their own genres with 'Songs from the 21st Century'
After last week's Pia drama, America votes out another early favorite, probably to far less outcry
The top 8 sing their favorite songs from films, whether Jimmy Iovine likes 'em or not
Shocker! America votes out a presumed frontrunner; Iggy Pop and Constantine Maroulis perform
The judges nearly trip over each other in an attempt to out-praise the top 9 during Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night
Fantasia ladles out comfort food; two of the top 11 are goin' back to their ploughs
The Elton John songbook brings out the sparkle in most of the top 11
The judges use their only save of the season in the craziest results show ever
The Top 11 take on the type of music that inspired Steven Tyler to make out with girls
A singer goes home, an Idol returns, and the Black Eyed Peas care about Japan
Many of the Top 12 sounded screechy and off-key during their ''Birth Year Songs''
The right contestant goes home in season 10's first finalist elimination
The contestants choose "songs from their idols" for the Top 13 performance night
The judges save three singers with wild cards; 11 of the Top 24 head home
The Top 12 Girls busted out prom dresses and boring song choices, with few exceptions
The top 12 guys get one shot to justify their Idoldome existence
J. Lo, S. Ty, and Randy reveal the Top 24 -- but not before plenty of fakeouts
The contestants (barely) meet the Beatles and J. Lo breaks down in a real circus show
After strutting onstage for Solo Day, the contestants await possible doom in the Hollywood Week jail cells
Hollywood Week's group day was big on drama, medium on performance, and low on stage-mom tolerance
The first a cappella round keeps the dream alive for some and crushes others forever
The San Francisco auditions feature colorful characters, many of whom are not freaks
The Los Angeles auditions deliver five promising singers and a new understanding of the word 'tedium'
The Austin auditions deliver a few promising country kids; an armadillo is put out to pasture
The Nashville auditions bring us a pageant queen and a superstar teen
As 53 hopefuls make the cut, 26-year-old Chris Medina and his brain injury-addled fiancée make us cry
The auditions head to New Orleans, so Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler take their shirts off
After seven seasons, Simon reveals his lovable side in the final audition episode, livening up a mixed bag of tryouts with wit, charm, and real star power
The judges get swept up by romance in the Miami auditions, but they'll have to deal with some dubious choices later in Hollywood
The Nebraska auditions inspire our expert to offer some helpful hints on how to make these improved episodes even better
In the Charleston auditions, freaks and geeks win, while apparent shoo-ins go home
The kinder, gentler season continues in Dallas, where the judges may have let some potential Sanjayas slip through because of their sad stories or winning personalities