Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom Wed and Thurs on Fox
Episode 37 | Aired May 16
All Cried Out
Candice and Kree wait it out in a finale featuring Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Fireworks Mariah, Satellite Aretha, and more
Episode 36 | Aired May 15
Kreedom and the Candy Girl
Candice Glover and Kree Harrison both prompt Keith Urban to throw up his gospel hand in the season 12 finals
Episode 35 | Aired May 9
Less Than Perfect
Did the right girl go home? Top 3 results; plus Alicia Keys, Lauren Alaina, and Mariah writhing on a motorcycle!
Episode 34 | Aired May 8
Pretty Pretty Please
Kree, Candice, and Angie sing stuff other people picked for them. Plus: Hometown visit sob stories!
Episode 33 | Aired May 2
No Parade For You
Top 4 results: 'Hometown Hero' visits are on the line. Who will head home without a camera crew?
Episode 32 | Aired May 1
See You Again?
The Top 4's guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. speaks for viewers: "Stop, Randy! Stop!"
Episode 31 | Aired Apr 25
Spoiler alert: It's not. Get your Top 4 results right here!
Episode 30 | Aired Apr 24
I Want You to Stay
The judges lie 23 times during the Top 4 performance night. Let's count them all!
Episode 29 | Aired Apr 18
Forever Your Girl
Paula Abdul straight-up takes back that judge's seat. Did one of the Top 5 women get the Save of the Season?
Episode 28 | Aired Apr 17
The Top 5 take on Birth Years and Divas; Nicki Minaj politely pays homage to Mariah Carey's status as a Royal
Episode 27 | Aired Apr 11
Last chance for the Judges' Save -- will they use it? Plus: Kelly Clarkson and Scotty McCreery perform
Episode 26 | Aired Apr 10
Lazaro and the Ladies
The only guy in the Top 6 crashes and burns; Candice Glover is in a class by herself
Episode 25 | Aired Apr 4
No Time For Losers
One of the Top 7 heads home, one of the Top 3 is a travesty, and Carrie Underwood performs
Episode 24 | Aired Apr 3
What About Rock (No Ballads)?
The Top 7 take on classic rock tunes (let Nicki Minaj boo herself in advance) with accompaniment from Orianthi
Episode 23 | Aired Mar 28
Tracks of My Tears
One of the Top 8 heads home; Keith Urban performs
Episode 22 | Aired Mar 27
You Keep Me Hanging On
Set me free, why don't you, Idol, from this done-to-death Motown theme night?
Episode 21 | Aired Mar 21
Truth Bombs From Jimmy
Jimmy went after the judges and the Top 9 contestants, one of whom got the boot. Plus, Jessica Sanchez unveiled her new single.
Episode 20 | Aired Mar 20
What Would You Do If I Sang Out of Tune?
Lend the Top 9 your ears and they'll sing you Beatles songs they've never heard before
Episode 19 | Aired Mar 14
Running Through That Open Door
A Top 10 songbird must spread its wings and fly away; Bon Jovi and Phil Phillips perform
Episode 18 | Aired Mar 13
Waffles and Cringes
Only a few of the Top 10 stand out on 'Music of the American Idols' night; Nicki Minaj talks snacks
Episode 17 | Aired Mar 7
Ten Apples Up on Top
Most of the teachers' pets -- and the two best singers -- advance to the Top 10. Welcome to Mimi Boob Land, kids!
Episode 16 | Aired Mar 6
Poor, Unfortunate Souls
It's sad, but true: Only a few of the Top 10 guys impress, while one nearly has a meltdown
Episode 15 | Aired Mar 5
This Is a Woman's World
The Top 10 ladies vie for five spots; Ryan Seacrest reveals himself as a weave expert
Episode 14 | Aired Feb 28
Girls Rule, Boys Drool
The season 12 agenda for a female winner is working! Ten guys sing, some abysmally. Top 20 are...
Episode 13 | Aired Feb 27
The Lion Queen
Zoanette Johnson is a crazy hot mess. So why did I just watch 'Circle of Life' five times?
Episode 12 | Aired Feb 21
You Should Have Listened
The guys mostly underwhelm; Nicki Minaj becomes obsessed with three of them anyway
Episode 11 | Aired Feb 20
Sudden Death Becomes Her
Ten girls sing, five get cut, and one of 'em is so good Mariah Carey wants to smack her
Episode 10 | Aired Feb 14
The feeling's right as the girls take on their solos. Plus: Top 40 announcement!
Episode 09 | Aired Feb 13
Talk to the Inked-Up Hand
The manicured claws come out in another round of dramatic bitchery and forgotten lyrics
Episode 08 | Aired Feb 7
As Hollywood Week continues, one contestant's Nervous Nelly antics won't fly with Slammin' Nicki Minaj
Episode 07 | Aired Feb 6
Most of the guys spin out of control in the group round. Oh well -- take a sip and send 'em through!
Episode 06 | Aired Jan 31
OK, Corral the Crazy
The Oklahoma City auditions feature a ventriloquist yodeler and Steven Tyler in drag. Two different people, I promise!
Episode 05 | Aired Jan 30
Life Is Like a Song
The San Antonio and Long Beach auditions deliver some inspiring hopefuls -- one of whom was bullied for being on 'Maury'!
Episode 04 | Aired Jan 24
The Baton Rouge auditions focus on the contestants for a change; Keith Urban reveals more heavage
Episode 03 | Aired Jan 23
Soul-heavy singers battle fuse-blowing Nicki Minaj for the Charlotte auditions spotlight
Episode 02 | Aired Jan 17
Sweet Hope in Chicago
The Windy City singers inspire, while Keith Urban wants to crawl in a hole and die
Episode 01 | Aired Jan 16
Nicki Minaj somehow manages to render Mariah Carey the beta diva. Plus, contestants!