The Best Episodes of American Idol

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2018

The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

I Bet It'll Be Ruben! Or Clay!

#1 - I Bet It'll Be Ruben! Or Clay!

Season 2 - Episode 39

In the two hour season 2 finale there are many special performances and then the big announcement every is waiting for. The winner of American Idol Season 2 is........ RUBEN STUDDARD!!!!

star 10.00
1 votes
Cleveland, Ohio & Orlando, Florida Auditions

#2 - Cleveland, Ohio & Orlando, Florida Auditions

Season 4 - Episode 5

Continuing the auditions for season 4 from Cleveland, Ohio & Orlando, Florida.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Ken Warwick
Writers:
Las Vegas, Nevada Auditions

#3 - Las Vegas, Nevada Auditions

Season 4 - Episode 4

Continuing with the auditions for season 4 from Las Vegas, Nevada.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Nigel Lythgoe
Writers:
New Orleans, Louisiana Auditions

#4 - New Orleans, Louisiana Auditions

Season 4 - Episode 3

Continuing with the auditions for season 4 from New Orleans, Louisiana

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Ken Warwick
Writers:
EL FINALE!

#5 - EL FINALE!

Season 1 - Episode 25

The episode begins as usual, with the whole thing starting. They go behind the scenes for the first hour and the final 10 come back, sing for about half an hour, and then the question on everyone's mind since the series began, who is the american idol? And the winner is...

star 9.38
8 votes
Tonight Is The Night When 3 Become 2

#6 - Tonight Is The Night When 3 Become 2

Season 4 - Episode 40

Who did America choose for 2005's top two Idols?

star 9.00
1 votes
Three Do Two

#7 - Three Do Two

Season 1 - Episode 22

Tonight the Top 3 will each perform two songs live for the nation, vying for the American Idol title. The contestants will give it their all in hopes of winning America's vote and surviving one last week. Who will play it safe and who will take the big risk? Their fate rests in your hands. Tonight the contestants sing a song of their choice and a song the judges picked for them. Performing tonight are Justin Guarini, Kelly Clarkson, and Nikki McKibbin.

star 8.67
3 votes
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9 Finalists Compete

#8 - 9 Finalists Compete

Season 11 - Episode 23

The finalists perform songs by their own idols.

star 8.64
19 votes
5 Finalists Perform

#9 - 5 Finalists Perform

Season 13 - Episode 32

star 8.45
31 votes
10 Finalists Compete

#10 - 10 Finalists Compete

Season 11 - Episode 21

The finalists perform.

star 8.40
13 votes
13 Finalists Compete

#11 - 13 Finalists Compete

Season 11 - Episode 17

Season 11's finalists perform songs by Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. Mary J. Blige is the mentor.

star 8.39
18 votes
Finalists Compete

#12 - Finalists Compete

Season 12 - Episode 28

The top 5 perform songs from the Year They Were Born and songs by Divas.

star 8.36
36 votes
11 Finalists Perform

#13 - 11 Finalists Perform

Season 13 - Episode 18

star 8.34
29 votes
Hollywood Round, Week No. 2

#14 - Hollywood Round, Week No. 2

Season 13 - Episode 9

star 8.33
42 votes
Clash of the Titanic Egos

#15 - Clash of the Titanic Egos

Season 1 - Episode 13

Last night, the Top 8 finalists performed hits from the 60's. Tonight, the show is live and the votes are in. Who will sing again next week and who will be sent home? The contestant receiving the fewest votes will be eliminated from the competition. Another dream is about to end. Find out who America voted for.

star 8.33
3 votes
Bo Bice vs. Carrie Underwood

#16 - Bo Bice vs. Carrie Underwood

Season 4 - Episode 41

The two perform tonight!

star 8.33
3 votes
Two Finalists Compete

#17 - Two Finalists Compete

Season 13 - Episode 38

star 8.33
27 votes
3 Finalists Perform

#18 - 3 Finalists Perform

Season 13 - Episode 36

star 8.25
28 votes
Results Show (top 3)

#19 - Results Show (top 3)

Season 13 - Episode 37

star 8.21
29 votes
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Auditions No. 4

#20 - Auditions No. 4

Season 13 - Episode 4

star 8.19
52 votes
Winner Chosen

#21 - Winner Chosen

Season 13 - Episode 39

star 8.18
28 votes
Finalists Compete

#22 - Finalists Compete

Season 12 - Episode 30

The top 4 finalists perform Contestant's Choice and One-Hit Wonders.

star 8.17
36 votes
1 of 7 Voted Off

#23 - 1 of 7 Voted Off

Season 11 - Episode 28

One singer is eliminated in a results installment. Performing: Jennifer Hudson; Ne-Yo; James Durbin.

star 8.16
19 votes
Auditions No. 3

#24 - Auditions No. 3

Season 13 - Episode 3

star 8.15
48 votes
Winner Chosen

#25 - Winner Chosen

Season 15 - Episode 24

After 15 seasons of epic performances, star power and incredible moments, the final American Idol will be crowned and the farewell celebration will continue, as Idol pays tribute to the amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who called, tweeted, texted, and championed their Idols throughout the series' groundbreaking run. Don't miss the history-making final moments of the farewell season as the last winner is announced.

star 8.14
118 votes