American Idol

The WORST episodes of American Idol

Every episode of American Idol ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of American Idol!

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.

Last Updated: 8/1/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Part Deux
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#1 - Part Deux

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/22/2003

The audtion stops & # of people going to Hollywood: 11,000 in LA with 45 going to Hollywood; 6,000 in Detroit with 22 going to Hollywood.

One Last Batch
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#2 - One Last Batch

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/28/2003

It's Beaver Time!!!! Lol! The audition stops & # of people going to Hollywood: 6,500 in Atlanta with 46 going to Hollywood; 5,000 in Nashville with 30 going to Hollywood.

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Cut 'Em Up
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#3 - Cut 'Em Up

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/29/2003

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 Vanessa Olivarez Just think, 1 of these is our American Idol!

Eight is Enough!
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#4 - Eight is Enough!

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/4/2003

Performers tonight: Bettis Richardson, Charles Grigsby, J.D. Adams, Julia DeMato, Kimberly Caldwell, Lashundra Cobbins, Meosha Denton, and Patrick Forton.

Two to Tango
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#5 - Two to Tango

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/5/2003

The 2 that got voted to the final 10 are Charles Grigsby & Julia DeMato!

Oh, Who Will It Be?!
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#6 - Oh, Who Will It Be?!

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/12/2003

Ruben Studdard & Kimberley Locke are moving on to the final 10!

Eight more will come before us…
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#7 - Eight more will come before us…

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/18/2003

Performers tonight include: Equoia Coleman George Trice Jordan Segundo Kimberly Kelsey Louis Gazzara Rickey Smith Samantha Cohen Vanessa Olivarez Watch Feb. 19th to see who moves on!

Get ready to see two happy people. And six unhappy ones.
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#8 - Get ready to see two happy people. And six unhappy ones.

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/19/2003

The next two spots in the top 10 are filled

American Idol: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
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#9 - American Idol: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/19/2003

Ryan recaps the best and worst of the season so far.

Last Batch
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#10 - Last Batch

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/25/2003

The fourth and final group of semi-finalists perform Performers tonight will include: Ashley Hartman Chip Days Corey Clark Joshua Gracin Juanita Barber Nasheka Siddall Patrick Lake Sylvia Chibiliti

Two By Two They March To The Finals
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#11 - Two By Two They March To The Finals

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/26/2003

Two more move on to the Top Ten. Also, those contestants who will be performing in the "wild card" show were announced in this episode. Simon Cowell also promised a twist coming in the "wild card" show, which he claims will be better than the "twist" in the final episode of Joe Millionaire.

Wild!
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#12 - Wild!

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/4/2003

Performers who have not been voted in top 12 get another shot Performers in the wild card include: Aliceyn Coone Carmen Rasmusen Chip Days Clay Aiken Janine Falsone Kimberly Caldwell Nasheka Siddall Olivia Mojica Trenyce

I Need Results, Not Excuses!
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#13 - I Need Results, Not Excuses!

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/5/2003

It is revealed who each judge and America picked to round off the top 12

The Clean Dozen
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#14 - The Clean Dozen

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/11/2003

The top 12 battle it out for the first time in front of a live audience. Also for the first time ever a Celebrity Judge appears. This week is Lamont Dozier

The First One Bites The Dust!
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#15 - The First One Bites The Dust!

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/12/2003

One contestant must leave. Who got the least amount of votes?

Eleven Man Band
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#16 - Eleven Man Band

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/18/2003

Top 11 sing for your votes. Gladys Knight is Celebrity Guest Judge

10, 9, 8… Ah, You Know How The Rest Goes
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#17 - 10, 9, 8… Ah, You Know How The Rest Goes

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/25/2003

Top 10 perform. Olivia Newton-John Guest Judges

Ten Will Become Nine
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#18 - Ten Will Become Nine

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/26/2003

One more is eliminated from the competition. Who will it be this week?

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You Kids Be Good!
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#19 - You Kids Be Good!

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/1/2003

It's Top 9 week but only 8 perform. Someone has been disqualified. Find out who. Also, Verdine White Guest Judges.

Not The Final Countdown!
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#20 - Not The Final Countdown!

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 4/2/2003

Ryan reveals the results, and a surprise twist at the end.

The Hits!
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#21 - The Hits!

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/8/2003

The Top 8 perform again, but this time someone WILL go home. Also, Lionel Ritchie guest judges.

Eight Minus One is Seven
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#22 - Eight Minus One is Seven

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 4/9/2003

Another person leaves the competition. But who will it be?

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#23 - (Insert Clever Headline Here)

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/15/2003

The top seven battle it out once again. Smokey Robinson guest judges.

One Will Go. Six Will Remain. A Recap Will Be Written. You Will Laugh At Least Once.
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#24 - One Will Go. Six Will Remain. A Recap Will Be Written. You Will Laugh At Least Once.

Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/16/2003

One more is going home. Find out who Live.

American Idol Special: Halfway Home
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#25 - American Idol Special: Halfway Home

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/21/2003

Ryan recaps the season so far and interviews the remaining six contestants.

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