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American Idol Season 11
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Coronation Song
Created by
Simon Fuller
Directed by
Ken Warwick
Gregg Gelfand
Country of Origin
United States
Channel
Fox
Held from
January 18, 2012 - May 23, 2012
Previous Season
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The eleventh season of American Idol premiered on Fox on January 18, 2012. The show aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c. Ryan Seacrest returned as host, while Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez all returned as judges. Interscope Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine, a songwriter and producer, also returned as an in-house mentor to work with the contestants on a weekly basis. This season followed the same format as Season 10, although a new title screen and logo were created, with a different font. This was the last season to feature Tyler and Lopez as judges after they confirmed they would be leaving the show two months after the finale.

The season set a record when 132 million votes were gathered for the finale. On May 23, 2012, Phillip Phillips became the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, beating Jessica Sanchez, the first and only female recipient of the judges' save.

Five contestants from this season were signed to record labels. The signed artists are Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, and Heejun Han.


AuditionsEdit

Auditions for this season took place in these cities:

  • North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • San Diego, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Houston, Texas
  • Portland, Oregon
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • East Rutherford, New Jersey(auditions for this city not aired due to scheduling changes)


Out of an estimated 100,000 who tried out, only 310 people came out of these auditions and made it to Hollywood.

Hollywood weekEdit

This part of the show took place on December 12, 2011 in Pasadena, California. Out of 310 contestants, only 185 made it through to the group round, and despite illness during this part of the competition 98 survived to make it through to the final solo round. The remaining contestants were then split into four rooms with only one room of contestants not going through to the Vegas round. 70 contestants made it to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas roundEdit

The remaining 70 contestants went to Las Vegas for a challenge round where they had to perform traditional late 1950s songs in groups with Elvis Presley show "Immortal" serving as a backdrop. This was then followed by the "Sing-For-Your-Life" round. The 42 contestants who survived the challenge round performed to a song of their choice for Le Reve at the Wynn Las Vegas. The top 24 was revealed in a two-part episode known to fans of the show as "The Green Mile" episode that aired on February 22 and 23 of 2012.

ContestantsEdit

The following contestants were Season 11's Top 25.

Males:

DeAndre Brackensick Adam Brock Colton Dixon Eben Franckewitz Creighton Fraker Reed Grimm Heejun Han Aaron Marcellus
Joshua Ledet Chase Likens Phillip Phillips Jeremy Rosado Jermaine Jones

Females:

Baylie Brown Hollie Cavanagh Hallie Day Jen Hirsh Haley Johnsen Skylar Laine Shannon Magrane Jessica Sanchez
Chelsea Sorrell Elise Testone Erika Van Pelt Brielle Von Hugel

Wild Card RoundEdit

Following those ten singers advancing on Thursday, March 1, six of the remaining 25 semi-finalists were selected by the judges to compete in the Wild Card round. The Wild Card round immediately began, following the announcement of the ten finalists. Following another performance by each Wild Card contender, the judges then selected three contestants to advance to the final group of 13. Jen Hirsh, Jeremy Rosado, Brielle Von Hugel, DeAndre Brackensick, Erika Van Pelt & Reed Grimm were chosen to compete in the wild card round. Afterwards, Brackensick, Rosado & Van Pelt were chosen to continue in the competition.

Top 13Edit

The following contestants were Season 11's Top 13.

Males

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Females

FinalsEdit

Top 13 performEdit


On March 7, 2012, the women performed Whitney Houston songs and the men performed Stevie Wonder songs. Ryan Seacrest stated that it will be a competition between the male and female contestants. As a result, the bottom three of each gender, as well as the male and female contestant who received the lowest number of votes amongst their gender, were announced the next night, and the judges chose who went home. However, this will not count as the supposed "Judges' Save" which can only be used once in the competition before the Top 5.

Saved ContestantEdit

Elise Testone

The judges used the Top 13 save on Elise Testone who received the lowest amount of votes with Jeremy Rosado. The total was kept to 12 contestants after Rosado was eliminated from the competition.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Jeremy Rosado

Jeremy Rosado was eliminated on March 8, 2012 after the judges used the Top 13 Save on Elise Testone, bringing the total down to 12 contestants.

Top 12Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 12.

PerformancesEdit

The female contestants performed songs from Whitney Houston, while the male contestants performed a song from Stevie Wonder. (Songs that do not have an artist's name next to them belong to rather Whitney Houston or Stevie Wonder depending on gender). The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performance:

  • "As" by Stevie Wonder

Top 12 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 12 performed a song from the year they were born in for a spot in the Top 11.

Disqualified ContestantEdit

Caps

Due to his criminal past, Jermaine Jones was disqualified from the competition, bringing the total down to eleven remaining contestants instead of twelve. Voting continued as scheduled with one of the remaining 11 contestants will be eliminated in addition to Jones, unlike the Season 2 disqualification of Corey Clark.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Shannon Magrane

Shannon Magrane was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 10 remaining contestants. She was eliminated on March 15, 2012.

Top 10Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 10.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants performed in the following order:

Top 10 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 10 performed a song from Billy Joel for a spot in the Top 9.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Erika Van Pelt

Erika Van Pelt was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 9 remaining contestants. She was eliminated on March 22, 2012.

Top 9Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 9.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants all sang a song that was released by Billy Joel. The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performances:

  • "The Longest Time" by Billy Joel
  • Joe Perry and group - "Happy Birthday to You" (to Steven Tyler)

Top 9 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 9 performed a song from their personal idols for a spot in the Top 8.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Heejun Han

Heejun Han was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 8 remaining contestants. He was eliminated on March 29, 2012.

Top 8Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 8.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performances:

Top 8 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 8 performed a song from the 1980s for a spot in the Top 7.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

DeAndre Brackensick

DeAndre Brackensick was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 7 remaining contestants. He was eliminated on April 5, 2012.

Top 7Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 7.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performances:

Top 7 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 7 performed a song from the 2010s for a spot in the Top 6.

Saved ContestantEdit

Jessica Sanchez

The judges used their save on Jessica Sanchez who received the lowest amount of votes on April 19, 2012. The total was kept to 7 contestants.

Top 7Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and remained in the Top 7.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performance on performance night:

Group Performance on results night:

  • "Raise Your Glass" by Pink

Top 7 perform (redux)Edit


During this round of the finals, the Top 7 performed songs from Now & Then for a spot in the Top 6. Normally two finalists would be eliminated the week after using the judges' save, however, the show announces one of the finalists will be eliminated.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 6 remaining contestants. He was eliminated on April 19, 2012.

Top 6Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 6.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performance:

  • "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas

Top 6 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 6 performed a song from Queen or their own choice for a spot in the Top 5.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Elise Testone

Elise Testone was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 5 remaining contestants. She was eliminated on April 26, 2012.

Top 5Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 5.

PerformancesEdit

The first half of the performances were songs produced by Queen, and the second half of the performances was a song of contestant's choice. The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performance:

  • Brian May and Roger Taylor with group - "Fat Bottomed Girls" / "Another One Bites the Dust" / "We Will Rock You" / "We Are the Champions" by Queen

Top 5 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 5 performed songs that is British Pop and from the 1960s for a spot in the Top 4.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Skylar Laine

Skylar Laine was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 4 remaining contestants. She was eliminated on May 3, 2012.

Top 4Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 4.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performances:

Top 4 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 4 performed a song from California or a song they wished they'd written for a spot in the Top 3.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Hollie Cavanagh

Hollie Cavanagh was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 3 remaining contestants. She was eliminated on May 10, 2012.

Top 3Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 3.

PerformancesEdit

The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performances on performance night:

Group Performance on results night:

  • "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas

Top 3 performEdit


During this round of the finals, the Top 3 performed a song of the Judge's choice, a song of their own choice, and a song of Jimmy Iovine's choice for a spot in the Top 2.

Eliminated ContestantEdit

Joshua Ledet

Joshua Ledet was the eliminated contestant bringing the total down to 2 remaining contestants. He was eliminated on May 17, 2012.

Top 2Edit

The following contestants were safe from that round and advanced on to the Top 2.

PerformancesEdit

(The first round of performances were chosen by the judges, the second round was the contestant's choice, and the final round was Jimmy Iovine's Choice). The contestants performed in the following order:

Group Performance:

Top 2 performEdit


During the final round of the finals, the Top 2 performed a song of Simon Fuller's choice, a song of the contestant's favorite performance, and their winner single for a spot as Season 11's American Idol.

Runner-upEdit

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez was announced the runner-up of American Idol Season 11 on May 23, 2012.

PerformancesEdit

(The first performance from the contestants were songs of Simon Fuller's choice, the second was a song from their favorite performances, and the last was their winner single). The contestants performed in the following order:

WinnerEdit

Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips was announced the winner of American Idol Season 11 on May 23, 2012.

Elimination songEdit

The elimination song for season 11 was "Please Remember Me" by season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. The song, originally recorded in 1995 by country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, was a hit for country music superstar Tim McGraw in 1999.

ControversiesEdit

Jermaine Jones disqualificationEdit

On March 14, 2012, contestant Jermaine Jones was disqualified after it had been revealed that he had not only been arrested twice but had concealed both arrests as well as the outstanding warrents from show producers. Jones denied it, claiming that he had admitted to the arrests when he signed up for the show. A police official in a New Jersey town where Jones was the target of the outstanding warrents said that "the case wasn't big enough to merit going after him", and that for Idol to "expose, embarress and interrogate a young man without an attorney in front of 40 million viewers was an outrage." Critics suggested that the disqualification may have been staged to help boost the show's ratings, which have been going down in recent years.

Jennifer Lopez music videoEdit

The music video for Lopez's song, "Dance Again", which had aired on the show, was criticized as inappropiate for younger viewers. Dan Gainor of the Culture and Media Institute wrote, "Even the supposedly family-friendly TV shows like American Idol are never safe in the hands of Hollywood," and went as far as saying her "skanky new video shows how desperate she is to retain her fame despite her fading relevance. Such sexualized videos aren't appropiate for any children to watch, including Lopez's own twins." Jenna Hally Rubenstein from MTV Buzzworthy also commented about the video's content not being appropiate for a family show, "we thought 'Idol' was a family show? This video is less 'sit on the couch and chill with dad' and more 'call your boyfriend over immediately'". Ed Masley from AZCentral.com said that the video was on the verge of being too "steamy" for the show.

Gender and ethnic biasesEdit

Phillip Phillips became the 5th consecutive male and white person to win the show, which lead to some viewers and critics accusing American Idol of having gender and ethnic biases. The bias towards the so-called "white guy with guitar"(WGWG) has been widely commented on, with some complaining about the predictability of the likely winner. The string of white guitar-playing male winners includes David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, and Scotty McCreery who won seasons 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively. Just hours before the finale, Richard Rushfield, author of the book American Idol: The Untold Story, said, "You have this alliance between young girls and grandmas and they see it, not necessarily as a contest to create a pop star competing on comtemporary radio, but as.....who's the nicest guy in a popularity contest," he said. "And this has led to a dynasty of 4, and possibly now 5, consecutive, affable, very nice, good-looking white boys."

Notable past Idol contestantsEdit

  • George Horga, Jr., who got cut in Hollywood week, later auditioned for season 5 of The Voice and got R&B singer Cee Lo Green as his mentor. He was eliminated in the Knockout Rounds.
  • Agina Alvarez, who was cut in Hollywood week, later auditioned for season 4 of The Voice and got Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine as her mentor. She was eliminated in the Battle Rounds.
Season 11
Finalists
Phillip Phillips · Jessica Sanchez · Joshua Ledet · Hollie Cavanagh · Skylar Laine · Elise Testone · Colton Dixon · DeAndre Brackensick · Heejun Han · Erika Van Pelt · Shannon Magrane · Jermaine Jones · Jeremy Rosado
American Idol
Seasons
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13
Judges
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-present)  · Keith Urban (Season 12-present)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Season 13-present)
Hosts
Ryan Seacrest (Season 1-present) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Winners
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover
Runners-up
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful"
Spin-offs
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas
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