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American Idol
Season 2
Broadcast from January 21, 2003 – May 21, 2003
Judges Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Randy Jackson
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox Broadcasting Company
Finals venue Gibson Amphitheatre
Ruben Studdard
Ruben Studdard 2.jpg
Ruben Studdard in a Birthday Celebration in 2006
Origin Birmingham, U.S.
Song "Flying Without Wings"
Genre(s) Pop, R&B, gospel
Clay Aiken

The second season of American Idol premiered on January 21, 2003 and continued until May 21, 2003. It was the first season hosted by Ryan Seacrest exclusively. It was won by Ruben Studdard. It was the first season to crown a male winner, and the first season to have a finale with two male contestants, being followed by the seventh season with David Archuleta and David Cook, and then the eighth season with Adam Lambert and Kris Allen.



Auditions were held in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville, and Austin in the fall of 2002.

At the Miami auditions, a young man named Edgar Nova auditioned with an off-key and lyrically incorrect rendition of Enrique Iglesias' "My Love." None of the judges put him through to the Hollywood round.[1] Instead of leaving the audition venue, Nova re-entered the line, telling other hopefuls that the judges had asked him to do so. Security was eventually called to escort him from the premises. Nova then flew at his own expense to Los Angeles to attend the auditions there. Sporting a different hairstyle than he had in Miami, he hoped that the judges would not recognize him from before. His ruse was a failure, but the judges allowed him to try out one more time. Nova's audition was again unsuccessful. He would resurface during Season 3 with yet another unsuccessful audition (which was not televised). Simon Cowell did, however, compliment him on his tenacity. Nova tried to enter yet another audition venue during Season 4, but security staff was shown advancing on him in a stairwell, causing him to leave hurriedly.

Another auditioner named Bryan Washington auditioned in Atlanta, Georgia, and made it to Hollywood, but did not make it into the top 32. He is now too old to audition, at the age of 29. He was also overweight at the time of his American Idol audition, which is why he would later be a contestant on The Biggest Loser (Season 4.)


The format changed slightly in Season 2; instead of three groups of 10, the semi-finalists were grouped into four groups of 8.

Semi-final Group 1

Top 3: Julia DeMato, Kimberly Caldwell and Charles Grigsby

Advancing to the Top 12: Charles Grigsby and Julia DeMato

Semi-final Group 2

Top 3: Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken and Kimberley Locke

Advancing to the Top 12: Ruben Studdard and Kimberley Locke

Semi-final Group 3

Top 3: Vanessa Olivarez, Rickey Smith and Equoia Coleman

Advancing to the Top 12: Vanessa Olivarez and Rickey Smith

Semi-final Group 4

Top 3: Josh Gracin, Corey Clark and Patrick Lake

Advancing to the Top 12: Josh Gracin and Corey Clark

Wild Card

Advancing to the Top 12: Kimberly Caldwell (Randy's choice), Trenyce (Paula's choice), Carmen Rasmusen (Simon's choice) and Clay Aiken (Public Vote)


Top 12 (Motown)

Bottom 3: Vanessa Olivarez, Julia DeMato and Kimberley Locke

Bottom 2: Vanessa Olivarez and Julia DeMato

Eliminated: Vanessa Olivarez

Top 11 (Movie Soundtracks)

Bottom 3: Julia DeMato, Charles Grigsby and Corey Clark

Bottom 2: Charles Grigsby and Corey Clark

Eliminated: Charles Grigsby

Top 10 (Country Rock)[2]

Bottom 3: Kimberly Caldwell, Julia DeMato and Rickey Smith

Bottom 2: Kimberly Caldwell and Julia DeMato

Eliminated: Julia DeMato

Top 9 (Disco)

Disqualified: Corey Clark

Bottom 3: Kimberley Locke, Trenyce and Carmen Rasmusen

Bottom 2: Trenyce and Carmen Rasmusen

Eliminated: No one, due to the dismissal of Corey Clark

Top 8 (Billboard Number Ones)

Bottom 3: Kimberley Locke, Kimberly Caldwell and Rickey Smith

Bottom 2: Kimberly Caldwell and Rickey Smith

Eliminated: Rickey Smith

Top 7 (Billy Joel)

Bottom 3: Kimberly Caldwell, Carmen Rasmusen and Trenyce

Bottom 2: Kimberly Caldwell and Carmen Rasmusen

Eliminated: Kimberly Caldwell

Top 6 (Diane Warren)

Bottom 3: Carmen Rasmusen, Trenyce and Josh Gracin

Bottom 2: Carmen Rasmusen and Josh Gracin

Eliminated: Carmen Rasmusen

Top 5 (1960s/Neil Sedaka)

Bottom 2: Trenyce and Ruben Studdard

Eliminated: Trenyce

Top 4 (Bee Gees)

  • Result show - Bee Gees Medley

Bottom 2: Kimberley Locke and Josh Gracin

Eliminated: Josh Gracin

Top 3 (Random, Judges' Choice, Idol's Choice)

  • Result Show - Love Songs Medley

Eliminated: Kimberley Locke

Top 2 (Finale)

Winner: Ruben Studdard

Runner-Up: Clay Aiken

The two night season finale was held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.


In season two, Seacrest surfaced as the lone host. Brian Dunkleman reportedly hated working on the show and the studio was dissatisfied with his performance. Kristin Holt was a special correspondent.

This time, Ruben Studdard emerged as the winner with Clay Aiken as a very close runner-up. Out of 24 million votes recorded, Studdard finished just 130,000 votes ahead of Aiken. The accuracy of the reported results remains controversial. There was much discussion in the communication industry about the phone system being overloaded, and that more than 150 million votes were dropped, making the voting results suspect. [3] Since then the voting methods have been modified to help avoid this problem. In an interview prior to the start of the fifth season, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed for the first time that Aiken had led the fan voting from the wild card week onward until the finale. [4] Despite Studdard's win, Aiken has enjoyed more widespread popularity, emerging as the season's true breakout star.

A mini-controversy emerged after the finale when Simon Cowell alleged that Clay Aiken knew the results of the show nearly an hour before they were announced on-air because he had snuck a peek at Ryan Seacrest's handheld cue card backstage. On Larry King Live the next day, Aiken admitted he had indeed seen the card but could not read it in the backstage light; however, he had seen enough to determine that the name on it was too long to be "Clay Aiken". On the live broadcast, Aiken can be seen turning his body to face Studdard and whispering something in his ear right before the results were announced, a visual clue fans took as confirmation that Aiken had somehow found out he was not the winner.

During the course of the contest, Ruben became known for wearing 205 Flava jerseys representing his area code; when asked about them early in the season, Ruben told Ryan Seacrest that he was "just representing 205". Shortly after the end of the contest, Ruben sued 205 Flava, Inc. for $2 Million dollars for using his image for promotional purposes. 205 Flava responded by alleging that Ruben had accepted over $10,000 in return for wearing 205 shirts, and produced 8 cashed checks to validate their claim. The allegations, if true, were a clear violation of the American Idol rules. [5] The lawsuit was settled out of court. [6]

The rumor mills were buzzing once again in 2005 when Season Two contestant Corey Clark, who was disqualified from the show because of claims made by the Idol producers that Clark had a police record he had not disclosed to the show, alleged that he had had an affair with judge Paula Abdul during the competition. Clark also alleged that Abdul gave him preferential treatment on the show because of their alleged romance. A subsequent investigation by Fox found that Fox was unable to corroborate any evidence or witnesses provided by Clark to support his charges. [7]

Elimination chart

Did Not Perform Top 32 Wild Card Top 12
Stage: Semi-Finals Wild
Week: 2/5 2/12 2/19 2/26 3/5 3/12 3/19 3/26 4/1* 4/9 4/16 4/23 4/30 5/7 5/14 5/21
Place Contestant Result
1 Ruben Studdard 1st Btm 2 Winner
2 Clay Aiken 3rd 1st Runner-Up
3 Kimberley Locke 2nd Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 3 Btm 2 Elim
4 Josh Gracin 1st Btm 2 Elim
5 Trenyce Elim Adv Btm 2 Btm 3 Btm 3 Elim
6 Carmen Rasmusen Adv Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
7 Kimberly Caldwell 3rd Adv Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
8 Rickey Smith 1st Btm 3 Elim
9 Corey Clark 2nd Btm 2 DQ
10 Julia DeMato 2nd Btm 2 Btm 3 Elim
11 Charles Grigsby 1st Elim
12 Vanessa Olivarez 2nd Elim
Aliceyn Cooney Elim
Chip Days Elim
Janine Falsone
Olivia Mojica
Nasheka Siddall Elim
Juanita Barber Elim
Sylvia Chibiliti
Ashley Hartman
Patrick Lake
Samantha Cohen Elim
Equoia Coleman
Louis Gazzara
Kimberly Kelsey
Jordan Segundo
George Trice
Rebecca Bond Elim
Candice Coleman
Jennifer Fuentes
Jacob John Smalley
J.D. Adams Elim
Meosha Denton
Patrick Fortson
Bettis Richardson

* None of the bottom 3 were eliminated on the April 2nd results show due to the disqualification of Corey Clark on previous day.


Major releases

Minor or independent releases

(This list does not include pre-Idol releases)

  • The One (Vanessa Olivarez)
  • Jordan (Jordan Segundo)
  • Charles Grigsby (Charles Grigsby)
  • Use Your Gift (Quiana Parler)
  • George Trice (George Trice) - released in the summer of 2007


External links

See also


  1. ^ Kinney, Aaron., The importance of being humiliated,, 2003-01-22, Retrieved on 2007-03-02.
  2. ^
  3. ^ American Idol Outrage: Your Vote Doesn't Count, Broadcasting & Cable, May 17, 2004.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Reality TV world
  6. ^ Reality TV world
  7. ^ CCN
Preceded by
Season 1 (2002)
American Idol
Season 2 (2003)
Succeeded by
Season 3 (2004)

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