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American Idol
Season 9
Broadcast from January 12, 2010 – May 26, 2010
Judges Simon Cowell
Ellen DeGeneres[1]
Kara DioGuardi
Randy Jackson
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox

The ninth season of American Idol premiered on January 12, 2010, on Fox.[2] Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi have all returned as judges, and Ellen DeGeneres has permanently replaced Paula Abdul as the fourth judge.[1] Idol Gives Back will also return this season and will be held on April 21, 2010, during the top seven results show.[3] The top 24 semi-finals format used in the fourth through seventh seasons will also return this season.[4] This will be Simon Cowell's last season judging on American Idol.[5]



After the season began, Paula Abdul did not return as the fourth judge on the panel, having announced in the beginning of August 2009 that she was leaving the show due to unresolved contract negotiations.[6] Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth were brought in to star as guest judges during the auditions phase.[7][8][9][10]

After making the decision to utilize guest judges in Abdul's absence, Fox chairman Peter Rice stated that they would find a permanent fourth judge before the season premiere in January 2010,[11] leading the confirmation on September 9, 2009 by Ellen DeGeneres that she would be joining the show as the new permanent fourth judge for the rounds held at CBS Television City for Hollywood Week and thereafter, onto the live shows.[12]

In addition, Simon Cowell announced shortly before the ninth season began that it would be his last season on American Idol. Cowell will be leaving the show to begin preparations for an American version of his talent show The X-Factor.[13]

Early process


Regional auditions

Auditions were held in the following cities:[14]

During this stage guest judges filled in the fourth judging seat.[7][15][16][17]

Episode Air Date Audition City First Audition Date Call-back Audition Date Audition Venue Guest Fourth Judge(s) Tickets to Hollywood
January 12, 2010 Boston, Massachusetts[18] June 14, 2009 August 13 & 14, 2009 Gillette Stadium Victoria Beckham 32
January 13, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia June 18, 2009 August 16 & 17, 2009 Georgia Dome Mary J. Blige 25
January 19, 2010 Chicago, Illinois June 22, 2009 August 30 & 31, 2009 United Center Shania Twain 13
January 20, 2010 Orlando, Florida July 9, 2009 August 28, 2009 Amway Arena Kristin Chenoweth 31
August 29, 2009 No Guest Judge
January 26, 2010 Los Angeles, California[19] June 30, 2009 September 3, 2009 Rose Bowl Avril Lavigne 23
September 4, 2009 Katy Perry
January 27, 2010 Dallas, Texas[20] June 26, 2009 August 24, 2009 Cowboys Stadium Neil Patrick Harris 31
August 25, 2009 Joe Jonas
February 2, 2010 Denver, Colorado July 14, 2009 August 5 & 6, 2009 Invesco Field Victoria Beckham 26
Total Tickets to Hollywood 181

"Pants on the Ground"

During the Atlanta auditions, 62-year-old activist Larry Platt appeared and performed his original song, "Pants on the Ground." The song is in reference to people wearing the hip-hop style of clothing including pants that sag. Platt was ineligible to continue, due to being well over the show's age limit of 28 years old. His performance has since become a viral hit, and several celebrities performed the song in the days that followed the original airing of his audition in Atlanta.

Hollywood week

Held at the Kodak Theatre for the second straight year, the first day of Hollywood Week featured the 181 contestants (although there were 172 contestants that actually took the stage according to American Idol website[21]) from the auditions round singing solo with the option of playing an instrument.[22] Ninety-six contestants advanced. The next round required the contestants to split up into groups and perform. Seventy-one advanced to the final round of Hollywood requiring a solo performance. Forty-six made it to the final round where the judges take contestants one by one and tell them if they made the final twenty-four.

Ellen DeGeneres made her first appearance as a judge (replacing Paula Abdul) at this time.


The first seven were revealed on February 16, 2010 (during the second hour on the episode), and the rest were revealed on the following night's episode.[23]

Contestant Date of Birth Age Hometown Voted Off
Didi Benami October 25, 1986 23 Hollywood, California TBA
Crystal Bowersox August 4, 1985 24 Elliston, Ohio TBA
Siobhan Magnus March 15, 1990 20 Cape Cod, Massachusetts[24] TBA
Paige Miles September 26, 1985 24 Naples, Florida TBA
Katie Stevens December 8, 1992 17 Middlebury, Connecticut TBA
Lacey Brown August 13, 1985 24 Amarillo, Texas March 17
Lilly Scott May 16, 1989 20 Littleton, Colorado March 11
Katelyn Epperly March 21, 1990 19 West Des Moines, Iowa March 11
Haeley Vaughn June 5, 1993 16 Fort Collins, Colorado March 4
Michelle Delamor December 31, 1987 22 Miami, Florida March 4
Ashley Rodriguez November 4, 1987 22 Boston, Massachusetts February 25
Janell Wheeler May 8, 1985 24 Orlando, Florida February 25
Contestant Date of Birth Age Hometown Voted Off
Lee DeWyze[25] April 2, 1986 23 Mount Prospect, Illinois TBA
Andrew Garcia October 8, 1985 24 Moreno Valley, California TBA
Casey James January 1, 1983 27 Fort Worth, Texas TBA
Aaron Kelly April 2, 1993 16 Sonestown, Pennsylvania TBA
Michael Lynche May 31, 1983 26 St. Petersburg, Florida TBA
Tim Urban May 1, 1989 20 Duncanville, Texas TBA
Alex Lambert December 10, 1990 19 North Richland Hills, Texas March 11
Todrick Hall April 4, 1985 24 Arlington, Texas March 11
Jermaine Sellers February 9, 1983 27 Joliet, Illinois March 4
John Park May 10, 1988 21 Northbrook, Illinois March 4
Tyler Grady October 26, 1989 20 Nazareth, Pennsylvania February 25
Joe Muñoz August 23, 1989 20 Huntington Park, California February 25


The semi-final format used through seasons 4 - 7 has been revived for this season. Starting with 12 women and 12 men, the women and men perform on weekly separate shows and on the result shows, the bottom 2 women and the bottom 2 men are eliminated from the competition. The semi-finals take place over three weeks until there are six women and six men forming the top 12.

Top 24 – Billboard Hot 100 Hits

Order Females Males
Contestant Song (original artist) Result Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Paige Miles "All Right Now" (Free) Safe Todrick Hall "Since U Been Gone" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe
2 Ashley Rodriguez "Happy" (Leona Lewis) Eliminated Aaron Kelly "Here Comes Goodbye" (Rascal Flatts) Safe
3 Janell Wheeler "What About Love" (Heart) Eliminated Jermaine Sellers "Get Here" (Brenda Russell) Safe
4 Lilly Scott "Fixing a Hole" (The Beatles) Safe Tim Urban "Apologize" (OneRepublic) Safe
5 Katelyn Epperly "Oh! Darling" (The Beatles) Safe Joe Muñoz "You and I Both" (Jason Mraz) Eliminated
6 Haeley Vaughn "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (The Beatles) Safe Tyler Grady "American Woman" (The Guess Who) Eliminated
7 Lacey Brown "Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac) Safe Lee DeWyze "Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol) Safe
8 Michelle Delamor "Fallin'" (Alicia Keys) Safe John Park "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday) Safe
9 Didi Benami "The Way I Am" (Ingrid Michaelson) Safe Michael Lynche "This Love" (Maroon 5) Safe
10 Siobhan Magnus "Wicked Game" (Chris Isaak) Safe Alex Lambert "Wonderful World" (James Morrison) Safe
11 Crystal Bowersox "Hand in My Pocket" (Alanis Morissette) Safe Casey James "Heaven" (Bryan Adams) Safe
12 Katie Stevens "Feeling Good" (Anthony Newley) Safe Andrew Garcia "Sugar, We're Goin Down" (Fall Out Boy) Safe

Top 20 – Billboard Hot 100 Hits

Note: The females were scheduled to go first, but medical issues with Crystal Bowersox, who was hospitalized on March 2 with complications from diabetes, required a switch.[26]

Order Males Females
Contestant Song (original artist) Result Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Michael Lynche "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"(James Brown) Safe Crystal Bowersox "Long As I Can See the Light" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) Safe
2 John Park "Gravity" (John Mayer) Eliminated Haeley Vaughn "The Climb" (Miley Cyrus) Eliminated
3 Casey James "I Don't Want to Be" (Gavin DeGraw) Safe Lacey Brown "Kiss Me" (Sixpence None the Richer) Safe
4 Alex Lambert "Everybody Knows" (John Legend) Safe Katie Stevens "Put Your Records On" (Corinne Bailey Rae) Safe
5 Todrick Hall "What's Love Got to Do with It" (Tina Turner) Safe Didi Benami "Lean on Me" (Bill Withers) Safe
6 Jermaine Sellers "What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye) Eliminated Michelle Delamor "With Arms Wide Open" (Creed) Eliminated
7 Andrew Garcia "You Give Me Something" (James Morrison) Safe Lilly Scott "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) Safe
8 Aaron Kelly "My Girl" (The Temptations) Safe Katelyn Epperly "The Scientist" (Coldplay) Safe
9 Tim Urban "Come On Get Higher" (Matt Nathanson) Safe Paige Miles "Walk Away" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe
10 Lee DeWyze "Lips of an Angel" (Hinder) Safe Siobhan Magnus "Think" (Aretha Franklin) Safe

Top 16 – Billboard Hot 100 Hits

Order Females Males
Contestant Song (original artist) Result Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Katie Stevens "Breakaway" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe Lee DeWyze "Fireflies" (Owl City) Safe
2 Siobhan Magnus "The House of the Rising Sun" (The Animals) Safe Alex Lambert "Trouble" (Ray LaMontagne) Eliminated
3 Lacey Brown "The Story" (Brandy Carlile) Safe Tim Urban "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen) Safe
4 Katelyn Epperly "I Feel the Earth Move" (Carole King) Eliminated Andrew Garcia "Genie in a Bottle" (Christina Aguilera) Safe
5 Didi Benami "Rhiannon" (Fleetwood Mac) Safe Casey James "You'll Think of Me" (Keith Urban) Safe
6 Paige Miles "Smile" (Nat King Cole) Safe Aaron Kelly "I'm Already There" (Lonestar) Safe
7 Crystal Bowersox "Give Me One Reason" (Tracy Chapman) Safe Todrick Hall "Somebody to Love" (Queen) Eliminated
8 Lilly Scott "I Fall to Pieces" (Patsy Cline) Eliminated Michael Lynche "This Woman's Work" (Kate Bush) Safe


Top 12 – The Rolling Stones

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Michael Lynche "Miss You" Safe
2 Didi Benami "Play with Fire" Safe
3 Casey James "It's All Over Now" Safe
4 Lacey Brown "Ruby Tuesday" Eliminated
5 Andrew Garcia "Gimme Shelter" Safe
6 Katie Stevens "Wild Horses" Safe
7 Tim Urban "Under My Thumb" Bottom 3
8 Siobhan Magnus "Paint It, Black" Safe
9 Lee DeWyze "Beast of Burden" Safe
10 Paige Miles "Honky Tonk Women" Bottom 3
11 Aaron Kelly "Angie" Safe
12 Crystal Bowersox "You Can't Always Get What You Want" Safe

Elimination chart

Female Male Top 24 Top 12 Winner
Safe First
Safe Second
Judges' Save
Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 2/25 3/4 3/11 3/17 3/24 3/31 4/7 4/14 4/21 4/28 5/5 5/12 5/19 5/26
Place Contestant Result
Didi Benami
Crystal Bowersox
Lee DeWyze
Andrew Garcia
Casey James
Aaron Kelly
Michael Lynche
Siobhan Magnus
Paige Miles Btm 3
Katie Stevens
Tim Urban Btm 3
12 Lacey Brown Elim
13-16 Lilly Scott Elim
Alex Lambert
Todrick Hall
Katelyn Epperly
17-20 Haeley Vaughn Elim
Michelle Delamor
Jermaine Sellers
John Park
21-24 Tyler Grady Elim
Joe Muñoz
Ashley Rodriguez
Janell Wheeler

Results night performances

Group song

Other performances

Week Performer(s) Title Hot 100
Hot Digital
Songs Reaction
Top 24 Allison Iraheta[27] "Scars"[27] failed to chart TBA live performance
Kris Allen "Let It Be" 63 (debut) TBA live performance
Top 20 Danny Gokey "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me" 82 (debut) TBA live performance
Top 16 Matt Giraud "Tell Her About It" TBA TBA live performance
Scott MacIntyre
Top 12 David Cook[28] "Jumpin' Jack Flash" TBA TBA live performance
Ke$ha f/ 3OH!3[29] "Blah Blah Blah" TBA TBA pre-recorded performance
Orianthi[29] "According to You" TBA TBA live performance

Kris Allen's rendition of "Let It Be" was made available on iTunes for download, with all proceeds going to Haiti charities.


Chris Golightly

Chris Golightly was originally selected as semi-finalist. According to reports, Chris was disqualified February 17, 2010, after already being told he was in the top 24, over an old contract. The contract had expired by the time the top 24 began to tape, but they disqualified him because he was under contract at the time of the tryouts, in violation of Idol rules. He was later replaced by Tim Urban at the last minute of the last part of Hollywood Week.[30]

US Nielsen ratings


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Season 8 (2009)
American Idol
Season 9 (2010)
Succeeded by


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