American Idol Season 12

Broadcast from January 16, 2013 - May 16, 2013
Judges Mariah Carey
Randy Jackson
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox
Finals venue Nokia Theatre Los Angeles
Winner: Candice Glover
Origin St. Helena Island, South Carolina
Song "I Am Beautiful"
Genre(s) R&B, jazz, pop, soul
Runner-up Kree Harrison

Regional Auditions

Episode
Airdate
Audition city Date Audition venue Callback date Callback venue Golden tickets
January 16, 2013 Newark, New Jersey June 23, 2012 Prudential Center September 16 & 17, 2012 Jazz at Lincoln Center, (New York City, New York) 41
January 17, 2013 Chicago, Illinois July 12, 2012 United Center September 25 & 26, 2012 Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum 47
January 23, 2013 Charlotte, North Carolina June 19, 2012 Time Warner Cable Arena October 2 & 3, 2012 Charlotte Motor Speedway, (Concord, North Carolina) 37
January 24, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana July 17, 2012 New Orleans Arena October 5 & 6, 2012 Baton Rouge River Center, (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 35
January 30, 2013 San Antonio, Texas June 14, 2012 Alamodome November 11 & 12, 2012 Sunset Station 31
Los Angeles, California June 7, 2012 Dodger Stadium November 14 & 15, 2012 Queen Mary, (Long Beach, California) 50
January 31, 2013 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma July 20, 2012 Chesapeake Energy Arena November 9 & 10, 2012 Devon Boathouse 45
Total number of tickets to Hollywood 286

Vegas Semifinal Rounds

Female Group 1

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jenny Beth Willis "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love" Eliminated
2 Tenna Torres "Soulmate" Advanced
3 Adriana Latonio "Ain't No Way" Advanced
4 Brandy Hotard "Anymore" Eliminated
5 Shubha Vedula "Born This Way" Eliminated
6 Kamaria Ousley "Mr. Know It All" Eliminated
7 Kree Harrison "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)" Advanced
8 Angie Miller "Nobody's Perfect" Advanced
9 Isabelle Pasqualone "God Bless the Child" Eliminated
10 Amber Holcomb "My Funny Valentine" Advanced

Male Group 1

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Paul Jolley "Tonight I Wanna Cry" Advanced
2 Johnny Keyser "I Won't Give Up" Eliminated
3 JDA "Rumour Has It" Eliminated
4 Kevin Harris "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Eliminated
5 Chris Watson "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Eliminated
6 Devin Velez "Listen" Advanced
7 Elijah Liu "Talking to the Moon" Advanced
8 Charlie Askew "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" Advanced
9 Jimmy Smith "Raining on Sunday" Eliminated
10 Curtis Finch, Jr. "Superstar" Advanced

Female Group 2

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Melinda Ademi "Nobody's Perfect" Eliminated
2 Candice Glover "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Advanced
3 Juliana Chahayed "Skyscraper" Eliminated
4 Jett Hermano "Only Girl (in the World)" Eliminated
5 Cristabel Clack "No One" Eliminated
6 Aubrey Cleland "Sweet Dreams" Advanced
7 Rachel Hale "Nothing But the Water" Eliminated
8 Breanna Steer "Bust Your Windows" Advanced
9 Janelle Arthur "Just a Kiss" Advanced
10 Zoanette Johnson "Circle of Life" Advanced

Male Group 2

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Mathenee Treco "A Little Less Conversation" Eliminated
2 Gurpreet Singh Sarin "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You" Eliminated
3 Vincent Powell "Cause I Love You" Advanced
4 Nick Boddington "Say Something Now" Advanced
5 Josh Holiday "I'm Better with You" Eliminated
6 David Oliver Willis "Fever" Eliminated
7 Bryant Tadeo "New York State of Mind" Eliminated
8 Burnell Taylor "This Time" Advanced
9 Lazaro Arbos "Tonight I Wanna Cry" Advanced
10 Cortez Shaw "Titanium" Advanced

Semi-finalists

The following is a list of Top 20 semi-finalists who failed to reach the finals:

Females   Males
Contestant Age at time of show Date of birth Hometown Audition location Contestant Age at time of show Date of birth Hometown Audition location
Aubrey Cleland 19 July 10, 1993 West Linn, Oregon Los Angeles, California Charlie Askew 17 November 28, 1995 Little Rock, Arkansas New Orleans, Louisiana
Zoanette Johnson 20 December 6, 1992 Tulsa, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Nick Boddington 27 April 22, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee Newark, New Jersey
Adriana Latonio 17 January 11, 1996 Anchorage, Alaska Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Elijah Liu 18 September 7, 1994 Rowland Heights, California Los Angeles, California
Breanna Steer 18 July 13, 1994 LaPlace, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Vincent Powell 29 August 12, 1983 Austin, Texas San Antonio, Texas
Tenna Torres 28 February 26, 1984 New York City, New York Newark, New Jersey Cortez Shaw 21 December 8, 1989 Dallas, Texas Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Semi-finals

Females

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Zoanette Johnson "What's Love Got to Do with It" Eliminated
2 Breanna Steer "Flaws and All" Eliminated
3 Aubrey Cleland "Big Girls Don't Cry" Eliminated
4 Janelle Arthur "If I Can Dream" Advanced
5 Tenna Torres "Lost" Eliminated
6 Angie Miller "Never Gone" Advanced
7 Amber Holcomb "I Believe in You and Me" Advanced
8 Kree Harrison "Stronger" Advanced
9 Adriana Latonio "Stand Up for Love" Eliminated
10 Candice Glover "Ordinary People" Advanced

Males

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Elijah Liu "Stay" Eliminated
2 Cortez Shaw "Locked Out of Heaven" Eliminated
3 Charlie Askew "Mama" Eliminated
4 Nick Boddington "Iris" Eliminated
5 Burnell Taylor "I'm Here" Advanced
6 Paul Jolley "Just a Fool" Advanced
7 Lazaro Arbos "Feeling Good" Advanced
8 Curtis Finch, Jr. "I Believe I Can Fly" Advanced
9 Devin Velez "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)" Advanced
10 Vincent Powell "End of the Road" Eliminated

Victory songs

Order Contestant Song
1 Paul Jolley "Alone"
2 Burnell Taylor "Ready for Love"
3 Curtis Finch, Jr. "So High"
4 Devin Velez "The Power of One (Change the World)"
5 Lazaro Arbos "Bridge over Troubled Water"
6 Janelle Arthur "Home"
7 Candice Glover "I'm Going Down"
8 Angie Miller "I Was Here"
9 Amber Holcomb "I'm Every Woman"
10 Kree Harrison "Evidence"

Top 10

Order Contestant Song Former Idol Winner Result
1 Curtis Finch, Jr. "I Believe" Fantasia Barrino Eliminated
2 Janelle Arthur "Gone" Scotty McCreery 6th
3 Devin Velez "Temporary Home" Carrie Underwood 9th
4 Angie Miller "I Surrender" Kelly Clarkson Top 3
5 Paul Jolley "Amazed" Scotty McCreery 8th
6 Candice Glover "I (Who Have Nothing)" Jordin Sparks Top 3
7 Lazaro Arbos "Breakaway" Kelly Clarkson 4th
8 Kree Harrison "Crying" Carrie Underwood Top 3
9 Burnell Taylor "Flying Without Wings" Ruben Studdard 7th
10 Amber Holcomb "A Moment Like This" Kelly Clarkson 5th

Top 9

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Kree Harrison "With a Little Help from My Friends" Safe
2 Burnell Taylor "Let It Be" Safe
3 Amber Holcomb "She's Leaving Home" Bottom 3
4 Lazaro Arbos "In My Life" Safe
5 Candice Glover "Come Together" Safe
6 Paul Jolley "Eleanor Rigby" Eliminated
7 Angie Miller "Yesterday" Safe
8 Devin Velez "The Long and Winding Road" Bottom 3
9 Janelle Arthur "I Will" Safe

Top 8

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Candice Glover "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Safe
2 Janelle Arthur & Kree Harrison "Like a Prayer" N/A
3 Lazaro Arbos "For Once in My Life" Bottom 3
4 Janelle Arthur "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Safe
5 Devin Velez "The Tracks of My Tears" Eliminated
6 Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb & Angie Miller "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" N/A
7 Burnell Taylor "My Cherie Amour" Bottom 3
8 Angie Miller "Shop Around" Safe
9 Amber Holcomb "Lately" Safe
10 Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor & Devin Velez "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" N/A
11 Kree Harrison "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" Safe

Top 7

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Burnell Taylor "You Give Love a Bad Name" Eliminated
2 Lazaro Arbos & Angie Miller "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" N/A
3 Kree Harrison "Piece of My Heart" Top 3
4 Candice Glover & Burnell Taylor "The Letter" N/A
5 Janelle Arthur "You May Be Right" Bottom 2
6 Lazaro Arbos "We Are the Champions" Top 3
7 Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" N/A
8 Candice Glover "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Safe
9 Amber Holcomb "What About Love" Safe
10 Angie Miller "Bring Me to Life" Top 3

Top 6

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Angie Miller "Anyone Who Had a Heart" Safe
2 Amber Holcomb "I Say a Little Prayer" Bottom 2
3 Lazaro Arbos "(They Long to Be) Close to You" Eliminated
4 Kree Harrison "What the World Needs Now Is Love" Top 2
5 Janelle Arthur "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" Safe
6 Candice Glover "Don't Make Me Over" Top 2
7 Angie Miller "Love Came Down" Safe
8 Amber Holcomb "Love on Top" Bottom 2
9 Lazaro Arbos "Angels" Eliminated
10 Kree Harrison "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Top 2
11 Janelle Arthur "The Dance" Safe
12 Candice Glover "Lovesong" Top 2

Top 5

Order Contestant Song Year/Diva(s) Result
1 Candice Glover "Straight Up" 1989 Safe
2 Janelle Arthur "When I Call Your Name" 1989 Eliminated
3 Kree Harrison "She Talks to Angels" 1990 Bottom 2
4 Angie Miller "I'll Stand by You" 1994 Safe
5 Amber Holcomb "Without You" 1994 Safe
6 Candice Glover "When You Believe" Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston Safe
7 Janelle Arthur "Dumb Blonde" Dolly Parton Eliminated
8 Kree Harrison "Have You Ever Been in Love" Celine Dion Bottom 2
9 Angie Miller "Halo" Beyonc© Safe
10 Amber Holcomb "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" Barbra Streisand Safe

Top 4

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Amber Holcomb "The Power of Love" Bottom 2
2 Candice Glover "Find Your Love" Bottom 2
3 Kree Harrison "It Hurt So Bad" Safe
4 Angie Miller "Who You Are" Safe
5 Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb "Rumour Has It" N/A
6 Candice Glover & Angie Miller "Stay" N/A
7 Amber Holcomb "MacArthur Park" Bottom 2
8 Candice Glover "Emotion" Bottom 2
9 Kree Harrison "A Whiter Shade of Pale" Safe
10 Angie Miller "Cry Me a River" Safe

Top 4

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Angie Miller "Diamonds" Safe
2 Amber Holcomb "Just Give Me a Reason" Eliminated
3 Candice Glover "When I Was Your Man" Safe
4 Kree Harrison "See You Again" Safe
5 Angie Miller "Someone to Watch Over Me" Safe
6 Amber Holcomb "My Funny Valentine" Eliminated
7 Candice Glover "You've Changed" Safe
8 Kree Harrison "Stormy Weather" Safe
9 Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb & Angie Miller "Wings" N/A

Top 3

Order Contestant Song Chosen By Result
1 Kree Harrison "Fuckin' Perfect" Jimmy Iovine Safe
2 Candice Glover "One" Jimmy Iovine Safe
3 Angie Miller "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Jimmy Iovine Eliminated
4 Candice Glover "Next to Me" Judges Safe
5 Angie Miller "Try" Judges Eliminated
6 Kree Harrison "Here Comes Goodbye" Judges Safe
7 Angie Miller "Maybe" Producers Eliminated
8 Kree Harrison "Better Dig Two" Producers Safe
9 Candice Glover "Somewhere" Producers Safe

Top 2

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Kree Harrison "Angel" Runner-up
2 Candice Glover "Chasing Pavements" Winner
3 Kree Harrison "All Cried Out" Runner-up
4 Candice Glover "I Am Beautiful" Winner
5 Kree Harrison "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)" Runner-up
6 Candice Glover "I (Who Have Nothing)" Winner

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Show Episode Air date Ratings Share Rating/share
18–49
Viewers
(millions)
Weekly
rank
1 "New York City Auditions" January 16, 2013 10.2 15 6.0/16 17.93 4
2 "Chicago Auditions" January 17, 2013 9.2 14 5.6/15 16.28 6
3 "Charlotte Auditions" January 23, 2013 9.3 14 5.5/15 16.07 1
4 "New Orleans Auditions" January 24, 2013 8.7 13 5.2/14 15.65 2
5 "San Antonio and Los Angeles Auditions" January 30, 2013 9.2 14 5.5/15 15.78 7
6 "Oklahoma City Auditions" January 31, 2013 7.9 12 4.5/13 13.80 9
7 "Hollywood Round, Part 1" February 6, 2013 8.4 13 4.6/13 14.27 6
8 "Hollywood Round, Part 2" February 7, 2013 7.7 12 4.1/12 13.28 8
9 "Hollywood Round, Part 3" February 13, 2013 7.9 12 4.3/12 13.45 4
10 "Hollywood Round, Part 4" February 14, 2013 7.4 12 3.7/12 12.59 5
11 "Las Vegas, Girls Perform" February 20, 2013 8.5 13 4.1/11 14.37 7
12 "Las Vegas, Guys Perform" February 21, 2013 7.9 12 3.9/10 13.66 9
13 "Las Vegas, Girls Perform 2" February 27, 2013 7.9 12 3.9/11 13.30 3
14 "Las Vegas, Guys Perform 2" February 28, 2013 7.5 12 3.8/11 12.56 4
15 "Semifinalists Girls Perform" March 5, 2013 6.9 10 3.5/10 11.72 8
16 "Semifinalists Boys Perform" March 6, 2013 7.6 12 3.8/10 12.84 7
17 "Finalists Chosen" March 7, 2013 7.7 12 3.6/10 13.12 6
18 "Top 10 Perform" March 13, 2013 8.0 13 3.8/10 13.44 3
19 "Top 10 Results" March 14, 2013 6.9 12 3.1/10 11.93 8
20 "Top 9 Perform" March 20, 2013 7.7 12 3.6/10 12.94 4
21 "Top 9 Results" March 21, 2013 7.3 12 2.9/9 11.65 5
22 "Top 8 Perform" March 27, 2013 7.4 12 3.2/9 12.33 7
23 "Top 8 Results" March 28, 2013 6.8 12 2.8/9 11.43 9
24 "Top 7 Perform" April 3, 2013 7.0 11 3.1/9 11.76 12
25 "Top 7 Results" April 4, 2013 7.0 11 2.9/9 11.72 13
26 "Top 6 Perform" April 10, 2013 7.4 12 3.2/9 12.23 9
27 "Top 6 Results" April 11, 2013 7.7 13 3.2/10 13.19 6
28 "Top 5 Perform" April 17, 2013 7.5 12 3.4/10 12.71 5
29 "Top 5 Results" April 18, 2013 7.5 12 3.0/10 12.42 7
30 "Top 4 Perform" April 24, 2013 7.5 12 3.3/9 12.46 9
31 "Top 4 Results" April 25, 2013 6.9 12 2.8/9 11.40 12
32 "Top 4 Redux Perform" May 1, 2013 7.1 12 2.9/9 11.08 10
33 "Top 4 Redux Results" May 2, 2013 6.8 11 2.6/9 11.27 9
34 "Top 3 Perform" May 8, 2013 6.7 11 2.9/8 11.11 10
35 "Top 3 Results" May 9, 2013 7.0 12 2.9/9 11.57 8
36 "Top 2 Perform" May 15, 2013 7.2 12 3.0/10 12.11 6
37 "Finale" May 16, 2013 8.3 14 3.6/11 14.31 3

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