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The Best Episodes of American Idol

Every episode of American Idol ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of American Idol!

Each year, hopeful singers from all over the country audition to be part of one of the biggest shows in American television history. Who will become the new American Idol?

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Network:FOX

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "American Idol" is "Top 5 Results", rated 8.2/10 from 82 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Top 5 Results" aired on 4/29/2009 and is rated 0.6 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Winner Announced".

  • Top 5 Results
    8.2/10 82 votes

    #1 - Top 5 Results

    Season 8 Episode 34 - Aired 2009-04-29

    A contestant is eliminated

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  • Winner Announced
    7.6/10 95 votes

    #2 - Winner Announced

    Season 7 Episode 42 - Aired 2008-05-21

    On tonight's exciting performance show, the last of the season, the final two contestants will battle it out live at the NOKIA Theatre LA LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. One will be the next American Idol and one will go home. Tonight's Theme Is: Clive Davis's choice, Songwriter's Competition choice, & Contestant's choice of any song from the season. Performing Tonight are: David Archuleta David Cook

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  • Winner Revealed
    7.3/10 91 votes

    #3 - Winner Revealed

    Season 8 Episode 40 - Aired 2009-05-20

    The top-13 finalists reunite on stage; the winner is announced.

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  • Finalists Chosen
    7.3/10 64 votes

    #4 - Finalists Chosen

    Season 10 Episode 15 - Aired 2011-03-03

    The results are in and the Top 24 are going to be cut down to 13 tonight. This is the most cut at this point in the competition and all hopefuls are nervous. Who has made the cut to be part of America's Top 10 and the 3 Wildcard spots? Jennifer Lopez's new music video is also premiered.

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  • Winner Is Crowned
    7.2/10 106 votes

    #5 - Winner Is Crowned

    Season 6 Episode 41 - Aired 2007-05-23

    On tonight’s exciting performance show, the last of the season, the final two contestants, Blake Lewis, & Jordin Sparks will battle it out live at the famed Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Your votes decide which one will be the next American Idol and which one will be the Runner-Up. Tonight's Themes Are: One song they have performed previously; a new song of their own choosing; and the winning song from this season's songwriting competition.

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  • Top 2 Finalists Perform
    7.1/10 62 votes

    #6 - Top 2 Finalists Perform

    Season 8 Episode 39 - Aired 2009-05-19

    The Top 2 Finalist perform. Both Adam Lambert and Kris Allen sing three songs: one song they sang before on the competition, one song chosen by 'Idol' creator Simon Fuller and the song that will be their first Single, co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi

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  • Top 3 Finalists Perform
    7.0/10 54 votes

    #7 - Top 3 Finalists Perform

    Season 8 Episode 37 - Aired 2009-05-12

    3 Finalists Compete

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  • 9 Finalists Compete
    6.7/10 53 votes

    #8 - 9 Finalists Compete

    Season 10 Episode 24 - Aired 2011-04-06

    The contestants perform songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, accompanied by guitarist Jeff Beck.

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  • Auditions No. 1: Savannah
    6.7/10 56 votes

    #9 - Auditions No. 1: Savannah

    Season 11 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-01-18

    Television's No. 1 series returns for its highly anticipated 11th season with brand new contestants, a superstar judging panel and the best and worst of auditions. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler traveled across the country to Charleston & Savannah where the good, the bad and the outrageous auditioned for their shot at stardom. This season promises to deliver the most talented group of singers yet and as always, it's up to the viewers to root and vote for their favorite contestants, ultimately crowning the next American Idol.

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  • 1 of 4 Voted Off
    6.7/10 50 votes

    #10 - 1 of 4 Voted Off

    Season 11 Episode 36 - Aired 2012-05-10

    A finalist is eliminated in a results show. Jennifer Lopez and David Cook perform.

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  • Final Performance Round
    6.7/10 53 votes

    #11 - Final Performance Round

    Season 11 Episode 39 - Aired 2012-05-22

    The two finalists perform in Part 1 of the two-part Season 11 finale. Jason Derulo and Scotty McCreery perform. From the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

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  • Auditions #1
    6.7/10 34 votes

    #12 - Auditions #1

    Season 14 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-01-07

    No description available

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  • 2 of 7 Voted Off
    6.6/10 51 votes

    #13 - 2 of 7 Voted Off

    Season 8 Episode 32 - Aired 2009-04-22

    This episode will end with 2 contestants being eliminated. Performances from disco week include Harry Casey, Thelma Houston and Freda Payne singing a medley of the genres gems. Also, season 7 runner up David Archuleta stops by to sing a song.

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  • Winner Announced
    6.6/10 40 votes

    #14 - Winner Announced

    Season 9 Episode 43 - Aired 2010-05-26

    And the Winner IS.................

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  • Auditions No. 2
    6.5/10 37 votes

    #15 - Auditions No. 2

    Season 13 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-01-16

    Hopefuls perform for the judges.

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  • Auditions No. 2: New Orleans
    6.4/10 55 votes

    #16 - Auditions No. 2: New Orleans

    Season 10 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-01-20

    As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. After many viewers (yours truly included) complained that American Idol's Season 10 premiere on Wednesday didn't offer anything remarkably different from past seasons, Thursday's episode gave us something we've never seen before: Randy Jackson's bare stomach. I'm pretty sure that's not what any of us were hoping for. So, what had Randy (and Steven!) taking off their clothes? And which New Orleans singers gave J. Lo goose bumps and moved her to tears? Let's find out....

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  • Phoenix Auditions
    6.3/10 71 votes

    #17 - Phoenix Auditions

    Season 8 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-01-13

    Season 8 begins as Simon, Paula and Randy are back to hear the auditions for this year's show.

    Director: Ken Warwick

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  • 3 sing
    6.2/10 34 votes

    #18 - 3 sing

    Season 3 Episode 40 - Aired 2004-05-18

    Last week America eliminated George Huff, the last male contestant. Now it's up to the 4 diva's, Barrino, Degarmo, London, & Trias. They will battle it out for your votes to keep them in the competition. This Week's theme is Disco Night. Preforming Tonight is: Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo, LaToya London, Jasmine Trias

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  • Hollywood Round 3
    6.2/10 46 votes

    #19 - Hollywood Round 3

    Season 8 Episode 10 - Aired 2009-02-10

    Now it is the individuals to show what they have and to shine out the rest of the competition and to show the judges that they did not make the wrong choice from choosing from the Group Week. This week they are solo with the help of the band or their own instrument.

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  • Top 10 Finalists Perform
    6.2/10 45 votes

    #20 - Top 10 Finalists Perform

    Season 8 Episode 23 - Aired 2009-03-25

    The top 10 compete in Motown week with Smokey Robinson.

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  • Finalists Compete
    6.1/10 58 votes

    #21 - Finalists Compete

    Season 10 Episode 16 - Aired 2011-03-09

    Casey Abrams, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez, Pia Toscano, Jacob Lusk, Scott McCreery, Paul McDonald, Ashthon Jones, Stefano Langone and Naima Adedapo are up for the spot of American Idol as the Top 13 perform for the spot into the next round. Who will show that they can sing the best?

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  • Final Judgment, Part 2
    6.1/10 45 votes

    #22 - Final Judgment, Part 2

    Season 11 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-02-23

    The judges unveil the remaining semifinalists.

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  • 7 sing!!
    6.0/10 38 votes

    #23 - 7 sing!!

    Season 3 Episode 30 - Aired 2004-04-20

    The 7 Idols compete to stay in the competition. This week's theme is: music of Barry Manilow.

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  • Ten males perform live
    6.0/10 41 votes

    #24 - Ten males perform live

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2005-02-28

    Ten male singers compete in hopes of winning over America, and then the viewing audience will vote for their favorites. Performing Tonight is: Anthony Fedorov, Anwar Robinson, Constantine Maroulis, David Brown, Harold "Bo" Bice, Joe Murena, Jr., Mario Vazquez, Nikko Smith, Scott Savol, Travis Tucker,

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  • New York City & San Juan, PR Auditions
    6.0/10 43 votes

    #25 - New York City & San Juan, PR Auditions

    Season 8 Episode 7 - Aired 2009-01-29

    The final auditions take place as the judges head to New York City and then San Juan, PR. in search for the next American Idol.

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