This season was won by year-old Texas waitress Kelly Clarkson , who has since gone on to become a Grammy Award-winning superstar. This season was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman , the latter of whom left the show after this season. At the end of the auditions, a total of golden tickets were given out. This is the only season of American Idol where the auditions were aired in one episode. The Hollywood week rounds were held in Pasadena Civic Center where contestants competed for a place in the finals. The contestants first emerged on stage in groups of 9 or 10 but performed solo unaccompanied, and those who did not impress the judges were cut after the group finished their individual performances.
‘American Idol’ analysis: Sorry, bottom three contestants – you won’t win!
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Pia Toscano 's elimination from " American Idol " last week was particularly shocking because she had never been in the bottom three to date. Some theorize that because audiences assumed Toscano was a favorite, she wasn't at risk to go home. Therefore, viewers may not have voted for her producer Nigel Lythgoe has since dispelled assumptions that she was a frontrunner. Last week was also Jacob Lusk 's first time in the bottom three as well, while Stefano Langone has been among the lowest vote-getters two times this season already. Of the remaining season 10 contestants, the only ones that have NOT appeared in the bottom three are teen sensation Lauren Alaina , country crooner Scotty McCreery , and rocker James Durbin. They join a small, elite group of "Idol" contestants that have never been in the bottom three or two as the field narrows down.
'American Idol' Contestants That Have Never Been in the Bottom Three
This week, American Idol began the actual business of finding its 15th winner. The departing reality competition kicked off its final Hollywood Week, the post-audition boot camp where contestants are deprived of sleep and forced to work with each other and generally subjected to other horrible conditions. Only people in the world can currently claim to be American Idol finalists; at the end of February, that number will rise to In its early years, Idol stridently looked back, with only the occasional sop to present-day music and a laser focus on vocals above all.
American Idol had me on the edge of my seat tonight with a surprising bottom three and an elimination that surely sent a message to the competitors: listen to the judges. The American Idol hopeful sent packing this week was told again and again to expand their song genre, and to step up their on stage performance, and again and again the audience booed their suggestions. Well, as it turns out these three — Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson — actually know what they are talking about.