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Aaron Wayne Kelly (born April 2nd, 1993) was a contestant on Season 9 of American Idol.


Aaron auditioned in Orlando. He sang "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. All four judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

He was shown in a group with Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox singing "Get Ready" by The Temptations. On his final solo performance, he sang "Angel" by Sarah MacLachlan. After that, she was placed in a holding room with Shelby Dressel, Haeley Vaughn, Maddie Penrose, Jessica Furney, Angela Martin, Didi Benami, Lee DeWyze, Lacey Brown, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Munoz, John Park, J.B. Ahfua and Janell Wheeler. It was revealed that everyone in the room had advanced. During the final deliberation, it was revealed that he did enough to make the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Aaron sang "Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Aaron sang "My Girl" by The Temptations. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Aaron sang "I'm Already There" by Lonestar. He received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[]

Aaron sang "Angie" by The Rolling Stones.


Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition N/A "The Climb" Miley Cyrus N/A Advanced
Hollywood Group Round "Get Ready" The Temptations N/A Advanced
Hollywood Second Solo "Angel" Sarah McLachlan N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Men) Billboard Hot 100 Hits "Here Comes Goodbye" Rascal Flatts 2 Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) "My Girl" The Temptations 8 Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) "I'm Already There" Lonestar 6 Safe
Top 12 The Rolling Stones "Angie" The Rolling Stones 11 Safe
Top 11 Billboard #1 Hits "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith 4 Safe
Top 10 R&B/Soul "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers 10 Safe
Top 9 Lennon/McCartney "The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles 1 Bottom 3
Top 9 Elvis Presley "Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins 5 Safe
Top 7 Inspirational "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly 4 Bottom 3
Top 6 Shania Twain "You've Got a Way" Shania Twain 5 Safe
Top 5 Frank Sinatra "Fly Me to the Moon" Kaye Ballard 1 Eliminated


  • This marks the first time two separate contestants had the exact same name, along with season 4's Aaron Kelly.
Season 9
Lee DeWyze · Crystal Bowersox · Casey James · Michael Lynche  · Aaron Kelly · Siobhan Magnus · Tim Urban · Katie Stevens · Andrew Garcia · Didi Benami · Paige Miles · Lacey Brown
Lilly Scott · Alex Lambert · Todrick Hall · Katelyn Epperly · Haeley Vaughn · Michelle Delamor · Jermaine Sellers · John Park · Tyler Grady · Ashley Rodriguez · Joe Munoz · Janell Wheeler