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The first season of American Idol (then titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar) aired from June 11th, 2002 to September 4th, 2002.


They were held in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Dallas, and Miami.

Hollywood Round[]

Live Shows[]

Top 10[]


Top 30 Wild Card Top 10 Winner
Did Not Perform Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semi-finals Wild Card Finals
Week: 6/19 6/26 7/3 7/10 7/17 7/24 7/31 8/7 8/14 8/21 8/28 9/4
Place Contestant Result
1 Kelly Clarkson 2nd Winner
2 Justin Guarini 1st Bottom 2 Runner-Up
3 Nikki McKibbin 2nd Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
4 Tamyra Gray 1st Elim
5 R.J. Helton Wild Card Top 10 Bottom 2 Elim
6 Christina Christian 1st Bottom 3 Elim
7 Ryan Starr 2nd Bottom 2 Elim
8 A.J. Gil 3rd Elim
9–10 Jim Verraros 3rd Elim
EJay Day 3rd
11–14 Christopher Aaron Wild Card Elim
Kelli Glover Wild Card
Alexis Lopez Wild Card
Angela Peel Wild Card
15–30 Chris Badano Elim
Khaleef Chiles
Kristin Holt
Melanie Sanders
Mark Scott
Tanesha Ross
Alexandra Bachelier Elim
Jamar Simmons
Jazmin Lowery
Gil Sinuet
Tenia Taylor
Natalie Burge Elim
Rodesia Eaves
Brad Estrin
Adriel Herrera
Justinn Waddell


  • This is the only season where Brian Dunkleman is a host.
  • This is the first season to have a subtitle after American Idol until Season 15.