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The twelfth season of American Idol aired from January 16th, 2013 to May 16th, 2013.


The auditions were held in Newark, Chicago, Charlotte, New Orleans, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

Hollywood Round[]

For the first (and so far, only) time ever, from the beginning of Hollywood Round to the Top 10, the male and female contestants were separated by gender. The men performed first, with the standard Group of Ten a capella round first with a cut followed afterwards. Then was Group Round, but with a special twist, for the first time ever, the producers chose who were in what group instead of having the contestants pick. After the Groups performed, 43 Men and 43 women remained. For their Final Solo performances, every eight singers will receive deliberation from the judges with immediate results, another first. After the cut, 28 male contestants remained with the judges telling them that after the girls all performed, eight more male contestants would be eliminated.

Top 40[]

Top 20[]

Top 10[]

Elimination chart[]

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Did Not Perform Safe Top Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semi-Finals Sing-off Finals
Week: 3/7 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 4/18 4/25 5/2 5/9 5/16
Place Contestant Result
1 Candice Glover Top 10 Top 3 Top 2 Bottom 2 Winner
2 Kree Harrison Top 10 Top 3 Top 3 Top 2 Bottom 2 Runner-up
3 Angie Miller Top 10 Top 3 Top 3 Elim
4 Amber Holcomb Top 10 5th Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
5 Janelle Arthur Top 10 6th Bottom 2 Elim
6 Lazaro Arbos Top 10 4th Bottom 3 Top 3 Elim
7 Burnell Taylor Top 10 7th Bottom 3 Elim
8 Devin Velez Top 10 9th Bottom 3 Elim
9 Paul Jolley Top 10 8th Elim
10 Curtis Finch, Jr. Top 10 Elim
11th-12th Aubrey Cleland Elim Tour
11th-12th Charlie Askew Elim
13–20 Nick Boddington
Zoanette Johnson
Adriana Latonio
Elijah Liu
Vincent Powell
Cortez Shaw
Breanna Steer
Tenna Torres


  • This is the first season to have Keith Urban as a judge.
  • This was the only season to have Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj as judges.
  • This is the final season to have Randy Jackson as a judge.
    • This is the season to have the most judges depart the show, with three.