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The ninth season of American Idol aired from January 12th, 2010 to May 26th, 2010.


Auditions took place in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas and Denver. Guest judges included Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Kristin Chenoweth, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas. A total of 181 contestants received Golden Tickets.

Hollywood Round[]

Ellen DeGeneres permanently joins the judging panel. Like years prior, the 181 contestants perform in groups of eight and sing one after another and get a verdict from the judges immediately afterwards. Following the two days that this round took place, 180 contestants remained. The remaining contestants then try to form in groups of between three and five and around a routine complete with chereography in one night and then perform in front of the judges the following day. After that, 180 contestants were left standing.

Top 24[]

Top 12[]


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Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated Judges' Save
Stage: Semi Finals Finals
Week: 2/25 3/4 3/11 3/17 3/24 3/31 4/7 4/14 4/21 4/28 5/5 5/12 5/19 5/26
Place Contestant Result
1 Lee DeWyze Winner
2 Crystal Bowersox Runner-up
3 Casey James Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
4 Michael Lynche Saved Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Elim
5 Aaron Kelly Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
6 Siobhan Magnus Elim
7 Tim Urban Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
8–9 Katie Stevens Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
Andrew Garcia Bottom 3
10 Didi Benami Elim
11 Paige Miles Bottom 3 Elim
12 Lacey Brown Elim
13–16 Lilly Scott Elim
Alex Lambert
Todrick Hall
Katelyn Epperly
17–20 Haeley Vaughn Elim
Michelle Delamor
Jermaine Sellers
John Park
21–24 Tyler Grady Elim
Ashley Rodriguez
Joe Muñoz
Janell Wheeler


  • This was the last season Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell was a judge.
  • This was the only season where Ellen DeGeneres was a judge.