The Top 12 of season 2 of American Idol started on March 12th, 2003 and finished on May 21st, 2003.

Contestants[edit | edit source]

Clay Aiken Kimberly Caldwell
Corey Clark Julia DeMato
Joshua Gracin Charles Grigsby
Kimberley Locke Vanessa Olivarez
Carmen Rasmusen Rickey Smith
Ruben Studdard Trenyce

Top 12[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Motown"

Kimberley Locke "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" (Martha and the Vandellas) Bottom 3
Joshua Gracin "Baby I Need Your Loving" (The Four Tops) Safe
Charles Grigsby "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Marvin Gaye) Safe
Kimberly Caldwell "Nowhere to Run" (Martha and the Vandellas) Safe
Rickey Smith "1-2-3" (Len Barry) Safe
Julia DeMato "Where Did Our Love Go" (The Supremes) Bottom 3
Clay Aiken "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" (The Four Tops) Safe
Vanessa Olivarez "You Keep Me Hangin'" (The Supremes) Eliminated
Corey Clark "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" (The Isley Brothers) Safe
Carmen Rasmusen "You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes) Safe
Trenyce "Come See About Me" (The Supremes) Safe
Ruben Studdard "Baby I Need Your Loving" (The Four Tops) Safe

Bottom Three: Kimberley Locke, Julia DeMato, Vanessa Olivarez

Top 11[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Music from the Movies"

Corey Clark "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins) Bottom 2
Ruben Studdard "A Whole New World" (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle) Safe
Trenyce "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Safe
Clay Aiken "Somewhere Out There" (Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram) Safe
Kimberly Caldwell "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" (Betty Everett) Safe
Joshua Gracin "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Safe
Carmen Rasmusen "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (Olivia Newton-John) Safe
Charles Grigsby "You Can't Win" (Michael Jackson) Eliminated
Rickey Smith "It Might Be You" (Stephen Bishop) Safe
Julia DeMato "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (Irene Cara) Bottom 3
Kimberley Locke "Home" (Stephanie Mills) Safe

Bottom Three: Corey Clark, Charles Grigsby, Julia DeMato

Top 10[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Country Rock"

Joshua Gracin "Ain't Goin' Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)" (Garth Brooks) Safe
Trenyce "I Need You" (LeAnn Rimes) Safe
Kimberley Locke "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt) Safe
Corey Clark "Drift Away" (John Henry Kurtz) Safe
Carmen Rasmussen "Wild Angels" (Martina McBride) Safe
Rickey Smith "I've Done Enough Dyin' Today" (Larry Gatlin) Bottom 3
Kimberly Caldwell "Anymore" (Travis Tritt) Bottom 2
Ruben Studdard "Sweet Home Alabama" (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Safe
Julia DeMato "Breathe" (Faith Hill) Eliminated
Clay Aiken "Someone Else's Star" (Davis Daniel) Safe

Bottom Three: Rickey Smith, Kimberly Caldwell, Julia DeMato

Although he was declared "safe" from the voting this week, Corey Clark was disqualified from the competition following this week due to his controversy.

Top 8 [Week one][edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Disco"

Rickey Smith "Let's Groove" (Earth, Wind & Fire) Safe
Carmen Rasmusen "Turn the Beat Around" (Vicki Sue Robinson) Bottom 2
Kimberly Caldwell "Knock on Wood" (Eddie Floyd) Safe
Clay Aiken "Everlasting Love" (Robert Knight) Safe
Trenyce "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) Bottom 2
Ruben Studdard "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" (Barry White) Safe
Kimberley Locke "It's Raining Men" (The Weather Girls) Bottom 3
Joshua Gracin "Celebration" (Kool and the Gang) Safe

Bottom Three: Carmen Rasmusen, Trenyce, Kimberley Locke

Because of Corey Clark's dismissal, nobody was eliminated this week. Additionally, the voting from this week would be carried over into the following week.

Top 8 [Week two][edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Billboard Number Ones"

Clay Aiken "At This Moment" (Billy Vera) Safe
Kimberley Locke "My Heart Will Go On" (Celine Dion) Bottom 3
Rickey Smith "Endless Love" (Lionel Richie & Diana Ross) Eliminated
Kimberly Caldwell "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (Bryan Adams) Bottom 2
Joshua Gracin "Amazed" (Lonestar) Safe
Carmen Rasmusen "Call Me" (Blondie) Safe
Trenyce "The Power of Love" (Jennifer Rush) Safe
Ruben Studdard "Kiss and Say Goodbye" (The Manhattans) Safe

Bottom Three: Kimberley Locke, Rickey Smith, Kimberly Caldwell

Top 7[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Billy Joel"

Kimberly Caldwell "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (Billy Joel) Bottom 3
Ruben Studdard "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel) Safe
Kimberley Locke "New York State of Mind" (Billy Joel) Safe
Carmen Rasmusen "And So It Goes" (Billy Joel) Bottom 2
Joshua Gracin "Piano Man" (Billy Joel) Safe
Trenyce "Baby Grand" (Ray Charles & Billy Joel) Bottom 3
Clay Aiken "Tell Her About It" (Billy Joel) Safe

Bottom Three: Kimberly Caldwell, Carmen Rasmusen, Trenyce

Top 6[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Diane Warren"

Kimberley Locke "If You Asked Me To" (Patti LaBelle) Safe
Clay Aiken "I Could Not Ask For More" (Edwin McCain) Safe
Trenyce "Have You Ever?" (Brandy) Bottom 3
Joshua Gracin "That's When I Stop Loving You" (*NSYNC) Bottom 2
Carmen Rasmusen "Love Will Lead You Back" (Taylor Dayne) Eliminated
Ruben Studdard "Music of My Heart" (*NSYNC and Gloria Estefan) Safe

Bottom Three: Trenyce, Joshua Gracin, Carmen Rasmusen

Top 5[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "1960s/Neil Sedaka". Each contestant performed twice.

Ruben Studdard "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (The Temptations) Bottom 2
Trenyce "Proud Mary" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) Eliminated
Joshua Gracin "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" (Don Cherry) Safe
Kimberley Locke "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" (The Miracles) Safe
Clay Aiken "Build Me Up Buttercup" (The Foundtations) Safe
Ruben Studdard "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" (Neil Sedaka) Bottom 2
Trenyce "Love Will Keep Us Together" (Neil Sedaka) Eliminated
Joshua Gracin "Bad Blood" (Neil Sedaka) Safe
Kimberley Locke "Where the Boys Are" (Connie Francis) Safe
Clay Aiken "Solitaire" (Neil Sedaka) Safe

Bottom Two: Ruben Studdard, Trenyce

Top 4[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Bee Gees". The four contestants performed twice this week.

Joshua Gracin "Jive Talkin'" (The Bee Gees) Eliminated
Clay Aiken "To Love Somebody" (The Bee Gees) Safe
Kimberley Locke "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" (Andy Gibb) Bottom 2
Ruben Studdard "Nights on Broadway" (The Bee Gees) Safe
Joshua Gracin "To Love Somebody" (The Bee Gees) Eliminated
Clay Aiken "Grease" (Frankie Valli) Safe
Kimberley Locke "Emotion" (Samantha Sang) Bottom 2
Ruben Studdard "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (The Bee Gees) Safe

Bottom Two: Joshua Gracin, Kimberley Locke

Top 3[edit | edit source]

The theme this week was "Producers' Pick/Judges' Pick/Idol's Pick". The three contestants performed thrice this week.

Kimberley Locke "Band of Gold" (Freda Payne) Eliminated
Ruben Studdard "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
Clay Aiken "Vincent" (Don McLean) Safe
Kimberley Locke "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (Dionne Warwick) Eliminated
Ruben Studdard "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin) Safe
Clay Aiken "Mack the Knife" (Louis Armstrong) Safe
Kimberley Locke "Inseparable" (Natalie Cole) Eliminated
Ruben Studdard "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (Peabo Bryson) Safe
Clay Aiken "Unchained Melody" (Todd Duncan) Safe

Eliminated: Kimberley Locke

Note: Ryan mentioned that less than 4% separated all three contestants in voting.

Season 2 Finale[edit | edit source]

The final two contestants performed three times.

Ruben Studdard "A House is Not a Home" (Dionne Warwick) Winner
Clay Aiken "This is the Night" (Clay Aiken) Runner-Up
Ruben Studdard "Imagine" (John Lennon) Winner
Clay Aiken "Here, There and Everywhere" (The Beatles) Runner-Up
Ruben Studdard "Flying Without Wings" (Westlife) Winner
Clay Aiken "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel) Runner-Up

American Idol: Ruben Studdard

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Lamont Dozier served as a mentor and guest judge for the Top 12 week.
  • The Top 12 sang "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas during the results show.
  • Gladys Knight served as guest judge for the Top 11 week.
  • Kelly Clarkson performed on the Top 11 Performance show, singing "Anytime" from the then-upcoming film From Justin to Kelly in promotion for the film.
  • The Top 11 sang "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes during the results show.
  • Olivia Newton-John served as guest judge for the Top 10 week.
  • The Top 10 sang "When the Blacktop Ends" by Keith Urban and "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood during the Top 10 results show.
  • Verdine White served as guest judge for the first Top 8 week.
  • The Top 8 sang "A Night to Remember" by Shalamar and "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind & Fire during the first Top 8 results show.
  • Lionel Richie served as guest judge for the second Top 8 week.
  • The Top 8 sang "All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie during the second Top 8 results show.
  • Kelly Clarkson performed "Miss Independent" on the second Top 8 results show.
  • Smokey Robinson served as guest judge for the Top 7 week.
  • The Top 7 sang "The Longest Time" by Billy Joel during the Top 7 results show.
  • Diane Warren served as guest judge for the Top 6 week.
  • The Top 6 sang "Shine" by Ashanti during the Top 6 results show.
  • Neil Sedaka served as guest judge for the Top 5 week.
  • The Top 5 sang a 1960s medley during the Top 5 results show.
  • Justin Guarini sang "I Saw Your Face" on the Top 5 results show.
  • The Top 10 (sans Corey Clark) performed "What the World Needs Now is Love" with Burt Bacharach on the piano during the Top 5 results show.
  • During the Top 5 results show, the contestants received a sneak peek of Tamyra Gray's acting debut for her guest appearances in the TV show Boston Public.
  • Robin Gibb served as guest judge for the Top 4 week.
  • The Top 4 sang a Bee Gees medley during the Top 4 results show.
  • The Top 3 sang "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, "Reunited" by Peaches & Herb, and "Solid" by Ashford & Simpson.
  • Tamyra Gray sang "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland and Justin Guarini sang "Unchained Melody" during the Top 3 results show.
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