The eleventh season of American Idol premiered on Fox on January 18, 2012. The show aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c. Ryan Seacrest returned as host, while Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez all returned as judges. Interscope Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine, a songwriter and producer, also returned as an in-house mentor to work with the contestants on a weekly basis. This season followed the same format as season 10, although a new title screen and logo were created, with a different font. Tyler and Lopez announced that they would be leaving the show two months after the finale. Though Lopez later returned as a judge for the show's thirteenth season. The season set a record when 132 million votes were gathered for the finale. On May 23, 2012, Phillip Phillips became the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, beating Jessica Sanchez, the first female recipient of the judges' save. Eight contestants from this season were signed to record labels. The signed artists are Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Heejun Han, Erika Van Pelt and Jeremy Rosado. Skylar Laine signed to 19 Entertainment's management and was in the process of finding a label, but she later parted ways with them.
Television's No. 1 series returns for its highly anticipated 11th season with brand new contestants, a superstar judging panel and the best and worst of auditions. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler traveled across the country to Charleston & Savannah where the good, the bad and the outrageous auditioned for their shot at stardom. This season promises to deliver the most talented group of singers yet and as always, it's up to the viewers to root and vote for their favorite contestants, ultimately crowning the next American Idol.
The auditions continue on the second part of three-night season premiere of American Idolas the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar from Pittsburgh, PA.
The auditions continue on a special, extended primetime broadcast of American Idolas the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar from San Diego, CA.
More auditions are featured on American Idol as the judges try to find the next singing superstar. Don't miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day from Aspen, CO.
The auditions continue on American Idol as the judges travel to Galveston, TX to search for the next singing superstar. Don't miss another round of good, bad and outrageous auditions.
The auditions continue on the new season of American Idol, as the judges travel to Portland, OR in search for the next singing superstar.
In an American Idol exclusive, Madonna will world preview the video for her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. Plus, more auditions – this time from St. Louis, MO – as the judges resume their search to find the next singing superstar.
The Hollywood Round begins as Randy, Jennifer and Steven narrow down the auditioncontestants to see who may get a semifinal spot.
The Hollywood Round continues as Randy, Jennifer and Steven narrow down the contestants after listening to the Group Round Performances.
Contestants try one last time to impress the judges, singing for their lives to prove who deserves to make it to the semi final round. For some, it's the end of the road, but for the first group of semifinalists whose names will be revealed tonight, the next part of the journey is about to begin
A performance round is held in Las Vegas.
The contestants must bring it and sing it in one final performance opportunity to win over the judges, who then reveal the first group of semifinalists.
The judges unveil the remaining semifinalists.
The male semifinalists perform. Viewer voting begins.
The female semifinalists perform.
Finalists are revealed. Also: The judges add their wild-card choices to the final group.
Season 11's finalists perform songs by Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. Mary J. Blige is the mentor.
One finalist is eliminated in a results episode. The performers are Mary J. Blige and Lauren Alaina.
Season 11's finalists must bring it and sing it in a performance edition.
One singer is cut from the competition in a results episode. Daughtry perform.
The finalists perform.
One singer is voted off in a results installment. Guest performers are Lana Del Rey and Haley Reinhart.
The finalists perform songs by their own idols.
A finalist is eliminated in a results episode. Performing: Nicki Minaj and Scotty McCreery.
The finalists perform songs from the 1980s.
One finalist is eliminated in a results edition. Guest performers are the Wanted and Kellie Pickler. Also: the premiere of the Jennifer Lopez music video "Dance Again".
The singers perform.
One singer is eliminated in a results installment. Performing: Jennifer Hudson; Ne-Yo; James Durbin.
The singers perform a current song and a classic soul tune.
One singer is eliminated in a results episode. The performers are LMFAO and Kris Allen.
The singers perform in a Queen-theme episode. Appearing: Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor.
One singer is eliminated. Performing: Katy Perry; the Queen Extravaganza (the official touring Queen tribute group); and Stefano Langone.
The singers perform. The theme is British music.
One singer is eliminated. Performing: Carrie Underwood and Coldplay.
The singers perform. The theme is "California Dreamin'.
A finalist is eliminated in a results show. Jennifer Lopez and David Cook perform.
The final three singers each perform three songs—a judges' choice, Jimmy Iovine's choice and their own choice. They also return to their hometowns to visit family, friends and fans.
A singer is eliminated in a results show. Lisa Marie Presley and Adam Lambert perform.
The two finalists perform in Part 1 of the two-part Season 11 finale. Jason Derulo and Scotty McCreery perform. From the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
The winning singer is revealed in the conclusion of the two-part Season 11 finale. Guest performers include Rihanna, Aerosmith, Neil Diamond and Chaka Khan, John Fogerty, Jennifer Holliday, Fantasia, Jordin Sparks and Reba McEntire. Also: a reunion of the Top 12 contestants.