|Broadcast from||January 16 -|
May 16, 2013
|Broadcaster||Fox Broadcasting Company|
|Finals venue||Nokia Theatre L.A. Live|
Glover singing the National Anthem at Citi Field in Queens, New York
|Origin||St. Helena Island, South Carolina|
|Song||"I Am Beautiful"|
The twelfth season of American Idol premiered on January 16, 2013, as part of the mid-season of the 2012-13 network television season.Ryan Seacrest returned to host. Randy Jackson returned for his twelfth season as judge and was joined by new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, who replaced Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
The season was the third to have four judges, after the eighth and ninth seasons. It was also the first season in the show's history where all the finalists of one gender (male) were eliminated before any finalists of the opposite gender, thus making it the first to not only have an all-female top 5, but also the first season since the sixth to produce a female winner, as well as the first season since the third to have a finale consisting of two women. It was also the first season where the judges did not use the "Judges' Save" since its introduction in the eighth season. This was the third season where both finalists were in the bottom three or two at some point in the competition.
On May 16, 2013, Candice Glover was announced the winner of the twelfth season of American Idol, making Kree Harrison the runner-up. Glover also became the third African-American female behind Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks to win the show. Glover was also the last female contestant to win the competition in the show's run on Fox. In a series first, Glover's debut album, Music Speaks, was available for pre-order immediately following the finale broadcast. This was the only season to feature Carey and Minaj as judges, who both decided to leave the show in May 2013 to focus on their music careers.
After a sharp drop in ratings during the eleventh season, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced that the show would undergo "some creative tweaking" for the following season. After two seasons, judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their exits from the series on July 12 and 13, 2012, respectively. On July 23, Mariah Carey was announced as a judge for the twelfth season. On September 16, returning judge Randy Jackson and new hires Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were confirmed to be serving on the panel. On December 31, 2012, it was announced that Ryan Seacrest has signed on to remain the host for at least two more seasons.
Producer Nigel Lythgoe indicated on January 9, 2013, that during the Hollywood rounds, the girls and boys would perform on separate weeks. The separation of the sexes would continue in the Vegas round right up until the Top 10. There would not be a Top 12 or wild cards, but he publicly stated he was contemplating the idea of ranking the singers by their vote totals as well as the possibility of breaking out voting data by geographic region. This is the first season to introduce the "Sudden death"-round in which the top 40 already has to perform in front of a live audience. The judges pick five out of the ten contestants per show to proceed to the top 20. The number of finalists was limited to ten which happened last in the inaugural season.
This season also introduced the SuperVote where viewers were able to cast fifty votes at once online or through the new American Idol App, in addition to all the regular voting methods. Voters are able to allocate any number of votes for one contestant or multiple contestants, for a total of fifty votes, across all online voting destinations.
This season is also notable for showcasing an "Idol Update" segment by bringing back many Idol alumni to perform on the result shows or as a guest in the audience. Such performers were Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, Colton Dixon and Jessica Sanchez. In addition, three former judges made appearances on this season. Paula Abdul returned to the show briefly on the Top 5 result night, Tyler appeared dressed up posing as a contestant during the audition rounds and Lopez performed the night of the finale.
In an attempt to refresh the show's audition process, new ways to audition were announced. First is the "American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour", a ten town nationwide tour that will give hopefuls who couldn't make it to one of the large audition cities a chance to try out. The cities are Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Montana; Casper, Wyoming; Rock Rapids, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Joplin, Missouri; Dodge City, Kansas and Grand Junction, Colorado. Idol is also starting the "Nominate an Idol" program, which will let friends and family of individuals they think could be the next American Idol nominate said person in secret by filling out an online form and existing video or URL of their nominee--they must be singing solo and a cappella. The chosen auditions will then be surprised on location by a film crew and given an opportunity to advance to the next round. Finally, online auditions for season 12 were open from August 1 to 14, 2012, and October 12 to November 4, 2012. Auditions took place in the following cities:
|Audition city||Date||Audition venue||Callback date||Callback venue||Golden tickets|
|January 16, 2013||Newark, New Jersey||June 23, 2012||Prudential Center||September 16 & 17, 2012||Jazz at Lincoln Center, (New York City, New York)||41|
|January 17, 2013||Chicago, Illinois||July 12, 2012||United Center||September 25 & 26, 2012||Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum||47|
|January 23, 2013||Charlotte, North Carolina||June 19, 2012||Time Warner Cable Arena||October 2 & 3, 2012||Charlotte Motor Speedway, (Concord, North Carolina)||37|
|January 24, 2013||New Orleans, Louisiana||July 17, 2012||New Orleans Arena||October 5 & 6, 2012||Baton Rouge River Center, (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)||35|
|January 30, 2013||San Antonio, Texas||June 14, 2012||Alamodome||November 11 & 12, 2012||Sunset Station||31a|
|Los Angeles, California||June 7, 2012||Dodger Stadium||November 14 & 15, 2012||Queen Mary, (Long Beach, California)||50|
|January 31, 2013||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||July 20, 2012||Chesapeake Energy Arena||November 9 & 10, 2012||Devon Boathouse||45|
|Total number of tickets to Hollywood||286|
For the first time, the Hollywood rounds were held in the Valley Performance Arts Center in Northridge, California. The contestants were separated by gender, with the male contestants performing in the first week, and the female the next. There were three rounds in each week - the a cappella, the group, and the solo rounds. Unlike previous seasons, the groups in the group round were chosen by the producers, although each group was able to select a song from a list of twenty songs to perform. The males performed February 6 and 7 and the females performed February 13 and 14. The contestants sang a cappella solos in groups of eight and the judges chose only a few of them to move on to group round that same night and for the first time, the producers picked the groups. On the second night, the contestants performed solos. They were then divided into groups of eight, and only a few of them moved on. The judges picked 20 males and 20 females to perform in front of a live studio audience at The Beatles Love by Cirque De Soleil at The Mirage. Five were eliminated, while five advanced.
The semi-finals round took place at The Beatles Love by Cirque De Soleil at The Mirage. The forty people who made it then faced the "sudden death" Las Vegas round and only twenty moved on. The contestants were divided into four gender-separated groups of ten, with the female groups airing on Wednesdays and the male groups airing on Thursdays between February 20 and 28. Each group performed in front of the judges and a studio audience, singing a standard ninety-second solo with the judges critiquing them at the end. When everyone had performed, they were called out one by one to face the judges, who - based on how they performed - would either eliminate them or advance them to the live semi-final voting round.
|1||Jenny Beth Willis||"Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love"||Eliminated|
|3||Adriana Latonio||"Ain't No Way"||Advanced|
|5||Shubha Vedula||"Born This Way"||Eliminated|
|6||Kamaria Ousley||"Mr. Know It All"||Eliminated|
|7||Kree Harrison||"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)"||Advanced|
|8||Angie Miller||"Nobody's Perfect"||Advanced|
|9||Isabelle Pasqualone||"God Bless the Child"||Eliminated|
|10||Amber Holcomb||"My Funny Valentine"||Advanced|
|1||Paul Jolley||"Tonight I Wanna Cry"||Advanced|
|2||Johnny Keyser||"I Won't Give Up"||Eliminated|
|3||JDA||"Rumour Has It"||Eliminated|
|4||Kevin Harris||"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"||Eliminated|
|5||Chris Watson||"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"||Eliminated|
|7||Elijah Liu||"Talking to the Moon"||Advanced|
|8||Charlie Askew||"Rocket Man"||Advanced|
|9||Jimmy Smith||"Raining on Sunday"||Eliminated|
|10||Curtis Finch, Jr.||"Superstar"||Advanced|
|1||Melinda Ademi||"Nobody's Perfect"||Eliminated|
|2||Candice Glover||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Advanced|
|4||Jett Hermano||"Only Girl (in the World)"||Eliminated|
|5||Cristabel Clack||"No One"||Eliminated|
|6||Aubrey Cleland||"Sweet Dreams"||Advanced|
|7||Rachel Hale||"Nothing But the Water"||Eliminated|
|8||Breanna Steer||"Bust Your Windows"||Advanced|
|9||Janelle Arthur||"Just a Kiss"||Advanced|
|10||Zoanette Johnson||"Circle of Life"||Advanced|
|1||Mathenee Treco||"A Little Less Conversation"||Eliminated|
|2||Gurpreet Singh Sarin||"Nothing Ever Hurt Like You"||Eliminated|
|3||Vincent Powell||"Cause I Love You"||Advanced|
|4||Nick Boddington||"Say Something Now"||Advanced|
|5||Josh Holiday||"I'm Better with You"||Eliminated|
|6||David Oliver Willis||"Fever"||Eliminated|
|7||Bryant Tadeo||"New York State of Mind"||Eliminated|
|8||Burnell Taylor||"This Time"||Advanced|
|9||Lazaro Arbos||"Tonight I Wanna Cry"||Advanced|
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The following is a list of Top 20 semi-finalists who failed to reach the finals:
|Contestant||Age||Date of birth||Hometown||Audition location||Contestant||Age||Date of birth||Hometown||Audition location|
|Aubrey Cleland||19||July 10, 1993||West Linn, Oregon||Los Angeles, California||Charlie Askew||17||November 28, 1995||Little Rock, Arkansas||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Zoanette Johnson||20||December 6, 1992||Tulsa, Oklahoma||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Nick Boddington||27||April 22, 1985||Memphis, Tennessee||Newark, New Jersey|
|Adriana Latonio||17||January 11, 1996||Anchorage, Alaska||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Elijah Liu||18||September 7, 1994||Rowland Heights, California||Los Angeles, California|
|Breanna Steer||18||July 13, 1994||LaPlace, Louisiana||New Orleans, Louisiana||Vincent Powell||29||August 12, 1983||Austin, Texas||San Antonio, Texas|
|Tenna Torres||28||February 26, 1984||New York City, New York||Newark, New Jersey||Cortez Shaw||21||December 8, 1989||Dallas, Texas||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
The Top 20 semi-finals continue at The Beatles Love stage in Las Vegas. The three-night event marked the first week viewers were allowed to cast votes. On the first night, the top ten females performed; on the second night, the top ten males followed; and on the third night, the show moved back to Los Angeles and only five males and five females advanced while the rest were eliminated. A new format was introduced for the revealing of the results: Ryan walked backstage into the green room and, one by one, announced the contestant who would advance to the finals. The live studio audience and judges did not know the results until the contestants walked out on stage. Each of them sang their victory song. After the results were announced, Ryan revealed that there will be a sing-off next week during the finals between the sixth placing male and female contestant who did not make the top ten. They would compete to join the American Idol tour.
|1||Zoanette Johnson||"What's Love Got to Do with It"||Eliminated|
|2||Breanna Steer||"Flaws and All"||Eliminated|
|3||Aubrey Cleland||"Big Girls Don't Cry"||Eliminated1|
|4||Janelle Arthur||"If I Can Dream"||Advanced|
|6||Angie Miller||"Never Gone"||Advanced|
|7||Amber Holcomb||"I Believe in You and Me"||Advanced|
|9||Adriana Latonio||"Stand Up for Love"||Eliminated|
|10||Candice Glover||"Ordinary People"||Advanced|
|2||Cortez Shaw||"Locked Out of Heaven"||Eliminated|
|5||Burnell Taylor||"I'm Here"||Advanced|
|6||Paul Jolley||"Just a Fool"||Advanced|
|7||Lazaro Arbos||"Feeling Good"||Advanced|
|8||Curtis Finch, Jr.||"I Believe I Can Fly"||Advanced|
|9||Devin Velez||"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"||Advanced|
|10||Vincent Powell||"End of the Road"||Eliminated|
|2||Burnell Taylor||"Ready for Love"|
|3||Curtis Finch, Jr.||"So High"|
|4||Devin Velez||"The Power of One (Change the World)"|
|5||Lazaro Arbos||"Bridge over Troubled Water"|
|7||Candice Glover||"I'm Going Down"|
|8||Angie Miller||"I Was Here"|
|9||Amber Holcomb||"I'm Every Woman"|
a b Cleland and Askew did qualify for the Sing-off, but, like the other four semi-finalists from each respective gender group who failed to reach the finals and were eliminated, did not compete in the finals.
All of season 12's finalists will participate in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013. Semifinalist Aubrey Cleland will also participate in the tour.
In this season, there are ten weeks of the finals and ten finalists, with one finalist eliminated per week based on the American public's votes (exception includes the Top 4-non-elimination week). Previous season's winner Phillip Phillips recorded the song "Gone, Gone, Gone" as the send-off song played when a contestant is eliminated. Jimmy Iovine resumed duties as a weekly mentor to the contestants, frequently assisted by guest mentors. This is the first season in American Idol history in which all of the contestants of one gender were voted off before anyone of the opposite gender.
The contestants performed a song that a previous American Idol winner performed while on the show, including their coronation songs, or a song they recorded in their post-Idol career. Two more acts were presented on the Top 10 results show, for one last spot in the Idol tour 2013. They were Aubrey Cleland and Charlie Askew, who were the sixth-place finishers for each respective gender group. The results were announced the next episode.
|Order||Contestant||Song||Former Idol Winner||Result|
|1||Curtis Finch, Jr.||"I Believe"||Fantasia Barrino||Eliminated|
|2||Janelle Arthur||"Gone"||Scotty McCreery||6th|
|3||Devin Velez||"Temporary Home"||Carrie Underwood||9th|
|4||Angie Miller||"I Surrender"||Kelly Clarkson||Top 3|
|5||Paul Jolley||"Amazed"||Scotty McCreery||8th|
|6||Candice Glover||"I (Who Have Nothing)"||Jordin Sparks||Top 3|
|7||Lazaro Arbos||"Breakaway"||Kelly Clarkson||4th|
|8||Kree Harrison||"Crying"||Carrie Underwood||Top 3|
|9||Burnell Taylor||"Flying Without Wings"||Ruben Studdard||7th|
|10||Amber Holcomb||"A Moment Like This"||Kelly Clarkson||5th|
Before the results were announced, Charlie Askew performed "Sky Blue Diamond" and Aubrey Cleland performed "Out Here On My Own".
Aubrey Cleland was announced as the winner of AT&T fan tour save against Charlie Askew.
|1||Kree Harrison||"With a Little Help from My Friends"||Safe|
|2||Burnell Taylor||"Let It Be"||Safe|
|3||Amber Holcomb||"She's Leaving Home"||Bottom 3|
|4||Lazaro Arbos||"In My Life"||Safe|
|5||Candice Glover||"Come Together"||Safe|
|6||Paul Jolley||"Eleanor Rigby"||Eliminated|
|8||Devin Velez||"The Long and Winding Road"||Bottom 3|
|9||Janelle Arthur||"I Will"||Safe|
Mentor: Smokey Robinson
The contestants sang songs from any artist who is from Detroit. Duets and trios were also introduced during this week.
|1||Candice Glover||"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"||Safe|
|2||Janelle Arthur & Kree Harrison||"Like a Prayer"||N/A|
|3||Lazaro Arbos||"For Once in My Life"||Bottom 2|
|4||Janelle Arthur||"You Keep Me Hangin' On"||Safe|
|5||Devin Velez||"The Tracks of My Tears"||Eliminated|
|6||Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb & Angie Miller||"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"||N/A|
|7||Burnell Taylor||"My Cherie Amour"||Bottom 3|
|8||Angie Miller||"Shop Around"||Safe|
|10||Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor & Devin Velez||"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"||N/A|
|11||Kree Harrison||"Don't Play That Song (You Lied)"||Safe|
|1||Burnell Taylor||"You Give Love a Bad Name"||Eliminated|
|2||Lazaro Arbos & Angie Miller||"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"||N/A|
|3||Kree Harrison||"Piece of My Heart"||Top 3|
|4||Candice Glover & Burnell Taylor||"The Letter"||N/A|
|5||Janelle Arthur||"You May Be Right"||Bottom 2|
|6||Lazaro Arbos||"We Are the Champions"||Top 3|
|7||Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb||"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"||N/A|
|8||Candice Glover||"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"||Safe|
|9||Amber Holcomb||"What About Love"||Safe|
|10||Angie Miller||"Bring Me to Life"||Top 3|
|1||Angie Miller||"Anyone Who Had a Heart"||Safe|
|2||Amber Holcomb||"I Say a Little Prayer"||Bottom 2|
|3||Lazaro Arbos||"(They Long to Be) Close to You"||Eliminated|
|4||Kree Harrison||"What the World Needs Now Is Love"||Top 2|
|5||Janelle Arthur||"I'll Never Fall in Love Again"||Safe|
|6||Candice Glover||"Don't Make Me Over"||Top 2|
|7||Angie Miller||"Love Came Down"||Safe|
|8||Amber Holcomb||"Love on Top"||Bottom 2|
|10||Kree Harrison||"Help Me Make It Through the Night"||Top 2|
|11||Janelle Arthur||"The Dance"||Safe|
|12||Candice Glover||"Lovesong"||Top 2|
|1||Candice Glover||"Straight Up"||1989||Safe|
|2||Janelle Arthur||"When I Call Your Name"||1989||Eliminated|
|3||Kree Harrison||"She Talks to Angels"||1990||Bottom 2|
|4||Angie Miller||"I'll Stand by You"||1994||Safe|
|5||Amber Holcomb||"Without You"||1994||Safe|
|6||Candice Glover||"When You Believe"||Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston||Safe|
|7||Janelle Arthur||"Dumb Blonde"||Dolly Parton||Eliminated|
|8||Kree Harrison||"Have You Ever Been in Love"||Celine Dion||Bottom 2|
|10||Amber Holcomb||"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?"||Barbra Streisand||Safe|
|1||Amber Holcomb||"The Power of Love"||Bottom 2|
|2||Candice Glover||"Find Your Love"||Bottom 2|
|3||Kree Harrison||"It Hurt So Bad"||Safe|
|4||Angie Miller||"Who You Are"||Safe|
|5||Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb||"Rumour Has It"||N/A|
|6||Candice Glover & Angie Miller||"Stay"||N/A|
|7||Amber Holcomb||"MacArthur Park"||Bottom 2|
|8||Candice Glover||"Emotion"||Bottom 2|
|9||Kree Harrison||"A Whiter Shade of Pale"||Safe|
|10||Angie Miller||"Cry Me a River"||Safe|
On the results night, Ryan Seacrest revealed that Holcomb and Glover were in the bottom 2. However, the two contestants were then declared safe together with Miller and Harrison and no one was eliminated. Seacrest stated that due to the save not being used, it was a surprise non-elimination round and votes for that week would be carried over to the following week.
Mentor: Harry Connick, Jr.
|2||Amber Holcomb||"Just Give Me a Reason"||Eliminated|
|3||Candice Glover||"When I Was Your Man"||Safe|
|4||Kree Harrison||"See You Again"||Safe|
|5||Angie Miller||"Someone to Watch Over Me"||Safe|
|6||Amber Holcomb||"My Funny Valentine"||Eliminated|
|7||Candice Glover||"You've Changed"||Safe|
|8||Kree Harrison||"Stormy Weather"||Safe|
|9||Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb & Angie Miller||"Wings"||N/A|
Host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Holcomb received the fewest votes for those two weeks of Top 4 and was sent home.
Each contestant will perform a song chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine, the judges and the producers.
|1||Kree Harrison||"Fuckin' Perfect"||Jimmy Iovine||Safe|
|2||Candice Glover||"One"||Jimmy Iovine||Safe|
|3||Angie Miller||"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Jimmy Iovine||Eliminated|
|4||Candice Glover||"Next to Me"||Judges||Safe|
|6||Kree Harrison||"Here Comes Goodbye"||Judges||Safe|
|8||Kree Harrison||"Better Dig Two"||Producers||Safe|
Each contestant will perform a song chosen by creator Simon Fuller, their debut single and a reprisal of one of their previous favorites.
|2||Candice Glover||"Chasing Pavements"||Winner|
|3||Kree Harrison||"All Cried Out"||Runner-up|
|4||Candice Glover||"I Am Beautiful"||Winner|
|5||Kree Harrison||"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)"||Runner-up|
|6||Candice Glover||"I (Who Have Nothing)"||Winner|
|Females||Males||Top 20||Top 10||Sing-off||Winner|
|Did Not Perform||Safe||Top||Safe First||Safe Last||Eliminated|
|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|
|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|
^Note 1 Cleland received the most votes in the sing-off and was permitted to participate in the summer tour along with the Top 10 finalists.
^Note 2 During the week of April 25, there was no eliminated contestant and it was not announced if Candice Glover or Amber Holcomb had the fewest votes. This was due to the fact that the save was not used during the Top 5 so the Top 4 remained intact for another week. That week's votes were added to the votes for the week of May 2.
|Week||Performer(s)||Title||Hot 100 reaction||Digital sales reaction||Performance type|
|Top 10||Bon Jovi||"Because We Can"||did not chart||12,000 (+128%)||pre-recorded|
|Phillip Phillips||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||59 (+41)||65,000 (+257%)||live|
|Top 9||Casey Abrams||"I Saw Her Standing There"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo||"Tonight"||did not chart||13,000 (debut)||live|
|Top 8||Colton Dixon||"Love Has Come For Me"||did not chart||--||live|
|OneRepublic with Katharine McPhee||"If I Lose Myself"||89 (re-entry)||36,681 (+284%)||live|
|Keith Urban||"Long Hot Summer"||did not chart||--||live|
|Top 7||Casey James||"The Good Life"||did not chart||--||live|
|Carrie Underwood||"See You Again"||90||--||live|
|Top 6||Scotty McCreery||"See You Tonight"||94 (debut)||46,000 (debut)||live|
|Kelly Clarkson||"People Like Us"||did not chart||17,000 (+1,214%)||live|
|Top 5||Clay Aiken||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Fantasia Barrino||"Lose to Win"||did not chart||15,000 (+383%)||live|
|Stefano Langone||"Yes to Love"||did not chart||--||live|
|Lee DeWyze||"Silver Lining"||did not chart||11,000 (debut)||live|
|David Cook||"Laying Me Low"||did not chart||14,000 (debut)||live|
|will.i.am||"Bang Bang"||did not chart||TBA||pre-recorded|
|Harry Connick, Jr.||"Every Man Should Know"||did not chart||TBA||live|
|Top 3||Lauren Alaina||"Barefoot and Buckwild"||TBA||19,000 (debut) ||live|
|Mariah Carey featuring Miguel||"#Beautiful"||24 (debut)||114,000 (debut)||music video premiere|
|Alicia Keys||"Tears Always Win"||did not chart||15,000 (debut) ||pre-recorded|
|Top 2||Carly Rae Jepsen||"Take a Picture"||did not chart||--||live|
|American Idol Top 10||"Glad You Came"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|The Band Perry & Janelle Arthur||"DONE."||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|American Idol Boys||"Let's Hang On!" / "Walk Like a Man" / "Who Loves You"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Frankie Valli & American Idol Boys||"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" / "Grease"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Mariah Carey & Randy Jackson||"Vision of Love" / "Make It Happen" / "My All" / "Hero" / "We Belong Together" / "#Beautiful"||unreleased||unreleased||pre-recorded|
|Emeli Sandé & Amber Holcomb||"Next to Me"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Keith Urban||"Little Bit of Everything"||94 (Debut)||38,000 (debut)||pre-recorded|
|Jennifer Hudson & Candice Glover||"Inseparable"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Adam Lambert & Angie Miller||"Titanium"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Jessie J & Angie Miller||"Domino"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Travis Barker & Kree Harrison||"Where the Blacktop Ends"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Aretha Franklin & American Idol Girls||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" / "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" / "Respect" / "Think"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull||"Live It Up"||62 (11+)||TBA||live|
|Candice Glover & Kree Harrison||"One Less Bell to Answer" / "A House Is Not a Home"||unreleased||unreleased||live|
|Candice Glover||"I Am Beautiful"||93 (debut)||54,000 (debut)||live|
|"--" denotes no figure was available.|
A video was leaked to TMZ in October 2012 which showed Nicki Minaj erupting in a tirade against Mariah Carey during the audition in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was also claimed that Minaj was heard saying off-camera, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch." Minaj however denied that she had made the threat. Ryan Seacrest said that the dispute "went a little too far", while Keith Urban jokingly said "I was the UN", and the feud elicited a comment from President Barack Obama that Carey and Minaj will "sort it out". In an interview with Barbara Walters on The View aired on January 7, 2013, Carey said that, due to Minaj's threats, it "felt like an unsafe work environment," and claimed that she had boosted her personal security. Minaj has stated that Barbara Walters never attempted to contact her for comment regarding her side of the story. Carey also said that she has since made up with Minaj. Carey's then husband Nick Cannon claimed that the feud was used by American Idol producers to generate interest and ratings. Producer Nigel Lythgoe however denied that he was responsible for leaking the video or that it was a publicity stunt, and said that he had no plans to use the footage in advance of or during the season. Fox executive Mike Darnell described the buzz due to the feud as being great, but later said that "a rogue crew member probably took the video and sent it to TMZ. We did not encourage it." The aired episode of the Charlotte audition did not show the tirade and what was shown appeared to have no real linear connection with the leaked footage.
In April 2013, Carey noted during an episode of American Idol that Minaj had not had a number one song on the US Billboard Hot 100. The following day, Minaj took to Twitter to post what have been described as "extremely harsh" insults against Carey. She labelled the singer as "insecure" and "bitter", while also referencing a widely spread rumor that the producers of American Idol wanted to bring Jennifer Lopez back to the panel after a significant decline in ratings this season; "All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that", Minaj tweeted. In November 2013, Carey stated that "American Idol was like going to work everyday in hell with Satan".
In later years, in an interview with Andy Cohen, producers of the show stated that the one people thought was the problem actually wasn't the problem. They implied that it was Carey who started and continued the feud between the two, while Minaj was painted in a wrong way.
Two of the contestants from season 12 also auditioned for the subsequent season and made into the Top 30.
One contestant from season 12 also auditioned for the subsequent season and made into the Top 24.
One contestant from season 12 also auditioned for the subsequent season and made it into the top 24.
The Wednesday episodes had an average viewer number of 15.04 million with a 4.6 rating in the 18/49 demo, while the Thursday episodes had an average viewer number of 14.64 million and a 4.3 in 18/49 demo. The average figure represents a drop 23% from the previous year.