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American Idol
Season 12
Broadcast from January 16 – May 16, 2013
Judges Randy Jackson
Mariah Carey
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox
Finals venue Nokia Theatre Los Angeles
Winner
James Harrison
Origin Los Angeles, California
Song "Words as Weapons"
Genre(s) Hard rock, alternative metal
Runner-up
Kree Harrison
Chronology
◀ 2013 ▶

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 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, following the third and eighth seasons.

On May 16, 2013, James Harrison was announced the winner of the twelfth season of American Idol, making Kree Harrison the runner-up. From Week 6 onwards James Harrison was the only male left in the competition. So far, two finalists, James Harrison and Angie Miller, are signed to record deals. 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.

Regional auditionsEdit

Episode

Airdate

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 Center 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 31
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

Vegas semifinal roundsEdit

Female Group 1Edit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jenny Beth Willis "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love" Eliminated
2 Tenna Torres "Soulmate" Advanced
3 Adriana Latonio "Ain't No Way" Advanced
4 Brandy Hotard "Anymore" Eliminated
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 This Child" Eliminated
10 Amber Holcomb "My Funny Valentine" Advanced

Male Group 1Edit

Order Contestant Song Result
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
6 Devin Velez "Listen" Advanced
7 Elijah Liu "Talking to the Moon" Advanced
8 Charlie Askew "Rocket Man" Advanced
9 Jimmy Smith "Raining on a Sunday" Eliminated
10 Curtis Finch, Jr. "Superstar" Advanced

Female Group 2Edit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Melinda Ademi "Nobody's Perfect" Eliminated
2 Candice Glover "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Advanced
3 Juliana Chahayed "Skyscraper" Eliminated
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

Male Group 2Edit

Order Contestant Song Result
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 James Harrison "Dirty Diana" Advanced
10 Cortez Shaw "Titanium" Advanced

Semi-finalsEdit

FemalesEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
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" Sing Off1
4 Janelle Arthur "If I Can Dream" Advanced
5 Tenna Torres "Lost" Eliminated
6 Angie Miller "Never Gone" Advanced
7 Amber Holcomb "I Believe in You and Me" Advanced
8 Kree Harrison "Stronger" Advanced
9 Adriana Latonio "Stand Up for Love" Eliminated
10 Candice Glover "Ordinary People" Advanced

MalesEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Elijah Liu "Stay" Eliminated
2 Cortez Shaw "Locked out of Heaven" Eliminated
3 Charlie Askew "Mama" Sing Off1
4 Nick Boddington "Iris" Eliminated
5 Burnell Taylor "I'm Here" Advanced
6 Paul Jolley "Just a Fool" Advanced
7 James Harrison "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

Victory SongsEdit

Order Contestant Song
1 Paul Jolley "Alone"
2 Burnell Taylor "Ready for Love"
3 Curtis Finch, Jr. "So High"
4 Devin Velez "The Power of One (Change the World)"
5 James Harrison "Uprising"
6 Janelle Arthur "Home"
7 Candice Glover "I'm Going Down"
8 Angie Miller "I Was Here"
9 Amber Holcomb "I'm Every Woman"
10 Kree Harrison "Evidence"

FinalistsEdit

Females Males
Contestant Age Date of birth Hometown Audition location Contestant Age Date of birth Hometown Audition location
Candice Glover 23 November 22, 1989 Beaufort, SC Charlotte, NC James Harrison 18 February 6, 1994 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA
Kree Harrison 22 May 17, 1990 Woodville, TX Oklahoma City, OK Burnell Taylor 19 April 14, 1993 New Orleans, LA Baton Rouge, LA
Angie Miller 18 February 17, 1994 Beverly, MA New York City, NY Devin Velez 18 April 22, 1994 Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Amber Holcomb 18 March 17, 1994 Houston, TX San Antonio, TX Paul Jolley 22 January 27, 1990 Palmersville, TN Baton Rouge, LA
Janelle Arthur 23 December 12, 1989 Oliver Springs, TN Charlotte, NC Curtis Finch, Jr. 24 August 19, 1988 St. Louis, MO Chicago, IL

Top 10 – Music of the American IdolEdit

Order Contestant Song Former Idol Winner Result
1 Curtis Finch, Jr. "I Believe" Fantasia Barrino Eliminated
2 Janelle Arthur "Gone" Scotty McCreery Safe
3 Devin Velez "Temporary Home" Carrie Underwood Bottom 3
4 Angie Miller "I Surrender" Kelly Clarkson Safe
5 Paul Jolley "Amazed" Scotty McCreery Bottom 3
6 Candice Glover "I (Who Have Nothing)" Jordin Sparks Safe
7 James Harrison "See You Tonight" Scotty McCreery Safe
8 Kree Harrison "Crying" Carrie Underwood Safe
9 Burnell Taylor "Flying Without Wings" Ruben Studdard Safe
10 Amber Holcomb "A Moment Like This" Kelly Clarkson Safe

Top 9 – The BeatlesEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
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 James Harrison "Can't Buy Me Love" Safe
5 Candice Glover "Come Together" Safe
6 Paul Jolley "Eleanor Rigby" Eliminated
7 Angie Miller "Yesterday" Safe
8 Devin Velez "The Long and Winding Road" Bottom 3
9 Janelle Arthur "I Will" Safe

Top 8 – Music of Motor CityEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Candice Glover "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Safe
2 Janelle Arthur & Kree Harrison "Like a Prayer" N/A
3 James Harrison Lose Yourself Safe
4 Janelle Arthur "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Bottom 3
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
9 Amber Holcomb "Lately" Safe
10 James Harrison, 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

Top 7 – RockEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Burnell Taylor "You Give Love a Bad Name" Eliminated
2 James Harrison & 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 Maybe Right" Bottom 2
6 James Harrison "In Chains" 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) Satisfcation" Safe
9 Amber Holcomb "What About Love" Safe
10 Angie Miller "Bring Me to Life" Top 3

Top 6 – Burt Bacharach and Hal David / Songs They Wish They'd WrittenEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Angie Miller "Anyone Who Had a Heart" Safe
2 Amber Holcomb "I Say a Little Prayer" Bottom 2
3 Candice Glover "Don't Make Me Over" 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 James Harrison "Magic Moments" Top 2
7 Angie Miller "Love Came Down" Safe
8 Amber Holcomb "Love on Top" Bottom 2
9 Candice Glover "Lovesong" Eliminated
10 Kree Harrison "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Top 2
11 Janelle Arthur "The Dance" Safe
12 James Harrison "Prayer" Top 2

Top 5 – Year They Were Born / DivasEdit

Order Contestant Song Year/Diva(s) Result
1 James Harrison I'm Broken 1994 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 James Harrison "Sweet Dreams" Beyoncé Safe
7 Janelle Arthur "Dumb Blonde" Dolly Parton Eliminated
8 Kree Harrison "Have You Ever Been in Love" Celine Dion Bottom 2
9 Angie Miller "Halo" Beyoncé Safe
10 Amber Holcomb "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" Barbra Streisand Safe

Top 4 (first week) – Contestant's Choice / One-Hit Wonders (AT&T Idol™ Fan Theme Pick)Edit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Amber Holcomb "The Power of Love" Bottom 2
2 James Harrison "Sober" Safe
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 James Harrison & Angie Miller "Stay" N/A
7 Amber Holcomb "MacArthur Park" Bottom 2
8 James Harrison "Tubthumping" Bottom 2
9 Kree Harrison "A Whiter Sade of Pale" Safe
10 Angie Miller "Cry Me a River" Safe

Top 4 (second week) – Songs from Now and ThenEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Angie Miller "Diamonds Safe
2 Amber Holcomb "Just Give Me a Reason" Eliminated
3 James Harrison "Release the Panic" 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 James Harrison "You've Changed Safe
8 Kree Harrison "Stormy Weather" Safe
9 James Harrison, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb & Angie Miller "Bring Me Back to Life" N/A

Top 3 – Jimmy Iovine's Choice / Judges' Choice / Producers' ChoiceEdit

Order Contestant Song Chosen By Result
1 Kree Harrison "Fuckin' Perfect: Jimmy Iovine Safe
2 James Harrison "One" Jimmy Iovine Safe
3 Angie Miller "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Jimmy Iovine Eliminated
4 James Harrison "Sad but True" Judges Safe
5 Angie Miller "Try" Judges Eliminated
6 Kree Harrison "Here Comes Goodbye" Judges Safe
7 Angie Miller "Maybe" Producers Eliminated
8 Kree Harrison "Better Dig Two" Producers Safe
9 James Harrison "Hesitate" Producers Safe

Top 2 – Simon Fuller's Choice / Winner's Single / Favorite PerformanceEdit

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Kree Harrison "Angel" Runner-up
2 James Harrison "Bother" Winner
3 Kree Harrison "All Cried Out" Runner-up
4 James Harrison "Words as Weapons" Winner
5 Kree Harrison "Up to the Moutain (MLK song)" Runner-up
6 James Harrison "Sober" Winner

Elimination chartEdit

Stage: Finals
Week: 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 4/18 4/251 5/2 5/9 5/16
Place Contestant Result
1 James Harrison Top 3 Top 3 Top 2 Winner
2 Kree Harrison Top 3 Top 3 Top 2 Bottom 2 Runner-up
3 Angie Miller Top 3 Top 3 Bottom 2 Elim
4 Amber Holcomb 5th Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
5 Janelle Arthur 6th Bottom 2 Elim
6 Candice Glover 4th Bottom 3 Elim
7 Burnell Taylor 7th Bottom 3 Elim
8 Devin Velez 9th Bottom 3 Elim
9 Paul Jolley 8th Elim
10 Curtis Finch, Jr. Elim

^Note 1 During the week of April 25, there was no eliminated contestant and it was not announced if Candice Glover or Amber Holcomb had the least amount of 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.