Season 7 - American Idol (2002)
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American Idol (2002)

Country: USA

Genres: Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV

Taglines: Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins.

Director: Bruce Gowers, Ken Warwick, Gregg Gelfand, John Pritchett, ...

Writers: Simon Fuller

Stars: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, ...

Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star Search" clone. After each song that was sung, the judges, Abdul, Jackson and Cowell, then critique that finalist's chosen song. After each show's ending, America must vote for a finalist to whom they really think their performance is good using this AT&T (now Cingular Wireless) or any other cellular phone to cast votes with. Once the votes are locked in, the judges and America decides who has the most and the least amount of votes, and the contestant with the least amount of votes is eliminated, and it goes on each week's show until the winner is crowned as "American Idol," where he/she wins a recording contract worth up to $1,000,000. The rest of the other finalists to whom they have been voted off before (the runner-up) also get recording contracts, too.

Seasons:   Unknown - 14 - 13 - 12 - 11 - 10 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9

Season 7 Series:

15 Jan 2008
S7, Ep1 - Auditions: Philadelphia

16 Jan 2008
S7, Ep2 - Auditions: Dallas

22 Jan 2008
S7, Ep3 - Auditions: San Diego

23 Jan 2008
S7, Ep4 - Charleston Auditions

29 Jan 2008
S7, Ep5 - Omaha Auditions

30 Jan 2008
S7, Ep6 - Auditions: Miami

05 Feb 2008
S7, Ep7 - Atlanta Auditions

06 Feb 2008
S7, Ep8 - Best of the Rest Auditions

12 Feb 2008
S7, Ep9 - Hollywood Round 1

13 Feb 2008
S7, Ep10 - Hollywood Round 2

19 Feb 2008
S7, Ep11 - The Top 12 Boys Perform

Song choices: David Hernandez -- "In the Midnight Hour" Chikezie Eze -- "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday" David Cook -- "Happy Together" Jason Yeager -- "Moon River" Robbie Carrico -- "One" David Archuleta -- "Shop Around" Danny Noriega -- "Jailhouse Rock" Luke Menard -- "Everybody's Talkin'" Colton Berry -- "Suspicious Minds" Garrett Haley -- "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" Jason Castro -- "What a Day For a Daydream" Michael Johns -- "Light My Fire"
20 Feb 2008
S7, Ep12 - The Top 12 Girls Perform

Songs performed: Kristy Lee Cook -- "Rescue Me" Joanne Borgella -- "I Say a Little Prayer" Alaina Whitaker -- "More Today Than Yesterday" Amanda Overmyer -- "Baby Please Don't Go" Amy Davis -- "Where the Boys Are" Brooke White -- "Happy Together" Alexandrea Lushington -- "Spinning Wheel" Kady Malloy -- "A Groovy Kind of Love" Asia'h Epperson -- "Piece of My Heart" Ramiele Malubay -- "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Syesha Mercado -- "Tobacco Road" Carly Smithson -- "The Shadow of Your Smile"
21 Feb 2008
S7, Ep13 - First All New Live Results Show

After more than 28 million votes were tallied, Colton Berry, Joanne Borgella, Amy Davis and Garrett Haley were sent home.
26 Feb 2008
S7, Ep14 - The Top Ten Male Singers Perform

Songs performed: Michael Johns -- "Go Your Own Way" Jason Castro -- "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" Luke Menard -- "Killer Queen" Robbie Carrico -- "Hot Blooded" Danny Noriega -- "Superstar" David Hernandez -- "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" Jason Yeager -- "Long Train Running" Chikezie Eze -- "I Believe" David Cook -- "All Right Now" David Archuleta -- "Imagine"
27 Feb 2008
S7, Ep15 - The Top Ten Female Singers Perform

Songs performed: Carly Smithson -- "Crazy on You"; Syesha Mercado -- "Me and Mrs. Jones"; Brooke White -- "You're So Vain"; Ramiele Malubay -- "Don't Leave Me This Way"; Kristy Lee Cook -- "You're No Good"; Amanda Overmyer -- "Carry On My Wayward Son"; Alaina Whitaker -- "Hopelessly Devoted"; Alexandrea Lushington -- "If You Leave Me Now"; Kady Malloy -- "Magic Man"; and Asia'h Epperson -- "All By Myself"
28 Feb 2008
S7, Ep16 - Live Results Show: Two Men and Two Women Eliminated

After nearly 31 million votes are tallied, Robbie Carrico, Alexandrea Lushington, Alaina Whitaker and Jason Yeager are sent home.
04 Mar 2008
S7, Ep17 - The Top Eight Male Singers Perform

Theme: The '80s. Songs performed: Luke Menard -- "Wake Me Up [Before You Go-Go]"; David Archuleta -- "Another Day in Paradise"; Danny Noriega -- "Tainted Love"; David Hernandez -- "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"; Michael Johns -- "Don't You Forget About Me"; David Cook -- "Hello"; Jason Castro -- "Hallelujah"; Chikezie Eze -- "All the Woman That I Need"
05 Mar 2008
S7, Ep18 - The Top Eight Female Singers Perform

Theme: The 80s. Songs performed: Asia'h Epperson -- "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"; Kady Malloy -- "Who Wants to Live Forever"; Amanda Overmyer -- "Hate Myself For Loving You"; Carly Smithson -- "I Drove All Night"; Kristy Lee Cook -- "Faithfully"; Ramiele Malubay -- "Against All Odds"; Brooke White -- "Love Is a Battlefield"; Syesha Mercado -- "Saving All My Love For You."
06 Mar 2008
S7, Ep19 - Live Results Show: Top 12 Finalists Revealed

After more than 36 million votes were cast, Kady Malloy, Luke Menard, Asia'h Epperson and Danny Noriega were eliminated.
11 Mar 2008
S7, Ep20 - The Top 12 Finalists Perform

Theme: Selections from the John Lennon-Paul McCartney songbook. Songs performed: Syesha Mercado -- "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Chikezie Eze -- "She's a Woman"; Ramiele Malubay -- "In My Life"; Jason Castro -- "If I Fell"; Carly Smithson -- "Come Together"; David Cook -- "Eleanor Rigby"; Brooke White -- "Let It Be"; David Hernandez -- "I Saw Her Standing There"; Amanda Overmyer -- "You Can't Do That"; Michael Johns -- "Across the Universe"; Kristy Lee Cook -- "Eight Days a Week"; David Archuleta -- "We Can Work It Out."
12 Mar 2008
S7, Ep21 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

After approximately 29 million votes were cast, David Hernandez was eliminated.
18 Mar 2008
S7, Ep22 - The Top 11 Finalists Perform

Theme: The Beatles. Songs performed: Amanda Overmyer -- "Back in the USSR"; Kristy Lee Cook -- "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away"; David Archuleta -- "The Long and Winding Road"; Michael Johns -- "A Day in the Life"; Brooke White -- "Here Comes the Sun"; David Cook -- "Daytripper"; Carly Smithson -- "Blackbird"; Jason Castro -- "Michelle"; Syesha Mercado -- "Yesterday"; Chikezie Eze -- "I've Just Seen a Face"; Ramiele Malubay -- "I Should Have Known Better."
19 Mar 2008
S7, Ep23 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

Amanda Overmyer is sent home.
25 Mar 2008
S7, Ep24 - The Top 10 Finalists Perform

Theme: Songs From the Year In Which Contestants Were Born. Songs performed: Ramiele Malubay -- "Alone"; Jason Castro -- "Fragile"; Syesha Mercado -- "If I Were Your Woman"; Chikezie -- "If Only For One Night"; Brooke White -- "Every Breath You Take"; Michael Johns -- "We Will Rock You/ We Are the Champions"; Carly Smithson -- "Total Eclipse of the Heart"; David Archuleta -- "You're the Voice"; Kristy Lee Cook -- "God Bless the USA"; David Cook -- "Billie Jean."
26 Mar 2008
S7, Ep25 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

Chikezie Eze is sent home.
01 Apr 2008
S7, Ep26 - The Top Nine Finalists Perform

Theme: Dolly Parton night. Songs performed: Brooke White -- "Jolene";David Cook -- "Little Sparrow"; Ramiele Malubay -- "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"; Jason Castro -- "Travelin' Thru"; Carly Smithson -- "Here You Come Again"; David Archuleta -- "Appalachian Memories"; Kristy Lee Cook -- "Coat of Many Colors"; Syesha Mercado -- "I Will Always Love You"; Michael Johns -- "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right."
02 Apr 2008
S7, Ep27 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

Ramiele Malubay is sent home.
08 Apr 2008
S7, Ep28 - The Top Eight Finalists Perform

Theme: Inspirational tunes. Songs performed: Michael Johns -- "Dream On"; Syesha Mercado -- "I Believe"; Jason Castro -- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"; Kristy Lee Cook -- "Anyway"; David Cook -- "Innocent"; Carly Smithson -- "The Show Must Go On"; David Archuleta -- "Angels"; Brooke White -- "You've Got a Friend."
09 Apr 2008
S7, Ep29 - Idol Gives Back

The show's annual star-studded event to raise funds for charity.
10 Apr 2008
S7, Ep30 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

America voted and decided that Michael Johns is free to "Dream On" -- but he'll have to do it elsewhere.
15 Apr 2008
S7, Ep31 - The Top Seven Finalists Perform

Theme: Mariah Carey songs. Songs performed: David Archuleta - "When You Believe"; Carly Smithson - "Without You"; Syesha Mercado - "Vanishing"; Brooke White - "Hero"; Kristy Lee Cook - "Forever"; David Cook - "Always Be My Baby"; Jason Castro - "I Don't Wanna Cry."
16 Apr 2008
S7, Ep32 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

America voted, and concluded that "Forever" was not enough to keep Kristy Lee Cook in the competition.
22 Apr 2008
S7, Ep33 - The Top Six Finalists Perform

Theme: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Songs performed: Syesha Mercado - "One Rock & Roll Too Many" from "Starlight Express"; Jason Castro - "Memory" from "Cats"; Brooke White - "You Must Love Me" from "Evita"; David Archuleta - "Think of Me" from "Phantom of the Opera"; Carly Smithson - "Jesus Christ Superstar"; David Cook - "Music of the Night" from "Phantom."
23 Apr 2008
S7, Ep34 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

The show must go on for everyone but Carly Smithson.
29 Apr 2008
S7, Ep35 - The Top Five Finalists Perform

Theme: Neil Diamond Night. Songs performed: Jason Castro -- "Forever in Blue Jeans" and "September Morn"; David Cook -- "I'm Alive" and "All I Really Need Is You"; Brooke White -- "I'm a Believer" and "I Am...I Said"; David Archuleta -- "Sweet Caroline" and "America"; Syesha Mercado -- "Hello Again" and "Thank the Lord for the Nighttime."
30 Apr 2008
S7, Ep36 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

Over 45 million votes were cast, and Brooke White goes home.
06 May 2008
S7, Ep37 - The Top Four Finalists Perform

Theme: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Songs performed: David Cook -- "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Baba O'Riley"; Syesha Mercado -- "Proud Mary," "A Change is Gonna Come"; Jason Castro -- "I Shot the Sheriff," "Mr. Tambourine Man"; David Archuleta -- "Stand By Me," "Love Me Tender."
07 May 2008
S7, Ep38 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

Nearly 51 million people voted, but Jason Castro received the fewest nods of the four remaining performers.
13 May 2008
S7, Ep39 - The Top Three Finalists Perform

14 May 2008
S7, Ep40 - Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated

Syesha Mercado is eliminated from the competition, leaving David Cook and David Archuleta to face off in the finale.
20 May 2008
S7, Ep41 - The Final Two Perform

21 May 2008
S7, Ep42 - Finale

After more than 97.5 million votes were tallied, America crowned David Cook the seventh American Idol with 56 percent of the vote. Celebrity performers included The Jonas Brothers, OneRepublic, Donna Summer, Seal, Graham Nash and George Michael.