American Idol

(2002)

'American Idol' Season 3 Episodes

American Idol - Season 3

American Idol - Season 3

The third season of American Idol premiered on Monday, January 19, 2004 and continued until May 26, 2004. The third season was won by Fantasia Barrino, who defeated Diana DeGarmo by an approximate margin of 2%; the vote total was the highest recorded vote total in the show's history until the May 23, 2007 finale of the sixth season. This season also featured Jennifer Hudson, who would subsequently win the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Season 3 is the first season where both the winner and the runner-up had been in the bottom 2 or 3 prior to the finale, being followed by the eighth and twelfth seasons. It is the first season to have a finale with two female contestants, followed by the twelfth season; while the second, seventh and eighth seasons had a finale with two male contestants. It is also the first season where a Wild Card contestant, Leah LaBelle, is eliminated in the first episode of the finals. It is the first season to have a gender imbalance among the finalists, followed by season 8, each having eight finalists of the dominant gender. Season 3 has eight female finalists, whereas the eighth season had eight male finalists.

American Idol S3E0
Episode 0  •  March 1st, 2004

Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented

American Idol S3E0
Episode 0  •  May 3rd, 2004

The Final Five

American Idol S3E0
Episode 0  •  May 17th, 2004

The Final Three

American Idol S3E0
Episode 0  •  May 23rd, 2004

The Phenomenon

American Idol S3E0
Episode 0  •  November 24th, 2004

Kelly, Ruben & Fantasia: Home for Christmas

American Idol S3E1
Episode 1  •  January 19th, 2004

First Show, First Recap

In The Beginning of the Journey on AI3, we start out in New York city, where contestants start to compete...most fail, but 29 make it to the next round!

American Idol S3E2
Episode 2  •  January 20th, 2004

The Journey Continues!

The auditions continue as the judges move on to Atlanta. And just when they think it couldnt get any worse, well.....it does

American Idol S3E3
Episode 3  •  January 21st, 2004

Night Three!

Embarassment in Houston. Only 13 people out of the thousands that auditioned made it. Wow...

American Idol S3E4
Episode 4  •  January 27th, 2004

Finally! A Show About California!

Once again, hopefuls compete in Los Angeles and San Francisco to be the next American Idol. Not much else to say...the talent was not there.

American Idol S3E5
Episode 5  •  January 28th, 2004

Mokolokilikilanilaki! It's Hawai'i!

The contestants are now in Hawaii, battling it out for the trip to Hollywood. People from all over the country come to Hawaii to see if they've got it, but for most people, it turns out they don't.

American Idol S3E6
Episode 6  •  February 2nd, 2004

The Road is to Hollywood! (Is Paved with Broken Dreams. And Asphalt.)

Today's show is about the lost contestants that auditioned, but we never got to see...some pretty bad ones, i'm glad that we didn't see them at first...Ouch!

American Idol S3E7
Episode 7  •  February 3rd, 2004

You're Going to Hollywood! (For a Little Bit, At Least.)

Now it's time for those 117 finalists to show their stuff, but not literally. After some bad lyrics to made up songs, MANY MANY MANY forgotten lyrics, and goofiness, the finalists are trimmed down to 87, as the search for the American Idol 2004 begins!

American Idol S3E8
Episode 8  •  February 4th, 2004

87 - People Not Good Enough = 32 Finalists!

One again, the margin of finalists is getting smaller, now narrowed down from 87 to 32. After many forgotten words (again) by both the guys and girls groups, the top 32 doesn't look all that impressive...or does it?

American Idol S3E9
Episode 9  •  February 10th, 2004

Sing!

THESE 8 PEOPLE COMPETE FOR A 2 PERSON SPOT IN THE FINAL GROUP OF 12! Who will win it..?

Performing:

1) Diana Degarmo - I've Got the Music In Me

2) Marque Lynch - The Wind Beneath My Wings

3) Ashley Thomas - Crazy

4) Katie Webber - Orange Colored Sky

5) Erskine Walcott - Open Arms

6) Jennifer Hudson - Imagine

7) Matthew Metzger - Walkin' In Memphis

8) Fantasia Barrino - Something to Talk About

American Idol S3E10
Episode 10  •  February 11th, 2004

Two Will Be Happy. Six Will Be Sad. Lots Will Be Watching.

The first two people to move on to the final group of 12 are...

Diana DeGarmo!

&

Fantasia Barrino!

American Idol S3E11
Episode 11  •  February 17th, 2004

Sing Again!

Performing Tonight

Jesus Roman- Back At One

Lisa Leuschner- Sweet Thing

Kara Master- I'm Outta Love

Briana Ramirez-Rial- Don' t Know Why

Matthew Rogers- What You Won't Do for Love

Noel Roman- This I Promise You

Marisa Joy- Some Kind of Wonderful

Camile Velasco- One Last Cry

American Idol S3E12
Episode 12  •  February 18th, 2004

The Final Decision...But The Right One?

The second two people to move on to the final group of 12 are...

Camile Velasco

&

Matthew Rogers

American Idol S3E13
Episode 13  •  February 24th, 2004

I'm Back, Baby!

Performing Tonight:

Elizabeth Letendre: I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Eric Yoder: Still Of the Night

Amy Adams: Power of Love

Jon Peter Lewis: Tiny Dancer

Charly Lowry: Chain of Fools

Jonah Moananu:

Leah Labelle: I Have Nothing

Latoya London: All By Myself

American Idol S3E14
Episode 14  •  February 25th, 2004

You! Over here! With the rest of the finalists!

The next two people to advance to the top 12 are....

LaTOYA LONDON

and...

AMY ADAMS

American Idol S3E15
Episode 15  •  March 1st, 2004

Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented

This special is dedicated to all of the contestants that didn't make it or were never seen. Included in this show is the now famous William Hung, who did "She Bangs," now somewhat of a 'celebrity.'

American Idol S3E16
Episode 16  •  March 2nd, 2004

Group Four! Then the Wild Card!

American Idol S3E17
Episode 17  •  March 3rd, 2004

Finally! Finalists!

Performing Tonight

Susie Vulaca- Unbreak My Heart

Heather Piccinini- New Attitude

John Preator- That's What Love Is All About

Tiara Purifoy- I Wanna Dance With Somebody

John Stevens- She's Always A Woman

Jasmine Trias- Run To You

George Huff- Always & Forever

Lisa Wilson- Come To My Window

American Idol S3E18
Episode 18  •  March 9th, 2004

Wild Card Round (1)

American Idol S3E19
Episode 19  •  March 10th, 2004

Wild Card Round (2)

These people will be preforming:

* Jennifer Hudson (Group 1)

* Katie Webber (Group 1)

* Marque Lynche (Group 1)

* Matthew Metzger (Group 1)

* Lisa Leuschner (Group 2)

* Jon-Peter Lewis (Group 3)

* Elizabeth Letendre (Group 3)

* Leah Labelle (Group 3)

* Eric Yoder (Group 3)

* Susan Vulaca (Group 4)

* George Huff (Group 4)

* Tiara Purifoy (Group 4)

American Idol S3E20
Episode 20  •  March 16th, 2004

12 Finalists Have Been Chosen

American Idol S3E21
Episode 21  •  March 17th, 2004

Clay Aiken Returns

American Idol S3E22
Episode 22  •  March 23rd, 2004

1 Down 11 To Go

The remaining 11 contestants battle it out to stay in the competition.

American Idol S3E23
Episode 23  •  March 24th, 2004

Soon There Will Be 10

One contestant's hopes & dreams come to an end as one more is voted off. K-Lo (Kimberley Locke) returns to preform newest song "8th World Wonder".

American Idol S3E24
Episode 24  •  March 30th, 2004

10 Contestants sing

One contestant's hopes & dreams come to an end as one more is voted off.

K-Lo (Kimberley Locke) returns to preform newest song "8th World Wonder".

American Idol S3E25
Episode 25  •  March 31st, 2004

10 - 1 = 9

The 10 remaining contestants sing to stay in the competition

Also this weeks theme is Motown

Preforming tonight is:

Fantasia Barrino,

Diana DeGarmo,

Camile Velasco,

LaToya London,

Amy Adams,

John Stevens,

Jasmine Trias,

George Huff,

Jennifer Hudson,

Jon Peter Lewis

American Idol S3E26
Episode 26  •  April 6th, 2004

Elton John theme

The field is narrowed down to 9 as the contestants battle it out hoping to stay in the competition. This weeks theme is:ELTON JOHN.

American Idol S3E27
Episode 27  •  April 7th, 2004

Tamyra Gray returns

One more contestants dreams of becoming the American Idol is crushed as he/she is voted off. Also Season 1's Tamyra Gray preforms her newest song "Raindrops Will Fall.

American Idol S3E28
Episode 28  •  April 14th, 2004

8 left to compete

The competition is down to 8 contestants. The theme is Movie Music Night.

American Idol S3E29
Episode 29  •  April 15th, 2004

Down to 7 (Battle of the Jo(h)n's)

The competition is down to 8 contestants. The theme is Movie Music Night.

Preforming tonight is:

Fantasia Barrino,

Diana DeGarmo,

LaToya London,

John Stevens,

Jasmine Trias,

George Huff,

Jennifer Hudson,

Jon Peter Lewis

American Idol S3E30
Episode 30  •  April 20th, 2004

7 sing!!

The 7 Idols compete to stay in the competition. This week's theme is: music of Barry Manilow.

American Idol S3E31
Episode 31  •  April 21st, 2004

6 remain - Barry Manilow visits

The contest is narrowed down to 6 as another contestants hopes & dreams of becoming the next American Idol are crushed as he/she is voted off.

American Idol S3E32
Episode 32  •  April 27th, 2004

6 perform

The 6 remaining Idols sing to stay in the competition. This week's theme is Latin Music.

American Idol S3E33
Episode 33  •  April 28th, 2004

6-1=5 is the result

Johns Stevens is the next contestant to leave American Idol.

American Idol S3E34
Episode 34  •  May 3rd, 2004

American Idol: The Final Five 2004

We get intimate with the final 5 and hear them sing their favorite song from the season so far!

American Idol S3E35
Episode 35  •  May 4th, 2004

5 Idols sing

The 5 Idols sing to stay in the competition. This weeks theme is BIG BAND NIGHT.

American Idol S3E36
Episode 36  •  May 5th, 2004

Only 4 remain

The competition is narrowed down to 4 as another contestants hopes & dreams of becomming the next American Idol are crushed as he/she is voted off the show.

American Idol S3E37
Episode 37  •  May 11th, 2004

4 Idols perform

Last week America eliminated George Huff, the last male contestant. Now it's up to the 4 diva's, Barrino, Degarmo, London, & Trias. They will battle it out for your votes to keep them in the competition. This Week's theme is Disco Night.

American Idol S3E38
Episode 38  •  May 12th, 2004

Only 3 Idols remain

The competition is narrowed down to 3 as another contestants hopes & dreams of becomming the next American Idol are crushed as she is voted off the show.

American Idol S3E39
Episode 39  •  May 17th, 2004

The Final 3 2004

Ryan will sit down with the judges one on one to learn what they think about this season, and then Diana, Fantasia and Jasmine will sing one song each!

American Idol S3E40
Episode 40  •  May 18th, 2004

3 sing

Last week America eliminated George Huff, the last male contestant. Now it's up to the 4 diva's, Barrino, Degarmo, London, & Trias. They will battle it out for your votes to keep them in the competition.

This Week's theme is Disco Night.

Preforming Tonight is:

Fantasia Barrino,

Diana DeGarmo,

LaToya London,

Jasmine Trias

American Idol S3E41
Episode 41  •  May 19th, 2004

Now Down To 2

The competition is narrowed down to 2 as another contestants hopes & dreams of becomming the next American Idol are crushed as she is voted off the show.

American Idol S3E42
Episode 42  •  May 23rd, 2004

American Idol: The Phenomenon

An overall look at the first three seasons of American Idol!

American Idol S3E43
Episode 43  •  May 25th, 2004

Fantasia Barrino vs. Diana DeGarmo

Ryan will sit down with the judges one on one to learn what they think about this season, and then Diana, Fantasia and Jasmine will sing one song each!

American Idol S3E44
Episode 44  •  May 26th, 2004

And The Winner Is.....

Live, two-hour season finale, when either Fantasia or Diana takes the crown!

The winner of American Idol season 3 is ....

FANTASIA BARRINO!!!!

American Idol S3E45
Episode 45  •  November 24th, 2004

Kelly, Ruben & Fantasia: Home for Christmas

Past Idols sing songs from their new solo album releases as well as holiday classics.

Tonight's theme is: Holiday Classics

Performing Tonight is:

Kelly Clarkson,

Ruben Studdard,

Fantasia Barrino

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