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

American Idol S3E2
Episode 2  •  January 20th, 2004

The Journey Continues!

American Idol S3E3
Episode 3  •  January 21st, 2004

Night Three!

American Idol S3E4
Episode 4  •  January 27th, 2004

Finally! A Show About California!

American Idol S3E5
Episode 5  •  January 28th, 2004

Mokolokilikilanilaki! It's Hawai'i!

American Idol S3E6
Episode 6  •  February 2nd, 2004

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

American Idol S3E7
Episode 7  •  February 3rd, 2004

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

American Idol S3E8
Episode 8  •  February 4th, 2004

87 - People Not Good Enough = 32 Finalists!

American Idol S3E9
Episode 9  •  February 10th, 2004

Sing!

American Idol S3E10
Episode 10  •  February 11th, 2004

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

American Idol S3E11
Episode 11  •  February 17th, 2004

Sing Again!

American Idol S3E12
Episode 12  •  February 18th, 2004

The Final Decision...But The Right One?

American Idol S3E13
Episode 13  •  February 24th, 2004

I'm Back, Baby!

American Idol S3E14
Episode 14  •  February 25th, 2004

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

American Idol S3E15
Episode 15  •  March 1st, 2004

Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented

American Idol S3E16
Episode 16  •  March 2nd, 2004

Group Four! Then the Wild Card!

American Idol S3E17
Episode 17  •  March 3rd, 2004

Finally! Finalists!

American Idol S3E18
Episode 18  •  March 9th, 2004

Wild Card Round (1)

American Idol S3E19
Episode 19  •  March 10th, 2004

Wild Card Round (2)

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

American Idol S3E23
Episode 23  •  March 24th, 2004

Soon There Will Be 10

American Idol S3E24
Episode 24  •  March 30th, 2004

10 Contestants sing

American Idol S3E25
Episode 25  •  March 31st, 2004

10 - 1 = 9

American Idol S3E26
Episode 26  •  April 6th, 2004

Elton John theme

American Idol S3E27
Episode 27  •  April 7th, 2004

Tamyra Gray returns

American Idol S3E28
Episode 28  •  April 14th, 2004

8 left to compete

American Idol S3E29
Episode 29  •  April 15th, 2004

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

American Idol S3E30
Episode 30  •  April 20th, 2004

7 sing!!

American Idol S3E31
Episode 31  •  April 21st, 2004

6 remain - Barry Manilow visits

American Idol S3E32
Episode 32  •  April 27th, 2004

6 perform

American Idol S3E33
Episode 33  •  April 28th, 2004

6-1=5 is the result

American Idol S3E34
Episode 34  •  May 3rd, 2004

American Idol: The Final Five 2004

American Idol S3E35
Episode 35  •  May 4th, 2004

5 Idols sing

American Idol S3E36
Episode 36  •  May 5th, 2004

Only 4 remain

American Idol S3E37
Episode 37  •  May 11th, 2004

4 Idols perform

American Idol S3E38
Episode 38  •  May 12th, 2004

Only 3 Idols remain

American Idol S3E39
Episode 39  •  May 17th, 2004

The Final 3 2004

American Idol S3E40
Episode 40  •  May 18th, 2004

3 sing

American Idol S3E41
Episode 41  •  May 19th, 2004

Now Down To 2

American Idol S3E42
Episode 42  •  May 23rd, 2004

American Idol: The Phenomenon

American Idol S3E43
Episode 43  •  May 25th, 2004

Fantasia Barrino vs. Diana DeGarmo

American Idol S3E44
Episode 44  •  May 26th, 2004

And The Winner Is.....

American Idol S3E45
Episode 45  •  November 24th, 2004

Kelly, Ruben & Fantasia: Home for Christmas

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