American Idol (season 4)

American Idol
Season 4
Broadcast from January 18, 2005–May 25, 2005
Judges Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
Randy Jackson
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox Broadcasting Company
Finals venue Kodak Theatre
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood.jpg
Carrie Underwood at the American Idol Experience parade.
Origin Checotah, Oklahoma, U.S.
Song "Inside Your Heaven"
Genre(s) Country pop
Bo Bice

The fourth season of American Idol premiered on January 18, 2005 and continued until May 25, 2005. It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell also returned to judge. It was won by Carrie Underwood, who has gone on to become a five-time Grammy-winning country megastar. This is the last season to be aired in standard definition.



Auditions for Season 4 started in August 2004 in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] An audition was originally planned for Anchorage, Alaska, but that was cancelled about a month before due to possible schedule conflict as a result of hurricanes affecting the Orlando auditions.[2] Auditions were held from August to October 2004, and over 100,000 people attended the auditions for the first time.

Episode Air Date Audition City Date First Audition Venue Callback Date Callback Venue Golden Tickets
January 18, 2005 Washington, D.C. August 18, 2004 Washington Convention Center August 20–21, 2004 Renaissance Hotel Ninth St.[3] 42
January 19, 2005 St. Louis, Missouri August 8, 2004 Edward Jones Dome August 2004 Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark 32
January 25, 2005 New Orleans, Louisiana August 31, 2004 Louisiana Superdome September 4–5, 2004 The Roosevelt (Fairmont)[4] 16
January 26, 2005 Las Vegas, Nevada September 12, 2004 Orleans Arenaa September 15–16, 2004 MGM Grand Conference Center[5] 24
February 1, 2005 Cleveland, Ohio August 4, 2004 Cleveland Browns Stadium August 14–15, 2004 Intercontinental Cleveland 32
Orlando, Floridab August 26, 2004 Orange County Convention Center September 14, 2004 MGM Grand, Las Vegas[6] 16
February 2, 2005 San Francisco, California October 5, 2004 Cow Palace October 7–8, 2004 The Regency Center 32
Total Tickets to Hollywood 194
  • ^a The audition venue was originally advertised to be Las Vegas Convention Center,[7] but changed to Orleans Arena at the last minute.
  • ^b The contestants from the Orlando audition were moved to Las Vegas for the final round of the audition due to the impending Hurricane Ivan.[6] It was originally scheduled for September 6–7, 2004,[8] but rescheduled to September 14, 2004 to coincide with the Las Vegas audition.

While in the past seasons celebrity guest judges have been invited to participate during the competition, this was the first season where guest judges were invited to participate in the auditions. The music celebrities featured were:

Where there were four judges present, three yeses were required for the auditioner to proceed on to Hollywood.

It is also the first season in which the age limit was raised to 28, in order to increase variety. Among those who benefited from this new rule were Constantine Maroulis and Bo Bice, considered to be the eldest (and most experienced) of Idol contestants. They were also constantly mentioned by Ryan Seacrest and in the media as "the two rockers", since their long hair and choice of songs made them stand out from conventional Idol standards.

The audition episodes featured the Molfetta twins multiple times. They first auditioned in New Orleans but both failed, Rich Molfetta tried again in Las Vegas and got through to the Hollywood, but J.P. Molfetta failed in his audition in San Francisco.[9]

Hollywood Week

There were 193 contestants in the Hollywood rounds. They were split into two groups to perform on separate day at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. The contestants first chose from a list of 12 songs selected by the producers. They were separated into groups of boys and girls but they performed solo with piano accompaniment and back-up singers. Those who failed were eliminated after all in the group performed. 95 contestants were eliminated after this round but one, Marlea Stroman, left on her own free will and became the first ever contestants to choose to leave the American Idol competition. The remaining 97 contestants competed in the second round which featured group performances. The songs for the groups were Four Tops's "I Can't Help Myself", The Temptations' Get Ready, Barry Manilow's "Jump Shout Boogie", The Marvelettes's "Please Mr. Postman" and The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go". 75 remained after this round.

In the last round they performed a capella. After their performance, the contestants were divided into 4 groups in separate rooms. Two groups eliminated and the number of contestant cut to 44. After further deliberation by the judges, 24 semi-finalist, 12 woman and 12 man, were then selected. At Pasadena Civic Center, each contestant took the elevator from their holding room to the floor above, and in a walk that would later be dubbed the "green mile", to see the judges who would then reveal their fate to them.


Because of the highly unbalanced finals in Season 3 where female contestants formed the clear majority (8 to 4) of the Final 12, rules for the semifinals were changed so as to give a equal number of male and female finalists. From this season to season 7, 12 men and 12 women competed separately on consecutive nights, with 2 of each gender being voted off each week in the result shows until 12 finalists were left, 6 men and 6 women. This format was also used in season 5-7, and season nine.

Top 24


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Nikko Smith "Part-Time Lover" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
2 Scott Savol "You Are My Lady" (Freddie Jackson) Safe
3 Anthony Fedorov "Hold on to the Nights" (Richard Marx) Safe
4 Bo Bice "Drift Away" (John Henry Kurtz) Safe
5 Travis Tucker "My Cherie Amour" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
6 Constantine Maroulis "Kiss from a Rose" (Seal) Safe
7 David Brown "Never Can Say Goodbye" (The Jackson 5) Safe
8 Jared Yates "How Could I" (Marc Anthony) Eliminated
9 Judd Harris "Travelin' Band" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) Eliminated
10 Anwar Robinson "Moon River" (Andy Williams) Safe
11 Joseph Murena "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (Laura Branigan) Safe
12 Mario Vazquez "Do I Do" (Stevie Wonder) Safe


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Vonzell Solomon "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" (Martha and the Vandellas) Safe
2 Amanda Avila "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (Laura Branigan) Safe
3 Janay Castine "I Wanna Love You Forever" (Jessica Simpson) Safe
4 Carrie Underwood "Could've Been" (Tiffany) Safe
5 Sarah Mather "Get Ready" (The Temptations) Eliminated
6 Melinda Lira "The Power of Love" (Jennifer Rush) Eliminated
7 Nadia Turner "The Power of Love" (Ashley Cleveland) Safe
8 Celena Rae "I Will Love Again" (Lara Fabian) Safe
9 Mikalah Gordon "Young Hearts Run Free" (Candi Staton) Safe
10 Lindsey Cardinale "Standing Right Next to Me" (Karla Bonoff) Safe
11 Jessica Sierra "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins) Safe
12 Aloha Mischeaux "Work It Out" (Beyoncé) Safe

Top 20


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Mario Vazquez "I Love Music" (The O'Jays) Safe
2 Anwar Robinson "What's Goin' On" (Marvin Gaye) Safe
3 Joseph Murena "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green) Eliminated
4 David Brown "All in Love Is Fair" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
5 Constantine Maroulis "Hard to Handle" (Otis Redding) Safe
6 Scott Savol "Never Too Much" (Luther Vandross) Safe
7 Travis Tucker "All Night Long (All Night)" (Lionel Richie) Safe
8 Nikko Smith "Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye) Safe
9 Anthony Fedorov "I Want to Know What Love Is" (Foreigner) Safe
10 Bo Bice "Whipping Post" (The Allman Brothers Band) Safe


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Aloha Mischeaux "You Don't Know My Name" (Alicia Keys) Eliminated
2 Lindsey Cardinale "I Try to Think About Elvis" (Patty Loveless) Safe
3 Jessica Sierra "A Broken Wing" (Martina McBride) Safe
4 Mikalah Gordon "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holliday) Safe
5 Celena Rae "When the Lights Go Down" (Faith Hill) Eliminated
6 Nadia Turner "My Love" (Paul McCartney) Safe
7 Amanda Avila "Turn the Beat Around" (Vicki Sue Robinson) Safe
8 Janay Castine "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" (Blu Cantrell) Safe
9 Carrie Underwood "Piece of My Heart" (Erma Franklin) Safe
10 Vonzell Solomon "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys) Safe

Top 16


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Scott Savol "I Can't Help Myself" (The Four Tops) Safe
2 Bo Bice "I'll Be" (Edwin McCain) Safe
3 Anthony Fedorov "I've Got You" (Marc Anthony) Safe
4 Nikko Smith "Georgia on My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael) Eliminated1
5 Travis Tucker "Every Little Step" (Bobby Brown) Eliminated
6 Mario Vazquez "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (The Bee Gees) Safe1
7 Constantine Maroulis "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (The Police) Safe
8 Anwar Robinson "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) Safe
  • Note 1: Smith was originally eliminated. Vazquez however withdrew and Smith was invited back.


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Amanda Avila "River Deep - Mountain High" (Ike & Tina Turner) Eliminated
2 Janay Castine "Dreaming of You" (Selena) Eliminated
3 Carrie Underwood "Because You Love Me" (Jo Dee Messina) Safe
4 Vonzell Solomon "Respect" (Otis Redding) Safe
5 Nadia Turner "Try a Little Tenderness" (Ray Noble) Safe
6 Lindsey Cardinale "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Safe
7 Mikalah Gordon "Somewhere" (Reri Grist) Safe
8 Jessica Sierra "Boys Are Back in Town" (The BusBoys) Safe


Standing - Anthony Fedorov, Vonzelll Solomon, Bo Bice, Nikko Smith, Mikalah Gordon, Anwar Ibrahim, Nadia Turner, Lindsey Cardinale, Jessica Sierra
Front - Scott Savol, Constantine Maroulis, Carrie Underwood


It was revealed that Carrie Underwood won every week of competition.[10]

Top 12 (1960s)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Jessica Sierra "Shop Around" (The Miracles) Bottom 3
2 Anwar Robinson "A House is Not a Home" (Dionne Warwick) Safe
3 Mikalah Gordon "Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty Springfield) Bottom 2
4 Constantine Maroulis "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (Brenda Holloway) Safe
5 Lindsey Cardinale "Knock on Wood" (Eddie Floyd) Eliminated
6 Anthony Fedorov "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (Neil Sedaka) Safe
7 Nadia Turner "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (Dusty Springfield) Safe
8 Bo Bice "Spinning Wheel" (Blood, Sweat & Tears) Safe
9 Vonzell Solomon "Anyone Who Had Heart" (Dionne Warwick) Safe
10 Scott Savol "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (The Temptations) Safe
11 Carrie Underwood "When Will I Be Loved" (The Everly Brothers) Safe
12 Nikko Smith "I Want You Back" (The Jackson 5) Safe

Result Show: When You Tell Me That You Love Me by Diana Ross.

Top 11 (Billboard Number Ones)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Anthony Fedorov "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Aretha Franklin/
George Michael)
Bottom 3
2 Carrie Underwood "Alone" (i-TEN) Safe
3 Scott Savol "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins) Safe
4 Bo Bice "Time in a Bottle" (Jim Croce) Safe
5 Nikko Smith "Incomplete" (Sisqó) Safe
6 Vonzell Solomon "Best of My Love" (The Emotions) Safe
7 Constantine Maroulis "I Think I Love You" (The Partridge Family) Safe
8 Nadia Turner "Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper) Bottom 2
9 Mikalah Gordon "Love Will Lead You Back" (Taylor Dayne) Eliminated
10 Anwar Robinson "Ain't Nobody"1 (Chaka Khan) Safe
11 Jessica Sierra "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Bonnie Tyler) Safe

Result Show: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by Kelly Gordon.

  • Note 1: This song hit #1 on the R&B chart.

Top 10 (1990s)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Bo Bice "Remedy" (The Black Crowes) Safe
2 Jessica Sierra "On the Side of Angels" (LeAnn Rimes) Eliminated
3 Anwar Robinson "I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly) Bottom 2
4 Nadia Turner "I'm the Only One" (Melissa Etheridge) Bottom 3
5 Constantine Maroulis "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt) Safe
6 Nikko Smith "Can We Talk" (Tevin Campbell) Safe
7 Anthony Fedorov "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (Elton John) Safe
8 Carrie Underwood "Independence Day" (Martina McBride) Safe
9 Scott Savol "One Last Cry" (Brian McKnight) Safe
10 Vonzell Solomon "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Safe

Result Show: Everything Is Beautiful by Ray Stevens

Top 9 (Classic Broadway)[11]

Order Contestant Song (musical) Result
1 Scott Savol "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" ("Man of La Mancha") Bottom 2
2 Constantine Maroulis "My Funny Valentine" ("Babes in Arms") Safe
3 Carrie Underwood "Hello, Young Lovers" ("The King and I") Safe
4 Vonzell Solomon "People" ("Funny Girl") Bottom 3
5 Anthony Fedorov "Climb Every Mountain" ("The Sound of Music") Safe
6 Nikko Smith "One Hand, One Heart" ("West Side Story") Eliminated
7 Anwar Robinson "If Ever I Would Leave You" ("Camelot") Safe
8 Bo Bice "Corner of the Sky" ("Pippin") Safe
9 Nadia Turner "As Long As He Needs Me" ("Oliver!") Safe

Top 8 (Songs from Birth Year)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Year Result
1 Nadia Turner "When I Dream" (Crystal Gayle) 1977 Eliminated
2 Bo Bice "Free Bird" (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 1975 Bottom 2
3 Anwar Robinson "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (Dionne Warwick) 1979 Safe
4 Anthony Fedorov "Everytime You Go Away" (Hall & Oates) 1985 Safe
5 Vonzell Solomon "Let's Hear It for the Boy" (Deniece Williams) 1984 Safe
6 Scott Savol "She's Gone" (Hall & Oates) 1976 Bottom 3
7 Carrie Underwood "Love Is a Battlefield" (Pat Benatar) 1983 Safe
8 Constantine Maroulis "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen) 1975 Safe

Result Show: When You Tell Me That You Love Me by Diana Ross (1991).

Top 7 (1970s Dance Music)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Constantine Maroulis "Nights on Broadway" (Bee Gees) Safe
2 Carrie Underwood "MacArthur Park" (Richard Harris) Safe
3 Scott Savol "Everlasting Love" (Robert Knight) Bottom 31
4 Anthony Fedorov "Don't Take Away the Music" (Tavares) Bottom 31
5 Vonzell Solomon "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) Safe
6 Anwar Robinson "September" (Earth, Wind & Fire) Eliminated
7 Bo Bice "Vehicle" (The Ides of March) Safe

Result Show: You Can Shine by Earth, Wind & Fire

  • Note 1: Both Savol and Fedorov were in the Bottom 3 with Robinson, however it was never revealed whether they were in the Bottom 2 or not.

Top 6 (21st Century)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Carrie Underwood "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" (Martina McBride) Safe
2 Bo Bice "I Don't Want to Be" (Gavin DeGraw) Safe
3 Vonzell Solomon "I Turn to You" (All-4-One) Bottom 3
4 Anthony Fedorov "I Surrender" (Celine Dion) Bottom 2
5 Scott Savol "Dance With My Father" (Luther Vandross) Safe
6 Constantine Maroulis "How You Remind Me" (Nickelback) Eliminated

Result Show: Emotion by Samantha Sang.

Top 5 (Leiber & Stoller/Current week Billboard chart)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Anthony Fedorov "Poison Ivy" (The Coasters) Bottom 2
2 Scott Savol "On Broadway" (The Crystals) Eliminated
3 Vonzell Solomon "Treat Me Nice" (Elvis Presley) Safe
4 Bo Bice "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King) Safe
5 Carrie Underwood "Trouble" (Elvis Presley) Safe
6 Anthony Fedorov "Incomplete" (Backstreet Boys) Bottom 2
7 Scott Savol "Everytime You Go Away" (Brian McKnight) Eliminated
8 Vonzell Solomon "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Diana Ross) Safe
9 Bo Bice "Heaven" (Los Lonely Boys) Safe
10 Carrie Underwood "Bless the Broken Road" (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) Safe

Result Show: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel.

Top 4 (Country/Gamble & Huff)

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Carrie Underwood "Sin Wagon" (Dixie Chicks) Safe
2 Bo Bice "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" (Jon Randall) Safe
3 Vonzell Solomon "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes) Bottom 2
4 Anthony Fedorov "I'm Already There" (Lonestar) Eliminated
5 Carrie Underwood "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) Safe
6 Bo Bice "For the Love of Money" (The O'Jays) Safe
7 Vonzell Solomon "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Thelma Houston) Bottom 2
8 Anthony Fedorov "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) Eliminated

Result Show: Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers/
Dolly Parton

Top 3 (Clive's Choice, Idols' Choice, Judges' Choice)

Each contestant sang three songs.

Order Contestant Song (original artist) — Judge Result
1 Vonzell Solomon "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (Dionne Warwick) Eliminated
2 Bo Bice "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John) Safe
3 Carrie Underwood "Crying" (Roy Orbison) Safe
4 Vonzell Solomon "Chain of Fools" (Aretha Franklin) Eliminated
5 Bo Bice "In a Dream" (Badlands) Safe
6 Carrie Underwood "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" (Air Supply) Safe
7 Vonzell Solomon "On the Radio" (Donna Summer) — Simon Cowell Eliminated
8 Bo Bice "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (The Rolling Stones) — Paula Abdul Safe
9 Carrie Underwood "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (Shania Twain) — Randy Jackson Safe

Finale – Simon Fuller’s choice, Contestant’s choice & Winner’s single

Each contestant sang three songs.

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Bo Bice "Long, Long Road" (Appleton) Runner-Up
2 Carrie Underwood "Inside Your Heaven" (Desmond Child) Winner
3 Bo Bice "Vehicle" (The Ides of March) Runner-Up
4 Carrie Underwood "Independence Day"(Martina McBride) Winner
5 Bo Bice "Inside Your Heaven" (Desmond Child) Runner-Up
6 Carrie Underwood "Angels Brought Me Here" (Guy Sebastian) 1 Winner
Finale Result Show
Performers Song Artist
Top 12 finalists
(without the Top 2)
"Fun, Fun, Fun"

"Barbara Ann"
"In My Room"
"Surfer Girl"
"I Get Around"
"Good Vibrations"

Beach Boys
Bo Bice "Vehicle" The Ides Of March
Carrie Underwood "Angels Brought Me Here" Guy Sebastian
Top 2 finalists "Up Where We Belong" Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Rascal Flatts with Carrie Underwood "Bless the Broken Road" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Kenny G with Anthony Fedorov,
Anwar Robinson
"I Believe I Can Fly" R Kelly
Kenny Wayne Shepherd with

Constantine Maroulis,
Jessica Sierra, Nadia Turner

"Walk This Way" Aerosmith
George Benson with

Scott Savol, Nikko Smith

"On Broadway" The Drifters
Billy Preston with Vonzell Solomon With You I'm Born Again Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright
Babyface with
Lindsey Cardinale, Mikalah Gordon
"Every Time I Close My Eyes" Babyface
Lynyrd Skynyrd with Bo Bice "Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd
Carrie Underwood "Inside Your Heaven" Carrie Underwood

The fourth season finale featuring Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood aired May 24 May 25, and 500 million votes were cast. It featured appearances by former auditioners, and celebrity cameos by Kenny G, Rascal Flatts, David Hasselhoff, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, George Benson, Billy Preston, Babyface and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The winner of the competition was Carrie Underwood, who would eventually become the second "Idol" winner to sweep all three major music awards (American Music, Billboard, and Grammy Award) in a single season (for 2006-07).

In a nod to the "Diana knew she'd been eliminated by the performance order" controversy of Idol 3, neither contestant sang the winner's single, "Inside Your Heaven", before the results were announced.

Underwood's first single, "Inside Your Heaven", debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 14, 2005 and had first-week sales of 170,000 copies. One week later, runner-up Bo Bice released his version of the song, which debuted at #2.

Elimination chart

Note: Bottom 2 indicates that the contestant was 'saved' last. This may or may not indicate his or her actual vote rank.

Female Male Top 24 Top 12 Winner
Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 2/23 3/2 3/9 3/16 3/24 3/30 4/6 4/13 4/20 4/27 5/4 5/11 5/18 5/25
Place Contestant Result
1 Carrie Underwood Winner
2 Bo Bice Bottom 2 Runner-Up
3 Vonzell Solomon Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Elim
4 Anthony Fedorov Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
5 Scott Savol Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
6 Constantine Maroulis Elim
7 Anwar Robinson Bottom 2 Elim
8 Nadia Turner Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Elim
9 Nikko Smith Elim1 Elim
10 Jessica Sierra Bottom 3 Elim
11 Mikalah Gordon3 Bottom 2 Elim
12 Lindsay Cardinale Elim
13 Mario Vasquez WD2
14-16 Amanda Avila Elim
Janay Castine
Travis Tucker
17-20 Joseph Murena Elim
David Brown
Aloha Mischeaux
Celina Rae
21-24 Judd Harris Elim
Sarah Mather
Jared Yates
Melinda Lira

1Nikko Smith was originally eliminated in a semi-finals results show, He was called back after Mario Vazquez withdrew from American Idol and he replaced Mario Vazquez on the final 12.

2Mario Vazquez was originally joined in the top 12. A few days later, he withdrew from American Idol for personal reasons.

3Owing to a mixup in which incorrect phone numbers were displayed on-screen for three contestants during the March 22 performance show, American Idol eliminated nobody on its Wednesday, March 23 results show and instead conducted a full re-vote. Mikalah Gordon was sent home on Thursday, March 24.


The computer program DialIdol, which allows voters to autodial their votes and uses the dialing results to make predictions about the eliminations, was in development during season 4. It was finished by Top 6 week and was used to predict the voting results from the Top 6 to Top 2. However, the dialing program was not made available to the general public until season 5.


During the season, Corey Clark, a season two contestant who was disqualified for having an undisclosed arrest record, alleged in an interview on ABC's Primetime Live that he had an affair with Paula Abdul while on the show.[12] The finale show included a parody segment spoofing the alleged scandal.[13], of Survivor Sucks, made headlines when Scott Savol outlasted Constantine Maroulis and made it into the final five.

On the Top 11, the show had a voting error in which three of the contestants had their numbers mixed up. The Wednesday show which was supposed to be the elimination night made fans revote again as the numbers were fixed and Thursday was the elimination.

Bo bice was revealed to have been arrested on a felony cocaine possession charge in June 2001 at a strip club in Madison County, Ala., and was also arrested two years later for marijuana possession, public intoxication, and possession of drug paraphernalia.[14] Scott Savol was also revealed to have been convicted of a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for domestic violence.[15] However, no action was taken against either of them by the show producers because they had revealed their misdemeanor in advance.[16]

Contestants who appeared on other shows

US Nielsen ratings

Season 4 of American Idol had an overall average viewership of 26.8 million and was the top show for the 2004-2005 TV season. Its Tuesday episodes averaged 27.32 million (ranked first) while the Wednesday episodes averaged 26.07 million (ranked third).[17] It also drove Fox, for the first time ever, to become the top network in the 18-to-49 demographic for the season.[18][19]

Episode list
Show Episode Air date Week
(in millions)
1 "Washington D.C. Auditions"[20] January 18, 2005 2 14.0 33.6
2 "St. Louis Auditions"[20] January 19, 2005 3 11.2 26.7
3 "New Orleans Auditions"[21] January 25, 2005 1 12.1 28.1
4 "Las Vegas Auditions"[21] January 26, 2005 2 11.2 26.6
5 "Cleveland & Orlando Auditions"[22] February 1, 2005 3 11.9 28.5
6 "San Francisco Auditions"[22] February 2, 2005 4 10.9 26.2
7 "Hollywood Week: Part 1"[23] February 8, 2005 1 12.0 28.8
8 "Hollywood Week: Part 2"[23] February 9, 2005 3 11.4 26.1
9 "Hollywood Week: Part 3"[24] February 15, 2005 2 11.5 27.1
10 "Hollywood Week: Part 4"[24] February 16, 2005 3 11.5 26.3
11 "Top 12 Men Perform"[25] February 21, 2005 6 9.9 23.5
12 "Top 12 Women Perform"[25] February 22, 2005 2 11.5 28.3
13 "Top 24 Results"[25] February 23, 2005 5 11.3 26.7
14 "Top 10 Men Perform"[26] February 28, 2005 5 10.1 23.6
15 "Top 10 Women Perform"[26] March 1, 2005 1 11.0 26.9
16 "Top 20 Results"[26] March 2, 2005 4 10.3 24.3
17 "Top 8 Men Perform"[27] March 7, 2005 4 10.1 23.9
18 "Top 8 Women Perform"[27] March 8, 2005 2 11.7 27.7
19 "Top 16 Results"[27] March 9, 2005 3 11.7 26.9
20 "Top 12 Perform"[28] March 15, 2005 1 11.5 28.4
21 "Top 12 Results"[28] March 16, 2005 2 10.8 24.7
22 "Top 11 Perform"[29] March 22, 2005 1 11.6 27.6
23 "Top 11 Finalists Repeat Special"[29](1) March 23, 2005 3 9.0 20.9
24 "Top 11 Results"[29] March 24, 2005 4 8.6 20.2
25 "Top 10 Perform"[30] March 29, 2005 2 11.0 26.4
26 "Top 10 Results"[30] March 30, 2005 3 10.6 24.9
27 "Top 9 Perform"[31] April 5, 2005 2 10.0 24.5
28 "Top 9 Results"[31] April 6, 2005 3 10.2 24.1
29 "Top 8 Perform"[32] April 12, 2005 2 10.7 25.6
30 "Top 8 Results"[32] April 13, 2005 4 10.8 25.0
31 "Top 7 Perform"[33] April 19, 2005 2 9.8 24.1
32 "Top 7 Results"[33] April 20, 2005 4 9.8 22.7
33 "Top 6 Perform"[34] April 26, 2005 2 10.8 25.5
34 "Top 6 Results"[34] April 27, 2005 4 10.5 24.4
35 "Top 5 Perform"[35] May 3, 2005 4 9.9 24.4
36 "Top 5 Results"[35] May 4, 2005 3 10.8 25.4
37 "Top 4 Perform"[36] May 10, 2005 4 10.2 24.7
38 "Top 4 Results"[36] May 11, 2005 1 11.5 26.6
39 "Top 3 Perform"[37] May 17, 2005 5 10.4 25.0
40 "Top 3 Results"[37] May 18, 2005 4 11.8 27.9
41 "Special: The World's Worst Auditions"[37] May 19, 2005 4.0
42 "Top 2 Perform"[38] May 24, 2005 2 11.6 28.1
43 "American Idol Season 4 Finale"[38] May 25, 2005 1 12.5 30.3

Note 1: The Top 11 Wednesday night was a repeat performance night due to a mix-up in the phone numbers for the contestants. The result show was moved to Thursday.

Music releases


The compilation album for this season was performed by the top twelve finalists.

The Showstoppers
  • Released: May 17, 2005
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Chart positions: -
  • RIAA Certification: Gold
  • U.S. sales: 332,000[39]


Artist Information
Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
  • Released: November 15, 2005
  • Label: Arista Records
  • Chart Positions: #2 (Billboard 200)
  • RIAA Certification: 7x Platinum
  • U.S. sales: 7,090,000
Carnival Ride
  • Released: October 23, 2007
  • Label: Arista Nashville
  • Chart Positions: #1 (Billboard 200)
  • RIAA Certification: 3x Platinum
  • U.S. sales: 3,180,000
Play On
  • Released: November 3, 2009
  • Label: Arista Nashville
  • Chart Positions: #1 (Billboard 200)
  • RIAA Certification: 2x Platinum
  • U.S. sales: 1,977,000
Bo Bice The Real Thing
  • Released: December 13, 2005
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Chart Positions: #4 (Billboard 200)
  • RIAA Certification: Gold
  • U.S. sales: 672,000
Mario Vazquez Mario Vazquez
  • Released: September 26, 2006
  • Label: J Records
  • Chart Positions: #80 (Billboard 200)
  • RIAA Certification: Uncertified
  • U.S. sales: 56,000

Minor or independent releases

(This list does not include pre-Idol releases)

Artist Information
Bo Bice See the Light
  • Released: October 23, 2007
  • Label: SugarMoney/StratArt Records
  • Chart Positions: #150 (Billboard 200)
  • RIAA Certification: –
  • U.S. sales: 62,000
Constantine Maroulis Constantine
  • Released: August 7, 2007
  • Label: Sixth Place Records with Sony RED Distribution
  • Chart Positions: – #79 (Billboard 200)
  • RIAA Certification: –
  • U.S. sales: 25,000
Celena Rae Invisible Woman
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: YMC Records
Elizabeth Pha (aka Chandara) The Moon & the Stars
  • Released: January 23, 2006
  • Label: Independent
Jamie Paul Koehler It's Christmas Time
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Independent
Jared Yates All That I Am
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Independent
Jeff Johnson Enter In
  • Released: July 19, 2005
  • Label: Jeff Johnson Ministries
Jeff Johnson Glorious Day
  • Released: August 14, 2007
  • Label: Jeff Johnson Ministries
Jessica Sierra Deepest Secret- EP
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Verge
Judd Harris Fly (with Visible from Space)
  • Released: April 11, 2006
  • Label: Independent
Kurtis Parks Something for Everyone
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Independent
Melinda Lira Melinda
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Independent
Travis Tucker Live
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Independent
Nadia Turner Standing On Love (Single)
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Independent
Nikko Smith Revolution
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Independent
Sarah Mather Another Day
  • Released: April 1, 2007
  • Label: ???


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