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Grand Final

Season 5, Episode 41 - Air Date: 5/24/2006
The most anticipated night of the television season is here! Two finalists, one American Idol – find out tonight who America has chosen.
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Top 2 Showdown

Season 5, Episode 40 - Air Date: 5/23/2006
On tonight’s exciting performance show, the last of the season, Taylor Hicks & Katharine McPhee will battle it out live at the famed Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
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Top 3 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 39 - Air Date: 5/17/2006
TV’s hottest show revs up to a crescendo! Last night, the Top 3 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over.
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Top 3 Performance Show: Clive Davis'

Season 5, Episode 38 - Air Date: 5/16/2006
Tonight the Top 3 finalists will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and the coveted opportunity to compete in next week’s season finale.
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Top 4 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 37 - Air Date: 5/10/2006
Last night, the Top 4 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Find out tonight live who will be in the Final 3 and who will go home.
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Top 4 Performance Show: Elvis Presley

Season 5, Episode 36 - Air Date: 5/9/2006
Tonight the Top 4 finalists will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.
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Top 5 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 35 - Air Date: 5/3/2006
Last night, the Top 5 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Find out tonight live who will be in the Final 4 and who will go home.
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Top 5 Performance Show: Birth Year & Latest Billboards

Season 5, Episode 34 - Air Date: 5/2/2006
Tonight the Top 5 finalists will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.
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Top 6 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 33 - Air Date: 4/26/2006
Last night, the Top 6 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Find out tonight live who will sing again next week and who will go home.
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Top 6 Performance Show: Love Songs

Season 5, Episode 32 - Air Date: 4/25/2006
Tonight the Top 6 finalists will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week.
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Top 7 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 31 - Air Date: 4/19/2006
Last night, the Top 7 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Find out tonight live who will sing again next week and who will go home.
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Top 7 Performance Show: Great American Songbook

Season 5, Episode 30 - Air Date: 4/18/2006
Tonight the Top 7 finalists will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will perform their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week.
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Top 8 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 29 - Air Date: 4/12/2006
Last night, the Top 8 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Find out tonight live who will sing again next week and who will go home.
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Top 8 Performance Show: Queen

Season 5, Episode 28 - Air Date: 4/11/2006
Tonight on American Idol the Top 8 finalists will perform live for the nation. The contestants will perform their hearts out to the theme of Queen in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week.
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Top 9 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 27 - Air Date: 4/5/2006
Last night, the Top 9 finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. The contestants will be grouped in bunches of three.
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Top 9 Performance Show: Country

Season 5, Episode 26 - Air Date: 4/4/2006
Tonight the Top 9 finalists will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out tonight to the theme of country music in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.
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Top 10 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 25 - Air Date: 3/29/2006
Last night, the Top 10 Finalists sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Find out tonight live who will sing again next week and who will go home.
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Top 10 Performance Show: 21st Century

Season 5, Episode 24 - Air Date: 3/28/2006
Tonight the Top 10 finalists will perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.
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Top 11 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 23 - Air Date: 3/22/2006
Last night, American Idol’s Top 11 sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Tonight, the finalist who received the lowest number of votes will be eliminated from the race for the American Idol title.
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Top 11 Performance Show: The 50's

Season 5, Episode 22 - Air Date: 3/21/2006
Tonight the remaining 11 finalists perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s votes and surviving another week in the competition.
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Top 12 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 21 - Air Date: 3/15/2006
Last night, American Idol’s Top 12 sang their hearts out in hopes of winning America over. Tonight, the finalist who received the lowest number of votes will be eliminated from the race for the American Idol title
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Top 12 Performance Show: Stevie Wonder

Season 5, Episode 20 - Air Date: 3/14/2006
Tonight the Top 12 finalists perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. In this special two-hour show, contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competiton.
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Top 16 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 19 - Air Date: 3/9/2006
Top 12 Finalists to be Revealed in the most dramatic results show of the season, four more semifinalists – two boys and two girls – will go home, leaving the Top 12 Finalists to vie for the American Idol crown.
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Top 16 Performance Show: Part 2 (Guys)

Season 5, Episode 18 - Air Date: 3/8/2006
The remaining 8 boys sing tonight for America. After the show, the viewers will vote for their favorites.
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Top 16 Performance Show: Part 1 (Girls)

Season 5, Episode 17 - Air Date: 3/7/2006
The remaining eight girls will perform again for America. After the show, the viewers will vote for their favorites.
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Top 20 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 16 - Air Date: 3/2/2006
The 20 remaining semifinalists performed this week and the viewers voted for their favorites. Tonight, the four contestants – two males and two females – who received the fewest votes will go home, leaving 16 semifinalists to vie for the American Idol crown
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Top 20 Performance Show: Part 2 (Guys)

Season 5, Episode 15 - Air Date: 3/1/2006
The Top 10 boys perform for America, hoping to win enough votes to stay in the competition. Who will be back to sing next week?
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Top 20 Performance Show: Part 1 (Girls)

Season 5, Episode 14 - Air Date: 2/28/2006
Having survived last week’s competition, the Top 10 girls perform again for America. After the show, the viewers will vote for their favorites.
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Top 24 Results Show

Season 5, Episode 13 - Air Date: 2/23/2006
The 24 semifinalists performed for America this week, and the viewers have determined their fate. Tonight, four contestants – two males and two females – will go home, leaving 20 finalists vying for the American Idol crown.
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Top 24 Performance Show: Part 2 (Guys)

Season 5, Episode 12 - Air Date: 2/22/2006
Of the 24 semifinalists chosen last week, the Top 12 boys will perform for America for the first time.
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Performance Show Females #1 (top 12)

Season 5, Episode 11 - Air Date: 2/21/2006
Of the 24 semifinalists chosen last week, the Top 12 girls will perform for America for the first time.
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Hollywood Round #3

Season 5, Episode 10 - Air Date: 2/15/2006
Contestants chosen from around the nation have endured the grueling schedule and high-pressure auditions of the Hollywood Round, hoping to impress the judges and secure one of the 24 semifinalist spots.
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Hollywood Round #2

Season 5, Episode 9 - Air Date: 2/14/2006
Contestants chosen from around the nation endure a grueling rehearsal schedule and pressure-packed auditions as they vie for a coveted spot in the Top 24.
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Hollywood Round #1

Season 5, Episode 8 - Air Date: 2/8/2006
Contestants chosen from around the nation arrive in Hollywood for their big chance at the American Idol crown.
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Auditions: Boston

Season 5, Episode 7 - Air Date: 2/7/2006
The best and worst of auditions from Boston, MA
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Auditions: Austin

Season 5, Episode 6 - Air Date: 2/1/2006
The best and worst of auditions from Austin, TX.
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Auditions: Las Vegas

Season 5, Episode 5 - Air Date: 1/31/2006
The best and worst of auditions from Las Vegas, NV.
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Auditions: San Francisco

Season 5, Episode 4 - Air Date: 1/25/2006
The best and worst of auditions from San Francisco, CA
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Auditions: Greensboro

Season 5, Episode 3 - Air Date: 1/24/2006
The best and worst of auditions from Greensboro, NC.
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Auditions: Denver

Season 5, Episode 2 - Air Date: 1/18/2006
The best and worst of auditions from Denver, CO.
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Auditions: Chicago

Season 5, Episode 1 - Air Date: 1/17/2006
The best and worst of auditions starting in Chicago, IL.

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