American Idol: Season 8 (2009)


Season 8
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Air date: Jan 13, 2009

Season 8 kicks off with new judge Kara DioGuardi and returning arbiters Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson rating (and likely berating) a fresh pool of aspiring crooners in Phoenix. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2009

Early auditions continue in Kansas City, Mo., in Season 8's second installment.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2009

Singer wannabes render trial performances in San Francisco. Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson are the judges.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2009

The early auditions continue in Louisville, as Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson appraise trial performances.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2009

The preliminary auditions continue in Jacksonville.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2009

The preliminary auditions continue in Salt Lake City, with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson serving as performance judges.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2009

New York City and San Juan are the destinations for the final audition round, as judged by Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2009

They're going to Hollywood: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson appraise performances in the first installment of the Hollywood rounds.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2009

Hopefuls render performances in the second installment of the Hollywood rounds.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2009

The Hollywood rounds continue with the singing hopefuls vying for a position in the Top 36.

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Critic Reviews for American Idol Season 8

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Maybe this season of [American] Idol become the Labradoodle of television: immensely popular, cuddly, trendy and maligned by over-educated people who like to complain.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's pretty much the same show it always was, but what's remarkable is how it manages to still actually squeeze entertainment out of the same thing we've seen seven other times.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Call him the "dark horse," the "Come-from-Behind Kid," the humble crooner. Call him whatever you like. But from now on you also need to call Kris Allen your American Idol.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The fact that the more-mainstream Kris won shouldn't be that surprising, as Adam was a polarizing figure whose dramatic stage-style alienated as many people as were captivated.

Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

[Adam] Lambert is another offensively easy call at a point when the show overall had grown hard to love and impossible to enjoy.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

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