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2009
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January 2009
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Week of January 11
Week of January 18
Week of January 25

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February 2009
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Week of February 1

Hollywood Week begins with a pass-the-mic challenge, giving the contestants a chance to make their first impressions on the judges. In Day Two, the infamous group singing challenges causes more than just a little drama.
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Week of February 8
The final two days of Hollywood Week. On Tuesday, the contestants were broken into four different groups. On Wednesday, the Final 36 were determined -- with a dramatic new feature: the sing off!
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Week of February 15
The first group of twelve performs for their chance at a spot in the Final Twelve. The theme is Billboard Hot 100 hits and the deck is stacked with many male contenders -- and Tatianna.
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Week of February 22
The second group of twelve competes for the automatic bids to the Final Twelve. Did watching last week's contestant help or hurt? Several previous standouts stumbled and at least one "unknown" came to the foreground. Plus, Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle.
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March 2009
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Week of March 1

The final group of semi-finalists competes for the final three spots in the finals. Plus, the judges make their wildcard selections to round out the Top 12 plus one.
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Week of March 8
The first week of head-to-head competition featured the songs of Michael Jackson. There was also a twist or two -- two contestants were sent home and a new rule was introduced.
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Week of March 15
Country week proved to be a mixed bag for contestants just like in previous years.
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Week of March 22
Motown week proved difficult for some of the singers. Lil struggled with "Heat Wave," but Adam floored the judges -- and guest mentor Smokey Robinson -- with his rendition of "Tracks of My Tears."
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Week of March 29
Contestants could pick any song, as long as it was a popular download on iTunes. The choices were questionable in some cases. In the end, a Bob Marley song fell Megan Joy.
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April 2009
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Week of April 5

This week, contestants sang songs from the year that they were born. There were no golden oldies, as the oldest song came from 1980.
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Week of April 12
The theme was movie week, and some of the song choices were a bit surprising. When one contestant is voted off, the judges finally decide to use their save.
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Week of April 19
Disco week brought interesting interpretations. With the "judges' save" being used last week, the specter of two contestants going home this week loomed large.
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Week of April 26

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May 2009
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Week of May 3

Week of May 10
Week of May 17
Week of May 24

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