Season 9

Winner: Lee DeWyze
Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, and Simon Cowell returned for Season 9, and after a series of guest judges that included Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris among others, Ellen DeGeneres officially joined the panel during Hollywood Week. This season featured many singer-songwriters, and the finale came down to two such artists – Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox – with Lee becoming the ninth American Idol.