As most people are aware by now, ‘American Idol’ is finally saying goodbye for good. Yes, it is still on television an no I don’t know any winners since Phillip Phillips. On that note, it is probably for the best considering this show has ran much longer than it should have, but you have to respect where it is due. ‘American Idol’ changed the way that Americans do television. Before AI, there was no online voting, no calling in to vote, it was the first show to make the viewer feel as though they were a part of a show.
On that note, ‘American Idol’ has produced some serious talent, more talent than any other singing show. I mean ‘The Voice’ has a few big names from it, the short lived ‘X-Factor USA’ basically only had Fifth Harmony come from it. Without ‘American Idol’ though, none of that would have happened. There would be no singing shows to speak of. I guess you can’t really assume that, but ‘American Idol’ was the first to do it.
Here are a list of who I think were the top 25 of all time. You my think my list is jacked up which is absolutely fine but it is my list! Remember I haven’t watched it for a few seasons so I have no idea if there is anyone from the past probably three seasons that I have missed. I mean to be fair, I don’t think that most of America even knew that the show was still on.
25. Kimberly Locke
To be honest, I didn’t appreciate her much when I was younger. I mean I was 11 and only cared about pop music so someone belting out Whitney Houston, at that point in my life didn’t matter. Looking back on it though Kimberly’s voice was insane and her ‘Seven days’ or whatever her single was, that was fire.
24. Kellie Pickler
Surprisingly she didn’t do too bad for herself after the show. On the show she wasn’t my favorite but her stage presence was something that you just couldn’t ignore.
23. Scotty McCreery
Scotty is a hottie but also a snooze fest. Yes, his voice is incredible but at the time on the show he was so boring. I remember just wanting his songs to be over because he would barely move around on stage. I think once he ran around like a mad man, other than that not so much.
22. Kimberly Caldwell
I think Kimberly could qualify as my first girl crush. I was obsessed with her and pretty upset when she left. Luckily for a while she was on random red carpets just doing the damn thing, like interviewing celebrities.
21. Alex Preston
Alex was in the later seasons but I genuinely believe that if he was back on like season 4 or 5, when the show still had a lot of steam he would have been more popular and potentially could have won.
20. Jason Castro
Oh Jason, the surfer dude with the voice of an angel. His version of ‘Hallelujah’ still gives me chills.
19. Haley Reinhart
The judges always gave Haley shit but she can sing, her voice is incredible. It has definitely gotten stronger since Idol, her voice is insane though, in the best possible way.
18. Ruben Studdard
The velvet teddy bear. I was more of a Clay girl myself but Ruben was entertaining that was for sure. Maybe he will make a comeback one day, maybe.
17. Kris Allen
Kris Allen is a great singer, he is handsome, and he is humble. Somehow he beat Adam Lambert but in the end it is all about showmanship and Adam kind of seemed like the winner out of the two of them. Wen you get a change listen to ‘The Truth’ by Kris though, pretty incredible song.
16. Angie Miller
I genuinely thought that Angie had a shot at winning but American didn’t agree with me. ‘You Set Me Free’ is an absolutely beautiful and haunting song, everyone go download it!
15. Colton Dixon
Colton was someone who I thought was going to stick around, again, I was wrong. I mean I guess I can’t get them all right but he got voted out much earlier than I expected. He is now a married man and has a fairly successful Christian music career.
14. Jordin Sparks
I liked Jordin a lot more after ‘Idol’ than when she was on it. Jordin you gave me songs like ‘Battlefield’ and ‘Tattoo’ thank you for those classics.
13. Phillip Phillips
I would say that Phillip is probably the last successful winner of ‘American Idol’. You couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing ‘Home’ since then we haven’t heard much. I am assuming that he will be back soon enough though.
Much like Kimberly Locke when I was younger I couldn’t appreciate the belting out of music, I didn’t understand it. I just thought she was screaming. Going back to it though Fantasia had crazy ass talent. I also believe she is the only ‘American Idol’ alum with a Lifetime movie that they also starred in.
11. Nikki McKibben
Way back in season 1 I wanted Nikki to win it all. I liked Kelly Clarkson enough but I thought that Nikki was going to take it home. It always bummed me out that she never made it big but she was on a VH1 reality show, which is close enough, right?
10. Elliot Yamin
Elliot reminded me of AJ McLean I have no idea why. Loved his voice though, I also thought that it was pretty awesome he could sing so well and he was deaf in one ear, he didn’t let anything stop him. He also had a hit single that I remember loving but can’t remember the name of it.
9. Chris Daughtry
Listen I know that Chris should be higher on the list, sit down and shut our mouth! There were other singers that I liked better than him. I understand his talent was on a different level and he is one of the most successful after the show but I don’t care. I can say though, Chris is a very talented musician, what more do you want?
8. Clay Aiken
This legend. Clay Aiken should have won, that’s all I will say!
7. Katie Stevens
I may be one of the only people to say this but Katie was one of my all time favorites. She was only like 15 or 16 at the time and homegirl could sing, well more than just sing, she SANG. Now she is on a sow on MTV, hopefully she will go back to singing eventually though, that would be awesome!
6. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer got sent home too early, but I think that’s okay because she won an Oscar, that kind of makes up for everything. She also made a ton of money off of Weight Watchers. Jennifer as made a big comeback since the tragedy that hit her family a few years back, I am glad that she is so happy now.
It’s a shame that Taylor Hicks beat her on ‘American Idol’. Katherine is now on the hit show ‘Scorpion’ though so I think she is going to be okay.
4. Josh Gracin
Boy oh boy did I love Josh Gracin. He was by far my favorite male on the show ever. Now he may not have had the best voice but his looks, my Lord I loved him. After ‘Idol’ he had a fairly successful country career before he fell off a bit. Recently it was said he threatened to kill himself, so we can only hope that whatever he is going through he goes through it safely!
3. Adam Lambert
Adam just toured the world with Queen, need I say more? He was like the Lady Gaga of ‘American Idol’ if that makes any sense. He was the first to have elaborate outfits and stages, Adam changed the game.
2. Kelly Clarkson
Kelly is a Grammy winning artist who puts out hit after hit, you can’t go wrong there. She is the first winner ever, another thing that you can’t deny. Kelly Clarkson will always be the first ‘American Idol’, the most important one, and the star of ‘From Justin to Kelly’
Honestly picking between Kelly and Carrie was like Sophie’s choice. Carrie is my girl though. She always has been. She has always come back to her roots on Idol too, something that you just have to respect in a person. I am also pretty sure she is an angel.
So there you have it. Thank you ‘American Idol’ for changing music and television. You will be missed,
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