Top Ten Best American Idol Auditions

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The Top Ten

1 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson

It was really the first time a contestant played around with the judges and the host, and she was able to back it up with some amazing vocals. - ilovekelly75

Kelly Clarkson's American Idol audition was SUPERB & she followed it up to be the BEST AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT of all time.

Kelly Clarkson's audition was SUPERB & she continued to wow the audiences & the judges from then on... the absolute best.

NONE BETTER!

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2 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

So amazingly talented and gorgeous. I've loved Adam Lambert since his first Idol audition. So unique, talented, and gorgeous. Couldn't wait for Idol each week to see what Adam would do next. Adam always stayed true to himself. He had it figured out before he even started on the show.

It's too bad that Idol kept wanting the same type of singer to win. No disrespect because they are all talented but there is nothing memorable about most of them. I know they all have their fans who may say otherwise but Adam was in a league of his own. Although many who support others will likely disagree there is no denying Adam's talent.

Most of them wanted to play it safe and as a result in my opinion so many of them sound the same and singing the same kind of song. Nothing to make them stand out from the others. I find many of the singer/songwriter types so boring and uninteresting but, again, I know they have their fans. The whole point of American Idol I thought was to find the next ...more

Yes he should have won. The only reason he didn't win to Kris Allen is because the day before the finale Adam confessed that he was gay. So, since America didn't want a gay winner for american idol Kris Allen won. It's really ashamed that he didn't win because he was so much better than Kris Allen and America was so sexual.

This man can sing anything. Adam is a charismatic entertainer and his tours are spectacular. Catch one if you can because he is sensational. Adam should have won Idol and he did in my eyes. Love this man to pieces. He is also kind, generous, smart, sexy, and loves his friends and family.

We knew his was going to be a star from the first note that came out of his mouth... and his star just keeps shining brighter.

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3 James Durbin

James Durbin's audition showed his tremendous talent and I saw it right away when he started singing. I knew then that he was going to go to Hollywood and I was going to keep watching. His performances were all stellar and memorable. I remember every one today as if it they just happened even though it has been about 6 years ago since he performed them. The day will come when everyone will see the talent I saw and his career will really take off. I look forward to that day.

From day one, I knew there was something special about James. He lit the stage up every performance. He could sing the phone book & make it into a full-blown concert! He should have won, in my opinion. I have watched him grow for 6 years & now his time has finally come. I thank AI for introducing us to our American Idol...DURBIN ROCKS!

Every week his performance left everything on the stage. In the finale, his extraordinary musical ability, and his desire to bring everyone's performance up to amazing was so evident. He will always be the greatest talent to ever grace American Idol.

He poured his heart and soul into his audition. He had disabilities with having Tourette's and autism but he fought through it. He said music was his way to cope with it. He was and is amazing.

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4 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood

She didn't bother with a big vocal song. In fact, she picked it as she was walking into the door. She did a very nice job with it. - ilovekelly75

I picked her to win from the very beginning. She has a really good personality and voice! Good thing she won!

Carrie is phenomenal. Her voice is like an angel. I loved her version of "Alone" by Heart.

Yas! She has a great voice, and she is just so amazing. carrie underwood is also the one girl that dosnt fly down naked on a wrecking ball fwi

5 Scotty McCreery Scotty McCreery

The most memorable audition from American Idol Season 10. He was awesome and funny and very cool. When JLo told him "You have a deep voice", he was like "I get that a lot! ".

This guy should be on the TOP!
He is amazing! His voice sends shivers down my spines.

6 Melinda Doolittle

She was so nervous, and looked mortified walking in, and talking to the judges, but when she sang that first note, you knew she'd be around for a while. - ilovekelly75

Yes her audition was amazing from her personality to her singing, she's like a breathe of fresh air

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7 Fantasia Barrino

Anybody with any knowledge of music, probably got chills during her performance of Killing Me Softly. She didn't make a huge performance out of it. She just stood there and sang as if she were talking in a normal conversation, and it was great. - ilovekelly75

8 David Cook
9 Jordin Sparks Jordin Sparks Jordin Brianna Sparks is an American singer, songwriter and actress. In 2007, she rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series' history.

I love her!

10 Lauren Alaina

I think her audition was great how she sang back and forth with Steven Tyler. She was only 15! What do the rest of you think?

The Contenders

11 William Hung William Hung

His magically euphonious vocals have moved us deeply... from the couch to the floor, wetting ourselves - rbndelrio

Because everyone else is so damn boring!

It's hard not to like this guy :*)

The most memorable audition in American Idol. Ever.
It really is a mistake how Simon Cowell outright rejects this guy (but at least William Hung responded with class not sass) yet it was HIS idea to form One Direction at his X Factor, not to mention the fact that he distributed the Teletubbies song in the UK. Simon Cowell is a hypocrite.

William Hung's "worst" rendition of a song > The Best One Direction Song (and perhaps anything Simon Cowell produces)

Enough said.

12 Kellie Pickler

Actually my favorite isn't listed. Julie Zorrilla, the Colombian immigrant now living in California. I was surprised she only made it to the top 24 and not the top 12, excuse me, 13.

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13 Katharine McPhee Katharine McPhee

Based on pure vocals, this may be the best original audition. - ilovekelly75

14 Clay Aiken

Clearly this man can sing & should have won that year. He has a voice that just comes out naturally when he sings. Something that is truly a gift from our Lord.

It was a shock when this boy opened his mouth, and was actually able to blow the roof off. - ilovekelly75

I feel Clay Aiken should have won American Idol the year he was on American Idol.

15 Frenchie Davis

The judges said that for the second season, they'd like to have some great voices who did not fit the pop star image, and she gave that to them with this powerhouse performance. - ilovekelly75

Like I don't like her in general but that voice was literally astonishing but in a good way (: X.

16 Kris Allen
17 Paris Bennett

She sang a country song, and a jazz standard, and showed her beautiful voice and versatility in just two songs. Without knowing that she'd later dissappoint, if you were to know she'd be out in just fifth, you'd be shocked. - ilovekelly75

I loved that she put her own twist into the songs she performed.

18 Danny Gokey
19 A.J. Gil

He sang The Star Spangled Banner, and it was the first and last time he proved he was a force to be reckoned with, receiving applause from all three judges, and a standing ovation from Randy and Paula. - ilovekelly75

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