Top Ten Best American Idol Auditions


The Top Ten

1 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.

Lots of strength in his character. He was robbed of the Idol title, but he was never bitter about it. He has a big heart with huge talents too. The actual winner in his season disappeared from the entertainment industry with nearly nobody even remembering what the heck his name was. Adam has suffered lots of setbacks because he's always honest & stays true to himself. He deserves to shine way brighter than some singers who can only rely on their looks & marketing team.

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

Adam was so intriguing right from the start. It was so much fun to watch him each week and see how he made every song his own. He always sang with so much emotion, drawing in his audience, and totally commanding the stage. It's no wonder to me that he has gone on to have the global success that he has had. He's about to start a North American tour as front man for Queen, and has been spending a lot of time in the recording studios working on his fourth album. Can't wait to hear his new music and to watch him perform with Queen this summer. No doubt they will be rocking those arenas!

Adam's name is ALWAYS mentioned as one of the most successful Idols along with Kelly, Carrie, and JHud. He is without a doubt one of the most talented, charismatic, and memorable!

I've enjoyed watching Adam's career progress and can't wait to see what else he has in store for his fans!

Adam was so captivating right from the start. Amazing voice. I was glued to the T.V. every time Adam performed.

Adam made every song he sang his own. We had to suffer through so many karaoke performances from others who were so afraid to step outside the box. Too bad for them. Where are they now?

Adam went on to international stardom selling out his solo tours all over the world. He's also been the frontman for Queen for the past several years. Do people realize how extraordinary that is? Queen is LEGENDARY! What an honor for Adam that he was chosen by Brian May and Roger Taylor to sing their brilliant songs. They always say Adam has a voice that's one in a billion.

Adam brings his own brand of magic to everything he does. So amazingly talented!

2 William Hung William Hung William James Hung, also known as Hung Hing Cheong, is a Hong Kong-born American former singer who gained fame in early 2004 as a result of his rather colorful audition performance of Ricky Martin's hit song "She Bangs" on the third season of the television series American Idol. He is also a motivational more.

William Hung taught people to follow your dreams, no matter the obstacles and deficiencies. Kelly Clarkson taught people to hate Jews.

William Hung is like Pink Floyd compared to Adam Lambert, et al

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

Because everyone else is so damn boring!

3 Larry Platt

Platt is the best, including "Pants On the Ground!

4 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter and children's book author. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard more.

Who knew an audition would make a fat, anti-Semitic, child molesting Texan go global?

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.

5 Rhonetta Johnson
6 Jonathan Rey
7 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.

The producers dwelled to much on his back story. That should not be held against James Durbin, as I think he had no influence on that. James was in the zone and the voice... OMG

8 Tamika Bush
9 Sanjaya Malakar
10 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

her voice blew me away! she should have won! - idolangelx13

The Contenders

11 Blake Lewis
12 Fantasia Barrino Fantasia Barrino Fantasia Monique Taylor, known professionally by her mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress.

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

13 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!

14 Scotty McCreery Scotty McCreery Scott Cooke McCreery is an American country music singer. He is also known for winning the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011.

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.

15 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?

16 Scott Savol
17 Katharine McPhee Katharine McPhee Katharine Hope McPhee is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. In May 2006, she was the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol. Her self-titled debut album was released on RCA Records on January 30, 2007, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 381,000 copies.

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

18 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.

19 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.

20 Kris Allen Kris Allen Kristopher Neil Allen is an American singer and songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol.Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes.Allen's Idol coronation song, "No Boundaries" and his version of "Heartless" both charted within more.
21 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.

22 Danny Gokey
23 David Cook David Cook David Roland Cook is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008. Prior to Idol he released an independent album entitled Analog Heart.
24 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

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

25 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

26 Allison Iraheta

shes tha best! she shulda won! - horrorfan

27 Alex Lambert


28 Anthony Fedorov

One of my favorite auditions. - Shakester

29 Joanna Pacitti
30 Diana Degarmo
31 Joshua Ledet

Whoever put Archuleta is stupid. Yes, he is a good artist. He didn't have a good audition though. He forgot the lyrics!

32 Paul McDonald
33 Candice Glover Candice Glover Candice Rickelle Glover is an American R&B singer and actress who won the twelfth season of American Idol.
34 Elliott Yamin Elliott Yamin Efraym Elliott Yamin is an American singer known for his hit single "Wait for You" and for placing third on the fifth season of American Idol.
35 Kellie Pickler

This should bring a tear to your eye. - ilovekelly75

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.

36 Jasmine Murray

I think her audition was one of the best of the season I think it was superb she should've made A HECK OF A LOT farther

37 Megan Corkery
38 Andrew Garcia
39 Lisa Tucker

This audition gave me chills. At 16 years old, she really showed some great vocals. - miltwong

40 Carly Smithson
41 David Archuleta David Archuleta David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.

Best singer of beautiful songs

42 Casey Abrams

I still remember the melodica and the "I Don't Need No Doctor" cover!
It's great watching his audition all the time because he is still the same person he was back then - so humble, funny and talented.

43 Julie Zorrilla
44 Brielle Von Hugel
45 Haley Reinhart Haley Reinhart Haley Elizabeth Reinhart is an American singer, songwriter, and voice actress from Wheeling, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
46 Jessica Sanchez Jessica Sanchez
47 Dalton Rapattoni

Dalton's audition was incredible! I knew the song, but didn't really like it all that much (it was okay) and then he started singing and it was a "woah" moment for me. Then he keeps going in the competition and keeps pulling all these incredible performances, some of which included "Rebel Yell", "It's Gonna Be Me", "Eleanor Rigby", and "Bird Set Free". His audition was really memorable to me. He's in the top 3 now, so I hope he wins, but if he doesn't he'll still go far!

Dalton's audition was amazing, it wowed me a lot! I never thought that that song could be sung like that and still done well. His version of it is really great!

48 Milo Turk
49 James Lewis
50 Keith Beukelaer
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