Best American Idol Contestants
The Top Ten
Adam has a brilliant career. Not only has he sold out his own tours globally he gets to be the frontman for Queen, one of the most iconic bands ever, performing for massive audiences around the world! Brian May on Adam Lambert: "Well Adam, I hate to use normal phrases, but he ticks all the boxes really. He has an extraordinary instrument. Even Freddie, if he listened to Adam he would go, "my God where did that voice come from? " Freddie had one of the world's most extraordinary voices but Adam has an instrument you wouldn't find in a billion people which is beautiful. Fortunately Adam has the rest of the stuff that goes with it. He has dedication, he has talent, he has understanding, he has musical empathy and he also has the ability to entertain, very much like Freddie. He has a chemistry that comes from him, he works with an audience and has this camp quality which is also a lightness of being which is slightly self-mocking so he has great confidence. He has the ...more
If Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury had a love child, Adam Lambert would be the result. Adam Lambert has all of the skills and qualities that make a great artist: a beautiful voice with a seemingly limitless range, great stage presence, and a natural ability to engage the audience with his performance. The band Queen even invited Adam to join the band as their new front man. It doesn't matter that he didn't win idol. If Queen invites you to join their band, you are an AMAZING singer. Adam was the true winner of the 8th season of American Idol, and America made a HUGE mistake by not voting him as the winner.
Not afraid to be honest & different before achieving the ultimate fame. Crazy range, excellent showmanship & best of all, has the heart of a sweet angel. Can't praise him enough.
He is the BEST.V 197 Comments
Kelly Clarkson 3? Are you kidding me she’s number 1...before Carrie and Adam
What I like about Kelly is that she can't only sing one genre. That's why she had topped the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs etc. She is a Jill of All Trades. No wonder she topped the Billboard charts 80 times. She may not sold more albums than Carrie Underwood but Kelly sold more songs, digitally and physically, than any Idol contestant. - kram90
The first and the best (by a mile according to Simon) idol contestant or winner. The most clear best vocalist to ever step foot on the idol stage. Actually she is one of the great voices in music today. She can hold her own against anyone when it comes to singing. She was the first idol and American Idol never found anybody better. They searched but never found the next Kelly Clarkson.
Kelly is one of the best singers they had so far.V 30 Comments
Clay has had it all together since day one. He is multi-talented not only with singing, acting, and a hilarious sense of humor, but also with many years as a UNICEF Ambassador, author of an auto-biography, LEARNING TO SING, that climbed to No. 2 in New York ratings, as well as founding the National Inclusion Project that currently serves 40 states with respect to children with special needs. He is well versed in political matters and recently made a run for Congress. You will see him on many T.V. news networks, and he has been invited to join the "Third Rail", a discussion program featuring news and politics.
Clay has used his celebrity in many positive ways in order to MAKE A DIFFERENCE for those who are less fortunate! But lets not forget Clay DOMINATED Season Two. He lead in every rating! We learned that no one can make lyrics come to life as Clay can. We marveled at his vocal range, and we loved the humbleness of his presentation. As fans, we have followed him through more ...more
American Idol had the best viewership EVER, when Clay was on...The AI2 Finale totals were never beat. Also the next best views were during AI5, when Clay made an appearance, that is by far the most memorable. Michael Sandecki won an award for best impersonation of Clay Aiken..and Clay made an appearance...It was EPIC!.. Best performance ever on Idol was Clay's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters". He's had a fantastic singing career, as well as having his own Foundation for kids, a Unicef Ambassador, and ran for Congress. Seems to me, this is what an American Idol is all about!
This contestant has the most beautiful voice and phrasing...he sings every genre and acts too. Most of all, he wants to make a real difference in the world. What more could you want from an Idol?
It is true, Clay Aiken is the American Idol, not only for his glorious voice, but also for his heart! He gives of himself to others whenever or wherever needed! We as his fans, admire and support him from his first appearance of Idol to this day!V 113 Comments
Why is Chris down here?! He has had hit after hit on EVERY album, baptized is hands down probably his best so far, his vocal range is amazing, his music is beyond perfect... Please, just move Chris to top 5 at least
Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry are one of my favorite singers, but Chris is a little bit better. He's great!
Totally ruled!! He should have beat Hick(s) and Mcphee!! Some people wouldn't know talent if it bit them in the a**
All of his songs sounds good to me... A thumbs up for Daughtry!...V 4 Comments
She has the best voice I have ever heard, not only on American idol but in my life! It is sooo unique and there is something about it that cannot be duplicated! Even if she never gets big she will be my favorite voice forever and my favorite artist! LOVE HER and I will always try to stay updated with what she is doing because she is that amazing! I am waiting for the day that she becomes famous and I know that she will be because talent like hers cannot go unnoticed!
Haley is a one of a kind original. There is no one else like her. She has the voice of an angel, yet naturally sensual and she can belt out a song too that gives you chills. Her rasp and growl are second to none and she is always pitch perfect. She's a dream to look at and is just as beautiful on the inside. She is indeed God's gift to everyone who enjoys good music and is destined for super stardom. I am so enjoying her journey, it's been a blast so far.
Haley Reinhart has paid her dues since American Idol, gigging and singing her way into everyone's hearts. Her voice is one of a kind, unique to this contest, and her attitude is so calm and respectful. She never says anything but positive about American Idol, she truly appreciates what the show did for her. She took her experience there, and has grown it into 2 albums, a T.V. show, an international sold out tour with Postmodern Jukebox, all while being known in the industry as the SWEETEST HARDEST WORKING girl! She is forever my favorite AI, from someone who's seen every episode of the show, she is the diamond and will be BIG in 2016!
Haley is the most diverse contestant to grace the Idol stage, period. There have been so many talented vocalists over the years but Miss Reinhart stands out as a class act. With the right team, she is destined for success. Believe it or not folks, Haley's time to shine is coming, and this time she is coming out on top.V 123 Comments
Jessica Sanchez is a happy and jubilant person from the season 11 American Idol 2012 she should've won but people thought Phillip Phillips was cute had a contagious voice ( Catchy songs and easy to learn to and love ) but Jessica Sanchez was like phenomenal with all her performances and was saved by the judges because her pure talent! And she even auditioned in America's got talent she was good then and I think she was 8 or 7 years old but come on that was great because her voice is super contagious easy to love and made it quite far in america's got talent but I'm glad she still got a record deal because its rare to not have a record deal! In AI because most people are young or isn't good enough or can't fit in their record label but all and all its your decision not mine! All I ask is that when I revisit this site Jessica Sanchez has to be at least the top 4 because she has a dash of JHud and the growl of Whitney Houston (rest in peace whitney) and the high notes like not like the ...more
Her season was the probably the toughest I've seen, yet out of all the great contestants, Jessica should have been crowned the American Idol. She has the power of Jhud and Whitney Houston, yet she has the fire of Beyonce. This girl is one to watch out for. She can perform, dance, and sing like there is no tomorrow. Take notes, this girl knows what she's doing.
Jessica has a unique voice and she is the kind of person that everyone loves. I cannot believe that a person so close to my age can be such a remarkable performer. Oh god, when she sang I will always love you she nailed it!
SHE HAS THE MOST AMAZING PERFORMANCE AND VOICE!
SHE IS really THE BEST.. NOTHING BUT THE BEST! SHE IS ALWAYS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT EVER KNOWN!
SHE IS THE BEST AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT EVER!
THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST!
David Cook rocks! He's the season 7 grand winner, and I really love his rock n roll voice.. I love all of his songs!
should be in the top 10 with taylor, clay and elliott - idolangelx13
Should be 1. Complete genius and changed the show completely forever. Artist>singer.
Jennifer Hudson had the best voice from her season and it is awesome to see her bringing down the house as Effie in Dreamgirls. Long overdue success for her.
She is the definition of the American Idol, the epitome of the perfection. I just love her.
By far the one of the best voices of all idol contestants. Would actually put her number 2 after the great Miss Clarkson.
I love fantasia but I still can't believe Jhud didn't win!
Boo boo Carrie’s a top 3 performer from Idol! 9 is way to low. That’s disrespectful to her.
She is a package.. Beautiful face, has an angelic voice and the best country singer in music industry... Aside from taylor swift
I love her so much, she is an amazing country singer with star - quality. And she seems to be down - to - earth and humble! Much better than Kelly Clarkson.
Carrie holds more titles than all of these people put together! She is a superstar and should be #1V 16 Comments
She has an amazing, unique vocal range and she's a true performer. When she is on stage and she does her thing, nobody can say that she is not good enough, because everyone knows that she has the talent and drive to be on top.
I really love her voice, especially when she sings battlefield, tattoo and permanent monday. She also had a good collaboration w/ Chris Brown in No Air and w/ Big Time Rush, Count On you..
Unbeatable vocal range...unfortunately, still untapped!
His song never gone is very good. He's become a great Christian rock artist
September and Piano man were both incredible performances.
My favorite voice on idol.
Love this guy! - LarkwingFlight
She has an amazing voice and she should have won that season. She is charismatic, talented, she is a nice person and she could be a very good role model. From the very first audition, I loved her. Her voice is very strong and she reminds me of Jessica Sanchez. They both have a very strong voice and good personality at a young age.
Another more overlooked contestant who also came in third but in my opinion definitely deserved to win American Idol
What? She's easily the most overrated contestant of Season 12. Everyone loved her cause she looked cute when Candice had the better voice. - DCfnaf
She's not only beautiful, but has a powerful voice & message to share with the world as well!
Should have won that year, for me at least she will go far and is the winner of this season! - drummerV 3 Comments
Not sure why he isn't ranked higher on here. Clearly the most talented singer in AI history.
The only American Idol contestant to have a TED talk. That's more than anything else.
This guy can really sing the phonebook!
SHE BANG SHE BANG
Thumbs up if you think she should have won that season!
Yes but scotty mcreery deserved to win
She has such a beautiful, soulful voice, and though she didn't win, she came in second place OUT OF 190 CONTESTANTS. That's extremely impressive. Also, I found her story very touching.
It is a singing competition.
One of the best male pop-rock singers I've ever heard. Should have come in at least 2nd or 3rd. His performance of "My Funny Valentine" is one of the best ever on Idol.
Casey James is one of the best musicians by far. he has the most amazing voice & Great guitar skills. h can take any song & make it his own. he can really rock the stage & will have the crowd of fans in an high energy mode right along with him when he performs each song. with his multi-talents of singing & playing many different guitars he's nothing short of being the full package. he's the most humblest & down to earth young man with a heart as big as Texas, not only does he take time to make time to be with his fans. he always takes time out of his very busy schedule to be with his little fans that may have learning disabilities or physical disabilities such as being blind or many other health issues. From the youngest of Fans to the older ones he always goes above & beyond what he needs too, to make sure his fans is happy. Casey is so grateful for everything that has come his way in his musical career & he's one of the most polite & respectful musicians I've had the pleasure of ...more
Casey James is by far my favorite. He has an amazing voice, killer guitar skills and he takes each song and makes it his own. On Idol he did songs that were my favorite at the time they were released and he changed them sometimes ever so slightly and made them better than the originals. His original songs are amazing just love them. In concert Casey really rocks he really puts it all out there and each performance is better than the last. You can't just stop at one, you have to have more, more, more! Crying On a Suitcase is still my favorite song! Can't wait to hear the new CD and to see which of the new songs make it on. He would have to make it a triple CD to get all of my favorites on it. He has so many good songs I just love his music and can't hear it enough. Casey is one of a kind and makes real music that is enjoyable to listen to. He is multi-talented with fantastic guitar skills. With all of this amazing talent Casey James is one of the nicest, kindest, most considerate ...more
Casey's not just a great musician, he's a great person. He is a crazy-talented guitarist, amazing songwriter, and terrific singer. He pours every ounce of his energy into his performance, and never disappoints. Yes, it's true he's easy on the eyes, but that's not what makes him so special. In addition to his amazing gift, Casey is the most humble and down-to-earth artist out there. He remembers where he comes from and that his fans are what keeps him going. He is generous and caring and giving -- active with charities such as Children's Hospital. He appreciates his fans -- ensuring he stays after shows to meet them. Casey has overcome tremendous adversity physically, having been told he would never play guitar again after his accident. Casey is an inspiration and role model to many. Although he didn't win American Idol, we ALL win by his participation in the show. Thank you to American Idol for bringing Casey James to the world. Thank you, Casey James, for making the world a little ...more
Casey James is a fantastic entertainer! His connection with the audience and his passion for music combine to make his performances truly amazing. He gives his all and his band is outstanding, as well. The dedication to his art has only improved his talent. Great personality and compassionate! Knows how to appreciate his fans of all ages. I am excited to follow his career as more and more people are learning to love him and his music.V 41 Comments
Michael R.I.P. was the first male Idol I ever saw and immediately thought he could be a music superstar. Was robbed at only 8th place. Amazing personality, good looks and what a voice! Miss him terribly!
God bless that little Indian boy... He sings like an angel. A lady angel!
Most creative person ever on American Idol, I can't stop watching his "You Give Love a Bad Name"
I remember when I was younger she was one that show. I loved her! She has an amazing voice there is no way that she should've lost to taylor hicks. How did that happen anyway? She's amazing perfect and OH MY GOD DO YOU GUYS REMEMBER BLACK HORSE AND A CHERRY TREE? THAT WAS AMAZING!
I love her! Her CD is out now and is awesome. You can't honestly say that you didn't absolutely love her rendition of "Somehwere Over the Rainbow." - keziahsuperstar
We will see the real KAT in January when "SMASH" hits the T.V.. Her voice is so beautiful it's a joy to just listen to her sing
By far the most versatile and talented!
Anyone that can bring Elton John to tears deserves all the accolades in the world
She's lower than LEE DEWYZE? Candice is actually GOOD, move her up please! - DCfnaf
Why is she number 51? She won on one of the seasons!
People have squealed for Candice Glover!
Yes! Her image is up! Thank you admins! Isn't she amazing? Great voice and definitely deserves the top ten. - DCfnaf
No idea why she is ranked this low because she erased idol history and rewrote it with performances like barracuda, heart attack, and we are one.
You guys! She should at least to be the top 10! She's so unique and incredible.
Jena, she's amazing.
True artist, great range, kickass girl who should have won her season. She will go far without a doubtV 1 Comment
Elise was the best song stylist ever on Idol. Such great performances. The judges were crazy.
Eise is so unique. Nobody can sing like her. And she is also so humble and funny and seems like a person you can relate to 100%.
Very unique voice!
Last I heard Kris is performing on college campuses and pubs. He never really made it. He has a small core fan base who continue to support him. He puts out album after album of the same boring music. I couldn't even imagine going to one of his "concerts." I can see better at the local pubs on a Saturday night. But good for him that he's able to do what he loves.
He's a brilliant musician who can match up singers with better vocals than him. A true Dark Horse! - ramlien
Kris Allen is better than Adam Lambert... Just my opinion.. Haha.. I really love live like were dying, the truth and his latest song the vision of love..
Why in the world is here way down here he's one of the best on the show - rowdyfan0629
Phillip Phillips is incredible! His voice is amazing and he is phenomenal in concert. He is a great artist that stays trues to himself. Do yourself a favor and go see him live!
I recently saw Phillip in concert a and he was so good. He has a unique voice and style that is unashamedly raw and passionate. Perfection is not his aim in his music, you can tell he just really loves doing it. A gifted song writer and accomplished guitarist, all you have to do is watch him perform and see how lost in the music he gets to understand why he is one of the best new musicians out there, American Idol winner or not.
Phillip won American Idol because being American Idol doesn't mean that you can hit the highest note, it's your passion to win.V 5 Comments
He ROCKS! On the American Idol CD, He did great, G-R-E-A-T, on I Don't Wanna be. WHOOHOO! - Abejorro97
Has a soulful voice... I played his song a little too not over on my cellphone over and over again...!
Humble and talented - just loved him singing Imagine
Why is this at 19?! This should at least be in the top 5 if not the first!
One of the youngest, humblest and greatest AI comtestant.V 1 Comment
Taylor is an Amazingly talented live entertainer/musician and singer/songwriter with vocals that are full and rich keeping our roots music alive. Taylor's shows keep you thoroughly engaged whether it's with a full band or acoustic. He's loved by all who meet him. He made Forbes Top Ten Idol earners two years in a row without a big machine helping him. His life exemplifies Christian values by his devotion to children's charities and his "turn the other cheek" attitude in the face of adversity. Taylor is a honest and loyal person in addition to his musicality. This is why he is the Top AI vote earner of all time AND season 5 Winner!
Taylor is definitely my favorite Idol of all time. He was fabulous on the show and is amazing to see in person. I have been blessed to meet fellow fans over the years and we have developed incredible bonds of friendship. Taylor has achieved success on so many levels, as a writer, in a Vegas residency, on Broadway, on the Grease live tour, as a popular restaurant owner, and so much more. His efforts and generosity with charity projects have touched hearts in immeasurable ways. I hope Idol appreciates how Taylor helped to contribute to Idol's success in it's most popular season ever.
I'm so glad I got to see him perform- he is, in my humble opinion, the best all-around entertainer that I've heard in ages. Even though he won Season 5, it's a shame he didn't get the recognition he deserved. But he's doing what he's always wanted to do- play his music his way, and make people happy.
Humble, loyal, tenacious, and talented ; adjectives that make Taylor Hicks an Idol in my mind. His raw voice, genuine emotion and ability to interject snippets of songs into his work makes me wanting more. No bells or whistles with Taylor, just pure guts and grit in each song he sings.V 31 Comments
some say Chris Daughtry(who really only needed american idol to be known obviously didnt need to win... cuz he didnt) should have beat Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee ...but you are forget number three from that season... he was my fav i love his singing.. he is soooo talented
Elliott has one of the most soulful voices of our time. He was a little lacking on stage presence but I think the many times he shared a stage with Taylor Hicks helped pull him out of his shell.Some of the duets Elliott and Taylor have done in concert just bring the house down!
Definitely deserves to be in the top 10!
2nd best guy ever!
Hopefully she wins this season
I really enjoyed Angie
She's got the sweetest voice since Olivia Newton John. Can't wait for her to release a CD!
Awesome Rocker with out of this world vocals
This guy made American Idol worth watching during his season - Shake_n_Bake13
I accidentally voted for him :/
Great performing skills!V 3 Comments
Never heard of some of these contestants but Sundance beats them all easily
Allison was one of if not the best contestant of all time. Should be number 1
Allison rocked and has a big future ahead.
She is so awesome and she has such a great tone and unique quality to her voice. Her best performance was definitely either rocking robin or out your records on. She is awesome!
I orginally wanted her to win. I cried when she was voted off.
Josh Gracin has a great voice and was the first Idol who made it big in the country music.
He has the most amazing voice I've ever seen, his passion for singing is so clear that it almost makes you cry, when I watch American idol at home and when joshua sings, I almost stand up and clap my hands. His voice is so powerful. Shame he didn't win American idol...
This man DESERVES to be # 1. Greatest vocalist alive. If you hear his cover of When A Man Loves A Woman and continue to disagree, then...you are incorrect.
He should have won
Crystal was named aptly. Crystal voice and not one bad performance. Should have won her season. One of Idol's greats!
Crystal you were robbed! (With all due respect to Lee Dewyze)
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