Best American Idol Contestants

The Top Ten

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.

To me adam lambert did win the show, I mean who does not know the name adam lambert? everybody knows the song whataya want from me? so I think adam lambert is the winner! and he sings with queen. so ya winner!

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.

For me Adam Lambert has been the best participant that has had American Idol because Adam Lambert left an imprint in that program with his originality and theatricality, his presentations that with the heart and with so much effort that always surprised the public, Adam Lambert really showed That he has everything to succeed in the music industry and that no other participant could overcome what he did on American Idol, also it is clear that for something the members of Queen invited Adam to be in the band with them. It is even worth mentioning that he has been the only participant throughout the history of American Idol that received a ovation of Simon Cowell.

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 ability to send ...more

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 ...read more.

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.

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.

Oh my; where to begin? She was the first and the best; at least in my humble opinion. I can understand each & every word she sings; she NEVER hits a bad note; NEVER sings off key and she lives true to herself without pretense. The world would do well with a billion more like her

She has charisma. She is always beautiful, stunning, humble, sweet and she seems to care about other people. She is one of the most succesful IDOL contestants and she is a good example on what an idol should be. Good vocalist, good person, true musician.

Clay Aiken

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

Clay has that STAR quality very few artists from Idol have shown. I have never heard anything like his voice, the range, his falsetto, his phrasing in which he articulates every word. In fact, he can hold a note longer than I can hold my breath. And nobody can sing Christmas songs like Clay. He absolutely should have won Idol and everyone knows it. I miss him and hopefully, he will do Broadway or concerts again soon. I had never thought any singer could steal my heart, however Clay has and I want the excitement to continue.

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!

For pure power, tone, dynamics & emotionality, & having watched every season of A.I., I have to say that no voice on that show has ever come close to affecting me & my family as much as Clay's. He's one of a kind, truly unique & has the professionalism & heart to make him a true American icon. He's also a brilliant speaker & seems to have turned to politics & humanitarianism as his focus, but I hope he will always sing in some capacity. It would be a great loss to the world to lose that glorious voice.

Chris Daughtry Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry is an American musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and as the fourth-place contestant on the fifth season of American Idol.

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

Bo Bice introduced rock to Idol but Daughtry revolutionized it. Totally killed the season, his performance of Hemorrhage was incredible.

Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry are one of my favorite singers, but Chris is a little bit better. He's great!

8 he was easily the best non winner oh and I haven't heard of half the people above him he's the best

Haley Reinhart Haley Elizabeth Reinhart is an American singer, songwriter, and voice actress from Wheeling, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

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!

I loved Haley from the start when I heard her voice on American Idol. I was in another room and I said to my husband, "who is that"? I have watched every season from AI and I can say Haley remains my absolute favorite. Her voice is distinct and one of a kind in my ears. I now follow her FB page, I support her music, I view any video I come across. I think she not only has an amazing voice but an amazing stage present. She is sweet and sexy all at the same time. Her voice and persona together will never be matched by anyone. She is fabulous. Go get em Haley.

Not to sound cheesy, it's hard to describe but very rarely have I come across an artist whose voice seems to pierce my soul and fall in sync with everything right in the world. She truly is a one of a kind, once in a generation singer and I should also say musician, as she constantly utilizes her voice as an instrument in what seems like an effortless stroke of brilliance. Beautiful inside and out and one of the most talented artists in the world right now and for many years to come.

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!

Jessica Sanchez

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 Sanchez impressed me the most because her voice is effervescent and sounds kinda like jhud and whitney and a little beyonce all together, no doubt shes my favorite because now shes super famous (: and I'm happy for her (: hope she continues and all I ask is "VOTE JESSICA SANCHEZ" she's worth 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 David Roland Cook is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008.

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 1. Complete genius and changed the show completely forever. Artist>singer.

should be in the top 10 with taylor, clay and elliott

Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

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.

By far the one of the best voices of all idol contestants. Would actually put her number 2 after the great Miss Clarkson.

She is the definition of the American Idol, the epitome of the perfection. I just love her.

I love fantasia but I still can't believe Jhud didn't win!

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 has worked hard to pull of amazing performances on IDOL and she is very succesful after the show as well. She has grace and she is very underrated. She hits high notes that Kelly Clarkson cannot even dream of.

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.

She is a package.. Beautiful face, has an angelic voice and the best country singer in music industry... Aside from taylor swift

She should be number 1! She is the person who has had the most success after being on idol! Powerhouse voice! Go Carrie!

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.

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!

The Contenders

Colton Dixon Michael Colton Dixon is an American Christian singer-songwriter and musician from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol.

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!

Angie Miller

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.

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!

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 ...read more.

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!

Pia Toscano

Thumbs up if you think she should have won that season!

Yes but scotty mcreery deserved to win

Larry Platt
Constantine Maroulis

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.

Rhonetta Johnson
Casey James

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

Great musician (fantastic guitar player especially considering that he broke his hand and was told he'd never play again! ) and songwriter.
One of the nicest humble guys, who is so good to his fans - takes time out to visit little children (especially those who have physical/learning difficulties) from a very busy schedule. I believe he has been touring non stop since his idol days - also does a lot for charity.
He's already had 2 nominations for best video - not bad considering he's only released one album so far and one of the airlines has adopted his song "Crying on a suitcase" - love that song!

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 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.

Michael Johns

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!

La'Porsha Renae

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.

Tamika Bush
Sanjaya Malakar

God bless that little Indian boy... He sings like an angel. A lady angel!

Blake Lewis

Most creative person ever on American Idol, I can't stop watching his "You Give Love a Bad Name"

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.

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

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."

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!

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

Anyone that can bring Elton John to tears deserves all the accolades in the world

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