Most Overrated American Idol Contestants

Who claims the title as the most overrated American Idol contestant of all time over the years?

The Top Ten

1 Chris Daughtry 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.

What's so great about a singer that sounds like he is making bowel movements when he sings (or maybe he is? ) and has songs that all sound almost the same (a la Nickelback)? He isn't a rocker, all he sings are ballads/relationships (if the dogs written are true, he must have a rocky relationship with his wife. If not, he makes music for the money, more so than for the soul) for housewives/soccer moms that couldn't get REAL rock music/have a bastardized view of what rock music is

All his songs after Idol are so boring, bland, and generic. Like a derivative version of Nickelback (which is already a derivative version of various bands).

And for you people who wonder why rock is less prominent (perhaps until recently), it's because of crap bands like Nickelback and Daughtry that made people get turned off by rock music. If I want simplified music, I'd listen to pop; at least it's more catchy than grunting.

How is he #1 or even considered for overrated. I guess people are more retarded than I imagined. Thank you for showing this list is completely skewed. Look at his track record and tell me that again. Well deserved top 3 ever.

I agree that he's overrated but he's not that terrible. Plus at least he sings better than Chad Kroeger.

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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.

Note to fans: Screaming is NOT singing!

THis guy was a good fit around a studio mix for a replacement effort for that band... But all in all.. a studio singer is a nobody.. No skills at all! - GarynKatie601

Fans, listen to real rock and roll. Springsteen is a good start.

Can't write songs unless someone helps him.

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3 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.

Most hypocritical too. Images herself as a good Christian but sings about destroying cars, dresses like a prostitute (for lack of a more PC term) in multiple performances. Heard she is not a nice person. If so, then no wonder artists like Taylor Swift (who writes her own songs and can connect with a myriad amount of people) are more popular.

Watching paint dry (or at least be gradually viscous) is much more entertaining (and more talented). But this stuff? Only loved by people who feared of "devil music" such as the Beatles and Pink Floyd

So boring, robotic, basic, and overpraised.

She flat out sucks. Ballads sound like she has her nose pinched with her fingers.

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4 Jason Castro

Most Overrated contestant since Chris Daughtry - idolangelx13

Season 7 was the first AI I watched, I got addicted since then, I'm only 1 17 then, my most fave season, I'm crazy in love to JCas.

5 Taylor Hicks Taylor Hicks

I still can't believe he actually won. It was a huge surprise to me because he was never "one of the best". I had actually forgotten he was in the competition until he competed with Katharine in the finale. I think that either Chris Daughtry or Katharine McPhee should have won instead of him.

Why is daughtry 1? Yeah, he's popular, but he has done 10x more than any other contestant; he deserves his popularity.

Deserves to be number 1. He hasn't done anything at all since he won except a Ford commercial... - aman28

Taylor was pretty obvious from the beginning.. Cxant recall who all he was up against that year now but he had a hell of a voice... BUt year after year there's allways 1 or 3 Michael McDonalds in the group... - GarynKatie601

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6 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.
7 Paul McDonald

This guy was never any good to be quite honest. He never had an interesting voice, there was no unique qualities about him, and he shouldn't have made it as far as he did.

His over-whitened teeth nearly blinded you!

What he said.

8 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.

I love her songs but she didn't let anybody else shine in her Season. There were so many great singers in her Season and the same thing we could hear was "Kelly is so good! Kelly, you nailed the song! ". Please, there are other people here too.

"She didn't let anyone else shine"? Maybe you should blame the producers... Or the judges for the comments you quote. - Billyv

She comes and go every 2 years. She can sing but she is OVERRATED

Um...WHAT? - DCfnaf

9 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.

I don't get it. There is absolutely NOTHING special about him. I never got why he made it to runner up and why people raved about him. I just didn't hear anything great in his voice.

He's cute but other than that its just a cute boy that has a good voice. And jessica doesn't have to be up here shes great and so not overrated. David archuleta is.

His voice is very good, but his style is not so unique.

Gosh! *Gasp* really, can only sing boring sappy ballads and looks like a mouse for God's sake

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10 Phillip Phillips Phillip Phillips Phillip LaDon Phillips Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and musician who won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23, 2012. His coronation song, "Home," released after his win, became the best selling of all coronation songs.

Marketed as a singer-songwriter but didn't write his hit singles Home and Gone Gone Gone (! )

He has a unique and different voice, but he is not technically the best singer. Jessica should have won instead of him, hands down. Phillip only won because he was cute and he had a big girl fanbase.

Terrible. simply terrible. that's all I can say - Jaa2

One of the worst American Idol contestants ever.

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The Contenders

11 Andrew Garcia

Definitely should be number 1 on this poll.

12 Kellie Pickler

Loved watching Kellie Pickler when she was on Idol

13 Justin Guarini
14 Lauren Alaina

The only reason Lauren finished second in season 10 is because the young adolescent females who as a humongous voting bloc always power voting and who always chose young male guys as the winners of the show in the last 8 out of 9 seasons of American Idol were shipping Lauren together with Scotty, because Haley was too old for Scotty. Nonetheless, Haley Reinhart is the true winner of season 10, as she was astronomically far more talented than either one of those two contestants.

Just an other country girl that wants to be like Carrie Underwood. Deal with it, you are NOT Carrie Underwood.

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

You suck! and what the heck were you wearing on your last appearance on American Idol? Yuck! - beckihrh

All she is is a singing chipmunk who can't sing AT ALL

Not a fan of the Macy Gray style of singing. She won because of a sob story. Really don't enjoy her at all.

How in the hell did she even get on there... Dear lord... - GarynKatie601

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16 Megan Joy
17 Clay Aiken

He was the best singer that was ever on Idol.

18 David Cook David Cook

He is the cutest person I've ever seen.

19 Anoop Desai
20 Jessica Sanchez Jessica Sanchez

She's way too young to get so much praise as the next beyonce, etc. Need to learn a lil bit important life lessons first.

21 Colton Dixon 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.

"Look at me, I'm so punk, but I'm also a good Christian (from the suburbs)! " - sums up his personality

Just wasnt any good.. Nothing hateful to say here - GarynKatie601

22 Sanjaya Malakar

The only reason he made at as far as he did was because of stupid chicks who voted for him every week. He has no talent at all. - gocanes52

no talent whatsoever plus all the good contestants Sundance and Stephanie went before him - idolangelx13

Robbed Sundance of a place in the top 12 where he would of shown his true talent

He's not even any good compared to others.

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24 Kris Allen Kris Allen

Kris was absolutely mediocre. How did he win American Idol? There were so many other contestants deserving of the title like Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta.

A snooze fest then and now. Beyond boring and absolutely nothing memorable about him.

25 Constantine Maroulis
26 Ruben Studdard Ruben Studdard Christopher Ruben Studdard, is an American R&B, pop and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol and received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Superstar".

Bad voice; no soul... don't understand whats so good about him...

27 Amber Holcomb
28 Blake Lewis
29 Joshua Ledet

So much standing ovation from the judges... He's just a noormal singer for me..

30 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.

Her voice sounds lousy and her songs are pointless. Plus, she sucks as an actress.

31 Haley Scarnato

#3 on the all time fave ai contestants list! she isn't very good at all and is ahead of all the greats such as Taylor, Clay, Elliott, Davidc, Michael J and all the others! - idolangelx13

32 Sundance Head

He had possibly the best male first audition ever, but was absolutely awful every performance after that, and made it all the way to the top 16. I was actually glad Sanjaya beat him for the last top 12 spot, because at least some people knew Sanjaya was bad.

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

She is not THAT special/unique/beautiful and so many other things her fans say she is. She is just a normal singer. Good singing voice? I suppose. Good person? Seems like. But she has not everything it takes to be an idol.

A lot of people thought that she was the best contestant on the show ever.

34 Hollie Cavanagh

Her voice is good, but she is not THAT good to make it till the TOP 4. There were many other singers better than her that got voted off earlier than her. For example, Colton Dixon, Erika Van Pelt, Skylar Laine.

35 Candice Glover Candice Glover Candice Rickelle Glover is an American R&B singer and actress who won the twelfth season of American Idol.

Uh no, she's the underrated one if favor of Angie Miller. Candice felt the songs way more than Angie ever did and that's why she deserved the crowning title of AI in Season 12. - DCfnaf

She recieve so much praise of the judges that made the one that should have won Angie get eliminated - Elextric

36 Jennifer Hudson 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.
37 Lee DeWyze

Very overrated and easy to forget. Personally, I'm a huge fan of AMERICAN IDOL, I remember all the contestants from all the seasons, but I always forget him, even though he did won his season! He is forgettable.

He doesn't have the 'it' that makes a star

38 Jessica Meuse

I HATED her so much it pained me

39 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.

She didn't deserve to be the winner at all. Come one, that season was a great one. So many good voices - Lakisha Jones, Melinda Doolittle...And they chose Jordin Sparks? , I cannot believe it.

40 Elliott Yamin Elliott Yamin
41 Jasmine Trias
42 Caleb Johnson

As if this planet needed another Meatloaf. Overrated.

He looks kinda like a girl! "Kayla" Johnson!

43 Michael Johns
44 Danny Gokey
45 Melinda Doolittle
46 Diana Degarmo
47 Nikki McKibbin
48 Bucky Covington

That dude SUCKS. Laugh out loud - GarynKatie601

49 Alison Iraheta
50 Matt Giraud
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