Top 10 Worst American Idol Finalists

This is just people that didn't deserve top 12 or 13.

The Top Ten

1 Sanjaya Malakar, 9th Place, Season 6

His mohawk and screechy voice just added the laughs for the already horrible season of American idol season 6. His memorable performances his pickup lines just made him stupid. And I think the girl that was crying was crying because she heard some thing that horrible. BAD SANJAYA YOU MAKE LITTLE GIRLS CRY SHAME ON YOU!.

Actually he got 7th place, just to be accurate.

Lame lust here. You can do better AI fans.

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2 Tim Urban 7th Place Season 9

Again another person that did not deserve top 12 it should have been lily and kaitlyn in top 12 instead of paige and tim. Tim was basically the justin bieber of the contest. He cracked his smile, made the girls scream and made his ugly ass troll faces in the bottom 3. His performances were horrible. Tim urban is a good singer but man he was horrible on American idol

He's a good looking guy but he can't sing.

3 Jessica Sanchez, 2nd Place, Season 11 Jessica Sanchez, 2nd Place, Season 11

Why is she in 2nd place? She should've won! You suck!

Yes! , No wonder why idol lost so many views hahaa bloody racist voters

Jessica sanchez is one of the best finalists ever. How could she be in 3rd. She was always had consistant performances.

4 Chikeze Eze 10th Place Season 7

How did chikeze eze get in over danny noriega? Like what danny has sass class ad he sang like an angel and this ruben studdard wanna be got in instead of danny like wow that's just embarassing. don't get me wrong he had some good preformances but man his top 12 preformances were easy to forget.

5 Shannon Magrane, 11th Place, Season 11

What? Are you kidding me? Why do you hate Shannon Magrane? She got eliminated too early, and she has an AMAZING voice! If you had a chance to know her, you couldn't judge her.

6 Naima Adedapo, 10th Place, Season 10

Naima how did she even make the auditions. She is so bad I can't even give her effort. She did terrible. How did she get in instead of kendra. And the fact that it wasn't paul and naima that got evicted on double eviction night shocked me. What HOW DID THIA GET THE BOOT. I'm sorry but naima was just horrible sorry just bad.

She is a very good singer, personality and stuff but I still don't think that she could do something huge in the music industry.

7 Taylor Hicks Winner Season 5

Seriously? How did this guy win?. it was a major shocker when chris daugtry and katherine mcphee were up against each other in my opinion they did the best that night while taylor and elliot did a horrible job. I looked at all winner auditions and taylor was the only idol winner to get a no from a judge in the audition process. season 5 sucked nevertheless and him winning made it worse

I think we all know that Katherine should have won instead of him.

How in the hell did he win? He was god-awful.

All gimmick. No talent.

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8 Haley Reinhart, 3rd Place, Season 10 Haley Reinhart, 3rd Place, Season 10 Haley Elizabeth Reinhart is an American singer, songwriter, and voice actress from Wheeling, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Now to all the haley fans I love haley I liked her fun bubbly attitude. But her performances like blue, benny and the jets, and call me just made me think man she growls way too much. She had a sexy growl but man she was too much the night pia was shockingly evicted I thought how did she not get into that bottom 3 that night I thought it would be jacob, stefano and haley in the bottom 3 and stefano would have left. I admit there was some performances that I actually liked from her like rhiannon, house of the rising sun, you and i, and rolling in the deep. Those performances were performances that didn't have her sounding like two cats fighting. But in the end I think she deserved her third place.

Haley was so overrated. Pia Toscano should've been in the top 3 instead she was much better than Haley!

9 Phillip Phillips, Season 11 Phillip Phillips, Season 11 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. V 2 Comments
10 Scotty McCreery, Winner, Season 10 V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Anoop Desai 7th Place Season 8

Anoop was the Egyptian guy who made the record of having a top 13 on American idol. but really I couldn't stand anoop. he seemed nice but its not a popularity contest. he was a good singer but he put too much into his preformances which made it seem fake. sorry but he shouldn't have gotten in

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12 Kristy Lee Cook, 7th Place, Season 7

I had hopes for her but when she did eight days a week I thought she was joking. her yodeling and screeching and country accent ruined a great Beatles song and she did terrible from there until the week she left the week she left she did good

She has a horrible accent and she thinks she's Carrie Underwood!

Kristy Lee Cook is dumb sometimes but I love her music and voice!

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13 Paige Miles, 11th Place, Season 9

Don't even get me started on her. she was a horrible singer. and it makes me mad that she got in instead of katelyn epperly or lily scott just rigged. she did terrible each preformance and she made me push mute on my remote each time. EVEN WORSE. SHE LIVES IN MY HOMETOWN.

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14 Kelly Clarkson, Winner, Season 1 Kelly Clarkson, Winner, Season 1 V 3 Comments
15 Kris Allen, Winner, Season 8

This guy's so boring that I forgot that he had actually won until now. And it looks like the rest of the American public agrees, because I haven't heard a thing from him after his 1 pretty generic hit (which has also been pretty much forgotten). How did such a forgettable performer win? - Zach808

Lambert should've won.

Wrong

Boring, forgettable,and uninteresting. Still trying to figure it out all these years later. The problem is he keeps making the same kind of song. His core fan base thinks everything he does is the best thing they ever heard. The problem is that by listening to them he never changes it up. Maybe he should listen to those who don't find his music "the best thing they ever heard." He might learn something. After all isn't the whole point to continue to grow your fan base. By continuing to try to appeal to the "die hards" he's not stepping outside the box.

But maybe he's happy doing what he's doing -- playing small venues with the same people over and over in the audience, opening for other acts, etc.

16 Jeremy Rosado, 13th, Season 11

He has a great personality, but I didn't like his voice. I admire him as a person though.

17 Megan Joy Corkey 9th Place Season 8

This girl was the joke of season 8. when megan joy corkey got in the final 12 I thought I was watching a comedy movie. her screechy preformance with rocking robin just made me burst out laughing. but what got me pissed off was when she was saved over jasmine murray. I didn't like jasmine until she belted out ill be there. the judges praised her and the audience liked her. when it came down to her and megan I thought easy result megans getting the boot tonight. shocker! She got saved over jasmine. and she did horrible screechy preformances until she was finally FINALLY booted off the show

I used to hate Megan Joy but her voice has gotten much better since she has released her own album and songs

18 Erika Van Pelt, 10th Place, Season 11
19 Lauren Alaina, 2nd Place, Season 10

Poor performances and terrible accent.

20 Adam Lambert, 2nd Place, Season 8 Adam Lambert, 2nd Place, Season 8 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.

If he is a "singer", then I am the king of the world and Norway is under anarchy.

No, no, no he is a screamer.

And he is not a real rocker. In fact, he is a testament to how music has regressed. First, look at the "For Your Entertainment" cover (it's campy and therefore unacceptable) and compare it to any album from, say, 1995 (more modern music). Adam is just lucky to be a little famous, and if he debuted around 1995, he would only sell 500 copies of his album and people would heckle the crap out of him for the short time he comes up on stage. TRUTH

Kids (and delusional housewives), listen to REAL music!

Adam has been the frontman for Queen for the past five years. Queen is legendary rock band. He's an amazing performer. Hitting high notes isn't screaming. He has an incredible vocal range. He is a rock star!

Adam Lambert was awesome! he should've won! I like Kris Allen but Adam was better,

He ain't rock and roll. Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, and U2. Now that's rock and roll. Rock God my foot!

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