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The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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Who are the best American Idol contestants ever? As the FOX reality singing competition show continues on after a dozen seasons, the list of great Idol contestants continues to grow. AI is a force to be reckoned with, and it's certainly among the best reality TV shows in recent memory. Which artist do you believe is the best AI alum of all time? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you just can't stand (yes, Sanjaya is on the list, so have at it) and, if your personal favorite isn't listed, add that contestant, please.

Here's the thing about American Idol: Most of the winners are genuinely outstanding singers and have gone on to enjoy great success in the music world. It's hard to argue that Kelly Clarkson, the very first AI winner from season one, isn't a phenomenal talent and a force in the music industry. She's definitely one of the best female vocalists around.The same goes for country songbird Carrie Underwood, who won Idol in the show's fourth season. She went on to become one of the most celebrated female vocalists of the past 10 years. And Phillip Phillips, the singer-songwriter who took the American Idol crown in 2012, is enjoying a great deal of success with his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon.

One thing about this list of favorite 'American Idol' contestants: Many of the best artists didn't actually win on the show. Some were runners up, while others finished in the top five before getting booted off. 'Idol' runners up who went on to become major stars include Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert, David Archuleta and Clay Aiken are all good examples. Oh, and guess what? Top five finishers who went on to great success would certainly include rocker Chris Daughtry, country singer Kelly Pickler and certainly Jennifer Hudson. J-Hud finished *seventh* on 'Idol' in season three, and went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in the movie Dreamgirls

Enjoy this list of Idol finalists, don't forget to vote. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want. While you're at it, why not cast your vote for the person you believe would be the next great 'American Idol' judge, too?



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    Breakaway, Stronger, My December Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer and songwriter. In 2002, she rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as "The Original American

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    Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts 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. Underwood has set and broke several records

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    For Your Entertainment, Trespassing, Take One Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter, and stage actor. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in San Diego, California, he performed in amateur theatrical productions as a child, a

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    Uprooted 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

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    Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me, Think Like a Man 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. As an actress, she made her

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    Me, You & the Music, Jessica Sanchez: Journey to the Finale Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez is an American singer and songwriter originally from Chula Vista, California. She was the runner-up on the eleventh season of the reality show American Idol, and is currently

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    Kellie Pickler, Small Town Girl, The Woman I Am Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and finished in sixth place. In 2006, she

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    Merry Christmas With Love, All Is Well, Measure of a Man Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd

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    This Loud Morning, David Cook, Analog Heart David Roland Cook is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of the reality television show American Idol. Prior to Idol he released an independent album

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    Katharine McPhee, Unbroken, Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You Katharine Hope McPhee is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame as the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol. Her self-titled debut album was released on RCA Records

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    The World from the Side of the Moon, Behind the Light, iTunes Session Phillip LaDon Phillips Jr. is an American singer-songwriter who won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23, 2012. His coronation song, "Home", released after his win, became the best

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    Jordin Sparks, Battlefield, 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'

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    Kris Allen, Thank You Camellia, American Idol 2009 Kristopher Neil "Kris" Allen is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007

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    See the Light, The Real Thing, 3 Harold Elwin "Bo" Bice, Jr. is an American singer and musician who was the runner up against Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of American Idol. Prior to auditioning for American Idol,

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    Lift Every Voice: The Historic Songs of James Weldon Johnson, Coming Back ... Melinda Marie Doolittle is an American singer who finished as the third place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. Prior to her appearance on American Idol, Doolittle worked as a

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    Listen Up!, American Idol Season 10 Highlights, I'm Your Baby Tonight Pop, Jazz

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    See You Tonight, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, Scotty McCreery – ... Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery is an American country music singer. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in October

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    Forevermore, No Matter How Far, David Archuleta David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When

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    All That for This, Farmer's Daughter, Once Upon a Time... Crystal Lynn Bowersox is an American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. She was the first female finalist in three years. Bowersox's debut

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    Elliott Yamin, Fight for Love, Let's Get to What's Real Efraym Elliott Yamin is an American singer known for his hit single "Wait for You" and placing third on the fifth season of American Idol. His self-titled album, released March 20, 2007,

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    Ultimate High, American Idol Singles, Carly's Christmas Album Carly Smithson is an Irish soul/pop rock singer-songwriter and actress who was the sixth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2001, Smithson released her first studio album for

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    In Your Time, Taylor Hicks, Under the Radar Taylor Reuben Hicks is an American singer who won the fifth season of American Idol. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United

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    Songs From the Attic, High Hopes & Heartbreak Brooke Elizabeth White is an American indie pop/folk-pop singer-songwriter and actress from Mesa, Arizona who was the fifth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2005, White

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    The Dreamer Tamyra Monica Gray is an American actress, singer and songwriter, who finished fourth place on the first season of the musical reality competition American Idol in 2002. Record and television

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    Fantasia, Free Yourself, Side Effects of You Fantasia Monique Barrino, commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series

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    My Best Days, Second Hand Heart, Tennessee Christmas Daniel Jay "Danny" Gokey is an American singer and former church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. After his

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    Come and Get It, Constantine Constantine James Maroulis is an American actor and rock singer from Wyckoff, New Jersey. He was the sixth-place finalist on the fourth season of the reality television series American Idol, and

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    Just Like You, Don't Waste the Pretty, Gone Allison Iraheta is an American singer from Los Angeles, California, who was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, Iraheta won the Telemundo competition

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    American Idol Season 10: Lauren Alaina, American Idol Season 10 ... Lauren Alaina is an American country singer from Rossville, Georgia. Alaina was the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol. Her debut studio album, Wildflower was released on October 11, 2011.

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    Love & Life, Appreciate / Every Part of Me / All by Myself (feat. LaToya Renee London is an American R&B and soul singer and actress who was the fourth-place finalist on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol. Her debut

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    A Messenger, You Are, Never Gone Michael Colton Dixon is an American singer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol.

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    I Need an Angel, The Return, Soulful Christopher Ruben Studdard, best known as 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

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    Angela Kristine "Angie" Miller is an American singer-songwriter. She came in third place on the twelfth season of American Idol in 2012. Her debut EP, Weathered, was released independently

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    Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, Living For The City (American Idol ... James William Durbin is an American singer and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California, who finished in fourth place on the tenth season of American Idol.

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    Based on a True Story, One Love, Christmas Kimberley Dawn Locke is an American singer-songwriter and model. She has recorded in the dance, pop and adult contemporary music genres. Locke gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American

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    Rolling in the Deep, My Body, Heartbreaker Jena Irene Asciutto, known professionally as Jena Irene is an American singer from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was the runner-up of the thirteenth season of American Idol. Irene became the first

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    Casey Abrams, Like a Mirror, Your Song (American Idol Performance) Casey Abrams is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist from Idyllwild, California, who finished in sixth place in the tenth season of American Idol. He was the third finalist to be saved from

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    Blue Skies, Dreams Diana Nicole DeGarmo is a singer, songwriter and a Broadway and television actress. She rose to fame in 2004 as the runner-up of the third season of American Idol. In 2005, DeGarmo began a career in

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    Frames, Live It Up, Beautiful Day Leon James "Lee" DeWyze, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the winner of the ninth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, DeWyze had a solo career and

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    American Idol Season 11 Highlights Skylar Laine is an American singer from Brandon, Mississippi. She placed fifth on the eleventh season of American Idol.

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    Family Tree, Faithfully, As Long as You Love Me Caleb Perry Johnson is an American singer who won thirteenth season of American Idol.

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    The Tracks of My Tears (American Idol Performance), Come Pick Me Up ... Paul McDonald is an American singer-songwriter from Huntsville, Alabama, who as of 2011, resides in Nashville, Tennessee. McDonald placed 8th on the tenth season of American Idol and since 2005, he

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    Hold Back My Heart, Michael Johns, It's All Wrong but It's Alright Michael Johns was an Australian singer who finished in eighth place on the seventh season of American Idol, in 2008. In 2009, he released a music album, Hold Back My Heart, which sold 20,000 copies.

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    Only a Mountain, Who I Am, Jason Castro Jason Castro is a Hispanic-American, Christian musician; mostly known as the drummer of the Dallas, Texas-based band Keeping Lions. Castro is also well known as the primary love interest of Cheyenne

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    Josh Gracin, We Weren't Crazy, Redemption Joshua Mario "Josh" Gracin is an American country music singer. A former member of the United States Marine Corps, he first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second

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