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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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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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    Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Adam Lambert Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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    Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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    Jessica Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Jessica Sanchez Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

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    Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Kellie Pickler Country pop, Pop music, Country

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    Katharine McPhee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Katharine McPhee Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Rock music, Folk music, Indie rock

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    Jordin Sparks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Jordin Sparks Christian music, Pop music, Teen pop

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    Haley Reinhart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Haley Reinhart Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion Pop, Jazz

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    Melinda Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Melinda Doolittle Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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    Elliott Yamin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Elliott Yamin Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    David Archuleta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    David Archuleta Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Teen pop

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    Carly Smithson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Carly Smithson Pop music, Rock music, Gothic metal

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    Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Tamyra Gray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Tamyra Gray Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Tori Kelly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Tori Kelly Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Contemporary Christian music

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    Trent Harmon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Trent Harmon

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    Lauren Alaina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


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    Kimberley Locke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Kimberley Locke Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Electronic dance music

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    Constantine Maroulis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    LaToya London is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    LaToya London Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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    Mandisa Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

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    Siobhan Magnus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Siobhan Magnus Pop music, Rock music, Soul music

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    Nikki McKibbin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever


    Nikki McKibbin Rock music

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