Reality Television Personalities The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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List Rules Only American Idol contestants should be on this list

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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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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Chris Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Chris Daughtry Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Adam Lambert Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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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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Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Clay Aiken Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

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Jessica Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Jessica Sanchez Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Katharine McPhee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Katharine McPhee Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Kellie Pickler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Kellie Pickler Country pop, Pop music, Country

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David Cook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
David Cook Pop rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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Jordin Sparks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Jordin Sparks Christian music, Pop music, Teen pop

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Phillip Phillips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Phillip Phillips Rock music, Folk music, Indie rock

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Scotty McCreery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Scotty McCreery Country

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Bo Bice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Bo Bice Christian music, Country rock, Pop rock

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Haley Reinhart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Haley Reinhart Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion - Pop, Jazz

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Kris Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Kris Allen Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Folk rock

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Melinda Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Melinda Doolittle Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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David Archuleta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
David Archuleta Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Teen pop

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Allison Iraheta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Allison Iraheta Pop rock

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Tori Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Tori Kelly Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Elliott Yamin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Elliott Yamin Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Carly Smithson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Carly Smithson Pop music, Rock music, Gothic metal

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Taylor Hicks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Taylor Hicks Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop rock

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Crystal Bowersox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Crystal Bowersox Blues-rock, Rock music, Acoustic music

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Ruben Studdard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Ruben Studdard Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Gospel music

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Colton Dixon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Colton Dixon Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock

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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Tamyra Gray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Tamyra Gray Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Danny Gokey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Danny Gokey Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Contemporary Christian music

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Brooke White is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Brooke White Indie pop, Christian music, Pop music

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Lauren Alaina Country pop, Country

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Angie Miller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Angie Miller Piano rock, Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock

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Kimberley Locke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Kimberley Locke Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Electronic dance music

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Pia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Pia

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LaToya London is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
LaToya London Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Diana DeGarmo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Diana DeGarmo Pop music, Country

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Constantine Maroulis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

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

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James Durbin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
James Durbin Glam metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Casey Abrams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Casey Abrams Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Pia Toscano is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Pia Toscano Pop music

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Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Mandisa Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

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Siobhan Magnus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Siobhan Magnus Pop music, Rock music, Soul music

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Kimberly Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Kimberly Caldwell Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop rock

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Lee DeWyze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Lee DeWyze Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Jena Irene is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Jena Irene Alternative rock, Rock music, Pop music

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Nikki McKibbin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Nikki McKibbin Rock music

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Gina Glocksen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Gina Glocksen Rock music

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Victoria Justice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Victoria Justice Synthpop, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Jason Castro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Idol Contestants Ever
Jason Castro Christian music, Pop music, Folk music