American idol top 20

American idol top 20

Top 20 (Season 18)

Here are the singers who’ve made it to the ‘American Idol’ top 24 (so far)

Who hasn’t dreamed of packing a 55,000 person stadium, grabbing a microphone and singing “Dream On” during a perfect Steven Tyler pitch that has everyone screaming and adoring fans crying? Singing competition series “American Idol” has given young talent that chance for 18 seasons thus far.

Since first debuting on Fox in 2002 with Kelly Clarkson became the nation’s darling, other major successes have followed in her footsteps, including Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard. Even when contestants didn’t win, they might persist to fruitful careers (see: Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert and honor winner Jennifer Hudson).

american idol top 20

Although show ended its 15-season run on Fox in 2016, it re-emerged on ABC just two years later. Now, “Idol” is going in its 19th season overall (fourth on ABC) on Feb. 14.

Looking ahead thereto upcoming season and therefore the next wave of musical talent (including perhaps Claudia Conway?) hoping to form an impact during this cutthroat business, Variety reflects on and ranks the highest 20 best performances in “Idol” history to this point.

Honorable mentions include: David Archuleta (“Imagine” by John Lennon), Janelle Arthur (“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes), Jason Castro (“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen), Casey James (“Jealous Guy” by John Lennon), Siobhan Magnus (“Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones), Jordin Sparks (“I, Who Have Nothing” by Tom Jones), Ruben Studdard (“A Whole New World” from “Aladdin”), Pia Toscano (“I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders)

Stefano Langone - 'I Need You Now'

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Season: 10

Episode: Wild Card

Place Finished: 7th

Original Music Artist: Smokie Norful

The Italian Washington native might not have had the foremost memorable or successful “Idol” run, and can always be synonymous with standing next to Toscano the week she was shockingly eliminated in ninth place. Langone had a really moving performance before all of that, though, when he didn't make the highest 5 men after an uneven vocal on “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. He came out swinging with a awfully unexpected and unknown track from Smokie Norful, “I Need You Now.” When your spot on a show depends on the following 90 seconds, the Lord can move through you.

Michael J. Woodard - 'Titanium'

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Season: 16

Episode: Top 14 (Contestant’s Choice)

Place Finished: 5th

Original Music Artist: David Guetta and Sia

I have always had a soft spot for the contestants who stand out from the others with their quirks and eccentric performing methods. The Philadelphia native took the stage in his janitor outfits, tweaking his neck right after an exquisite note, and that i loved him even more for it. “Titanium” is one among those songs that's very tied to the first artist and has difficulty being “reinterpreted” for a distinct sound. Our young Woodard found the way, though. With all the love for the season winner Maddie Poppe, the 2 would are a stimulating matchup.

Melinda Doolittle - 'There Will Come a Day'

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Season: 6

Episode: Top 6 (Life Anthems-Idol Gives Back)

Place Finished: 3rd

Original Music Artist: Faith Hill

In the fast-paced, week-to-week grind of the competition series, I’m undecided you'll find a more consistent contestant during the show’s run than former backup singer Doolittle. seizing “message” songs to lift funds for charity can often make someone look like they’re trying too hard. Instead, the Tennessee native made it all effortless with Hill’s powerful song, which probably wasn’t as well-known by audience members who weren't already fans of the country genre. They were now. Take an instant and undergo her “Idol” weeks overall for more gems; her Doolittle’s finish was criminal.

Carrie Underwood - 'Alone'

AMERICAN IDOL - "117 (Top 5)" - The stakes are high as the Top 5 finalists perform in hopes of winning America’s vote and making it through to the finals, as the search for America’s next superstar continues on its new home on America’s network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (ABC/Eric McCandless)CARRIE UNDERWOOD

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Season: 4

Episode: Final 11 (Billboard #1 Hits)

Place Finished: 1st (Winner)

Original Music Artist: Heart

AMERICAN IDOL - "117 (Top 5)" - The stakes are high because the Top 5 finalists perform in hopes of winning America’s vote and making it through to the finals, because the hunt for America’s next superstar continues on its new home on America’s network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (ABC/Eric McCandless)CARRIE UNDERWOOD

Crystal Bowersox - 'Long as I Can See the Light'

Crystal Bowersox



Season: 9

Episode: Final 20 (Billboard Charts Week)

Place Finished: 2nd

Original Music Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival

We can have a lively debate about who the simplest “Idol” winner of all-time is, as there's clearly a Clarkson camp and an Underwood camp within the “Idol”-sphere. But Underwood’s teased out hair, ’80s look and power vocal chops gave Heart’s signature number new life, introducing it to a replacement generation of music lovers.

Nadia Turner - 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me'

Nadia Turner



Season: 4

Episode: Top 12 (the 1960s)

Place Finished: 8th

Original Music Artist: Dusty Springfield

Turner might not okay known to several. Still, during the Underwood and Bo Bice battle for America’s hearts, a native Florida woman had the flavour of India Arie and an infusion of a rock goddess. On a trajectory that made it seem she was destined for a finale spot, she would misstep for the following four weeks before exiting tragically early. We’ll always have the stainless phrasing and chills from her taking a 1960s song and bringing it to the modern-day. you'll be able to still find the studio version on Spotify and it's those self same flavors.


Michael Johns - 'It's All Wrong But It's Alright'

Contestant Michael Johns attends the "American Idol" annual Top 12 Party in this March 6, 2008, file photo in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, file)



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Season: 7

Episode: Final 9 (Dolly Parton Week)

Place Finished: 8th

Original Music Artist: Dolly Parton

There are such a large amount of things wrapped into this performance that had a profound effect on the show. After the Australian native’s showstopping vocal on this song of Parton’s, there was the sensation that he was destined for a top-three-run. Unfortunately, Johns would be eliminated only one week later after giving an only OK version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” during “Idol Gives Back.” His elimination would give birth to the “Idol save,” the just once per season the judges would get to undo an oversight by the voting public. That’s how greats like Matt Giraud, Casey Abrams and Jessica Sanchez were ready to stay around for some more weeks. Johns passed on to the great beyond Aug. 1 at the age of 35 of dilated cardiomyopathy.

Bo Bice - Runner Up

Bo Bice



Season: 4

Episode: Final 3 (Idol’s Choice / Clive’s Choice / Judge’s Choice)

Place Finished: 2nd (Runner-up)

Original Music Artist: Badlands

The machine of “Idol” often tries to regulate the artistry of the musicians that compete on the show that may determine whether Bice, Vonzell Solomon and Underwood would advance to the finale, the judges chose a predictable “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones while Clive Barker selected Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which is one in every of the foremost overused songs on singing shows. Leave to Bice to grasp who he was as an artist and sing the acapella version of Badlands’ “In a Dream” under a white light. Too perfect.

LaToya London - 'Don't Rain on My Parade'

LaToya London


Season: 5

Episode: Final 5 (Big Band)

Place Finished: 4th

Original Music Artist: Barbra Streisand

I love Fantasia, and her career has been exciting and inspirational to observe, but back in 2004 i used to be rooting for the heavenly London to require the third season title. Never having an “off week,” despite what the three bottom three appearances told you, she had all the products to win the title. That thought was cemented even further when she gave a back-to-back vocal masterclass during dance orchestra Week, wherein the center of the lineup gave us “Too Close for Comfort” by Sammy Davis Jr and also the boisterous sounds of Streisand’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” (The very next week, America did rain on that. Sometimes we don’t deserve nice things.)

Elliott Yamin - 'A Song for You'

Elliott Yamin



Season: 5

Episode: Final 6 (Love Songs)

Place Finished: 3rd

Original Music Artist: Leon Russell (most notably inspired by Donny Hathaway for Yamin)

There could also be many male performances from the “Idol” machine ranked higher, but i feel the Virginia native Yamin may well be the one best male vocalist of the show’s history. there have been some of his performances that heavily contended for a spot, like his “Moody’s Mood for Love” during the highest 20 or “Trouble” during Presley week. However, Hathaway is one in all the best musical artists of all-time and Yamin came very near capturing that signature sound, utterly making it his own. 

Kris Allen - 'Ain't No Sunshine' (Reprise)

Kris Allen

Season: 8

Episode: Top 2 (Finale)
Place Finished: 1st (WINNER)
Original Music Artist: Bill Withers

The guy who beat Lambert got some flack within the internet world joined of the most important upsets within the show’s history but his body of labor on the show was equally as impressive to the glam rocker. With moments that included “She Works Hard for the Money” during Disco Night and “Falling Slowly” from the film “Once” during Songs from the Cinema, Allen’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Reprise), is one amongst the few performances that slightly outdid his previous Top 9 turn during “Top iTunes Downloads” week. I recall downloading the studio version and taking note of it on repeat commuting back and forth to figure.

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