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> American Idol: 30 Best Performances of All Time by Michael Slezak, Candice Glover's "Lovesong" is #1
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post May 15th 2013, 2:26 PM
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MAY 15, 2013 09:54 AM PDT
American Idol: 30 Best Performances of All Time
BY MICHAEL SLEZAK

http://tvline.com/2013/05/15/american-idol...llen-heartless/

American Idol wraps its twelfth season with a two-part finale (tonight and Thursday, 8/7c on Fox), and in the midst of the Candice-Vs.-Kree debate, a larger question looms: Is there room for either of these ladies (or any of their recently vanquished rivals) in a countdown of the show’s all-time greatest performances?

I tried to answer that question by taking a long hard look at the finest Season 12 moments alongside the greatest hits from years past. I’ve added, subtracted, rejiggered and reconfigured, till I finally had a list that didn’t make me actively loathe myself. (Hey, no one ever said it was easy being an Idoloonie.)

For the record, I limited my countdown to competitive performances on live shows — meaning semifinals, finals, and wild cards count; exit performances, auditions, and Hollywood Week do not — and still ended up with two or three dozen amazing moments left on the outside looking in. (Oh how “Superstar,” “A House Is Not a Home,” and “The Scientist” forced me to consider making this a Top 35 list!) I also decided on allowing only one performance per contestant in the Top 25 — because spreading the wealth is fun. I weighed everything from vocal excellence to emotional connectedness to creativity and risk (with bonus points for competition-altering moves).

1. Candice Glover, “Lovesong” (Season 12) - Top 2
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2. Fantasia Barrino, “Summertime” (Season 3) - American Idol
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3. Kelly Clarkson, “Stuff Like That There” (Season 1) - American Idol
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4. Adam Lambert, “Mad World” (Season 8) - Runner-up
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5. Kris Allen, “Heartless” (Season 8) - American Idol
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6. Haley Reinhart, “Bennie and the Jets” (Season 10) - 3rd place
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7. Melinda Doolittle, “My Funny Valentine” (Season 6) - 3rd place
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8. David Cook, “Always Be My Baby” (Season 7) - American Idol
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9. Bo Bice, “In a Dream” (Season 4) - Renner-up
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10. Blake Lewis, “You Give Love a Bad Name” (Season 6) - Runner-up
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11. Joshua Ledet, “This Is a Man's World” (Season 11) - 3rd place
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12. Elliott Yamin, “A Song for You” (Season 5) - 3rd place
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13. Phillip Phillips, “Home” (Season 11) - American Idol
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14. Jennifer Hudson, “Circle of Life” (Season 3) - 7th place
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15. David Archuleta, “Imagine” (Season 7) - Runner-up
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16. Carrie Underwood, “Alone” (Season 4) - American Idol
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17. Elise Testone, “Whole Lotta Love” (Season 11) - 6th place
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18. Crystal Bowersox, “Me and Bobby McGee” (Season 9) - Runner-up
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19. Chris Daughtry, “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” (Season 5) - 4th place
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20. Jordin Sparks, “I Who Have Nothing” (Season 6) - American Idol
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21. Kendra Chantelle, “Georgia on My Mind” (Season 10 — Wild Card) - Semifinalist
22. Allison Iraheta, “I Can't Make You Love Me” (Season 8) - 4th place
23. Jessica Sanchez, “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going” (Season 11) - Runner-up
24. Jason Castro, “Hallelujah” (Season 7) - 4th place
25. Skylar Laine, “Stay With Me” (Season 11) - 5th place
26. Clay Aiken, “Solitaire” (Season 2) - Runner-up
27. Kree Harrison, "Help Me Make It Through The Night" (Season 12) - Top 2
28. Michael Johns, “It's All Wrong, But It's All Right” (Season 7) - 8th place
29. Pia Toscano, “I'll Stand By You” (Season 10) - 9th place
30. LaKisha Jones, “This Ain't a Love Song” (Season 6) - 4th place

4 American Idol winners don't even make an appearance shocked.gifh:

Ruben Studdard (S2), Taylor Hicks (S5), Lee DeWyze (S9) and Scotty McCreery (S10) failed to make the list laughing.gif

4 runner-ups: Justin Guarini (S1), Diana DeGarmo (S3), Katharine McPhee (S5) and Lauren Alaina (S10) didn't make the list either.

None of the grand finalists from Season 5 and 10 made the list.


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post May 15th 2013, 2:30 PM
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Lol Christ @ 21. His obsession with that performance is hilarious. All of the excluded winners and heck, pretty much every finalist ever all had better performances than Kendra did.

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post May 15th 2013, 2:34 PM
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Pretty predictable, and I think he should ditch the "1 performance per contestant" rule he clearly has. But it's the man's opinions so it's all good.


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post May 15th 2013, 2:38 PM
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No Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Katharine.. laughing.gif
And I'm Telling You should be a lot higher
Cook's should be replaced with Billie Jean or The World I Know.


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I don't agree with a decent chunk of these, but I have to concur with what Weedy said about "Georgia On My Mind" from Kendra. Plus there is something kinda vomit inducing for me that it's actually higher on the list than "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (which personally would be in my top 10)."Georgia On My Mind" was really not that great and in no way, shape, or form was she robbed her season either.


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QUOTE(huh @ May 15th 2013, 3:50 PM) *

I don't agree with a decent chunk of these, but I have to concur with what Weedy said about "Georgia On My Mind" from Kendra. Plus there is something kinda vomit inducing for me that it's actually higher on the list than "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (which personally would be in my top 10)."Georgia On My Mind" was really not that great and in no way, shape, or form was she robbed her season either.

And not to mention Matt Giraud's rendition in Hollywood week was superior.


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QUOTE(1234567890 @ May 15th 2013, 3:53 PM) *

NO AHINAH? cold.gif

Yes, this as well is also criminal with the omission of it.

QUOTE(hazuki @ May 15th 2013, 3:53 PM) *

And not to mention Matt Giraud's rendition in Hollywood week was superior.

lol right? His shits all over her version.


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I would've had Haley and Elise higher and picked "House of the Rising Sun" and "Vienna" for each respectively. But that's just me.


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QUOTE(huh @ May 15th 2013, 12:59 PM) *

Yes, this as well is also criminal with the omission of it.

At least he considered extending it to a Top 35 to make room for it? unsure.gif tongue.gif (Read the beginning he mentions it)


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Surprised he went with Haley's Bennie & The Jets over House of The Rising Sun.



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QUOTE(1234567890 @ May 15th 2013, 4:04 PM) *

At least he considered extending it to a Top 35 to make room for it? unsure.gif tongue.gif (Read the beginning he mentions it)

Still criminal for the placement then.


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QUOTE(huh @ May 15th 2013, 1:17 PM) *

Still criminal for the placement then.

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I completely agree with all those who are singling out Kendra's inclusion on the list. The performance is not worthy of being in the Top 30 of all time or even in the Top 500.

I disagree with much of the list, but at least the list doesn't include Constantine's Bohemian Rhapsody. In this sense, justice has been served. #fistpumps


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Lakisha's version of AITY was way better than Jessica's. sleep_1.gif


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I somewhat agree with his list. Carrie's "Alone" shouldn't be that low, and I don't understand the hype around Kelly's "Stuff Like That There." "Don't Play That Song" and "Natural Woman" were much better performances from her, IMO.


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I mean I understand if Kendra's GOMM was one of his favorite performances of that season, but if you make a list and call it the 30 Best Performances of All Time? It's kind of a different ballgame, or at least it is for me. If that was truly a contender for the 21st best performance of all time, then she wouldn't have been sent home later that same night. No objective list of the best performances would ever be perfect, but Kendra just really sticks out the most for me.

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I'd probably put both Tamyra's and Jacob's version of this on my top 30 favorite performances list.


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This list, like when he does it EVERY year, is irrelevant. Because he doesn't have Kris' Falling Slowly on it. Mad World needs to GTFO, As does Joshua's IAMMMW. MABM, MFV, H(INMH), and AIATY(ING) need to be higher. Haley's I(WHN) should be in place of BATJ, as should Allison's PWARS or STWOM over ICMYLM.


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Well, yeah, I would have changed some of the songs/contestants, but its his opinion.
But, one thing that I see on most lists, its only me or ´´Stuff Like That There`` is a little overrated? Like, Kelly is my favorite Idol winner and one of my favorites Idol eveer, the performance was great, but I don´t think the song itself doesnt fit on a top 10 list of best Idol performances...

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Yeah, SLTT is kinda overrated for me as well. I prefer a few other Kelly performances personally. Natural Woman is probably top dog for me.


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