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  1. 18 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Before I forget, I just wanted to say that today is MacKenzie Bourg’s birthday! 🎂 🎉  MacKenzie is one of my favorite Idol contestants so I thought I’d just write a little memo in here, since I don’t believe he has a fan thread. 🙂 

     

    ~I remember MacKenzie‘s audition from Season 15 so vividly, which is very rare for me! :haha: I remember that he did a mash-up of songs from all three judges, which immediately caught my eye. My next memory of him is when he sang his original song Roses again during the live shows. I’ll just say that I would have thrown one million roses onto that stage if I could! :yes: I really wanted MacKenzie to win that season, but I knew he wouldn’t be able to conquer the power duo that was Trent and La’Porsha. Needless to say, MacKenzie remained my favorite from Season 15. 😊 All of his originals are worth a listen, so I hope he makes an album with more (in case you’re wondering, this is his progress... “brb finishing my album.”)~

     

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    I'm not the biggest MacKenzie fan, but this is a nice mini write-up of him and it's easy to see how much of a fan of his you are based on it. :yes:

     

    After looking at and calculating the rankings, there is a tie between two songs. Before I post the rankings, I'll allow the public to vote which song should be ranked higher, without giving away the placements of course. If there is a tie or no one votes, I'll be the deciding vote and vote on which song I like the most. Without further ado, here are the two songs:

     

    Kris AllenNo Boundaries

    Nick FradianiBeautiful Life

     

    The vote can be posted in this thread. Please only vote once, and tag me so I'll know which post is the official vote. Voting will be open until 11:00 PM EST tonight. I'm interested to see what happens from here. 🙂

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  2. 55 minutes ago, miss denise said:

    Ah okay, that could be fun! I actually did that often with international versions of the show, but more so because it was easier. :haha:  Oh yay! I liked Monster too, although I also liked Peacock and Rabbit. Rottweiler was my favorite of season two for sure! ❤️  I was really disappointed he didn't win, even though Fox was probably my second favorite. Hope you enjoy the third season! :wub: :shiftywave:

     

    Oh, this is a good one! I should have thought of this. :haha:  

     

    I can see how much easier it is to do so with the international versions. :haha: Rabbit was pretty fun, especially with the commitment to his character. I also liked Bee. One favorite from season two I forgot to mention was Thingamajig, especially with the pretend flirting between him and Nicole. :haha: Also, it was cool to see the artistic talent of Rottweiler; I certainly was not expecting that from him. As for Fox, I thought his last performance all but wrapped up the victory for him, especially with the rap in the middle. Thank you, and hopefully I'll enjoy it as well! 😄

     

    Credit for this topic goes to @Bk1234. It is a good one indeed! 😄 I'm going to listen, or in some cases re-listen, to the songs myself so I know where I stand with them.

     

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  3. After thinking about it for a while, I've decided to make this more interactive. Instead of just me ranking the coronation songs, I'm going to open it up and have IDF rank the songs themselves. Here are the guidelines:

    • The coronation songs will only be the winners' songs
    • I'll post the songs, and anyone who wants to participate can PM me their rankings
    • The rankings can be based either on the performances or studio recordings
    • The rankings will be based on a scale from 1-18, with 1 being the favorite and 18 being the least favorite
    • If possible, please rank based on the songs and not how one feels about the contestants
    • This is completely optional; however, any write-ups on the songs can be submitted if desired

    The deadline for submissions will be 9/11 at 11:00 PM EST. I want to post the rankings on 9/12 at the earliest.

     

    With everything said and done, here are the songs:

     

    Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This

    Ruben Studdard - Flying Without Wings

    Fantasia - I Believe

    Carrie Underwood - Inside Your Heaven

    Taylor Hicks - Do I Make You Proud

    Jordin Sparks - This Is My Now

    David Cook - Time Of My Life

    Kris Allen - No Boundaries

    Lee DeWyze - Beautiful Day

    Scotty McCreery - I Love You This Big

    Phillip Phillips - Home

    Candice Glover - I Am Beautiful

    Caleb Johnson - As Long As You Love Me

    Nick Fradiani - Beautiful Life

    Trent Harmon - Falling

    Maddie Poppe - Going Going Gone

    Laine Hardy - Flame

    Samantha "Just Sam" Diaz - Rise Up

     

    If no one submits anything, I'll go ahead and rank them myself. With that said, I'm interested to see how this goes!

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  4. 1 hour ago, miss denise said:

     

    Oh really, why don't you want to watch the earlier rounds? 😮  Aw, well I'm curious at least who you liked best on the first season? I hope you're enjoying the second. Oh yes, I do remember that moment with Rachel. :( 

     

    Oh. 😢 I think the last big Idol list I did was after season 7. I had a redo thread too after S15. I planned to rank all the contestants in there as well, but never got to it. Aww thank you. ❤️Yes, I agree and hope so. ❤️ :hug:

     

    010. David Cook - Billie Jean: Yes, this was definitely one of the defining moments for David, for me. I loved the arrangement of this song and how well it suited him.  This was so intense and powerful.

    009. Kris Allen - Heartless:  One of my all-time favorites. :wub: Again, I love how Kris rearranged the song and made it so different to fit his style. This was a huge moment for him to propel him into the finale and I wouldn't have it any other way. ❤️ I'm curious what you think is the most "clutch" performance? 😮  Never mind, I see you answered this in the next set. 

    008. Siobhan Magnus - Paint It Black: This doesn't stand out for me as an all-time favorite, but I do think it was strong from Siobhan and probably her best moment. 

    007. Pia Toscano - I'll Stand By You: My favorite performance from Pia. Her vocals were fantastic, as they always were, but something about this performance stands out against the rest of heres for me. 

    006. Candice Glover - I (Who Have Nothing): I agree Candice always had amazing vocals and this was another example of how powerful she was. I loved her version of this.

     

    005. Haley Reinhart - I (Who Have Nothing): Back to back versions of this song. :teeheewave:  This was a great one from Haley, although not my favorite from her. I still prefer Jordin's over the others, but there's no denying this was a strong showing from Haley.

    004. Blake Lewis - You Give Love A Bad Name: Yess, definitely an iconic moment for Blake, the season, and Idol in general. The way he changed up this song was shocking, but so effective. I love that you call this the most groundbreaking in Idol history. ❤️ 

    003. Kelly Clarkson - Stuff Like That There:  Yayy, two of my submissions made your top 4. :giggle: Of course I absolutely love it and everything about it. Her vocals, stage presence, style and everything was so perfect. As you said, she really sold this song as if she was in that era,. ❤️ 

    002. Candice Glover - Lovesong: LOL your change of mind between the Candice performances. :lmao:But yes, this is another fantastic one from her and one of my favorites. I never heard the song like this and thought it was so amazing and a great showcase for her voice. 

    001. Elise Testone - Whole Lotta Love: Truly shocking. 😮 :giggle: Kidding, of course. I'm not a huge Elise fan, but I can't disagree with your comments on the great things about this performance. It was a standout from her and she performed and sang it like a pro. It was very impressive. 

     

    I just want to have my first impressions of the contestants being when they perform in the semi-finals and not from what they did in their auditions or Hollywood. I've tried to do that for a few seasons, but I always gave in and watched from the beginning. As for The Masked Singer, I liked The Monster in the first season, so I was happy to see him win. I just marathoned the second season, and I liked The Rottweiler, Fox, and Flower. I was disappointed to see The Flower cut as early as she was. I'll probably start the third season this weekend. Yeah, that wasn't a good moment for her, and I felt the backlash she received was unfair.

     

    Sorry. 💔 It's too bad the list and redo was lost and that you didn't get a chance to rank the contestants. 💔 Who knows, maybe more will come forward and create some threads of their own.

     

    010. I agree with pretty much everything written about this performance.

    009. I agree with how he re-arranged the song to fit his style and that it was a huge moment to propel him into the finale. It was great to see.

    008. Fair enough about it not standing out. I agree with it being her best moment.

    007. This appears to be a popular opinion regarding this performance. Despite it not being my favorite of hers (it's my second), I can see how it would stand out against the rest of her performances.

    006. I don't have much to say but pretty much agree with everything here.

     

    005. Fair enough about it not being the favorite version. I definitely agree about it being a strong showing for her.

    004. It was certainly a standout for him. It was shocking yet effective, and though I'm not a huge fan of his per se, I can't overlook the impact this performance had.

    003. Happy to see two of your submissions made my Top 4. I pretty much agree with everything said here.

    002. Yeah, though I have contrary opinions, I had no idea what I was thinking when I said that at first. It's funny how re-watching certain things can cause some to see things differently. :haha: I agree with everything else written here.

    001. Surprise of the century here. 😮 🤭 Fair enough about not being a huge fan. At least you give her props for this performance. 😄

  5. 1 hour ago, The Ghost of Weedy Speedy said:

    I actually forgot about Trenyce, she did a great cover of the song as well/is easily in the top 3. But JHud and especially Vonzell were just in another league imo.

     

    Lol I've tried lists over the years and ended up abandoning them more often than not, but congrats for having the first (and so far only) list on New!IDF. It was a good one and you have excellent taste in Idol contestants, I'd like to add.

     

    Fair enough.

     

    Thank you for the kind words about my list.

     

    1 hour ago, The Ghost of Weedy Speedy said:

    If you're still looking for ideas on things to do, a fad that was really popular on IDF around the time AI10 ended were the Redos. Have you ever read WNTS and their Camp Should-a-Been? It's essentially the same idea, but based on your tastes on who should advance out of the semifinals/been eliminated each week/should've won etc. I made the very first one on IDF and the idea spread like wildfire. One of my proudest IDF accomplishments. :haha: I'm really sad that they got lost by the apocalypse.

     

    25 minutes ago, Bk1234 said:

    @Crisis I would love for you to do this! 😊

     

    I have read a few of CSABs on WNTS as well as a lot of those type of threads during my lurking days and always thought it was fun to see how posters would have the seasons turn out if they were in charge. However, as fun as that sounds, it's most likely something I won't do because I wouldn't have the time, plus I would completely suck when it comes to picking songs for contestants who'd advance past where they were initially eliminated. :haha:

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  6. 18 minutes ago, sublymonal said:

    lmao it looks like you were quoting me but it was actually @Alex95 who said this :haha:

     Yeah, I know. I had that happen to me with some other posts as well. :haha:

     

    I totally flopped on my guesses. 😆 However, I have to say I'm somewhat surprised Kree is still in this, as I didn't think many would be too big on her, not that I'm complaining.

  7. 14 hours ago, blackfield said:

    ok so i missed my opportunity to send my top 10.. but how come summertime wasn't even mentioned? no one? in a dream? higher ground? mad world? cry baby? these are considered some of the best idol performances and none on the list. maybe i will make my list but damn i really don't like ranking.. can i just post my list w/o ranking? 

     

    I guess others didn't feel the same way about those performances. Not that it means anything, but Summertime and In A Dream barely missed my personal Top 10 Idol performances. If you want to post your list without ranking it, you're more than free to do so. 🙂

     

    50 minutes ago, The Ghost of Weedy Speedy said:

    Been missing from this thread for a while, but playing catch up now.

     

    5. Jennifer Lopez - She grated on my nerves as an Idol judge. Perfect example being of how she LEAPT out of her seat to give Heejun a standing o for "A Song for You," but reluctantly got up for "Whole Lotta Love" while b!tching the entire time. :rolleyes: Steven is the only post-Simon judge I really care for tbh (minus Katy at times).

     

    4. Kara DioGuardi - I'm glad to see Kara get painted in a positive light in this thread. She gets unfairly ganged up on and as you said, it's only because she was the first new judge and people are resistant to change. I know they brought her in season 8 because Paula was on her way out, but I think she'd be more fondly remembered if they had waited for season 9 to bring her in (where she was much better/the best judge on that panel by far). I personally would've preferred to see her continue on the panel over JLo and her endless close-ups, but what can you do.

     

    3. Paula Abdul - She's the best Idol judge and it's not even a contest tbh, it's just too bad that people only realized it after she left. She was the perfect mix of being supportive of the contestants while also being constructive with her criticism. I'll also always appreciate her for having the backs of some underrated contestants over the years.

     

    2. Keith Urban - Meh. He's the best of the Keith/JLo/Harry panel but that's only because he's the most inoffensive. Would be lower on my list.

     

    1. Simon Cowell - I guess at the end of the day, I'd have Simon in 3rd after Paula and Kara, although I will admit he was the biggest part of the Idol machine and a huge reason why the show became the phenomenon that it was. It's mainly the later years where he became much more blatant with his agenda (AI8, the middle seasons of X Factor) where I really began to dislike him, but after XFUS crashed and burned and he became humbled I came around to liking him more again. All in all, a fair #1 of course.

     

    Vonzell and JHud have the best versions of IHN and the song should've just been retired after they did it tbh. I'm so sick of that song, it STILL gets sung to death on X Factor in the later years.

     

    I don't understand the most recent list. Candice's "Love Song" is the best Idol performance of all time in my books, though. Elise's "Whole Lotta Love" is definitely up there as well.

     

    I also read through your earlier thread, with the rankings of the finalists. I'm not gonna comment on posts made months ago, but your rankings are overall solid imo and you give great insight on to each of the contestants as well. It was an enjoyable read.

     

    5. Fair enough about J-Lo. Though I didn't mind her, she did annoy me from time to time.

     

    4. Pretty much agree about Kara. I think she would've been looked at more favorably had she been brought in during S9 instead of S8 with the original panel.

     

    3. Pretty much agree about Paula. Her presence was certainly missed during S9 where there was no one to have the contestants backs or provide the motherly nature when the other judges were harsh.

     

    2. Fair enough.

     

    1. Fair enough.

     

    Fair enough about Vonzell and J-Hud having the best versions of IHN done on the show, though I have Trenyce up there as well. I agree the song should be retired and here's hoping no one sings it in S19; otherwise, I may break something (except not really :haha:).

     

    Lovesong was certainly a great performance and I have it in my Top 3; however, it is completely understandable how it is thought to be the greatest Idol performance of all-time.

     

    I'm happy to see you read my other thread and enjoyed reading it. With the exception of maybe a few, I did try to have some balance and be as objective as much as possible. It was a lot of fun although I completely underestimated how much work it was going to be. :haha:

  8. 20 minutes ago, sublymonal said:

    When the judges laid into Haley for like five minutes about how much they hated her performance of "Earth Song". Idk if this is an unpopular opinion but I love "Earth Song". I think Haley really showed off the emotion well during her performance and sang it great. I love all the grit and anger, because it's totally an angry song.

     

    I thought I was the only one who liked Earth Song. :haha: I thought it was her most underrated performance and thought Randy and J-Lo were way off base with their comments. At least Steven gave her credit for it, plus it was easy to see how frustrated he was with the other two. :haha:

     

    As for Haley herself, I like her and prefer her to some of the others remaining; however, I'm not one of her die-hard fans or anything and therefore really have no complaints about this placement.

  9. 1 hour ago, Bk1234 said:

    I think her cover of Rise Up was her coronation song. 

     

    Yeah, you're right; it was Rise Up.

     

    47 minutes ago, blackfield said:

    why on earth did you pick THOSE performances above others!?  i added my comments on the list... :whut::wacko:

     

    These performances were submitted by other posters who were kind enough to do so for this ranking. I gave ample time to submit performances; therefore, performances that posters wanted to see here could've been so. 🤷‍♂️

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  10. 2 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    @Crisis You don’t have to do this for the next round, but I think you should rank the American Idol coronation songs. There are some difficulties that come with this though... 

    1. Will runner-up versions (if the winner and runner-up have the same song) also be ranked? 
    2. Will studio versions or live performances be used? 

     

    That is one to consider. One issue, however, is there haven't been any live performances the previous two seasons. Heck, I don't even think Sam got a coronation song; it's something I'll have to look into. If I were to go this route, I would most likely have to go by the studio versions. Also, I would just stick with the winners' versions.

     

    1 hour ago, psterina said:

    WooHoo!!  Your Top 1 & 2, are on my Top 10. So ... COOL BEANS!!!  :thumbsup:

     

    005. Haley Reinhart - I (Who Have Nothing)  Really great performance, by Haley. I can see why it's your favorite version, as it is amazing.  It doesn't give me chills, like Candice's performance , but ... it is an amazing performance. Also, regarding Earth Song ...  I agree, it is quite an underrated performance

    004. Blake Lewis - You Give Love A Bad Name  I don't either love it, nor hate it. I mean, kudos for originality, though.  I also, think that it is overrated. The drummer was awesome!

    003. Kelly Clarkson - Stuff Like That There  I didn't watch S1, but tell you what .... this performance is so enjoyable, that I have to go back & listen again!!

    002. Candice Glover - Lovesong     Yessssss, this chill inducing song by Candice!  I just love this!! Everything about it, is so great!!!!

    001. Elise Testone - Whole Lotta Love  As a rocker myself, I LOVE what Elise did with this song. From her vocals, to stage presence, to sheer rocking out, to connection ... it is a STELLAR performance, and she more than did justice to Led Zeppelin

     

    And, looking forward to the next contest. Thanks for doing this, Crisis

     

     

    Nice to see my Top 2 are two of your submissions! :yes:

     

    005. Fair enough about it not giving you chills like Candice's; however, I'm happy to see you think Haley's version was great as well. It also good to see someone else think Earth Song is underrated (perhaps an idea for a topic 🤔)!

    004. Fair enough. It was certainly an original performance. The drummer was indeed awesome! :yes:

    003. Nice to see that this performance was enjoyable for you! 👍

    002. It's completely understandable for someone to feel that way about this performance.

    001. I absolutely agree about it being stellar and her doing more than justice to Led Zeppelin! It was just a great performance all around!

     

    No problem. I hope you do look forward to what comes up in the future! 😄

     

    43 minutes ago, Blirel said:

    well well. Elise was my #1 as well. Good choice

     

    robert redford yes GIF

     

    I've been thinking about my next topic; it'll probably be one @miss denise and I were talking about in this thread. However, I'll wait until tomorrow afternoon to see if she replies. If not, I'll probably just go through with it anyway. 🤷‍♂️

     

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  11. 2 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I also have Haley’s I (Who Have Nothing) at #5. I’m glad to see we agree on the placement and that it was the best performance of I (Who Have Nothing) on the show. 😊 I also agree that it was a clutch performance, though not as clutch as Kris’ was. 😅 I loved all the drama and showmanship that was packed into the performance. That, along with Haley’s stellar vocals is what the performance so great! 😄

     

    If you were ranking most overrated performances in Idol history I would totally agree. 😅 I will give him credit for artistry, but otherwise, this performance didn’t wow me in any way. 😕 The vocals were average and the beatboxing didn’t show off any vocal prowess. The drummer did a great job though! 😁 I have this performance at #26, so hopefully it wasn’t the one you were expecting. I clearly didn’t like this one as much as you did. 🙁

     

    I think this is another overrated performance. 😅 I’m shocked many consider this to be Kelly’s best performance, as I thought Natural Woman and Without You were much better. The vocals for this performance were good, and I will commend Kelly for working with the complicated rhythm. 👍 However, I definitely didn’t think the performance showcased Kelly’s full potential. 😕 I have this one lower than #3, but I can understand why others liked it. 😁

     

    My favorite performance from Candice! 😊 Don’t call yourself an idiot for originally liking her other performance better, we all have unconventional opinions 😅 I absolutely loved the arrangement, and Candice’s vocals were spot-on! 👍 Overall, she definitely deserved that bow from Keith, and the glitter from Mariah! 😂

     

    I’m guessing you thought this one was my #26. I put this one a bit higher because of Elise’s vocal ability and because she was completely in her element. 😊 Part of the reason why I’m not the biggest fan of this performance is because of the genre. I just found the arrangement to be incredibly choppy, and I didn’t care for the screaming. 🤷‍♂️ I didn’t like this one as much as you did, but I hope you aren’t too bummed by my placement. 😁
     

    My Ranking (UPDATED)

    1. Pia Toscano- I’ll Stand by You
    2. Jessica Sanchez- Everybody Has a Dream 

    3. Allison Iraheta- Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

    4. Diana DeGarmo- Don’t Cry Out Loud

    5. Haley Reinhart- I (Who Have Nothing)

    6. Kris Allen- Ain’t No Sunshine

    7. Skylar Laine- Wind Beneath My Wings

    8. David Archuleta- Angels

    9. Jena Irene- Can’t Help Falling in Love

    10. Janelle Arthur- I Will

    11. David Cook- Billie Jean

    12. Carrie Underwood- Alone 

    13. David Archuleta- Imagine

    14. Candice Glover- Lovesong

    15. Clark Beckham- It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

    16. Candice Glover- I (Who Have Nothing)

    17. Kris Allen- Heartless

    18. Clay Aiken- Bridge Over Troubled Water

    19. Jordin Sparks- I (Who Have Nothing)

    20. Kelly Clarkson- Stuff Like That There

    21. Siobhan Magnus- Paint It Black

    22. Elise Testone- Whole Lotta Love

    23. Maddie Poppe- Homeward Bound

    24. Jessica Meuse- The Crow and the Butterfly

    25. Vonzell Solomon- Best of My Love

    26. Blake Lewis- You Give Love a Bad Name

    27. Siobhan Magnus- Superstition

     

    Aah, I was hoping you would reveal your personal top 10! 😁 I’m glad to see Katharine McPhee’s Someone to Watch Over Me on there, though I will say that I prefer Allison’s version. :giggle:
     

    I’m looking forward to whatever the next topic is! 😊

     

    005. I don't have much to say but I pretty much agree with everything written here! 👍

     

    004. Fair enough about this performance. Simon did say half would love it and half would hate it, and it appears to be the latter for you. At least you channeled your inner James Brown and gave the drummer some love. 😂

     

    003. To be honest, I thought it was overrated at first despite it being good. However, it's one I've come to appreciate more over time and understand why it's so highly celebrated. I do think this performance showcased her personality the best despite not necessarily being her best vocal technically.

     

    002. I know, seeing as I have a number of unconventional opinions between my two threads. 😆 I pretty much agree with your thoughts on this performance.

     

    001. I definitely thought this one would be at #26. 😅 Fair enough about the thoughts on the performance. I had a feeling it would place low in your rankings, but I can't say I'm disappointed where it eventually ended up.

     

    It appears we agree on three performances and have some differing opinions on the rest of them. Well, that's one better than the previous ranking, so I see it as progress. 😅

     

    Yeah, those are my personal Top 10. Since I've asked for the Top 10 of others, it's only fair that I post my own. 😆 As I mentioned earlier, it was really difficult to narrow it down to just ten performances, but I think this is good enough for now. Fair enough about preferring Allison's Someone To Watch Over Me over Kat's; I'll live. 😉 😆

     

    I still don't know what I want to do next. Whatever it is, I hope you and others enjoy it. 👍

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  12. Time for the final five! Let's see where they fall...

     

    5. Haley Reinhart - I (Who Have Nothing)

    I'm not a die-hard Halien or anything; in fact, I wasn't much of a fan of hers at all at the beginning of S10. However, around Top 8 or so, I found myself cheering her on because her staying power intrigued me and I liked a few of her performances.  Her rendition of I (Who Have Nothing) may have been my favorite of hers, and it so happens to be my favorite Idol rendition, edging out Candice's (at least her Top 10 version). After being panned after Earth Song (which I feel is very underrated), Haley needed a strong second performance in order to have a chance to advance to Top 3. Needless to say, she delivered in a huge way. Lady Gaga gave her great advice when she told her to go psycho and bring more drama to the performance. The vocals and showmanship was spot on and Haley showed she wasn't going down so easy. I put it right up there with Kris Allen's Heartless among the most clutch Idol performances because she managed to make it the Top 3 after it was all said and done. At the end of the day, this is a performance Haliens should be very proud of.

     

    4. Blake Lewis - You Give Love A Bad Name

    As less as a fan I was of Haley at the beginning of S10, I was even less of a fan of Blake during S6. I didn't think he was as good as he was made out to be, and his and the bromance's fans irritated me to no end. However, he has grown on me some over the years, and one thing I always gave him credit for was him pioneering switching up songs and making them his own. No performance epitomized that more than his Top 6 redux showing of You Give Love A Bad Name. I think he took the biggest risk of any Idol contestant when he took this well known Bon Jovi number and turned it into something completely different. The beat-boxing and extra sound effects he added were genius and his normal vocals weren't too bad either. In addition, his stage presence was pretty strong here. Also, I have to give it up to the drummer who absolutely killed his part during the performance. I consider it the most groundbreaking performance in Idol history, and definitely Blake's best overall performance of the season.


    3. Kelly Clarkson - Stuff Like That There

    Honestly, choosing between #3 and #2 was really difficult. However, I've decided to put Stuff Like That There at #3. I don't even need to explain how great Kelly was and the overall impact she's had on Idol, so I'm going to get right into the performance. I liked the intro when it was just her and the piano because it primarily put the focus on her voice. However, when the rest of the band kicked in, the performance was taken to the next level. There was some seriously tricky rhythmic parts and wide vocal ranges in the song; however, Kelly made everything look really easy, not to mention fun. Her singing was pretty much spot on and she definitely looked like a pro on stage; in fact, I have no doubt she would've fit in with the era if she were transported there. Not only is SLTT considered to be Kelly's best performance, it is considered to be one of Idol's greatest performances; in fact, some have it as the best. I agree with the first half, but at first I can't say I agreed with the second half. However, over time I've come to understand why people feel that way, and now I consider it one of my favorite Idol performances.

     

    2. Candice Glover - Lovesong

    At #2 we have another performance that is often discussed when talking about the greatest Idol performance of all time. In my Candice write-up in my other thread, I said I may have preferred her other performance Don't Make Me Over over Lovesong that evening. I have since come to my senses and realized I was an idiot. Don't get me wrong, I still absolutely love DMMO; however, Lovesong was on a completely different level. For starters, the arrangement was completely different from the other renditions, and I liked it because it allowed Candice's voice to shine. Speaking of which, her vocals in this performance were nothing short of superb. She went through just about every part of her range as if it were nothing, and she had a strong stage presence. If there was one thing that was off, it was that weird feedback somewhere in the middle of it. 😆 Regardless, it had Keith bowing on his knees and caused Mariah to go on stage and throw glitter on her. 🤣 When it's all said and done, it's easy to see why Lovesong is in the short list when it comes to the greatest Idol performance.

     

    1. Elise Testone - Whole Lotta Love

    Not that appears to be any new viewers in this thread, but if there are, my #1 may come as a surprise. However, for those who were in my other thread, this was a given. Elise is one of my all-time favorite Idol contestants, and not only is Whole Lotta Love my favorite Elise performance, it is my all-time favorite Idol performance. As strong as Adam Lambert's version was three years prior (one of the few of his I could tolerate), this version was even better. I don't think there is such a thing as a perfect performance; however, this nearly came close to it. For starters, Elise's vocals were outstanding, from her normal voice to the growls, runs, and other dynamics she added to them. In addition, she worked the stage like the bad:censored: she wanted to be. I also have to give it up to band on this number; they definitely did their thing, especially the lead guitarist. I really liked how Elise interacted with them on stage. Finally, Elise is not someone who many may find conventionally attractive, but I thought she looked kind of hot here. Overall, it's one of a few handful performances I can watch and never get tired of, and I definitely think she did Led Zeppelin proud with it. 😁

     

    005. Haley Reinhart - I (Who Have Nothing)

    004. Blake Lewis - You Give Love A Bad Name

    003. Kelly Clarkson - Stuff Like That There

    002. Candice Glover - Lovesong

    001. Elise Testone - Whole Lotta Love

     

    A recap of the overall list:

    027. Siobhan Magnus - Superstition

    026. David Archuleta - Angels

    025. Vonzell Solomon - Best Of My Love

    024. Janelle Arthur - I Will

    023. Skylar Laine - Wind Beneath My Wings

    022. Jessica Sanchez - Everybody Has A Dream

    021. Clark Beckham - It's A Man's Man's Man's World

    020. Jessica Meuse - The Crow & The Butterfly

    019. Diana DeGarmo - Don't Cry Out Loud

    018. Jena Irene - Can't Help Falling In Love

    017. Maddie Poppe - Homeward Bound

    016. Allison Iraheta - Papa Was A Rolling Stone

    015. David Archuleta - Imagine

    014. Jordin Sparks - I (Who Have Nothing)

    013. Carrie Underwood - Alone

    012. Kris Allen - Ain't No Sunshine

    011. Clay Aiken - Bridge Over Troubled Water

    010. David Cook - Billie Jean

    009. Kris Allen - Heartless

    008. Siobhan Magnus - Paint It Black

    007. Pia Toscano - I'll Stand By You

    006. Candice Glover - I (Who Have Nothing)

    005. Haley Reinhart - I (Who Have Nothing)

    004. Blake Lewis - You Give Love A Bad Name

    003. Kelly Clarkson - Stuff Like That There

    002. Candice Glover - Lovesong

    001. Elise Testone - Whole Lotta Love

     

    As a bonus, here are my personal ten favorite Idol performances (it was tough to narrow it down to ten, as there were other performances that were certainly worthy of being there). Feel free to pick them apart or what have you:

     

    010. Blake Lewis – You Give Love A Bad Name

    009. Elliott Yamin – A Song For You

    008. Caleb Johnson – Dazed And Confused

    007. Katharine McPhee – Someone To Watch Over Me

    006. LaToya London – Don’t Rain On My Parade

    005. Crystal Bowersox – People Get Ready

    004. Kelly Clarkson – Stuff Like That There

    003. Candice Glover - Lovesong

    002. Tamyra Gray – A House Is Not A Home

    001. Elise Testone – Whole Lotta Love

     

    Once again, thank you to those who submitted their performances for me to rank. I know it couldn't have been easy seeing what I think about them and potentially tearing them apart; however, all of the performances submitted were great in their own merit, and it was difficult to place some of them. I hope I didn't do too poorly and did them justice. 😄

     

    I don't know what to do next; hopefully, I'll have something later this evening.

  13. This is a fair spot for Trenyce, though I preferred her to two others who have yet to be revealed. With that said, she probably would've murdered to have a better position.

     

    3 hours ago, sublymonal said:

    Also Kimberley Locke is Season 2's winner this time around!

     

     

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  14. 8 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    After listening to this performance for the first time I didn’t really understand the craze. 😅 However, after listening to it again for this ranking, I loved it so much that I put it at #11. 😄 While it isn’t my 11th favorite performance of all-time, it still was an impressive one. Like you said, that held note was very impressive and really showed David’s vocal prowess, which is essential in a singing competition (time to quote Randy :giggle:). While I prefer Always Be My Baby, this performance is one of my favorites from David, so much so that I ranked it above Archie’s Imagine. 😱

     

    While I really like this one, the studio version is what really got me into it, which I why I opted to not put it in my Top 10. If I was basing it off studio versions, this one would definitely be in my Top 10 though! :haha:  I’m so happy he came out swinging during Top 3 week, since an Adam/Danny finale would’ve been dreadful for me... 😅 His performance of Heartless is definitely the highlight of his underdog journey, so while it’s not my favorite performance from him, it is definitely a moment to be proud of! 😁👍 

    Please listen to the studio version if you haven’t already, it’s AMAZING! 😍

     

    Definitely one of my favorite performances of Season 9. 👍 For some reason all the annoying things about Siobhan (screaming, etc.) just fit right in with this song and created a masterpiece. 😅 I loved the darker beginning, the intense high notes (👌), and the dark end. Overall, Siobhan’s dynamics really made this performance a great one. It is definitely my favorite performance from her! 😊

     

    I had hoped that this one would make Top 5, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. 😢 Pia’s performance of I’ll Stand by You is my favorite American Idol performance of all-time! 😍 Everything, from the vocals, emotional delivery, and stage presence was just spot-on!👌 For me, it was Pia’s defining moment, but you could argue that for any one of her performances since like you said, they were all good! 😅 Her swan song version was even more heart-wrenching, especially after she said “tears are in your eyes.” It was just a sad moment on that stage. 😭 Back to happier thoughts... This performance is what made me really love Pia, and for me, it rightfully deserves my #1 spot! 😁 

     

    After two great performances of I (Who Have Nothing) had been done in earlier seasons, Candice still managed to come out swinging and SLAY! 😅 I really liked this arrangement of the song, and thought she did a good job of separating herself from the crowd. While Jordin’s had a more emotional approach, I thought Candice’s had a more vocal approach, though hers was no slouch when it came to emotional connection! 👍 After this ranking, I’m glad to see that we agree on our favorite I (Who Have Nothing) performance. 🙂

     

    My Ranking (UPDATED)

    1. Pia Toscano- I’ll Stand by You
    2. Jessica Sanchez- Everybody Has a Dream 

    3. Allison Iraheta- Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

    4. Diana DeGarmo- Don’t Cry Out Loud

    5.

    6. Kris Allen- Ain’t No Sunshine

    7. Skylar Laine- Wind Beneath My Wings

    8. David Archuleta- Angels

    9. Jena Irene- Can’t Help Falling in Love

    10. Janelle Arthur- I Will

    11. David Cook- Billie Jean

    12. Carrie Underwood- Alone 

    13. David Archuleta- Imagine

    14. 

    15. Clark Beckham- It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

    16. Candice Glover- I (Who Have Nothing)

    17. Kris Allen- Heartless

    18. Clay Aiken- Bridge Over Troubled Water

    19. Jordin Sparks- I (Who Have Nothing)

    20.

    21. Siobhan Magnus- Paint It Black

    22.

    23. Maddie Poppe- Homeward Bound

    24. Jessica Meuse- The Crow and the Butterfly

    25. Vonzell Solomon- Best of My Love

    26.

    27. Siobhan Magnus- Superstition

     

    Looking at the spots left in my ranking and the performances that have yet to be ranked, it looks like our opinions differ quite a bit, except for one performance. 😅 

     

    010. Fair enough about not getting the craze at first; there are a few performances that I felt that way about at first. 😯 at liking it so much it was placed above Archie's Imagine

     

    009. I was happy he came out swinging as well because I don't know if I would've sat through a Adam/Danny finale either. I have not listened to the recorded version yet; I'll try to do so should I have the time.

     

    008. I don't have much to say but agree with just about everything written.

     

    007. Sorry. 💔 I wish there was room to put it in my Top 5; however, there are too many good/great performances here that some were going to be left out. I'm happy to see this is your all-time favorite performance. Her sing out version was heart-wrenching. 😢 It looked like she was trying to be in good spirits through it; however, around the halfway point I thought to myself she's going to cry, and lo and behold she did while collapsing into Jacob's arms when it was over. It was easy to see how much being on the show meant to her, especially since she tried out multiple times before finally making it. :(

     

    006. I agree that her version was great despite there being two great versions of the song done before her. It does appear we agree on our favorite version. 😁

     

    Looking at the list, it does appear we differ in most performances. I have a feeling I know which performance is going to be #26... :/ :haha:

     

    4 hours ago, psterina said:

    Cool ... at 5 of my Top 10, showing up on your Top 10. Three of them, showed up in this next batch. I also realized, that 2 of my Top 10 (Don't Know Why by Ashley Hess, & Straight Up by Andrew Garcia) didn't show up, as they weren't Finalist performances. When I submitted them, I didn't see the criteria. But .... they're still on my Top 10.

     

    010. David Cook - Billie Jean  Yes, this performance is on my Top 10 for a reason. It was original & awesome. He knocked it out the park. 

    009. Kris Allen - Heartless - Another great, creative performance by Kris. I do prefer "Ain't No Sunshine", but ... that's just me.

    008. Siobhan Magnus - Paint It Black - This is my #2 favorite on my Top 10, just a sliver behind "Superstition", as it is an iconic performance, that generated videos of other performers, doing this version. Like they say "when someone copies you, it is the highest form of flattery". Siobhan IS an original. Everything about this performance is perfection.

    007. Pia Toscano - I'll Stand By You - That Pia left so early, is totally INSANE. This performance shows, why that is.

    006. Candice Glover - I (Who Have Nothing) - Another one of my Top 10 shows up. This is most definitely my favorite version of this song. And ...  it gives me chills STILL, to this very day! While I love Jordin's & Haley's versions, this is on a higher plane, in my very humble opinion :P

     

     

    Yeah, sorry about that. It was my fault; I should've clarified I wanted only semi-finals and finals performances at the beginning. For the record, I absolutely loved Ashley's audition and Straight Up made me pay attention to Andrew to see how he would do. Unfortunately, he never lived up to that moment.

     

    010. I agree about it being original and awesome as well as him knocking it out of the park.

    009. This was certainly a great, creative performance of his. Fair enough about the last sentence.

    008. Agree about her being an original and your thoughts on this performance.

    007. Yeah, it was disappointing to see her leave so early. Agreed about the thoughts on the performance.

    006. Nice to see this is your favorite version of the song. Fair enough about this version being on a higher plane than Jordin & Haley's.

     

    I probably won't have the last five up until tomorrow because I have labs to do tonight. I'll see how things go. In the meanwhile, anyone can catch up on some of the previous rankings, comment on this one, or suggest a topic they would like to see next.

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  15. 9 hours ago, Blirel said:

    I made it through. My list is 1-27 instead of 27-1. But here it is. Hopefully it isn’t too big.

     

    1. Elise Testone (Whole Lott’s Love)- Gosh why did you make me decide between Elise and Haley. I ultimately opted for Elise as I felt like this performance was my favorite idol performance of all time. It had scats, growls, and somehow she didn’t miss a more. Elise Testone was a freaking beast on this. She’s in my top 5 idols of all time so no surprise that her best performance ranks number 1 on my list. 

     

    1. Haley Reinhart (I (Who Have Nothing)- You ask me to find a bridge between Candice and Jordin and then some. Cue Haley. This had the technicality of Candice, the vulnerability of Jordin done in the signature Haley Reinhart style. Just wow. I’m out of words. Oh that’s right Haley is my favorite all time idol. 

     

    1. Kelly Clarkson (Stuff Like That There)- It takes a Kelly Clarkson type of singer to straight up go into a style like Big Band. Incredible performance. Vocally insane. Is she human? If you ask me I’d say no. She’s Kelly Clarkson. 

     

    1. Candice Glover (Love Song)- Some people say this is the best performance ever on the show. I like Candice but let’s be real her best performance can’t stand against Haley or Kelly who are on another level. This was really really good but a bit too loungey for my taste but that’s just my opinion. The vocal though was flawless. 

     

    1. Kris Allen (Heartless)- The winner and even performance I’d go as far to say that kicked off the endless streak of WGWGs on Idol. This performance was so rearranged that the song sounded if it was Kris’s original song. Iconic. 

     

    1. David Cook (Billie Jean)- Speak about an idol iconic performance. This is when Idol got a bit more vibrant with unique versions of songs. This is one of the best rearrangements on idol ever. Love this performance. His voice just cuts right through it. 

     

    1. Jordin Sparks (I (Who Have Nothing)- Jordin was the one to make this song iconic on singing shows. That shows how much she nailed it. She poured her heart and soul and just slayed it. 

     

    1. Candice Glover (I (Who Have Nothing)- Don’t know if this unpopular but I’m ranking Jordin above Candice. I loved Candice’s performance but it seemed a bit more in your voice. I liked the vulnerable side of Jordin’s. Candice May be a bit superior vocally but I’m siding with Jordin)

     

    1. Pia Toscano (I’ll Stand By You)- Pia had the voice of a past diva. It’s as if she was born in the wrong decade. She would’ve been an 80s or 90s Star. This performance displayed her wonderful tone. She went home far too soon and this proves that she can stand with the idol greats. 

     

    1. Carrie Underwood (Alone)- Carries most iconic idol performance. The reason why I just can’t place this higher as some say it’s too 5 is she didn’t really make this unique but the vocal is so good that it didn’t really matter. What a smart song choice and everyone still talks about this performance. 

     

    1. Blake Lewis (You Give Love a Bad Name)- He wasn’t the best vocalist but he was super cool and viewers probably saw past that because he sold his performances so well. He knew how to be creative and stand out. This was one of the most fun performances ever on idol. I think I’ll put it here. 

     

    1. Clay Aiken (Bridge Over Troubled Water)- This is now just a matter of picking what iconic performance I liked better. This was very good. And the choir arrangement was on point. There’s something about Clay that never really clicked (I didn’t watch the show at the time) when I go back. Still this performance was outstanding. 

     

    1. David Archuleta (Imagine)- What an incredible performance. His tone is truly special. This wasn’t over the top but just a genuine killer vocal. 

     

    1. Jena Irene (Can’t Help Falling In Love)- This performance displayed how pure and clear Jena’s tone could be. Her vocals were inconsistent but this proved that she could be a force to be reckoned with. So good. 

     

    1. Clark Beckham (Mans World)- This was insane. Right when he was on the verge of going over the top with a growl, he mixed in crazy high notes. This performance is just sensational although not my favorite taste wise or stylistically. 

     

    1. Maddie Poppe (Homeward Bound)- This was signature Maddie Poppe folksy ballad. Very pure. Very nice. Not my favorite from Maddie but it came straight from the heart and I think I’ll place it here. 

     

    1. Siobhan Magnus (Paint It Black)- This performance is overrated in my opinion. Yes it was good. Yes she should’ve been a contender to win the season. The vocal just didn’t wow me as much as the performances I’ve placed ahead of it. She did know how to take a song and put some theatrics in it though. 

     

    1. Allison Iraheta (Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone)- Call me crazy but I didn’t love this as much as some. The phrasing seemed a bit sloppy. I just felt at times she slurred the words. But yes her voice is incredible and she can belt it out. 

     

    1. Jessica Sanchez (Everybody Has A Dream)- Okay no one ever questions if Jessica could sing. Some just found her over the top or overrated. This performance she was neither. Just wow. The vocal is fantastic even if I don’t think it was a stand out moment for her considering some of her other performances, my favorite being Stuttering. 

     

    1. Kris Allen (Ain’t No Sunshine)- Maybe I’m going to get a bit of hate for this ranking but this was too smooth for me. I needed far more soul and passion. Her brought a bit of X factor to it but on a song like this I needed more. This was a very good vocal but didn’t do enough for me. 

     

    1. Diana Degarmo (Don’t Cry Out Loud)- This was a first time listen for me. She’s got range. The song seems difficult. Her tone doesn’t stand out but what a vocal. I liked this just didn’t love it. 

     

    1. Jessica Meuse (The Crow and The Butterfly)- This was pretty great but let’s be real, this isn’t on the level of Jessica Sanchez or Clark Beckham or many others. I was a huge Jessica fan but this wasn’t her best performance but it proved that grunge rock might suit her better than country. 

     

    1. Skylar Laine (Wind Beneath My Wings)- I don’t even like this song and she made it enjoyable. What fantastic phrasing. Her tone shines here. Her vocal is unpredictable as always, a bit rocky in parts but solid for the most part. 

     

    1. Vonzell Solomon (Best Of My Love) - This was fun. Yes some of those higher notes weren’t the most on point but this was super enjoyable. 

     

    1. Janelle Arthur (I Will)- Her tone is just exquisite on this. But I have to look at this technically speaking and the biggest thing that she lacked during the show was range and here she also seemed to have too thin of a voice in portions. 

     

    1. David Archuleta (Angels) -  Love the emotion but his voice seems a bit weak and thin on the low notes. The high belts have a lot of nice support though.

     

    1. Siobhan Magnus (Superstition) - This was good but seemed a bit generic to me and lacked that extra oomph.

     

    No worries, you're fine. 😉

     

    1-4. I won't comment on these performances since I haven't ranked them yet.

     

    5. I agree about Kris rearranging the song to where it sounded like it was an original of his.

     

    6. I pretty much agree with everything here. It's just that I have one performance of his I have above it.

     

    7. Again, agree with just about everything here.

     

    8. Fair enough, though I liked Candice's interpretation of it as well.

     

    9. I can see how she would've fit in the 80s or 90s. I agree about her performance and her going home too soon.

     

    10. I see the point about not making it unique; however, the vocal was very good I concur.

     

    11. I haven't ranked this yet, so I won't comment.

     

    12. Agree about the performance being outstanding. Fair enough about something about Clay not clicking.

     

    13. Agreed for the most part.

     

    14. Fair enough about Jena. She was inconsistent, but this was one of her better performances.

     

    15. Agreed about the performance. Fair enough about not being your taste stylistically.

     

    16. Pretty much agree. The one place we differ is that it was my favorite of hers.

     

    17. Fair enough about it being overrated. She definitely knew how to put some theatrics in a performance.

     

    18. Fair enough.

     

    19. Pretty much agree about the comments regarding Jessica. I agree about the performance though.

     

    20. Fair enough about the performance needing more soul or passion. However, I still liked his take on the song.

     

    21. Fair enough.

     

    22. Pretty much agree, though I don't understand what role Jessica S. or Clark plays here.

     

    23. Pretty much agree with everything here, especially not caring for the song.

     

    24. Again, pretty much agree with everything here.

     

    25. Fair enough.

     

    26. Fair enough. I thought the high notes were good and supportive as well.

     

    27. Pretty much agree though I thought she did enough with the performance for it to stand out.

     

    @Bk1234, I'll comment on yours when I have the time. 👍

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