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  1. 4 hours ago, Elliott said:

    090. Kristy Lee Cook - As much as I enjoy the memes, I’m not a fan otherwise and she was easily my least favourite of the season 7 cast by the time she was eliminated. My dislike for her has mellowed out but I still wouldn’t consider myself a fan.

    089. Sonika Vaid - One of the brighter aspects of S15’s cast, and I really enjoyed Bring Me to Life when it happened. I don’t think her performances have stood the test of time as well as Trent and La’Porsha’s did. 

    088. Melissa McGhee - I liked her in season five but don’t really remember much about her. Still would’ve preferred her to most of the people who outlasted her though.

    087. Jessica Sierra - One of my favourites in season 4, and I preferred her Top 11 performance to Carrie’s Alone. :ph34rwave:

    086. Blake Lewis - This one hurts. For a while he was my #1 Idol contestant. He was the contestant who really got me to start watching the show religiously and involved in the Idol fandom. In some aspects, he’s kind of the one responsible for me meeting my husband and a lot of my friends since I met him through here. :haha: YGLABN is still my all-time favourite Idol performance and I’ve loved all of his music that he’s put out since. Though he isn’t my top favourite anymore, I still adore him and have a special place in my heart/Idol love for him.


    090. Understandable about Kristy. She was my 2nd least favorite contestant at the beginning of the finals before growing on me towards the end of her run.

    089. Fair enough. Agreed about her performances not standing the test of time as well as Trent's and La'Porsha's, though to be fair none of the others contestants' performance did either

    088. Agreed except I did remember a bit about her

    087. I think I preferred her Top 11 performance to Carrie's as well at the time. :haha: Now they're about even for me.

    086. :broken:. I take it he was your #1 until Lee arrived. :haha: I'm pretty sure most of us have contestants who got us obsessed with Idol; I know for sure I have one (of course, I won't mention who it is yet ;)). Seeing that he is the reason for your involvement in the Idol fandom and how he may have indirectly been responsible for you meeting your husband and friends, it makes sense to have a special place for him. 👍


    Thanks to the three day weekend and not having much to do since I'm caught up with my schoolwork, I'm about to wrap up my next set. I'm still debating whether or not to put it up tonight or tomorrow, however...

  2. 3 hours ago, blackfield said:

    090. Kristy Lee Cook - "One gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight": i think it has to do with the KLC prophecy.. damn one of the funniest threads on idolforums. and it all started with a horse.. still i was mad at her that she lasted one week more than michael johns. 

    089. Sonika Vaid - This finalist's run went into the grave not too long after being born: i think you wrote it perfectly. she had 1 good performance before sliding back. i would have rated her lower. definitely not the top 100. 

    088. Melissa McGhee - No plane tickets needed to be booked for at least a week

    087. Jessica Sierra - The other country blonde: jessica and carrie were both blond country singers on the same season. that was when simon mentioned the likeability factor.. still jessica was edgier. and was sad when i heard about her. 

    086. Blake Lewis - Buff Love, Doug E. Fresh... never cared much for season 6. beats me how this season had the highest ratings. 




    090. Yes, it certainly has to do with the KLC prophecy! Fair enough at the last sentence.

    089. Fair enough about her

    088. I guess Melissa was so irrelevant she didn't deserve any commentary :haha:

    087. Yeah pretty much. Carrie was seen as this wholesome, down to earth girl, whereas Jessica was rougher on the edges. Agree with the last sentence and hopefully she's better now

    086. I think a lot of it had to do with it following S5, which was considered to be Idol at its peak ratings wise. Also, can't ignore the Sanjaya factor. With him being such a big deal, it would surprise me if some viewers tuned in to what he was all about.


    2 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    When I saw the clue about the other blonde country singer, I knew that it referred to Jessica Sierra.  She and Carrie (who won) were the blonde country singers of Season 4.


    Now for my comments on the rankings:


    I’d have ranked Kristi lower than Jessica Sanchez, but this is a good ranking for her.


    Hmm, maybe Sonika wasn’t sabotaged by Borchetta into picking songs that caused her to slide backwards.  Maybe she just wasn’t confident enough.  Oh well, I liked her and after she sang “Bring Me To Life”, I began voting just for her.  At least she got to fifth.


    I’d actually have ranked Melissa lower than Sonika, but this is close enough.


    As noted, Jessica was the other blonde country singer, and Carrie was just more memorable and better.

    This is a good spot for Blake.  He was a fine performer but not such a good singer.  That’s why he had to change his songs up.


    Yep, that was it!


    Fair enough about Kristy


    Who knows what went on regarding Sonika. I think it mainly came down to her not being confident enough. I agree about her at least getting fifth.


    Fair enough about Melissa


    Yeah, that was pretty much it regarding Jessica


    Agreed about Blake


    1 hour ago, hayden98 said:

    I actually liked Kristy Lee Cook a lot more than I was expecting to when I rewatched Season 7 recently. Outside of Rescue Me and her Beatles covers, Kristy was usually pretty decent imo. Honestly, by the time she was eliminated, I actually wouldn't have minded her staying, at least over Jason, who was a trainwreck for his remaining three weeks. :P


    Sonika ❤️ BMTL is definitely in my top 3 performances of the season (alongside Diamonds and No More Drama). I'm still a bit bitter about how they eliminated her, especially since having listened to the studio version of what she was going to sing, I was looking forward to the song (Loved Me Back to Life, I believe).


    Melissa's version of What About Love is such a jam :wub: I don't remember anything else she did, but THAT was pretty great.


    I have a feeling that I'll quite like Jessica if/when I rewatch season 4. I hope she's doing better nowadays.


    OOof, Blake is too low for me lol. I quite liked his inventiveness throughout the season; his plain vocals weren't too bad either. Idk much about his post idol music, but I know he's another alum who's sung with PMJB (a few others who have just so I have it out of my system include Thia Megia, Vonzell Solomon, Catie Turner, Brielle von Hugel, and Von Smith - in addition to others that have already been covered)


    I pretty much agree about Kristy except I really only liked her last three performances. I was actually kind of sad at her elimination, but it was coming sooner or later. With that said, I wouldn't have minded her staying over Jason either.


    I don' know about Top 3, but BMTL would've definitely been in my Top 10. Agreed regarding how she was eliminated.


    Yes, her version of WAL was pretty good, and the recorded version was great as well.


    I feel the same in hoping Jessica is doing better nowadays.


    I knew some wouldn't agree with this spot for him, LOL. I do remember him singing with PMJ, I think he did Sisqo's Thong Song. To be honest, that wasn't one of my favorites of theirs. :ph34rwave:

  3. 8 hours ago, thevoiceisthetop said:
    • No plane tickets needed to be booked for at least a week - Melissa McGhee
    • "One gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight" - Sonika Vaid
    •  The other country blonde - Kristy Lee Cook
    • Buff Love, Doug E. Fresh... - Blake Lewis
    • This finalist's run went into the grave not too long after being born - Jessica Sierra


    2/5. Nice guesses!


    1 hour ago, Bk1234 said:


    My Opinions


    -“One gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight”- Kristy Lee Cook. “Eight Days A Week” was pretty bad, but I personally didn’t think it was as bad as it was made out to be... In “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” she appeared very stiff and didn’t have any endearing vocals to keep me from noticing it. Season 7 is one of the best (imo), but I have to say I liked her personality way more than her performances on the show! 😂


    -This finalist’s run went into the grave not too long after being born- Sonika Vaid. Like you mentioned, “Bring Me To Life” was the highlight of her run on Idol. I also wish she showed more of her “Bring Me To Life” side, but I guess that was too much of a drastic change for her! 😕 While not my favorite from the season, she definitely had some (probably only one 😂) great performances! 

    -No plane tickets needed to be booked for at least a week- Melissa McGhee. No comment. 

    -The other country blonde- Jessica Sierra.  No comment. 

    -Buff Love, Doug E. Fresh- Blake Lewis. Not the biggest fan of his, so all I have to say is “ABC producers, Alejandro was not as groundbreaking and revolutionary as you made him out to be! Others did what he did (and in my opinion they did it better) in the seasons you ignore, but bring contestants back to perform from!”


    5/5! Explanation of the clues below:

    Kristy Lee Cook: "One gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight" (this is a Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of prophet, which is what KLC is considered to be with parts of her name predicting the WGWG winners that would include and follow her season. ;))


    Sonika Vaid: This finalist’s run went into the grave not too long after being born (A play on words, Sonika sang BMTL during the season which is considered to be her best performance. Unfortunately, she didn't or couldn't live up to it afterwards and her run petered out afterwards.)


    Melissa McGhee: No plane tickets needed to be booked for at least a week (Simon wasn't a fan of WAL and told Melissa the last note booked her plane ticket home, i.e. he expected her to be eliminated. Voters had other plans in mind as they voted her into the Top 12. She would be eliminated the following week.)


    Jessica Sierra: The other country blonde (In S4 there were two female country blonde singers: Carrie Underwood and Jessica Sierra. Carrie was obviously the more popular of the two; therefore, Jessica was the other country blonde. At the time, I preferred Jessica to Carrie, though is different now seeing that Carrie hasn't appeared yet.)


    Blake Lewis: Buff Love, Doug E. Fresh (These are (or in the case of Buff Love aka The Human Beat-Box, were: RIP) two famous beat-boxers in rap/hip hop. Blake was known for his beat-boxing on the show, plus he performed with Doug E. Fresh during the S6 Finale.)


    As for your opinions:


    Kristy: I agree about liking her personality more than her performances though I liked her last three.

    Sonika: I agree that BMTL may have been too much of a drastic change for her. I would've liked to see her come out more, but I guess she wasn't ready to do so at the time.

    Blake: Pretty much agree with what was said.



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  4. I wanted to wait until the next page, but a promise is a promise. Here are the clues for 90-86:


    • No plane tickets needed to be booked for at least a week
    • "One gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight"
    • The other country blonde
    • Buff Love, Doug E. Fresh...
    • This finalist's run went into the grave not too long after being born

    90. Kristy Lee Cook: Season 7 (7th Place)


    We're going to kick off this set with another S7 finalist. Kristy was a contestant who I’ve had quite the roller-coaster ride with. She wasn’t someone who I really didn’t care for at first. I didn’t like any of her I would say first five performances. Her Rescue Me was kind of hilarious, especially when it looked like her eyes would pop out of their sockets at any time. I know she was sick and was on some medication at the time, so I won’t crack on it too much. Her other two semifinal performances weren’t anything to write home about either, yet she managed to advance to the finals. I guess having all of that exposure pre-semifinals helped her out. Regardless, she gave what is her most infamous performance during Top 12 with Eight Days A Week. I don’t know what the heck she was doing, but it made me seriously cringe at the time. Now, I view it similarly as Crocodile Rock though not anywhere near as epic. Besides, I kind of liked the recorded version. Her following performance You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away wasn’t much better; however, something must've been in the air because I was actually starting to like Kristy around this point. I still wasn’t too fond of her as a singer/performer, but she started to grow on me as a person. I was starting to like her personality, with her having the “Kristy’s Stool” sign whenever she hit the B3 and her telling Simon she would blow him out of his socks. :haha: The following week she sang God Bless The USA­, which was thought to be pandering and strategic; I did as well, but it worked because not only was it her best performance up to that point, she avoided the B3 that week. It was the following week where I first enjoyed a performance of hers when she did Coat Of Many Colors. Her next two performances of Anyway and Forever were easily her best, though Forever would be her last as she was eliminated after it. I really enjoyed her starting her swan song by sitting on the judges table and singing directly to Simon.😆 Finally, I can’t mention Kristy without mentioning the legacy she left behind, with her name predicting the WGWG winners over the next four seasons including hers (five if stretched that far): David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, and Scotty McCreery (though he’s 1/4 Puerto Rican :haha:). Phillip Phillips could be included since his name has something to do with horse lover, since a part of Kristy’s background was her selling her favorite horse so she could have the money to audition for Idol. Though it didn’t start that way at first, Kristy grew enough on me to place her here.


    89. Sonika Vaid: Season 15 (5th Place)


    We're going to go back to S15  for the next finalist in this ranking. Sonika was a very pretty girl with a very pretty and strong voice. However, her shortcoming was she was very apprehensive on stage, though not anywhere near as bad as Sam Woolf was. Plus, she didn’t exactly pick the most exciting songs to perform during her time on Idol. She started off well enough with Safe And Sound in the semis. It was one of the better ones. Also, I enjoyed her Skyfall duet with Caleb, though that was certainly an odd pairing and you could tell Caleb was holding back so he wouldn’t overpower her. Furthermore, Caleb did some good mentoring and was able to get Sonika to come out of her shell some. She was picked to move on to the Top 14 where she performed I Surrender which was good. Nonetheless, her strongest showing came the following week with Bring Me To Life. She definitely showed a side that wasn’t seen before with that performance; this is especially clutch since La’Porsha brought down the house with Diamonds right before it. I thought Sonika was ready to turn a new leaf and become a more confident performer after it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as she reverted back to her old self afterwards. Her performances weren’t bad by any means – with the exception of Clarity, which would be her final performance – they were just big letdowns after what showing what she could potentially do, or maybe it was a fluke, who knows. She eventually left in fifth place where she didn’t even get a chance to perform any of her songs she was planning to sing that evening, which was completely bogus. It was thought that Borchetta was upset that the judges saved Sonika over Tristan the week before, so this was his way of punishing her. This appears to be pure speculation to me because I doubt Borchetta has that kind of influence. Either way, it was a bad look not to have Sonika perform one of her songs, even as a swan song. Regardless, though I like her, I was hoping Sonika would be more than what she was, which is unfortunate.


    88. Melissa McGhee: Season 5 (12th Place)


    Up next is Melissa McGhee. Melissa appeared to be this cool, down to earth (not to mention kind of attractive :ph34rwave:) girl with a husky tone to her voice I was intrigued by; in a way, she reminded me of Lindsey Cardinale, except Melissa’s voice was a bit rougher on the edges. Melissa was someone who didn’t receive much, if any, airtime prior to the voting rounds, so very little was known about her. She even mentioned during the judges’ critiques after When The Lights Go Down, which was a solid if not groundbreaking performance. I also liked Why Haven’t I Heard From You and thought What About Love was really good with the exception of her going sharp at the end. The most memorable thing about that performance was Simon’s comments afterwards. Apparently, they inspired the voters enough to vote Melissa into the Top 12. Her stay in the finals was short lived as she was eliminated after her performance of Lately. She had a double whammy of her messing up the lyrics in front of Stevie Wonder during rehearsals and then doing the same thing on stage. 😣 With that said, she had some nice vocal moments, and I still preferred her to four other contestants that night (Ace, Kellie, Kevin, and Lisa), not to mention I'll take her version or what Stefano did with it five years later. Finally, I think Ryan mentioning Melissa getting a Top 12 spot over Ayla Brown in the interview prior to the performance may have hurt her some. I didn't like it because there appeared to be an implication Melissa "stole" Ayla's spot when Ayla simply didn't get enough votes (though I would've had her in the Top 12 over Kellie or Lisa at the time). Either way, she wouldn’t have been my pick to leave that week. Lastly, it is thought that Melissa's What About Love was the best recording on the AI5 compilation album; I completely agree. She cleans up really well in the studio. Overall, I did like Melissa and would’ve loved it if she stayed for at least a few more weeks.


    87. Jessica Sierra: Season 4 (10th Place)


    For this next entry, we're going to revisit S4. Jessica was someone I enjoyed during S4. She had a strong voice, decent stage presence, and confident attitude. With that said, she got off to a bit of a rough start with Against All Odds in the first round of the semis. She appeared to be nervous and the singing was shaky (as an aside, of course Randy had to mention he recorded the song with Mariah Carey during his critique 🙄). However, she bounced back the next weeks with strong performances of A Broken Wing and Boys Are Back In Town, with the latter being my favorite of hers. She definitely had fun and worked the stage with that one. She advanced to the finals where she sang Shop Around during the first week. It’s considered to be one of her worst; however, I thought it was kind of underrated. Vocally, I felt it was pretty strong. If I had any criticism of it, it’s that I wish she would’ve had more energy and move around on stage more. The following week she came back with Total Eclipse Of The Heart, which was easily her best performance in the finals. Unfortunately, the subsequent week she gave a boring performance of On The Side Of Angels, which led to her elimination. I would’ve liked for her to stuck around longer; however, considering who was in the B3 with her, she was my pick to leave. Post-Idol Jessica unfortunately became a huge mess, which as with Nikki I won’t expand upon; besides, her struggles are pretty well known by now. Hopefully, although it’s been a few years, she’s in a much better place now.


    86. Blake Lewis: Season 6 (2nd Place)


    Closing this set is the S6 runner up. Blake was a rather popular contestant as well as the other half of the famous bromance (which once again, I refuse to name 🤢) during S6, so there are probably thoughts he may be too low. However, my thoughts about him are similar to Jessica Sanchez in that I felt he wasn’t as good as he was made out to be and wanted to rank him lower. The reason he’s here is because as I briefly touched on in my Alejandro write-up, he is considered to be the pioneer of contestants rearranging songs and truly making them their own, although frankly he had to because he wasn’t anywhere near the vocalist as most of the contestants his season. Shade aside, it really helped change Idol from the mostly pure singing competition it was prior to his arrival. The first time he really tried to do this was with You Keep Me Hangin’ On during Top 12. While it didn’t quite work, I was interested in seeing where he was going with it; besides, it was better than whatever the heck Chris Sligh tried to do with Endless Love🙄 In addition to this, his You Give Love A Bad Name kicked all sorts of :censored: (at least the first time he did it; the second time, not so much) and is considered to be one of the most groundbreaking performances in Idol history. As for his other performances, I also enjoyed his three semifinal performances with Virtual Insanity being my favorite. His I Need To Know during Top 8 was also a highlight. Unfortunately, I can’t say I enjoyed his other performances that much, the worst of the worst being both of his Top 4 showings. I don’t know what he tried to do with You Should Be Dancing; all that performance told me was I should be sitting. :haha: His This Is Where I Came In wasn’t much better. Finally, This Is My Now was clearly written with a big voiced singer in my, so it made sense for Blake to struggle with it without being able to arrange it to his liking. Also, I got the feeling he didn’t care if he won or not; I would go as far as thinking he didn’t want to win. Needless to say, it worked out well for him. I know he released a few items post-Idol and have heard a song or two of his, but I really haven’t been paying too much attention. While I may not be Blake’s biggest fan, I absolutely acknowledge and respect what he brought to the table on Idol.


    090. Kristy Lee Cook

    089. Sonika Vaid

    088. Melissa McGhee

    087. Jessica Sierra

    086. Blake Lewis


    OK have at it!


    Clues for 85-81:

    • Wasn't present at elimination
    • The forgotten diva
    • Gray Charles
    • One of the contestants with the same first name of the season falls
    • She'll be your everything if you make her a star
  5. 4 hours ago, Elliott said:

    100. Emily Piriz - She was an early favourite of mine, but Let's Get Loud was a mess and just seemed like pandering to me. I still would've preferred her sticking around to a few others, though.

    099. DeAndre Brackensick - Meh.

    098. Katie Stevens - Didn't really care for her during her run on Idol, but she impressed me in the finale and she was one of the biggest shockers for me on the Idol tour afterward, so I became a fan then. She was in Faking It which I loved, so I'm glad to see she's had some success in the acting world. She's hard for me to rank because in some aspects, she's probably become my second favourite from that season, but it has nothing to do with Idol. :haha:

    097. Madison VanDenburg - I agreed with all of your comments. Technically good, but I felt zero emotional connection to what she sang and I don't think the judges constantly telling her she was going to be the next Kelly Clarkson did her any favours when they should've given her actual advice on how to improve her skills. Her and Alejandro were my least favourite of the finalists that season, as well, though with her it's more apathy.

    096. Dimitrius Graham - Didn't really care for him too much, but I would've kept him around longer. His wildcard and Disney performances were good.

    095. Chikezie - Not a fan in the slightest. I would've much rather preferred several others making it to the Top 10 over him.

    094. Nikki McKibbin - She was my S1 favourite at the time. I liked her vibe (even if her performances haven't really aged that well) and kind of lived for her being the B3 queen of the season. (Though Syesha, Elise and Hollie later tied her, and Rayvon eventually overtook them all 🙄, her percentage is still the highest - 6 appearances in 7 weeks.) Also as someone that never really got on the Tamyra bandwagon, I was living for that results show. :devilwave: Her post-Idol music was catchy, and it was sad watching her suffer from her drug and alcohol addiction for so long. Afaik, she's still sober, and it was kind of cool seeing her son come back to audition in season 13. :haha:

    093. Tyanna Jones - Whomst?

    092. James Durbin - My season 10 favourite. :broken: I hated season 10, so James was pretty much the only one keeping me watching after Naima, Paul and Pia were all eliminated. He had a few performances that I didn't really care for, but I loved most of what he did. Scotty, Lauren and Haley were my three least favourite contestants in the Top 13 during the season, so I didn't really tune in much after he got eliminated. :haha:

    091. Jessica Sanchez - ugh finally. ❤️ Reading your write-up, I'm pretty much in agreement with everything you said, so slay ❤️ She's technically a good singer, but I found her incredibly boring and was so over the hard-on IDF had for her that entire year. Her performances were bland and uninspired, and the way IDF had convinced themselves she was going to be a mega-star like Beyoncé post-Idol was hilarious when it was obvious to me that was never going to happen. Had it been up to me, she would've peaced out after that butchering of Turn the Beat Around (that the judges somehow loved). I thought her initial elimination after Stuttering was more than deserved (I even predicted it in the prediction game IDF had that year and had all of the Jessica stans telling me I was an idiot, I love being right :wub:) and the way they went about saving her was the definition of cringe. (Also the conspiracy theories that IDF kept using that they just lied about her being last in the vote to give her a boost? Child...) Also as a Colton stan, I was fuming when the show bussed him the next week to try and get rid of her competition, and she wound up making the finale. Her Top 3 performances were terrible and I don't think she did that well in the finale, either. She's much lower on my list.


    100. I pretty much agree regarding her

    099. Not much to say here :haha:

    098. Nice to see she was good on tour. It is good to see her have some success in acting though as mentioned in her write-up I wonder if she's still singing

    097. I think it's expecting too much for this group of judges to give any constructive criticism (Though Katy lets some slip out occasionally and I have the feeling Luke wanted to be more critical than he has been). :haha: Agreed with Madison needing more advice on how to get better rather than being constantly compared to Kelly Clarkson.

    096. Can't say I disagree here

    095. ☹️

    094. Agreed about her performances not aging well over the years. I can't say I agree about the results during that week, but I didn't blame Nikki. Nice to see her post-Idol music was catchy, especially after the issue with RCA wanting her to go country when she clearly wanted to be a pop-rocker. 🙄 Happy to see she's still sober because I know she was in a really bad place at some point, and I agree it was cool seeing her son audition in S13.

    093. :dead:

    092. While I won't say I disliked S10, I thought it was one of the more overrated seasons. Nonetheless, other than him being a favorite of mine, I enjoyed James for the most part.

    091. Tell us how you really feel about her. :haha: I can't say I disagree with most of what was written, the one major exception was her leaving after Turn The Beat Around. While it wasn't good, HeeJun was still around at the point and he was much worse not only that night, but overall. Also, as mentioned, I thought Stuttering was one of her better ones. 🤷‍♂️


    4 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Is it bad that when Jimmy Iovine compared Jessica and Hollie, I always thought to myself “Hollie is better”?


    4 hours ago, Elliott said:

    I also preferred Hollie by far.


    Seeing that Jessica has appeared and Hollie hasn't yet, that makes three of us.


    2 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    I’m a huge Jessica Sanchez fan so I can’t rate her this low!  But I respect your opinion and do agree that she could be boring for some.


    I know you mentioned you were a huge Jessica Sanchez fan in the thread, so this was probably a shock. 💔 Appreciate respecting my opinion even if it's not the most favorable. I think I broke just about every heart of those who have been reading and commenting in this thread now. :haha:


    2 hours ago, miss denise said:


    - So true about the quality of S7 performances! Ugh, love that season. :wub: I look forward to seeing your thoughts on Syesha when she appears. ^_^ 

    - Yes, your wall analogy was very good. :haha: 

    - I noticed :giggle: Not me, but I do think Idol has opened me up to more genres than I listened to before. :yes: 

    -  Yes, I meant after that - and you also mentioned something about her song choices being more safe from that point. :( It's too bad if that "elimination" caused her to change her song-picking strategy. Oh yay, glad you think so! 😄 




    Glad to hear it! ❤️ I can't remember everyone's performances, but I know I loved Jeremy's. Yikes about Reed. :lmao: I can sort of picture his.


    You wouldn't have to go very far because I'm a mod. :dead: :teeheewave: But I am curious where Kelly will rank. 


    That's fair! It is fun and different. :yes: It's hard not to try to guess the clues right when they're posted, but hopefully everyone can restrain themselves. :haha:  Also, every time I come in here, I keep thinking how I want to do an updated version of my own Idol ranking. :haha: I think the last time I posted one was after season 7, which is crazy.


    - S7 is second favorite season, so I also have very fond memories on it. I look forward to you looking forward to my thoughts on Syesha. 😄

    - Thank you 👍

    - It certainly has for me. I wasn't the biggest country music fan prior to Idol, but now I listen to it a lot more than I used to. :yes:

    - OK, I understand now. 😁


    Unfortunately, I still have memories of Reed's performances, and they are not of the good kind...


    :dead: I'll just say it'll be a LONG while before she appears.


    Hopefully everyone can as well. If you were to do a ranking, I would definitely follow it though if it were to be at the same time as mine, I probably wouldn't comment too much as not to spoil how I feel about certain contestants who haven't appeared yet.


    I'm just about finished with the next set; however, I won't post it until later on tonight because I have something to do now. I'll let everyone know when I'm ready to post it so everyone can be prepared to match the clues. 


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  6. 8 hours ago, blackfield said:

    095. Chikezie - Tangerine suit : i think he actually wore one during a performance... his fashion sense was more discussed than his singing.. no arguments from me. 

    094. Nikki McKibbin - Had an offspring audition for Idol : her son auditioned during one of the last seasons on fox. i don't think he went far. still nikki is one of my favs from season 1 along with tamyra and kelly. they should have made the top 3. it is sad neither she nor tamyra had a successful music career. 

    093. Tyanna Jones - "You don't know a thing about her..." : just by default of what is left.. i guess the hint has to do with one of her songs.. don't remember much of her or cared to look. 

    092. James Durbin - Burning piano:  for some reason i don't remember a burning piano except for the fire screens during one of his songs.. he was my second fav after paul left and loved his song choices but he never seemed genuine as a rocker for me. all the hard rock attitude always seemed like he was trying too hard. i liked his first solo album which showed his melodic side and i agree that some of his best performances were when he went soft and didn't try too hard to compete with adam. still he was always ridiculed as fake in the metal community. they never took him seriously as a metalhead. i stopped following him when he joined that awful "metal" band. 

    091. Jessica Sanchez - An IDF darling...: :devilwave: wasn't a fan of her during idol. good singer but very boring on stage. yet not as boring as pia toscano boring.. 



    095. Yep, he wore it during the Top 24 round. He and Simon going after each other's fashion sense was hilarious. 🤣

    094. He was cut sometime in Hollywood. I definitely don't disagree with a Top 3 of Kelly, Tamyra, and Nikki. Agree with the last sentence.

    093. That's a pretty popular opinion of Tyanna unfortunately. 😂

    092. It was during Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting when the piano was set on fire. Funny enough, I thought he was one of the more genuine rockers; he was certainly more believable than Constantine. He was ridiculed as fake in the metal community? I guess it kind of makes sense since it's highly unlikely die hard metal heads watch a show such as Idol.

    091. Can't say I disagree with this sentiment.


    3 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I won’t try to match up the clues since @miss denise did a great job with them already! 👍

    My Opinions:


    Chikezie- No comment.


    Nikki McKibbin- Tamyra was crazy talented, but she DID have a bad night, like you mentioned earlier. So, Nikki was probably deserving of her spot in the Top 3. I agree with you that Justin should’ve went home, but what can you do? Heartthrobs go far, as we saw with Louis Knight this season... 😒 


    Tyanna Jones- I had no clue who she was, even though I watched Season 14. I looked up some of her performances and then I started to remember. I guess she wasn’t that memorable if I don’t remember a FIFTH place finalist... 🤔


    James Durbin- In my opinion, he could totally slay a song, or he could totally ruin it. I didn’t like when he went too crazy with the high notes. It just wasn’t bearable for me... 🙁 However, when he saved the high notes for a special moment in the song, it was perfect!!! 😊 Also, the flames coming out of the piano were the highlight of a not great performance... 


    Jessica Sanchez- I had a feeling “an IDF darling” would refer to her, but I didn’t think it would be this low... 😔 Yes, I did like her, but no, she was NOT my favorite from the season. Jessica displayed beautiful vocal prowess on the show, which is hard to ignore. However, I understand all of your points. One performance that bothered me was “I Will Always Love You.” I think she overused her vibrato in that to the point where it became unbearable. I enjoyed her performance of “Stuttering,” and I remember during one performance she attempted to sit on a piano and almost fell because she was about to miss it! :haha: Overall, I liked Jessica, but in my opinion, there were better contestants that season.


    Nikki: I pretty much agree. Considering where I ranked Louis in my S18 rankings, you won't have any arguments from me. :haha:


    Tyanna: As mentioned, that pretty much the thought regarding Tyanna. Her clue was a double entendre: it referenced Kelly's Mr. Know It All, which Tyanna sang, and it highlighted how forgettable some think Tyanna was. :haha:


    James: Pretty much agree about him. I didn't care when he went too high either, though he was no where near as bad as Jacob in that department.


    Jessica: Can't say I disagree about her. Now I'm curious to know which performance she nearly fell when she tried to sit on a piano. I think I remember something about this; nonetheless, I'll go look for it some time.


    51 minutes ago, hayden98 said:

    From what I've seen of Chikezie, I definitely think he has a good voice. He never stood out a a major favorite to me though. From my recent rewatch of season 7, I was all about the Davids, Syesha, Brooke, Carly, Michael (💔 ), and Alexandrea.


    Nikki was kinda refreshing her season tbh. Her closest competition was Ryan I suppose, and Ryan totally imploded (on purpose ❤️). ITA with you about preferring Justin to go home during top 4. A top 3 of Kelly, Nikki, and Tamyra would've been everything!


    Tyanna was indeed very much hit or miss. I remember loving everything up until Circle of Life, especially Tightrope. Unfortunately for her, afterwards, only Stay stood out to me.


    James has slowly grown on me over the past several years. In particular, I rather love WYSLMT. That was great ❤️ I'm hoping that when I rewatch season 10 sometime that I can find more highlights of James and maybe feel motivated to looking at his post idol work lol.


    One thing that kinda surprises me in retrospect about season 11's top finalists is how little airtime most of them received leading up to the liveshows (Of the top 10, only Phillip and HeeJun were really all that prominently shown; while people like Jessica and Hollie were hidden until the Las Vegas round). I remember being pretty wowed by certain performances of Jessica's, such as the ones you named plus AIATY, though I only really revisit the finale version lol. I never was fully attached to Jessica however, and I've admittedly only sparingly looked to see what she's been up to since finishing her Idol run. 


    That's pretty much the thought about Chikezie. When S7 is discussed, his name is hardly mentioned. 🤷‍♂️


    I agree with everything said about Nikki.


    No arguments regarding Tyanna.


    I liked James somewhat during his season, but he was never a huge favorite of mine. He grew on me some after re-watching his performances.


    Interesting point about how other than Phillip and HeeJun, hardly any of the other finalists received much airtime leading to the live shows although I would mention Colton with Phillip and HeeJun because of the story line of him and his sister. As for Jessica, I'm pretty much in agreement.

  7. 40 minutes ago, miss denise said:

    095. Chikezie: I have so much love for S7, as I mentioned before, and while Chikezie isn't among my very top favorites, I'm still a fan! I absolutely LOVED him on the uptempo songs. Wow, he was totally in his element, and "She's a Woman" is one of my favorites of the whole season. It's a performance I still randomly think about from time to time and would definitely make my overall favorite performances list. Not sure why ballads didn't work out as well for him because he has a great voice for them as well. :( Oh well. "he wasn’t as captivating with his ballads, where he would take on Luther Vandross; spoiler alert: Chikezie did not win those battles." :lmao: Yikes.  Oh and wow the Syesha insight. 😮 Interesting.

    094. Nikki McKibbin: "Appearing now is the original B3 queen. Nikki spent so much time in the B3 in the finals she could've built a small town there. " Yikes. :dead:  I was never a fan. :(

    093. Tyanna Jones: I really like her and she was among my favorites, but I suppose she did lose a bit of steam throughout. :( I loved her best on uptempo songs, specifically the ones you named. 

    092. James Durbin: I'm a fan and well, I kind of already spoiled he's in my Top 4 of the season. :giggle:  I really liked him on both the more heavy rock songs and the slower ballads! He had great versatility for me and I enjoyed him. :yes: Too bad you didn't enjoy the burning piano performance because I did. :haha: "Overall, I gave metal a chance" I don't know why this cracked me up. :lmao: 

    091. Jessica Sanchez: Another one of my #1 season favorites 😢 I love her and her voice is AMAZING. I know you complimented those abilities. ❤️ I had a lot of favorites that season, but settled on Jessica as my top favorite soon into the live shows.   Her voice just amazed me and I was so impressed with how confident she appeared on stage. I loved her whether she sang ballads or uptempo as well, but I did want more from some of her song choices later on in the competition, i.e. more contemporary songs that would show her potential as an artist after Idol. :( That was my only real complaint because I still love what she did. You named some of my favorite performances of her. Yay for mentioning "Stuttering" :wub: I feel it's so underrated but I LOVE IT.  Yikes at the AIATYING comments. One of my all-time favorite performances. :broken:  Oh well. I also thought her duet with Joshua was up there as one of the best and so incredible. Curious to know your thoughts on that. I have a soft spot for her coronation song, so can't agree on that either, but oh well. Love your props for "The Prayer", at least. ❤️ 


    095. I completely agree about She's A Woman. It's in my Top 10 performances of the season (considering the amount of quality performances from that season, that says a lot)! It was interesting why he wasn't as strong on his ballads because as you said, he had a great voice for them. As for Syesha, I have quite the relationship with her, and I'll go into more detail about it when she shows up.

    094. I was hoping someone would enjoy that joke. :haha: Fair enough about not being a fan. I won't say I was a huge fan of hers, but I did like her and think she gets too much flack.

    093. I pretty much agree. AS mentioned, she hit a wall she couldn't quite get over

    092. He did show some great versatility and put on a few entertaining shows. I explained why I didn't like the burning piano, but I can see how others would enjoy it. It was just a play on him saying give metal a chance. :haha: I actually enjoy listening to some metal from time to time.

    091. Interesting you say you wish she would've done more contemporary songs. I think that's what she was trying to do with Stuttering. Unfortunately, it backfired on her as she was the lowest vote getter the following night but was fortunate the save was still in play. I just didn't see the big deal with AIATYING because I felt she had better performances that season. I went and re-watched the duet with Joshua, and yeah the two definitely did their thing there. 👍 If this is the S15 Grand Finale version of The Prayer, then yes I definitely enjoyed it and it was a great way to close the set. :thumbsup:


    54 minutes ago, miss denise said:

    Ah no, sorry about that! :( I totally get being done for the day after that. :haha: At least it's out of the way now! :hug:  


    - Yeah, I saw that comment, but I guess I didn't feel that way. :haha: It's okay. And glad you were fine with him advancing! I just might have to listen to the songs. :yes: 

    - I don't know why that happens, but I find it does with other shows I watch as well. Maybe because the quality tends to go down. :(  I do kind of remember this about her smiling. 


    I had Nikki and James in mind, and then was trying to think of someone who sung MKIA (which ended up being Tyanna), because I never believed Kelly would rank here.  I couldn't think of the tangerine suit off the top of my head, but as soon as you posted Chikezie I knew it was him! :lmao:  That left Jessica and that was the clue I didn't know how to begin to guess because there were a lot of options, lol.


     :dead: I am always so late but I saw you said you'd post another set soon so I thought I might as well wait. Thank you! :giggle: 


    Once again, thank you. :hug:


    - Though I'm critical of it, I thought it was the third best performance of the night behind Erika and Jeremy. Jen was screechy and desperate, Brielle was better than her Top 25 performance but still wasn't good enough, and the less said about Reed the better.

    - That's a good point. I guess the nostalgia of the way things were makes it difficult to enjoy the same thing later down the road.


    I would personally go to a mod or administrator and ask to have my account deactivated if I were to rank Kelly this low, assuming a mob of angry posters don't get to me first. :dead:


    Yeah, I'll try to let others know when I'm about to post a new set so they can have a chance. It's still a work in progress, but I thought this would be fun and more interactive with other posters. You're welcome!


    58 minutes ago, m1key said:

    I havent commented on this thread yet, but I've been lurking around all along and keeping up with these rankings LOL. I just want to say that even though I am a HUGE Jessica stan, you phrased your write-up on her perfectly. Keep up the great work, I really enjoy reading these!


    Thank you for the kind words! I appreciate you enjoying these rankings. I know Jessica is really popular around these parts; I was hoping I didn't come across as too harsh though I'm not her biggest fan.

  8. 1 hour ago, miss denise said:


    Aw, I missed where you weren't feeling well, but glad to hear you're better now. :hug: 


    100. Emily Piriz: She was my favorite of the season and what was disappointing to me about her journey was just how short it was! :( I didn't have an issue with "Let's Get Loud", but I get your points and it was my least favorite of hers. I loved and was obsessed with her version of "Stars" from Hollywood! :omg:❤️ I really hoped the judges would save her, especially with her singing that song again. :broken:  She did have so much potential and ugh, that season was not my favorite. 

    099. DeAndre Brackensick: DeAndre was also one of my favorites of the season. I loved his voice so much and was so impressed with his falsetto. Aw, I thought "Georgia On My Mind" was one of his stronger performances, but I agree with your other favorites.  I didn't know he released an album but am curious to check it out!

    098. Katie Stevens:  My biggest favorite after Aaron that season, so disappointed she was cut so early. :( I loved her voice and thought she was coming into her own.  The misleading critiques from the judges was confusing.... I always saw her as a pop R&B singer and loved her voice in that genre, but I did have a random moment of hearing a similarity in her tone to Danielle Bradbery, who sings country. :haha:  "Big Girls Don't Cry" was one of my favorites of hers, and I thought all her best performances were in the finals. I've been watching her as the lead on The Bold Type for years now, so I almost associate her with that now more than Idol, even though of course I know where she got her start. :haha:  It's so weird for me to remember that while watching the show. 

    097. Madison VanDenburg:  She probably has one of the most disappointing journeys on the show for me. I LOVED her audition and thought she was amazing, but then never really got that from her again. I'm sure I enjoyed some of her performances later on, but I honestly don't remember them. :(  She was still probably my third favorite of the season, but I also can't think of everyone :dead: It's weird how my memory is worst on the most recent seasons. And LOL at how every week was "finally" the time she would connect with a song. :lmao: 

    096. Dimitrius Graham: I never really took notice of him for some reason.  He has a good voice, but I guess I didn't connect with him. 


    I have ideas for two of the clues. :shiftywave: 


    I had a grueling homework assignment that frustrated me to no end. I managed to finish it, but I was so mentally tired I pretty much went straight to bed after my last post of the evening. I'm much better now, thank you. 😁


    100. Yeah, it was disappointing how short her journey was; I definitely expected her to go farther than she did. It shows how crucial songs choices are. If anyone was save worthy that saving, it was probably her.

    099. For Georgia On My Mind, I thought he overused the falsetto. As I mentioned in my write-up, however, as much as I didn't like it, it was still one of the better performances that round, so I actually didn't mind him being picked. As for his album, I only listened to a couple of tracks, but I liked what I've heard. If you're into neo-soul, it's worth a listen. 👍

    098. She did appear to be coming into her own when she was eliminated. Yeah, it was something watching the judges argue over who she should be as an artist. Agreed about seeing her as a pop R&B singer. As I said, Simon completely checked out that season, so who knows what the heck he was doing. :haha:

    097. I find it funny some of us don't remember much about the more recent seasons. :dead: As for Madison, the main thing I remember was her smiling in every performance, hence the running gag of it being the week she finally connects to a song. :haha: With that said, she has a tremendous upside; just needed more experience.

    096. Fair enough about him. It didn't help he was so inconsistent and appeared to have no idea where he wanted to take a song. With that said, he really did have an impressive voice.


    Well, the set is up now, we'll see if your ideas are correct or not...:shiftywave:


    That was fast! :haha: Enjoy your trophy!

  9. Here are the clues for the upcoming set:


    • Tangerine suit
    • Had an offspring audition for Idol
    • Burning piano
    • "You don't know a thing about her..."
    • An IDF darling...

    95. Chikezie: Season 7 (10th Place)


    Leading off this set is another S7 male. Chikezie may not be the most popular contestant, but I liked him. In fact, he was my favorite male of the season at one point. On the show Chikezie was two different performers. He did really well with his up-tempo numbers, but he wasn’t as captivating with his ballads, where he would take on Luther Vandross; spoiler alert: Chikezie did not win those battles. :haha: In addition to this, he wasn’t above mouthing off at the judges; he and Simon had a few exchanges during the season, the most notable one being after his Top 24 performance of More Today Than Yesterday, which was easily his worst. It looked and sounded like something that can be seen and heard on cruise ships. Between that and his performance, admittedly I was somewhat surprised he managed to advance to the following week. There he gave his best performance in the semis with I Believe To My Soul. It was certainly a great way to bounce back from the previous week. The performance Chikezie is probably the best known for is She’s A Woman during the first week of the finals. It was without a question my favorite performance of his and in my Top 3 of the night. I also enjoyed I’ve Just Seen A Face the following week. The week after he decided to channel his inner Luther Vandross again and sing If Only For One Night. It wasn't bad; it was boring and forgettable, which is the worst thing a contestant could be at that stage of the competition. It would be his last as he was eliminated the night after. I pretty much knew it was coming, though I was rooting for Syesha to leave that week at the time. :ph34rwave: While he may not be a contestant many may think of, Chikezie had his moments on Idol.


    94. Nikki McKibbin: Season 1 (3rd Place)


    Appearing now is the original B3 queen. Nikki spent so much time in the B3 in the finals she could've built a small town there. Every week but one she was in the B3. Outside of this, Nikki certainly stood out from the rest of the finalist looks wise with her pink hair and tattoos. She was billed as the pop rocker of the group. Performance wise, I think Nikki is on the underrated side. She may not have been the strongest contestant, but I don’t think she’s as bad as she’s made out to be, though being in the bottom so many times didn’t help her cause. I thought she only had two poor performances throughout her time on Idol. The first one was Ben, mainly because it was so boring and dragged on forever. Besides, it’s not exactly one of Michael Jackson’s best songs. The second was (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me. While it looked like she was having a blast, the singing was completely out of tune. Everything else was at least average. Her best showing was definitely Top 4 night. On a night where the others had one good and one bad performance, Nikki was solid on both of her performances. Speaking of that week, Nikki received, and may very well still receive, some serious backlash due to her staying over Tamyra just because she was in the B2 with Tamyra. Though I like Tamyra more than Nikki, she hasn’t appeared yet after all, I thought most of the vitriol Nikki received was unfair. It wasn’t her fault she received more votes. If anything, that was the one week I wouldn't have placed her in the bottom; I would've had Justin down there and him leaving instead. Anyway, she eventually finished in third. Post-Idol, Nikki went through quite a bit; however, I won’t go into any details. Overall, Nikki was someone who I think is better than given credit for.


    93. Tyanna Jones: Season 14 (5th Place)


    It's time to go back to S14 with the next finalist. Tyanna was a confident teenager who started off well enough but ended up losing her way as the competition went on. Her first four performances were really good. My favorites out of this group were Lips Are Moving and Tightrope (I think I like her version more than Majesty’s; they're close). However, Circle of Life happened, and she hit a wall she was unable to completely get over. It wasn’t as bad as what happened to Majesty after Let It Go, but she became very inconsistent afterwards. It was like she would alternate between good and bad performances the following weeks. Going back to my wall analogy, the good performances were her reaching the top and getting ready to climb down the other side; the bad performances were her getting her foot caught in a nook or slipping and her having to climb the wall again. For example, she would have a performance like Stay, which was probably her best, then follow it with Why Do Fools Fall In Love. The following week she had a solid performance of Proud Mary, then lay two eggs with Party In The USA and Heaven. Those two would be her last as she was eliminated the following week. At least she had a nice send off with her video package and getting to perform one last time compared to what most of the others got that season. She also was a highlight during the finale when she performed with the Jacksons. Tyanna was someone who had a promising start but was unable to finish strong which is a shame.


    92. James Durbin: Season 10 (4th Place)


    James is the metal head who wanted American Idol to give metal a chance. Funnily enough, he didn’t do a lot of hard rock/metal songs on Idol. Maybe it had something to do with clearance issues; I doubt many metal bands would clear their songs to be performed on Idol. With that said, he sang You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ in the semis. I thought I’d never hear a Judas Priest song performed on Idol (not to mention Judas Priest themselves appearing on Idol at the Season Finale), so it was really cool to see. However, some of James’ best performances were when he wasn’t rocking out. My favorite performances of his were Maybe I’m Amazed (though it was somewhat surprising to see Paul McCartney was James’ personal idol. Then again, it really shouldn’t have been thinking about it), While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. The one knock I have on James is he could get screechy from time to time. If I had to pick a performance of his I really didn’t care for, it would be Don’t Stop Believin’. Also, I really disliked Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting. It was just him running around on stage and him screaming with the background singers doing the heavy lifting. Finally, I have to mention the I'm Into Something Good duet with Jacob. It was a hot mess. To be fair, however, with James being a rocker and Jacob a gospel singer, it was certainly an odd pairing. Considering that Casey & Haley and Scotty & Lauren were similar music wise, it made sense for those pairings to occur and therefore, James and Jacob were stuck with each other. 😂 I would’ve also included Without You; however, I gave him a slight pass because he got emotional thinking about his family. Eventually, James finished in fourth after there was thought he would be in the finale. Post-Idol, I know he released a few albums and was the lead singer for Quiet Riot for a couple of years. Overall, I gave metal a chance and James was someone I enjoyed from time to time.


    91. Jessica Sanchez: Season 11 (2nd Place)


    Closing out this set may be the most controversial ranking thus far.  Earlier in the thread, I mentioned Jessica and Joshua may not be as high as some people think and that Phillip would be ranked higher than at least one of them. Well, Phillip has yet to appear; however, Jessica has, so now there is an answer (Joshua’s fate has yet to be determined, however :muwahaha:). I know there will be some complaints about this and thoughts that Jessica is too low. However, I was never really a big fan of Jessica; in fact, I thought (and still think) she’s quite overrated and almost didn’t put her in the Top 100 in the first place. With all that said, I will not deny her vocal abilities; they are absolutely insane and the reason she’s this high. It’s just that I didn’t enjoy her as much as I wanted to. Also, though this is really no fault of Jessica’s, I was nauseated at the way her save was handled, with the judges going on stage, snatching the mic from her during her save song, and finally scolding the voters for not voting for her. It made me wish she was eliminated the following week just to see their heads explode knowing they couldn’t do anything about it. As for her performances, if anything, I liked her more before the save because at least she was taking chances and trying to show artistry. Afterwards, she definitely played it safe and became less interesting. Having said that, the performances of hers I enjoyed the most were Love You I Do, Sweet Dreams, Stuttering (even if it led to her “elimination”), and The Prayer. I know some are wondering where is And I Am Telling You I’m Going. Personally, I found that performance to be MASSIVELY overrated. I didn’t think it was anywhere near as great as it was made out to be, though the duet with Jennifer Holliday at the Finale was all sorts of epic. :dead: Other than that, I also didn’t enjoy any of her Top 3 showings; I actually thought she was the worst that night. My All was particularly bad, but I’m maybe being too tough on it because it’s one of my all-time favorite Mariah Carey songs. I’ll Be There was another odd one because it sounded like she was trying to channel both Michael and Jermaine. Finally, her coronation song was tragic. Though I thought she outperformed Phillip in the finale, she had no chance because Phillip was a WGWG, and they were practically unstoppable at the time. Furthermore, her performance of said coronation song didn’t help. I’ll end this write-up on a positive note: she absolutely slayed The Prayer at the S15 Grand Finale. Though I may seem critical of her and think she’s overrated, Jessica is a very gifted singer and had her fair share of strong moments on the show.


    095. Chikezie

    094. Nikki McKibbin

    093. Tyanna Jones

    092. James Durbin

    091. Jessica Sanchez


    What to expect for the next set:

    • No plane tickets needed to be booked for at least a week
    • "One gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight"
    • The other country blonde
    • Buff Love, Doug E. Fresh...
    • This finalist's run went into the grave not too long after being born

    This set shouldn't be difficult, so have at it (assuming some aren't too upset about a certain finalist...).

  10. 14 hours ago, x3 because of u said:


    It's in Miami. I'm interested to see how the rest of the season plays out. Background: The season 1 winner released a single and it went practically unnoticed. Now, Covid hits during season 2 and La Voz didn't go the route of Idol and The Voice with remote shows. They just stopped production all together and are about to return in the middle of this month. I'm curious to see if the winner's single does the same or worse than the Season 1 winner's, given that we became invested in these contestants and then they disappeared from our TV screens for so many months.


    For some reason I thought it was in a Latin country. It makes sense for it to take place in Miami, especially with the heavy Latin influence. From the looks of it, so far La Voz isn't much different from The Voice regarding their winners. Interesting to see La Voz suspend production rather than do remote shows like Idol and The Voice. Yeah, seeing how well the single of Season 2 does certainly raises interest, especially with everything that's going on.


    4 hours ago, ~Tom~ said:

    100. Emily Piriz - I liked her ok at first, but Let's Get Loud definitely isn't a singer's song and rightfully sent her packing. I liked this song from her though:



    099. DeAndre Brackensick - I didn't like his falsetto performances either - I preferred Master Blaster and I Like It as well and always liked his style.

    098. Katie Stevens - Inconsistent and needed a musical identity but I liked seeing her improve and I didn't like Simon' bussing of her after her last performance - I too enjoyed it. 

    097. Madison VanDenburg - She was ok from what I saw for S17 standards, no emotional connection. 

    096. Dimitrius Graham - I liked Hello but that's all I remember from him. :haha: 


    100. I don't know about being rightfully sent packing considering who was still around; however, I agree about Let's Get Loud not being much of a singer's song. One Of Those Nights is a nice song

    099. Pretty much agree

    098. No arguments here

    097. The lack of emotional connection was the main thing about Madison. She performed every song with a smile on her face no matter what it was

    096. Hello grew on me after I got over the unusual start. Fair enough about that being all that can be remembered about him


    1 hour ago, hayden98 said:

    Emily had a lot of potential. She was only like 17, I believe when she auditioned, so I'd definitely say she'd fall into the big category of teens who auditioned too soon. I'd probably lump DeAndre, Katie, and Madison into that category as well. Both had potentially amazing voices, but were still finding out who they were as artists so they didn't shine nearly as much as they should've. I liked Dimitrius and was kinda in awe of his vocal abilities, but he was never a favorite of mine.


    I forgot how young Emily was during S13. I just remembered she turned 18 during it. For some reason I thought she was older. Pretty much agree about the other three teens who auditioned too soon. Fair enough about Dimitrius; I pretty much feel the same way.


    Unless anything else happens, the next set should be coming up in my next post. 👍

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  11. 1 hour ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    Sorry I’m a little late with my comments, but here they are:


    1.  Emily was okay, but “Let’s Get Loud” is better for a dancing competition than a singing one.


    2.  I don’t have much to say about DeAndre, but he was better than Sanjaya.


    3.  Katie was my first favorite from Season 9, but she was just too green.  I’m glad that she’s doing well.


    4.  Madison was also too green, and she’s no Kelly Clarkson, not yet at least.


    5.  Beginning ““Hello” in an operatic style certainly was memorable!  Unfortunately, Dimitrius was too inconsistent. 


    Agree on Emily and Let's Get Loud being better for dance competitions than singing ones


    Can't argue with what was said about DeAndre


    Pretty much agree about Katie


    Agree about Madison


    Agree about Dimitrius


    1 hour ago, ~Tom~ said:

    Considering it was Randy giving the advice that season I wouldn't be surprised!


    Here I am thinking Randy wasn't giving her any advice when he would likely be the one to encourage singers to go for the big notes. I should've known better! 🤣


    1 hour ago, ~Tom~ said:

    105. Lee DeWyze - I don't hate him as much as I used to and he's released a song I lked that was featured on The Walking Dead, but he had a lot of pitchy performances and a lack of stage presence while on the show.

    104. Burnell Taylor - He was pretty decent but got overshadowed by the girls. An uptempo performance or two would've helped.

    103. Adanna Duru - I like that he was improving, though she was slated to sing I Love Rock and Roll the week after she got eliminated and I'm not sure that would've gone well. 

    102. Laine Hardy - I love my country artists, but I didn't care for some of the performances of his I watched, particularly his butchering of Jambalaya. He's better than Gabby though. :wacko: 

    101. Majesty Rose - I liked her a lot at first, especially Tightrope, but I never thought she was going to win. Her downfall was sad to see and I definitely hink she was given bad avice to try and be a belter.


    105. I pretty much agree about Lee, though I don't watch The Walking Dead, so I wouldn't know about the song

    104. Agreed although going off of just YGLABN, I'm not sure how he would've done on up-tempos

    103. Considering some of the performances given that week, Adanna's may have been a highlight. 😂 Agreed about her improvement though

    102. Fair enough

    101. Completely agree about Majesty

  12. 5 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Yeah, Emily isn’t what many would consider someone deserving of Top 10 of all-time, but hey, I loved her! 😂 If you guessed Jena as my favorite from S13, you were close... She was my favorite after I realized Sam wasn’t going anywhere and Emily was eliminated. Jessica Meuse also grew on me, taking Sam’s spot in my Top 3 from S13. 


    I definitely thought Jena was your favorite, though I kind of suspected Emily. 😆 Hey, it's good to see some contestants who may not be considered favorites for most people. You like who you like, and that's that. 👍

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  13. 3 hours ago, x3 because of u said:

    Yup! She's on Team Fonsi and is doing pretty well (hence, why she's in my signature). 😃 I think she's much improved. (Also side note: Karen Galera from The Voice is also on La Voz this season).





    3 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Oh good! I think I watched her audition but I wasn’t sure if she was on the show currently. Yes, she has improved dramatically! 😊👍


    I concur with the both of you regarding Emily's improvement. She sounded really good here. Also, out of curiosity, where does La Voz take place?


    As for the new way of handling the clues of the upcoming sets, I've decided to white them out. If anyone wants to see them, they can highlight them; however, I ask not to post or discuss them in the thread until I post the set. Some have already been posted for the upcoming set, so there's nothing that can be done now; this will be for future sets. Anyone who does so will be disqualified from receiving a trophy. I think this is a fair way to do this so anyone who wants to try their hand can have a fair chance.

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  14. 1 hour ago, Bk1234 said:

    -The voters told this finalist they’d rather stay quiet- Emily Piriz. Aah, you got my S13 favorite, who is also in my Top 10 of all-time! 💔 I honestly loved her voice the most about her, and the fact that she was different from the country guitarists and the big voices. My favorite performance of hers was “Stars” during the Top 30. It showed her beautiful voice and her ability to play piano. “Glitter In The Air” was such a captivating performance and it convinced me that she would at least get to Top 10... 😒 Unfortunately, she sang “Let’s Get Loud” the week after. Yes, it was bad. Do I think she should’ve gone home? No, but that could just be bias. Her song “One of Those Nights” is AMAZING and I believe she is on La Voz currently, but correct me if I’m wrong... ❤️


    Was in a group with a winner and a runner-up- DeAndre Brackensick. I think you hit the nail on the head with him. He overused his falsetto in some performances to the point where it became an annoyance. Thank goodness the judges didn’t save him, since Jessica has the lowest number of votes the week after... 😔


    “What goes around comes around, what goes up must come down”- Katie Stevens. If I had to pick a favorite from Season 9 it would probably be her (though she is nowhere near my Top 10! 😂) My favorite performance of hers was also “Let It Be.” I felt that she knew what she was doing. Plus, I think the slow nature of the song allowed her to really connect with it and make me feel something. 

    This is the week it finally happens- Madison VanDenburg. I really liked Madison. She was my pick to win the show, but I knew that would never happen... 😔 (I’m just happy she made the Top 3 and Wade didn’t...) Madison was always faced with the Kelly Clarkson comparison, but couldn’t live up to it. She just wasn’t as good... However, after Ashley 💔 and Alyssa were eliminated, I started really supporting Madison... 😂 at the Bobby Bones jokes!!!!


    That was an interesting beginning to that song- Dimitrius Graham. I wasn’t really the biggest fan of him... I was always left unsure what he wanted to do... Also, I just didn’t like the vibe he gave off. It was just weird for me... I think he did deserve the WC spot though (even though I wish Ashley got it 💔). 


    Congratulations, you got all of them correct!


    Emily: Oof! 💔 At least she's in my Top 5 for that season if it's any consolation. I had someone else in mind for your S13 favorite. Wow, she's in your Top 10. Yeah, Let's Get Loud wasn't good and I can understand her elimination, but I don't know if I would've or not. I'm not sure about La Voz; maybe someone else can chime in or I can look it up once I have from free time at work.


    DeAndre: Pretty much in agreement though I liked him for the most part. He just needed to learn when to use it.


    Katie: She wasn't my favorite (there are four more ahead of her after all), but I agree with your thoughts about Let It Be.


    Madison: Pretty much agree about Madison. To be fair, no one can really live up to the Kelly Clarkson comparisons, especially a still developing teenager. The judges did her a disservice by constantly mentioning it.


    Dimitrius: Fair enough about him. I especially agree with the last sentence about him earning the WC spot.


    33 minutes ago, anonymouskid_35 said:


    @Bk1234 guessed it right too! same predictions man


    Nice try, but I already quote the original guesses. :haha: However, I'm feeling lenient, so I'll reward the trophy this time...


    7 minutes ago, Bk1234 said:

    I was pretty loud after Emily was eliminated! 😂




    As for the clue explanations:


    Emily Piriz: Pretty much what was said. It was a play on Let's Get Loud, which led to her elimination.

    DeAndre Brackensick: He was in the same group as Jessica Sanchez and Candice Glover during Group Round in S11.

    Katie Stevens: The quoted words were from the chorus of Alicia Keys' song Karma, which was the name of Katie's character in Fakin It.

    Madison VanDenburg: Referencing Bobby Bones saying each week was the one where Madison would finally emotionally connect to a song.

    Dimitrius Graham: Referencing his operatic beginning of Hello in the semifinals.

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  15. 9 hours ago, KelseyW said:

    "You don't know a thing about her..."


    Haley's "You Oughta Know" performance?? 🙂


    Couldn't be Kelly's "Mr. Know It All" line??


    We'll see...


    4 hours ago, anonymouskid_35 said:

    "What goes around comes around, what goes up must come down..." - Katie Stevens, she played a student named Karma, and that clue/quote says karma all over it.


    Was in a group with a winner and runner up- Deandre Brackensick, definitely, because he was in a group performance with Jessica Sanchez, the runner-up of Season 11 (which became her ex-gf) and Candice Glover, who won Season 12. [This is the guess that I am really sure about]


    This is the week it finally happens- Dimitrius Graham, I have a huge gut feel that this is him.


    [this is a toss-up between Madison and Emily bc I really don't have a clue]


    That was an interesting beginning to that song- Madison VandenBurg, she had interesting beginning at some of her performances so yeah.


    The voters told this finalist they'd rather stay quiet- Emily Piriz, I did not payed much attention on her season, but since she's the only one left, yeah, and also I don't remember Madison nor Dimitrius receiving this comment, IDK.


    3/5 are correct. Solid attempt.


    2 hours ago, Yti said:


    It's about the song Emily sang that led to her elimination - "Let's get loud". The viewers didn't get loud... so they stayed quiet xD. This is the only one that I got.


    Also while I spoke here, I love reading this thread even if I watched like 2 seasons of AI (9th, which I don't really remember and 16th). And I wanted to know your opinion, Crisis, on those eliminated at the Top 14 in seasons 16 & 17, because I came to realization that you're not including them in this ranking (which I understand, but I would include them if I could lol).



    Correct on the guess! Welcome aboard, BTW!


    Sure, I'll give my opinions on those who were eliminated at the Top 14 in those seasons:


    Season 16:

    I agreed with the Top 10 for that season though there were some who I didn't care for. As for the eliminated, both Jonny and Garrett weren't ready for the big stage. Jonny was similar to Sam Woolf in that he needed to work on coming out of his shell and his stage presence. Plus, his two performances weren't very good. Garrett, on the other hand, had some vocal issues he needed to clean up. His stage presence wasn't that great either, but he looked more comfortable on stage than Jonny. Marcio came across as very desperate, to the point of being cringe-worthy to watch. His WC performance in particular really epitomized this. It was easy to see how crushed he was that he wasn't one of the top vote getters, which really came out in his performance; therefore, I didn't mind his elimination. Finally, Mara is the most interesting case. I know there was some outcry when she wasn't picked and Michelle was instead; however, I knew it would happen. Besides, while Mara had a strong voice, she had some things that needed to be ironed out, in particular her emotions and facial expressions. She often came across as trying too hard.


    Season 17:

    The only one I was disappointed about was Ashley. I really wanted her to be in the Top 10; I even voted for her after not voting in years. Unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier in the thread, she didn't exactly pick the best song to showcase herself, so I understood why she wasn't picked. Still, I would've liked for her to be in the finals over Walker or Wade, but they got the votes and she didn't. Should I make a favorite semifinals list, which I'm still thinking about doing, she would be definitely be on it. The other three I agree on. Riley wasn't quite there vocally; however, unlike most teens she knew who she wanted to be as an artist (country-pop). I know she received her fair share of hate, but I thought a lot of it was unwarranted. Eddie, on the other hand, would've been in my Bottom 20, if not Bottom 10, had he made the finals. I got the vibe he never took the competition seriously, plus he was bad and not in a fun, train-wreck way. I just didn't care for him. Finally, as for Evelyn, I don't watch 90 Day Fiance, so this is the first time I saw her. From what I saw I wasn't impressed. The main issue is I didn't think her voice sounded natural; it was as if she was forcing it to have a certain sound. Plus her Top 14 performance was pretty bad.


    So there you have it! I wouldn't mind hearing other thoughts on this.

  16. Time to kick off the Top 100! Usually, I match the clues with the finalists after their listings; however, I'm going to do something different from now on. I'll post the clues at the beginning and allow others to match the clues with the finalists. Whoever matches all of them correctly first will get a trophy at the bottom right corner of his/her post. Without further ado, here are the clues followed by the write-ups:


    • This is the week it finally happens
    • "What goes around comes around, what goes up must come down..."
    • The voters told this finalist they'd rather stay quiet
    • Was in a group with a winner and runner up
    • That was an interesting beginning to that song..


    100. Emily Piriz: Season 13 (12th Place)


    Kicking off the Top 100 is S13's 12th placer. Back-to-back S13 finalists, what do you know! :haha: There have been a few contestants who have wasted their potential. Emily, however, is the poster child of wasted potential. She was someone who I was really looking forward to during her season, so to say her run was a disappointment would be an understatement. With that said, I enjoyed her Rush Week performance of Paris (Ooh La La). I liked that she stepped away from the piano and focused on putting on a show and working the stage. Her Glitter In The Air was also really nice. Unfortunately, she completely shot herself in the foot the following week with Let’s Get Loud. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song to play at parties and other fun events. However, it’s not a song where one can showcase him or herself vocally. Besides, all though it looks like she put in the effort, she didn’t have anywhere near the energy the song called for. Finally, it’s a risky proposition to perform a judge’s song right in front of him or her. It was such a bad song choice it led to her elimination the following night. It could be argued it was worse than Majesty’s Let It Go because at least Majesty was able to hang on for two more weeks, whereas Emily was one and done. I’ve made it clear a few times I’m not a fan of the save; however, since it was in play, I think Emily could’ve benefited from it. It could’ve been a wake up call for her to pick better songs and showcase the promise she showed in Hollywood. As it is, Emily, as much as I liked and was rooting for her, is looked at as having one of the most disappointing Idol runs.


    99. DeAndre Brackensick: Season 11 (8th Place)


    It's been nearly thirty spots since a S11 finalist appeared. Well, that ends now with DeAndre showing up. There are two things DeAndre are probably known for: his hair (though not as much as Sanjaya, LOL) and his falsetto. Regarding his falsetto, I don’t think DeAndre received enough credit for his technical ability. Being able to sing in and control a falsetto at such a young age is an impressive feat. With that said, did he overuse it on the show? Absolutely, sometimes to his detriment. Some of the worst offenders included Reasons and especially Georgia On My Mind. He sung the latter during the WC round and based on that performance under different circumstances, he wouldn’t have been one of my WC picks. However, he was better than a majority of the performers that round, so it made sense for him to be picked out of the options. In addition to those two, I wasn’t too fond of Only The Good Die Young. The one time I felt he used his falsetto properly was for Sometimes I Cry; I thought he did a great job with it. Other performances of his I enjoyed were Master Blaster (Jammin’) and I Like It, which would be his final performance in the competition as he was eliminated the following night. I’ve watched a few of his video post-Idol and he has definitely come into his own as a singer. I just learned he has an album, so I listened to a couple of tracks. It certainly has a neo-soul vibe, which I thought would suit him well after Sometimes I Cry. Apparently, he came out as bisexual, and I say good for him. Overall, DeAndre was someone who, while not a personal favorite, is someone I enjoyed on some occasions.


    98. Katie Stevens: Season 9 (8th Place)


    Time to go back to S9 with the next finalist. Katie was yet another teenager on Idol who had potential but was on the green side. The main thing about her run was the judges arguing over what direction she should go musically. Randy and Kara thought the R&B-pop route was the best way to go. Simon, on the other hand, thought Katie would be better off going country. This says all that is needed to be known about Simon that season; he had all but checked out knowing it would be his last. From the beginning, I thought Katie was pop with some R&B influences; under no circumstances did she ever show she wanted to be a country artist. :rolleyes: Performance wise, Katie was hit or miss. She made some questionable song choices, Breakaway being the main one. In addition, while she had her moments, she had quite a few pitch issues, most notably in the aforementioned Breakaway and Big Girls Don’t Cry. Her best performance in my opinion was Let It Be. It was here where it looked as if she was starting to put everything together. I also enjoyed Baby What You Want Me To Do. For that one, I’d like to think the song choice was a subtle dig at the judges constantly arguing over which direction she should go musically. :giggle:Unfortunately, that was the last performance Katie would give because she was eliminated along with Andrew Garcia in a double elimination the following night due to the save being used on Big Mike the week before. Post-Idol Katie went into acting where she is probably best known for her roles in Faking It and The Bold Type. As with Thia, I wonder if she’s still singing. Either way, it seems Katie is doing well for herself.


    97. Madison VanDenburg: Season 17 (3rd Place)


    With Madison's appearance, S17's Top 3 have been listed the past three sets. :haha: Out of all of the finalists that season, Madison had the most raw ability and the biggest upside. The problem, once again, is that she was too green and had no idea who she wanted to be as an artist. In addition, she performed pretty much the same way: with a huge smile on her face even if the song didn’t call for it. Speaking of which, as for her time on Idol, two drinking games could be centered around her. One was to take a sip every time she was compared to Kelly Clarkson; the other was to take a sip every time Bobby Bones mentioned this would be the time Madison would finally connect to a song. If people didn’t value their livers or were on the verge of receiving liver transplants, both could’ve been played at the same time. I, for one, value my liver, so I abstained from such games. With that said, Madison had her moments. If I were to pick a favorite performance of hers, it would be Fallin’. While the song has been overdone on the show, her version happens to be my favorite. Other performances I enjoyed were How Far I’ll Go and Your Song. As for the performances I didn’t care for, one in particular was Piece Of My Heart. The song was too big for her for starters, plus she had a guitar and didn’t really play it; it was just a prop. If I had to pick her worst performance, it would definitely be Breakaway. This performance showed she had ways to go before she can be in the same room as Kelly. Besides, that song has never been done well on Idol, even by more experienced singers. I did appreciate her deciding to do Shallow instead of the extremely overdone I Have Nothing for her other song that night though. Regardless, she went as far as she was going to go seeing that the Top 2 were going to be Laine and Alejandro barring anything strange happening. As with most teenagers, Madison just needed more experience.


    96. Dimitrius Graham: Season 17 (9th/10th Place)


    Closing out this set is yet another S17 finalist. Dimitrius was one of the more intriguing contestants to appear on Idol. Out of all the finalists, Dimitrius had the largest range. The main issue with him was that he was very inconsistent, often within the same song. Vocally, he would have his moments; however, there were some areas where he would get very pitchy. He began his Idol journey by singing Hello in the semifinals. It was certainly unconventional, with the operatic start and all. It was a performance that grew on me upon re-watch. From there, I enjoyed his Love Someone duet with Lukas Graham. He was eventually picked to move on to the Top 14, where he sang Perfect. It was easily my least favorite performance of his. For starters, I absolutely can’t stand the song, mainly because I hear it all the time no matter where I am. Furthermore, I don’t think Dimitrius sang the song all that well. I felt it was a pitchy mess from beginning to end. Unsurprisingly, Dimitrius wasn’t voted into the Top 7; therefore, he had to sing for a WC spot. He sang when the party’s over, which was certainly an interesting choice to say the least. Fortunately, it was for a WC spot instead of a victory performance. Dimitrius did his thing and as a result, he received one of the three coveted WC spots. As is the case with the ABC reboot WC picks, however, he didn’t last long as he was eliminated the following week despite giving a very solid performance of You’ll Be In My Heart. Nonetheless, the best vocal Dimitrius had on the show was the Bohemian Rhapsody duet with Adam during the season finale; it was easily my favorite of all the duets. It made me wonder what he would’ve had in store had he made it to Queen week. At the end of the day, Dimitrius is someone who I would have ranked higher had he been more consistent with his vocals.


    100. Emily Piriz

    099. DeAndre Brackensick

    098. Katie Stevens

    097. Madison VanDenburg

    096. Dimitrius Graham


    Coming up in the next set:

    • Tangerine suit
    • Had an offspring audition for Idol
    • Burning piano
    • "You don't know a thing about her..."
    • An IDF darling...
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  17. 17 minutes ago, miss denise said:


    - I googled the name and saw he was a baseball player, but had no idea what to do with that information. :dead: 

    - Yes! And actually, I got my ideal Top 2, Top 3, and Top 4 that season. :giggle: If Lauren had won over Scotty, it would have been perfect for me. Although I was a bigger Haley fan than Scotty at the time, I still wanted a McLaina finale. :wub: :haha:  

    - It just drives me nuts the way they refer to the seasons by those numbers. :dead:  


    -Yeah, you'd have to be a die-hard baseball fan to be able to put everything together. 😆

    -Lucky you. :haha: I could see how perfect if that were to happen; however, no one was beating Scotty that season. 

    -Yes, it makes me shift my eyes as well :dead:


    I'm feeling better tonight, so my next post will have the new set, barring me responding to other posts.

  18. 4 hours ago, psterina said:

    Lee -  This may come as a shock coming from me, but I would put him a little higher. While he was pitchy, and not the most exciting of performers, I do like his voice. 


    Burnell - Good placement


    Adanna - She was my favorite that season, and "Runaway Baby" was awesome!! So … I would have her higher


    Laine - Lane was my 3rd fav of the season (After Ashley Hess & Madison Vandenberg), and I would have him a little higher


    Majesty - Good placement. I really enjoyed "Tightrope"


    Lee: Fair enough about Lee. He actually grew on me to be in the spot he's in now


    Burnell: 👍


    Adanna: Yes, Runaway Baby was awesome indeed! It's one of the few performances from that season I re-watch from time to time. She would've been higher had she been more consistent vocally


    Laine: Fair enough


    Majesty: 👍 If she didn't have her downward spiral, she would've made the Top 100 easily. 💔

  19. 55 minutes ago, miss denise said:


    - Thank you. ❤️ I'm so glad you took the time to listen to the song, and I hope you'll enjoy the other music you hear from him!

    - Yes, and thanks for hearing me out. ❤️ Curious to find out who you're most protective of, but Dalton and Lauren are definitely some of my biggest ones (and David A, as I already spilled my thoughts on him :giggle: )  Aw, I appreciate you saying this! :hug::wub: Thank you.

    - lol that's true!


    110. Josh Gracin: One of my favorites from the season and I love his music post-show as well.

    109. CJ Harris: I liked him, but not a big fan. Funny you mentioned thinking Spencer Lloyd would advance as a WC because he was my actual favorite guy. Oh, and clever clue on him. :haha: 

    108. Gina Glocksen: I like her well enough, but again not a huge fan. "Sanjaya rocked harder than her that evening for crying out loud!" :lmao: 

    107. Scotty McCreery: "Baby lock dem doors" :giggle: He was one of my favorites and I love him even more post-show! He's had great success and I'm happy for him. :yes: Also agree on your favorite performances. And yes, he's legendary to be the lone contestant to have his own forum after IDF's malfunction. :giggle: 

    106. Alejandro Aranda: I was never a fan at all. :( I agree that creative song arrangements started so long ago, and people like Blake, David C, and Kris were amazing at it. Of course, Idol likes to call itself season 1, 2, or 3 since the reboot, so we can already see that they ignore all the previous seasons most of the time. :closedeyes: "he pretended to be a DJ" :haha: 


    105. Lee DeWyze:  I like him and he's among my favorites of the season, although I did say before that season was a rough one for me. I really cared for two or three of the finalists. LOL forgetting he was in the competition and the "wet noodle" comparison. Yikes. I like his voice though.

    104. Burnell Taylor: I don't mind him, but he doesn't particularly stand out as a favorite to me. LOL his comment after the train-wreck. :giggle: 

    103. Adanna Duru:  Again, not a huge favorite, but she's okay for me.

    102. Laine Hardy: Love him and he was my joint favorite (with Jeremiah) of the season.  Yayy your Oo-De-Lally comment. :wub:  I always enjoyed his personality and style of performance, although do agree he could have shown more versatility. I always hoped he'd do an acoustic ballad. Wishing him all the best for his health right now. ❤️  

    101. Majesty Rose: I remember liking her at first, but then losing interest.... probably after Let It Go, as you mentioned. It's a shame, as she had a lot of potential.


    - Yeah, I'm looking forward to whatever else he has in store.

    - No problem. Feel free to call me out if I go too far. As a minor spoiler, it'll be quite a while before that finalist shows up, though as I stated earlier I may drop a hint or two depending on the circumstances. :giggle: You're welcome. :hug:

    - Absolutely!


    110. Nice to see you're a fan of his and that you enjoy his music

    109. Funny that Spencer was your favorite guy. :haha: Yeah, I had a feeling no one was going to get that clue :haha:

    108. Pretty much the same

    107. Happy to see that you're so happy for him, so the Top 2 that season was really kind to you! Yes at being so legendary he's the only contestant to have his own sub-forum post crash. :haha:

    106. Fair enough. He's a rather polarizing contestant. Yes at ABC trying to pretend the FOX seasons didn't exist, though they are getting better at acknowledging those seasons by including some of the past contestants


    105. S9 is my least favorite season, so I completely understand this view point. Yeah, that's how I felt about him at the time, though he has grown on me somewhat.

    104. Fair enough. Yes, his comment was hilarious :rofl:

    103. Fair enough.

    102. Pretty much agree except for the favorite part as I have five other finalists from that season to list. I'm wishing him all the best as well; I'd like to think most of us are 👍

    101. It's unfortunate she fell apart after that. If not for that, she would've easily cracked my Top 100. :(


    1 hour ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    I wonder if the pigeon-holing that you suggested played a role in Majesty going off the rails the way she did.  Maybe she was being encouraged to be a belter and not a singer-songwriter, and that was her downfall.


    I had never considered this point. At first, I thought she just wasn't getting any advice. Maybe she did get some advice, but it wasn't the right type. I guess we'll never know. 🤷‍♂️


    55 minutes ago, blackfield said:


    thank you for answering that. pretty much my thoughts exactly. 


    You're welcome.


    I know I said I would post the next set tonight. However, I just finished a grueling homework assignment and am beat, so I'll post it tomorrow. To those who were looking forward to the new set:

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  20. 7 hours ago, hayden98 said:

    Especially nowadays, Lee is one of my favorites from season 9. I liked the gravelly/raspy quality to his voice. He'd still probably only be my third favorite of the season (biases for Crystal and Paige lol), but I definitely think he's better than a lot of people give him credit for!


    I don't remember ever disliking Burnell, and it could change if I ever rewatch season 12, but he was just there for me the entire time. 


    Oooh, Adanna is someone else that I like more based on their post-idol work. While on Idol, poor girl was a bit of a mess lol. She's gotten much better control of her voice since I think. She's participated in a couple Postmodern Jukebox performances that I still revisit every now and then. I think your opinion of her on the show mirrors mine pretty strongly though.


    I always liked Laine, but I almost felt disappointed by his run. I agree with your assessment that his performances kinda faded together. I don't remember Laine ever being bad, but I felt like he had the chops and the creativity to deliver better than he did. I do really hope that he recovers from COVID as quickly as he can!


    Ugh, Majesty had so much potential 💔 She was a breath of fresh air early on; I feel like a lot of the women of color who audition for these shows are kinda pigeon-holed into certain archetypes and Majesty came across as very singer-songwriter during the early stages of the competition. I think her downfall may have actually began with Fix You interestingly enough. I remember her going off the rails a bit at the end. I wish she'd been coached a little better into picking better songs because she could've been a frontrunner. That being said, outside of the obvious trainwreck, I don't think Majesty deserved to be anywhere near the bottom 3 for her remaining couple weeks in the competition. It kinda made me sad how quickly she was kinda tossed aside. Now that I think about it, I think I like Majesty more than I thought.... maybe it's time for me to look for some of her music lol


    While I wouldn't say Lee is one of my favorites from the season (there are 5 I still have ahead of him), he has grown on me some.


    Understandable about Burnell. S12 was all about the ladies, so any guy could just be there besides Lazaro, who's remembered for all the wrong reasons.


    Pretty much agree about Adanna. I'll go check out what's she done with Postmodern Jukebox.


    I pretty much agree about Laine. It did feel like he was playing it safe. Maybe he was still trying to break his inhibitions. Yes, here's to him recovering as quickly as possible.


    I re-watched Majesty's Fix You, and I definitely saw her lose it towards the end. Absolutely agree about her being coached better into picking better songs. Totally agree about her being a breath of fresh air earlier.

  21. 8 hours ago, KelseyW said:

    See... Adam was way more polarizing (still is) then Alejandro, but he's in my sig so I digress. lol


    Short and sweet? He has talent, writes and makes good tunes, and is probably the only AI person who could have their tunes on Adult Swim or Toonami! ;)


    I think he is a sweetheart too. Same with Laine! 🙂


    Glad you have Kradison and some other good peeps in your Top 100! 😄


    I absolutely agree that Adam is more polarizing than Alejandro; I'll throw in Clay, Danny, and JAX as well. Having said that, he does appear to be a lightning rod for debate whenever his name is mentioned, which is why I said he was the most polarizing contestant in some time. As I mentioned in my write-up, I do think he's talented (to be fair, they all are even if I'm not as big a fan of some), but I don't think Idol was the right venue for him. At least he appears to be doing his own thing now.


    Glad to see you approve of my Top 100! :))


    Hopefully, I'll be able to post the next set some time tonight. It should be enough time to take a crack at the clues to see who will appear next. ;)

  22. 16 hours ago, Elliott said:

    105. Lee DeWyze - My all-time favourite Idol contestant, and it isn't close. I've been fortunate to see him live a good 3 or 4 times every year since his win (sometimes more), and my husband & I have made some good friends at his shows. Not only have we gotten a good relationship with Lee, but we've gotten to know some of his family and his wife as well. When we were married, we asked if we could involve him somehow, and when we told him we were doing our first dance to his song Carry Us Through, he recorded a video for us to dance to. ❤️

    104. Burnell Taylor - Meh.

    103. Adanna Duru - She was getting better, but I didn't have any strong feelings for her.

    102. Laine Hardy - He was my favourite of his season, so I was glad to see him win (especially considering I've already made my feelings on Alejandro clear lol). I'm a big fan of southern rock music, so I liked the vibe he brought to his performances as well. His coronation single was catchy, but I wasn't as big on the two songs he put out earlier this year as I wanted to be.

    101. Majesty Rose - She was kind of a disappointment on the show since there was so much hype around her coming into the live shows. I really liked her early on, but was more-or-less fine with her elimination when it finally happened (outside of Dexter and CJ still being there).


    105. That's really cool about you and your husband's relationship with Lee (I'm starting to get a tad bit jealous of you interacting with so many contestants, LOL). That was really nice of him to record a video for the two of you to dance to at your wedding. 👍

    104. Not much to say here :haha:

    103. Pretty much the same

    102. It was nice to see he was your favorite and that he won. I thought his coronation single was catchy as well, and pretty much agree about the two songs he put out

    101. Can't say I disagree. It was just sad to see her run ended the way it did


    16 hours ago, blackfield said:

    finally I have managed to get one hint correct! yey!! no complains about the set. pretty much agree about most of it.

    still  i would have rated some contestants higher like casey james and dalton rapattoni. and even gabby barrett. they should be in the top 100. 


    here is a small poll for you: which season was screwed more, season 15 or season 18? :mrgreen:


    Good to see no complaints about the set! Fair enough about the contestants.


    As for the question, I would have to go with S18. The S15 finalists got the short end of the stick no doubt, with them being virtually non-existent during the finale (which is the one major negative I have about it. While it was really nice to see some of the past finalists, the S15 finalists are also part of Idol history; therefore, they should've been more involved in the finale) and not having a tour, but at least they got to perform on stage in front of a crowd and got to work with some of the biggest names in the industry. S18, on the other hand, didn't get any of that, plus their season was much more condensed though it wasn't anyone's fault; no one expected anything like this to happen. I just hope this pandemic is behind us by the time next season rolls around.

  23. 3 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Yay, I got four right!!!! 😀

    My Opinions:


    Lee DeWyze- One of my least favorite Idol winners, but I understand how he beat Crystal. I personally didn’t like the bagpipe idea. It felt too out of nowhere. Maybe it’s just me...


    Burnell Taylor- Probably my favorite male finalist from S12, though he wasn’t that memorable for me. I don’t have much to say except for good job for emerging as the best S12 male finalist in Crisis’ rankings! 😂  

    Adanna Duru- Aah yes, this is where the Rayvon thing all started... Anyway, I really don’t remember much about her... Even though Maddie arguably had a worse Idol run, I remember her more because she was more fun! 😅


    Laine Hardy- I personally disliked the outcry after he won. I personally liked him better than Alejandro. He had more consistent performances and a MUCH better stage presence than Alejandro. I hope he recovers quickly! 🤞😢


    Majesty Rose- I was always unsure what she wanted to be as an artist and her poor song choices did not help her... “Let It Go” was a terrible performance, and I thought that she should have been eliminated after that night... 🙁


    Congratulations on getting four right! 👍


    Lee: I pretty much agree about Lee, though I've come around on him a bit. Yeah, that bagpipe player idea seem to come out of nowhere :rofl:

    Burnell: It easy to see how Burnell, or any of the guys sans Lazaro, albeit for the wrong reasons, for that matter can be forgettable. Good job indeed :haha:

    Adanna: Yep, the beginning of Rayvon hanging on over the following few weeks. I'm the opposite: I remember Adanna but can't remember much about Maddie :haha:

    Laine: Pretty much agree. Absolutely yes to the last sentence!

    Majesty: Fair enough, though I disagree about her being eliminated that night considering some who were still around. Having said that, I would've understood if she were


    3 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    Here’s my comments:


    1.  Lee:  one of my least favorite winners of American Idol.  He was better than Nick, though.  And I wanted Crystal to win.


    2.  Burnell — I don’t know which is funnier — Lazaro’s meltdown during the train wreck that was “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, or Burnell deciding just to enjoy the ride because he knew that there was no way for anybody to save the performance.  :rofl:

    3.  Adanna — this is possibly the right spot for her.


    4.  Laine — he wasn’t my favorite winner, but he was a better singer than Alejandro.


    5.  Majesty — sigh.  She was my favorite from her season, but she made one terrible song choice (and an even worse decision to sing it straight instead of rearranging it), and she never recovered.  I wonder if someone thought that she was a more powerful vocalist than she was.


    Lee - Pretty much agree


    Burnell - I would probably say Burnell doing his own thing was funnier :lmao:


    Adanna - I felt this was a good spot for her as well


    Laine - Pretty much agree


    Majesty - I can see how difficult it is for a favorite to fall apart like she did. I don't know, but someone should've advised her not to pick that song, or at the very least rearrange it so it would suite her better


    38 minutes ago, wgm said:

    what is thread about?



    It's a personal ranking list of the American Idol finalists where I rank them based on my personal feelings about them and other posters give their opinions on my rankings. It's meant to be a fun list just to pass the time. :))


    I updated the first post to include who has been listed and who still remains. Maybe it will help out when it comes to guessing who will appear next...

  24. Let's see who just missed out on my Top 100...


    105. Lee DeWyze: Season 9 (1st Place)


    Leading off the set is the third winner to appear in this ranking. Lee is considered to be one of the most controversial winners in Idol history, though it appears he’s no longer the main punching bag as far as Idol winners go (he can thank Nick for that, LOL). With that said, he certainly wasn’t my pick to win. I never really cared for him as a contestant; in fact, there were times I forgot he was even in the competition. The things I did remember about Lee was he had this harsh quality to his voice I didn’t care for. On top of that, he had troubles staying in key at time and had the stage presence of a wet noodle. So yeah, I was astonished he walked away with the crown. With all of this said, many are probably wondering why he is even this high. Well, time has been kind to Lee as well as a re-watch. After the re-watch, while he still may not have been my pick to win, especially with his showing during the finale, he was better than I gave him credit for. Though the lack of stage presence and being in key were still prevalent, he certainly had his fair share of solid performances. The one he’s probably best known for, as well as my personal favorite, is Treat Her Like A Lady. I also enjoyed his A Little Less Conversation, Simple Man, and especially the Falling Slowly duet he did with Crystal. Finally, I cannot write about Lee and not mention Hey Jude where a bagpipe player randomly came on stage, though I just learned it was Lee’s idea. As for his win, I think a lot of it had to do with him being more likable and relatable than Crystal, though personally I liked Crystal’s personality (BTW, she won’t be showing up any time soon). From what I understand, he released a couple of items post-Idol and has made a decent living as a songwriter; I haven’t really kept track of him. Overall, Lee grew on me enough to make it to just on the outskirts of my Top 100.


    Clue: Bagpipes (referencing Hey Jude of course)


    104. Burnell Taylor: Season 12 (7th Place)


    Burnell has the honor of being the last S12 male to appear in this ranking, making him my favorite male of the season. Seeing that he is the last one to appear but not make the Top 100, that isn’t really saying much. One of the main things noticeable about Burnell was his physical change. At his audition and in Hollywood, he was this big burly guy. At the start of the semis, however, he had slimmed down significantly; I say good for him. As for his time on Idol, Burnell had this unique tone that could be considered an acquired taste. It was one I was to acquire most of the time. In addition, he often performed by standing in one place with his hands moving all around. The performances from him I enjoyed the most were This Time, his victory performance Ready For Love, and especially I’m Here. Of course, Burnell is the last of the trio to appear who was a part of the I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) train wreck. While Lazaro was poking holes in the ship’s hull and Devin was frantically running around trying to patch them up, Burnell was all “we’re all going down anyway, so I might as well enjoy the ride while it lasts”. 🤣He was definitely doing his own thing! It reminded me of the hook to the Outkast song Unhappy: “might as well have fun ‘cause your happiness is done when your goose is cooked”. :rofl: He managed to survive the wreckage; however, it wasn’t for long as he was eliminated the following week after a lackluster performance of You Give Love A Bad Name. It was easy to see why Burnell didn’t do up-tempo numbers up to that point after that performance. The main thing I remember about him post-Idol was that he got to perform with Nicki Minaj during her performance at the 2014 BET Awards. Either way, congrats to Burnell for being the last guy standing of his season in this ranking (not that it means much)!


    Clue: "I sang what I was supposed to sang!" (what Burnell said after the train wreck :lmao:)


    103. Adanna Duru: Season 14 (10th/11th Place)


    It's time to go back to S14 with this listing. Adanna was first introduced to us on The Voice where she was a part of Team Adam in S3. However, she was cut during the Battle Rounds; both her audition and her Battle Round showing were montaged, so we didn’t get to see a lot of her. She re-emerged on Idol three years later where she had a much better showing. Adanna was definitely a confident performer with a great stage presence. Vocally, however, she was often hit or miss. This was evident in her two semifinal performances. Rather Be was fine at the beginning with just the piano; however, when she went big it fell apart. My favorite part was the look on Clark’s face when the camera showed the guys. :haha: Hello, on the other hand, was flat all the way through. I do give her credit for trying to interpret the song, but it wasn’t very good vocally. Regardless, she was one of the two judges’ wildcard selections, which she followed up with You And I, which was her audition song. It was fine all things considered; it was definitely better than her previous two performances. The following week Adanna gave what I felt was her best performance of the season with Runaway Baby. Adanna really worked it out with that one; It was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, she took a step back with Love You I Do. The song was too big for her, but at least she looked great. LYID would be her last performance as she was a victim in a double elimination along with Maddie (this is also considered the beginning of Rayvon’s Reign of Terror 👹). Adanna would’ve been better off learning to control her voice better before going on Idol (the irony is not lost on me of her giving vocal lessons to kids in her spare time :haha:). Having said that, considering who was still around, I wouldn’t have minded if she lasted a little longer than she did.


    Clue: Team Adam, though this finalist wasn't around long


    102. Laine Hardy: Season 17 (1st Place)


    Another winner just misses out on my Top 100! Laine is one of three repeat auditioners to win Idol. He definitely improved from the shy kid who lacked confidence he was back in S16, where he made it to the Final Judgment before being cut. He had a Colton Dixon-esque audition where he was there to support his friend Ashton Gill but got talked into auditioning again (I don’t know if it was scripted or not, but it is what it is). As it always seems to be the case, he made it to the voting rounds, and she didn’t. As for his Idol run, though I just mentioned he was a completely different person from the year before, I felt he was cosplaying what an entertainer should be like. It often felt like he was impersonating Elvis to an extent. Having said that, I do give him credit for at least trying to improve his stage presence though there were hints of his shyness still coming through from time to time; fake it ‘til you make it after all. Performance wise, I would say my favorite of his would be his victory song Hurricane. I also enjoyed Bring It On Home To Me, and Johnny B. Goode. Finally, I thought his Oo-De-Lally was underrated; I found it to be charming. Outside of the performances I mentioned, another one that stood out was Something About The Way You Look Tonight, if only because that was the lone performance Laine didn’t have his guitar and he looked completely lost without it; he even played air guitar at point. 😂 If there was a criticism of Laine, it would probably be all of his performances tended to look and sound the same, but it didn’t bother me too much all things considered. Barring a meltdown, I thought it was clear the crown was Laine’s to lose, though Alejandro made it interesting towards the end. I listened to the two singles he released post-Idol and based on them it appears as if he’s going more of a country route. Unfortunately, Laine has recently tested positive for COVID-19; I don't know if he just has the symptoms or if he's really ill. Either way, here’s hoping he kicks that disease’s :censored:!


    Clue: Here's to a speedy recovery!


    101. Majesty Rose: Season 13 (9th Place)


    Taking up the final spot just before my Top 100 is Majesty Rose. Majesty was a cute girl who had a promising start. However, she made one horrific song choice and the train went completely off the rails. Her first three performances Happy, Tightrope, and Fix You were easily her best and based on these, she was poised to have a solid Idol run. Unfortunately, Movie Night came along, and Majesty must have graduated from the Lindsey Cardinale School of Song Selections because she made the worst song choice she possibly could with Let It Go. It’s a song that had a lot of long notes and requires a huge range, which Majesty didn’t have. As predicted, the performance was not very good, and I’m being euphemistic when I say that. It made me wonder what the heck Randy was doing; wasn’t he supposed to be the mentor that season? Regardless, someone should’ve steered her away from the song. The voters agreed with me because Majesty landed in the B2 the night after. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the same because it was easy to see her confidence was shot. With that said, I did enjoy Wake Me Up to an extent. Shake It Out, however, while not anywhere near as bad as Let It Go, was yet another poor song choice. Majesty was unable to overcome that one as she was eliminated the following night. Her save performance was just sad. She tried to be in good spirits; however, she got more and more desperate to the point of it being uncomfortable to watch. There was pretty much zero chance she would get saved after that. It’s too bad Majesty’s Idol run was derailed by a very poor song choice because I really enjoyed her.


    Clue: "The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, couldn't keep it in, heaven knows I've tried..." (Lyrics to Let It Go)


    105. Lee DeWyze

    104. Burnell Taylor

    103. Adanna Duru

    102. Laine Hardy

    101. Majesty Rose


    Here's a list of the Top 100, which will be listed by season and placements (from top to bottom):


    Season 1:
    Kelly Clarkson
    Nikki McKibbin
    Tamyra Gray
    RJ Helton
    Christina Christian
    Season 2:
    Ruben Studdard
    Clay Aiken
    Kimberley Locke
    Kimberly Caldwell
    Rickey Smith
    Season 3:
    Diana DeGarmo
    LaToya London
    George Huff
    Jennifer Hudson
    Season 4:
    Carrie Underwood
    Bo Bice
    Vonzell Solomon
    Anwar Robinson
    Nadia Turner
    Nikko Smith
    Jessica Sierra
    Season 5:
    Taylor Hicks
    Katharine McPhee
    Elliott Yamin
    Chris Daughtry
    Paris Bennett
    Melissa McGhee
    Season 6:
    Jordin Sparks
    Blake Lewis
    Melinda Doolittle
    LaKisha Jones
    Phil Stacey
    Haley Scarnato
    Stephanie Edwards
    Season 7:
    David Cook
    David Archuleta
    Syesha Mercado
    Brooke White
    Carly Smithson
    Kristy Lee Cook
    Michael Johns
    David Hernandez
    Season 8:
    Kris Allen
    Adam Lambert
    Allison Iraheta
    Matt Giraud
    Anoop Desai
    Megan Joy
    Alexis Grace
    Season 9:
    Crystal Bowersox
    Michael Lynche
    Siobhan Magnus
    Katie Stevens
    Didi Benami
    Season 10:
    Haley Reinhart
    James Durbin
    Casey Abrams
    Pia Toscano
    Naima Adedapo
    Season 11:
    Phillip Phillips
    Jessica Sanchez
    Joshua Ledet
    Hollie Cavanagh
    Skylar Laine
    Elise Testone
    DeAndre Brackensick
    Erika Van Pelt
    Season 12:
    Candice Glover
    Kree Harrison
    Angie Miller
    Amber Holcomb
    Janelle Arthur
    Season 13: 
    Caleb Johnson
    Jena Irene
    Alex Preston
    Jessica Meuse
    Emily Piriz
    Season 14:
    Clark Beckham
    Rayvon Owen
    Tyanna Jones
    Quentin Alexander
    Joey Cook
    Sarina-Joi Crowe
    Season 15:
    Trent Harmon
    La'Porsha Renae
    Sonika Vaid
    Avalon Young
    Season 16:
    Maddie Poppe
    Michael J. Woodard
    Dennis Lorenzo
    Season 17:
    Madison Vandenburg
    Laci Kaye Booth
    Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
    Dimitrius Graham

    Hope I didn't miss anyone. 🤞 :haha: I'll update the main post with whoever's remaining eventually.


    Clues for the next set:

    • This is the week it finally happens
    • "What goes around comes around, what goes up must come down..."
    • The voters told this finalist they'd rather stay quiet
    • Was in a group with a winner and runner up
    • That was an interesting beginning to that song...



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