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  1. 2 hours ago, ~Tom~ said:

    115. Lisa Tucker - I loved I Am Changing, but it was pretty much all downhill from there. Even performnces like Signed Sealed Delivered that the judges liked were pretty pedestrian. 

    114. Sam Woolf - A very bland WGWG from my least favorite season. So bland in fact that the judges had to use their save on him when he should've been a vote magnet and tried additional shenanigans to keep him more. 

    113. Dalton Rapattoni - Stylistically he was interesting but I agree with you that the execution was poor a lot of the time. 

    112. Lauren Alaina - Was pretty boring and mediocre throughout her run. I love country girls but she just coasted her way to the top 2. She also managed to annoy me with her peaches shtick with Ryan which is rare for a contestant to do, so glad you brought that up as well. I wish Simon were there that season; he would've called her out on that as well as her outfits. :haha:  

    111. Amy Adams - Well I liked Sin Wagon but she was kind of forgettable otherwise. 

     

    115. Yeah, pretty much agree about Lisa

    114. It was ridiculous how often the producers tried to keep him around :haha:

    113. Not much to say but pretty much agree

    112. I initially felt the same way, but she has grown on me some, well at least enough to rank her higher than where she would've been at first

    111. It's easy to see how someone could feel that way about her

     

    23 minutes ago, ~Tom~ said:

    110. Josh Gracin - I thought he couldn't return for the finale because of personal issues? (his suicide attempt) But yeah while he gave a vouple decent country performances, he was a trainwreck a lot of the time. Celebration, That's When I'll Stop Loving You, and Ain't Goin' Down Till the Sun Comes Up are three of the biggest messes that season. 

    109. CJ Harris - I loved Can't You See, but he was a pitchy mess the rest of the time. 

    108. Gina Glocksen - Always disliked Gina. She shoulted he way through Alone and Call Me When You're Sober and while her last two performances were better, I always thought she should've been a singer from the get-go, not a rocker. 

    107. Scotty McCreery - Despite his monotonous performances, he was actually my favorite of the season since Naima, Pia and Jacob ended up disappointing, or in the case of the earlier two, getting robbed. I love his classic country sound as well as the music he's put out post-Idol. Definitely a worthy winner over Lauren. 

    106. Alejandro Aranda - I didn't watch a lot of season 17, but I haed every performance of his that I did see. 🤮

     

    110. It looks like @Elliott explained his reason for not being in the finale. Other than that, I pretty much agree about him

    109. Unfortunately, he was a pitchy mess throughout his time on the show

    108. Yeah, I was never convinced she was a rocker. I completely agree about Call Me When You're Sober. I couldn't believe it when she was praised for it

    107. He wasn't my pick to win, but I definitely preferred him over Lauren at the time

    106. This appears to be a popular opinion about Alejandro :haha:

     

    21 minutes ago, Elliott said:

    afaik, he never attempted suicide. He just posted weird status on FB that everyone interpreted that way and the police were called.

     

    But that also happened after the S15 finale. He pulled out a few days before because they wouldn’t give him a solo slot to perform an original. It’s why Ace was randomly in the country performance.

     

    I thought his post had something to do with him being bummed out about his impending divorce, yet it was somehow thought to be a suicide note.

     

    With Ace, Constantine, and Diana, the country medley sure had some random performers in it. 😂

     

    Barring anything new, my next post should have the new set.

  2. 9 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I should have said ONE of my least favorites! 😅 (I forgot about Kristen). My least favorite S13 finalist is between CJ and Kristen. I felt that I didn't see enough of Kristen to make a proper judgement, however, when CJ had no pitch issues he could deliver a somewhat compelling, emotional performance. 

     

    Sorry if I came across as too harsh in my opinions... 

     

    Your opinions are fine. 🙂 They're not any harsher than others that have been posted.

     

    Kristen isn't one of my favorites either. In hindsight, I probably should've rated her below MK (Dexter would still be my least favorite), but what can you do. She would've been much better off not trying to be a powerhouse pop diva and sang songs that didn't have too much range.

     

    I should have my next set up some time today. I just have one more write-up to do.

  3. 4 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    My Thoughts:

    Josh Gracin- No comment.

    CJ Harris- You didn’t rank my favorite S13 finalist yet, but you sure just ranked my least favorite! 😅 I thought that the judges, especially JLo had way too much faith in CJ. With him it was always a hit or miss. I personally thought he should have been eliminated WAY earlier... 😒 I think Sam should be ranked higher than CJ, but whatever, they’re close... 

    Gina Glocksen- I guess it’s unfair to compare, but in my opinion, her performance of “I’ll Stand By You” felt lacking compared to Angie and Pia’s. 
    Scotty McCreery- I’m usually not a fan of the slow country guys, but I didn’t mind Scotty. “Gone” was also my favorite performance of his. I think you ranked him a bit too low, but I don’t really mind...

    Alejandro Aranda- I agree with what you said. The show overhyped Alejandro. Yes, he was a talented musician, but no, his vocals did not compare to the other contests, in my opinion. His duet with Walker was horrendous... 🤮 I liked Alejandro, but I didn’t love him. 

     

    CJ: Wow, CJ was your least favorite? It's true he was hit or miss. I wanted to place him into my Top 100, but I couldn't justify it with his pitch issues and all

    Gina: I thought Gina's I'll Stand By You was very strong; however, it's fair to say her version was lacking compared to the two mentioned

    Scotty: Fair enough about Scotty. I almost rated him lower, but I felt this was the best spot for him

    Alejandro: Pretty much agreed. Yes, his duet with Walker was awful

     

    4 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    My Take On Some Clues:

     

    -“The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I’ve tried...”- I think this clue refers to Majesty Rose. These are lyrics to “Let It Go,” a song she sang horribly during Movie Night (or whatever it was called)...

     

    -Here’s to a speedy recovery!- I think this clue refers to Laine Hardy, who recently announced that he was diagnosed with coronavirus... 🥺

     

    4 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    My Take On Some More Clues:

     

    -Team Adam, though this finalist wasn’t around long- I think this clue refers to Adanna Duru. She was on Team Adam when she was on the Voice, and I believe she got in 10th/11th place on Idol. 
     

    -Bagpipes- I think this clue refers to Lee DeWyze. I believe he had a bagpipe player come out and play during one of his performances on Idol (it was his idea). 

     

    I've been working on the write-ups today. I should have them up tomorrow. We'll see if these guesses are correct...

     

    47 minutes ago, blackfield said:

    I actually agree with you about alejandro. he wasn't as good as the show was trying to make him nor he is that special or revolutionary outside the idol bubble. his audition was hyped so much that it left very underwhelmed. his voice is weak and poor diction and  i found it hard on many occasions to understand what he was singing. i did tried to listen to his originals and didn't find anything revolutionary or special in it. i would have rate him even lower. 

     

     

    • "The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, couldn't keep it in, heaven knows I've tried..." - lyrics of let it go.. sonika vaid .. she had a wind machine during that performance..
    • Here's to a speedy recovery!
    • Team Adam, though this finalist wasn't around long - 
    • Bagpipes - lee dewyze had bagpipes on  during beatles week and was so bad they made fun of it. one of my least fav contestants. should be even lower than this. 
    • "I sang what I was supposed to sang!"

     

    I'm just glad I didn't post any of your favorites this past set. :haha: I can't say I disagree with your thoughts on Alejandro.

     

    We'll see about your guesses...

  4. 2 hours ago, Elliott said:

    110. Josh Gracin He had a couple of good performances but lasted too long. His post-Idol music was decent, but I wouldn’t consider myself a big fan.

    109. CJ Harris I wanted him to be better than he was, but he was a mess.

    108. Gina Glocksen One of my favourites from S6 and overall. I really wished she’d lasted longer on the show.

    107. Scotty McCreery I hated him on S10 but nowadays he’s one of my favourites. His second and third albums were really good and he put on a good show whenever I’ve seen him.

    106. Alejandro Aranda He’s absolutely dreadful. One of the worst contestants I’ve had to suffer through, and easily in my bottom contestants of all time. The show needs to get it through their brains that he lost already because constantly bringing him up ain’t cute.

     

    110. Fair enough. I would've liked to see him leave a week before he did, but what can you do?

    109. Pretty much agree, though I did like him the few times he wasn't a mess

    108. I wouldn't have minded if she lasted longer than she did

    107. Fair enough

    106. Ouch! 🤕 He was that bad for you?

     

    1 hour ago, hayden98 said:

    Josh was fine, though I'd definitely have had him peace out earlier in the competition than he did. I also always kinda dislike when people act like they're too good for the show, especially since, like you mentioned, Josh wasn't releasing any hits or anything at the time.

     

    CJ had the potential to be soooo good! I wish his pitch was more in control, because his tone was really good tbh.

     

    Gina ❤️ Definitely one of my favorites from season 6; it's a shame that she was booted when she was because she was finally starting to come together when she left imo.

     

    Scotty was just there for me during his time on Idol; especially at the time, I just wasn't interested in his style. I will admit that I'm tempted to check out his music sometime though. I don't remember any bad performances from him~

     

    Funnily enough, even though Alejandro is a love-or-hate contestant, I'm somewhere in the middle. I'm definitely not here for all the pimping he got, but that's more on the judges/producers. I do listen to Out Loud every now and then. Definitely more of a musician than a vocalist, but I like his vibe.

     

    Pretty much in agreement about Josh.

     

    Completely agree about CJ! I was hoping he would somehow get it together, but he never did.

     

    Yeah, it did seem like Gina was starting to put everything together before her elimination.

     

    I pretty much feel the same about Scotty, except I do remember some bad performances from him, which I listed in his write-up.

     

    I feel pretty much the same way about Alejandro.

     

    8 minutes ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    These rankings are about right.  Although I’d rank Alejandro somewhat lower, for reasons which I’ll address soon.

     

     I think that Alejandro,had two problems.  The first is the one that you mentioned.  Alejandro was the victim of being overly hyped by the judges.  Part of it could be because he might have been the first contestant in the seasons that ABC aired the show to make the songs he performed his own, he wasn’t the first singer on the show to do so.  Blake Lewis and David Cook beat him there.

     

    But Alejandro’s second problem, and the one that makes me want to rank him lower, is that he’s a much better musician than a vocalist.  This might explain why I thought that he was better on original songs than on covers.  And I prefer performers on this show that are fine vocalists.  They may not have to be belters, but they still should sign very well.  Alejandro was a mediocre vocalist.

     

    This is a completely fair assessment regarding Alejandro. We all have a preference as to what we want in a performer. Those of us who prefer strong vocalists may not be fans of someone like Alejandro, and that is perfectly fine.

     

  5. As promised, here is the next set...

     

    110. Josh Gracin: Season 2 (4th Place)

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    Leading of this set is Idol's favorite marine. Josh was a contestant who was in the USMC (United States Marine Corps). In addition, he is considered to be the first country artist to compete on Idol. His run on Idol had its fair share of ups and downs. Some of the positives included I’ll Be, I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing, and Amazed. Some of the negatives are Celebration, That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You, and both of his Top 5 performances Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye and especially Bad Blood. Despite this he was only in the B3 once during the finals and he managed to avoid the B2 after his poor Top 5 showing. He eventually finished in fourth place, which is fine because it was pretty obvious the Top 3 were going to be Ruben, Clay, and Kimberley. I remember how curt Ryan was when he announced Josh’s elimination: “Josh, you’re out!”. :haha: I’d like to think being a marine Josh heard far worse during boot camp. One of the better moments was Josh singing to his daughter during his sing out. Outside of his singing, another thing I remember about him was as with Vanessa, Simon suggested he could lose a few pounds. Josh then responded by challenging Simon to a push up contest on stage, and to Simon’s credit he was game. Because he was on active duty at the time, Josh couldn’t participate during the summer tour, which was unfortunate. However, he had a commitment to honor and therefore, it was understandable. He went on to release a couple of country albums, his first being certified Gold, as well as a few hits. I also remember he was invited to partake in the country medley during the S15 Grand Finale but declined because he wasn’t able to perform any of his songs, plus he thought it would hurt his career, which is why Constantine was in it instead. I guess he forgot Idol was the reason he had a career in the first place, and he wasn’t exactly lighting up the charts at the time; therefore, I felt he came off as very entitled. Either way, Josh was a contestant who had an interesting ride on the Idol roller-coaster.

     

    Clue: Sang the same song as the winner and runner up on different nights (Josh and Ruben sang Baby I Need Your Loving during T12, and both Josh and Clay sang To Love Somebody during T4. Looking back, I may have worded this clue poorly)

     

    109. CJ Harris: Season 13 (6th Place)

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    CJ is the last of the S13 country males to appear, which obviously makes him my favorite of the bunch. To be honest, I thought Spencer Lloyd was going to be a wildcard pick, so I was pleasantly surprised CJ was picked. CJ had this soul/country/rock vibe I completely dug. I also liked the songs he picked; my favorite performances of his were Shelter, Can’t You See, Soulshine, and Gravity. However, the elephant in the room regarding CJ was his pitch issues. CJ was never the most technically proficient vocalist, but some of his performances were downright painful to listen to. He would go sharp a lot, and he never seemed to be able to fix it. Considering he was a music teacher prior to Idol, it’d be thought he’d be able to correct his issues; however, they continued to plague him up until his elimination. His worst performances included Invisible, If It Hadn’t Been For Love (which is too bad because I love that song), Free Fallin’, and both of his Top 6 performances. His last performance, Whatever It Is, was probably the worst of the worst because I believe he was both sharp AND flat in the song. I didn’t know if that was possible, but CJ somehow managed to pull it off. He was eliminated after it, and as much as I liked him at the time, it was for the better. Post-Idol, CJ had some run ins with the law, including being arrested in a undercover drug sting. Yikes! I haven't kept up with him, but hopefully his legal issues are behind him. As for his time on Idol, CJ is someone who possibly could’ve been in my Top 50 if he were able to fix his pitch issues. As it is, however, he’s on the outside looking in at my Top 100.

     

    Clue: Rick Ankiel (you have to be a baseball fan to get this one. Rick Ankiel was a professional baseball player who was a pitcher turned outfielder because of his issues of throwing the ball over the plate. You could say he had pitching (or pitch) issues, which is a roundabout way of referencing CJ's pitch issues)

     

    108. Gina Glocksen: Season 6 (9th Place)

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    It’s time for another S6 finalist to arrive. Gina was first introduced in S5 where she made it to Hollywood before being cut. Undeterred, she came back the following season and made it to the Top 24. Gina was slated to be the resident rocker of the season. However, I may be way off on this, but I don’t think Gina was really comfortable with that label. It was as if she wanted to be much more but was pigeonholed into the rock box. Going to her first performance in the semis, I believe it was expected that Gina would come out with a rock number. Instead, she came out with…All By Myself? Really? A soft rock ballad? Regardless, I don’t think Gina did too well with it. The problem is Gina’s worst performances were when she tried to rock out. The worst offenders were Love Child (Paula calling Love Child a feel good song :rolleyes:) and Paint It Black. For the latter, Sanjaya rocked harder than her that evening for crying out loud! With that said, Gina did have her moments. I thought Alone was underrated and her best performance was easily I’ll Stand By You during Top 10. It was thought that this was the moment Gina settled down as an artist and was poised to make a deep run. However, the following week she gave a forgettable, middle-of-the-pack performance of Smile and was eliminated. Her elimination was one of the most heartbreaking to watch. She pretty much broke down once the reality hit her and then there was her and Haley crying while hugging each other. She put on a brave face and tried to look on the bright side, but you can tell how badly she wanted it. She appeared to be close to the other contestants; after all Jordin and Haley were bridesmaids at her wedding, which I thought was pretty cool. Post-idol I know she hosted an American Idol related show with Constantine, and I believe she released some music as well as form a band. I don't know if they're still together or not. Overall, Gina was someone who really didn’t (or maybe couldn’t) showcase what she was really capable of.

     

    Clue: A swan song that sadly described the situation perfectly (Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it's breaking. As promised, no Allison in this set :mrgreen:)

     

    107. Scotty McCreery: Season 10 (1st Place)

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    Baby lock dem doors because Scotty McCreery has entered this ranking! :haha: Scotty is the second winner to appear thus far. He was this teenager with a very deep, traditional country voice. He also appeared to be down to earth and a regular guy. I think Scotty won the crown the moment he opened he sang Your Man at his audition. After all, he pretty much ran away with the competition; everyone else was vying for second. With that said, there were a couple of things about Scotty I wasn’t too fond of at the time. For starters, the way he held the mic early on drove me nuts. It was as if he thought it was a flute. The main thing, however, was him taking every song and turning it into a slow, traditional country ditty with a few exceptions. While it was good to see him stay true to himself and showcase what kind of artist he wanted to be (which is something most teenagers on the show struggled with), it wasn’t exactly the most exciting thing to watch. Having said that, Scotty had his moments. My favorite performance from him was definitely Gone; it’s the song he’s most likely known for on Idol. It was a fun, up-tempo song which was different from the usual slow songs he did. I also liked That’s All Right for the same reasons. Some of the other performances I enjoyed included Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) and You’ve Got A Friend. On the flip side, Scotty had some very poor performances which included Swingin’, Young Blood, and Amazed. I also wasn’t too fond of his countrified version of For Once In My Life. Regardless, those performances didn’t matter because as mentioned he ended up winning easily. I know he released a few albums, including his Platinum debut album, and had a few hits. One of them, Five More Minutes, went on the chart without the backing of a record label, which I believe is the first time that has ever happened in Country Aircheck/Mediabase history. Next, I can’t forget when he returned to be a S15 duet partner and was saddled with Jeneve for Gone. Boy, was that an entertaining mess or what? :rofl: Finally, Scotty is the only finalist to have his own subforum on the site; it looks as if he has his own dedicated fanbase here. :haha: Scotty appears to be doing well for himself post-Idol, so good for him.

     

    Clue: Nuts of Wonder (Of course, referencing to when he forgot the lyrics to I Hope You Dance and sang those words during Hollywood :lmao:)

     

    106. Alejandro Aranda: Season 17 (2nd Place)

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    Closing out this set is the most polarizing contestant on Idol in quite some time. Alejandro aka Scarypoolparty has been someone who has been discussed quite a bit not only in this thread, but in general. I have kept mum on him because I wanted to wait until his write-up before expressing my thoughts. Well, the time has come, so here it goes. I think Alejandro is a victim of the extremely high expectations and hype placed on his shoulders. Going back to his audition, the show was hyping him up as this immense, revolutionary talent the likes of Idol has never seen. When his audition finally came, however, I was very underwhelmed to say the least. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t as great as the hype made it out to be. As for Alejandro in general, do I think he’s immensely talented? Yes. Do I think he can be an influence on those who come after him? Absolutely. Do I think he’s this revolutionary, once in a generation game changer who will change how things will be done not only on Idol but music in general? No. The thing is Alejandro wasn’t even the first to try to make songs truly his own. I would go back as far as S6 with Blake Lewis, who I thought was the first to really try to make performances his own. It was taken to the next level the following season with David Cook. Even Kris Allen contributed to this a little, so for the show to say Alejandro was the first to do so is a bit disingenuous.

     

    With all of this said, I did like Alejandro. He wasn’t a personal favorite of mine or anything, but I probably liked him a lot more than most of IDF. He was definitely better on his own material than covering other people’s songs which while it’s good for him outside of the Idol bubble, it didn’t look too good for him on it. Having said that, he did give some performances I enjoyed during his time on Idol. The main ones are I Fall Apart though I’m not a Post Malone fan by any means, and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. He did have some clunkers such as One Dance in which he pretended to be a DJ, Remember Me, and Under Pressure. As for his originals, I really enjoyed Poison and Blesser. My least favorite was Millennial Love because I thought it was repetitive; maybe the full length version isn’t as much, speaking of which I’ve been meaning to check out his album. In conclusion, while I don’t think Alejandro is as great as the hype is making him out to be, I did enjoy him on Idol all things considered.

     

    Clue: It's time... (referring to Alejandro's long awaited appearance in this ranking)

     

    110. Josh Gracin

    109. CJ Harris

    108. Gina Glocksen

    107. Scotty McCreery

    106. Alejandro Aranda

     

    I have a feeling it'll be testy after this post; let's try to keep it clean and respectful.

     

    Clues for the last set before my Top 100:

    • "The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, couldn't keep it in, heaven knows I've tried..."
    • Here's to a speedy recovery!
    • Team Adam, though this finalist wasn't around long
    • Bagpipes
    • "I sang what I was supposed to sang!"
  6. 10 hours ago, miss denise said:

    115. Lisa Tucker: She was among my top 2 favorites at the start, but a few others overtook her by the end of the season. I still consider her one of my favorites of that season, although it's one of the seasons I had a large amount of favorites. :haha:  I love her voice and thought she had so much potential. I loved all her semi-finals performances, as well as "Signed Sealed Delivered." I agree her last two were my least favorites, and it's a shame she couldn't get back to where she was in the previous weeks. :(  I actually watched all the shows you named that she had a role on, so I've seen her in a few things. :haha:  

    114. Sam Woolf:  I was never really a huge fan and he was just kind of there for me. I did really like one performance though (I think Time After Time? I actually can't remember) And he seems nice.

    113. Dalton Rapattoni: One of my all-time favorites. I ADORE HIM. ❤️ I was such a fan from the start, but I formed a really personal connection with him as well through things he shared about his life. I love his song-writing, creativity ("Daltonize" :wub: ), personality, and everything... I just love him. 😢  His album is really really good. I know you say he's not your type of music  (and most people would say he's not my typical kind of favorite either, lol), but it may not be what you expect. His song, "Turn to Stone", is especially powerful and heart wrenching, but I honestly love the whole album and just him in general. I have love for all of his performances on the show, just because it's hard for me not to, but I do agree on his best ones. And I know Dalton was really close friends with both La'Porsha and Trent, so he was genuinely so happy for them to advance. ❤️ 

    112. Lauren Alaina:  Ah, they are literally back to back. Lauren is another one of my all-time favorites and I LOVE HER SO much. I never had more of an attachment to a female contestant than I did with her. I just fell in love with her voice instantly and then love her personality too... I feel so protective of her (and Dalton as well).  Yikes, some of your comments are hard for me to read, particularly name-calling. 😢  I'm glad you changed your mind on her performances after a rewatch. I loved all her performances again, just because I adore her and her voice so much. Surprised you didn't name "Anyway" as one of your favorites. Yess, her career has really blossomed these last few years and I am so so proud of her and happy. I love her music and she's not just one of my favorite Idols, but one of my favorite music artists in general. 

    111. Amy Adams: I liked her, but she wasn't necessarily among my favorites. She was also kind of just there for me, but then I enjoyed her more than other people that were "just there", if that makes sense. :haha: I really liked her "Power of Love" and "Sin Wagon" a lot. She does have a nice voice. "The most memorable thing about it was Simon saying she reminded him of Jay Leno. I guess it was something since he didn’t have anything to say the week before. " :dead: to both these sentences. 

     

    115. Yeah, it's a shame she couldn't get back to where she was in the finals. I think she wasn't ready to be on the big stage and her being in the B3 the first week of the finals affected her badly. As stated, she just needed more time and experience before going on Idol.

    114. I don't have much to say here except fair enough about Sam. :haha:

    113. Nice to see he's one of your all-time favorites! I do think him sharing some of his personal life helped build a connection to the audience, which is just as important as the performances as long as its not being repeated ad nauseam. I just listened to the song you linked and yes, it's just as you described. 😢 As I mentioned earlier, I most likely will check out some of his other stuff. Him being really close friends with La'Porsha and Trent does explain why he was so happy for them.

    112. :stealth: I guess it's the part where I said I thought she was a bit of a brat. Looking back, that wasn't the right thing to say. Maybe I should've said I felt she acted bratty instead, though it's probably not much better. I totally understand about being protective of certain contestants. I have one who I can be fiercely protective of at times; I won't say who it is until I get to that person, though (I may drop a hint or two depending on the circumstances). 🤫 I'll try to be better in the future; after all, I'm trying to be objective as possible with these write-ups though my personal bias may leak out here and there. 🤗 As for Lauren, it is nice to see her career blossom and see that you're so proud of her. 🤗

    111. Fair enough about Amy. I would've liked to see her last longer than she did, but at least she got to go on tour. Seeing how Simon notoriously hates country music, it shouldn't have been such a surprise he didn't have much to say after Sin Wagon:dead:

     

    18 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Yeah, it’s not Alex! 😂 I didn’t dislike him, but I didn’t love him either. (Which is interesting because he’s pretty similar to MacKenzie... 🤔)

     

    That is interesting. I have probably have a few like this as well. 😂

     

    I'm wrapping up the next set. It should be posted within the next couple of hours.

  7. 15 hours ago, KelseyW said:

    That "Nuts of Wonder" has to be Scotty...I remember that joke. lol

     

    Cry Baby was Allison Iraheta's swan song... :( 

     

    We'll see...

     

    14 hours ago, Elliott said:

    115. Lisa Tucker - She had potential, but (like with pretty much every minor sans Allison Iraheta) was too young to handle the show.

    114. Sam Woolf - I liked him, but I don't have any strong feelings about him. I found some of his performances a tad on the underrated side, and I was fine with him making it to the final five all things considered. That Top 5 twist backfiring so much was great to watch :wub:

    113. Dalton Rapattoni - One of my early favourites, but I hated practically everything he did once we got to the "live" shows. Bird Set Free was easily his best, though. As I also suffer from bipolar, it was nice to see him so candid about it on the show. I also got to meet him on my birthday the year after season 15 because he came into the restaurant I worked at. :haha:

    112. Lauren Alaina - Mehhhhhhhhhhh.

    111. Amy Adams - I really liked Amy in S10 and was bummed that she left so early considering who was still in the cast.

     

    115. Pretty much agreed

    114. Pretty much the same. Yes, the Top 5 twist backfiring was awesome. The producers definitely wanted that feel good story thinking the contestants would agree to the twist, forgetting it was a competition with a recording contract on the line. I was so happy to see that squashed

    113. Yes, it was nice to see him be open about his bipolar disorder. You seem to be lucky getting to meet all of these contestants :haha:

    112. Can't blame you :rofl:

    111. Pretty much agree

     

    12 hours ago, blackfield said:

    why are you targeting all my fav contestants!? what have I done to you?

    dalton doesn't deserve to be that low. loved all his performances and the way he rearranged his songs. he's also a very good songwriter which was never mentioned on the show. just go find some of his originals like hercules, somewhere in america, open book, clockwork, holy man, stop..

     

    • Nuts of Wonder
    • Sang the same song as the winner and runner up on different nights
    • A swan song that sadly described the situation perfectly - if it is allison and cry baby I am coming to get you!!! :no: 
    • Rick Ankiel
    • It's time...

     

    I seem to recall my S18 favorite being made fun of. 🤔 All kidding aside, with the exception of maybe a few, I don't really have much inkling as to any of the posters' favorite contestants, so this is completely unintentional. With the way he rearranged his songs, I could tell he had some good songwriting ability. Maybe I'll check out some of his music somewhere down the road.

     

    I am so tempted to cut Allison now. :muwahaha: However, since I know this is a tough set for some (I should probably have a box of Kleenex ready for @miss denise), I'll show leniency. There is absolutely ZERO chance Allison will appear this soon, so that clue is referring to someone else.

     

    6 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Yes, you broke some hearts with these rankings, but I like that you’re staying true to your opinions. 👍

     

    My Opinions:

    Lisa Tucker- No comment.

    Sam Woolf- When it came down to the Top 13, two favorites immediately emerged. One, who is my favorite from the season, I will not name until they are ranked, and the other was Sam Woolf. The tone of his voice really got me from the start. I also enjoyed watching him slowly try to come out of his shell. However, when it got to the later rounds it was clear to see that he was one of the weaker ones. I stopped looking forward to his performances. So, in terms of your rankings, this is an ok spot, but I would’ve ranked him over C.J. Harris. 😒

    Dalton Rapattoni- While I loved his performance of “Rebel Yell,” he never emerged as a favorite to me (MacKenzie did 😊). I just never resonated with him for some reason. However, I will note that he gave some great performances. So, maybe you ranked him too low? 🤔

    Lauren Alaina- Ooh... I actually don’t know how to feel about this ranking. Yes, I enjoyed her performances, but she wasn’t my all-time favorite from the season. I really enjoyed Lauren’s performance of “Turn On The Radio.” While I think you could have ranked her a bit higher, this ranking doesn’t really bother me.

    Amy Adams- No comment.

     

    Thank you. :hug:

     

    Sam - Yeah, it was easy to see he was one of the weaker contestants compared to who was left. It's better off staying mum about your favorite from that season, though from a later post I can tell it's not Alex :haha:

    Dalton - Yeah, I had a feeling people would think he would be too low. With that said, I was more interested him as a person than performer, though I did like a few of his performances

    Lauren - Fair enough about Lauren

     

    5 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    My Take On The Clues:

     

    Nuts of Wonder- I think this clue refers to Scotty McCreery. During Hollywood Week, he botched the lyrics to “I Hope You Dance,” and sang “nuts of wonder.” :haha:
     

    Sang the same song as the winner and runner up on different nights-

     

    A swan song that sadly described the situation perfectly- I think this clue could refer to Allison Iraheta who sang “Cry Baby” for her swan song. Like the song title, she was crying through the whole thing. 

     

    Rick Ankiel- 

     

    It’s time...- 

     

    Nice guesses, though I mentioned earlier Allison won't be appearing in the upcoming set.

     

    4 hours ago, hayden98 said:

    ITA that Lisa should've waited a few years.

     

    Sam was someone that I believe I was fond of early on, but while his voice was usually pretty good, he was definitely inhibited by his (lack of) performance skills.

     

    Dalton was never one of my top favorites his year, but I always liked him and I still follow him on social media.

     

    At one point, Lauren might've been in my top 5/10 contestants of all time. I'd probably attribute that largely to being active in her fan forum during the season (I had just joined IDF at that time) and I have many fond memories chatting with people over there. I think you nailed what are some of my favorite performances of hers. I'm very glad that she's kept up doing music since her time on the show; she's really grown in her skill and confidence as a performer in the years since she was on Idol. :yes: 

     

    I remember Amy being fun and I wish she'd lasted a little bit longer.

     

    Ooooh, for the clues.... I know Scotty is the first one. Not too certain about the others though.

     

    I would address them individually; however, I pretty much agree with everything said, with the exception of following Dalton on social media and Lauren being possibly a Top 5/10 contestant.

     

    We'll see if your guess is right.

     

    4 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I also forgot to mention something about Sam. I remember he did TWO duets with Alex. In these duets it was glaringly obvious that Alex was much more talented than Sam. In my opinion, these duets hurt Sam because they exposed everything he lacked. However, Sam most definitely won in the looks department! 😂

     

    Yeah, it was pretty obvious Alex was more experienced than Sam and perhaps unintentionally exposed Sam's shortcomings.

     

    1 hour ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    No real complaints about these rankings.  Especially Sam’s.

     

    Good to see!

     

  8. I just finished my test and feel content, plus I managed to finish my write ups, so I'll go ahead and post the next set a day ahead of schedule.

     

    115. Lisa Tucker: Season 5 (10th Place)

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    We're going to go back to S5 to lead this set with Lisa Tucker. Lisa was technically sound vocally and there was potential for a strong voice. Her main shortcoming was she appeared to be too rehearsed, as if she were performing in pageants. I think she may have been in her head too much and overthought her performances. Having said that, she had a nice run in the semis. I would say her best performance was I Am Changing, which was her first semifinal performance. Her other two performances in the semis were solid as well. Unfortunately, it fell apart for her in the finals. After three ballads in the semis, she decided to go up-tempo in the Top 12 with Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours). While it looked like she put in great effort, it looked forced, unnatural, and rehearsed. The voters probably felt the same way because she was in the B2 that week. Despite that, she came back the following week with another up-tempo number with Why Do Fools Fall In Love. This one was a bigger mess than the previous week. She moved around more and as a result, her breath control was off, and she struggled to hit some of the notes. Once again, she was in the B3, but held on for at least another week. After two failed up-tempo attempts, Lisa decided to go back into her ballad box. The problem was she picked one of the absolute worst songs she could. She decided to tackle the great Kelly Clarkson ballad Because Of You. For starters, while I’m not one of those people who are up in arms if contestants sing any Kelly Clarkson songs on the show, I understand it is a huge risk to take on a song done by an Idol winner, especially the original winner who is very beloved among Idol fans. I guess Lisa figured she didn’t have much to lose, so she decided to put all her chips in on this performance. Unfortunately, she overplayed her hand and was wiped out. The song was too big for her and she came nowhere near the emotional connection needed for the song. To no one’s surprise, she was eliminated the following night. I know she received some acting gigs after Idol; other than that, I’m not sure what she’s been up to. Either way, Lisa was another finalist who belongs in the Teens Who Needed More Experience category.

     

    Clue: The OC, The Vampire Diaries, Zoey 101 (Three shows Lisa appeared in)

     

    114. Sam Woolf: Season 13 (5th Place)

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    At the beginning of S13, it was thought that Sam had a strong chance at the Idol crown. After all, he was a WGWG with a pleasant voice and appeared to be poised to be the season’s heartthrob, so it should’ve been a slam dunk for him. So, what was the problem? Well, Sam was one of the most uninteresting performers to hit the stage. He was this shy kid who always seemed to perform with a deer in the headlights look. The judges were doing everything they could to get him out of his shell, but Sam was never really able to break his inhibitions. Also, he didn’t really connect to any of the songs he sang. He did give some performances I liked such as Babylon, Time After Time, Sail Away, and It’s Time (the only time I enjoyed an Imagine Dragons song on Idol). He also gave some performances which I hoped would end soon. The main culprits were Come Together, You’re Still The One, and Sing. With Sing, he completely sucked the fun and playfulness out of the song (though to be fair, if my celebrity crush hugged me before I were to go on stage, I wouldn’t be able to walk let alone perform). The thing Sam may be the most known for is how often the show tried to keep him around. He was initially eliminated during the Top 8; however, the judges used the save on him. Then there was the infamous Top 5 Results Show. A twist was introduced in which the remaining contestants had the opportunity to vote whether or not someone would be eliminated that week. If the contestants unanimously voted not to eliminate anyone, there would be no elimination; however, two contestants would be eliminated the following week. Jena and Alex made sure that didn’t happen and unfortunately for Sam, he was the lowest vote getter and thus eliminated. Finally, I felt bad for him during the finale when he was steamrolled by PP during their “duet”. With all this said, I did like Sam all things considered; it’s just too bad it seemed he couldn't break out of his shell while on Idol.

     

    Clue: No second chance for you! (referring to the Top 5 Results Show twist. I thought this one would've been guessed correctly. Maybe if I were to put something like #teamno victim, it would've been guessed easily :haha:)

     

    113. Dalton Rapattoni: Season 15 (3rd Place)

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    Dalton is a contestant who some feel is too low. The thing is Dalton isn’t the type of contestant I normally gravitate towards, so naturally he would've been lower than this. He appeared to have lean towards the emo genre musically (he did call himself an emo :censored: after all), which is not a genre I listen to all that much. Yet there was something about him that intrigued me. I want to say it started when he auditioned with The Phantom Of The Opera; that was certainly an out of the box song choice. However, it truly began with Rebel Yell. This is the first of the many songs he would rearrange to fit his style or Dalton-ize them if you will. After that performance, I found myself wanting to see what he would do with future ones. The results were often mixed bags. I thought his better performances were the ones he would change up; these included The Sound of Silence, Dancing In The Dark, and God Only Knows. With all that said, I felt his best performance was Bird Set Free. It was easy to see he really felt that song, and he pretty much sang it straight. Unfortunately, that was the only one he sang straight that he did well on. The other times he didn’t change the song up often led to very poor results. Examples included Radioactive, Numb, and Everybody Wants To Rule The World. He did well enough to make it to the Top 3; however, it was pretty much a given barring anything unexpected, the Top 2 were going to be Trent and La’Porsha. At least Dalton got to perform what would’ve been his coronation song before his elimination and got a nice send off compared to what happened to JAX the year before. Despite this, he appeared to be genuinely happy for La’Porsha and Trent after the announcement. Dalton appeared to be a good guy all things considered. He was definitely an intriguing contestant, that’s for sure.

     

    Clue: Member of a boyband prior to Idol (the group IM5)

     

    112. Lauren Alaina: Season 10 (2nd Place)

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    Three runner ups within the last two sets after having none for a while; I guess the laws of balance are kicking in :haha:. Like Dalton, some posters may feel Lauren is too low. However, Lauren is very similar to Kellie, in that she was someone who I didn’t like at all but have come to gradually like over the years. She was this outgoing, bubbly girl who irritated me throughout her time on Idol; honestly, I thought she was a bit of a brat. However, the main issue I had was that I felt she was handled with kid gloves and was pushed to the finale. It seemed as if every other week the judges would say something along the lines of “Lauren is back!” while she never really gave anything better than slightly above average. With all of this said, I felt I was being unfair to her, so I decided to re-watch her Idol run and have come to realize I was indeed too harsh. While I don’t think she was as good as the judges/producers wanted her to be, she was better than I initially gave her credit for. She had a few performances I liked which included Turn On The Radio, Flat On The Floor, and I Hope You Dance (too bad her other two performances that night were tragic). It was just plain to see she was underdeveloped and had ways to go before reaching her full potential. Lauren appears to be doing very well for herself post-Idol. Apparently, her career got off to somewhat of a slow start; however, she kept plugging along and appears to have a viable career. The main thing I noticed was how strong her voice had gotten over the years. During the S15 duets, she blew MacKenzie and Emily out of the water without even trying (as an aside, I’m not a fan of the celebrity duets; it’s one of the things I didn’t miss during S18. However, I didn’t mind it with the former Idol finalists). If she waited a few years for her voice to develop, I might have looked at her more favorably. As it is, while she may never crack my Top 100, let alone be an all-time favorite, I have come around on her over time.

     

    Clue: Those darn stairs! AjarFearlessGrackle-max-1mb.gif (it sounds like something Lauren would say :giggle:)

     

    111. Amy Adams: Season 3 (10th Place)

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    Oops, wrong one! 😜

     

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    That's more like it! :giggle:

     

    This set started with a 10th placer; it ends with 10th placer. Not to be confused with the Golden Globe winning actress, this Amy Adams was a contestant during S3 who had her moments in the sun. Amy stood out from the crowd because she wasn’t a teen or an R&B diva. Her pink hair definitely helped as well. As for her Idol run, she started off as a part of Group 3 with The Power of Love. It was a very solid vocal, the second best of the night I thought. She was voted into the finals where she kind of struggled with You Make Me Feel Brand New. It was a bit safe and boring, plus I felt the band drowned her out. She landed in the B3 that night but was able to survive. Needless to say, Amy bounced back the following week with Sin Wagon, which was not only easily her best performance, it was one of the best performances of the season. The performance was really fun, and she was vocally on point. Seeing there were no viable country singers that season, it was a void Amy could’ve filled if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, she never really got the chance because she was eliminated the subsequent week after her performance of Dancing In The Street. The most memorable thing about it was Simon saying she reminded him of Jay Leno. I guess it was something since he didn’t have anything to say the week before. Overall, Amy appeared to be a fun, outgoing,  and friendly woman with a very pretty voice, and I wouldn’t have minded if she lasted a few weeks longer than she did.

     

    Clue: Lois Lane (has the same name of the actress who plays Lois Lane in the DC Universe movies)

     

    115. Lisa Tucker

    114. Sam Woolf

    113. Dalton Rapattoni

    112. Lauren Alaina

    111. Amy Adams

     

    3/5 were right this time. Apologies to those who were hoping certain finalists wouldn't appear in this set. :broken: I have to stay true to how I feel, which means I may break a heart or two unfortunately. :broken:

     

    For the upcoming set:

    • Nuts of Wonder
    • Sang the same song as the winner and runner up on different nights
    • A swan song that sadly described the situation perfectly
    • Rick Ankiel
    • It's time...
  9. 16 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    My guesses are the same as everybody else's...

    • Those darn stairs!- Lauren Alaina. I think this would be a bit too low for her... 
    • No second chance for you!
    • Lois Lane- This clue puzzles me. Teri Hatcher, known for her portrayal of Lois Lane, was on Idol Gives Back, but she was not a contestant... 🤔
    • The OC, The Vampire Diaries, Zoey 101- Lisa Tucker. I'm pretty sure she appeared in these three.
    • Member of a boyband prior to Idol- Dalton Rapattoni. Maybe this would be too low?

     

    We'll see...

     

    I know I said tomorrow would probably be the earliest I would post my next set. However, I was able to knock out a few write-ups during my lunch break, so I may be able to post them tonight. I have a test though, so I may or may not post them depending on how I'm feeling afterwards. 😬

  10. 12 minutes ago, Elliott said:

    It made sense as a "victory" song had she been voted through. It just looked ill-advised as a wildcard song pick. :haha: But realistically, I don't think the judges producers were planning on picking her. ABC Idol is all about staying as young as possible and she was already at the end of the age limit.

    No doubt, her song would've been great as a victory song. As I said before, they should just do away with the wildcards and have the top ten vote getters advance. However, should they continue with this format, contestants should prepare both a victory and wildcard song just in case. I can see that about ABC Idol, though some have been lucky enough not to be filtered out.

  11. 10 hours ago, Elliott said:

    125. Jasmine Trias - I'm not even remotely a fan. If it wasn't for Leah and Camile, she'd be my least favourite that season by a mile. I can't even enjoy her disco performances as a lulzy guilty pleasure since LaToya went home.

    124. Bucky Covington - Meh.

    123. Anthony Fedorov - He's cute. But meh otherwise. :haha: 

    122. Jason Castro - He had a couple of performances I liked and his voice cleaned up well in the studio recordings, but I was pretty apathetic towards him for most of the season, and I'm still lowkey bitter about him and Brooke being safe over Carly & Syesha for Top 6 week. :haha: 

    121. Malaya Watson - She had potential but I think she had trouble reigning it in, which was why her performances were like a rollercoaster. In a season that was as boring as it was, I'm glad she provided the entertainment at least.

     

    125. I can see why no one could enjoy her disco performances as a guilty pleasure because of LaToya leaving. That was disappointing.

    124. Fair enough

    123. :rofl:

    122. Yeah, it was mildly infuriating to see Carly and Syesha in the B2 while Brooke and Jason were safe, though I liked Brooke and she won't be showing up any time soon

    121. Pretty much agree about Malaya

     

    10 hours ago, Elliott said:

    120. Caleb Lee Hutchinson - I liked him a lot during the season, but I don't think I really considered him my actual #1 favourite until after the finale. :haha: I liked most of his performances, though When Doves Cry is easily my favourite of his and of the season. (In fact, if I was to do a "Top 100 Performances" list or something of that sort, it'd probably be the only S16 performance on it :haha:) He's steadily climbed on my overall rankings in the time since S16, especially after getting to see him perform a couple times across two summers and meeting him both years as well. He's grown as a performer and I really enjoyed his EP. Easily in my Top 20, perhaps in my Top 10.

    119. Casey James - I didn't really have any strong feelings for him in S9, but I was fine with him making it to third considering Lee & Crystal were my top two and he didn't make it there over one of them. :haha: He was decent on the Idol tour, but I haven't really kept up with him since outside of what gets posted to Idol news blogs.

    118. Justin Guarini - I wasn't really a fan all things considered, though it's grown into more apathy over him. I appreciate what he did for Idol in the nostalgia sense and he seems like a genuinely nice guy. Him always tweeting about Kelly's success is nice to see, too.

    117. Ryan Starr - My original favourite from S1 :wub: She wasn't that great on the show after she made the finals, but I liked her Top 10 and Top 7 performance well enough. Of course, You Really Got Me was the first iconic train wreck and it's still a guilty pleasure of mine from how bad it is. :haha: I liked the singles she put out a few years after Idol, and nowadays she's having some moderate success as a travel blogger.

    116. Alyssa Raghu - I didn't really remember her in S16 when everyone was talking about her being "robbed" so I found it hilarious when suddenly everyone turned on her when she made the finals in S18. All things considered, I'd probably put her around this spot, too. She was alright, and I think she was getting better performance-wise as the show went on. Her Somebody to Love was actually one of my favourites of Queen night, so I would've kept her around after that. When it came down to her and Ashley for the final spot, I would've preferred Ashley based off their overall work, but I can't fault them for picking Alyssa since I thought Alyssa did better that particular night.

     

    120. Good to see he was your #1 favorite from the season. That's pretty cool you got to see him perform a few times as well as met him each time. Wow at him being in the Top 20 or even Top 10

    119. Fair enough

    118. Pretty much agree when it comes to Justin. I've soften my stance a bit on him as well

    117. Yes, You Really Got Me is an iconic train wreck. Nice to see she's having some success as a travel blogger, considering how messy she was post-Idol

    116. Fair to think she was getting better performance wise. As for the wildcard spots, I had a feeling Uche and Alyssa were locks barring any real screw-ups. I'd like to think the judges wanted to pick Ashley; however, they couldn't justify not picking Dimitrius after the performance he gave. Besides, Ashley didn't do herself any favors with her song choice, and this is coming from someone who was rooting for her and really wanted her in the Top 10. At least neither Eddie nor Evelyn were picked.

     

    10 hours ago, blackfield said:

    I kind of knew the hint about casey but was afraid to say it as he is still one of my fav contestants. and i don't think he should be that low. loved his performances minus a few like both his top 3 and  lowdy miss clowdy. still he is one of the best guitar players on the show who actually PLAYED the guitar unlike many others who faked it and just strum half a chord. and if you ask me he still managed to get a (sort of) successful music career after idol. at least he manages to make a living from playing music. his second album is pretty good! 

     

    now for the clues:

    • Those darn stairs! - someone who fell down the stairs.. could be number of them.  lauren alaina, is the most memorable as that fall was classic. and her reaction was the best. 
    • No second chance for you! - either caleb or candice or laine who came and won the second time around.. unless the hint is something completely different.. 
    • Lois Lane
    • The OC, The Vampire Diaries, Zoey 101 - lisa tucker (season 5)  who appeared on all 3 shows
    • Member of a boyband prior to Idol - I have a bad feeling this is dalton rapattoni who was a member of IM5 before idol.. :(

     

    I'm starting to sense you have a certain type when it comes to idol contestants. :haha: It's good to see he manages to make a living doing music.

     

    As for the guesses to the clues, we'll find out soon enough...

     

    7 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    I’d actually rank Caleb Lee a little higher, but that’s mainly due to my liking Maddie. In terms of his performance on the show, this would be the right place to put him in.

     

    Fair enough.

     

    2 hours ago, miss denise said:

    120. Caleb Lee Hutchinson: He was my favorite of the season, although Gabby may have passed him, but either way, my favorite has shown up now, lol. Love his personality and his voice has such a comforting sound that I loved as well. ❤️ 

    119. Casey James: Not much of a fan, but I did love a couple of his performances, which you named. "For a second I thought Constantine managed to slither his way into another set and was prepared to throw something at my screen" :dead: I remember a lot of us thinking this! :dead: 

    118. Justin Guarini: I really like him and he's among my favorites from the season. Plus, there is always a nostalgic factor in thinking about Justin. I also love him and Kelly's friendship. ❤️ 

    117. Ryan Starr: I was never a fan.

    116. Alyssa Raghu: I like her, but she wasn't really one of my favorites. I'm not sure what it was.

     

    • Those darn stairs!: I immediately thought of Lauren, although I sure hope not. :broken: 
    • The OC, The Vampire Diaries, Zoey 101: Lisa Tucker.
    • Member of a boyband prior to Idol: Could be Dalton... can't think of who else might fit. But gahh if Lauren and Dalton both show up next, it's going to be such a tough set for me. :broken: 

     

    120. Good to see about Caleb

    119. Fair enough about Casey. :dead: at most of us thinking about that!

    118. Yes, there is something greatly nostaglic about S1. I guess it's because it was the beginning. It does appear he and Kelly have a strong friendship

    117. Fair enough

    116. Fair enough

     

    I have a feeling I'll be breaking quite a few hearts, though as I mentioned earlier, I'm pretty much at the point where I like the remaining contestants in some form or another. I'm not sure if that's any consolation. :broken: We'll see what happens...

  12. 12 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    My Opinions:

     

    120. Caleb Lee Hutchinson- I found him very boring in S16. I'm usually not a fan of the slow, deep-voiced country singers (with the exception of Scotty), and Caleb was just that. He was my pick NOT to win the title! 😂

    119. Casey James- No comment. 

    118. Justin Guarini- Who actually thought he would win over Kelly? After hearing what you said, I can't believe he made it to the finale! 😂

    117. Ryan Starr- America must have been voting for something else since she made it through after that trainwreck. 

    116. Alyssa Raghu- I really liked her during S17 (not as much as Ashley Hess, who didn't make the finals 😡). I didn't love anyone from S17 though (except maybe Ashley Hess), so she's not in my Top 9. I wish the wildcard picks would go farther though... Maybe ABC's quickened pace hurts their chances of going farther? 🤔

     

    120. Yeah, it's easy to see how he would come off as boring.

    119. N/A

    118. As mentioned, Justin was the heartthrob and was one of the better males considering the season. Who knows how he would've done in later seasons.

    117. It was amazing how she made it through after that. Then again, AJ was still around, so he may have been her buffer

    116. Ashley. 😭 I may have an intermission and list my favorite semifinalists at some point; Ashley would definitely be on that list. As for Alyssa, pretty much the same. It would be better if they did away with the wildcard picks altogether and just have the Top 10 vote getters go through.

    10 hours ago, hayden98 said:

    As far as I'm aware, Caleb and Maddie are still together. ;) I don't remember ever being a huge fan of Caleb's, but he was always someone I rooted for as I really loved his personality. 

     

    I think I'd like Casey James more during a rewatch, but I remember just not being into him during his time on the show. I'm glad that he still seems to be making music though!

     

    Our opinions on Justin seem to be pretty identical lol.

     

    lmao Ryan ❤️ I appreciate how different she was compared to most of the other contestants of Season 1. I wanna say the self-sabotage rumors are true??? Also, Rodesia :wub: Her performance was a trainwreck, but I really loved her voice anyway.

     

    Alyssa was someone that I remember liking always, but wasn't crazy about. Her voice is quite amazing tbh, but I think she falls into the category of "auditioned too soon" - twice! Huge kudos to her being the first repeat semifinalist (and improving on top of that). I'm looking forward to what Alyssa does in the future; she's released at least one single thus far, and it's pretty catchy imo.

     

    For the clues.... I'm pretty sure Lisa Tucker is one of them. The only people I can think of for the stairs clue are Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart, but it feels pretty early for either of them (totally not just based on my bias for them lol).

     

    Nice to see they may still be together! Fair thoughts about Caleb. Even if his voice or style may not be everyone's cup of tea, he did appear to be likable at least.

     

    Fair enough about Casey.

     

    LOL at having pretty identical opinions about Justin.

     

    Yes at Ryan! 😆 This is the first time I've seen someone show love to Rodesia. :haha:

     

    I pretty much agree about Alyssa. Both times it appeared she auditioned too soon. Agreed about her being the first repeat semifinalist.

     

    We'll see about the guesses...

     

    10 hours ago, anonymouskid_35 said:

     Agree too! I totally love that gorgeous tone of Alyssa, especially when she auditioned back in Season 16 singing Almost Is Never Enough (ugh can't get enough of that performance). However on Season 17, it's just sad though that because of the comments of others, she totally changed her style and how she performs (shows how quickly others can affect you), it's good though that she tried to work the stage a little more, but she tried WAY TOO HARD, but yeah I would've ranked her higher, for me, but Crisis' opinions were understandable

     

    Yeah, it is sad she changed her style because of the comments of others. Considering she was 17 at the time, it's easy to see how she can be so impressionable. She did try way too hard, though. It's something that comes with more experience and understanding who you are.

  13. 120. Caleb Lee Hutchinson: Season 16 (2nd Place)

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    Leading off the set is the first runner up to appear in the list. Caleb was the season’s country heartthrob. He must’ve researched whatever diet Burnell went on because similar to Burnell, he was a lot slimmer on the show than he was at his audition. In addition, he appeared to be this likable and funny guy (his Lionel Richie impersonation during the finale was hilarious and spot on). As for his voice, he had this deep, rich tone that made it perfect for traditional country music. The problem with Caleb is he appeared to be on cruise control during his time on Idol. It obviously worked for him, as he made it all the way to second place; however, it doesn’t make him the most compelling contestant. The only time he really did anything that wasn’t the usual was his countrified take on When Doves Cry. It was easily my favorite performance of his. Outside of WDC, I liked You’ve Got A Friend In Me; it was a nice and charming performance despite the song choice being completely predictable. Finally, I dug Folsom Prison Blues during the finale. Everything else, however, was steady if not exciting. The only other performance I can remember was his coronation song Johnny Cash Heart, if only for the timing miscue at the beginning. It was thought Caleb was going to coast his way to the crown, which would mean yet another WGWG winner. However, or fortunately depending on one’s point of view, that wasn’t the case. In some ways, Caleb still won; he managed to land a cutie like Maddie as a girlfriend after all. I liked that their relationship wasn’t revealed until the end, unlike when the show shoved Cade and Gabby down our throats throughout the season. I also liked how Caleb pretty much shut down Ryan’s attempt at suggesting Cade and Gabby accompany he and Maddie to Hawaii by saying they were taking their parents instead. I don’t know if the two are still together; I haven’t really kept track of them. Regardless, Caleb is someone who while not the most creative or exciting contestant, knew his lane and navigated it very well.

     

    Clue: Not that Big D (Big D is the nickname for Dallas, TX. Caleb's hometown is Dallas, GA; hence, it was referencing a different Dallas city. This is the one clue that appeared to have stumped everyone :haha:)

     

    119. Casey James: Season 9 (3rd Place)

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    Casey was a contestant who had this country/blues/rock vibe about him. In addition, he was a very talented guitarist; in some circles, he is considered to be the best guitarist to ever set foot on the Idol stage. However, the main thing he’s probably remembered for was taking off his shirt at the request of Kara and Victoria Beckham at his audition and Kara practically drooling over him throughout the season. 😆 With that said, while I did like Casey for the most part, he was someone who I wanted to be better than he was. Though he made it all the way to 3rd place, I can’t help but feel let down by his run. I’m probably off; however, I have a feeling he was too laid back and didn’t care if he won the Idol crown or not. With the exception of a couple of performances, I felt he held back quite a bit. In addition to this, he had a bit of a goat throat going on, though it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Carmen’s. With all of that said, the performances of his I enjoyed the most were Hold On, I’m Comin’, Don’t, and especially Jealous Guy, which I thought was easily his best. I’ve liked a few of his other performances such as You’ll Think Of Me and It’s All Over Now. However, he also had his fair share of bad performances which include Don’t Stop, Blue Skies, and both of his Top 3 showings. Post-Idol, I did hear his single Crying On A Suitcase and I remembered liking it. I also remember he and Kat singing I Need You Now in the acoustic medley during the S15 Grand Finale. For a second I thought Constantine managed to slither his way into another set and was prepared to throw something at my screen; fortunately, it was Casey instead. 😂 From what I understand, he’s still making music as an independent artist, so good for him on that front.

     

    Clue: Thanks to this finalist, Kara really needed a beverage :haha: (referencing how thirsty Kara appeared to be over him. @hayden98 got this one right 👍)

     

    118. Justin Guarini: Season 1 (2nd Place)

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    It's been quite a while since a S1 finalist was ranked. Not anymore. Now appearing is the original runner up, as well as the second one in this set. Justin was considered to be the season’s heartthrob. However, to me he was for the most part a cheeseball. With that said, he didn’t have a bad voice and there was a certain presence about him. He was confident and knew how to work the stage and crowd most of the time. He started off by singing Ribbon In The Sky in the semis, and personally I wasn’t too impressed with it. I actually preferred Gil Sinuet’s version over his. The voters liked it enough to advance him to the finals, where he performed For Once In My Life during the Top 10. The following week, he sang Sunny, for which he didn’t receive any positive reviews from the judges for the first time. The most memorable part during the exchange was when Justin said he respected Simon’s opinion but asked what the audience thought of his performance. For some, it may have come off as cocky and it may have showed that Justin did not take negative criticism well. He apologized for it the following night and was safe, but the damage may have been done. He landed in the B2 the following week after his performance of Someday We’ll All Be Free, which was one of his weakest performances. He rebounded the following week with Route 66. It was a fine performance; however, it was overshadowed by what is often considered one of the best, if not the best, performances in Idol history. Fast forward two weeks where he gave what are considered to be his best and worst performances of the season. Get Here was a strong showing; however, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) was just an abomination. The bad singing and cheesy dancing were absolutely cringeworthy. An argument could be made that he should've been in the B2 that week if not eliminated. Regardless, Justin had an OK showing during the Top 3 the following week and eventually made it to the finals where he was pretty much no match for Kelly. The coronation songs, especially A Moment Like This suited Kelly better. Justin gave it a valiant effort, but it wasn’t enough as he finished in second place. After Idol, I know he released a couple of albums and did a few Broadway shows. Of course, I have to mention the film masterpiece that was “From Justin to Kelly”. 🤭 Another thing I remember was him coming back the following season and singing Unchained Melody during the Top 3 results show. It was kind of a letdown, especially after hearing Clay sing it the night before. Finally, there’s him playing Lil’ Sweet in the Diet Dr. Pepper commercials. Some were hilarious, others were corny. Nonetheless, while he may have been a ham, Justin was a charismatic contestant.

     

    Clue: Opposite of big sour (Lil Sweet of course)

     

    117. Ryan Starr: Season 1 (7th Place)

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    Sauntering her way into the ranking is Tiffany Montgomery, aka Ryan Starr. Ryan is probably better known for her good looks and skimpy outfits than her singing. In a season where just about everyone was showing skin, including the guys, Ryan definitely showed more than most. As for her singing, her song choices were all over the place, which confused the judges who wanted to know what type of artist she wanted to be. With that said, she had a moment or two on the show. She started off her run in the semis with Frim Fram Sauce, a completely out of the box song choice. It was easily her best performance of the competition. From there, she was voted into the finals, where in the Top 10 she gave an OK performance of If You Really Love Me. However, it was the following week where Ryan gave her most infamous performance: You Really Got Me. It was truly a sight to behold. Not a single note was in tune, plus she looked as if she was going through the motions and not caring about the performance at all. Finally, it was the last performance of the evening; what a way to close the show! She definitely gave the audience something to remember. :haha: She managed to survive to next week where she performed Last Dance (an ominous title if there ever was one). It was certainly better than YRGM, but it was still as if she was just going through the motions; at least she looked hot during it. She was eventually eliminated the following night. I pretty much expected it (though I was secretly rooting for Justin to leave). Supposedly she deliberately performed badly towards the end of her run because she was trying to get eliminated. Post-Idol I know she released a single called My Religion which I recall did pretty well on iTunes. Other than that, she did some acting in movies and commercials. However, the main thing she may be remembered for post-Idol was starring in The Surreal Life. I never watched the show, but I heard some things about her; unfortunately, most of them weren’t good. Anyway, while not the best contestant, Ryan was someone I didn’t mind ogling watching.

     

    Clue: Considered to have given the first true train wreck in the finals Idol history (the original clue didn't have the finals in it, so I added it. I forgot there were a few trainwrecks in the semis; the most memorable one was probably Rodesia Evan's Daydream Believer)

     

    116. Alyssa Raghu: Season 17 (7th/8th Place)

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    Hope everyone brought their pasta bowls because it’s time for some sauce to be poured into this ranking! Alyssa was this young bubbly girl who we were first introduced to in S16. She made it to the Top 24 where she sang Stay for her solo and Yellow as a duet with Banners. Unfortunately, she wasn’t picked for the Top 14 then. The main knock on her was her lack of stage presence and experience. I guess she took that to heart because she came back the following season, stating she has performed a few gigs and she felt her stage presence had improved. She tried to show this with her Top 20 performance of Ain’t It Fun. For me, although it was a valiant effort, it felt like she was trying too hard. Nonetheless, after her duet with Julia Michaels, she made the Top 14 this time around. There, she went back to her ballad lane with She Used To Be Mine. It was my favorite of hers because I felt she was right in her element. However, it wasn’t enough for her to be one of the Top 7 vote getters; therefore, she had to sing in the Wildcard Round. Considering how much the judges were invested in her, unless she imploded in a spectacular way there was no chance Alyssa wasn’t going to be a WC pick. Her picking a Katy Perry song and singing it fine enough certainly helped. She sang Colors Of The Wind the following week, which was OK. The subsequent week she sang Somebody To Love which while not bad vocally, the presentation was awkward, especially the air guitar. With that said, I was amused at her stalling for time so she could try to get more votes since she was the final performer of the evening, and Idol was doing the Coast to Coast voting. Unfortunately for Alyssa, it was all for naught as she was eliminated alongside Walker that night. It was pretty much a given considering she was a WC pick and WC picks have lasted two weeks at most during the ABC reboot. Though I’ve said I felt she tried too hard at times, I did she some improvement and I liked seeing her determination in trying to get better. Overall, Alyssa was the sauce that had a good base, but needed more seasoning.

     

    Clue: Not Prego (Prego and Ragu are spaghetti sauces. If not Prego, then more than likely it's Ragu, which is a play on Alyssa's last name)

     

    120. Caleb Lee Hutchinson

    119. Casey James

    118. Justin Guarini

    117. Ryan Starr

    116. Alyssa Raghu

     

    4/5 were guessed correctly. We'll see how everyone does with the next set:

    • Those darn stairs!
    • No second chance for you!
    • Lois Lane
    • The OC, The Vampire Diaries, Zoey 101
    • Member of a boyband prior to Idol
  14. 1 hour ago, miss denise said:

     

    - Well, the last time I did an Idol list David was my #1, so you could say I'm a fan. :lmao: I never loved an Idol more. I sure hope it's more than a few sets. :blushingwave: 

    - My favorite ballad of hers is "I Wonder." ❤️ I'm guessing you may have heard that one. 

     

    I was feeling all clever until I saw other people made the same guesses. :haha:  

     

    Ooooo.... I think everyone felt they were pushing for a female winner, so interesting that's what started this all. I can't remember what Nicki said to him following the performance. But LOL his final comments. Okay then. :dead:  Thanks for the recap, haha.

     

    - We'll see where he eventually ends up. It's good to see you're still a huge fan of his

    - Yeah. The first time I heard it was during the S6 Top 16 Results Show. I mainly remember the exchange between her and Ryan. 😆

     

    After the performance, Nicki said something along the lines of she was going to pretend she didn't see that and told all three of them to get off the stage. Yeah, his final comments were something else. :haha: He deleted that tweet not too long after posting it, but the Internet never forgets. :haha:

     

    I just wrapped up the write-ups for the new set. They shall appear in my next post. 👍

  15. 42 minutes ago, miss denise said:

    Yikes, I got really behind again. I'll catch up now.

     

    140. Ben Briley: He was okay for me.

    139. Qaasim Middleton:  Not a favorite, but I found him fun.

    138. Olivia Rox: She had potential, but I didn't connect with her as much as I wished I did.

    137. Amanda Overmyer: I love S7 so so so much, and she is the only finalist I am not a fan of. But LOL your Cruella comment.

    136. Michelle Sussett: She was okay for me.

     

    135. Aaron Kelly: I love him and he was my favorite of the season. ❤️  It was a rough season for me and he's one of the only ones I cared about. I just love his voice.

    134. Vanessa Olivarez:  I don't mind her, but she doesn't do much for me.

    133. Paul McDonald: Not a fan.

    132. Paige Miles: She wasn't among my favorites, but I did like her.

    131. Nick Fradiani: I liked him too, but I had much bigger favorites... including Clark, who I love, so that season did not end well for me, lol.

     

    130. Devin Velez: He may have been my favorite guy that season. I like his voice and felt bad he was the one eliminated after that iconic group performance.

    129. John Stevens: Crocodile Rock legend :wub:  lol I wasn't a fan, but he is still pretty much an Idol icon. :haha: He did seem like a nice guy and had some good performances. "Whenever I’m not in the best of moods, there are two Idol related videos I know I can watch that will make me feel better: the Archie fangirls melting down after his loss" Oh. 😢  I do remember hearing about the death threats. :( So awful. 

    128. Thia Megia: I liked her, especially when she sang ballads. All those performances were really good. ❤️ Interesting you say nobody has ever done "Heat Wave" well, since I enjoyed other performances of it. 😮 

    127. Kellie Pickler: I was thinking her for the clue! Aw, I love Kellie and she's one of my favorites. ❤️ I loved her on the show a ton, but she has grown a lot since then and I love her even more now.  Aw, "How Far" was one of my favorites though. 😢 But she did best with uptempo (although she has a lot of great ballads of her own). I love everything about her and am a huge fan of DWTS as well, and was so pleased she won there. ❤️  It's great seeing all her success with everything.

    126. Colton Dixon: One of my favorites from S11 and definitely one of my favorite guys. Darn, you really didn't like some of my favorite performances of his. :blushingwave: At least we can agree on "Love the Way You Lie."  But he's another I hear about in his post-show career, which makes me happy, and I like many songs I've heard from him.

     

    125. Jasmine Trias:  I always loved her and she was one of my favorites... I will always have such a soft spot for her, as that was the season I really became obsessed with Idol. ❤️ I feel alone in my opinion with most people around here now, but she did have quite a fanbase on IDF back in the day as well. :broken:  I still enjoy the music she put out following Idol as well.

    124. Bucky Covington: I like him well enough, although he's not a favorite. But he's fine and I liked his voice, especially on some songs he sung.

    123. Anthony Fedorov: I love him and he was one of my big favorites that season. :wub: I love his voice, personality, and everything. Him and Carrie were cute. ❤️  And I feel like it's a popular opinion that his IYDKMBN was stronger than Carrie's (and I also love Carrie more).

    122. Jason Castro: I love him too, although not sure exactly where he ranks for me, since again I love S7 so much.  But I loved his musical style a lot. It's a shame his time on the show ended how it did with him not seeming to care. :(  He's a fun and talented guy though. Oh, and I think you meant to say "I Don't Wanna Cry", rather than "Tonight I Wanna Cry" when referring to his Mariah Carey performance.

    121. Malaya Watson: Not a fan, but I did like some of her performances.

     

    I didn't mean to say so much. :lmao: Hopefully I can keep up better going forward.

     

    Not Prego: Alyssa Raghu... referencing pasta sauce

    Opposite of big sour:  Justin Guarini here because of his Dr. Pepper commercial character Lil' Sweet

     

    It's OK. I had a lot of free time over the weekend, so I posted as many sets as possible. :haha:

     

    140. Fair enough

    139. I pretty much feel the same. Not a favorite, but was fun to watch

    138. I pretty much agree with this

    137. I can see how this is the case. When I first saw her during that performance, that was the first thing that came to mind. :haha:

    136. Fair enough

     

    135. Nice to see he was your favorite from that season.

    134. Fair enough

    133. It's easy to feel away about him :haha:

    132. I pretty much feel the same way about her

    131. I don't think that season ended well for most people. :haha: Fair to feel that way about Nick

     

    130. I felt bad for him as well when he was the one trying to keep everything on track

    129. Yes, Crocodile Rock is indeed legendary. :wub: I feel the same way about him. Uh oh, :stealth: I take it you're a David Archuleta fan (if so, if there's any consolation, he won't be showing up for at least a few sets *spoiler*). The death threats were awful indeed.

    128. Nice to see you like her. As for Heat Wave, I've just never enjoyed anyone doing it on the show

    127. She did do the best with uptempo numbers. With that said, I've heard a ballad or two from her since her time on Idol, and needless to say she's improved a lot

    126. Uh oh, back to back favorites. 😳 It's nice to see you like what you've heard from him post-Idol

     

    125. Geez, these past two sets haven't been too kind to your favorites. Either way, I think I recall how big her fanbase was on here. It's good to see she's still one of your favorites despite this fairly low ranking

    124. I pretty much feel the same way about him

    123. 💔 He and Carrie did appear to have a cute friendship

    122. It is a shame to see his run ended as if he didn't care

    121. Fair enough

     

    As for the guesses, all should be revealed when the time comes...

     

    38 minutes ago, miss denise said:

     

    I forgot to quote this and ask what that was about? :haha: It sounds familiar, but I can't remember. 

     

    After his elimination, Devin felt the judges were pushing for a female winner and he didn't take too kindly to Nicki's remarks after the trainwreck. Nicki replied on Twitter by saying he should be more gracious because she fought for him and be upset at America for not voting for him. Devin responded by saying something along the lines of Nicki stooping down to 3rd grade level and that he had songs to write. It was interesting to say the least. :haha: 

  16. 20 minutes ago, Bk1234 said:

    My take on the clues:

    • Thanks to this finalist, Kara really needed a beverage :haha:
    • Not Prego- I think this refers to Alyssa Raghu. The sauce brand Prego's main competitor is the brand Ragu (a reference to Alyssa's last name). 
    • Opposite of big sour- I think this refers to Justin Guarini. He began appearing in Dr. Pepper commercials as "Lil' Sweet." "Lil' Sweet" is the opposite of big sour. 
    • Considered to have given the first true train wreck in Idol history- I think this refers to Ryan Starr. She delivered a terrible performance of "You Really Got Me." Not sure if this was the first trainwreck, but that's my guess. 
    • Not that Big D

     

    Solid guesses. It'll probably give it away, but I'll append the 4th clue:

     

    • Considered to have given the first true train wreck in the finals in Idol history

     

    15 minutes ago, miss denise said:

    Oh, and I think you meant to say "I Don't Wanna Cry", rather than "Tonight I Wanna Cry" when referring to his Mariah Carey performance.

     

    :duh: 

     

    I went ahead and fixed it. :haha: I'll respond to rest of your post later.

  17. 5 hours ago, ~Tom~ said:

    125. Jasmine Trias - She started off well, then quickly lost steam and picked songs too big for her. 

    124. Bucky Covington - I liked him throughout his season somewhat and thought he should've stayed over Ace the week he left, at least. 

    123. Anthony Fedorov - His Climb Every Mountain performance was my first peisode of Idol. Before Simon talked, my dad described his performance as "hideous". :haha: I liked the performances of his that you did, but other than that he was horrible. 

    122. Jason Castro - Eh I used to like him during his season (Travelin Thru especially) but his downward spiral was pretty rough to watch. I don't like wen contestants give up either. 

    121. Malaya Watson - I liked a few performances like Take Me to The King, but overall she was just so  underdeveloped.

     

    125. Agreed. It was hard to watch her descend after such a strong start

    124. No arguments here, especially given the performance Ace gave that week...

    123. 🤣 at your dad calling it hideous before Simon did. I wouldn't say he was horrible, but he wasn't great. I thought he was better than Constantine and Scott at least

    122. Yeah, it was rough to watch, especially towards the end

    121. Pretty much agree about Malaya

     

    The next set will most likely be up tomorrow evening. I'll start the write-ups tonight.

  18. 1 hour ago, Bk1234 said:

    I hope you're not right about "Not Prego." Katharine McPhee is amazing, and she may take the final slot in my Top 10. 

     

    We'll see...

     

    46 minutes ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    No real complaints about the rankings.

     

    I seem to remember Simon also telling Jasmine after one of her performances on Disco Night that a packed suitcase and a plane ticket were in her future.  And afterwards, she was crying.  I felt sorry for her, but not enough to vote for her.  But while I doubt that she was crying just to get the sympathy vote, she probably got a lot of votes from people who wanted to stick it to Simon, as well as the Hawaii vote, of course.  I certainly wasn’t happy when she survived and my favorite, LaToya, didn’t, but I didn’t blame Jasmine.

     

     I think that the “Not Prego” clue might refer to Alyssa Raghu, since Prego is a spaghetti sauce and so is Ragu.

     

    The Simon comments about a packed suitcase and plane ticket had to be after Everlasting Love because the other comment about hoping every household in Hawaii having at least 5 phone lines was after It's Raining Men. It's possible about Jasmine getting enough votes due to those factors.

     

    We'll see about your guess...

  19. 4 hours ago, hayden98 said:

    Because I've missed some 70 contestants, I'll just comment on some standouts lol.

     

    I might've ranked Gianna a little higher. I mean, she shouldn't have made it to the finals imo, but I think with several years under her belt (and hopefully less emphasis on her mom), she might've been a contender. I've not checked out any post-idol music from her though, so idk.

     

    ITA with you on Gabby. I've not bothered listening to her single, but her few standouts on the show were the songs she did that were not country. The drama with both her family and Cade has really soured her for me as well. Hopefully she continues to do well in music though.

     

    It may have been because one of my friends on IDF at the time was a huge Stefano fan, but I also was pretty fond of Stefano so I'd probably rank him quite a bit higher lol. I will say that I'm much more invested in him post-idol though with the hilarity that is "I'm On a Roll" and he's actually done some really good stuff with Postmodern Jukebox so I'd highly recommend the stuff he's done with them if nothing else.

     

    Karen Rodriguez is someone who I thought was boring on Idol, but like Stefano, some of her post-Idol work is actually quite good! She posts covers at least on her YouTube channel.

     

    And Paige was actually one of my all time favorites for a time lmao. I'm glad that you've got a bit of love for her (even if I'd still probably rank her about 60 placements higher). I mostly just wish Paige released more post-Idol content for me to stan lol. What she has released has been pretty good though at least.

     

    And since they're recent posts, I'll comment on the last set~

     

    I remember liking what I've seen of Jasmine, but I never did reach the trainwreck!Jasmine portion of season 3 so my vision of her is mostly her highlights lol.

     

    Not much to say about Bucky. I don't remember watching any of his performances, but this seems like a solid spot to place him.

     

    Anthony is someone who I've mostly just seen pre-live show footage of, so I'd say I like him and think he's pretty attractive, but I'm also not complaining about this placement.

     

    I recently watched through season 7 and was surprised at how much I liked Jason. I'd probably have swapped him and Brooke in the actual show, especially since Jason pretty much checked out by the end of his run.

     

    Malaya was something of a default favorite of mine during season 13 (ugh, that semifinal format). Malaya is another example of a teen who should've waited a few years imo, because she did have a lot of potential!

     

    - I can see Gianna being a contender with a few more years of experience under her belt. However, as I mentioned in my write-up, her season was billed to be the final season, so I could understand why she decided to audition then.

     

    - Pretty much agree about Gabby.

     

    - He probably could've been ranked higher; however, he still would've been my least favorite finalist from that season. Unfortunately, I won't listen to I'm On A Roll more than I have to. 🤮 I do remember him and Pia doing The Prayer with PJ (They were near me last year. I wanted to go see them, but the show was sold out before I could get tickets 😭), and the reviews were quite polarizing.

     

    - I heard some of Karen's work outside of Idol was good; I may have to check some of it out.

     

    - It's good to see Paige have a fan! I remember her getting a lot of heat for making the Top 12 as well as for her Against All Odds

     

    For the most recent set:

     

    - Pretty much from Top 9 on was when train wreck Jasmine occurred. It's too bad because she had such a promising start

    - Fair enough about Bucky

    - Fair enough about Anthony

    - Pretty much agree about Jason. I would throw Carly in there as well because as mentioned, it was around that time he checked out

    - Ugh, tell me about that season's semifinals format. I wouldn't say Malaya was a favorite of mine, but I agree about her having a lot of potential and waiting for a few years

     

    3 hours ago, x3 because of u said:

    125. Jasmine Trias - I remember being happy with how far she made it. She was never a top favorite for me but I still enjoyed her voice and personality.

    124. Bucky Covington - I don't remember loving his Idol run. However, I've recently rewatched his season and I actually like him more now.

    123. Anthony Fedorov - I loved his audition but not everything after. I always thought it was weird he sang the same song as Carrie that one night. haha He made it slightly too far for me.

    122. Jason Castro - JASON 😍 Yes, I loved him and yes, I still follow him on social media and he has a gorgeous family. Ugh, such good genes. 🤣 I'm about to rewatch his season. I liked his chill vibe and just the sound of his voice in general but I know he struggled near the end of his run. I was sad to see it end.

    121. Malaya Watson - I don't remember much about her but I wasn't a huge fan and thought she made it too far.

     

    125. Fair enough about Jasmine

    124. Bucky is someone who tends to grow on people (he certainly did on me)

    123. Fair enough about Anthony. I preferred him to Constantine and Scott, so I was happy he outlasted them

    122. Nice to see you feel that way about Jason. Yeah, it was unfortunate to see his run end that way, especially with him practically quitting

    121. Fair enough about Malaya

     

    3 hours ago, x3 because of u said:
    • Thanks to this finalist, Kara really needed a beverage :haha:
    • Not Prego - Katharine McPhee
    • Opposite of big sour - Justin Guarini
    • Considered to have given the first true train wreck in Idol history - Nikki McKibbin?
    • Not that Big D

     

    2 hours ago, hayden98 said:

    Oooh, and for the clues, I'm guessing Casey James, Alyssa Raghu, not sure, Ryan Starr, and not sure :haha: 

     

    Interesting guesses. We'll see if they're right or not. 

  20. 12 hours ago, anonymouskid_35 said:

    I do think I Am Changing performance of Malaya was easily her worst. She's just so pitchy all the way through. I am really on and off about her, she always chooses big songs that aren't fitted for her so yeah

     

    I thought I Am Changing was one of her better ones *shrugs*. I do agree about her picking songs that were too big for her, though.

     

    11 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I got none of these clues right! :haha:

     

    Jasmine Trias- No comment. 

    Bucky Corvington- No comment. 

    Anthony Fedorov- No comment. 

    Jason Castro- No comment.

    Malaya Watson- I think this is a good spot for her. She was inconsistent. She had some good performances and some bad ones! (I am very pleased to see that my S13 favorite has not been ranked yet! 🙂)

     

     

     

    Not much to say about this set. :haha: I agree about Malaya being inconsistent. Hopefully your S13 favorite won't show up anytime soon (though I can't make any promises).

  21. 125. Jasmine Trias: Season 3 (3rd Place)

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    Leading off this set is the second S3 female contestant from Hawaii to appear in this ranking. Jasmine at the time was a teenager who appeared to have great promise, this was shown with her semis performance of Run To You and especially with her Top 12 performance of Inseparable which was easily her best performance in the competition. Everything after that, however, with the exception of You’re All I Need To Get By, was nothing to write home about. It appeared she had lost her way. The absolute worst of the worst, however, was Disco Night, where she bombed both of her performances. I can’t decide which was worse, Everlasting Love or It’s Raining Men. After the latter, Simon told her she’d better hope every household in Hawaii had at least five phone lines because she was going to need every single one of them. Hawaii must have taken that to heart because she manage to advance to the Top 3, which engendered quite a bit of outrage. Jasmine became the season’s punching bag after John's elimination, so her advancement added more fuel to the fire. There she didn’t fare much better; it was obvious she was clearly out of her league compared to Fantasia and Diana. However, I did feel kind of bad for her when Clive picked All By Myself for her to sing. Of course, this was a song LaToya slayed during the semis, plus LaToya was eliminated the week before; therefore, there is some thought Clive may have sabotaged Jasmine on purpose. Either way, Jasmine was eliminated the following night. She became huge in the Philippines post-Idol, and she is pretty much an icon in Hawaii, so she seems to be doing fine. It’s too bad she couldn’t live up to the promise she showed earlier in the season.

     

    Clue: Not everyone had Disco Fever (referring to her not so stellar Top 4 week)

     

    124. Bucky Covington: Season 5 (8th Place)

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    Bucky was someone I enjoyed more as a person than a singer. He appeared to be this friendly, outgoing guy despite being a bit rough on the edges. He was like the male Kellie Pickler, though I felt he was more genuine. As for his voice, he had this rough, gravelly voice that took some time to get used to. With that said, I did enjoy a few of his performances. Simple Man, while not the best version done on the show, was something I enjoyed. I didn’t care for his other two semifinal performances, but apparently America did as he was voted into the finals. There he performed Superstition, which was probably the song that was the best suited for him. I thought he did OK with it. The following week he did Oh Boy which was a huge guilty pleasure of mine. It never fails to put a huge smile on my face. His following two performances were him in his element, so nothing much to say there. He gave my favorite performance of his during Queen Week with Fat Bottomed Girls. I even voted for him a couple of times that night! However, it would be his last as he was eliminated the following night. It was probably the best time for him to go because I couldn’t see him do well with the Standards. With that said, I wouldn’t have minded if he stuck around for at least another week; at least he went out on a somewhat positive note. I know Bucky released a couple of items post-Idol, though I haven’t heard anything from them. I don’t know what he’s up to now, but whatever it is I hope he’s living his best life.

     

    Clue: Was said to have hair similar to a pop star (Simon said something along the lines of Bucky having a Jessica Simpson style hairdo during his critique after Superstition 😂)

     

    123. Anthony Fedorov: Season 4 (4th Place)

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    Anthony appeared to be a nice guy, and he doesn’t have a bad voice; however, I found him to be corny for the most part. With that said, considering he had a near death experience right after birth and was told he wouldn’t be able to talk let alone sing, I highly commend his perseverance (then again, he is a Taurus, so it shouldn’t have been that surprising 😆). As for his Idol run, some performances I liked were I’ve Got You (though Simon said he had as much Latin flair as a polar bear 😆), I Surrender, I’m Already There, and If You Don’t Know Me By Now. Actually, I thought his IYDKMBN was way better than Carrie’s (I hope the Care Bears don’t come after me too hard for that one. If that isn’t a name of her fan base, I’m in double trouble :haha:). However, I can’t say I was too fond of any of his other performances. My least favorites were easily Climb Ev’ry Mountain (especially that last note, ugh) and Poison Ivy. For the former, I couldn’t decide who was worse that night, him or Scott with his The Impossible Dream. For the latter, that was just pure cheese all the way around. It was one of those performances you wanted to look away from but couldn’t. In spite of this, he managed to make it all the way to fourth place. The main thing I remember during his elimination was Carrie crying during his swan song. From what I understand, the two became close friends during the show, plus there was speculation the two of them were dating at some point. In conclusion, As I’ve said before, Anthony was a nice guy and an OK singer, even if I found him to be corny most of the time.

     

    Clue: Sang the same song on the same night as an Idol winner (the aforementioned IYDKMBN during Top 4 week)

     

    122. Jason Castro: Season 7 (4th Place)

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    Back to back 4th place finishers in this set. :haha: Anyway, on to Jason. Jason was this laid back, easy going heartthrob who musical style was just as laid back as he was. He wasn’t the strongest singer, but he knew who he was and made everything work for him. Some of the performances I enjoyed were Daydream, Hallelujah, Over The Rainbow, and I liked his take on I Don't Wanna Cry. For that one, he knew he had nowhere near the vocal prowess Mariah has, so he toned it down and made it fit his style. Then again, seeing it was Mariah Carey Night, he pretty much didn’t have any choice if he wanted to avoid a train wreck (as an aside, I found it funny how the judges often tell singers to avoid Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion because most of the time they won’t measure up to them, yet there were theme nights dedicated to two of them, go figure 😕). Some of his other performances I didn’t mind. However, from Top 6 on, it appeared he just flat out gave up and wasn’t even trying to do well anymore. To be honest, this annoyed me to no end. Say what you want about Brooke and her downward spiral in the finals, but at least it appeared she still wanted to be there and gave her all in every performance. Jason, on the other hand, was practically begging voters not to vote for him; I believe he even mouthed don’t vote during the Top 4 when Ryan was giving out the numbers. It appeared he got his wish when he was eliminated that week after giving two horrific performances. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone as relieved as he was when he was eliminated. Post-Idol, I know he released a couple of albums; I even heard a song of his on Pandora one day. From there, he formed a group with his siblings, and they performed for a few years before splitting up. I believe he is now in real estate and living a normal life. Regardless, as a contestant, Jason might have been ranked higher had he not thrown in the towel towards the end of his Idol run.

     

    Clue: Was the first contestant to use an instrument on the show (He played the guitar for Daydream in the first round of the semis)

     

    121. Malaya Watson: Season 13 (8th Place)

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    Closing out the set is another 8th placer. Malaya was this very energetic teenager, to the point of being hyper at times. This was definitely the case during Runaway Baby, where she was bouncing all over the place. As a result, her breath control was off, and the singing was very difficult to listen to. Also, I thought Runaway Baby was an interesting choice, given the weekly theme (This Is Me). Prior to this, she gave a solid performance of Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) during the semis (which is easily the worst semifinal format Idol has ever employed). I don’t know if I would’ve picked her to perform, but it is what it is. Going back to the finals, she recovered pretty nicely with Take Me To The King the following week, though I thought she was sharp at the end. The performances that came after were solid for the most part; however, the absolute gem of her portfolio was When I Was Your Man. I felt she really connected well to the song and I also appreciated her not changing the pronouns, which is often the case when contestants do songs from someone of the opposite gender. Unfortunately, the last week of her time on Idol was rough with her performance of Through The Fire. Chaka Khan is a very powerful singer with huge range, so any song of hers would be a challenge. Sadly, it wasn’t a challenge Malaya was up to. It was easily her worst performance outside of Runaway Baby. She was eliminated the following night and I have her say her swan song was one of the hardest to watch, especially when she softly whimpered the last note because she got too emotional. Overall, Malaya was a contestant with a few ups and downs, but she was fine for the most part.

     

    Clue: Sang songs by the same artist within four weeks of each other (Runaway Baby during Top 13 and WIWYM during Top 10, both by Bruno Mars)

     

    125. Jasmine Trias

    124. Bucky Covington

    123. Anthony Fedorov

    122. Jason Castro

    121. Malaya Watson

     

    What to expect for the next set:

    • Thanks to this finalist, Kara really needed a beverage :haha:
    • Not Prego
    • Opposite of big sour
    • Considered to have given the first true train wreck in Idol history
    • Not that Big D
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  22. 38 minutes ago, Bk1234 said:

    I just realized there are 7 more to go. Makayla is not part of this ranking, and MacKenzie and Gabby have been ranked. I'm actually not sure who my tenth favorite is! 😂 Hopefully, these rankings help me determine that.

     

    I hope they will as well. 👍

     

    38 minutes ago, hayden98 said:

    I've completely dropped the ball with following this list 💔 I'll try to cover some highlights either later tonight or in the morning!

     

    It's OK. :hug: I look forward to reading what you have to say.

     

    My next post will have the new set, so be ready!

  23. 1 hour ago, anonymouskid_35 said:

    Darling, you don't have to view this thread just to throw hate here. You're free to leave, if you don't like what Crisis is saying, what we are doing here is to show sum support and love. Do you own redux lol 

     

    54 minutes ago, CarmenSandiego said:


    Thank you!

     

     

    While it’s true that what gave Idol legitimacy initially was the success of their contestants, and while it’s certainly true that the show should just be a starting point and not the highlight of a singer’s career, Crisis is right to point out that you’re harping on this point in every post of yours to the point of becoming a serious annoyance.  That’s why I snapped at you the way I did.  Please put up your own rankings of the contestants.

     

    Now, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program.

     

    43 minutes ago, Elliott said:

    It's literally a list solely based off his personal opinions on the contestants regardless of how successful they are or aren't. You're literally arguing that his personal feelings on contestants aren't correct just because you think a list should only be based off of sales, which is ridiculous. If the only list people are allowed to do are centred solely on the amount of sales an Idol has, then what would even be the point of having personal favourites every season? There are plenty of Idols who have sold a lot I'm not a fan of, and plenty of Idols I'm a fan of who haven't done much post-Idol. I'm not going to stop considering them my favourite just because you think they shouldn't be ranked high in a personal listing solely because of their success. Good grief.

     

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    I have some homework to do right now. After I'm done, within the next few hours barring any new posts to reply to, I should have the next set up.

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  24. 2 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    These rankings haven't been too bad. 👍 Only one of my Top 10 has been ranked (MacKenzie Bourg 💔).

     

    2 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Actually you ranked two of them! 🤣 You ranked Gabby Barrett and MacKenzie. I guess you technically ranked Makayla Phillips already (very high too 👍), so you ranked three. 

     

    There's still 8 more to go! I can't promise when they'll show up, especially since I don't know who they are (it's better that way)!

     

    1 hour ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    Here’s my comments:

     

    Poor Devin.  He really did try to save the sinking ship that was “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, but there was no way to save that disaster!  And sadly, Devin didn’t help his cause by being honest when asked by Ryan about that disaster.  But it did make for a hilarious train wreck!  :rofl:
     

    Poor John.  He was just in way over his head.  But he still shouldn’t have received death threats.

     

    Thia was my first favorite in Season 11, and I was really disappointed in her.  She was probably too young and inexperienced. Glad that she made a name for herself on the show, at least.

     

    Kellie wasn’t great while on the show.  But at least she won Dancing With the Stars.

     

    Colton wasn’t as good in Season 12 as Joshua or Jessica.  And as I said before, you shouldn’t come off as cocky during your time on the show.  At least his remark was shown on the results show, when it was too late for it to matter.

     

    He really did try to save the sinking ship. Unfortunately, Lazaro kept poking more holes in it. :haha: I think what set Devin off was Lazaro saying we forgot the lyrics when it was clear he was the only one who did. Honestly, I don't blame him. This wasn't the first time Lazaro ruined a group performance because of his lack of preparation and inability to remember the words.

     

    Agreed about John. No one should receive death threats, especially over something as a reality TV singing competition

     

    I think for Thia and Colton, you're off by a season. ;) I pretty much agree about Thia.

     

    Agreed about Kellie.

     

    I can't say I disagree about Colton. Yeah, coming off as cocky is typically not a good way to influence voters.

     

    I'm currently working on the next set. It should be up some time today.

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