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  1. 3 hours ago, anonymouskid_35 said:

    Colton Dixon is one more successful alums.  He is a GMA DOVE winner who has made a name for himself in CCM.  One of the few Idols that has gone from one major label to another.


    I am willing to bet that belters Jessica Sanchez and Josh Ledet will rank very high here.  But both also had careers that TANKED after the show. 


    If we're going to pimp people when they were on the show, it's important to look at why some of them bomb when it came to launching a career. 


    Now for a post I didn’t want to make because I'm trying to avoid too much controversy and not to have the thread derailed too much. I’ve made it clear on day one this list would mainly be subjectively based on what the finalists did during their time on the show, not what their prospects are or how successful they are after the show, though it may be mentioned from time to time. I felt this was the fairest way to do this because not everyone has or had anything resembling a career after the show. Besides, this list is meant to be fun, not serious. Honestly, I think saying how well they do after the show being the only thing that matters is rather arrogant. It may be the only thing that matters to YOU; however, other people watch and enjoy Idol for other reasons. I’ve said this before: I hope all the contestants do well after Idol no matter how I feel about them; however, no matter how successful contestants are post-Idol, they will not be ranked very high if I didn’t enjoy them on the show. Frankly, I noticed this is something that’s done in just about every thread you participate in. Everything always comes back to one subject: how well a contestant does or does not do after Idol no matter how relevant it is to the thread. Between this and insinuating the reason certain contestants aren’t ranked high as desired because of their skin color despite there being absolutely no basis for it (the classic straw man fallacy), it’s starting to get annoying (actually it’s already there). If this list bothers you so much, you’re more than free to create your own list in a separate thread and rank the contestants based on whatever criteria you see fit. As for this list, it’s not going to change because it doesn’t fit the standards of one person.


    * SPOILER ALERT * For the record, neither Josh nor Jessica will be as high as people expect. As a matter of fact, Phillip will be ranked higher than at least one of these two.


    In addition, I did mention some of Colton's success post-Idol. I did mention he seems to be doing well for himself and that I heard some of his hits on the radio.


    Now back to the daily scheduled program...

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  2. 3 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I guessed Thia, Kellie, and Colton! 😄


    130. Devin Velez- No comment. 


    129. John Stevens- The death threat thing makes me sad... 😭


    128. Thia Megia- I agree with you on everything.

    Vocally, "Out Here On My Own" was good, but like I said before, I think it needed more build-up/escalation. 


    127. Kellie Pickler- While I'm fine with her being ranked here, I'm genuinely surprised she was ranked this low. 


    126. Colton Dixon- Aah, one of my temporary favorites until Skylar Laine sang "Wind Beneath My Wings." I did not like his arrangement of "September," and what really disappointed me was the fact that JLo said it was going to be so good before he performed. I did not find his elimination shocking at all. I was just praying Hollie edged out over him. 😂 (Also, maybe you ranked him too low?) 


    129. It makes me sad as well (as well as disgusted)

    128. 👍

    127. Fair enough

    126. I may have ranked him too low. However, as with Kellie, if this were a few years ago, he would've been even lower


    3 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    In terms of the clues...


    ~Not everyone has Disco Fever- I'm going to guess Anoop Desai. I'm probably wrong, but I feel that he did terrible during Season 8's Disco Fever night. 


    ~Was said to have hair similar to a pop star


    ~Sang the same song on the same night as an Idol winner


    ~Sang songs by the same artist within four weeks of each other


    ~Was the first contestant to use an instrument on the show


    **Will update later, if I can solve more clues!**


    This may be a tough one because 4 of the 5 were prior to S8. We'll see if that guess is right, however.


    1 hour ago, Elliott said:

    130. Devin Velez - Probably the best guy in the S12 finals, but again... that doesn't say much. Shame that he was the victim of that trio performance and not Lazaro, though.

    129. John Stevens - Another contestant I liked in a guilty pleasure kind of way. He shouldn't have lasted as long as he did, but Crocodile Rock was legendary. :giggle:

    128. Thia Megia - Meh.

    127. Kellie Pickler - Hated her on Idol and while she was okay on Dancing With the Stars, them blatantly rigging the finale to make her the winner (they suddenly had an "issue" with all of the voting methods - that benefitted Zendaya - except calling in your vote the old fashioned way) has left a sour taste in my mouth. Not that it's her fault, but it was hard to enjoy her run. All things considered, I'd probably put her around here, too.

    126. Colton Dixon - In my Top 10. :broken: I actually think his Top 7 performances were really underrated - I liked his rendition of Bad Romance, and thought September was great. But it was clear the show wanted him to be a shock boot after they'd saved Jessica. 🤮


    130. Pretty much agree

    129. Crocodile Rock was indeed legendary :giggle:

    128. It's easy to see why people would feel this way about her

    127. I had no idea that season might have blatantly been rigged to make her the winner (I've only watched a few seasons of DwtS, and her season wasn't one). If so, that's not good. Pretty much agree with everything else

    126. Sorry. :broken: There's probably a chance you won't like some of my all time favorites :haha:

  3. With the exception of maybe a few finalists I let slip through the cracks, or some I don't necessarily care for but ranked them this high for other reasons, I can pretty much say I like everyone remaining in some form or another. With that said, here's the next batch of finalists.


    130. Devin Velez: Season 12 (8th Place)


    Time to start another set with yet another S12 male finalist. I realize this is the 4th time I started a set with a S12 male (watch out Burnell, lol). On to Devin. Devin had a nice voice. The issue with him was he seemed to focus too much on hitting the notes correctly and as a result, he never really connected to anything he sang. The most evident case was Temporary Home, in which while sung well, lacked any kind of emotion. The rest of his performances were of a similar vein, though I did like a couple such as Listen and Somos Novios (It’s Impossible). The main thing Devin may be known for is being a part of the I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) disaster. He was the one trying to keep everything together after Lazaro botched his parts. Unfortunately, he could only do so much. More unfortunate for Devin was he was the one eliminated the following night. I know there was some thought he should’ve been saved; however, the problem was even before the train wreck, he was in the B3 every round of the finals, so the save would’ve most likely have been a waste. Besides, there was Nicki being petty because Curtis wasn’t saved. I do remember in an exit interview where he said something along the lines of memorizing and rehearsing all of ICHM (SPHB), including Lazaro and Burnell’s parts because he knew Lazaro had a history of being lazy and messing up his parts in group performances, so he wanted to be prepared. It’s unfortunate he had to think that way. Also, I remembered he and Nicki feuded over Twitter after his elimination. :haha: Either way, Devin was someone who I felt would’ve had a better chance had he connected more to what he was singing as well as being in another season.


    Clue: Tried to keep a sinking ship afloat. Unfortunately, it didn't pay off...(should be obvious)


    129. John Stevens: Season 3 (6th Place)


    It’s time to bring some standards into this ranking, musically and maybe literally. :haha: I have quite a bit of a soft spot for John. I thought it was really cool to see someone as young as he was have a genuine love of the standards/big band style of music. He was really good when he was in his element, and if he were able to perform his preferred style of music throughout the competition, he would’ve definitely fared better. However, American Idol doesn’t really allow that to happen; therefore, John had to navigate through the different themes. To say the themes exposed his limitations would be the understatement of the year. I do think John genuinely tried to do well, but it was obvious he struggled mightily. With that said, he had a few bright spots, such as She’s Always A Woman, King Of The Road, and Mandy. The rest of his performances, however, were hard to watch. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to look in the mirror and call myself an Idol fan if I did not mention what may be the most infamous performance of all time with Crocodile Rock. It’s a performance anyone who calls themselves an Idol fan has to watch at least once. I’ll post the vid below:

    I would go into great detail about the performance, but the video speaks for itself. :rofl: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 and Crocodile Rock. Unfortunately, things weren’t all as well for John. I believe he had it the worst when it came to negative criticism from Idol fans. I know contestants such as Sanjaya, Lazaro, and Daniel, just to name a few got their fair share of hate; however, I doubt any of them allegedly received death threats (or at least I hope that’s not the case). Yes, you read that right. Some “fans” sent a then 16 year old kid death threats because he had the gall to receive enough votes to stay in a TV competition. It wasn’t all that serious! :rolleyes: I’m sorry; I just found the whole thing nauseating. Anyway, John eventually bowed out in sixth place. The one thing I found interesting was him being eliminated the week before Big Band Night, where I’m sure he would’ve shined. As it is, I didn’t mind John’s presence on the show.


    Clue: Red (referring to his hair color and a name of his album)


    128. Thia Megia: Season 10 (10th/11th Place)


    Well, she definitely grew to be a stunner! Anyway, during her season Thia was the youngest contestant to appear on Idol, as S10 was the first season in which the new minimum age limit of 15 was set. As a contestant, Thia had a very nice tone to her voice; however, she wasn’t exactly the most compelling performer. I did like her semifinals performance of Out Here On Our Own, though I agree with what @Bk1234 said up-thread about it not having time for a proper build up. Regardless, she went on the finals where she stated Michael Jackson was her biggest Idol, yet she chose Smile because he covered it on his HIStory album. It was certainly an odd choice considering Michael Jackson’s massive catalog. The performance itself was OK, though I liked it when the up-tempo part kicked in. She next sang Colors Of The Wind, which was my favorite version done on the show (I don’t know if this qualifies as an unpopular opinion or not). The following week she went up-tempo by singing Heat Wave, a song that has never been done well on Idol (considering the contestants who have done this song, that says a lot). Well, at least she gave it her all. She ended up in the B3, but survived to sing another week, in which she easily gave her most underrated performance with Daniel. This was the most connected she felt to a song in the competition. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as she was eliminated with Naima in a double elimination the following night due to Casey being saved the week before. After Idol, Thia did a couple of songs with Postmodern Jukebox and took up acting. Her most well known role is Haley Chen in the longtime soap opera Days Of Our Lives. I was visiting my mother, who is a huge Days Of Our Lives fan, one day and out of the corner of my eye I saw someone vaguely familiar on the TV. I decided to look and thought to myself “that couldn’t be her, right”. I looked it up afterwards, lo and behold it was Thia! I have no idea if she’s still on the show, but it was good to see her do something for herself post-Idol. I do wonder if she is still singing, however.


    Clue: Like sands through the hourglass...(the tagline for Days Of Our Lives)


    127. Kellie Pickler: Season 5 (6th Place)


    It's been a while since a S5 finalist has been posted, so I'll post another one now. Kellie appears to be pretty popular around these parts, so for some, I may have Kellie too low. However, she has actually grown on me over the years because I absolutely could not stand her during her season, so she would’ve been even lower than this had I ranked the contestants a few years prior. Kellie was this bubbly, outgoing, and presumably naïve country girl who was experiencing life in a big city for the first time. As far as her singing went, I felt she was one of the weaker singers in her season. With that said, she did well on her up-tempo performances such as Walkin’ After Midnight and Fancy. There was also Bohemian Rhapsody, which out of all the Queen songs I didn’t expect her to pick that one. Honestly, I expected it to be a complete and total train wreck; however, she did better on the song that I thought. She certainly held nothing back and gave it her all, which I absolutely appreciate in a contestant. However, her biggest weakness was ballads, for they clearly showed her vocal limitations. I did not enjoy a single ballad she did. How Far and Blame It On The Sun were both painfully boring. However, her absolute worst showings were during her final two weeks on the show. Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered was just painful to sit through (she butchered it!); I was certainly bewitched, bothered, and bewildered after that. The best part was Simon lowering his head on the table. :rofl: Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, Kellie told everyone to hold her beer (though she wasn’t at the legal drinking age at the time) and did Unchained Melody the following week. That is an insanely difficult song to sing, especially with all of the notes that needed to be held throughout it. Kellie wasn’t the best at holding notes, so it was easy to see this would be a disaster. I don’t know why she didn’t pick an easier country song to sing. Either way, she was eliminated the following night, which I was fine with because I felt she was the weakest one remaining at the time. Regardless, Kellie did really well for herself post-Idol. She’s released a few albums which spawned a few hits. Furthermore, she’s appeared on a few TV shows such as Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader and Family Feud, not to mention have her own reality TV show. Then there’s her winning S16 of Dancing With The Stars. As mentioned earlier, Kellie went from someone who I didn’t like at all to someone who I have come to gradually appreciate over time.


    Clue: Went on to win a different reality TV contest


    126. Colton Dixon: Season 11 (7th Place)


    Colton is another contestant who some may feel is too low. For me, Colton is someone who I thought was slightly overrated. To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of his voice, especially when he went into his upper register, where it gets really tinny and whiny. With that said, I did enjoy some of his performances on the show. Colton was first introduced to us when he auditioned during S10. He may it all the way to the Final Judgment before being cut. He even got to perform on Ellen after he was cut, so I'm sure that helped him build a following. He resurfaced during S11 where he was initially there to support his sister Schyler. However, the judges talked him into auditioning again in which once again he received a Golden Ticket. Predictably, Colton reaches the semis whereas Schyler was cut. As for his Idol run, some of the performances I enjoyed for the most part was Decode, Broken Heart, Time After Time, and Love The Way You Lie, ignoring when he goes high of course. One performance I never got into was Piano Man. I thought it was his most overrated performance of the competition. His other performances I didn’t care for, especially his last two. Bad Romance didn’t suit him well, and I absolutely despised what he did to September. He took the heart and soul completely out of the song and replaced it with some emo feelings. I thought it was just terrible. America must have felt the same because he was eliminated that week. His elimination was considered to be a shock; the beginning of the show mentioned there would be a shock elimination. Once Colton was in the B3, it was easy to see what would happen. One thing I did feel bad for him was he never got that standing ovation he chased, despite the judges handing them out like candy canes that season (even Heejun got one for crying out loud). Regardless, he did pretty well for himself post-Idol. I even heard some of his songs on the radio. One thing I noticed was his upper register has definitely improved. Overall, I feel this is a good spot for him, considering I never really cared for him that much despite enjoying a few performances of his.


    Clue: "Honestly, I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I don't care" (which is what he said after being panned for his Top 7 redux performances. He said it backstage, but it wasn't aired until the Results Show; hence, I doubt this had any effect on his elimination)


    130. Devin Velez

    129. John Stevens

    128. Thia Megia

    127. Kellie Pickler

    126. Colton Dixon


    For the upcoming set:

    • Not everyone had Disco Fever
    • Was said to have hair similar to a pop star
    • Sang the same song on the same night as an Idol winner
    • Sang songs by the same artist within four weeks of each other
    • Was the first contestant to use an instrument on the show
    26 minutes ago, blackfield said:

    Paul Mcdonald was one of my fav contestants and love his original music. but during idol he seemed that he doesn't really belong there and just "accidently" ended himself there.. he always looked like a fish outside the water on the idol stage. I can understand that his stage antics and vocals is an acquired taste. love or hate thing. it didn't seem he took the competition that seriously and coasted along until he was voted off. but at least he lasted longer than pia.. 


    You may be right about Paul not taking the competition seriously. Either way, he had his moments, both good and bad, on the show.

  4. 3 hours ago, psterina said:

    I have zero complaints on these rankings




    3 hours ago, Elliott said:

    135. Aaron Kelly - I wasn't really a fan of him at the start, but he grew on me as the season progressed and I really enjoyed his last 2 or 3 performances. He was also really good on tour, and was the biggest surprise to me after Katie. All in all, my third favourite from his season.

    134. Vanessa Olivarez - The show did her dirty with that Ryan shtick, and then not inviting her back on tour to fill in for Joshua while Charles got to go on tour for Corey was unfortunate.

    133. Paul McDonald - Another one of my all-time favourites. I loved his vibe and his original music is great.

    132. Paige Miles - I kind of liked her in a guilty pleasure way (and HTW was one of my favourites of that season), but her performance of Against All Odds is easily one of the all-time worst performances.

    131. Nick Fradiani - Ugh. Least favourite winner by a mile. Him winning over Clark was a travesty.


    135. Nice to see he grew on you and that he was really good on tour

    134. 100% agreed

    133. I've heard his original music was good. He was someone who I always thought would be better with his own material than covering other artist's songs

    132. Yeah, I can see how she can be a guilty pleasure. Her Against All Odds was unfortunate

    131. Can't say I disagree with this


    47 minutes ago, KelseyW said:

    Just here to agree with the Nick F. dislike... lol


    Seriously. How can one be MORE bland than Lee Dewyze and still win? :thumbsdown: At least Lee makes good music...




    33 minutes ago, ~Tom~ said:

    135. Aaron Kelly - I liked Angie but can remember pretty much nothing else he did. One of the most forgettable finalists ever as you said.

    134. Vanessa Olivarez - I might have her higher for Out Here On My Own alone. I'd consider her robbed; she should've lasted a few more weeks in season 2 at least.

    133. Paul McDonald - Blah, he pre-Idol stuff was good but I wasn't here for his drunken dancing or karaoke performances on the show. 

    132. Paige Miles - One of the contestants I wanted to like more than I did. Walk Away and Honky Tonk Woman were decent enough, but her two epic fails with Smile and Against All Odds more than justified her elimination. 

    131. Nick Fradiani - He and Lee are the two winners who didn't deserve it by any stretch. He proved you can be increasingly safe and bland every week and still get pimped to the high heavens and beat many more deserving people.


    135. I don't have much to say except pretty much agreed

    134. Fair enough. Considering that season's cast, I wouldn't have minded her lasting longer than she did

    133. I liked a couple of performances; however, I understand this point of view

    132. Fair enough

    131. I won't say he (or Lee) were undeserving. You get the votes, you are deserving. However, he was no where my pick to win and wouldn't have minded seeing others with the title instead


    Barring anything else happening, my next post will be the new set.

  5. 9 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    I didn’t know that Paige had laryngitis!  That might explain why her rendition of “Against All Odds” was so terrible.  Poor girl.  :(


    Nick and Lee DeWyze are probably my least favorite winners ever.  Nick was very consistent.  Unfortunately, he was consistently boring and good at best, mediocre at worst.  But he was more consistent and less polarizing than everyone else, and I think that’s why he won that season.  It just wasn’t satisfying.


    Yeah, which is why I give her some slack on that performance. Mind you, it was still awful, but at least there was a valid reason.


    I pretty much agree with everything said about Nick.


    2 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I don't have any issues with these rankings.


    Aaron Kelly- No comment.

    Vanessa Olivarez- No comment.

    Paul McDonald- Definitely an acquired taste. I was not a fan. It looked like he was drunk during some of his performances and his voice was too weird for me... :/

    Paige Miles- Poor girl... ☹

    Nick Fradiani- I was wondering when the first winner would come. S14 was a very lackluster season in my opinion. I thought Clark was the most consistent. At the time, I liked Nick's voice better than Clark's. However, now, I agree that Clark should have definitely won!


    Good to see!


    Paul - it's completely understandable to feel that way about him. He wasn't the most conventional contestant, that's for sure 😅

    Paige - poor girl indeed ☹️

    Nick - understandable about Nick. Clark was pretty consistent in his own right, with the exception of a couple of rough spots during the last few weeks.


    2 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    Here's my take on the clues:


    ~Like sands through the hourglass...- I think this is Thia Megia. I believe she was on a soap opera that had an hourglass as a symbol, or something like that? (Was it called Days of Our Lives?) In terms of Thia, I'd be fine with this ranking. Unpopular opinion (?), but I found her Top 12 Girls performance of "Out Here On My Own" very boring and too short to have a proper escalation. :/


    ~"Honestly, I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I don't care"- I'm 99% sure this is Colton Dixon. I'm pretty sure he said this after a performance. (And I'm pretty sure he got eliminated right after! 😂) I actually didn't find his elimination that surprising. Being a "heartthrob" can only get you so far... Even though he wasn't my favorite of the season, if it is him, I think you ranked him too low... :/




    ~Went on to win a different reality TV contest- Is this Kellie Pickler? I think she won Dancing With The Stars. 


    ~Tried to keep a sinking ship afloat. Unfortunately, it didn't pay off...


    ***I'll update this post later if I can solve more of these clues!***


    Good guesses. We'll find out if they're true or not.


    Speaking of which, since it's the weekend and I don't have much to do, I'll try (emphasis on the word try) to have one set up some time today and another one tomorrow.

  6. 135. Aaron Kelly: Season 9 (5th Place)


    To start off this set, we're going back to S9. Aaron is another finalist I have no idea how I let get this far. I don’t really dislike him, but I don’t like him enough to rank him this high. There are some contestants I ranked below him who I like more. Oh well, I’m not going to go back and change anything, so might as well list him now. Aaron appeared to be a nice kid who was often thought to be a country version of David Archuleta, though I wouldn’t go that far. He wasn’t as strong of a singer and didn’t have much of a stage presence. In addition, his song choices weren’t the most inspiring, the absolute worst being I Believe I Can Fly. With that said, Aaron did have his moments on the show. I remember liking his performances of Angie and You’ve Got A Way, and there were a couple of others I didn’t mind such as Here Comes Goodbye and Ain’t No Sunshine. Regardless, he resonated with the voting public most of the time as he made it all the way to fifth place. Outside of this, I don’t really have much to say about Aaron (this may be the shortest write-up I’ve done for a contestant thus far).


    Clue: A fifth place finisher from the same season as one of the finalists in the upcoming set (the other finalist will be listed below)


    134. Vanessa Olivarez: Season 2 (12th Place)


    Vanessa was an interesting case. She was this outgoing, flamboyant singer who I thought was a lot of fun and wouldn’t have minded if she stuck around longer than she did. She was a member of Group 3 in the semifinals where she sang Out Her On Our Own. I thought it was one of the better performances of the episode, and the voters obviously agreed because she was voted through into the finals. There, she gave what would be her only performance in the finals with You Keep Me Hangin’ On. All things considered, I didn’t think it was that bad; sure, there were a few pitch problems, but nothing too terrible. Nevertheless, Vanessa was eliminated the following night. However, there was some controversy surrounding this elimination. After her performance, Ryan interviewed Vanessa where she read a script saying something along the lines of her being a real artist and not a performing monkey like Ryan. It was thought that moment may have greatly contributed to her elimination. Either way, the way the show acknowledged (or in this case didn’t acknowledge) Vanessa afterwards was disgraceful. For starters, she didn’t get to go on tour despite there being an opening. Charles was invited on after Corey was disqualified. In addition, Josh couldn’t participate in the tour because he was on active duty, so you’d think Vanessa would be invited to take this place, right? Wrong. Furthermore, Vanessa was the only finalist who didn’t record a track on the compilation album, yet Corey was able to do so. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth and I thought Vanessa deserved better.


    Clue: Was told could lose a few pounds by Simon (Vanessa was one of two finalists from that season Simon said this to. Vanessa responded by shaking her butt in his face, which I thought was hilarious 🤣)


    133. Paul McDonald: Season 10 (8th Place)


    Paul was certainly a unique character. He was like a combination of the worst traits of Diana DeGarmo (come on y'all) and Taylor Hicks (drunken dancing), yet he made it work for him. Outside of this, he was known for his flashy suits and teeth bright enough to light up caves. As for his voice, it was certainly unique; it was definitely an acquired taste. The thing with Paul is because his voice was so unique, it really didn’t lend itself to covering other people’s songs, which is why I don’t think Idol was the most ideal environment for him. Regardless, Paul had his moments during his Idol run. He started off by singing Maggie May in the semis. It was a nice, pleasant performance, definitely a highlight in what was otherwise a lackluster night. It was enough for him to get voted into the finals. There he began by singing Come Pick Me Up by Ryan Adams, both a song and artist I was not familiar with prior to his performance, which I thought was pretty cool. After listening to the original, I don’t think Paul really did this song justice. The tempo was too fast, and he didn’t capture the mood the song required. Plus, he looked completely drunk. The following week wasn’t much better with I Guess Why They Call It The Blues. He rebounded the next week with Tracks of My Tears, which was my favorite finals performance of his. Rocket Man was OK, nothing special. The subsequent week Paul had his most polarizing performance with Folsom Prison Blues. It was certainly a love or hate performance. Originally, it was the latter for me; however, it has actually grown on me over the years. Unfortunately, the following week Paul had his worst showing with Old Time Rock And Roll. It was evident his voice was shot; he was practically whispering the song. Unsurprisingly, he was eliminated the following night, which may have been for the better. One thing I remember was the following week when the eliminated contestants came back and performed So What. Paul looked and sounded completely out of it; it was a fun trainwreck to watch. Nonetheless, Paul was certainly one of the most unique contestants to ever appear on Idol.


    Clue: Twilight (Paul was married to Nikki Reed, who was in the Twilight saga, for a few years)


    132. Paige Miles: Season 9 (11th Place)


    Paige was a S9 finalist who I thought was slightly underrated. She wasn’t the most consistent contestant, but she had her moments. She started off with All Right Now, which was meh at best. Despite this, she went on to the next round where she gave her best semifinals performance with Walk Away. At that point, she was one of the few contestants to do justice to a Kelly Clarkson song. Unfortunately, the following week she gave what was her worst performance in the semis with Smile. In spite of this, she was voted into the finals. I think a lot of it had to do with the S9 female cast had too many singer-songwriter types, which meant some of them were bound to fall through. Paige was completely different from them which helped her stand out and establish a mini voting bloc to herself. Regardless, Paige had a solid start in the finals with Honky Tonk Women. Unfortunately, the next week was easily Paige’s worst with the disaster that was Against All Odds. It is widely considered to be the worst version of the song on Idol (though as mentioned earlier, I disagree. I still think Corey’s version was worse). The judges really let her have it afterwards. To no one’s surprise she was eliminated the following night. It was later discovered Paige had laryngitis during the finals. Learning that, I commend Paige for even getting on stage and singing. Some of Paige’s potential was on display during the finale where she did her thing during the Christina Aguilera medley. It made me think what could’ve been had she not been sick. Oh well.


    Clue: Laryngitis ain't no joke


    131. Nick Fradiani: Season 14 (1st Place)


    Closing out this set is Nick Fradiani. Nick is the first winner to show up in this ranking, making him my least favorite winner. With that said, I don’t dislike Nick. He appeared to be a good guy as well as a capable musician and singer. It's just that when I think of Idol winners, they either have a portfolio of strong performances, show glimpses of potential showing they are capable of more, or have something unique about them to help them stand out from the rest of the field. The issue with Nick was he had neither of these things going for him. He was the living embodiment of the adage “slow and steady wins the race”. In a season full of big and eccentric personalities, Nick was the most normal person there. This may have benefited him as the other contestants were too polarizing or fell off at some point. As for his run on Idol, it got off to a weird start where both he and his girlfriend at the time auditioned together. He received a Golden Ticket, but she didn’t.

    awkward GIF by Jadagrace  

    As for the rest of his run, he was steady if not spectacular, almost to the point of boring mediocrity. He never really had any bad performances (though Danger Zone and Catch My Breath came close). Some of his performances I liked were Thinking Out Loud, American Girl, Only The Good Die Young, Back Home, and his coronation song Beautiful Life. Speaking of which, outside of Beautiful Life, I thought Clark outperformed him that night (not to mention throughout most of the season), yet Nick managed to get more votes and take the S14 crown. Personally, he wouldn’t have been my choice to win, but what can you do? Apparently, he wasn’t most of IDF’s either as the site crashed for a month after he was crowned the winner. With that said, I felt Nick would be looked at in a more favorable light had he not won. As it is, he is one of the biggest punching bags as far as Idol winners go.


    Clue: Haters can hate...(though the song isn't bad, I can't take a near 30 year old man at the time singing these words seriously 😆)


    135. Aaron Kelly

    134. Vanessa Olivarez

    133. Paul McDonald

    132. Paige Miles

    131. Nick Fradiani


    Coming up:

    • Like sands through the hourglass...
    • "Honestly, I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I don't care"
    • Red
    • Went on to win a different reality TV contest
    • Tried to keep a sinking ship afloat. Unfortunately, it didn't pay off...
  7. :no:


    This is not what I had in mind when creating this thread. I just wanted to bring back an old school IDF pastime of listing favorite American Idol contestants because it was something I really enjoyed reading. The main thing I worried about was whether or not I would be flamed or ridiculed for having an opinion that wasn't similar enough to other posters. I never expected to have to worry about race or ethnicity being an issue, especially when there are no grounds for it. I don't want to go any further on this subject, plus I don't want this thread to be suspended or locked, so I'm going to ask not to escalate this any more here. I hope that's not too much to ask for.


    To try to bring this back to normal, I have some homework to do tonight. However, should I get done with it quickly, I'll try to post the next set. If not, I will definitely have it up tomorrow.

  8. 11 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    I have no complaints about the rankings.  Oh, and I thought Michelle’s version of “Remember Me” was better than Alejandro’s as well.  Alejandro does fine with his original songs but is hit-or-miss with covers.


    Good to see there are no complaints about the rankings. :)) As for Alejandro, I'll wait until his write-up before I say anything about him.

  9. As promised:


    6 hours ago, Elliott said:

    160. Ada Vox - I was excited that Idol finally had a drag queen on, but after hearing her do so many overdone songs, I was fine with her leaving.

    159. Walker Burroughs - I liked Walker a lot, though I don't think he had any stand-out performances that season. S17 was kind of a boring season, though, so I'll take it over some of the train wrecks that were being performed by some of the others.

    158. Kristen O'Connor - What a waste of a spot.

    157. Lacey Brown - Unlike everyone else, I love most of S9's cast. She was one of the only ones I didn't really care for.

    156. Brandon Rogers - Meh.


    160. It was cool to see a drag queen on Idol. I don't know if America is ready to accept one yet; however, Ada didn't do much to warrant any voters to get behind her

    159. Fair enough about Walker. Even now, it's hard to remember anything about his performances

    158. Ouch 🤣

    157. Yeah, she didn't really do much to make people care for her

    156. Exactly. What a disappointment


    6 hours ago, Elliott said:

    155. Charles Grigsby - I literally always forget about him.

    154. Shannon Magrane - I think her performances in the finals made people forget that her semi-finals performance was pretty solid and easily deserving of a spot. That said, I can't really muster up any strong feelings about her other than the obligatory quip about her "one" missed note.

    153. Jorge Nuñez - Meh.

    152. Jeremy Rosado - Meh. Thank God the judges saved Elise over him because I don't trust America to have given her more votes.

    151. Catie Turner - She turned in one or two performances I liked, but otherwise, I wasn't a fan of hers in the slightest.


    155. Exactly proving my point :dead:

    154. Agreed. There has been some talk about another female contestant should've been voted through instead. However, it lead to a complete slayage of a WC performance :wub:

    153. Yeah, pretty much

    152. Agreed, especially about the judges picking Elise. However, I wouldn't have minded Jeremy staying under different circumstances.

    151. Pretty much my thoughts on her


    6 hours ago, Elliott said:

    150. Mikalah Gordon - She's one of my favourites. :broken: I loved her personality and she had a couple of performances I really enjoyed.

    149. MacKenzie Bourg - Meh.

    148. Lil Rounds - Meh.

    147. Jacob Lusk - Meh.

    146. Sanjaya Malakar - He was fun and I didn't really care about him lasting as far as I did outside of outlasting Gina and Haley.


    150. Sorry, she didn't do much for me :broken:

    149-147. Not much to say about these contestants, eh :rofl:

    146. Agreed, especially with the strikethrough part


    6 hours ago, Elliott said:

    145. Paul Jolley - The only guy I liked from S12 (not that that says much...) and my fourth favourite from that season (not that that says much...), but I didn't really care about him leaving when he did because Candice/Kree/Angie were the only ones that mattered to me.

    144. Michael Sarver - He's my second favourite contestant of all time so I vehemently disagree with this. :haha: My husband and I have gotten to become friends with him over the years and have helped out a lot with promotion when he was doing some shows in Nashville. I also helped design a website for him at one point, too. His post-Idol music, particularly his second album (Begin Again) is really good and was the kind of music I wish he'd done more of on Idol, though that cast was really limited by their song lists.

    143. Camile Velasco - One of my least favourite alumni ever. Simon's comment over her Elton John performance was the only good thing to come out of her time on the show.

    142. Lindsey Cardinale - It's not a rumour, actually. WNTS's about page specifically lists her (and Nadia Turner) as the inspiration behind the site's name. That said, she was alright, but I agree that her song selection was terrible.

    141. Ramiele Malubay - S7 is my favourite season, so in that regard, I like her, but I didn't really care for her all things considered. I would've preferred seeing Alexandréa, Asia'h or even Kady Malloy in the finals over her.


    145. Fair enough. The guys that season were pretty much a non-entity

    144. Woah, that's cool you and your husband are friends with him and have helped him out over the years. Good to hear his post-Idol music is nice. It's too bad I couldn't really enjoy him on the show

    143. :( though I understand. I wanted to rank her higher, but her run couldn't justify it

    142. * Checks WNTS About Page * It is true. :haha: Both Lindsey and Nadia had questionable song choices. Nadia made hers work; Lindsey not so much. It was aggravating to see

    141. Fair enough


    6 hours ago, Elliott said:

    140. Ben Briley - He was one of my favourites from S13 (not that that says much...), but I only really care about Jena and Jessica. He kind of shot himself in the foot with the final song he did (though Majesty was by far the worst that night), but I'd still put him higher on my personal ranking.

    139. Qaasim Middleton - You kind of summed it up. I liked Qaasim because he was entertaining, and in a season where I hated most of the cast, that was appreciated. But I will forever be bitter they they saved him right after not saving Sarina-Joi Crowe.

    138. Olivia Rox - Her being an IDF It Girl for her season was cringe. I hated all of her performances and couldn't understand what the show was seeing in her. She managed to make Kristen's performance of Unconditionally look good, which says it all really. Weirdly enough, Trouble was my favourite of hers.

    137. Amanda Overmyer - I loved her in S7 and enjoyed her album years ago when it came out. As much as I wanted her to stick around, I also think she left at the right time considering she would've been absolutely miserable on the Idol tour (which she herself has said :haha:).

    136. Michelle Sussett - Not a fan in the slightest, but at least she left on a good note.


    140. Fair enough. Ugh, don't remind me of Majesty's really poor song choice and said performance of it

    139. As I've mentioned before, I don't like the save. However, I certainly would've saved Sarina over Qaasim. Them using it on him the week after saying it was too early to use it on Sarina completely nullified any credibility the judges had regarding the save. Nonetheless, agreed about Qaasim being entertaining at times

    138. Her Unconditionally wasn't that bad. :haha: With that said, I do remember you saying she was your least favorite finalist that season, so this shouldn't be surprising

    137. No doubt she would've been miserable on tour. However, just thinking about her having to do the cheesy group performances makes me think what could've been :haha:

    136. Fair enough


  10. I won't be able to reply to everyone now, but I'll get to as many as I can. @Elliott, I'll definitely get to yours later this evening.


    15 hours ago, americanvoice38 said:

    Finally!! Not to bash but yeah I did not like him at all in terms of singing, but he was entertaining. Anyways, I hated his season a lot, it's just super boring for me.


    That seems to be the opinion of most regarding Qaasim and S14 in general. :haha:


    15 hours ago, americanvoice38 said:

    did enjoy SOME of her performances, but man there were a lot more deserving than her to be in that season's Top 14. I was so mad that timr that she went through


    Fair enough about Michelle. There were a couple of contestants I would've liked to see make the Top 14. That said, I didn't mind her being a WC pick considering who was there.


    15 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I was right about Ben and Michelle! :clap: Thank goodness Pia and Haley were not ranked in this set... 

    Ben Briley- I got so tired of all the boring country guitar guys in S13, so when I heard Ben was singing "Bennie and the Jets" I got excited, too bad it didn't pay off...

    Qaasim Middleton- I agree, great on stage, poor vocally...

    Olivia Rox- I was disappointed to see her go... 

    Amanda Overmyer- No comment. 

    Michelle Sussett- I loved "I'm A Dreamer." To me, after that performance, she stood out among the rest. Too bad she got out the round after... 


    Yes, you were right after all! Pia and Haley aren't quite safe yet though (unlike Hollie, I won't spoil when they might show up)


    Ben - I pretty much agree. It's unfortunate him changing up things didn't pay off...

    Qaasim - Agree

    Olivia - It was disappointing to see her go when she did. However, considering the circumstances, I can't say I was too disappointed

    Michelle - I loved I'm A Dreamer as well. Despite that, I knew she wasn't to last long in the competition


    5 hours ago, x3 because of u said:

    140. Ben Briley - I barely remember him. 😅

    139. Qaasim Middleton - He was middle of the pack for me. I think I remember feeling he lasted just a tad too long.

    138. Olivia Rox - I think she deserved to go further. I think she had a solid voice. However, I hate her stage name. 😅

    137. Amanda Overmyer - I wanted her to do so much better than she did because I enjoyed having a female rocker on the show.

    136. Michelle Sussett - I love seeing Latino representation on the show. Unfortunately, we don't tend to fare too well (unless you count 1/4 Puerto Rican Scotty winning and of course, Alejandro). I don't think Michelle was good enough to make the finals but she was fun to watch.


    So no Jordin, Pia, or Haley...for now. :muwahaha: Everyone can breathe easy and put their knives away. :haha:Glad to see you didn't break my heart 😂


    Coming up in the next set:

    • Haters can hate...
    • Was told could lose a few pounds by Simon - Mandisa
    • Twilight
    • Laryngitis ain't no joke
    • A fifth place finisher from the same season as one of the finalists in the upcoming set


    140. That's unfortunate :haha:

    139. Fair enough

    138. She probably did. LOL about hating her stage name

    137. Same here

    136. She was a lot of fun to watch. Maybe one day a strong Latin contestant will come on Idol and have a strong run or win 😄


    See, I'm not too bad of a person. 😇 I don't know if this will last though...


    We'll see if your guess is right or not.

  11. 49 minutes ago, blackfield said:

    I will try again even if my guesses were very off the last time.. but I am glad it wasn't hollie the last set as she was my fav that season.. 


    • Was in a Nickelodeon show - I know todrick hall had a show on that channel but can't remember much of him from idol. i think he was only semi finalist so probably NOT him. 
    • Ballads are boring! - please let it be true and put pia toscano here. 👃:mrgreen:😈
    • Remember her as a dreamer - there was a girl who did two songs with those title that jennifer lopez was obsessed with in one of the last seasons on fox.. 
    • Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet - agree with the other guesses someone who did benny and the jets.. 
    • Some advantage that was... - 


    The set is up now. Let's see how you did...

  12. 140. Ben Briley: Season 13 (11th Place)


    Leading off this set is the second of the three S13 male country singers: Ben Briley. Ben’s Idol journey didn’t have the most conventional start. Before the semis, he was in a competition with Neco Starr to see who would get the most votes, which resulted in a spot in the semis. Obviously, Ben won and was not only able to make the semis, but he was picked to perform in that god awful Rush Week semifinals format. He gave a solid performance of Soulshine and as a result, was voted into the finals. There he gave two OK performances of Folsom Prison Blues and Turning Home during the Top 13 and Top 12 respectively. However, he took a risk and tried to do something different with Bennie and the Jets the following week, and to say it didn’t pay off would be a gross understatement. It came off as a sleazy Las Vegas lounge performance. I remember the judges being confused about it and basically telling him to stay in his country lane. Unfortunately, Ben never got the chance to as he was eliminated the following night. I kind of liked Ben, but not enough to get too upset over his elimination. That’s all I have to say about him.


    Clue: Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet (lyrics to Bennie and the Jets, of course)


    139. Qaasim Middleton: Season 14 (8th Place)


    If there is one word that cannot be used to describe Qaasim, it would be inert. The man was full of energy whether he was on or off the stage. Vocally, I felt he was the second weakest singer (ahead of only Daniel, of course); however, what he lacked in vocals, he more than made up for it with his energetic, albeit at times over the top stage presence and performances. With that said, I felt he would’ve been a better fit on the X Factor if it were still around rather than Idol. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy some of his performances. His first two performances, Uptown Funk and I Wish were a lot of fun. Those were Qaasim in his element. The problem is when he had to sing some songs straight, they were painful to listen to. Examples include Jet, Addicted to Love, and Stronger, especially Stronger🤮 Initially, Qaasim was eliminated in eleventh place; however, the judges used the save on him (I just realized Qaasim is the first saved finalist to appear). I want to think the judges saved him because after Come Together, he looked like he would cut someone if he didn’t get saved. :haha:Eventually, he made it to eighth place before bowing out of the competition after a fun performance of Hey Ya. While not the best singer, Qaasim had some entertaining moments during the season.


    Clue: Was in a Nickelodeon show (The Naked Brothers Band to be exact)


    138. Olivia Rox: Season 15 (9th/10th Place)


    At the beginning of the S15 voting rounds, four of the Top 14 received Fast Passes, meaning they were automatically in the Top 10 and not have to perform in the Wildcard Round. Three of the contestants went on to be the Top 3 of the season; the fourth was Olivia. Olivia appeared to be a nice girl who appeared to be going the pop-rock route. She started off in the Top 24 with a decent performance of Confident. Her advancing to the Top 14 was pretty much expected. There she received one of the aforementioned Fast Passes (though personally I would’ve given one to Avalon instead of her, but I digress). The next time we saw Olivia on stage is when she sang Unconditionally. Personally, I liked it; however, the voters had different thoughts because she landed in the B3 the following week. For her save me song, she sang Trouble, which is exactly what I thought she would be in the moment she picked that song. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that good, not to mention Avalon slayed her performance, so I pretty much knew Olivia was toast. I remember there being some meltdowns after Olivia’s elimination because she was thought to have been a frontrunner. Under different circumstances, I wouldn’t have minded if she stuck around a little longer; nonetheless, it fair to say Olivia’s run on Idol didn’t quite live up to expectations.


    Clue: Some advantage that was...(referring to the Fast Pass of course)


    137. Amanda Overmyer: Season 7 (11th Place)


    After going eleven sets without any S7 finalists, two appear in back to back sets. The second finalist to appear is the rocker nurse Amanda Overmyer. Amanda is the most authentic female rocker to ever appear on the show. With that said, she was a bit of a letdown. At times, it was difficult to understand what she was singing, plus she often looked disinterested. Looking at her Idol run, she started off well enough with Baby, Please Don’t Go. However, the following week was not only her worst performance in the competition, it may have been one of the worst performances of all time. Of course, I’m talking about Carry On Wayward Son. Not only was the singing bad, she looked like a Cruella de Vil stunt double for a live action 101 Dalmatians movie. I was just waiting for it be over. She rebounded the following week with I Hate Myself For Loving You, which I thought was her best performance overall. She made it to the finals where her two performances weren’t anything to get excited over. She eventually finished in eleventh place, meaning she missed out on participating in the summer tour. A part of me wished she made the Top 10, if only to watch a little piece of her soul die while doing the cheesy group performances. I would’ve purchased a ticket just for this. :haha: The ones she had to do on the show were entertaining as hell because she looked as if she wanted to do anything but them. Alas, what could’ve been.


    Clue: Ballads are boring! (what she said to Simon after he suggested she should sing a ballad during a critique)


    136. Michelle Sussett: Season 16 (8th/9th/10th Place)


    Closing out this set is Michelle Sussett. Michelle was a bit of a guilty pleasure contestant of mine. Yes, she was the weakest singer of the Top 10; however, I thought she was cute, earnest, and a lot of fun. I still remember her audition where she had Katy dance with her resulting in Katy falling on her butt. As for the rest, to be honest it started off kind of rough with If I Were A Boy, where she channeled her inner Karen Rodriguez and sung in both English and Spanish. However, I thought her duet with Luis Fonsi was underrated. It wasn’t my favorite duet, but I enjoyed it. She was picked to advance to the Top 14 where she sang FRIENDS. Re-watching that performance, I realize she hit a bunch of sour notes; nonetheless, I still enjoyed it for the most part. It looked like she was having fun and worked the crowd pretty well. The performance wasn’t strong enough as she wasn’t voted into the Top 10 and thus, she had to sing for a Wildcard spot. She took a risk and sang an original song titled I’m A Dreamer, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t find that song catchy. Obviously the risk paid off as she was one of the judges’ WC picks. There was some outrage over it as many thought Mara was going to be picked. Me? I had a feeling Michelle was going to be picked, so it wasn’t that big of a surprise. Either way, she made it to Disney Week where she gave her best performance in the competition with Remember Me (it was definitely better than Alejandro's). I pretty much knew this would be her last performance, but at least she went out on a high note. I found it interesting she was the only finalist who didn’t get to perform with a celebrity during the finale; I wondered what was up with that. Nevertheless, while she wasn’t the strongest contestant, I enjoyed Michelle during S16.


    Clue: Remember her as a dreamer (Combining the titles of two songs she sang: I'm A Dreamer and Remember Me)


    140. Ben Briley

    139. Qaasim Middleton

    138. Olivia Rox

    137. Amanda Overmyer

    136. Michelle Sussett


    So no Jordin, Pia, or Haley...for now. :muwahaha: Everyone can breathe easy and put their knives away. :haha:


    Coming up in the next set:

    • Haters can hate...
    • Was told could lose a few pounds by Simon
    • Twilight
    • Laryngitis ain't no joke
    • A fifth place finisher from the same season as one of the finalists in the upcoming set
  13. 1 hour ago, miss denise said:


    Nooo, not at all! I am enjoying this. 😄 LOL most of those have just been among my favorites group, with a few expections. None of my top 10 or anything have shown up yet. :haha: 


    Yes, I loved "Go Light Your World", and I agree. 


    I still have bigger favorites from that season, at least. 😇 I feel the same about Sanjaya and always ranked him about the middle of the pack. :giggle: This is true!


    145. Paul Jolley: I like him, but he wasn't a favorite. 

    144. Michael Sarver: I agree with nearly everything you said. Nice guy, but didn't do much for me. 

    143. Camile Velasco: I love her voice and really rooted for her on S3. ❤️ It's such a shame the nerves got to her, but I still enjoyed her performances for the most part due to that tone. ❤️ "One Last Cry" was definitely her best.

    142. Lindsey Cardinale: I also like her voice a lot, but had many others I preferred over her. I like her though.

    141. Ramiele Malubay: She started out as one of my main favorites of the season, although things changed as they went on. It's too bad she couldn't live up to her potential, but I still enjoyed her voice and remember loving her studio recordings a lot. I was obsessed with the uptempo ones from her, especially "I Should Have Known Better.". :bobo: 


    Amanda Overmyer immediately comes to mind with the "ballads are boring" clue. :haha: I remember her saying that.



    This is good to see! Hopefully, none of your top 10 will show up soon (though as I said before, I can't make any promises).


    We'll see if any of your bigger favorites from that season show up. Nice to see someone feel the same about Sanjaya.


    As for the comments for the previous set:


    145. Fair enough

    144. 👍

    143. I rooted for her as well. It is too bad the nerves always seemed to get the best of her.

    142. Fair enough

    141. I just re-watched I Should Have Known Better. It was a cute performance and it looked like she had fun. It is too bad she couldn't live up to her potential.


    We'll see about the clue...


    22 minutes ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    Oh, I forgot that Daniel wasn’t a finalist.



    Considering it was thought he should've been, it's easy to forget. 😆


    I just wrapped up my write-ups, so I'm going to go ahead and list them in my next post.

  14. 5 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I feel like Pia could show up (I hope not), but I feel that Haley delivered too many amazing performances to be ranked this low. I'm sticking with it's not Pia, and it's Ben Briley and not Haley. 


    are you sure about that john cena GIF :giggle: 


    5 hours ago, x3 because of u said:

    145. Paul Jolley - He's so nice. 🙂 I met him on the season 12 tour and I think he was my favorite of them all, interaction-wise. On the show though, he was middle of the pack for me.

    144. Michael Sarver - no opinion

    143. Camile Velasco - I always thought she had a unique sound but unfortunately her song choices really showed the weaker side of her voice. Agree with you that she would've been better off waiting a few years.

    142. Lindsey Cardinale - AGREE. I absolutely LOVE the sound of her voice (I still watch her audition from time to time). Unfortunately, those song choices did her in.

    141. Ramiele Malubay - I thought she lasted too long. I never really got her.


    What to expect next:

    • Was in a Nickelodeon show - I hope this is not Jordin (she's the only one I can think of who guess-starred on a show).
    • Ballads are boring! - Not Pia please 😔
    • Remember her as a dreamer - Yeah, probably Michelle Sussett
    • Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet - I hope this isn't Haley Reinhart (can you tell I will hate this set if I'm right about Jordin/Pia/Haley? 😂)
    • Some advantage that was... - No idea but curious to know


    145. Glad to see he was nice at the tour. Agreed about him on the show

    144. Fair enough

    143. Agreed

    142. Her audition is one of my favorites. Completely agree about the song choices

    141. Fair enough


    We'll see about your guesses...


    37 minutes ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    I actually liked Danny Noriega less than Ramiele.  She was my first favorite from Season 7 and I’d have actually placed Danny below her, but I agree that she didn’t do so well with song choices.  Pity.


     I have no complaints about the other rankings, though.



    Danny wasn't a finalist (speaking of which, I thought their friendship was cute). Agree about the song choices though.


    Good to see no complaints.

  15. 11 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I'm fine with these rankings. I'm relieved that Hollie wasn't in this set, and I'm happy that she will be ranked much higher. I really hope you're not continuing with the 9th place slaughter in the next set... 


    In terms of the hints...

    • Ballads are boring!- I doubt you would rank Pia Toscano this low (that would be a crime), but if you are continuing with the 9th place slaughter, then maybe?
    • Remember her as a dreamer- I'm 90% certain this is referring to Michelle Sussett. Her original song that she performed on the show was titled "Dreamer." (I loved it!)
    • Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet- My guess is Ben Briley because these are lyrics from "Bennie and the Jets," and I doubt you would rank Haley Reinhart this low. 


    There was no way I was getting rid of that cutie this soon. However, it was kind of fun to have people think it may have been the case. :))


    As for the guesses, maybe I don't like Pia or Haley as much; therefore, they may very well show up in the next set...


    1 hour ago, Bk1234 said:

    I know you ranked her earlier, but after watching some of her performances again,  have more to say about Gianna Isabella. She has a very pretty voice. However, due to her being so young she didn't have the experience or expertise that other contestants had. One notable performance was "Listen," where it was a pitchy disaster. "Ain't Got You" was good put it had some shaky moments. Overall, most of her performances had some instance of error. I would have liked to see her come back (even though that's not possible) with more experience. 


    Regarding Gianna, I think that's the case with most teenagers on this show (or any other show to be honest). While there have been a few exceptions (Diana, Jordin, David A., Scotty, Jessica Sanchez), for the most part minor contestants have some promise but are too green and/or inexperienced to perform consistently, not that it doesn't happen with older contestants (Julia DeMato, for instance). It's just that it's more evident with minors when they perform.

  16. New set!


    145. Paul Jolley: Season 12 (9th Place)


    It’s been 45 spots since we’ve seen a S12 male, so I think it’s about time for another one to show up. Paul was an interesting case. Vocally, he had the strongest voice of the males. The main thing I remember about him was him stating he wanted to be a country singer, and no one really took him seriously, including myself admittedly. I thought his voice was more suited for theater or pop with maybe a little bit of country sprinkled in it (funny enough, he was criticized for being too theatrical in his performances). Plus, the judges seemed to be really harsh on him, especially Nicki. Outside of this, I also remember people thinking he was a threat to win because he was the closest thing to a WGWG though he didn’t play any instruments, if only because there were no WGWGs in the voting rounds. :haha: On to his performances, he had a couple of solid, if not spectacular performances in the semis with Tonight I Want To Cry and Just A Fool. However, I wasn’t really impressed with his performances afterwards, starting with his victory performance Alone. Amazed wasn’t anything to write home about, and his final performance Eleanor Rigby was easily his worst. He had no where near the intensity or feeling the song required and it just fell flat. It was no surprise he was eliminated after it. Maybe Paul would’ve fared better in a different season, who knows?


    Clue: Wanted to be the male Taylor Swift


    144. Michael Sarver: Season 8 (10th Place)


    My thoughts on Michael Sarver can be summed up in one word: meh. I didn’t really dislike him, but I wasn’t a huge fan of his either. Michael’s story was that he worked as an oil rigger to support his family, so he had that blue collar background that could potentially resonate with voters. He was a part of Group 1 where he sang I Don’t Wanna Be. It was OK, but I didn’t think it would’ve been enough for him to advance. The voters obviously disagreed with me because he was voted into the finals. His performance of You Are Not Alone was his best showing in the competition. Unfortunately, his next performance of Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up), to put it euphemistically, was not very good. I know he tried to have fun, but it just didn’t work. The best part of the performance was the harmonica player. Despite that, he still advanced to the Top 10 and thus was able to go on tour. I remember there being some outrage over that, especially since Alexis was the one who was eliminated. While I would’ve preferred Alexis to stay, it wasn’t Michael’s fault, so I found the outrage and blame kind of ridiculous. Anyway, his Top 10 performance of Ain’t Too Proud To Beg wasn’t much better than the previous week, even Paula didn't really have anything positive to say about it, which says a lot. That performance would eventually be his last as he was eliminated the following night. Michael appeared to be a nice guy, but I was just meh towards him as a contestant.


    Clue: Family man


    143. Camile Velasco: Season 3 (9th Place)


    This next listing comes straight from the Aloha State. Camile was one of the two S3 female contestants to hail from Hawaii (Jasmine being the other, of course). Between her and Jasmine, I actually preferred Camile’s tone more (plus, I thought she was a total cutie); however, Jasmine had the better Idol run (though to be honest, neither of their runs were that great), so I decided to rank Camile first after some consideration. I thought Camile had some raw potential. The problem, however, was she had little to no experience performing, which was completely evident during her time on Idol. She had some serious stage fright whenever she performed and as a result, her performances were often very shaky. Her One Last Cry was not all that bad; it was probably her best performance of the season. Then again, it may have only looked good because it was part of the infamous S3 Group 2 night. Either way, she was voted into the finals where her stage fright really came to life. There was not a single performance in the finals where she ever looked comfortable, which was too bad because I really wanted her to do well. Of course, her absolute low point was Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which spawned this Simon comment: “Camile, somewhere in Las Vegas, a television will be thrown out of a hotel window, and that is where Elton John is watching this show”. Ouch! :haha: It was just a bad performance with little to no redeeming qualities (unlike another performance that night, hint hint...;)) She was predictably eliminated the following night. In hindsight, I might have ranked her too high, but I guess it’s because I still have a bit of a soft spot for her. I understand after Idol she started performing under the name Eli-Mac; however, I haven't heard any music from her (I probably will soon). As for her Idol run, she was someone who would’ve been better off performing a few gigs and audition a few more years down the road after gaining some more experience.


    Clue: Was the recipient of one of Simon's most memorable critiques


    142. Lindsey Cardinale: Season 4 (12th Place)


    Sigh. I wanted to like Lindsey a lot more than I did. She was really pretty, and she had (and still has) one of my favorite voices out of the Idol finalists (note I said favorite voice, not singer; there is a difference). She had this deep, husky tone that I found to be absolutely beautiful; if it’s possible to fall in love with a voice, then that sneaky b*st*rd cupid fired an arrow in me while I wasn’t paying attention. So, what was the problem? She couldn’t pick a :censored: song if her life depended on it!  It was absolutely frustrating to watch. :argh: This perfectly sums up my thoughts on her Idol run:

    Oh No What GIF by Identity

    With that said, my favorite performances of hers were I Try To Think About Elvis and the overused I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing. I thought the former was fun, though Simon eerily predicted Lindsey’s fate when he said she would last only two more weeks if she continued to struggle picking better songs. That is exactly what happened as she was the first contestant eliminated in the finals after an awkward, lackluster performance of Knock On Wood. Overall, Lindsey is one of the finalists who I reluctantly place in my “wasted potential” category.


    Clue: May have been the inspiration behind the creation of a certain website (I don't know if it's true or not, but I heard she was the inspiration behind WNTS because of her questionable song choices)


    141. Ramiele Malubay: Season 7 (9th Place)


    After eleven sets and fifty-seven contestants, the first S7 finalist has finally arrived, meaning all of the seasons have officially been accounted for! Unfortunately, Ramiele has the dishonor of being the first, making her my least favorite finalist of the season. She wasn’t a bad contestant by any means; she just happened to be the least interesting. She didn’t pick the best songs, nor she did she have much stage presence; however, to her credit she was a very strong singer. This was evident in her first semifinal performance when she sang You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. This was easily her best performance in the competition. I also liked her second semifinal performance of Don’t Leave Me This Way; I thought it was fun and cute. Unfortunately, I can’t say I liked the performances that came after those two. I don’t know what happened, but it appeared she lost her way as the competition went on. She eventually went out in ninth place after a poor performance of Do I Ever Cross Your Mind. Ramiele was a good singer, but she wasn’t the most exciting contestant. I realize there are three ninth place finishers in this set, so it looks like the ninth place slaughter continues. :haha:


    Clue: Big voice in a tiny body (@miss denise got this one right. As for Hollie, *spoiler alert* it'll be quite some time before she shows up ;))


    145. Paul Jolley

    144. Michael Sarver

    143. Camile Velasco

    142. Lindsey Cardinale

    141. Ramiele Malubay


    What to expect next:

    • Was in a Nickelodeon show
    • Ballads are boring!
    • Remember her as a dreamer
    • Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
    • Some advantage that was...


  17. 7 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I totally agree with this! I feel like if you're very popular from the get-go you could pretty much do anything and the votes would keep coming. I feel that now people vote mostly on who their favorite is, no matter how they did. However, I feel in the older seasons, most of the time, people voted based on who did well (correct me if I'm wrong). 


    I felt it was like that during the early seasons as well, though not as much as it is now. The main example I can think of is Season 5 when Taylor Hicks was able to gain a huge voting bloc and pretty much won the season fairly easily. With that said, it did seem like the voting was based on who did well, with a few exceptions. Take Season 1 for example. Tamyra Gray was a consistently strong performer and was a favorite to win the crown. However, she had an off night during Top 4 week and was eliminated the following night. Prior to that, she had never been in the bottom group at any point during the competition, so one off night ended her Idol run; because of this, she was known as the original shock elimination.


    5 hours ago, americanvoice38 said:

    Great list so far! I totally agree with everything that you said in this list ♥️


    Welcome! Happy to see you agree with everything so far. We'll see how long this will last though, lol.


    1 hour ago, Bk1234 said:

    I thought that the time zone voting was very unfair. I felt that they didn't publicize it enough. Not everyone checks American Idol's twitter, you know... Also, I think the "sympathy votes" (if she got any) came from her story, not because she was alone during quarantine. 


    I liked Sam more than Arthur, so I was happy to see her win. However, I agree with this post, especially about the time zone voting. They could've done a better job notifying everyone about it.

  18. 4 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

    I’d actually have put Sanjaya lower in the rankings, but it’s a good enough spot for him.

    It’s good to want to be yourself, but you have to be adaptable and pick songs that can be arranged to fit your style and do justice to the original song in the first place.  Arthur Gunn failed to do that with “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, and had the coronavirus not shortened the season, mistakes like that one would probably have caused him to miss the finale.


    Fair enough about Sanjaya.


    I completely agree with the first sentence. However, I believe Arthur could've literally farted a song out of tune and he still would've made the finale.


    3 hours ago, miss denise said:

    Aw, Walker was one of my favorites of his season, but I can understand your comments. I liked Brandon, but did end up rather disappointed with his time on the live shows. I wasn't a fan of the others. 



    Not a huge Catie fan, but I liked the others all somewhat. None my favorites of the season or anything, but I liked them.  I thought Shannon had a lot of potential, and absolutely loved Jeremy's performance of "I Know You Won't." ❤️ 😢 



    MacKenzie was one of my favorites his season and Sanjaya is an Idol legend :giggle: but don't care so much for the others.  A lot of your comments in this set cracked me up! About Lil: "unable to set her Idol GPS correctly." :lmao: Yikes. I do remember her seeming like such a front runner and then... she wasn't.  LOL about Jacob: "His bad performances could be used in interrogations" :lmao: But YESS I was hoping you'd mention the needing to look in the mirror comment! :dead:  It's what I always think about when I think of him. Hilarious. And LOL "He started off as this shy kid who had a hard time projecting his voice on stage who eventually went on to become the biggest troll in Idol history. " :dead: I love your Sanjaya write-up. He really does have a nice voice and brought truly iconic moments to the show. :haha: 

    I haven't had a lot of ideas for the clues, but a couple things came to mind on these... 

    • Big voice in a tiny body: Ramiele Malubay?
    • May have been the inspiration behind the creation of a certain website: I'm thinking the website is VFTW but I don't know who inspired it... John Stevens?


    Here I was thinking you abandoned this thread, 😢 Though this may very well happen should I keep listing your favorites this early. :haha: Pretty much agree about Brandon.


    Shannon did have potential, and I think she would've been much better off giving more performances similar to Go Light You World and less like I Have Nothing. Agreed about Jeremy.


    Ouch, another favorite bites the dust (I don't mean to do this on purpose, I swear). Glad to see my comments cracked you up. Agreed about Sanjaya having a nice voice. One of my very unpopular opinions is Sanjaya wasn't even the worst singer in his own season. He may have been better off working on projecting his voice rather than go the troll route, but then again, we wouldn't have this part of Idol lore if he didn't let loose and had fun.


    As for the clues, I managed to finish my homework early and I'm just about wrapping up my write-ups, so I should be able to post them tomorrow after work. We'll see if all of the guesses are right or not...





  19. 5 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I'll agree to disagree for MacKenzie. I actually re-watched his performance of "Titanium," and while it was not the best cover of the song I've ever heard, it was nice to see that he adapted it to make it his own. 


    We can agree to disagree about MacKenzie. It's fine to see different perspectives about contestants. There may be some contestants I like you may think I'm crazy about liking them. 😄


    4 hours ago, x3 because of u said:

    Mikalah ❤️ One of my faves but definitely because of personality haha. I really liked her audition but unfortunately she only really did well with God Bless the Child.


    I can't say I agree about her personality, but her audition and God Bless the Child were her highlights.

  20. Quick post before I head to work:


    11 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    My thoughts on your rankings:

    Mikalah Gordon- No comment.

    MacKenzie Bourg- I really liked this guy. I thought him changing up the songs and performing originals proved that he wanted to be HIMSELF. (I guess you ranked him too low?) The Alex Preston comparison is perfect though! 😂

    Lil Rounds- I found it funny that you mentioned Adam, Danny, and Lil as who the producers wanted to win, and none of them did! 😂 (Well one came close...)

    Jacob Lusk- I agree with you. It was either really good or really bad for me. 

    Sanjaya Malakar- No comment. 


    MacKenzie: I absolutely agree he wanted to be himself. However, it doesn't necessarily make for an interesting performer, though it would be better outside of Idol. Glad you liked my Alex Preston comparison! 😁

    Lil: Yeah, it was pretty funny none of the three won, which I didn't mind.

    Jacob: Yeah, he was definitely hit or miss


    11 hours ago, Bk1234 said:

    I hope this isn't Hollie Cavanagh because I loved her and I think that would be too low. 😣


    10 hours ago, blackfield said:

    I actually agree with those rankings. so far season 7 has the least lowest placed. not a surprise. 

    let me try again with your clues: 

    • Wanted to be the male Taylor Swift - 
    • Was the recipient of one of Simon's most memorable critiques - is it the ginger kid in season 3 that made simon give the analogy of ice cream and onion? damn it was the funniest comment of simon. 
    • Family man - the big black dude in season 9. michael lynch something.
    • Big voice in a tiny body - holly cavanagh.. 
    • May have been the inspiration behind the creation of a certain website - 


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

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