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I have no idea how big of a mistake I am about to make; nevertheless, here goes nothing. I just hope this is the right place for this. If not, this thread can be moved to the correct place or even deleted if it’s not allowed...

 

Though I have only been registered since January and only have a few posts to my name, I have been a lurker at IDF for years before the site crashed. My favorite topics to read were the contestant rankings lists, mainly ones about the finalists. I have always enjoyed reading how posters ranked the contestants. Because of this, I have decided to try to create a finalist ranking list of my own. My goal is to have this list done before the beginning of next season. Before I get started, I’ll go over a few things:

 

  • These are only my opinions, meaning this list will be biased (then again, what list isn’t?). With that said, I will try to be objective as much as possible, though I may throw a few jabs here and there in sad attempts at humor.
  • A majority of this list will be based on what the contestants did on the show, though some post-Idol moments will be mentioned here and there.
  • I have watched every season of Idol; therefore, this list will rank all of the finalists starting with season one. Depending on how everything is, I may rank some of my favorite semi-finalists as well.

 

With everything said, I’m both nervous and excited at taking on this project. I hope whoever follows this will enjoy this crazy ride. Maybe I’ll make a few friends (and some potential enemies) when it’s all said and done.

 

I’ll try to officially begin this ranking some time this weekend, assuming it's OK to do so.

 

Season 18 Rankings

20-16

15-11

10-6

5-1

 

Honorable Mention: Lauren Mascitti

20. Nick Merico

19. Aliana Jester

18. Louis Knight

17. Faith Becnel

16. Arthur Gunn

15. Sophia Wackerman/James

14. Cyniah Elise

13. Francisco Martin

12. Dillon James

11. DeWayne Crocker, Jr.

10. Kimmy Gabriela

09. Franklin Boone

08. Lauren Spencer-Smith

07. Jonny West

06. Makayla Phillips

05. Olivia Ximines

04. Grace Leer

03. Julia Gargano

02. Samantha "Just Sam" Diaz

01. Jovin Webb

 

Finalist Rankings (Seasons 1-17)
198-195

194-191

190-186

185-181

180-176

175-171

170-166

165-161

160-156

155-151

150-146

145-141

140-136

135-131

130-126

125-121

120-116

115-111

110-106

105-101

100-096

095-091

090-086

085-081

080-076

075-071

070-066

065-061

060-056

055-051

050-046

045-041

040-036

035-031

030-026

025-021

020-016

015-011

010

009

008

007

006

005

004

003

002

 

198. Lazaro Arbos

197. Jim Verraros

196. A.J. Gil

195. Daniel Seavey

194. Gianna Isabella

193. Heejun Han

192. Corey Clark

191. Wade Cota

190. Curtis Finch, Jr.

189. Carmen Rasmusen

188. JAX

187. Gabby Barrett

186. Cade Foehner

185. Kevin Covais

184. Lee Jean

183. Andrew Garcia

182. Dexter Roberts

181. Stefano Langone

180. Tim Urban

179. Tristan McIntosh

178. Ace Young

177. Chris Richardson

176. Constantine Maroulis

175. Scott Savol

174. Jon Peter Lewis

173. Chris Sligh

172. EJay Day

171. Danny Gokey

170. Matthew Rogers

169. Ashthon Jones

168. Jermaine Jones

167. MK Nobilette

166. Julia DeMato

165. Scott MacIntyre

164. Karen Rodriguez

163. Jasmine Murray

162. Maddie Walker

161. Leah LaBelle

160. Ada Vox

159. Walker Burroughs

158. Kristen O'Connor

157. Lacey Brown

156. Brandon Rogers

155. Charles Grigsby

154. Shannon Magrane

153. Jorge Nuñez

152. Jeremy Rosado

151. Catie Turner

150. Mikalah Gordon

149. MacKenzie Bourg

148. Lil Rounds

147. Jacob Lusk

146. Sanjaya Malakar

145. Paul Jolley

144. Michael Sarver

143. Camile Velasco

142. Lindsey Cardinale

141. Ramiele Malubay

140. Ben Briley

139. Qaasim Middleton

138. Olivia Rox

137. Amanda Overmyer

136. Michelle Sussett

135. Aaron Kelly

134. Vanessa Olivarez

133. Paul McDonald

132. Paige Miles

131. Nick Fradiani

130. Devin Velez

129. John Stevens

128. Thia Megia

127. Kellie Pickler

126. Colton Dixon

125. Jasmine Trias

124. Bucky Covington

123. Anthony Fedorov

122. Jason Castro

121. Malaya Watson

120. Caleb Lee Hutchinson

119. Casey James

118. Justin Guarini

117. Ryan Starr

116. Alyssa Raghu

115. Lisa Tucker

114. Sam Woolf

113. Dalton Rapattoni

112. Lauren Alaina

111. Amy Adams

110. Josh Gracin

109. CJ Harris

108. Gina Glocksen

107. Scotty McCreery

106. Alejandro Aranda

105. Lee DeWyze

104. Burnell Taylor

103. Adanna Duru

102. Laine Hardy

101. Majesty Rose

100. Emily Piriz

099. DeAndre Brackensick

098. Katie Stevens

097. Madison VanDenburg

096. Dimitrius Graham

095. Chikezie

094. Nikki McKibbin

093. Tyanna Jones

092. James Durbin

091. Jessica Sanchez

090. Kristy Lee Cook

089. Sonika Vaid

088. Melissa McGhee

087. Jessica Sierra

086. Blake Lewis

085. Alexis Grace

084. David Hernandez

083. Christina Christian

082. Stephanie Edwards

081. Taylor Hicks

080. RJ Helton

079. Joey Cook

078. Rickey Smith

077. Rayvon Owen

076. Uché

075. Amber Holcomb

074. Anwar Robinson

073. Siobhan Magnus

072. Matt Giraud

071. Phil Stacey

070. Jena Irene

069. Diana DeGarmo

068. Alex Preston

067. Michael J. Woodard

066. Casey Abrams

065. Michael Lynche

064. Kimberly Caldwell

063. Janelle Arthur

062. Michael Johns

061. Sarina-Joi Crowe

060. Carly Smithson

059. Adam Lambert

058. LaKisha Jones

057. Joshua Ledet

056. Phillip Phillips

055. Anoop Desai

054. Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon

053. Laci Kaye Booth

052. Clay Aiken

051. Kris Allen

050. Skylar Laine

049. Nikko Smith

048. Naima Adedapo

047. Didi Benami

046. Megan Joy

045. David Archuleta

044. Angie Miller

043. Jordin Sparks

042. Avalon Young

041. George Huff

040. Syesha Mercado

039. Trent Harmon

038. Maddie Poppe

037. Mandisa

036. Trenyce

035. Dennis Lorenzo

034. Paris Bennett

033. Kree Harrison

032. Jurnee

031. Clark Beckham

030. Hollie Cavanagh

029. Jennifer Hudson

028. Caleb Johnson

027. Carrie Underwood

026. Nadia Turner

025. Erika Van Pelt

024. Ruben Studdard

023. Vonzell Solomon

022. Haley Reinhart

021. Fantasia

020. Chris Daughtry

019. Bo Bice

018. La'Porsha Renae

017. Allison Iraheta

016. Melinda Doolittle

015. Haley Scarnato

014. Brooke White

013. Pia Toscano

012. Jessica Meuse

011. Candice Glover

010. Quentin Alexander

009. Kimberley Locke

008. Elise Testone

007. Crystal Bowersox

006. David Cook

005. LaToya London

004. Elliott Yamin

003. Tamyra Gray

002. Kelly Clarkson

001. Katharine McPhee

 

Season 1:

Kelly Clarkson

Justin Guarini

Nikki McKibbin

Tamyra Gray

RJ Helton

Christina Christian

Ryan Starr

AJ Gil

Jim Verraros

EJay Day

 

Season 2:

Ruben Studdard

Clay Aiken

Kimberley Locke

Josh Gracin

Trenyce

Carmen Rasmusen

Kimberly Caldwell

Rickey Smith

Corey Clark

Julia DeMato

Charles Grigsby

Vanessa Olivarez

 

Season 3:

Fantasia

Diana DeGarmo

Jasmine Trias

LaToya London

George Huff

John Stevens

Jennifer Hudson

Jon Peter Lewis

Camile Velasco

Amy Adams

Matthew Rogers

Leah LaBelle

 

Season 4:

Carrie Underwood

Bo Bice

Vonzell Solomon

Anthony Fedorov

Scott Savol

Constantine Maroulis

Anwar Robinson

Nadia Turner

Nikko Smith

Jessica Sierra

Mikalah Gordon

Lindsey Cardinale

 

Season 5:

Katharine McPhee

Taylor Hicks

Elliott Yamin

Chris Daughtry

Paris Bennett

Kellie Pickler

Ace Young

Bucky Covington

Mandisa

Lisa Tucker

Kevin Covais

Melissa McGhee

 

Season 6:

Jordin Sparks

Blake Lewis

Melinda Doolittle

LaKisha Jones

Chris Richardson

Phil Stacey

Sanjaya Malakar

Haley Scarnato

Gina Glocksen

Chris Sligh

Stephanie Edwards

Brandon Rogers

 

Season 7:

David Cook

David Archuleta

Syesha Mercado

Jason Castro

Brooke White

Carly Smithson

Kristy Lee Cook

Michael Johns

Ramiele Malubay

Chikezie

Amanda Overmyer

David Hernandez

 

Season 8:

Kris Allen

Adam Lambert

Danny Gokey

Allison Iraheta

Matt Giraud

Anoop Desai

Lil Rounds

Scott MacIntyre

Megan Joy

Michael Sarver

Alexis Grace

Jorge Nuñez

Jasmine Murray

 

Season 9:

Lee DeWyze

Crystal Bowersox

Casey James

Michael Lynche

Aaron Kelly

Siobhan Magnus

Tim Urban

Katie Stevens

Andrew Garcia

Didi Benami

Paige Miles

Lacey Brown

 

Season 10:

Scotty McCreery

Lauren Alaina

Haley Reinhart

James Durbin

Jacob Lusk

Casey Abrams

Stefano Langone

Paul McDonald

Pia Toscano

Naima Adedapo

Thia Megia

Karen Rodriguez

Ashthon Jones

 

Season 11:

Phillip Phillips

Jessica Sanchez

Joshua Ledet

Hollie Cavanagh

Skylar Laine

Elise Testone

Colton Dixon

DeAndre Brackensick

Heejun Han

Erika Van Pelt

Shannon Magrane

Jermaine Jones

Jeremy Rosado

 

Season 12:

Candice Glover

Kree Harrison

Angie Miller

Amber Holcomb

Janelle Arthur

Lazaro Arbos

Burnell Taylor

Devin Velez

Paul Jolley

Curtis Finch, Jr.

 

Season 13:

Caleb Johnson

Jena Irene

Alex Preston

Jessica Meuse

Sam Woolf

CJ Harris

Dexter Roberts

Malaya Watson

Majesty Rose

MK Nobilette

Ben Briley

Emily Piriz

Kristen O'Connor

 

Season 14:

Nick Fradiani

Clark Beckham

JAX

Rayvon Owen

Tyanna Jones

Quentin Alexander

Joey Cook

Qaasim Middleton

Daniel Seavey

Adanna Duru

Maddie Walker

Sarina-Joi Crowe

 

Season 15:

Trent Harmon

La'Porsha Renae

Dalton Rapattoni

MacKenzie Bourg

Sonika Vaid

Tristan McIntosh

Avalon Young

Lee Jean

Olivia Rox

Gianna Isabella

 

Season 16:

Maddie Poppe

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Gabby Barrett

Cade Foehner

Michael J. Woodard

Catie Turner

Jurnee

Ada Vox

Dennis Lorenzo

Michelle Sussett

 

Season 17:

Laine Hardy

Alejandro Aranda

Madison VanDenburg

Wade Cota

Laci Kaye Booth

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon

Walker Burroughs

Alyssa Raghu

Uché

Dimitrius Graham

 

Favorite Semifinalists

Seasons 1-5

Seasons 6-10

Seasons 11-15

Seasons 16-17

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Yay, a follower! Thank you, I have a feeling I'm going to need it :haha:

 

I was planning on starting this tonight; however, I'm beat after a long day of work and two grueling finals. I'll definitely get this party started tomorrow.

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I might be really sporadic, but I wouldn't mind following either :haha: 

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6 hours ago, hayden98 said:

I might be really sporadic, but I wouldn't mind following either :haha: 

 

4 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:

I’ll be looking at this as well.

 

The more the merrier, no matter how often it's followed!

 

I'm going to go ahead and start with the next post.

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lets go start GIF

 

Instead of jumping right into the list, I’m going to do something different. As we all know, this past season (Season 18) was unlike any other season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was produced at the homes of Ryan, the judges, the band, and the American Idol hopefuls. I felt bad for this season’s crop for not being able to experience Idol the way it normally is with performing on a stage in front of an audience and having access to perks such as a wardrobe allowance and make up crew. With all that said, kudos to everyone who made this season possible when it probably would’ve been better to postpone or even cancel the season because there is no idea how long this pandemic will last. With 80,000+ people dead in the U.S. alone (there is no idea how many cases there are worldwide), it shows there are things that are bigger than a source of entertainment such as Idol.

 

Because of the pandemic and how short the season is, I’ve decided not to include the Season 18 finalists in the overall list. Instead, I’m going to rank Season 18 separately, and I’m going to do it before I get to the main list. Based on the finale, the Top 11 were the season’s finalists. However, I’m going to rank the Top 20 because of the short season.

 

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 18 TOP 20 21

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Before I do that, however:

 

Honorable Mention: Lauren Mascitti

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As we all know, this season had a Top 20 for the voting rounds. However, the producers decided to implement a "new, shocking" twist which had voters choosing between Lauren Mascitti and Grace Leer, two 28-year-old female country singers, for the final spot (except there was nothing new nor shocking about this twist. The same thing happened in Season 13 when voters chose between Ben Briley and Neco Starr). At the end of the day, Grace received more votes and thus got the last spot, which left Lauren on the outside looking in. It’s too bad because Lauren was someone I kept an eye on up to that point and would’ve liked to see and hear more of her. I think she would’ve done well with this season’s format because she had that singer-songwriter vibe that the format tends to favor. Plus, I thought she was really pretty. It’s too bad there wasn’t a way for both of them to be in the Top 20. Seeing that auditions started early, and unless Lauren already turned 29, I wouldn't mind seeing her audition again.

 

The rest of the Top 20 will be coming up later.

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As the season went along, I grew more and more fond of Lauren. Grace might still be my preference between the two country girls, but if we had room for all the singer-songwriter types that we did, surely Idol could've let both girls through over some of the more inexperienced kids. I feel like the fanbase as a whole was a little unkind to Lauren due to her boyfriend being so much older than her, which was really unfair tbh. If Lauren is indeed still eligible, I wouldn't mind seeing her return either; she has a lot of potential. :yes: 

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5 hours ago, hayden98 said:

As the season went along, I grew more and more fond of Lauren. Grace might still be my preference between the two country girls, but if we had room for all the singer-songwriter types that we did, surely Idol could've let both girls through over some of the more inexperienced kids. I feel like the fanbase as a whole was a little unkind to Lauren due to her boyfriend being so much older than her, which was really unfair tbh. If Lauren is indeed still eligible, I wouldn't mind seeing her return either; she has a lot of potential. :yes: 

 

Agreed 100%, especially about the fiance. As far as I'm concerned, they're both consenting adults and it has no effect on my life, so I saw no reason to dislike Lauren because of that. Also, I think some of the backlash came from him being a prolific songwriter in Nashville, so there was some thought Lauren didn't even need to be on the show. Again, I have no issue with this because the main rule is as long as the wanna be contestants aren't signed, they can audition. I don't think Lauren had a deal at the time, so I saw no issue. I also had no problem with people who had record deals in the past auditioning. I still remember the backlash Joanna Pacitti received, along with some other issues with the way the show handled her, but that's for another day.

 

As for Grace, we'll see where she ends up...

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On to the Top 20. I'll do five at a time.

 

20. Nick Merico

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Out of the Top 20, Nick was the contestant I was the least impressed with. Apparently he was a child actor on some Nickelodeon and/or Disney Channel shows prior to auditioning for Idol. He auditioned in Season 17 and made to Hollywood but ending up withdrawing during the Hollywood Rounds; I think he said it was for family reasons. He comes back for Season 18, and the most memorable part was Lionel Richie verbally smacking around for his perceived arrogance (maybe I'm blind, but I didn't see anything that warranted that claim). Regardless, I just didn't care for him as a singer. I didn't hear anything impressive from him from what was shown during Hollywood and I didn't care for his Hawaii Showcase performance. With that said, I try to give everyone a clean slate once the voting round starts, so I wanted to see what Nick could do. Unfortunately, I wasn't enamored with his Hey There, Delilah performance, though it was better than anything he did in Hollywood. At the end of the day, he was someone I didn't care for.

 

19. Aliana Jester

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Aliana appeared to be a sweet girl; however, I felt she wasn't ready for the competition. In a season with several female teenage powerhouse vocalists, Aliana was the weakest. There was some potential, but there were clearly some vocal things that needed to be ironed out more. This was the most obvious during her Top 20 performance of Run to You. It started off well enough; unfortunately, she went off the rails when it came to the chorus and struggled with the song afterwards. It probably would've been better for her to be cut so she could work on her vocals more before taking another crack at it, but it is what it is. One thing I remember was YZthaSinger (I think that's who it was) having a crush on her and saying he would date her if she didn't have a boyfriend. Them the breaks, kid.

 

18. Louis Knight

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Should I get any more viewers, I'm expected to have my head bitten off for this one. :haha: I'm going through with it anyway. Louis was a rather popular contestant; he did make it to the Top 7 after all. However, I can't say I was a fan of his. The biggest reason I couldn't get into any of Louis' performances was because they all sounded sad, no matter what the song was. It was as if tears were on the verge of falling whenever he sang. If I had to pick a performance of his I could say I liked, it would be You've Got A Friend, though the song has been done better in the past. His other performances didn't do anything for me. That's all I have to say about him.

 

17. Faith Becnel

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Faith is an attractive girl and appears to be someone who would be a blast to hang out with. Nonetheless, she was my least favorite female contestant going into the voting rounds. I was one of those who questioned why she was put through while Grace and Lauren M. had to wait and see who would earn a spot via the voters (which is something I'm not proud of. It wasn't Faith's fault the producers/judges decided to pull that twist). I didn’t care for her singing up to this point. However, she impressed me a bit with River. Watching that made me realize what my problem was with her earlier: she tried to do too much with her singing and performing and therefore, she came off as someone who had no idea what she was doing. With River, however, she pretty much sang the song straight. It wasn’t enough to convert me into a fan, but it showed why the judges/producers put her through.

 

16. Dibesh Pokharel aka Arthur Gunn

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Arthur was an interesting contestant. He and his family immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal and apparently, he fell in love with music from the U.S., which inspired him to become a musician. It was a feel-good story. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for me to like him as a contestant. The main issue I had with Arthur is no matter how hard he tried to change things up, everything sounded the same. I give him credit for trying to mix things up; it just didn’t work for me. The most glaring example was his reggae over of Take Me Home, Country Roads. Everything about that performance, from the singing to the arrangement, was lackluster. Another problem was his vibrato was out of control at times; this was the most evident in the aforementioned Country Roads and his finale performance of I Don't Want To Be. In spite of this, he was really popular and a front-runner from beginning to end. His family celebrating after the announcement of Sam winning was hilarious; however, I don’t think they meant any harm. I want to think they were proud of him regardless of the outcome.

 

20. Nick Merico
19. Aliana Jester
18. Louis Knight
17. Faith Becnel
16. Arthur Gunn

15-11 are next.

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51 minutes ago, Crisis said:

On to the Top 20. I'll do five at a time.

 

20. Nick Merico

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Out of the Top 20, Nick was the contestant I was the least impressed with. Apparently he was a child actor on some Nickelodeon and/or Disney Channel shows prior to auditioning for Idol. He auditioned in Season 17 and made to Hollywood but ending up withdrawing during the Hollywood Rounds; I think he said it was for family reasons. He comes back for Season 18, and the most memorable part was Lionel Richie verbally smacking around for his perceived arrogance (maybe I'm blind, but I didn't see anything that warranted that claim). Regardless, I just didn't care for him as a singer. I didn't hear anything impressive from him from what was shown during Hollywood and I didn't care for his Hawaii Showcase performance. With that said, I try to give everyone a clean slate once the voting round starts, so I wanted to see what Nick could do. Unfortunately, I wasn't enamored with his Hey There, Delilah performance, though it was better than anything he did in Hollywood. At the end of the day, he was someone I didn't care for.

 

19. Aliana Jester

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Aliana appeared to be a sweet girl; however, I felt she wasn't ready for the competition. In a season with several female teenage powerhouse vocalists, Aliana was the weakest. There was some potential, but there were clearly some vocal things that needed to be ironed out more. This was the most obvious during her Top 20 performance of Run to You. It started off well enough; unfortunately, she went off the rails when it came to the chorus and struggled with the song afterwards. It probably would've been better for her to be cut so she could work on her vocals more before taking another crack at it, but it is what it is. One thing I remember was YZthaSinger (I think that's who it was) having a crush on her and saying he would date her if she didn't have a boyfriend. Them the breaks, kid.

 

18. Louis Knight

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Should I get any more viewers, I'm expected to have my head bitten off for this one. :haha: I'm going through with it anyway. Louis was a rather popular contestant; he did make it to the Top 7 after all. However, I can't say I was a fan of his. The biggest reason I couldn't get into any of Louis' performances was because they all sounded sad, no matter what the song was. It was as if tears were on the verge of falling whenever he sang. If I had to pick a performance of his I could say I liked, it would be You've Got A Friend, though the song has been done better in the past. His other performances didn't do anything for me. That's all I have to say about him.

 

17. Faith Becnel

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Faith is an attractive girl and appears to be someone who would be a blast to hang out with. Nonetheless, she was my least favorite female contestant going into the voting rounds. I was one of those who questioned why she was put through while Grace and Lauren M. had to wait and see who would earn a spot via the voters (which is something I'm not proud of. It wasn't Faith's fault the producers/judges decided to pull that twist). I didn’t care for her singing up to this point. However, she impressed me a bit with River. Watching that made me realize what my problem was with her earlier: she tried to do too much with her singing and performing and therefore, she came off as someone who had no idea what she was doing. With River, however, she pretty much sang the song straight. It wasn’t enough to convert me into a fan, but it showed why the judges/producers put her through.

 

16. Dibesh Pokharel aka Arthur Gunn

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Arthur was an interesting contestant. He and his family immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal and apparently, he fell in love with music from the U.S., which inspired him to become a musician. It was a feel-good story. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for me to like him as a contestant. The main issue I had with Arthur is no matter how hard he tried to change things up, everything sounded the same. I give him credit for trying to mix things up; it just didn’t work for me. The most glaring example was his reggae over of Take Me Home, Country Roads. Everything about that performance, from the singing to the arrangement, was lackluster. Another problem was his vibrato was out of control at times; this was the most evident in the aforementioned Country Roads and his finale performance of I Don't Want To Be. In spite of this, he was really popular and a front-runner from beginning to end. His family celebrating after the announcement of Sam winning was hilarious; however, I don’t think they meant any harm. I want to think they were proud of him regardless of the outcome.

 


20. Nick Merico
19. Aliana Jester
18. Louis Knight
17. Faith Becnel
16. Arthur Gunn

15-11 are next.


I know exactly how you feel about Arthur’s performances.  I was another person who didn’t like his performances, especially Take Me Home, Country Roads.  Making it a reggae song wasn’t such a good idea.

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Louis and Nick were two of my favourites so we’re already off to a flying start. :haha: I didn’t really remember much about Faith coming into the live shows but I liked her performance of River. Arthur was one of my least favourites. Meh on Aliana.

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8 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:


I know exactly how you feel about Arthur’s performances.  I was another person who didn’t like his performances, especially Take Me Home, Country Roads.  Making it a reggae song wasn’t such a good idea.

You know you don’t have to quote the entire post, right? :rofl:

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9 hours ago, CarmenSandiego said:


I know exactly how you feel about Arthur’s performances.  I was another person who didn’t like his performances, especially Take Me Home, Country Roads.  Making it a reggae song wasn’t such a good idea.

Definitely. I wanted to like Arthur more than I did. I just wasn't feeling it. He was certainly a love or hate contestant, which while I won't say I hated him, I can't say I loved him either.

 

39 minutes ago, Elliott said:

 

Louis and Nick were two of my favourites so we’re already off to a flying start. :haha: I didn’t really remember much about Faith coming into the live shows but I liked her performance of River. Arthur was one of my least favourites. Meh on Aliana.

I knew that Louis ranking was going to be controversial (warning: this may not be my first one). :haha: As I mentioned in my Nick write-up, when it reaches the voting rounds, I try to see the contestants as if this is the first time I'm seeing them perform. I just wasn't impressed with Nick or Louis. Pretty much agree about the other contestants.

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16 minutes ago, Crisis said:

Definitely. I wanted to like Arthur more than I did. I just wasn't feeling it. He was certainly a love or hate contestant, which while I won't say I hated him, I can't say I loved him either.

 

Arthur isn't liked on IDF.  But people here tend to favor the belters, ballad queens.  Not the musicians, artists.  But Arthur gets tons of views on his videos and has created a following that he can translate in the real world.  And that's what labels care about.

 

The show is over.  It will be interesting who will be generating buzz a year from now.  And who will be forgotten. 

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39 minutes ago, mytake1 said:

 

Arthur isn't liked on IDF.  But people here tend to favor the belters, ballad queens.  Not the musicians, artists.  But Arthur gets tons of views on his videos and has created a following that he can translate in the real world.  And that's what labels care about.

 

The show is over.  It will be interesting who will be generating buzz a year from now.  And who will be forgotten. 

It'll be interesting to see what happens with him afterwards. Going by the previous two seasons, it wouldn't surprise me if he is the one who Idol promotes next season while Sam gets pushed aside (which I hope doesn't happen).

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Time for some new entries.

 

15. Sophia Wackerman/James

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This may be a controversial ranking. I didn’t care for her voice; there was something about it that drove me nuts. In addition, I found her to be off-putting. I think I know what it is: she came off too much as a try hard. Nothing about her performance style came off as natural. It’s as if she was going out of her way to show how quirky and unique she was. I may be wrong, but that was the vibe I was getting from her. One thing I did like was the relationship she had with her family, especially her brother. I especially how she took on her brother's name as her last name instead of her late mother's. I think she said something about not being at the level where she use her mother's name, which I totally respect.

 

14. Cyniah Elise

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Cyniah was another of the big-voiced female teens. She may have had the strongest voice of them all. The main issue with Cyniah was not her voice, but her personality, at the least the way it came off as. She was perceived to be arrogant and full of herself. Unfortunately, as shown with Nick, that is a potential turn off for voters; this is especially true for female contestants. Aside from this, her performance of Warrior wasn’t anything to get excited over. There was a lack of engagement with the song which prevented a connection to the audience. It was easy to see why she didn’t advance afterwards.

 

13. Francisco Martin

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Francisco was a difficult one to rank. At the end of the day, this is probably the best spot for him. More than anyone, Francisco benefited from performing at home. With his nerves and stage fright, the bigger stage may have been too much for him, though there was a possibility he would overcome it. Performance wise, he was steady if not spectacular. My favorites from him were Teenage Dream and River. In spite of not having much to say about him, I do like him more than those below him, so here we are *shrugs*.

 

12. Dillon James

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When it comes to Dillon, his backstory about him being a recovering drug addict was more memorable than any of his performances. That was until Yesterday; unfortunately, it was memorable for the wrong reasons. The tempo was too fast, and it dragged on forever; I thought it would never end. However, the next two performances were his strongest in the competition, especially Hang On, Hang On, and it was clear to see why he was a favorite for the crown. He had a solid night in the finale, but it wasn’t enough. I live roughly two hours away from his hometown, and there was a lot of buzz about him around here to the point where I was annoyed with him. However, I did eventually come around on him to rank him this high.

 

11. DeWayne Crocker Jr.

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One thing I will say about DeWayne: he wasn’t afraid to try to put his spin on songs. I remember his audition of Don’t Worry Be Happy and his Hawaiian Showcase performance of Old Town Road, so he was someone I was looking forward to seeing what he would do. Unfortunately, he bit off more than he could chew when he sang, I Got You (I Feel Good). For starters, it’s difficult to compare to the Godfather of Soul. Furthermore, that song comes off as nothing but very good karaoke at best. I knew his chances of advancing were slim; they became non-existent after that performance. It's too bad because I liked him a lot. Other than this, the two things he may be remembered for are his Lionel Richie superfan great-grandmother and the Christmas Tree. :haha:

 

15. Sophia Wackerman/James
14. Cyniah Elise
13. Francisco Martin
12. Dillon James
11. DeWayne Crocker, Jr.

 

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2 hours ago, mytake1 said:

 

Arthur isn't liked on IDF.  But people here tend to favor the belters, ballad queens.  Not the musicians, artists.  But Arthur gets tons of views on his videos and has created a following that he can translate in the real world.  And that's what labels care about.

 

The show is over.  It will be interesting who will be generating buzz a year from now.  And who will be forgotten. 


I liked Maddie and she wasn’t a belter or a ballad queen.  But she’s also kind of an exception, so you have a point about people like me not favoring musicians or artists in general.

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1 hour ago, Crisis said:

It'll be interesting to see what happens with him afterwards. Going by the previous two seasons, it wouldn't surprise me if he is the one who Idol promotes next season while Sam gets pushed aside (which I hope doesn't happen).


I hope not either.  I’m currently listening to her single on Apple Music and I can’t say the same for Laine or even Maddie, so there’s some hope for Just Sam.

 

1 hour ago, redwood79 said:

I find these rankings reasonable so far...

 

The rankings also seem reasonable enough for me.  While Sophia was someone whom I voted for, that was only when she, Julia, Just Sam, Grace and Makayla were the girls in the Top 11 and I voted for her in part because of her brother being disabled like me (I have Asperger’s Syndrome).  And I didn’t vote for her as much as Just Sam.

 

Cyniah is the type of singer I’d vote for but you have a point about her seeming arrogant, whether she intended it or not.  And her semifinals song was in the middle of the pack for me.

 

I liked Francisco but this is a good enough spot for him since he did benefit a lot from performing at home.

 

Dillon had a slow start but while he came on stronger towards the end, it was too little, too late.

 

DeWayne really shouldn’t have chosen I Got You (I Feel Good).  It doomed him.

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3 hours ago, redwood79 said:

I find these rankings reasonable so far...

Nice to see this, though this may change in the future.

 

1 hour ago, CarmenSandiego said:

The rankings also seem reasonable enough for me.  While Sophia was someone whom I voted for, that was only when she, Julia, Just Sam, Grace and Makayla were the girls in the Top 11 and I voted for her in part because of her brother being disabled like me (I have Asperger’s Syndrome).  And I didn’t vote for her as much as Just Sam.

 

Cyniah is the type of singer I’d vote for but you have a point about her seeming arrogant, whether she intended it or not.  And her semifinals song was in the middle of the pack for me.

 

I liked Francisco but this is a good enough spot for him since he did benefit a lot from performing at home.

 

Dillon had a slow start but while he came on stronger towards the end, it was too little, too late.

 

DeWayne really shouldn’t have chosen I Got You (I Feel Good).  It doomed him.

  • I see your point about Sophia. Interesting about Asperger's Syndrome. I have a cousin who has it and as a child, I was tested to see if I may have had it. It turns out I was just extremely shy. Hopefully it's not impacting your life too much.
  • Agree about Cyniah, though her duet with Makayla was a highlight during Hollywood.
  • Agree about Francisco.
  • Great point about Dillon. In a longer season, he may have had a better shot though he had a good one here.
  • As soon as I heard the first notes, I said to myself, "dude, what are you doing?!". I think DeWayne learned a lesson about how song choice can impact one's chances.

 

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17 minutes ago, Crisis said:
  • I see your point about Sophia. Interesting about Asperger's Syndrome. I have a cousin who has it and as a child, I was tested to see if I may have had it. It turns out I was just extremely shy. Hopefully it's not impacting your life too much.
  • Great point about Dillon. In a longer season, he may have had a better shot though he had a good one here.
  • As soon as I heard the first notes, I said to myself, "dude, what are you doing?!". I think DeWayne learned a lesson about how song choice can impact one's chances.

 


No, Asperger’s Syndrome doesn’t impact my life too much.  I am more prone to anxiety, however, and must take medication for it.

 

Yeah, in a longer season Dillon might have made the finale or at least gotten past Arthur.  Here, he couldn’t do either one.

 

 I love listening to I Got You (I Feel Good), but this certainly should be a valuable lesson for DeWayne about how to choose the right song.  When a website called Foxes On Idol was running alongside Reality News Online, the creator of both sites noted that song choice was key, and DeWayne is a good example of why this rule still applies.

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14 minutes ago, CarmenSandiego said:


No, Asperger’s Syndrome doesn’t impact my life too much.  I am more prone to anxiety, however, and must take medication for it.

Good to see Asperger's isn't impacting your life too much. Sorry to hear about anxiety, though; I hear it can be a pain.

 

I'll post the next set in a few minutes.

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Here are the next five. I'll post the remaining five within the next few hours and I'll decide if I want to start the main list tonight or tomorrow.

 

10. Kimmy Gabriela

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Kimmy was another of the big voiced teens from this season. The knock on her was that she considered to be forgettable; Katy Perry said as much when Kimmy was waiting to see if she would be in the Top 20 or not. Maybe because she didn't have as big as a personality as some of the others. I can't say I agree because I remember really liking her voice. I disagreed with the judges about her Hawaii Showcase performance of You Don't Do It For Me Anymore. I thought it was solid. I absolutely loved her performance of Leave Me Lonely during Top 20 and was hoping she would advance. Unfortunately, none of the teen singers - with the exception of Makayla, who had to be saved - advanced. It's too bad because I wouldn't have minded hearing more from her.

 

9. Franklin Boone

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Franklin doesn't appear to be a popular contestant around these parts, but I liked him. I liked the vibe and maturity that came from him regarding his performances. I liked his Hawaii Showcase performance of Daughters, and I'm probably in the minority, but I also enjoyed his Everybody Wants to Rule the World. I would go as far as saying that was my favorite male performance of the night. Unfortunately, I knew he was pretty much a long shot to advance, but I certainly wouldn't have minded if he did. Oh well.

 

8. Lauren Spencer-Smith

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Lauren was certainly an impressive singer. Apparently, she’s had a YouTube video that went viral prior to her being on Idol. Her Momma Knows Best was one of the better performances of the season. Plus, she easily had the best backdrop out of all of the contestants with the mountains and lakes in view. Unfortunately, she was part of the female teenage slaughter that happened after the Top 20 round. I had a feeling it was going to come down between her and Makayla when the judges announced they were going to use the save. I thought she had a great chance of getting it; we know that wasn't the case.

 

7. Jonny West

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Jonny was someone who intrigued me going into the season. As we all know, he's Margie Mays boyfriend who I think went to support her but ended up auditioning himself. Of course he advanced further into the competition than she did (which always seems to happen with these scenarios :haha:). However, despite this high ranking, I can’t help but feel let down by his journey. After seeing him change up Amazing Grace and reprising his original from his audition in the finale, I was reminded what made me interested in him in the first place. Then it hit me: he is not a cover artist. He is someone who sounds better on his own material. Though I was underwhelmed by his Idol run, he is someone I wouldn’t mind checking out should he make any music outside of the show.

 

6. Makayla Phillips

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Prior to Idol, Makayla was apparently on America's Got Talent. I don't watch the show, so I don't know anything about her from her time there. Idol was the first time I saw her in action. One thing I can say about Makayla: she isn’t afraid to mix things up. From her audition to the end of the run, her song choices were all over the place (I definitely raised an eyebrow when she picked Because I Love You in Hollywood). In spite of this, I felt she didn’t come across as someone who didn’t know she was as an artist despite her age. While I wasn’t too impressed with Greedy, I did enjoy her The House That Built Me. However, seeing that she had to be saved to get to the next round, it was obvious she wasn’t going to be around much longer. Either way, she grew on me enough to make it this high.

 

10. Kimmy Gabriela
9. Franklin Boone
8. Lauren Spencer-Smith
7. Jonny West
6. Makayla Phillips

And then there were five. For anyone keeping track, here are the remaining contestants:

 

Grace Leer

Jovin Webb

Julia Gargano

Olivia Ximines

Samantha "Just Sam" Diaz

 

As mentioned, these will be posted in the next few hours, assuming I'm not too busy.

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I love these types of lists. 😃 Will probably be lurking most of the time but I agree with a majority of your rankings so far.

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