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Who are contestants who were cut before the live shows/voting rounds that ended up being successful?


Here are some I can think of


Tori Kelly (Season 9): Cut at the green mile. Has done well in pop music.


Lauren Daigle (Seasons 9 and 11): Cut at the green mile in Season 9 and Vegas rounds in Season 11. Is a huge Christian music star and has won Grammy awards. Was even an idol mentor and sang with the recent Idol winner "Just Sam" for the finale.


Jimmie Allen (Season 10): Cut in the green mile in Season 10. Both of his singles so far have reached #1 on the country airplay charts. Definitely a rising star in the country world. And went on tour with his fellow Season 10er Scotty McCreery.


Johnny Keyser (Seasons 11 and 12): Cut in the Vegas rounds both seasons- although was he technically a semi-finalist in Season 12? Regardless, He was signed to Epic records and last month his latest single was certified platinum and his first one went gold. Has been doing well on radio. Now known as "John K." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_K_(musician)

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14 hours ago, FunkyFrankie said:

Lauren daigle was on idol?! 😮 

Yes she was on American Idol Season 9, American Idol Season 10, and American Idol Season 11.


American Idol Season 9 - Almost made the Top 24 just like Tori Kelly was also from her season. Tori Kelly apparently didn’t make it to the Top 24 because she didn’t want to sign a contract to work with Simon Cowell.

American Idol Season 10 - Didn’t even make it to Hollywood.

American Idol Season 11 - Made it to Hollywood Week, but didn’t make the Las Vegas round.

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