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American Idol Performances Mini Rankdown (Season 12 - Round 3)


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Well since the hot new thing on IDF is mini-rankdowns, it's only fitting that the first ever rankdown host here should host a mini-rankdown as well! Every couple of weeks we will do a mini-rankdown of performances from each season of American Idol. Without having to do writeups, we will cut and save performances until there are 20 left. Then we will individually rank those 20 performances and count them down to figure out what the best performance of each season is.

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Season 1

1. Tamyra Gray "A House Is Not A Home"

2. Kelly Clarkson "A Natural Woman"

3. Kelly Clarkson "Stuff Like That There"

4. Tamyra Gray "Minnie The Moocher"

5. Kelly Clarkson "Respect"

6. Tamyra Gray "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

7. Christina Christian "Ain't No Sunshine"

8. Tamyra Gray "A Fool In Love"

9. Kelly Clarkson "You're All I Need To Get By"

10. Kelly Clarkson "I Surrender"

11. Kelly Clarkson "Without You"

12. Tamyra Gray "If I Were Your Woman"

13. Kelly Clarkson "Don't Play That Song"

14. Tamyra Gray "Touch Me In The Morning"

15. Nikki McKibbin "Mary Jane"

16. Justin Guarini "Get Here"

17. Nikki McKibbin "I'm The Only One"

18. Christina Christian "The Glory of Love"

19. RJ Helton "Lately"

20. Ryan Starr "You Really Got Me"


Season 2

1. Clay Aiken "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

2. Kimberley Locke "New York State Of Mind"

3. Ruben Studdard "A Whole New World"

4. Trenyce "Proud Mary"

5. Kimberley Locke "Band Of Gold"

6. Trenyce "I Have Nothing"

7. Clay Aiken "To Love Somebody"

8. Ruben Studdard "Superstar"

9. Kimberley Locke "Where The Boys Are"

10. Trenyce "Come See About Me"

11. Kimberley Locke "Inseparable"

12. Clay Aiken "Unchained Melody"

13. Kimberley Locke "Home"

14. Kim Caldwell "Come To My Window"

15. Kimberley Locke "If You Asked Me To"

16. Clay Aiken "Somewhere Out There"

17. Ruben Studdard "Kiss And Say Goodbye"

18. Ruben Studdard "Baby I Need You Loving"

19. Trenyce "The Power Of Love"

20. Clay Aiken "Someone Else's Star"


Season 3
1. LaToya London "Don't Rain On My Parade"

2. Fantasia Barrino "Summertime"

3. Fantasia Barrino "I Believe"

4. Jennifer Hudson "Circle Of Life"

5. LaToya London "Somewhere"

6. Diana DeGarmo "Don't Cry Out Loud"

7. George Huff "Take Me To The Pilot"

8. Jennifer Hudson "I Have Nothing"

9. Fantasia Barrino "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?"

10. LaToya London "Ain't Nobody"

11. Diana DeGarmo "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"

12. Amy Adams "Sin Wagon"

13. Fantasia Barrino "A Fool In Love"

14. George Huff "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"

15. Fantasia Barrino "Always On My Mind"

16. Diana DeGarmo "Think"

17. Fantasia Barrino "Something To Talk About"

18. Jasmine Trias "Inseparable"

19. LaToya London "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)"

20. Diana DeGarmo "Turn The Beat Around"


Season 4
1. Carrie Underwood "Alone"

2. Nadia Turner "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"

3. Bo Bice "In A Dream"

4. Vonzell Solomon "I Have Nothing"

5. Carrie Underwood "Independence Day"

6. Vonzell Solomon "Best Of My Love"

7. Anwar Robinson "What A Wonderful World"

8. Bo Bice "Vehicle"

9. Nadia Turner "Try A Little Tenderness"

10. Bo Bice "Whipping Post"

11. Carrie Underwood "Crying"

12. Carrie Underwood "Bless The Broken Road"

13. Vonzell Solomon "I'm Every Woman"

14. Jessica Sierra "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

15. Carrie Underwood "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All"

16. Vonzell Solomon "Don't Leave Me This Way"

17. Nadia Turner "The Power Of Love"

18. Anthony Fedorov "I Surrender"

19. Vonzell Solomon "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"

20. Carrie Underwood "Independence Day" (Reprise)


Season 5
1. Elliott Yamin "A Song For You"

2. Katharine McPhee "Over The Rainbow"

3. Chris Daughtry "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)"

4. Katharine McPhee "Black Horse And The Cherry Tree"

5. Mandisa "I Don't Hurt Anymore"

6. Elliott Yamin "Trouble"

7. Katharine McPhee "Someone To Watch Over Me"

8. Paris Bennett "These Foolish Things"

9. Chris Daughtry "I Walk The Line"

10. Paris Bennett "Fever"

11. Katharine McPhee "Come Rain Or Come Shine"

12. Chris Daughtry "Higher Ground"

13. Chris Daughtry "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?"

14. Chris Daughtry "Renegade"

15. Chris Daughtry "Wanted Dead Or Alive"

16. Kellie Pickler "Fancy"

17. Katharine McPhee "Think"

18. Elliott Yamin "Somebody To Love"

19. Taylor Hicks "In The Ghetto"

20. Lisa Tucker "I Am Changing"


Season 6
1. Blake Lewis "You Give Love A Bad Name"

2. Melinda Doolittle "My Funny Valentine"

3. Jordin Sparks "I (Who Have Nothing)"

4. Melinda Doolittle "I'm A Woman"

5. Melinda Doolittle "Have A Nice Day"

6. LaKisha Jones "This Ain't A Love Song"

7. Melinda Doolittle "Nutbush City Limits"

8. Jordin Sparks "A Broken Wing"

9. Melinda Doolittle "Home"

10. Melinda Doolittle "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"

11. LaKisha Jones "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

12. Jordin Sparks "To Love Somebody"

13. Melinda Doolittle "There Will Come A Day"

14. Blake Lewis "Time Of The Season"

15. Blake Lewis "I Need To Know"

16. Blake Lewis "This Love"

17. Chris Richardson "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"

18. Phil Stacey "Blaze Of Glory"

19. Gina Glocksen "I'll Stand By You"

20. Haley Scarnato "Tell Him"


Season 7
1. David Cook "Billie Jean"

2. Brooke White "Let It Be"

3. Carly Smithson "Come Together"

4. David Archuleta "Imagine"

5. Brooke White "Love Is A Battlefield"

6. Carly Smithson "Here You Come Again"

7. Syesha Mercado "One Rock 'N' Roll Too Many"

8. Michael Johns "It's All Wrong But It's Alright"

9. David Cook "Always Be My Baby"

10. David Cook "The Music Of The Night"

11. Syesha Mercado "A Change Is Gonna Come"

12. David Archuleta "Smoky Mountain Memories"

13. David Cook "Eleanor Rigby"

14. Syesha Mercado "Yesterday"

15. David Cook "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

16. David Archuleta "Angels"

17. David Cook "The World I Know"

18. Syesha Mercado "Fever"

19. David Hernandez "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"

20. Carly Smithson "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"


Season 8
1. Kris Allen "Heartless"

2. Kris Allen "Ain't No Sunshine"

3. Adam Lambert & Allison Iraheta "Slow Ride"

4. Kris Allen "Falling Slowly"

5. Allison Iraheta "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"

6. Allison Iraheta "Someone To Watch Over Me"

7. Adam Lambert "Mad World"

8. Allison Iraheta "I Can't Make You Love Me"

9. Allison Iraheta "Give In To Me"

10. Allison Iraheta "Alone"

11. Lil Rounds "Be Without You"

12. Kris Allen "To Make You Feel My Love"

13. Alexis Grace "Dirty Diana"

14. Anoop Desai "Always On My Mind"

15. Matt Giraud "So Small"

16. Adam Lambert "The Tracks Of My Tears"

17. Kris Allen "Man In The Mirror"

18. Danny Gokey "Come Rain Or Come Shine"

19. Megan Joy "Put Your Records On"

20. Tatiana Del Toro "Saving All My Love For You"


Season 9
1. Crystal Bowersox "People Get Ready"

2. Crystal Bowersox "Me And Bobby McGee"

3. Crystal Bowersox "Give Me One Reason"

4. Crystal Bowersox "Long As I Can See The Light"

5. Katie Stevens "Let It Be"

6. Crystal Bowersox "Come Together"

7. Lee DeWyze "Treat Her Like A Lady"

8. Siobhan Magnus "The House Of The Rising Sun"

9. Didi Benami "Play With Fire"

10. Casey James "Jealous Guy"

11. Michael Lynche "This Woman's Work"

12. Crystal Bowersox "Hand In My Pocket"

13. Katelyn Epperly "The Scientist"

14. Alex Lambert "Everybody Knows"

15. Katie Stevens "Wild Horses"

16. Aaron Kelly "You've Got A Way"

17. Michael Lynche "Ready For Love"

18. Paige Miles "Honky Tonk Women"

19. Lacey Brown "The Story"

20. Lilly Scott "Fixing A Hole"


Season 10
1. Haley Reinhart "I (Who Have Nothing)"

2. Haley Reinhart "House Of The Rising Sun"

3. Pia Toscano "I'll Stand By You"

4. Haley Reinhart "Bennie And The Jets"

5. Pia Toscano "All By Myself"

6. Lauren Alaina "Anyway"

7. Thia Megia "Out Here On My Own"

8. Scotty McCreery "Gone"

9. Lauren Alaina "Flat On The Floor"

10. Jacob Lusk "You're All I Need To Get By"

11. Pia Toscano "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"

12. James Durbin "Maybe I'm Amazed"

13. James Durbin "Living For The City"

14. Pia Toscano "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"

15. Lauren Alaina "I Hope You Dance"

16. Kendra Chantelle "Georgia On My Mind"

17. Casey Abrams "I Put A Spell On You"

18. Lauren Alaina "Like My Mother Does"

19. Stefano Langone "I Need You Now"

20. Jacob Lusk "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"


Season 11
1. Jessica Sanchez "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"

2. Elise Testone "Whole Lotta Love"

3. Jessica Sanchez "The Prayer"

4. Joshua Ledet "It's A Man's Man's Man's World"

5. Elise Testone "Vienna"

6. Jessica Sanchez "Sweet Dreams"

7. Phillip Phillips "Volcano"

8. Jessica Sanchez "I Will Always Love You"

9. Hollie Cavanagh "Rolling In The Deep"

10. Joshua Ledet "When A Man Loves A Woman"

11. Phillip Phillips "Home"

12. Hollie Cavanagh "The Climb"

13. Phillip Phillips "U Got It Bad"

14. Colton Dixon "Love The Way You Lie"

15. Erika Van Pelt "New York State Of Mind"

16. Jessica Sanchez "Try A Little Tenderness"

17. Skylar Laine "Stay With Me"

18. Skylar Laine "Gunpowder And Lead"

19. Jessica Sanchez "You Are So Beautiful"

20. Colton Dixon "Decode"

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Performances highlighted this color are in the final 20.

Performances highlighted this color are safe until the fourth round.

Performances highlighted this color are safe until the voting round.


Top 40 - Group One Girls

Kree Harrison "Up To The Mountain"

Angie Miller "Nobody's Perfect"

Amber Holcomb "My Funny Valentine"


Top 40 - Group One Guys

Devin Velez "Listen"


Top 40 - Group Two Girls

Candice Glover "A Natural Woman"

Aubrey Cleland "Sweet Dreams"

Breanna Steer “Bust Your Windows”

Zoanette Johnson "Circle Of Life"


Top 40 - Group Two Guys

Vincent Powell "Cause I Love You"


Top 20 - Girls

Aubrey Cleland "Big Girls Don't Cry"

Janelle Arthur "If I Can Dream"

Angie Miller "Never Gone"

Amber Holcomb "I Believe In You And Me"

Kree Harrison "Stronger"

Candice Glover "Ordinary People"


Top 20 - Guys

Burnell Taylor "I'm Here"

Devin Velez "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"


Top 10 - Music of the American Idols

Candice Glover "I (Who Have Nothing)"

Kree Harrison "Crying"

Amber Holcomb "A Moment Like This"


Wildcard - Tour Sing Off

Aubrey Cleland "Out Here On My Own"


Top 9 - The Beatles

Kree Harrison "With A Little Help From My Friends"

Burnell Taylor "Let It Be"

Amber Holcomb "She's Leaving Home"

Candice Glover "Come Together"

Angie Miller "Yesterday"

Devin Velez "The Long And Winding Road"

Janelle Arthur "I Will"


Top 8 - Detroit

Candice Glover "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"

Janelle Arthur "You Keep Me Hangin' On"

Devin Velez "The Tracks Of My Tears"

Burnell Taylor "My Cherie Amour"

Amber Holcomb "Lately"

Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor & Devin Velez "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"

Kree Harrison "Don't Play That Song"


Top 7 - Rock (No Ballads)

Kree Harrison "Piece Of My Heart"

Candice Glover & Burnell Taylor "The Letter"

Janelle Arthur "You May Be Right"

Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me"

Candice Glover "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

Amber Holcomb "What About Love"

Angie Miller "Bring Me To Life"


Top 6 - Burt Bacharach / Wish You Wrote

Amber Holcomb "I Say A Little Prayer"

Kree Harrison "What The World Needs Now Is Love"

Janelle Arthur "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"

Candice Glover "Don’t Make Me Over"

Angie Miller "Love Came Down"

Amber Holcomb "Love On Top"

Kree Harrison "Help Me Make It Through The Night"

Janelle Arthur "The Dance"

Candice Glover "Lovesong"


Top 5 - Year You Were Born / Divas

Candice Glover "Straight Up"

Kree Harrison "She Talks To Angels"

Angie Miller "I'll Stand By You"

Candice Glover "When You Believe"

Janelle Arthur "Dumb Blonde"

Kree Harrison "Have You Ever Been In Love"

Angie Miller "Halo"

Amber Holcomb "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?"


Top 4 - Open / One-Hit Wonder

Amber Holcomb "The Power Of Love"

Candice Glover "Find Your Love"

Kree Harrison "It Hurts So Bad"

Angie Miller "Who You Are"

Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb "Rumour Has It"

Candice Glover & Angie Miller "Stay"

Candice Glover "Emotion"

Kree Harrison "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"


Top 4 - Now and Then

Angie Miller "Diamonds"

Candice Glover "When I Was Your Man"

Kree Harrison "See You Again"

Angie Miller "Someone To Watch Over Me"

Amber Holcomb "My Funny Valentine" (Reprise)

Candice Glover "You've Changed"

Kree Harrison "Stormy Weather"


Top 3 - Jimmy's / Judge's / Producer's Choice

Kree Harrison "Perfect"

Candice Glover "One"

Candice Glover "Next To Me"

Angie Miller "Try"

Kree Harrison "Here Comes Goodbye"

Angie Miller "Maybe"

Kree Harrison "Better Dig Two"

Candice Glover "Somewhere"


Top 2 - Finale

Kree Harrison "Angel"

Candice Glover "Chasing Pavements"

Kree Harrison "All Cried Out"

Candice Glover "I Am Beautiful"

Kree Harrison "Up To The Mountain" (Reprise)

Candice Glover "I (Who Have Nothing)" (Reprise)

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  • Alex95 changed the title to American Idol Performances Mini Rankdown (Season 1 signups open)
Just now, *Chris said:

Sign me up for all the season!

Lol yeah if you wanna sign up for every season instead of just signing up season by season you can let me know that as well so you're automatically signed up at the start of each new season!

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And if we get through all 18 (probably 19 by the end) seasons and everyone's still interested, I'll probably do a real rankdown of the top 20 from each season so that would be insane and exciting 👀

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1 minute ago, Alex95 said:

And if we get through all 18 (probably 19 by the end) seasons and everyone's still interested, I'll probably do a real rankdown of the top 20 from each season so that would be insane and exciting 👀


As long as its not 100 words minimum haha!


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4 minutes ago, Solaris said:


As long as its not 100 words minimum haha!


Lol well it's gonna take a long time to get to that point if we ever do so idk what the format would be. But I meant mainly in the traditional sense of nominations are made and everyone cuts and saves.

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2 minutes ago, Alex95 said:

I don't but if it's anything other than "Carly is a robbed goddess who deserves the world" he isn't allowed to play.


On 9/17/2020 at 10:44 PM, FrogLenzen said:

I don't remember exactly where I ranked Carly but it was pretty low. Season 7 was not my favorite season tbh


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Gahh I already have soo much on my plate on these games as of late. But i also feel I can't ignore this either. 🙈


I'll join for S1. May join for all the FOX seasons. As for the ABC seasons....... I will see how I feel when those come up.

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