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American Idol Performances Mini Rankdown (Season 9 - Round 1)


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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 Ally My Love For You"

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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 is safe for the round.


Top 24 - Girls

Paige Miles “All Right Now”

Ashley Rodriguez "Happy"

Janell Wheeler "What About Love"

Lilly Scott "Fixing A Hole"

Katelyn Epperly "Oh! Darling"

Haeley Vaughn "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

Lacey Brown "Landslide"

Michelle Delamor "Fallin'"

Didi Benami "The Way I Am"

Siobhan Magnus "Wicked Game"

Crystal Bowersox "Hand In My Pocket"

Katie Stevens “Feeling Good”


Top 24 - Guys

Todrick Hall "Since U Been Gone"

Aaron Kelly "Here Comes Goodbye"

Jermaine Sellers "Get Here"

Tim Urban "Apologize"

Joe Munoz "You And I Both"

Tyler Grady "American Woman"

Lee DeWyze "Chasing Cars"

John Park "God Bless The Child"

Michael Lynche "This Love"

Alex Lambert "Wonderful World"

Casey James "Heaven"

Andrew Garcia "Sugar, We're Goin' Down"


Top 20 - Guys

Michael Lynche "It's A Man's Man's Man's World"

John Park "Gravity"

Casey James "I Don't Want To Be"

Alex Lambert "Everybody Knows"

Todrick Hall "What's Love Got To Do With It"

Jermaine Sellers "What's Going On"

Andrew Garcia "You Give Me Something"

Aaron Kelly "My Girl"

Tim Urban "Come On Get Higher"

Lee DeWyze "Lips Of An Angel"


Top 20 - Girls

Crystal Bowersox "Long As I Can See The Light"

Haeley Vaughn "The Climb"

Lacey Brown "Kiss Me"

Katie Stevens "Put Your Records On"

Didi Benami "Lean On Me"

Michelle Delamor "With Arms Wide Open"

Lilly Scott "A Change Is Gonna Come"

Katelyn Epperly "The Scientist"

Paige Miles "Walk Away"

Siobhan Magnus "Think"


Top 16 - Girls

Katie Stevens "Breakaway"

Siobhan Magnus "House Of The Rising Sun"

Lacey Brown "The Story"

Katelyn Epperly "I Feel The Earth Move"

Didi Benami "Rhiannon"

Paige Miles “Smile”
Crystal Bowersox "Give Me One Reason"

Lilly Scott "I Fall To Pieces"


Top 16 - Guys

Lee DeWyze "Fireflies"

Alex Lambert "Trouble"

Tim Urban "Hallelujah"

Andrew Garcia “Genie In A Bottle”

Casey James "You'll Think Of Me"

Aaron Kelly "I'm Already There"

Todrick Hall "Somebody To Love"

Michael Lynche "This Woman's Work"


Top 12 - Rolling Stones

Michael Lynche "Miss You"

Didi Benami "Play With Fire"

Casey James "It's All Over Now"

Lacey Brown "Ruby Tuesday"

Andrew Garcia "Gimme Shelter"

Katie Stevens "Wild Horses"

Tim Urban "Under My Thumb"

Siobhan Magnus "Paint It, Black"

Lee DeWyze "Beast Of Burden"

Paige Miles “Honky Tonk Women”

Aaron Kelly "Angie"

Crystal Bowersox "You Can't Always Get What You Want"


Top 11 - Billboard #1 Hits

Lee DeWyze "The Letter"

Paige Miles "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)"

Tim Urban "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Aaron Kelly "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"

Crystal Bowersox "Me And Bobby McGee"

Michael Lynche "When A Man Loves A Woman"

Andrew Garcia "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"

Katie Stevens "Big Girls Don't Cry"

Casey James "The Power Of Love"

Didi Benami "You're No Good"

Siobhan Magnus "Superstition"


Top 10 - Soul / R&B

Siobhan Magnus "Through The Fire"

Casey James "Hold On, I'm Comin'"

Michael Lynche 'Ready For Love"

Didi Benami "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted"

Tim Urban "Sweet Love"

Andrew Garcia "Forever"

Katie Stevens "Chain Of Fools"

Lee DeWyze "Treat Her Like A Lady"

Crystal Bowersox "Midnight Train To Georgia"

Aaron Kelly "Ain't No Sunshine"


Top 9 - Lennon-McCartney

Aaron Kelly "The Long And Winding Road"

Katie Stevens "Let It Be"

Andrew Garcia "Can't Buy Me Love"

Michael Lynche "Eleanor Rigby"

Crystal Bowersox "Come Together"

Tim Urban "All My Loving"

Casey James "Jealous Guy"

Siobhan Magnus "Across The Universe"

Lee DeWyze "Hey Jude"


Top 9 - Elvis Presley

Crystal Bowersox "Saved"

Andrew Garcia "Hound Dog"

Tim Urban "Can't Help Falling In Love"

Lee DeWyze "A Little Less Conversation"

Aaron Kelly "Blue Suede Shoes"

Siobhan Magnus "Suspicious Minds"

Michael Lynche "In The Ghetto"

Katie Stevens "Baby What You Want Me To Do"

Casey James "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"


Top 7 - Inspirational

Casey James "Don't Stop"

Lee DeWyze "The Boxer"

Tim Urban "Better Days"

Aaron Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly"

Siobhan Magnus "When You Believe"

Michael Lynche "Hero"

Crystal Bowersox "People Get Ready"


Top 6 - Shania Twain

Lee DeWyze "You're Still The One"

Michael Lynche "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing"

Casey James "Don't"

Crystal Bowersox "No One Needs To Know"

Aaron Kelly "You've Got A Way"

Siobhan Magnus "Any Man Of Mine"


Top 5 - Frank Sinatra

Aaron Kelly "Fly Me To The Moon"

Casey James "Blue Skies"

Crystal Bowersox "Summer Wind"

Michael Lynche "The Way You Look Tonight"

Lee DeWyze "That's Life"


Top 4 - Songs From the Movies

Lee DeWyze "Kiss From A Rose"

Michael Lynche "Will You Be There"

Crystal Bowersox & Lee DeWyze "Falling Slowly"

Casey James "Mrs. Robinson"

Crystal Bowersox "I'm Alright"

Michael Lynche & Casey James "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?"


Top 3 - Judge's / Idol's

Casey James "OK, It's Alright With Me"

Crystal Bowersox "Come To My Window"

Lee DeWyze “Simple Man”

Casey James "Daughters"

Crystal Bowersox "Maybe I'm Amazed"

Lee DeWyze "Hallelujah"


Top 2 - Finale

Lee DeWyze "The Boxer" (Reprise)

Crystal Bowersox "Me And Bobby McGee" (Reprise)

Lee DeWyze "Everybody Hurts"

Crystal Bowersox "Black Velvet"

Lee DeWyze "Beautiful Day"

Crystal Bowersox "Up To The Mountain"

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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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