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July 30, 2009

Top 10 American Idol Performances

Tags: adam lambert, , chris daughtry, david archuleta, david cook, kris allen, lakisha jones

So there is some Buzz around American Idol as they gear up for the upcoming season.  Got me thinking about the best performances on the show’s history.  Now, I didn’t watch the first few seasons, but have been hooked for the majority of the show’s run at this point.  I am 100% sure that I will leave out your favorite song (Fantasia and Clay never really did it for me and I turned in my Soul Patrol membership card long ago)…so leave it in the comments!

Honorable Mentions:

Carly Smithson – everything from her…I loved her!

Chris Sligh – “Typical”

Constantine Maroulis – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Jason Castro – “Hallelujah”

Blake Lewis – “Somewhere Only We Know”

10) Jordin Sparks – “A Broken Wing” – Completely unexpected excellence


9) Kelly Clarkson – “Stuff Like That There” – Nobody has embraced a theme week quite like her!

8) David Archuleta – “Imagine” – I was never a big Archuleta fan, but this was powerful.


7) Jennifer Hudson – “Circle of Life” – She’s incredible!


6) David Cook – “Hello” – I’m a huge fan of this underdog winner!


5) Adam Lambert – “Mad World” – This upped the game for every performance on the show moving forward.


4) Lakisha Jones – “And I’m Telling You” – She OWNED that stage and that song!


3) Carrie Underwood – “Alone” – The ultimate “chick rock” song done with tiny country twang and it WORKS!


2) Kris Allen – “Heartless” – Kris won over America when he performed this song, delivering a better version than Kanye West or The Fray could ever imagine.


1) Chris Daughtry – “Hemmorhage (In My Hands)” – Simply put, this was the single-biggest star-cementing performance I’ve seen on the show.  At this moment, it was clear to me that we were looking at the genesis of a rock god.  For me, no performance on the show has delivered the goods like this one.


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