Best "American Idol" Contestants of All Time

by IMDb-Editors | created - 20 Feb 2018 | updated - 01 Mar 2018 | Public

Here is a look at singers who have been finalists in the televised singing competition.

1. A.J. Gil

Actor | Destination Fame

A.J. Gil was born on July 5, 1984 in San Diego, California, USA as Abner Juda Gil.

2. Aaron Kelly

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Aaron Kelly was born on April 2, 1993 in Sonestown, Pennsylvania, USA as Aaron Wayne Kelly.

3. Ace Young

Actor | Sing It!

Ace Young is from Colorado and is an American Idol Season 5 finalist. He has just released his new single, "I Wanna Fall In Love Again", which he wrote and produced along with dear friend and Top Swedish Producer, Harry Sommerdahl, that is digitally distributed through Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat ...

4. Adam Lambert

Soundtrack | 2012

After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album 'For Your Entertainment' which included the international hit 'Whatya Want From Me' and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Adam followed this success with his second album '...

5. Adanna Duru

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Adanna Duru was born as Adanna Nueamaku Duru.

7. Alexis Grace

Actress | Bad, Bad Men

Alexis Grace was born on June 9, 1987 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Alexis Grace Middleton. She is an actress, known for Bad, Bad Men (2016), Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park (2016) and Calls from the Unknown (2016).

8. Allison Iraheta

Soundtrack | Lost Time

Allison Iraheta was born on April 27, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

9. Amanda Overmyer

Self | Access Hollywood

Amanda Overmyer was born on October 26, 1984 in Mulberry, Indiana, USA. She has been married to Casey Taylor since August 23, 2008.

10. Amber Holcomb

Self | Here Without You

In a relationship with Lamar D. Denson. They have a daughter together.

11. Amy Adams

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Amy Adams was born on July 25, 1979 in Kansas City, Kansas, USA as Amy Christina Adams. She has been married to Ross Varner since October 4, 2004. They have one child.

12. Andrew Garcia

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Andrew Garcia was born on October 8, 1985 in Moreno Valley, California, USA as Andrew Adrian Garcia.

13. Angie Miller

Self | Vevo Idol Insider

Placed third on American Idol (2002) in 2013.

14. Anoop Desai

Actor | Little Voice

Anoop Desai was born on December 20, 1986 as Anoop Manoj Desai.

15. Anthony Fedorov

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Anthony Fedorov was born on May 4, 1985 in Yalta, Crimean Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Anatoliy Vladimirovich Fedorov. He has been married to Jennifer Paz since December 25, 2012. They have one child.

16. Anwar Robinson

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Anwar Robinson was born on April 21, 1979 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA as Anwar Farid Robinson.

17. Ashthon Jones

Soundtrack | Shine

Ashthon Jones came into this world with musical roots strong within her family and remembered her first musical beginnings singing her heart out in church. She received her early training when she would make runs to Valdosta, Georgia to stay with her cousins.

Some of her musical influences are the ...

18. Avalon Young

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Avalon Jean Young is a singer-songwriter whose talents and experience far outweigh her years.

Quickly learning that her love for music was intertwined with her love for writing, she dropped out of college in 2013 to dedicate all of her time to the music. Young's journey through the industry has ...

20. Blake Lewis

Actor | Blake Lewis Is Shitting in My Bathroom

Blake Lewis was born on July 21, 1981 in Redmond, Washington, USA as Blake Colin Lewis. He is an actor and writer, known for Blake Lewis Is Shitting in My Bathroom (2009), Free Radio (2007) and Generator Rex (2010).

21. Bo Bice

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Bo Bice was born on November 1, 1975 in Helena, Alabama, USA as Harold Elwin Bice III. He has been married to Caroline Fisher since June 15, 2005. They have three children.

22. Brandon Rogers

Actor | Bones

Brandon Rogers was born on December 11, 1977 in North Hollywood, California, USA. He is known for his work on Bones (2005), Be the Light (2020) and Missing Audrey (2010).

23. Brooke White

Actress | Change of Plans

Brooke Elizabeth White was born and raised in Arizona with her parents and three younger siblings. She began singing at the age of fifteen when she tried out for the musical "Meet me in St. Louis" and got the leading role. In 2008 she tried out for American Idol and was among the top twelve and ...

24. Bucky Covington

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Bucky Covington was born on November 8, 1977 in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA as William Joel Covington.

28. Camile Velasco

Actress | The Big V

Camile Velasco was born on September 1, 1985 in Makati City, Philippines as Ciara-Camile Roque Valesco.

29. Candice Glover

Actress | Underground

Candice Glover is an actress, known for Underground (2016), GRITS: Girls Raised in the South (2019) and Northpole (2014).

30. Carly Smithson

Actress | Fools of Fortune

Carly Smithson was born on September 12, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland as Carly Hennessy. She has been married to Todd Smithson since August 17, 2004. They have one child.

31. Carmen Rasmusen

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Carmen was born of Norwegian heritage on March 25, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Carl and Michelle Rasmusen. The second of four children, Carmen began playing piano at the age of six. She spent most of her childhood performing; singing, dancing (includes cheerleading, tap, ballet and hip-hop...

32. Carrie Underwood

Actress | Soul Surfer

Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983 in Checotah, Oklahoma, USA as Carrie Marie Underwood. She has been married to Mike Fisher since July 10, 2010. They have two children.

34. Casey James

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Casey James was born on January 1, 1983 in Cool, Texas, USA as Casey Everett James. He was previously married to Kellie Lister.

36. Chikezie Eze

Actor | General Hospital

Chikezie Eze was born on September 11, 1985 in Inglewood, California, USA as Chikezie Ndubuisi Eze. He is an actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Entertainment Tonight (1981) and Access Hollywood (1996). He has been married to Linda Iruke since July 10, 2011.

37. Chris Daughtry

Soundtrack | Wanderlust

Chris Daughtry was born on December 26, 1979 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA as Christopher Adam Daughtry. He is an actor, known for Wanderlust (2012), Criminal Minds (2005) and American Idol (2002). He has been married to Deanna Daughtry since November 11, 2000. They have four children.

38. Chris Richardson

Composer | Paris Hilton: Come Alive

Chris Richardson was born on February 19, 1984 in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA as Christopher Michael Richardson.

39. Chris Sligh

Soundtrack | October Baby

Chris Sligh was born on July 20, 1978 in Madison, Tennessee, USA as Charles Christopher Sligh.

40. Christina Christian

Actress | Burn Notice

Christina Christian was born on June 21, 1981 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She has been married to Nicholas Cewe since 2004. They have one child.

41. Clark Beckham

Soundtrack | Christmas Inheritance

Clark Beckham is an actor and composer, known for Christmas Inheritance (2017), The Poor Cowards (2013) and 5 Stages (2014).

42. Clay Aiken

Self | The Runner-Up

Clayton Holmes Grissom was born on November 30, 1978 in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Faye Aiken Parker and Vernon Grissom. When Clay was a teenager, he had a love for teaching and helping young children and later on studied to became a school teacher. When he was about 23 years old, a longtime ...

44. Colton Dixon

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Colton Dixon was born to Teresa and Michael Dixon and has a younger sister, Schyler Dixon. [2] He is also a devout Christian.[3] He graduated from Middle Tennessee School in 2009. Originally rising to fame as lead singer in the Christian rock band, Messenger, formed in 2010, he became a favorite ...

45. Constantine Maroulis

Actor | Rock of Ages

Constantine Maroulis was born on September 17, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Constantine James Maroulis. He is an actor, known for Rock of Ages (2012), Psychosis and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).

46. Corey Clark

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Corey Clark was born on July 13, 1980 in San Bernardino, California, USA as Corey Delaney Clark.

47. Crystal Bowersox

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Crystal Bowersox was born on August 4, 1985 in Elliston, Ohio, USA as Crystal Lynn Bowersox. She has been married to Brian L. Walker since October 10, 2010.

49. Dalton Rapattoni

Actor | MyMusic

Dalton Louis Rapattoni is an American musician. At the age of 12 he began guitar lessons at a local School of Rock due to reoccurring seizures from a change of medication. He was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder at the age of 9. He started a garage band with childhood friends known as Fly Away Hero....

50. Daniel Seavey

Actor | Dak and Brody

Daniel Seavey is an actor and writer, known for Dak and Brody (2019), Why Don't We: Something Different (2017) and Why Don't We: Talk (2018).

51. Danny Gokey

Actor | The Wally Show Podcast

Danny Gokey was born on April 24, 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Daniel Jay Gokey. He has been married to Leyicet Gokey since January 29, 2012. They have four children. He was previously married to Sophia Martinez.

52. David Archuleta

Actor | Nandito ako

David Archuleta was born on December 28, 1990 in Miami, Florida, USA as David James Archuleta. He is an actor, known for Nandito ako (2012), Meet the Mormons (2014) and So You Think You Can Dance (2005).

53. David Cook

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

David Cook grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri where he graduated high school then went to Central Missouri State for Graphic Design. He formed a band, Axium, with friends Bobby Kerr and Jeff Shrout, and recorded 3 albums, plus a live album. His band Axium created a great fan base in Kansas City area...

54. David Hernandez

Music_department | Share the Love

David Hernandez was born in 1984 in Glendale, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work on Share the Love (2018), Synthetic Truth (2003) and Entertainment Tonight (1981).

55. DeAndre Brackensick

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

He calls his fans 'Dre Dreamers'.

58. Diana DeGarmo

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Diana DeGarmo, a country girl from Georgia and American Idol Season 3 Runner-Up just released her first real Country EP, "Live To Love", composed of songs she co-wrote with new fiancé Ace Young, that is digitally distributed through Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records. She has multiple Theatre credits...

59. Didi Benami

Actress | Pure Genius

Didi Benami was born on October 25, 1986 in New York, USA as Vered Benami. She is an actress, known for Pure Genius (2016), Picture Yourself (2017) and Didi Benami: Trouble (2014).

60. EJay Day

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

EJay Day was born on September 13, 1981 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA.

61. Elise Testone

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Elise Testone was born as Elise Nicole Testone.

62. Elliott Yamin

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Elliott Yamin was born on July 20, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Efraym Elliott Yamin.

63. Emily Piriz

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Emily Piriz was born as Emily Marie Piriz.

64. Erika Van Pelt

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Erika Van Pelt was born as Erika Lynn Van Pelt.

65. Fantasia Barrino

Soundtrack | The Butler

Fantasia Barrino was born on June 30, 1984 in High Point, North Carolina, USA as Fantasia Monique Barrino. She has been married to Kendall Taylor since July 19, 2015.

66. George Huff

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

George Huff was born on November 4, 1980 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as George Clayton Huff Jr.

67. Gianna Isabella

Producer | The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw

Gianna Isabella is a producer and director, known for The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw, A Wrinkle in Time (2018) and The Revenant (2015).

68. Gina Glocksen

Self | American Idol Extra

Gina Glocksen was born on July 4, 1984 in Naperville, Illinois, USA as Gina Marie Glocksen. She has been married to Joe Ruzicka since December 31, 2008. They have one child.

69. Haley Reinhart

Soundtrack | Step Up Revolution

Haley Reinhart was born on September 9, 1990 in Wheeling, IL. She auditioned for season 9 of American Idol (2002) but did not make it past the judges round. She auditioned again for Season 10 and made it to the Top 3, with covers of songs like "Bennie & The Jets", "Rolling in the Deep", "I Who Have...

70. Haley Scarnato

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Haley Scarnato was born on June 15, 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

72. Hollie Cavanagh

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Hollie Jessica Cavanagh is a singer who was born in Liverpool to Lorraine and Peter Cavanagh, She has two older brothers Luke and Aaron Cavanagh. She placed fourth on the eleventh season of American Idol. Cavanagh is a fan of Liverpool F.C., attended St Austin's Primary School in Aigburth and ...

74. James Durbin

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

James Durbin has been married to Heidi Lowe since December 31, 2011. They have two children.

75. Janelle Arthur

Actress | Runnin' from My Roots

Janelle Arthur is an actress, known for Runnin' from My Roots (2018), Vevo Idol Insider (2014) and American Idol (2002).

76. Jasmine Murray

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Jasmine Murray was born on December 12, 1991 in Columbus, Mississippi, USA as Jasmine Sharee Murray.

77. Jasmine Trias

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Jasmine Soriano Trias (born 3 November 1986), the Filipino-American 3rd place finalist on last year's "American Idol," will have her self titled debut album in stores July 12, 2005. Her new CD introduces an edgier, rhythm and blues-based sound. From the single, "Excuses" (already #1 in the ...

78. Jason Castro

Actor | Assassin 33 A.D.

Jason Castro was born on March 25, 1987 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jason René Castro. He has been married to Mandy Mayhall since January 2, 2010. They have two children.

79. Jax

Actress | Children in the Woods

Jax was born as Jaclyn Cole Miskanic. She is an actress, known for Children in the Woods (2009), American Idol (2002) and Smarter Every Day (2011).

81. Jennifer Hudson

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a ...

84. Jess Meuse

Self | Access Hollywood

Jess Meuse was born on October 19, 1990 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jessica Rose Meuse.

85. Jessica Sanchez

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Jessica Sanchez was born on August 4, 1995 in Chula Vista, California, USA as Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez.

86. Jessica Sierra

Actress | Jessica Sierra Superstar

Jessica Sierra was born on November 11, 1985 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Jessica Ann Sierra.

87. Jim Verraros

Soundtrack | Eating Out

Jim Verraros was born on February 8, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as James Conrad Verraros. He has been married to Bill Brennan since September 6, 2009.

89. John Stevens

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

John Stevens was born on July 28, 1987 in Buffalo, New York, USA as John Bassat Stevens IV.

90. Jon Peter Lewis

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Jon Peter Lewis is a celebrated singer-songwriter who gained national attention on American Idol as a finalist for the show's third season. Following his run on Idol, Lewis released two solo albums and three EP's; Stories From Hollywood, Break The Silence, self-titled Jon Peter Lewis, Roughcuts and...

91. Jordin Sparks Thomas

Actress | Sparkle

Jordin Brianna Sparks Thomas (née Sparks; born December 22, 1989) is an American actress & singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in 2007 after winning the sixth season of American Idol at age 17, becoming the youngest winner in the series' history. Her self-titled debut studio album, released later ...

92. Jorge Nuñez

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Jorge Nuñez was born on October 1, 1987 in Cidra, Puerto Rico as Jorge Nuñez-Mendez.

93. Joshua Gracin

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Joshua Gracin was born on October 18, 1980 in Westland, Michigan, USA as Joshua Mario Gracin. He has been married to Katie Weir since May 6, 2017. He was previously married to Ann Marie Kovacs.

95. Julia DeMato

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Julia DeMato was born on March 7, 1979 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA as Julia Megan DeMato.

96. Justin Guarini

Soundtrack | From Justin to Kelly

Justin Guarini was born in Columbus, Georgia, on October 28, 1978.

Dad Eldrin Bell is a former Atlanta police chief and Clayton County (Ga.) Commission Chair. Chief Bell is first cousin to acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson's wife, LaTonya.

Stepfather Jerry Guarini is a retired Navy physicist.

Mom ...

97. Karen Rodriguez

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

She provided a MySpace audition in which she auditioned online and auditioned towards the judges during the Los Angeles audition of American Idol Season 10.

98. Katharine McPhee

Actress | Smash

Katharine McPhee was born on March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Katharine Hope McPhee. She is an actress, known for Smash (2012), The House Bunny (2008) and Shark Night 3D (2011). She has been married to David Foster since June 28, 2019. She was previously married to Nick Cokas.

99. Katie Stevens

Actress | Faking It

Katie Stevens is a versatile young actress who has quickly established herself as one of Hollywood's most sought-after, vibrant young talents. She leads the cast of Freeform's "The Bold Type," which reveals a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for the fictional global ...

100. Kellie Pickler

Soundtrack | Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Kellie Pickler was born in Albemarle, North Carolina to Cynthia Morton and Clyde "Bo" Raymond Pickler, Jr. Cynthia left when Kellie was 2 but was then granted custody for two years. Kellie was returned to her grandparents at age 12. Her father was in and out of jail throughout her childhood and she...



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