List of American Idol finalists

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American Idol is an American talent reality television series that first aired in 2002. As of May 2018, there have been sixteen seasons. Each season, the final round of competition features ten to thirteen singers. A total of 178 contestants have reached the finals of their season. The show's age requirements have varied year-to-year. Of the finalists, 55 of them were under the age of 20, including three winners and five runners-up. Season-one-winner Kelly Clarkson currently holds the record for the highest-selling album sales worldwide,tyyty with more than 25 million copies, while season-four-winner Carrie Underwood currently holds the record for the highest-selling album sales in the United States, with more than 13 million copies.

In season one, Jim Verraros, an openly gay contestant, was told by Fox to remove all mentions of his homosexuality from his online journal as producers "thought [he] was trying to gain more votes".[1] During the second season, finalist Corey Clark was disqualified when it was revealed that he had been arrested and charged with resisting arrest, battery upon his sister, and criminal restraint. In season five, voters claimed that phone calls dialed for Chris Daughtry during the first few minutes of voting were misrouted to Katharine McPhee's lines, when they heard her recorded message thanking them for voting for McPhee.[2] In season seven, it was revealed that Carly Smithson held a prior label record deal with MCA Records. Reports suggested that MCA spent over $2 million promoting Smithson's previous album which she made under the name Carly Hennessy. The album sold fewer than 400 copies.[3] Smithson remained on the show, and placed sixth in her season. Jermaine Jones of season eleven was disqualified for having theft cases and outstanding warrants on Top 11 week.

Contestants

Trent Harmon, season fifteen winner Maddie Poppe, season sixteen winner

Name Age[1] Hometown Season Place finish
EJay Day 20 Lawrenceville, Georgia 1 9th–10th
Jim Verraros 19 Chicago, Illinois 1 9th–10th
A. J. Gil 17 San Diego, California 1 8th
Ryan Starr 19 Sunland, California 1 7th
Christina Christian 21 Brooklyn, New York 1 6th
R. J. Helton 21 Cumming, Georgia 1 5th
Tamyra Gray 23 Takoma Park, Maryland 1 4th
Nikki McKibbin 23 Grand Prairie, Texas 1 3rd
Justin Guarini 23 Doylestown, Pennsylvania 1 Runner-up
Kelly Clarkson 20 Burleson, Texas 1 Winner
Vanessa Olivarez 22 Atlanta, Georgia 2 12th
Charles Grigsby 24 Oberlin, Ohio 2 11th
Julia DeMato 24 Brookfield, Connecticut 2 10th
Corey Clark 22 Nashville, Tennessee 2 9th
Rickey Smith 23 Keene, Texas 2 8th
Kimberly Caldwell 21 Katy, Texas 2 7th
Carmen Rasmusen 18 Bountiful, Utah 2 6th
Trenyce 23 Memphis, Tennessee 2 5th
Josh Gracin 22 Oceanside, California 2 4th
Kimberley Locke 25 Nashville, Tennessee 2 3rd
Clay Aiken 24 Raleigh, North Carolina 2 Runner-up
Ruben Studdard 25 Birmingham, Alabama 2 Winner
Leah LaBelle 17 Seattle, Washington 3 12th
Matthew Rogers 25 Rancho Cucamonga, California 3 11th
Amy Adams 24 Bakersfield, California 3 10th
Camile Velasco 18 Haiku, Hawaii 3 9th
Jon Peter Lewis 24 Rexburg, Idaho 3 8th
Jennifer Hudson 22 Chicago, Illinois 3 7th
John Stevens 16 East Amherst, New York 3 6th
George Huff 22 New Orleans, Louisiana 3 5th
LaToya London 25 Oakland, California 3 4th
Jasmine Trias 17 Mililani, Hawaii 3 3rd
Diana DeGarmo 16 Snellville, Georgia 3 Runner-up
Fantasia Barrino 19 High Point, North Carolina 3 Winner
Lindsey Cardinale 20 Ponchatoula, Louisiana 4 12th
Mikalah Gordon 17 Las Vegas, Nevada 4 11th
Jessica Sierra 19 Tampa Bay, Florida 4 10th
Nikko Smith 22 Town & Country, Missouri 4 9th
Nadia Turner 28 Miami, Florida 4 8th
Anwar Robinson 25 East Orange, New Jersey 4 7th
Constantine Maroulis 29 New York, New York 4 6th
Scott Savol 28 Shaker Heights, Ohio 4 5th
Anthony Fedorov 19 Trevose, Pennsylvania 4 4th
Vonzell Solomon 21 Fort Myers, Florida 4 3rd
Bo Bice 29 Helena, Alabama 4 Runner-up
Carrie Underwood 21 Checotah, Oklahoma 4 Winner
Melissa McGhee 21 Tampa, Florida 5 12th
Kevin Covais 16 Levittown, New York 5 11th
Lisa Tucker 16 Anaheim, California 5 10th
Mandisa 29 Antioch, Tennessee 5 9th
Bucky Covington 28 Rockingham, North Carolina 5 8th
Ace Young 25 Denver, Colorado 5 7th
Kellie Pickler 19 Albemarle, North Carolina 5 6th
Paris Bennett 17 Fayetteville, Georgia 5 5th
Chris Daughtry 26 McLeansville, North Carolina 5 4th
Elliott Yamin 27 Richmond, Virginia 5 3rd
Katharine McPhee 21 Los Angeles, California 5 Runner-up
Taylor Hicks 29 Birmingham, Alabama 5 Winner
Brandon Rogers 28 North Hollywood, California 6 12th
Stephanie Edwards 19 Savannah, Georgia 6 11th
Chris Sligh 28 Greenville, South Carolina 6 10th
Gina Glocksen 22 Naperville, Illinois 6 9th
Haley Scarnato 24 San Antonio, Texas 6 8th
Sanjaya Malakar 17 Federal Way, Washington 6 7th
Phil Stacey 29 Jacksonville, Florida 6 5th–6th
Chris Richardson 22 Chesapeake, Virginia 6 5th–6th
LaKisha Jones 27 Fort Meade, Maryland 6 4th
Melinda Doolittle 29 Brentwood, Tennessee 6 3rd
Blake Lewis 25 Bothell, Washington 6 Runner-up
Jordin Sparks 17 Glendale, Arizona 6 Winner
David Hernandez 24 Glendale, Arizona 7 12th
Amanda Overmyer 23 Mulberry, Indiana 7 11th
Chikezie 22 Inglewood, California 7 10th
Ramiele Malubay 20 Miramar, Florida 7 9th
Michael Johns 29 Buckhead, Georgia 7 8th
Kristy Lee Cook 24 Selma, Oregon 7 7th
Carly Smithson 24 San Diego, California 7 6th
Brooke White 24 Mesa, Arizona 7 5th
Jason Castro 20 Rockwall, Texas 7 4th
Syesha Mercado 21 Sarasota, Florida 7 3rd
David Archuleta 17 Murray, Utah 7 Runner-up
David Cook 25 Blue Springs, Missouri 7 Winner
Jasmine Murray 16 Starkville, Mississippi 8 12th–13th
Jorge Núñez 21 Carolina, Puerto Rico 8 12th–13th
Alexis Grace 21 Memphis, Tennessee 8 11th
Michael Sarver 27 Jasper, Texas 8 10th
Megan Joy 22 Sandy, Utah 8 9th
Scott MacIntyre 23 Scottsdale, Arizona 8 8th
Lil Rounds 23 Memphis, Tennessee 8 6th–7th
Anoop Desai 21 Chapel Hill, North Carolina 8 6th–7th
Matt Giraud 23 Kalamazoo, Michigan 8 5th
Allison Iraheta 16 Los Angeles, California 8 4th
Danny Gokey 28 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 8 3rd
Adam Lambert 27 San Diego, California 8 Runner-up
Kris Allen 23 Conway, Arkansas 8 Winner
Lacey Brown 24 Amarillo, Texas 9 12th
Paige Miles 24 Naples, Florida 9 11th
Didi Benami 23 Hollywood, California 9 10th
Andrew Garcia 24 Moreno Valley, California 9 8th–9th
Katie Stevens 17 Middlebury, Connecticut 9 8th–9th
Tim Urban 20 Duncanville, Texas 9 7th
Siobhan Magnus 19 Cape Cod, Massachusetts 9 6th
Aaron Kelly 16 Sonestown, Pennsylvania 9 5th
Michael Lynche 26 St. Petersburg, Florida 9 4th
Casey James 27 Fort Worth, Texas 9 3rd
Crystal Bowersox 23 Elliston, Ohio 9 Runner-up
Lee DeWyze 23 Mount Prospect, Illinois 9 Winner
Ashthon Jones 24 Goodlettsville, Tennessee 10 13th
Karen Rodriguez 21 New York, New York 10 12th
Thia Megia 16 Mountain House, Alameda County, California 10 10th–11th
Naima Adedapo 26 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 10 10th–11th
Pia Toscano 22 Howard Beach, New York 10 9th
Paul McDonald 26 Nashville, Tennessee 10 8th
Stefano Langone 21 Kent, Washington 10 7th
Casey Abrams 20 Idyllwild, California 10 6th
Jacob Lusk 23 Compton, California 10 5th
James Durbin 22 Santa Cruz, California 10 4th
Haley Reinhart 20 Wheeling, Illinois 10 3rd
Lauren Alaina 16 Rossville, Georgia 10 Runner-up
Scotty McCreery 17 Garner, North Carolina 10 Winner
Jeremy Rosado 19 Valrico, Florida 11 13th
Jermaine Jones 25 Pine Hill, New Jersey 11 12th
Shannon Magrane 16 Tampa, Florida 11 11th
Erika Van Pelt 26 South Kingstown, Rhode Island 11 10th
Heejun Han 22 Flushing, New York 11 9th
DeAndre Brackensick 17 San Jose, California 11 8th
Colton Dixon 20 Murfreesboro, Tennessee 11 7th
Elise Testone 28 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 11 6th
Skylar Laine 18 Brandon, Mississippi 11 5th
Hollie Cavanagh 18 McKinney, Texas 11 4th
Joshua Ledet 19 Westlake, Louisiana 11 3rd
Jessica Sanchez 16 San Diego, California 11 Runner-up
Phillip Phillips 21 Leesburg, Georgia 11 Winner
Curtis Finch, Jr. 24 St. Louis, Missouri 12 10th
Paul Jolley 23 Palmersville, Tennessee 12 9th
Devin Velez 18 Chicago, Illinois 12 8th
Burnell Taylor 19 New Orleans, Louisiana 12 7th
Lazaro Arbos 22 Naples, Florida 12 6th
Janelle Arthur 23 Oliver Springs, Tennessee 12 5th
Amber Holcomb 19 Houston, Texas 12 4th
Angie Miller 19 Beverly, Massachusetts 12 3rd
Kree Harrison 22 Woodville, Texas 12 Runner-up
Candice Glover 23 St. Helena Island, South Carolina 12 Winner
Kristen O'Connor 24 Sebastian, Florida 13 13th
Emily Piriz 18 Orlando, Florida 13 12th
Ben Briley 24 Gallatin, Tennessee 13 11th
MK Nobilette 20 San Francisco, California 13 10th
Majesty Rose 21 Goldsboro, North Carolina 13 9th
Malaya Watson 16 Southfield, Michigan 13 8th
Dexter Roberts 22 Fayette, Alabama 13 7th
CJ Harris 23 Jasper, Alabama 13 6th
Sam Woolf 17 Bradenton, Florida 13 5th
Jessica Meuse 23 Slapout, Alabama 13 4th
Alex Preston 20 Mont Vernon, New Hampshire 13 3rd
Jena Irene 17 Farmington Hills, Michigan 13 Runner-up
Caleb Johnson 23 Asheville, North Carolina 13 Winner
Sarina-Joi Crowe 19 Columbia, Tennessee 14 12th
Maddie Walker 17 Ankeny, Iowa 14 10th–11th
Adanna Duru 18 Diamond Bar, California 14 10th–11th
Daniel Seavey 15 Portland, Oregon 14 9th
Qaasim Middleton 19 Brooklyn, New York 14 8th
Joey Cook 23 Woodbridge, Virginia 14 7th
Quentin Alexander 20 New Orleans, Louisiana 14 6th
Tyanna Jones 16 Jacksonville, Florida 14 5th
Rayvon Owen 23 Richmond, Virginia 14 4th
Jax 19 East Brunswick, New Jersey 14 3rd
Clark Beckham 22 White House, Tennessee 14 Runner-up
Nick Fradiani 29 Guilford, Connecticut 14 Winner
Gianna Isabella 15 Jackson, New Jersey 15 9th–10th
Olivia Rox 17 Agoura Hills, California 15 9th–10th
Lee Jean 16 Bluffton, South Carolina 15 7th–8th
Avalon Young 21 San Diego, California 15 7th–8th
Tristan McIntosh 16 Nashville, Tennessee 15 6th
Sonika Vaid 20 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 15 5th
MacKenzie Bourg 23 Lafayette, Louisiana 15 4th
Dalton Rapattoni 20 Dallas, Texas 15 3rd
La'Porsha Renae 22 McComb, Mississippi 15 Runner-up
Trent Harmon 26 Amory, Mississippi 15 Winner
Jonny Brenns 18 St. Augustine, Florida 16 11th-14th
Marcio Donaldson 28 Compton, California 16 11th-14th
Garrett Jacobs 18 Bossier City, Louisiana 16 11th-14th
Mara Justine 15 Galloway Township, New Jersey 16 11th-14th
Dennis Lorenzo 26 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 16 8th-10th
Michelle Sussett 22 Miami, Florida 16 8th-10th
Ada Vox 24 San Antonio, Texas 16 8th-10th
Jurnee 18 Denver, Colorado 16 6th-7th
Catie Turner 17 Langhorne, Pennsylvania 16 6th-7th
Cade Foehner 21 Shelbyville, Texas 16 4th-5th
Michael J. Woodard 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 16 4th-5th
Gabby Barrett 17 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 16 3rd
Caleb Lee Hutchinson 19 Dallas, Georgia 16 Runner-Up
Maddie Poppe 20 Clarksville, Iowa 16 Winner

Notes

  • ^ Contestant's age at the time the season's final round began.

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ Steele, Bruce. C (2003-01-21). "A Teen Idol's dreams". The Advocate via Findarticles.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Some callers claim 'Idol' votes were misdirected". MSNBC. 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ Gorman, Steve (2008-02-15). "Ex-MCA Records flop advances on "American Idol"". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

External links

  • Official website
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