One of the most successful shows in the history of American Television, the American Idol first debuted in the American Television space in the year 2002. It is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle Media North America. The show has been such a grand success that its 12th season debuted this year. Let us take a look at some of the best moments of a show that has spawned as many as 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols. Here are the top 10 American Idol moments.
10. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Clay Aiken:
Clayton Holmes “Clay” Aiken rose to fame with his appearance in season two of American idol. His voice was a marvel and the power of his talent was realized vehemently when he sang a Simon & Garfunkel classic “Bridge over Troubled Water”. Again, one of the must watch moments of the show.
9. “I (Who Have Nothing)” by Haley Reinhart:
It was her one shot at making into the final three of season 10, influenced by the advice of guest mentor Lady Gaga, Haley Reinhart gave one of her best performances in the form of I (Who Have Nothing). It was undoubtedly the most remarkable performance of the season and by far one of the most powerful American Idol moments.
8. “Mad World” by Adam Lambert:
A runner up of season eight, he rose to prominence after appearing for the show. His antics though loved by audience earned him the tag of a singer who was good only at flamboyant high energy performances. But with his performance on Tears for Fears’ classic Mad World, he proved his range and perhaps even silenced his detractors.
7. “Billie Jean” by David Cook:
David Cook was the winner of American Idol season seven. A singer, song-writer he is also platinum certified artist by RIAA. His awesome performance of the Michael Jackson classic “Billie Jean” propelled him as a forerunner for the title of the seventh American Idol. Any fan of the show would definitely vouch for this as one of the best American Idol moments in history.
6.”Weekend In New England” by Jennifer Hudson:
An American recording artist, actress and spokesperson Jennifer Hudson climbed the popularity charts as a finalist on the third season of American Idol. With her range it was shocking that she ended up seventh in the season but her performance of “Weekend In New England” was perhaps one of the reasons for the same. Indisputably it is one of the moments worth mentioning in American Idol’s timeline.
5. “Stuff Like That There” by Kelly Clarkson:
She was the winner of Season one and by far the most popular and successful Idol winners today. Her talent oozed in all of her performances and Betty Hutton’s “Stuff Like That There” finally cemented her arrival into the music scene emphatically! You have to watch it to believe it!
4. “Walk the Line” by Chris Daughtry:
Chris Daughtry is an American musician best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and as the fourth-place contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. Hi dark and solemn interpretation of Johnny Cash’s classic “Walk the Line” stunned everyone in the show. It was perhaps a sneak peek into the future star in the American Music Industry.
3. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Constantine Maroulis:
He was one of the two rockers among the finalists of season six of American Idol. Though he finished sixth, none can forget his goose bump arousing performance on Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The audience, judges and even the contestants were floored and left confounded by it. One can’t have a list of American Idol moments without this performance featuring in it!
2. “A Song For You” by Elliott Yamin:
Elliott Yamin who was told by guest coach Stevie Wonder to definitely pursue a career in music was placed third in the fifth season of American Idol. He was referred to as “potentially the best male vocalist” by Simon Cowell after he performed on ‘A Song For You’. Beyond doubt this was not only Yamin’s but even one of American Idol’s most outstanding performances.
1. “Summertime” by Fantasia Barrino:
Fantasia Barrino, the winner of American Idol season three, is known for her classy vocals. Inspite of being the youngest American Idol winner until May 23, 2007, she was probably one of the very best. Her performance of the Porgy and Bess standard “Summertime” was one of the greatest and illustrious moments in television history. It wasn’t only the audience or the judges who were moved by her act but Fantasia herself was left in tears for the way she felt and sang the song. It is downright the best moment of Idol history.