Top 14 American Idol Contestants You Should Appreciate

American Idol has changed the music industry. For the first time in history, hundreds of thousands of people got to see as much of a performer as they did of their favorite song. Past contestants of American Idol have gone on to become household names and superstars. The opportunity to audition for American Idol has come with a lot of risks and sacrifices. The lucky few who make it to the Top 14 become household names overnight. They’ll get to travel the country, stay in some of the fanciest hotels, eat out at fancy restaurants, and meet their idols in person. But, because of all the hard work and dedication they’ve put into it, American Idol has also made a lot of us bitter. The good news is, you don’t have to be one of the contestants to appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made. Check out some of these Top 14 American Idol contestants you should appreciate .

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez’s journey to the Top 14 on American Idol is a tough one. Jessica did not start out as a professional singer and at first, many people doubted she even had a chance of winning. Her underdog story hasn’t done her any favors, but it’s also made her a lot of fans. She worked hard to get where she is today and deserves your respect.

Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips has been an American Idol contestant since 2012. Phillips is a singer with a knack for composing and performing beautiful melodies. He’s also the youngest ever winner of American Idol at age 17, which means he was the youngest competitor in the show’s history! His talent has landed him well-deserved gigs with big names like Mariah Carey and James Taylor. In 2014, Phillip released his debut album Home .

Brooke Simpson

Brooke Simpson has been able to share her talent with the world through American Idol. After winning Season 8, she became the youngest female contestant to win in American Idol history. Despite the hardship of being a contestant on the show and trying to balance school and a career, she’s still able to give back. She even released her debut album in 2015.

Scotty McCreery

Everyone knows Scotty McCreery. He was the first runner up of American Idol Season 10. After his season, he went on to release five singles and his debut album, Clear as Day.
Paula Abdul
Before Paula Abdul became a household name, she was America’s Next Top Model and Judge on American Idol. She won American Idol Season 2 while competing against Kelly Clarkson and was in the Top 14 of Season 3 with Carrie Underwood. Her debut album, Forever Your Girl, went platinum in 2005.
Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert is one of the most versatile singers in the world. He’s won three Grammy Awards for “American Idol” Season 8 and has been performing for over 20 years now. His debut album, For Your Entertainment, sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
Gina Glocksen
Gina Glocksen was born in 1982 from New York City and moved to Florida when she was 18 months old with her parents and siblings to sing in a choir there. In 2003 she auditioned for “American Idol” Season 4 but failed to make it into the Top 50 but was cast into “Idol Gives Back” where she gave her first solo performance on television which made her an instant fan favorite.
Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Burke is known for being a dancer, choreographer, actress, model and winner of four consecutive seasons of “So You Think

Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery was the second American Idol contestant to ever win the show. Her victory in Season 11 proved that the judges and audience were wrong about her. She went from a middle-America country girl singing with a guitar to a top-selling, chart-topping artist who helped break records for country artists and female musicians. The success of this season also launched her as one of the biggest stars in country music.

Jasmine Murray

Out of the 14 contestants, Jasmine Murray was the only one to reach the Final 6. She performed well during her audition for American Idol. But, she ultimately didn’t make it past this round.

Tate Stevens

Tate Stevens is a singer and songwriter who has been on the show twice. His first season, he made it all the way to the final 10 before being cut. He returned in Season 8 as a judge on American Idol.

Stevens was born in 1976 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He began performing at the age of 13, when his church choir director encouraged him to take vocal lessons. After graduating from high school, he attended Morehouse College and then moved to New York City where he had a successful career as a session vocalist for other artists’ albums. He also traveled with gospel music groups and Gospel Source Coalition tours.

He moved back to Atlanta after becoming a father in 2014 and released his first single “Here Comes Heaven” that same year. His debut album No Holding Back followed in 2016 and has been certified gold by the RIAA.
Stevens is married to Tressa Stevens, who is also an American Idol contestant who made it all the way to Top 12 on Season 9. They have two children together: daughter Elle (born July 22, 2017) and son Gabriel (born May 23, 2018).

AkMAL (Mandatory Audition)

Mandatory Audition is the name for what you do when you audition for American Idol. You have to audition in front of a live audience and if you’re lucky enough, one of the judges will come to your hometown and watch you sing. Mandatories are sometimes really tough because they are so stressful. They take a lot of stamina, nerves, and self-confidence.

Bottom 14 American Idol Contestants You Should Hate

The Bottom 14 American Idol Contestants You Should Hate are the ones who carelessly threw away their opportunity to have a life changing experience. These contestants didn’t believe in themselves and made poor decisions. They’re the kind of people that don’t deserve the fame and fortune they get. If you’re working hard, keep it up. If you’re not, then stop wasting everyone’s time. It’s just not worth it to put yourself through the emotional torture of being on American Idol.

1)Shawn Stockman
2)Melinda Doolittle
3)Taylor Hicks
4)Haley Reinhart
5)Phil Stacey
6)Alexis Grace
7)Lorenzo Samuels
8 )Bobby Bennett
9) Bria Kelly
10)Paula Abdul
11)Xiavani Malika-Johnston
12)(12th place: Caleb Johnson Jr.)
13)(13th place: Danielle Bradbery)
14)(14th place: Taylor Sommers

Final Words: American Idol: Past, Present, and Future

The American Idol show that has become a part of our lives is captivating and inspiring. It’s given us a chance to see the stars we love up close, be a part of their journey, and share in their success. They’ve inspired us when they’ve succeeded, made us laugh through their flaws, and brought joy into our lives. They might not be on the show anymore but they’ll always be a part of the American Idol family.

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