17 Incredible American Idol Auditions That You Probably Forgot About Over The Years

The fifteenth and final season of American Idol, the wildly popular singing competition series, premiered on January 6, 2016.

The first season aired on Fox on June 11, 2002. Since then, American Idol has changed countless lives and has become one of the most impactful shows on television. It has been said that the success of the show is “unparalleled in broadcasting history.” It’s easy to believe that, given it has been a cornerstone of American culture for over a decade.

Before you enjoy American Idol: The Farewell Season, though, take some time to look back at these fantastic auditions from the last 14 seasons. Some truly talented people have graced the cramped audition rooms of countless hotels and event centers…and their brilliant first performances need to be heard!

17. Chris Sligh — Season 6

16. Casey Abrams — Season 10

15. Melinda Doolittle — Season 6

14. Katharine McPhee — Season 5

13. Burnell Taylor — Season 12

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12. Chris Daughtry — Season 5

11. Chris Medina — Season 9

10. Frenchie Davis — Season 2

9. Taylor Hicks — Season 5

8. Fantasia Barrino (wait until she really belts it out at 2:50) — Season 3

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7. Megan Corkrey — Season 8

6. Reed Grimm — Season 11

5. Mandisa — Season 5

4. Adam Lambert — Season 8

3. Carrie Underwood — Season 4

2. Clay Aiken — Season 2

1. Kelly Clarkson — Season 1

Honorable Mention: Sherman Pore — Season 6

Sherman Pore may not have been a normal contestant (or even one that was within the competition’s age range), but you’d be hard pressed to find a person that isn’t moved by his touching audition.

How many of these amazing performances did you remember?

American Idol airs on Fox on Wednesdays at 8/7c.

It might feel a little different from when the show first aired in 2002, but there are bound to be more incredible moments as the American Idol journey comes to an end.

You won’t want to miss it.

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American Idol 11 Profile Spotlight: Heejun Han

Name: Heejun Han
Age: 22
Hometown: Originally from Korea; currently lives in Flushing, NY
Music: R&B, Soul
Audition number: 8002
Audition song: ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’ by Michael Bolton

Road to Hollywood Interview


American Idol 11 Profile Spotlight: Erika Van Pelt

Name: Erika Van Pelt
Age: 25
Hometown: South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson
Audition number: 6118
Audition song: ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ by Carol King

Road to Hollywood Interview


American Idol 11 Profile Spotlight: Colton Dixon

Name: Colton Dixon
Age: 19
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Music: Rock, Acoustic, Pop
Trivia: Auditioned in Season 10, made it to Hollywood, all the way to “Green Mile” where they cut to Top 24. In Season 11, was in the audition to support her sister, Schyler but judges (staged) ‘forced’ him to try out and got a ticket to Hollywood!
Audition song: ‘Permanent’ by David Cook

Making it to Top 24

“Sing for your Life”

Road to Hollywood Interview

Profile Spotlight on Karen Rodriguez American idol 10

Name: Karen Rodriguez
Age: 21
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Audition City: Los Angeles, CA (via MySpace)
AudiTION SONG: “You give good love”


Road to Hollywood interview:

“No Me Queda Mas” (Making it to Top 24)

“Can’t buy me love” duet with Pia Toscano. Las Vegas, Beatles Night

Profile Spotlight on Casey Abrams American Idol 10

Name: Casey Abrams
Age: 19
Hometown: California
Fave musician of all time: Lead vocalist and front man of rock band “Queen,” Freddie Mercury

Audition City: Austin, Texas
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dogstubb


Road to Hollywood interview:

“Casey Little Thing Called Love”

“Lullaby of Birdland”