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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #553718

    If you haven’t already seen Clay Aiken’s rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, then you have not lived.

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    vinny
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    This is a tough one becuase three come to mind:
    1)Kelly Clarkson’s “Stuff Like That There”
    2)Fantasia’s “Summertime”
    3)Adam Lambert’s “Mad World”   

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    Madson Melo
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    #553721

    Fantasia – Summertime, hands down the best performance by any competidor in any reality show.

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    Webly
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    #553722

    Haley Reinhart – House of  the Rising Sun

    Adam Lambert – Mad World 

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    Atypical
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    1. Fantasia, “Summertime”
    2. Carrie Underwood, “Alone”
    3. Kelly Clarkson, “Stuff Like That There”
    4. Clay Aiken, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
    5. Adam Lambert, “Mad World”    

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    Agree with everyone else’s choices but I have a special place in my heart for Katharine McPhee’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Beautiful, magnetic and more proof that she should have beaten that idiotic, growling karaoke singer.

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    nlly9116
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    The ones that come to mind….

    Fantasia, “Summertime”: The most iconic AI performance ever
    Carrie Underwood, “Alone”: The moment we knew Carrie would win
    Kelly Clarkson, “Stuff Like That There”: Just incredible and really proved Kelly’s versatility
    Adam Lambert, “Tracks of My Tears”: The best male vocal on the show. Hands down.
    David Cook “Always Be My Baby”: A unique and beautiful take on the song. I really wish he had released it as a single.

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    Actriz
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    Every season up until the dreadful season 7 had a mind-blowing amazing performance.

    Season 1
    Kelly Clarkson – Stuff Like That There

    Season 2
    Clay Aiken – Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Season 3
    Fantasia – Summertime

    Season 4
    Carrie Underwood – Alone

    Season 5
    Katharine McPhee – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Season 6
    Melinda Doolittle – There Will Come a Day

    Season 7
    ugh

    Season 8
    Adam Lambert – Mad World

    Lambert losing is what made me lose interest in the show, and I stopped watching then.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Lambert losing is what made me lose interest in the show, and I stopped watching then.

    I’m sorry for sounding rude, but that statement makes you sound like a real crybaby.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I’m sure I’ll forget a bunch of them…

    How can anybody not remember Clay and Bridge? He sang that song anywhere and everywhere he went.

    Adam Lambert and Mad World was insane. I still remember it being (at least to my knowledge) the first time Simon actually got up from his chair. He had been very happy and enthuasiastic before, but out of his chair, I can’t really remember a time before that (I’m sure somebody will remember).

    Fantasia and Summertime is such a classic performance. As is her winning song.

    Carrie Underwood and Alone is the reason why this song can’t really be done again. Carly Smithson and Come Together. Same thing.

    Jordin Sparks and I Who Have Nothing (is that the name?). I think Candice did it last year too. It was such a “This season is over, she won….” moment.

    Jessica Sanchez also had a killer performance or two, can’t remember any of the songs though…how lame.

    Hailey Reinhart. What a stupid season this was with those two country kids ruining things. Hailey was such the underdog and I can’t even remember the moment where things changed for her. Same with Jessica, I know she has a performance or two, but can’t remember right now.

    David Cook, Always Be My Baby. I loved this guy so much for not letting the themes take control of his performances, but the other way around. This season had probably the most amount of personal favorites. I’m not saying they were the best, but I remember them the most because so many of them did some really good stuff. And a large amount of songs stuck with me after this season. For me, it was the first season where I saw the contestants try different things and make their own decisions, probably because some of them (Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Michael Johns and I think Cook himself, not sure) had contracts before so they were kind of pros. They were also my favorites from this season. I remember the Mariah week, this was the first Beatles week, Dolly Parton week. All had some great choices. I believe it was also the first time they released studio recordings.

    I wonder if any performance from this season will even come close to making this thread…..Of course not. 

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    Actriz
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    [quote=”Actriz”]Lambert losing is what made me lose interest in the show, and I stopped watching then.

    I’m sorry for sounding rude, but that statement makes you sound like a real crybaby.[/quote]

    Lol! Nah, I dealt with all of “America’s” stupid decisions over the years (voting off Tamyra, Hudson, LaToya, Constantine, Daughtry, Melinda and giving the title to Ruben and Taylor) and by then, the show was noticeably going downhill with all of the original judges leaving and the quickly developing trend of having celebrities who couldn’t care less about the contestants act as “mentors” to promote an upcoming album or tour. I’m actually kinda surprised that Seacrest is still there considering that he’s pretty successful outside of the show now. It’s probably contractual.

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    Season 1:
    Christina Christian, “At Last”
    Kelly Clarkson, “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman”
    EJay Day, “I’ll Be”
    Tamyra Gray, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”

    Season 2:
    Kimberley Locke, “Home”
    Trenyce, “Love Sneakin’ Up On You”

    Season 3:
    Fantasia, “Summertime”
    Jennifer Hudson, “Baby, I Love You”
    LaToya London, “All By Myself”

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    Beau S.
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    Each season had at least one standout performance.

    Season 1
    Kelly Clarkson “Stuff Like That There”
    Kelly Clarkson “Natural Woman”

    Season 2
    Clay Aiken “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

    Season 3
    Diana DeGarmo “Don’t Cry Out Loud”
    Fantasia “Summertime”
    LaToya London “All By Myself”

    Season 4
    Anwar Robinson “What a Wonderful World”
    Bo Bice “In a Dream”
    Carrie Underwood “Alone”
    Carrie Underwood “Crying”
    Carrie Underwood “Independence Day”
    Constantine Maroulis “Bohemian Rhapsody”

    Season 5
    Chris Daughtry “Hemmorhage”
    Katharine McPhee “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree”
    Katharine McPhee “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

    Season 6
    Jordin Sparks “A Broken Wing”
    Lakisha Jones “And I Am Telling You”
    Melinda Doolittle “As Long As He Needs Me”
    Melinda Doolittle “There Will Come a Day”

    Season 7
    Carly Smithson “Come Together”
    David Cook “Always Be My Baby”
    Syesha Mercado “One Rock n’ Roll Too Many”

    Season 8
    Adam Lambert “Mad World”
    Danny Gokey “You Are So Beautiful” (how he was eliminated the next night is beyond me)

    Season 9
    Crystal Bowersox “Me and Bobby McGee”
    Crystal Bowersox “Midnight Train to Georgia”
    Lee DeWyze “Hey Jude”

    Season 10
    Haley Reinhart “House of the Rising Sun”
    Pia Toscano “I’ll Stand By You”

    Season 11
    Didn’t watch this season.

    Season 12
    Candice Glover “I (Who Have Nothing)”

    Season 13
    Jena Irene “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

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    KT
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    Lambert had incredible performances nearly every week. Of all the contestants across every season, he may have had the strongest trajectory as an artist, raising the bar for himself and making the others look like amateurs. Mad World was iconic sitting down but there was also Tracks of My Tears, Ring of Fire, and If I Can’t Have You (which was fantastic).

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    Melinda Doolitle – My Funny Valentine

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