American Idol Top 30 Performances of All Time: Recapping Nos. 30-11

I started this list back in June, then got sidetracked with work and life.

Don’t be mistaken – the list is complete. Just have to bang out the recaps.

If you’ve been to the site before this won’t be shocking to hear, but I’ve been doing some casual drinking tonight even though there’s no show, so I thought I’d try and bang out as many of these as possible before I become incoherent.

I put in hours of work putting this list together. Like everyone else in America, I watched Season 1 and then after some time off, started getting serious about the show in Season 6. To put together the list, I consult various published countdowns, watched far too many hours of YouTube clips and had to make a lot of tough decisions. The goal was to make this the official American Idol Top 30 countdown list and since AI won’t confirm it, I will.

So please, review Nos. 30-11. Just click on the name and it will take you to the recap. The rest of the list will be published ASAP. Enjoy.

No. 30: ” I Am Telling You,” Nick Mitchell, aka Norman Gentle

No. 29: “You’re All I Need To Get By,” Jacob Lusk

No. 28: “This Woman’s Work,” Michael Lynche

No. 27: “Whole Lotta Love,” Elise Testone

No. 26: “Benny and the Jets,” Haley Reinhart

No. 25: “I’ll Stand By You,” Pia Toscano

No. 24: ” It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” Joshua Ledet

No. 23: “In A Dream,” Bo Bice

No. 22: “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right,” Michael Johns (RIP)

No. 21: “People Get Ready,” Crystal Bowersox

No. 20: “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Clay Aiken

No. 19: “Lovesong,” Candice Glover

No. 18: “House Of The Rising Sun,” Haley Reinhart

No. 17: “Home,” Phillip Phillips

No. 16: “You Give Love A Bad Name,” Blake Lewis

No. 15: “Jealous Guy,” Casey James

No. 14: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Geena Gina Jena Irene

No. 13: “Hallelujah,” Jason Castro or Lee DeWyze

No. 12: “Billie Jean,” David Cook

No. 11: “Summertime,” Fantasia