Category Archive: DRI Top 30

American Idol Top 30 Performances of All Time: No. 9, Kris Allen, “Heartless”

Kris Allen was about to sing his last song on American Idol. His chances were slim and none. He was the lovable WGWG, but this was before WGWG really became a thing. Adam… Continue reading

American Idol Top 30 Performances Of All Time: No. 10, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, “Falling Slowly”

I can only imagine the pitch. “Hey, we have a truly awesome singing show, but we need to see more of the contestants. How about late in the season when every performance matters… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

American Idol Top 30 Performances Of All Time: No. 11, Fantasia, “Summertime”

It might be the most surreal non-Norman Gentile performance on the countdown. It has little to do with Fantasia Barrino, whose last name we won’t mention against because – be honest – did… Continue reading

American Idol Top 30 Performances of All Time: No. 12, David Cook, “Billie Jean”

In Season 1, American Idol was a terrific singing show. Season 2 wasn’t bad. Season 3 wasn’t great. Minus Underwood, Season 4 was boring. Season 5 was an outright disaster. Season 6 Blake… Continue reading

American Idol Top 30 Performances of All Time: No. 13, Jason Castro and Lee DeWyze, “Hallelujah”

How many songs do you know that you don’t know you know? Not trying to confuse the masses, but there are a lot of people (ahem) who listen to music that’s simply on… Continue reading

American Idol Top 30 Performances of All Time: No. 14, Jena Irene, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: So I thought this version was different and original. Fast forward a few months later, I’m putting my kid to bed, put on the lullabye station on Pandora – she calls… Continue reading

American Idol Top 30 Performances of All Time: No. 15, Casey James, “Jealous Guy”

Being good looking doesn’t hurt your chances on American Idol. They almost did for Casey James. If you don’t remember Casey, he’s the No. 2 all-time superstud in the history of the show… Continue reading

American Idol Top 30 Performances of All Time: No. 16, Blake Lewis, “You Give Love a Bad Name”

Has anyone ever gotten more out of one performance in the history of American Idol than Blake Lewis? Let’s cut through all the bullshit; vocally, Blake wasn’t Idol-worthy. This was the era before… Continue reading

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