List of American Idol finalists

American Idol is an American talent reality television series that first aired in 2002. As of May 2014, there have been thirteen seasons. Each Season, the final round of competition features ten to thirteen singers. A total of 156 contestants have reached the finals of their season. The show's age requirements have varied year-to-year. Of the finalists, 44 of them were under the age of 20, including three winners and five runners-up. Season one winner Kelly Clarkson currently holds the record for the highest-selling album sales around the world, with more than 25 million copies. Whereas Season four winner Carrie Underwood currently holds the record for the highest-selling album sales in the United States, with more than thirteen million copies.

In season one, Jim Verraros, an openly gay contestant, was told by Fox to remove all mentions of his homosexuality from his online journal as producers "thought [he] was trying to gain more votes".[1] During the second season, finalist Corey Clark was disqualified when it was revealed that he had been arrested and charged with resisting arrest, battery upon his sister, and criminal restraint. In season five, voters claimed that phone calls dialed for Chris Daughtry during the first few minutes of voting were misrouted to Katharine McPhee's lines, when they heard her recorded message thanking them for voting for McPhee.[2] In season seven, it was revealed that Carly Smithson held a prior label record deal with MCA Records. Reports suggested that MCA spent over $2 million promoting Smithson's previous album which she made under the name Carly Hennessy. The album sold less than 400 copies.[3] Smithson remained on the show, and placed sixth in her season. Jermaine Jones of season eleven was disqualified for having theft cases and outstanding warrants on Top 11 week.


Name Age Hometown Season Finished
Day, EJayEJay Day 20 Lawrenceville, Georgia 1 9th-10th
Verraros, JimJim Verraros 19 Chicago, Illinois 1 9th-10th
Gil, A. J.A. J. Gil 17 San Diego, California 1 8th
Starr, RyanRyan Starr 19 Sunland, California 1 7th
Christian, ChristinaChristina Christian 21 Brooklyn, New York 1 6th
Helton, R. J.R. J. Helton 21 Cumming, Georgia 1 5th
Gray, TamyraTamyra Gray 23 Takoma Park, Maryland 1 4th
McKibbin, NikkiNikki McKibbin 23 Grand Prairie, Texas 1 3rd
Guarini, JustinJustin Guarini 23 Doylestown, Pennsylvania 1 Runner-up
Clarkson, KellyKelly Clarkson 20 Burleson, Texas 1 Winner
Olivarez, VanessaVanessa Olivarez 22 Atlanta, Georgia 2 12th
Grigsby, CharlesCharles Grigsby 24 Oberlin, Ohio 2 11th
DeMato, JuliaJulia DeMato 24 Brookfield, Connecticut 2 10th
Clark, CoreyCorey Clark 22 Nashville, Tennessee 2 9th
Smith, RickeyRickey Smith 23 Keene, Texas 2 8th
Caldwell, KimberlyKimberly Caldwell 21 Katy, Texas 2 7th
Rasmusen, CarmenCarmen Rasmusen 18 Bountiful, Utah 2 6th
Trenyce 23 Memphis, Tennessee 2 5th
Gracin, JoshJosh Gracin 22 Oceanside, California 2 4th
Locke, KimberleyKimberley Locke 25 Nashville, Tennessee 2 3rd
Aiken, ClayClay Aiken 24 Raleigh, North Carolina 2 Runner-up
Studdard, RubenRuben Studdard 25 Birmingham, Alabama 2 Winner
LaBelle, LeahLeah LaBelle 17 Seattle, Washington 3 12th
Rogers, MatthewMatthew Rogers 25 Rancho Cucamonga, California 3 11th
Adams, AmyAmy Adams 24 Bakersfield, California 3 10th
Velasco, CamileCamile Velasco 18 Haiku, Hawaii 3 9th
Lewis, Jon PeterJon Peter Lewis 24 Rexburg, Idaho 3 8th
Hudson, JenniferJennifer Hudson 22 Chicago, Illinois 3 7th
Stevens, JohnJohn Stevens 16 East Amherst, New York 3 6th
Huff, GeorgeGeorge Huff 22 New Orleans, Louisiana 3 5th
London, LaToyaLaToya London 25 Oakland, California 3 4th
Trias, JasmineJasmine Trias 17 Mililani, Hawaii 3 3rd
DeGarmo, DianaDiana DeGarmo 16 Snellville, Georgia 3 Runner-up
Barrino, FantasiaFantasia Barrino 19 High Point, North Carolina 3 Winner
Cardinale, LindseyLindsey Cardinale 20 Ponchatoula, Louisiana 4 12th
Gordon, MikalahMikalah Gordon 17 Las Vegas, Nevada 4 11th
Sierra, JessicaJessica Sierra 19 Tampa Bay, Florida 4 10th
Smith, NikkoNikko Smith 22 Town & Country, Missouri 4 9th
Turner, NadiaNadia Turner 28 Miami, Florida 4 8th
Robinson, AnwarAnwar Robinson 25 East Orange, New Jersey 4 7th
Maroulis, ConstantineConstantine Maroulis 29 New York, New York 4 6th
Savol, ScottScott Savol 28 Shaker Heights, Ohio 4 5th
Fedorov, AnthonyAnthony Fedorov 19 Trevose, Pennsylvania 4 4th
Solomon, VonzellVonzell Solomon 21 Fort Myers, Florida 4 3rd
Bice, BoBo Bice 29 Helena, Alabama 4 Runner-up
Underwood, CarrieCarrie Underwood 21 Checotah, Oklahoma 4 Winner
McGhee, MelissaMelissa McGhee 21 Tampa, Florida 5 12th
Covais, KevinKevin Covais 16 Levittown, New York 5 11th
Tucker, LisaLisa Tucker 16 Anaheim, California 5 10th
Mandisa 29 Antioch, Tennessee 5 9th
Covington, BuckyBucky Covington 28 Rockingham, North Carolina 5 8th
Young, AceAce Young 25 Denver, Colorado 5 7th
Pickler, KellieKellie Pickler 19 Albemarle, North Carolina 5 6th
Bennett, ParisParis Bennett 17 Fayetteville, Georgia 5 5th
Daughtry, ChrisChris Daughtry 26 McLeansville, North Carolina 5 4th
Yamin, ElliottElliott Yamin 27 Richmond, Virginia 5 3rd
McPhee, KatharineKatharine McPhee 21 Los Angeles, California 5 Runner-up
Hicks, TaylorTaylor Hicks 29 Birmingham, Alabama 5 Winner
Rogers, BrandonBrandon Rogers 28 North Hollywood, California 6 12th
Edwards, StephanieStephanie Edwards 19 Savannah, Georgia 6 11th
Sligh, ChrisChris Sligh 28 Greenville, South Carolina 6 10th
Glocksen, GinaGina Glocksen 22 Naperville, Illinois 6 9th
Scarnato, HaleyHaley Scarnato 24 San Antonio, Texas 6 8th
Malakar, SanjayaSanjaya Malakar 17 Federal Way, Washington 6 7th
Stacey, PhilPhil Stacey 29 Jacksonville, Florida 6 5th-6th
Richardson, ChrisChris Richardson 22 Chesapeake, Virginia 6 5th-6th
Jones, LaKishaLaKisha Jones 27 Fort Meade, Maryland 6 4th
Doolittle, MelindaMelinda Doolittle 29 Brentwood, Tennessee 6 3rd
Lewis, BlakeBlake Lewis 25 Bothell, Washington 6 Runner-up
Sparks, JordinJordin Sparks 17 Glendale, Arizona 6 Winner
Hernandez, DavidDavid Hernandez 24 Glendale, Arizona 7 12th
Overmyer, AmandaAmanda Overmyer 23 Mulberry, Indiana 7 11th
Chikezie 22 Inglewood, California 7 10th
Malubay, RamieleRamiele Malubay 20 Miramar, Florida 7 9th
Johns, MichaelMichael Johns 29 Buckhead, Georgia 7 8th
Cook, Kristy LeeKristy Lee Cook 24 Selma, Oregon 7 7th
Smithson, CarlyCarly Smithson 24 San Diego, California 7 6th
White, BrookeBrooke White 24 Mesa, Arizona 7 5th
Castro, JasonJason Castro 20 Rockwall, Texas 7 4th
Mercado, SyeshaSyesha Mercado 21 Sarasota, Florida 7 3rd
Archuleta, DavidDavid Archuleta 17 Murray, Utah 7 Runner-up
Cook, DavidDavid Cook 25 Blue Springs, Missouri 7 Winner
Murray, JasmineJasmine Murray 16 Starkville, Mississippi 8 12th-13th
Núñez, JorgeJorge Núñez 21 Carolina, Puerto Rico 8 12th-13th
Grace, AlexisAlexis Grace 21 Memphis, Tennessee 8 11th
Sarver, MichaelMichael Sarver 27 Jasper, Texas 8 10th
Joy, MeganMegan Joy 22 Sandy, Utah 8 9th
MacIntyre, ScottScott MacIntyre 23 Scottsdale, Arizona 8 8th
Rounds, LilLil Rounds 23 Memphis, Tennessee 8 6th-7th
Desai, AnoopAnoop Desai 21 Chapel Hill, North Carolina 8 6th-7th
Giraud, MattMatt Giraud 23 Kalamazoo, Michigan 8 5th
Iraheta, AllisonAllison Iraheta 16 Los Angeles, California 8 4th
Gokey, DannyDanny Gokey 28 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 8 3rd
Lambert, AdamAdam Lambert 27 San Diego, California 8 Runner-up
Allen, KrisKris Allen 23 Conway, Arkansas 8 Winner
Brown, LaceyLacey Brown 24 Amarillo, Texas 9 12th
Miles, PaigePaige Miles 24 Naples, Florida 9 11th
Benami, DidiDidi Benami 23 Hollywood, California 9 10th
Garcia, AndrewAndrew Garcia 24 Moreno Valley, California 9 8th-9th
Stevens, KatieKatie Stevens 17 Middlebury, Connecticut 9 8th-9th
Urban, TimTim Urban 20 Duncanville, Texas 9 7th
Magnus, SiobhanSiobhan Magnus 19 Cape Cod, Massachusetts 9 6th
Kelly, AaronAaron Kelly 16 Sonestown, Pennsylvania 9 5th
Lynche, MichaelMichael Lynche 26 St. Petersburg, Florida 9 4th
James, CaseyCasey James 27 Fort Worth, Texas 9 3rd
Bowersox, CrystalCrystal Bowersox 23 Elliston, Ohio 9 Runner-up
DeWyze, LeeLee DeWyze 23 Mount Prospect, Illinois 9 Winner
Jones, AshthonAshthon Jones 24 Goodlettsville, Tennessee 10 13th
Rodriguez, KarenKaren Rodriguez 21 New York, New York 10 12th
Megia, ThiaThia Megia 16 Mountain House, Alameda County, California 10 10th-11th
Adedapo, NaimaNaima Adedapo 26 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 10 10th-11th
Toscano, PiaPia Toscano 22 Howard Beach, New York 10 9th
McDonald, PaulPaul McDonald 26 Nashville, Tennessee 10 8th
Langone, StefanoStefano Langone 21 Kent, Washington 10 7th
Abrams, CaseyCasey Abrams 20 Idyllwild, California 10 6th
Lusk, JacobJacob Lusk 23 Compton, California 10 5th
Durbin, JamesJames Durbin 22 Santa Cruz, California 10 4th
Reinhart, HaleyHaley Reinhart 20 Wheeling, Illinois 10 3rd
Alaina, LaurenLauren Alaina 16 Rossville, Georgia 10 Runner-up
McCreery, ScottyScotty McCreery 17 Garner, North Carolina 10 Winner
Rosado, JeremyJeremy Rosado 19 Valrico, Florida 11 13th
Jones, JermaineJermaine Jones 25 Pine Hill, New Jersey 11 12th
Magrane, ShannonShannon Magrane 16 Tampa, Florida 11 11th
Van Pelt, ErikaErika Van Pelt 26 South Kingstown, Rhode Island 11 10th
Han, HeejunHeejun Han 22 Flushing, New York 11 9th
Brackensick, DeAndreDeAndre Brackensick 17 San Jose, California 11 8th
Dixon, ColtonColton Dixon 20 Murfreesboro, Tennessee 11 7th
Testone, EliseElise Testone 28 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 11 6th
Laine, SkylarSkylar Laine 18 Brandon, Mississippi 11 5th
Cavanagh, HollieHollie Cavanagh 18 McKinney, Texas 11 4th
Ledet, JoshuaJoshua Ledet 19 Westlake, Louisiana 11 3rd
Sanchez, JessicaJessica Sanchez 16 San Diego, California 11 Runner-up
Phillips, PhillipPhillip Phillips 21 Leesburg, Georgia 11 Winner
Finch, Jr., CurtisCurtis Finch, Jr. 24 St. Louis, Missouri 12 10th
Jolley, PaulPaul Jolley 23 Palmersville, Tennessee 12 9th
Velez, DevinDevin Velez 18 Chicago, Illinois 12 8th
Taylor, BurnellBurnell Taylor 19 New Orleans, Louisiana 12 7th
Arbos, LazaroLazaro Arbos 22 Naples, Florida 12 6th
Arthur, JanelleJanelle Arthur 23 Oliver Springs, Tennessee 12 5th
Holcomb, AmberAmber Holcomb 19 Houston, Texas 12 4th
Miller, AngieAngie Miller 19 Beverly, Massachusetts 12 3rd
Harrison, KreeKree Harrison 22 Woodville, Texas 12 Runner-up
Glover, CandiceCandice Glover 23 St. Helena Island, South Carolina 12 Winner
O'Connor, KristenKristen O'Connor 24 Sebastian, Florida 13 13th
Piriz, EmilyEmily Piriz 18 Orlando, Florida 13 12th
Briley, BenBen Briley 24 Gallatin, Tennessee 13 11th
Nobilette, MKMK Nobilette 20 San Francisco, California 13 10th
Rose, MajestyMajesty Rose 21 Goldsboro, North Carolina 13 9th
Watson, MalayaMalaya Watson 16 Southfield, Michigan 13 8th
Roberts, DexterDexter Roberts 22 Fayette, Alabama 13 7th
Harris, CJCJ Harris 23 Jasper, Alabama 13 6th
Woolf, SamSam Woolf 17 Bradenton, Florida 13 5th
Meuse, JessicaJessica Meuse 23 Slapout, Alabama 13 4th
Preston, AlexAlex Preston 20 Mont Vernon, New Hampshire 13 3rd
Irene, JenaJena Irene 17 Farmington Hills, Michigan 13 Runner-up
Johnson, CalebCaleb Johnson 23 Asheville, North Carolina 13 Winner


  • ^ Contestant's age at the time the season's final round began.


  1. ^ Steele, Bruce. C (2003-01-21). "A Teen Idol's dreams". The Advocate via Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Some callers claim ‘Idol’ votes were misdirected". MSNBC. 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ Gorman, Steve (2008-02-15). """Ex-MCA Records flop advances on "American Idol. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

External links

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