Outrage over inexplicable voting results is almost as important to the American Idol experience as witnessing the crowning of the latest incarnation of Carrie Underwood or David Cook.
But while early ejectees like Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry at least had a couple months of airtime to make an impression on the general public (and build impressive post-show careers), it’s a much harder struggle for talented vocalists who — for one reason or another — don’t make it past the semifinals.
With the Season 12 voting rounds just around the corner, we figured it was a good time to celebrate the ones that got away (but never lost their spots in our hearts). So click through the gallery below for our list of 15 Singers Who Got Robbed by Idol Voters, then hit the comments and tell us who we missed, who we overhyped and which ones we got exactly right. And for all my Idol news, interviews, recaps and photo galleries, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!