American Idol: 15 Singers Robbed by Voters

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.

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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!

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91 Comments
  1. Harmony says:

    I’d like to add John Park (season 9) to this list. He was cut on one of the nights when only minorities were cut. He had a good voice, the judges (Kara especially) really liked him, his final performance was a little lackluster but I’m still surprised he was cut when Lee Dweize was so much worse that week. Plus his dad gave sassy side-eyes to the camera when the judges gave their critiques.

  2. Waffles says:

    Jesse Langseth and Katelyn Epperly were two of my favorites. Looking back at the ones that didn’t make it makes me sad because they are all superior to the so-called singers I’ve sat through this season. It seems the talent well has run dry.

  3. Bob says:

    I still think Jesse’s version of ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ is one of the best performances ever on idol. (Hi Jason!) Never really got the buzz about Ricky Brady. Mishavana (sp?) is also still a big loss. I blame Randy. Yo.

  4. Deibreak says:

    I think Danny Noriega from season 7 was robbed, he actually has a really great voice ( check him out singing Whitney Houston’s I will always love you on YouTube) and I really don’t know why he didn’t make it farther, I really loved his Personality too and how he would call Simon out lol

  5. ayhr says:

    Gideon McKinney anyone?? He was robbed and deserved a spot over Kev Covais. Another name I don’t see mentioned is Tyler Grady in S9. He definitely had potential.

  6. Amy says:

    Wait…Stefano Langone had a “transcendent” moment?! Methinks not.
    Rated: One of my most annoyingly full of his untalented self and least deserving Idols ever.

  7. chet says:

    I’ve always much preferred the 12 to 10 to 8 to 6 method that they started in season 4. This way nobody is at an unfair advantage or disadvantage and America gets to see you perform at least 3 times before advancing to the final 12, and also one shaky or off performance doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going home. The only drawback was the first 2 eliminated generally were contestants who got little airtime during auditions/hollywood rounds so unless they were awesome there was a good chance they wouldn’t make it.
    I hated the top girl/guy go through and then the next highest vote getter and then the wild cards like they did in season 8. You end up with people that had one good performance automatically advancing to the top 12 and then not doing much thereafter (Lil rounds always springs to mind)

  8. syb says:

    Yep still made about Lilly Scott. Also agree on Sabrina, Mishavonna.. Others have mentioned some I’d add like JuNot, Leslie Hunt, Jen Hirsch, Lauren Turner.

    Never did get the appeal of Kendra Chantelle’s Georgia on My Mind though. It was loud, screechy and overwrought. (Did enjoy the Blackbird duet with Paul McDonald though.)

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