What are the best American Idol auditions?

Many American Idol contenders on their audition were a surprise to anyone, including the judges of the show. This list consists of the auditions that will make you want to rewatch it over and over. Did your idols make our list? Comment or add the auditions you think are better.

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    #1Ashley Robles Audition American Idol 2012

    Ashley Robles Audition American Idol 2012

    Ashley Robles worked part-time jobs at clubs before joining American Idol's 11th season. Robles got the thumbs up from Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson after singing in this YouTube video.

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    Caroline Lin
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "I wouldnt believe that one of the best american idol performances is from an asian mom. That high note can reach heaven."
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    #2Kelly Clarkson Audition American Idol 2002

    Kelly Clarkson Audition American Idol 2002

    If Kelly Clarkson did not get into American Idol, she would have been a fashion designer. In the YouTube video, Clarkson's rendition of Madonna's Express Yourself showed the judges that she has a shot at winning the show.

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    Debra Castillo
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "Talk about foreshadowing since she is the voice judge. So fun to also see kellys beginning. "
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    #3Jordin Sparks Audition American Idol 2007

    Jordin Sparks Audition American Idol 2007

    One of the youngest contestant and winner of American Idols is Jordin Sparks. This YouTube video of her audition in the show's sixth season shows Sparks' capabilities. She sang Because You Love me by Celine Dion before the judges.

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    Anthony Gibson
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "My girl is always the best singer in this show. Celine would have said yes if she was sitting with randy, simon, and paula."
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    #4Carrie Underwood American Idol Audition 2005

    Carrie Underwood American Idol Audition 2005

    As a simple farm girl, no one would have expected Carrie Underwood to win the fourth season of American Idol. This YouTube video where she sang Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me showed the judges her talent as a singer.

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    Irene Carranza
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "Carry chicken call is so adorable. Oklahoma is proud of giving the best american idol auditions that year."
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    #5Jennifer Hudson Audition American Idol 2004

    Jennifer Hudson Audition American Idol 2004

    Having been singing in on cruise lines, Jennifer Hudson auditioned for American Idol's third season. This YouTube video shows judges' approval of her entry when Hudson sang Aretha Franklin's Share Your Love With Me.

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    Jessica Jiang
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "Like Jennifer as a singer. Loved her as rosaleen."
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    #6Adam Lambert Audition American Idol 2009

    Adam Lambert  Audition American Idol 2009

    Being a part of musicals, Adam Lambert decided to take a shot at winning season 8 of American Idol. Lambert got the approvals of Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi after singing in this YouTube video.

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    Gao Tian
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "Boooo to the judges. I want to hear the full bohemian and see everyone head banging"
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    #7Chris Sligh American Idols 2006

    Chris Sligh American Idols 2006

    American Idols' judges were caught off guard when Chris Sligh said he wants to make Hasselhoff cry. As Chris sang in this youtube video, the three were impressed with his performance and gave him a shot at the show.

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    Ma Shi
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "I just love chris sligh with his audition song. It was a biggest american idol surprises when a nerdy kid did a good seal song. Too bad chris did not have the heart to win the show. was really disappointed with his loss."
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    #8Todrick Hall Audition American Idol 2010

    Todrick Hall Audition American Idol 2010

    The contestant from Texas had a part in the Beauty and the Beast Musical before auditioning in American Idol's ninth season. Todrick Hall wowed the four judges with his own composed song in this YouTube video.

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    Muhammad Jhadav
    Written on May 23, 2019
    "I laughed at todricks cool song about auditioning at the idols. got to agree with simon here. this is not his best performance."
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