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American Idol Finalists


Below you will find a complete list of all the contestants who have advanced to become American Idol Finalists in each of the 10 seasons to date. Season 1 of American Idol featured 10 finalists, after which the rest of the seasons have been narrowed down to a finals group of either 12 or 13. Below the list of American Idol finalists you can find more information about how the process works for a performer to reach the finals, as well as how the eventual Idol winner is determined.

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The ultimate goal of any Idol competitor is to win the entire event, however just getting as far as the American Idol Finalists group is a tremendous accomplishment. By the time it gets down to the last dozen or so contestants everyone is talented and there can be a very fine line between who gets sent home and who moves on to sing another day. And although the title of American Idol comes with a guaranteed record contract and a number of other perks, often times simply advancing as far as the final group can be the catalyst to a record deal.

 

There have been a number of American Idol finalists throughout the years who have benefited from the exposure and have gone on to have very successful music careers. Many of them have actually become more successful than the Idol winner, and you will likely recognize them from the list below. American Idol Winners List

The American Idol Finalists

The following are each seasons American Idol finalists including where they were from at the time of their audition, age at the start of the show, and how far they advanced in the finals.

American Idol Finalists For Season 1

EJay Day 20 Lawrenceville, Georgia Eliminated after Top 10
Jim Verraros 19 Crystal Lake, Illinois Eliminated after Top 10
A.J. Gil 17 Tacoma, Washington Eliminated after Top 8
Ryan Starr 19 Sunland, California Eliminated after Top 7
Christina Christian
21 Brooklyn, New York Eliminated after Top 6
R.J. Helton 21 Cumming, Georgia Eliminated after Top 5
Tamyra Gray 22 Atlanta, Georgia Eliminated after Top 4
Nikki McKibbin 23 Grand Prairie, Texas Eliminated after Top 3
Justin Guarini 23 Doylestown, Pennsylvania Runner Up
Kelly Clarkson 20 Burleson, Texas Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 2

Vanessa Olivarez 21 Atlanta, Georgia Eliminated after Top 12
Charles Grigsby 24 Oberlin, Ohio Eliminated after Top 11
Julia MeMato 23 Brookfield, Connecticut Eliminated after Top 10
Corey Clark 22 San Bernardino, California Disqualified
Rickey Smith 23 Keene, Texas Eliminated after Top 8
Kimberly Caldwell 19 Katy, Texas Eliminated after Top 7
Carmen Rasmusen 17 Bountiful, Utah Eliminated after Top 6
Trenyce 22 Bartlett, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 5
Josh Gracin 22 Oceanside, California Eliminated after Top 4
Kimberley Locke 25 Nashville, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 3
Clay Aiken 24 Raleigh, North Carolina Runner Up
Ruben Studdard 24 Birmingham, Alabama Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 3

Leah LaBelle 17 Seattle, Washington Eliminated after Top 12
Matthew Rogers 25 Rancho Cucamonga, California Eliminated after Top 11
Amy Adams 24 Kansas City, Kansas Eliminated after Top 10
Camile Velasco 19 Haiku, Hawaii Eliminated after Top 9
Jon Peter Lewis 24 Rexburg, Idaho Eliminated after Top 8
Jennifer Hudson 22 Chicago, Illinois Eliminated after Top 7
John Stevens 16 East Amherst, New York Eliminated after Top 6
George Huff 23 New Orleans, Louisiana Eliminated after Top 5
LaToya London 25 Oakland, California Eliminated after Top 4
Jasmine Trias 17 Mililani, Hawaii Eliminated after Top 3
Diana DeGarmo 16 Snellville, Georgia Runner Up
Fantasia Barrino 19 High Point, North Carolina Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 4

Lindsey Cardinale 20 Ponchatoula, Louisiana Eliminated after Top 12
Mikalah Gordon 17 Las Vegas, Nevada Eliminated after Top 11
Jessica Sierra 19 Tampa, Florida Eliminated after Top 10
Nikko Smith 22 St. Louis, Missouri Eliminated after Top 9
Nadia Turner 25 Miami, Florida Eliminated after Top 8
Anwar Robinson 25 East Orange, New Jersey Eliminated after Top 7
Constantine Maroulis 29 Brooklyn, New York Eliminated after Top 6
Scott Savol 28 Shaker Heights, Ohio Eliminated after Top 5
Anthony Fedorov 19 Trevose, Pennsylvania Eliminated after Top 4
Vonzell Solomon 20 Fort Myers, Florida Eliminated after Top 3
Bo Bice 29 Helena, Alabama Runner Up
Carrie Underwood 21 Checotah, Oklahoma Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 5

Melissa McGhee 21 Tampa, Florida Eliminated after Top 12
Kevin Covais 16 Levittown, New York Eliminated after Top 11
Lisa Tucker 16 Anaheim, California Eliminated after Top 10
Mandissa 29 Antioch, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 9
Bucky Covington 28 Rockingham, North Carolina Eliminated after Top 8
Ace Young 25 Denver, Colorado Eliminated after Top 7
Kellie Pickler 19 Albemarle, North Carolina Eliminated after Top 6
Paris Bennett 17 Fayetteville, Georgia Eliminated after Top 5
Chris Daughtry 26 McLeansville, North Carolina Eliminated after Top 4
Elliot Yamin 27 Richmond, Virginia Eliminated after Top 3
Katharine McPhee 21 Sherman Oaks, California Runner Up
Taylor Hicks 29 Birmingham, Alabama Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 6

Brandon Rogers 28 North Hollywood, California Eliminated after Top 12
Stephanie Edwards 19 Savannah, Georgia Eliminated after Top 11
Chris Sligh 28 Greenville, South Carolina Eliminated after Top 10
Gina Glocksen 22 Naperville, Illinois Eliminated after Top 9
Haley Scarnato 24 San Antonio, Texas Eliminated after Top 8
Sanjaya Malakar 17 Federal Way, Washington Eliminated after Top 7
Phil Stacey 29 Jacksonville, Florida Eliminated after Top 6
Chris Richardson 23 Chesapeake, Virginia Eliminated after Top 6
LaKisha Jones 27 Flint, Michigan Eliminated after Top 4
Melinda Doolittle 29 Brentwood, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 3
Blake Lewis 25 Bothell, Washington Runner Up
Jordin Sparks 17 Glendale, Arizona Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 7

David Hernandez 24 Glendale, Arizona Eliminated after Top 12
Amanda Overmyer 23 Mulberry, Indiana Eliminated after Top 11
Chikeze 22 Inglewood, California Eliminated after Top 10
Ramiele Malubay 20 Miramar, Florida Eliminated after Top 9
Michael Johns 29 Buckhead, Georgia Eliminated after Top 8
Kristy Lee Cook 24 Selma, Oregon Eliminated after Top 7
Carly Smithson 24 San Diego, California Eliminated after Top 6
Brooke White 24 Van Nuys, California Eliminated after Top 5
Jason Castro 20 Rockwall, Texas Eliminated After Top 4
Syesha Mercado 21 Sarasota, Florida Eliminated after Top 3
David Archuleta 17 Murray, Utah Runner Up
David Cook 25 Blue Springs, Missouri Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 8

Jasmine Murray 16 Starkville, Mississippi Eliminated after Top 13
Jorge Nunez 21 Carolina, Puerto Rico Eliminated after Top 13
Alexis Grace 21 Memphis, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 11
Michael Sarver 27 Jasper, Texas Eliminated after Top 10
Megan Joy 23 Sandy, Utah Eliminated after Top 9
Scott MacIntyre 23 Scottsdale, Arizona Eliminated after Top 8
Lil Rounds
24 Memphis, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 7
Anoop Desai 22 Chapel Hill, North Carolina Eliminated after Top 7
Matt Giraud 23 Kalamazoo, Michigan Saved after 7, Eliminated after 5
Allison Iraheta 16 Los Angeles, California Eliminated after Top 4
Danny Gokey 28 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Eliminated after Top 3
Adam Lambert 26 San Diego, California Runner Up
Kris Allen 23 Conway, Arkansas Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 9

Lacey Brown 24 Amarillo, Texas Eliminated after Top 12
Paige Miles 24 Naples, Florida Eliminated after Top 11
Didi Benami 23 Knoxville, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 10
Andrew Garcia 24 Moreno Valley, California Eliminated after Top 9
Katie Stevens 17 Middlebury, Connecticut Eliminated after Top 9
Tim Urban 20 Duncanville, Texas Eliminated after Top 7
Siobhan Magnus 19 Cape Cod, Massachusetts Eliminated after Top 6
Aaron Kelly 16 Sonestown, Pennsylvania Eliminated after Top 5
Michael Lynche 26 St. Petersburg, Florida Saved after 9, Eliminated after 4
Casey James 27 Fort Worth, Texas Eliminated after Top 3
Crystal Bowersox 24 Elliston, Ohio Runner Up
Lee DeWyze 23 Mount Prospect, Illinois Winner

American Idol Finalists For Season 10

Ashthon Jones 24 Goodlettsville, Tennessee Eliminated after Top 13
Karen Rodriguez 21 New York, New York Eliminated after Top 12
Thia Megia 16 Mountain House, California Eliminated after Top 11
Naima Adedapo 26 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Eliminated after Top 11
Pia Toscano 22 Howard Beach, New York Eliminated after Top 9
Paul McDonald 26 Huntsville, Alabama Eliminated after Top 8
Stefano Langone 22 Kent, Washington Eliminated after Top 7
Casey Abrams 20 Idyllwild, California Saved after 11, Eliminated after 6
Jacob Lusk 23 Compton, California Eliminated after Top 5
James Durbin 22 Santa Cruz, California Eliminated after Top 4
Haley Reinhart 20 Wheeling, Illinois Eliminated after Top 3
Lauren Alaina 16 Rossville, Georgia Runner Up
Scotty McCreery 17 Garner, North Carolina Winner

About American Idol Finalists

The road to becoming an American Idol finalist begins by auditioning at one of the audition site which are held at various cities around the country, typically during the summer and early fall prior to the airing of the show. Each season of the show can vary slightly as to how many contestants are invited to the second which is referred to as Hollywood Week. During this phase the contestants perform and the field is gradually narrowed down to the semi-finalists, and then eventually the group of finalists that will compete weekly during the show. Most season of American Idol have began with 12 finalists, however Season 1 had 10 and there have been two seasons with 13. By the time the show airs in January, the group of finalists has been set.

The Next American Idol Finalists

The next season of American Idol begins on January 22, 2012 at 7 PM on FOX. Tune in then to see who the Season 11 American Idol Finalists are, and who will eventually become the next Idol.

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