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American Idol

The Top 20 Best American Idol Performances Ever!

For those of you who need some help getting ready for the upcoming Season 10 premiere of American Idol — we don’t! — Entertainment Weekly has ranked the top 20 Idol performances in the show’s run. We won’t tell you which one made the top spot, except to say that we totally agree with EW’s pick. Also video accompanies most of the picks, just FYI.

We will spill on the #3 pick, which is Adam Lambert’s Season 8 rendition of the Tears for Fears song, “Mad World,” which blew us away then and does so no less now. Is it any wonder Glambert is fast approaching 800,000 Twitter followers? We’re just saying, his fans ain’t following to hear about what he had for lunch!

And for those of you who just want the rankings beef, we’ve provided the full list here:

1. Fantasia, “Summertime” (Season 3)
2. Kelly Clarkson, “Stuff Like That There” (Season 1)
3. Adam Lambert, “Mad World” (Season 8)
4. Blake Lewis, “You Give Love a Bad Name” (Season 6)
5. Bo Bice, “In a Dream” (Season 4)
6. Kris Allen, “Heartless” (Season 9)
7. Jennifer Hudson, “Circle of Life” (Season 3)
8. Elliott Yamin, “A Song For You” (Season 5)
9. Chris Daughtry, “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” (Season 5)
10. Melinda Doolittle, “My Funny Valentine” (Season 6)
11. David Cook, “Billie Jean” (Season 7)
12. Allison Iraheta, “Cry Baby” (Season 8)
13. Carrie Underwood, “Alone” (Season 4)
14. David Archuleta, “Imagine” (Season 7)
15. Clay Aiken, “Solitaire” (Season 2)
16. Jordin Sparks, “I (Who Have Nothing)” (Season 6)
17. Jason Castro, “Hallelujah” (Season 7)
18. Trenyce, “Proud Mary” (Season 2)
19. Reuben Studdard, “Superstar” (Season 2)
20. Carly Smithson, “Superstar” (Season 7)

Source: EW

12.29.2010 / 05:48 AM EDT by Nathan Pensky
Related: American Idol, Gossip, Top 10 Lists

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