There’s dozens of sites that list the best American Idol performances. Most are flat out wrong by the way. The MullerOver editorial team has pored through hundreds of hours of video to get the final, definitive list of the best Reality TV singing performances, period.
Editors’ Note: Since this posting, there has been countless comments on message boards around the Internet with agreement or disdain. We’ve gathered some of the videos that viewers said we should have included, and posted them here.
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#10 – Clay Aiken
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
You knew Clay Aiken would make it. This is his second performance of Don’t Let the Sun that season.
#9 – Bianca Ryan
And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going
America’s Got Talent
She’s only 11 years old and sings like Whitney or Mariah. Bianca won the debut season of America’s Got Talent before she was a teenager.
#8 – Kelly Clarkson
Stuff Like That There
The original American Idol still is considered the most talented by many around the world. We believe “Stuff Like That There” best shows her range, voice and playfulness.
#7 – Anthony Callea
The only performer to make the list from the Southern Hemisphere, Anthony Callea has shown he’s got the talent to represent all of Australia.
#6 – Bo Bice
Bo Bice oozes cool. It was difficult for the editors to choose from his other performances Remedy, Spinning Wheel and the iconic Freebird. In the end, Vehicle was the driving song of his time on Idol.
#5 – Susan Boyle
I Dreamed a Dream
Britain’s Got Talent
The audition that shocked the world. YouTube isn’t allowing this video to be embedded, so we switched to Daily Motion for this video.
#4 – Paul Potts
Britain’s Got Talent
The only opera song to make the list, but truly a stunning performance. Paul was the original Susan Boyle, and thrilled the audience who had already written him off
#3 – Kurt Nilson
If I was Bono, I’d be a little worried watching this performance. All the talent without the weird glasses. The lovable plumber from Norway, Kurt Nilson, went onto win World Idol in it’s only season to date.
#2 – Danyl Johnson
With a Little Help from my Friends
The X Factor
It’s the performance that Simon Cowell said was the best first audition he’s ever seen. Danyl Johnson is a born performer waiting for an audience. Now that he’s got one, watch out.
#1 – Carrie Underwood
The performance by which all others are measured. You can see Carrie Underwood transform from a contestant to superstar on stage. Simon Cowell correctly predicted after this performance that she’d be the top selling Idol winner of all time.