Kw-logo-smaller

Top 10 American Idol Performances of All Time (pg. 2)

We think Fantasia Barrino had the best ever American Idol performance.
Courtesy of FOX

#5. A.I Performance - Jennifer Hudson (I Have Nothing)

Before she was an Oscar winning actress, Jennifer Hudson won over third season A.I. audiences with her power-house singing and soulful tunes. Jennifer's performance of the Whitney Houston classic was sensational and won her a standing ovation from the crowd. As guest judge Quentin Tarantino said, "Hudson takes on Houston and wins."

#4. A.I. Performance - Ruben Studdard (Superstar)

Before the Velvet Teddy Bear won the second season of American Idol, he won the hearts of fans with his version of the Luther Vandross classic Superstar. The soulful performance had the judges predicting that Ruben was bound to become a superstar himself.

#3. A.I. Performance - Kelly Clarkson (Natural Woman)

In the very first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson set a tough-to-beat standard with her pitch-perfect rendition of Aretha Franklin's hit song Natural Woman. Her fans were so taken with her natural performance that one of them leapt to the stage to give Kelly flowers.

#2. A.I. Performance - Katharine McPhee (Somewhere Over the Rainbow)

A hush came over the usually boisterous A.I. audience as they waited to hear what Simon called "the most perfect song" for Katharine McPhee. She proved Simon right and Kat's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is nearly as popular as Judy Garland's in the Wizard of Oz.

#1. A.I. Performance - Fantasia Barrino (Summertime)

Fantasia's show-stopping rendition of the jazz standard Summertime not only brought her to tears, it brought the house down. Randy Jackson called it "the single best Idol performance of any season" and we have to agree.

  • Click here to check out the rest of the best American Idol performances!
  • Related Stories:

  • American Idol TV Show Facts
  • Quiz! Which American Idol Judge Are You?
  • American Idol Winners Bios
  • More From Your Favorite TV Shows!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1140199386234

    Fave American Idol Judge?

    • Simon Cowell.
    • Paula Abdul.
    • Randy Jackson.
    • I don't like American Idol.

    related stories

    Entertainment in the forums

    LAZY778
    LAZY778 posted in TV Shows:
    Not interrseted
    reply about 2 hours
    Shadeleaf
    Shadeleaf posted in TV Shows:
    I saw the preveiw. It looks like a me movie,,,
    reply about 3 hours
    iamalive
    what word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? short
    reply about 7 hours
    iamalive
    what do you call a cow with no legs? ground beef what do you call a cow with 3 legs? lean beef what do you call a cow with 2 legs? your mom
    reply about 7 hours
    iamalive
    hellen keller walks into a bar then into a table and into a chair
    reply about 7 hours

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...