Who's missing from our list of best 'American Idol' auditions?

Idol_lOh yeah. I just threw down — threw down my list of the 12 Best American Idol Auditions of All Time, that is. (Click here to read it.) You’ll note there are some controversial choices (including a couple of contestants who never even made the finals) and some big-name omissions (sorry, not every champ made the best first impression). Either way, though, I figured all you Idol junkies would want a forum to discuss your own Top 12 lists, and to unleash your inner Simons (or Paulas) regarding my selection. Let the fun and debating begin in the comments section below!

UPDATE: Technical issues with the gallery have been resolved. Click through the whole thing, then come back here and throw down.

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  • Nancy

    Slezak, there are issues with the link. You’re working on that right now, aren’t you? :)

  • Working Girl

    Link’s still not working… Slezak, I wanna compare notes! Let’s get this fixed!

  • There are two http:// ‘s

    If you remove one it works… til about half way, then each entry says “SHELL” — which prolly means yeah, b*tch is still writing it.

  • daisyj

    Okay, I couldn’t read the text, but I’m very glad that my all-time best, Paris Bennett, made the top of the list. I know she never lived up to her early promise, but that audition was fantastic. It made me wish there was a slot where I could put quarters into my TV to make her keep singing.

  • Stephanie T.

    Anyway missing:
    John Adams
    Matt Rodgers
    Ebony Joyner
    Eliot Yamin
    Bo Bice

  • Working Girl

    Stephanie T: I see your Elliot and Bo, and I raise you Chris Daughtry’s “Letter” audition.
    Slezak: Guarini? Really? Three words: over. the. top.

  • Stephanie T.

    Sounds good. Yeah Guarini is too much. Clay Aiken perhaps.

  • ns

    I don’t think Elliott’s and Bo’s auditions even aired.
    I’m not a Claymate by any stretch, but his audition should probably be mentioned. People were legitimately shocked to see that he had talent, just based on his appearance.

  • Clay? Nay.

    Clay’s audition was surprising, because he looked so unpolished, but the vocals were not all that and a bag of Doritos.

  • RightNextToMarsDotCom

    I actually really liked Julia DeMato’s audition (“Unbreak My Heart” I think) and although not amazing, I remember being completely shocked when they set up Scott Savol to be a delusional goof and then he had a really good voice.

  • Lauren

    I’ll prolly get crucified for this, but I really liked Blake’s audition last year. Cute and funky guy, cool beat-boxing, and warbled very nicely when the judges asked, “but can you sing?”
    Vocal powerhouse? No. Fun to watch throughout Season 6? Oh yeah.

  • actingup

    I do not agree with the list. Where is Clay Aiken?
    And in my opinion – best ever was Jory Steinberg singing “Chains”. Seriously still gives me chills (check it out on You Tube). How she then got cut the first round – I will never understand. What a voice.

  • stephen

    I was waiting for Kat McPhee…

  • Vivi

    Um, where’s Melinda Doolittle? Like, for real, where is she? Clearly, Slezak, you have disappointed me. Her audition was one of the best I’ve ever heard since Season 1. And you’re trying to tell me something like Justin freakin’ Guarini’s so-so audition was better? Are you on crack?!

  • Mo

    Yeah, why not the Clay Aiken audition, from before they turned him from a cute little geek with pipes into something that makes me throw up in my mouth a little every time I see him (which reaction was already in full swing by the time they had him in a tux singing Mack The Knife allegedly to prove that he wasn’t a lounge singer…) I have to chime in, though, for Sean Michel, the dude last year who, as he put it, looked like Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden, Jesus or a homeless bum, and who sang a Johnny Cash song with some foot stomping thrown in for good measure. His image was so out there, his personality so low-key (nearly comatose), and the song so cool and unexpected, it was so much fun! I wish he had been there for Bon Jovi night! Google this guy’s audition and then imagine a Blake Lewis/Sean Michel duet of “You give love a bad name”… Heaven!

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