The singer's 2006 single "Gallery" (cowritten by Ne-Yo) was a top 40 Billboard hit, but Vazquez hasn't been heard from much since.5.Tamyra Gray's departure (season 1)Season 1's Tamyra Gray appeared to be a strong contender in the series inaugural season, and Simon Cowell referred to her rendition of "A House Is Not a Home" as "one of the best performances on television" that he'd ever seen.Salt-and-pepper bluesman Taylor Hicks was something of a flukey phenom and somehow managed to triumph over fan favorite and future TV star Katharine Mc Phee (our Mc Pheever just won't sweat out! Sadly, Hicks never logged a mainstream hit, due in part to his older-skewing style.9.
Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken both clearly had legions of fans (those Claymates will not be denied), which helped Aiken find plenty of post-show success, including a multi-platinum debut album and a stint in Broadway's Spamalot.2. But there are few Idol voting results more head-scratching then the singer's seventh-place exit in season 3.1.
Kris tops Adam (season 8)We're still trying to process this one, seven years later.
Thrown together in the emotionally charged atmosphere of American Idol, contestants are bound to become close.
And it seems that for two of this year's hopefuls a romance has even blossomed.
(Case in point: Yes, we still think that Jennifer Hudson deserved better.)10.
Taylor Hicks wins (season 5)Where are you now, Soul Patrol?
American Idol's series finale airs on Fox Thursday, April 7, at 8 p.m.
winner Scotty Mc Creery and runner-up Lauren Alaina have swirled around.
Alas, the singer didn't make it past the top four, with Clarkson ultimately landing the season's crown.4.