TV.com Top Ten: Our favorite American Idols

Fox's American Idol has given us the best and worst of people over the seven seasons it's been on the air, and while the worst have sunk into anonymity (except William Hung), the best have seen their careers take off.

American Idol premieres edition eight tomorrow night, and while we're looking forward to checking out some fresh blood, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the previous contestants who really left an impression.

10. Constantine Maroulis

(Season four, sixth place)
This sixth-place finisher in season four not only has all the goods to make it as a successful singing artist, but also a cover model for romance novels. He's certainly more entertaining than another cookie-cutter country singer, and that's what counts, right? We just have one request: when you make love to us with your eyes, can you be a little less creepy? Thanks.

9. Clay Aiken

(Season two, second place)
Sure we liked to giggle and poke fun at Clay Aiken at first, but the guy's got talent and a voice that defies his wiry frame. He's also the most successful male Idol, plays Sir Robin in Broadway's Spamalot (like a new version of The Wiz's Scarecrow), and is very hands-on involved with organizations that help the children of the world. Uh-oh, I think I just described the second coming of Michael Jackson. Eh, we'll keep him on the list anyway.

8. Bo Bice

(Season four, second place)
The Southern rocker helped change what American Idol was all about with his edge...or I should say "edge." Not only did he usher in something other than pop into the American Idol mix, he has a cool name and was ancient by the show's standards when he competed...28 years old! And who can forget his a cappella performance in the late rounds? Oh, you did? Well thankfully it's right here.

7. Jordin Sparks

(Season six, first place)
Jordin's natural talent has helped her craft one of the most successful post-Idol careers; she even made that lame song they wrote for her on American Idol sound good. Consistently delivering the goods during her American Idol run, Sparks got better and better and was never even in danger of facing an early elimination. Plus, she's working with Chris Brown now. Not too shabby.

6. Kelly Clarkson

(Season one, first place)
The first American Idol winner is every bit talented enough to be in any one of the top five spots with her commercial success, pop-rock sensibilities, and feisty personality, but as long as copies of From Justin to Kelly still exist, we're keeping her right here.

5. David Archuleta

(Season seven, second place)
David Archuleta is like a fine red wine…he needs to grow with age or simply go bad...and come to think of it, doesn't go well with fish. Giving him a higher rank is like giving an Academy Award to the first Lord of the Rings movie…if you know they only get better, why not just wait? Let's face it, he has plenty of time to climb future lists and be a successful star...he's only like eight years old or something!

4. David Cook

(Season seven, first place)
Sure, David Cook was probably that guy you hated in college that played guitar jams in his dorm room for unsuspecting freshmen women, but if he gave us a private acoustic performance of "Billie Jean," we'd be pudding too.

3. Jennifer Hudson

(Season three, seventh place)
One of the series' best set of pipes belongs to Hudson, who can blow some harmonies with the best of them. She's also turned in one of the best post-Idol careers despite a seventh place finish in season three; how many other American Idol contestants can boast an Academy Award?

2. Carrie Underwood

(Season four, first place)
The beautiful blonde from Oklahoma is the perfect example of what American Idol tries to do--use the hopes and dreams of regular people for their own evil financial gain--I mean, discover a legitimate talent and help them reach their potential. Underwood's performance of Heart's "Alone" is a highlight of the series and puts every other Idol version of it to shame (y'all can stop trying now). Plus her squeaky-clean image makes her a perfectly marketable singer.

1. Chris Daughtry

(Season five, fourth place)
We still haven't recovered much from Daughtry's shocking fifth-season elimination...pure robbery! But we selected the man who validated rock music on a pop-heavy American Idol as our number one because--well--that took some serious balls. And while we watched him we didn't feel like a doe-eyed 12-year-old girl...we felt--dare we say it--kind of cool. For once in our lives.

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Jordin, Jennifer and Kelly are great too
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I don't know what some of you people are talking about. David Archuleta does deserve to be on that list. He's amazing. I don't like David Cook and Daughtry. They're both the same to me and I'm not into that kind of music. Carrie is annoying sometimes
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And here it is 4 years later and Constantine is starring in the Broadway Musical Rock of Ages and has been nominated for a Tony in the Best Leading Actor in a Musical catagory! A testament to hard work and determination...he is one of the most successful talents to come out of American Idol!! Oh, and he can make love to me with his eyes anytime he wants!
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Here's a short list of my own making: ... er... none.
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Would have liked to see Fantasia somewhere on this list!
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Stay tuned for phoebe ryan. :]
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Chris Daughtry is the best and love his band. I like Kelly Clarkson better than Carrie otherwise i agree with the top 10
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Watch American Idol Season 8 Online at http://www.watch-american-idol.com/
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I don't think David Archuleta should be on the list. And I think Kelly Clarkson deserves to be higher up!
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Not a fan of the show but the only person who has made music i like is Kelly Clarkson ("Walk away" and "Behind these Hazel Eyes" were the shyt). The song Jordin Sparks made with Chris Brown called "No Air" was awesome as well.
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Daughtry should've won the year he was on AI. I like this list, except for Clay, I would've put Kellie Pickler in his place. (not that I have anything against Clay, I'm just not his biggest fan)
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hmmm I don't know about Clay Aiken...he's had like one hit. And I love the fact that David Archuletta's song is a bigger hit than Cook's....just goes to show that winning isn't everything
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I don't think Archuleta should have made the list at all, but then I like men not boys, which was clearly reflected in my 500 votes for David Cook. No I don't have a life.....
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Not a bad list
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Go Daughtry!
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William Hung #1
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Constantine was hilarious! Watching him was pure entertainment...that face! He deserves to be on the list simply because no one can forget him and his creepiness.
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AprilFox, I totally agree with you. Constantine was pure camp (even though I fear he takes himself really seriously). Not even real. And it's bad enough he keeps whoring himself out to stay known. I forsee him being on The Surreal Life really soon. Heck, if he gets REALLY desparate, he'll pick up some hamburgers to prepare for an edition of Celebrity Fit Club!
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Bo Bice is on this list? Wha....? Bad list. BAD LIST!
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What about Melinda Doolittle?

http://www.joeonthetube.com
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I like the list. I would have put Carrie Underwood first with David Cook at number two. I think Daughtry's ship might have sailed since Cook was crowned. Season 4 was my favorite. Carrie is one of the best if not the best to ever come out of the show. Constantine is going to star in a Broadway show starting April. Perfect for him, not so much a romance novel cover. Bo is doing his southern rock thing and is happy about that.
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I'm sorry, but when he had never heard of the song "Somebody to Love" by Queen in the top eight, I lost a lot of respect for Elliot Yamin.
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Good list. Nail...head.
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I think not having Elliot on the list was a little snub, but his post-Idol career has been so-so.

Fantasia was great on Idol, after not so much.

I also think that credit needs to be given to Blake, he made that season, he was one of the most individual contestants to date.
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everyone has their own tastes in music. i agree with most of this list except they should have included elliot and left off constantine. the david a section was great. lol
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I love Carrie, Chris, Jordin, both Davids, Jennifer and Kelly :P I love them all :P American Idol creates great stars :D
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Kelly shud be number 1. David A. and Jordin shudnt be on the list.
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Maroulis? You gotta be kidding! LOL!! horrible.....
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I don't care for Idol, but his article is very well written IMO.
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I don't folow this show particularly. I've heard of Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson though so at least some of them are mainstream faces now.
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Nice choice for No 1. Chris Daughtry songs are awesome
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Carrie and Kelly are the only good ones. Everyone else sucks.
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The only artists I've ever liked out of American Idol were Daughtry, Cook, and Underwood. I'm glad that rock is getting a respected place on the show because the earlier seasons consisted mainly of pop. Saying I don't listen to a lot of pop, it's nice that the rockers and country singers did the best on the show. I don't think I'm going to watch this season - I think American Idol has had it's run (2 of 7 successful winners... sad rating...)
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I would have Jennifer Hudson at Number 1... followed closely by Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks.
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Where the hell is Elliot Yamin?!?! How about Carly Smithson?
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william hung #1
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