15 Years of Exceptional Music: American Idol’s Most Iconic Moments
By Abu Poblete
It’s been a week since American Idol, one of the greatest singing competitions, said goodbye to our television sets. The show’s ratings and following have dwindled throughout its 15 seasons, but it doesn’t change the fact that the show has produced some of the world’s most talented singers. AI was a pop icon of a show, and here are 8 of the show’s legendary moments.
8. Jennifer Hudson’s Circle of Life (Season 3)
Jennifer Hudson’s performance of Elton John’s Circle of Life was her breakout song—proving without question that the girl has pipes that can blow anyone away. That’s why it was a total surprise when she ended up as the eighth runner up of Season 3. But the joke’s on AI ‘cause she eventually became a broadway star, as well as a Grammy AND Oscar-award winner.
7. William Hung’s She Bangs and Renaldo Lapuz’s I Am Your Brother
AI wouldn’t be complete without goofball contestants, and the most iconic among them are pop culture legend William Hung and Pinoy Pride-bastion (insert sarcasm here) Renaldo Lapuz.
6. David Cook’s Always Be My Baby (Season 7)
If there’s something almost all Pinoys will agree on is the most iconic song to ever come out of AI, it’s David Cook’s delicious and seductive rendition of Mariah Carey’s Always Be My Baby, which found its way to almost all radio shows and everyone’s iPods.
5. James Durbin and Judas Priest’s Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight (Season 10)
There wasn’t a more epic hard rock performance on AI than James Durbin’s Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight. But what made this even more epic was when THE Judas Priest itself joined Durbin.