William Hung gained a cult following after auditioning for season three with his hilarious rendition of “She Bangs.”
Taylor Hicks won season five of American Idol. He sang “A Change is Gonna Come” at his Las Vegas audition. Paula and Randy loved him, Simon said he’d never make it.
Paris Bennett competed in the fifth season and placed fifth. She sang “Cowboy Take Me Away” and “Take Five” in her audition and earned praise from all three judges.
Michael Sandecki was referred to as “the world’s most annoying man” by Ryan Seacrest. He also won the award for Best Impersonator, as his idol was Clay Aiken.
Season six’s Martik Manoukian claimed he could channel the spirit of a panther.
Season nine’s Larry Platt’s rendition of “Pants on the Ground” became so popular it became an iTunes sensation!
Kenneth Briggs looked like a spider monkey and sang “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”
Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol on September 4, 2002. In her first audition, she wowed the judges with her rendition of “Express Herself” and her outgoing personality.
Keith Beukelaer famously sang a horrific rendition of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” during season two auditions.
Chris Daughtry was the fourth place finalist in the fifth season of Idol. His audition in Denver to “The Letter” won Paula and Randy’s approval but not Simon’s, who thought he was too robotic.