Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Never competed. This was sort of a trick question. Ruben Clarkson is a made up name that combines the Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson with the Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard. I hope you enjoyed this quiz.
Season 1. Jim Verraros was eliminated in the first week of Season 1. In Season 1, E Jay Day was also voted off in the first week. That is the only time that 2 contestants were eliminated in the same week.
Season 1. Justin Guarini was the runner-up in Season 1. He initially enjoyed great success and even made a movie with winner Kelly Clarkson.
Season 3. 16 Year-old Diana DeGarmo from Snellville, Georgia was the youngest contestant in the first 3 seasons of "American Idol."
Season 2. 22 Year-old Vanessa Olivarez was the first contestant voted off in Season 2.
Season 2. Clay Aiken of course lost to Ruben Studdard in Season 2. In many respects Clay Aiken is the most successful of all "American Idol" contestants. He has released a very successful CD and sells out concerts nationwide. Not bad for second place.
Season 1. R.J. made it to the final 5 in the first season. He was in the audience of a Season 3 competition.
Never competed. Brian Dunkleman was not a competitor but the co-host in season 1 along with Ryan Seacrest. The producers decided that he would not return.
Season 1. Tamyra Gray was voted out in the round of 4 remaining contestants. Her ouster also created quite an uproar when Nikki McKibbin beat her out. Tamyra was considered by many as a favorite to win it all. She has since had a successful recording and acting career.
Season 3. Jennifer Hudson was voted out in the round of 7 remaining contestants. Her ouster created quite an uproar as she was generally considered a superior talent to some of the remaining contestants. Even Ryan Seacrest commented on the travesty.
season 4. This was the elimination order of the first four finalists to leave the competition during season 4.
Fantasia Barrino. Fantasia was a 19 year old from High Point, North Carolina with a background in gospel singing when she auditioned for the third season of "American Idol". She was very popular with the judges, as well as with the voting audience. Her performances of "Chain Of Fools", "I Believe", and George Gershwin's "Summertime" from "Porgy And Bess" were particularly memorable. Her first full album is titled "Free Yourself".
Josh Gracin. Joshua Gracin was a marine during season 2. He finished in fourth place.
all of these (John Stevens, Mikalah Gordon, Diana DeGarmo). Mikalah was the second finalist to be eliminated in season 4. John Stevens earned a sixth place spot in season 3. Diana DeGarmo, also of season 3, finished the season as runner-up to Fantasia Barrino. These three were the youngest finalists of the first four seasons.
season 3. Fantasia Barrino won the title of "American Idol" for season 3. Diana DeGarmo became her runner-up, followed by Jasmine Trias and La Toya London. Jennifer Hudson, who finished in seventh place was also considered a top contender.
Bo Bice. The grand finale was a contest between the "rocker with soul" from Helena, Alabama and "the country girl with heart" from Checotah, Oklahoma. Though the race was close between these two very diverse singers; Carrie's sweet, angelic voice won her the title of "American Idol". Three weeks later, Bo admitted (in a press interview), that he actually hoped he would not win the competition. Though he was grateful for all of the exposure that the show provided him, he believed that the title of "American Idol" may have hindered his opportunity to record the type of records that he most identifies with.
5. By the end of season 4, Bo and Constantine were 29 years of age. Scott Savol and Nadia Turner were both 28, and Anwar Robinson was 26. These five would have been too old to have qualified in previous seasons.
The maximum age was raised from 24 to 28. The original age range for "American Idol" was from 16 to 24. The producers later raised the maximum age to 28, allowing for more experienced candidates to audition.
Mario Vasquez. Mario, who advanced from the semifinals to finalist status, dropped out of the race for "personal reasons". This move created an opportunity for Nikko Smith to take his place. Nikko lasted an additional three weeks before being voted off.
Jasmine Trias and Camille Velasco. Camille and Jasmine both auditioned for "American Idol" in Hawaii. Camille comes from Haiku, Maui. Jasmine is from Miliani. Both girls, were extremely popular with their Hawaiian fans during season 3.
Tamyra Gray. Both Diana DeGarmo and Fantasia Barrino sang "I Believe" at the season 3 finals. Fantasia later recorded the song on a single CD. It is also included in her album, "Free Yourself". Tamyra Gray, who placed fourth in season 1, co-wrote the song.
Kelly Clarkson. Kelly Clarkson was the first "American Idol" winner. She sang "A Moment Like This" at the final competition, and again on the show's final results night. Her album "Breakaway" was later released.
were Simon's wildcard picks. Carmen sang "Wild Angels" on country night. George got to perform two songs on "Big Band" week and was eliminated, but Carmen was eliminated during "Diane Warren songs" week.
"It's Raining Men". Some believed her tears earned her enough votes to share the spotlight with Diana DeGarmo. Fantasia Barrino and Latoya London were once again in the bottom two. Sadly, Latoya sang "Don't Rain on My Parade" as her last song on the show.
"I Have Nothing". Most were given great song reviews by the judges. However, Katharine was told she was not nearly as good as Whitney Houston. On elimination night, the judges retracted their statement, saying that it sounded better on TV.
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"Alone". Carrie sang "Alone" for her fifth performance on "American Idol". Even so early in the season, Simon knew she would win and several weeks later, her many fans made it happen.
RJ Helton. RJ sang "I'll Be There" as his first song, which didn't earn him enough votes. After he sang "Lately" by Stevie Wonder, the judges unanimously allowed him to go further in the competition. He ended up attaining 5th place in the season.
Mandisa. Mandisa felt discomfort wearing her heels and Ryan offered to remove them for her. She sang her Stevie Wonder song barefoot.
|Paula often complimented this season two contestant's "upper register", especially with such songs as "Against All Odds" and "Drift Away". What was his name?||Ultimate "American Idol" Fan Quiz
Corey Clark. As we all remember, Corey Clark was disqualified. He also sang "This Old Heart of Mine."
Amy Adams. Simon said Amy reminded him of Jay Leno, likely because of her large chin and sense of humor. Simon's comment may have allowed Amy Adams to become the first "Idol" contestant not to make it to the final five who appeared on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno".
get a suntan. AJ laughed and said he "was Mexican". Randy pointed out the sun never shines in England.