Characters: American Idol

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    The AI Crew 

Ryan Seacrest

Randy Jackson (season 1-12)

Simon Cowell (Season 1-9)

Paula Abdul (Season 1-8)

Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)

Kara DioGuardi (Season 8-9)

Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9)

Jennifer Lopez (Season 10-11, present)

Steven Tyler (Season 10-11)

Jimmy Iovine (Season 10-present)

Keith Urban (Season 12-)

Mariah Carey (Season 12)

Nicki Minaj (Season 12)

Harry Connick Jr. (season 13)

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Serious Business: Although he can be fun and amusing, he truly cares about music, and doesn't appreciate people treating the show like a joke; telling off Rick Rowling, who came in and told stupid, unfunny jokes solely to further his "acting career", proved this.

    Season 1 

    Season 2 

Ruben Studdard

Clay Aiken

Kimberly Locke

Josh Gracin


Carmen Rasmusen

Kimberly Caldwell

Rickey Smith

Julia DeMato

Corey Clark

Charles Grigsby

Vanessa Olivarez

    Season 3 

Fantasia Barrino

Diana DeGarmo

Jasmine Trias

LaToya London

George Huff

John Stevens

Jennifer Hudson

Jon Peter Lewis

Camile Velasco

Amy Adams

Matthew Rogers

Leah LaBelle

    Season 4 

Carrie Underwood

Bo Bice

  • Alliterative Name
  • One-Hit Wonder: Technically, "Inside Your Heaven" was his only top 40 hit; it peaked at number 2! However, "The Real Thing" was the only song of his to get a reasonable amount of airplay.

Vonzell Solomon

Anthony Fedorov

Scott Savol

Constantine Maroulis

Anwar Robinson

Nadia Turner

Nikko Smith

Jessica Sierra

Mikalah Gordon

Lindsey Cardinale

    Season 5 

Taylor Hicks

Katherine McPhee

Elliot Yamin

Chris Daughtry

Paris Ana'is Bennett

Kellie Dawn Pickler

Brett Asa "Ace" Young

  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Proposed to fellow Idol alum Diana DeGarmo on-air at the Season 11 finale; they got married a year later.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Both he and his wife were former American Idol finalists, but from different seasons. They only met years later when both were in Hair on Broadway.

William Joel "Bucky" Covington

Mandisa Hundley

Lisa Gabrielle Tucker

Kevin Patrick Covais

Melissa Christine McGhee

    Season 6 

Jordin Sparks

Blake Lewis

Melinda Doolittle

LaKisha Ann Jones

Chris Richardson

Phil Stacey

Sanjaya Malakar

Haley Scarnato

Gina Glocksen

  • Alliterative Name
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Possibly the earliest example of this in the show; she had auditioned for Season 5 and was cut mid-way through Hollywood rounds.

Chris Sligh

Stephanie Edwards

Brandon Rogers

    Season 7 

David Cook

David Archuleta

Syesha Mercado

Jason Castro

Brooke White

Carly Smithson

Kristy Lee Cook

Michael Johns

Ramiele Malubay


Amanda Overmyer

David Hernandez

    Season 8 

Kris Allen

Adam Lambert

Danny Gokey

Allison Iraheta

Matt Giraud

  • Born Lucky: Recipient of the Judges' Save for the first time ever.

Anoop Desai

  • Bollywood Nerd: To some extent - was awarded the 2008 Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies after graduating from UNC, and comes off as extremely intelligent in interviews.
  • Token Minority: So far the only Indian contestant to make the finals.

Lil Rounds

Scott MacIntyre

Megan Joy

Michael Sarver

Alexis Grace

Jorge Nez

Jasmine Murray

    Season 9 

Lee DeWyze

Crystal Bowersox

Casey James

Michael Lynche

Aaron Kelly

Siobhan Magnus

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Oh sweet holy crap yes.
  • Shocking Elimination: Definitely this for Season 9, with both the judges and David Letterman baffled at her elimination.
    • Could technically be called the most important, at least in terms of effect, with the episode immediately after her elimination being the least viewed episode in American Idol history.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: It took a little a while, but she seems poised to do this with her new band Doubtful Guest, which is comprised of members of Everclear, Godsmack, Third Eye Blind, Fuel, and Candlebox, and is sponsored by Hansen.

Tim Urban

Katie Stevens

  • Runner Up Takes It All: It took several years, and she's not even famous as a singer, but now as one of the stars of MTV's Faking It, she's in the only person from the season that anyone knows.

Andrew Garcia

Didi Benami

Paige Miles

Lacey Brown

    Season 10 

Scotty McCreery

Lauren Alaina

Haley Reinhart

James Durbin

Jacob Lusk

Casey Abrams

Stefano Langone

Paul McDonald

Pia Toscano

Naima Adedapo

Thia Megia

Karen Rodriguez

Ashthon Jones

    Season 11 

Philip Phillips

Jessica Sanchez

Joshua Ledet

Hollie Cavanagh

Skylar Laine

Elise Testone

Colton Dixon

DeAndre Brackensick

Heejun Han

Erika Van Pelt

Shannon Magrane

Jermaine Jones

Jeremy Rosado

    Season 12 

Candice Glover

Kree Harrison

Angela Miller

Amber Holcomb

Janelle Arthur

  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted, she's not dumb but when sang Dolly Parton's single "Dumb Blonde" many people thought she was since that song choice resulted in her elimination.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Third Chance: Finally made it to the top 10, after falling at the top 48 in season 10, then falling at the Vegas round in season 11.
  • Two First Names

Lazaro Arbos

Burnell Taylor

Devin Velez

Paul Jolley

Curtis Finch, Jr.

     Season 13 

Caleb Johnson

Jena Irene

  • It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Her name, while spelled like Jenna, is pronounced more like "Gina", something that became a bit of a running gag.

Alex Preston

Jessica Meuse

  • Badass
  • Fight Magnet: Well, more of an Argument Magnet, during the Hollywood rounds; she went through two groups and had issues in both, causing some fans to see her as a Jerkass who can't work with others. But in reality, she remained professional and respectful (albeit a little frustrated here and there) through both. This culminated after her group finally performed, where the mother of the only eliminated contestant from the group blamed Jessica, and this actually brought poor Jessica to tears. She even lampshades this:
    "Drama seems to follow me wherever I go..."

Sam Woolf

  • Mr. Fanservice: The show seemed to be pimping him as this; the judges rarely made a comment without mentioning "the ladies".

CJ Harris

Dexter Roberts

Malaya Watson

Majesty Rose

  • Graceful Loser: When she was eliminated, she loudly (and surprisingly cheerfully) exclaimed "I knew it!"

MK Nobilette

Ben Briley

  • Deadpan Snarker
    "[Caleb]'s been trying to figure out how this online voting thing works, but he's having trouble...he just voted for Sanjaya."
  • Good Ol' Boy

Emily Piriz

  • Spicy Latina: Seemed to be going for this when she sang one of J-Lo's songs; it didn't work, as she was eliminated the next night.

Kristen O'Connor