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'American Idol' Contestants That Have Never Been in the Bottom Three

0412_pia_singlePia Toscano's elimination from "American Idol" last week was particularly shocking because she had never been in the bottom three to date. Some theorize that because audiences assumed Toscano was a favorite, she wasn't at risk to go home. Therefore, viewers may not have voted for her (producer Nigel Lythgoe has since dispelled assumptions that she was a frontrunner).

Last week was also Jacob Lusk's first time in the bottom three as well, while Stefano Langone has been among the lowest vote-getters two times this season already.

Of the remaining season 10 contestants, the only ones that have NOT appeared in the bottom three are teen sensation Lauren Alaina, country crooner Scotty McCreery, and rocker James Durbin.

They join a small, elite group of "Idol" contestants that have never been in the bottom three (or two as the field narrows down).

In season 9, only winner Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox never found themselves in the bottom group. Of course, DeWyze went on to win, while Bowersox was runner-up.

In season 8, both winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert were both in the bottom group once.

Season 7's "Battle of the Davids" was between two contestants that were never in the bottom group: David Cook and David Archuleta. Cook eventually emerged the victor.

Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks was the only one not to ever be in the bottom three or two.

It may be a surprise to some, but season 5 winner Taylor Hicks was also never at risk for elimination. Unsurprisingly, season 4 winner Carrie Underwood coasted to victory without ever facing the fear of leaving the show.

None of season 3's finalists escaped the bottom group. In fact, winner Fantasia Barrino was in the bottom two twice, the first time with Jennifer Hudson (who would win an Academy Award after leaving "Idol.")

In season 2, the only contestant to never be in the bottom two or three was Clay Aiken, though he lost the title to Ruben Studdard (he was in the bottom two once).

And of course, inaugural "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson was never in the bottom group.

If voting patterns hold, it won't be surprising if this year's "Idol" finale will be between two of Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and James Durbin. There's some speculation that Alaina and McCreery share similar country music fan bases, and may split votes (six of the previous nine "Idol" winners have been from the South). That may give James Durbin an unobstructed path to the final two.

Of course, audiences are fickle and one bad performance (or even a so-so performance in Pia's case) may send a favorite home. Expect to see more shockers as the season continues -- there can only be one "American Idol!"

Comments (8)

Amber:  1101 days ago

It is my theory they are determined that "widdle wauren" will be the next Idol. She has been the chosen one from the beginning. It will be interesting to see what they do to try and make this happen. Hmmmm...

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Candace:  1101 days ago

She has a lot of friends and family rooting for her. Hope and pray she does win it!!!

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Jeanne Burr:  1100 days ago

America should vote for their least favorite contestant each week. It is an elimination contest and this would keep the best contestants in each week.

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Britt:  1100 days ago

By voting for the "least favorite" each week, it might make some super fans of each contestant vote against the person they think is their favorites biggest competitor. Since everyone thought Pia was the frontrunner, then everyone that is a fan of the others, might have voted her to be ousted just because she posed the greatest threat to their favorite.

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idolator:  1100 days ago

What amazes me is how so many commenters seem to think that if there candidate is not successful there is a conspiracy. We all must accept that many times our views do not align with the majority of voters, whether it is a contest of talent or or politics. We must learn to accept the people's choice. Regardless the method of voting, everyone is entitled to the same opportunity. If there candidate is not successful it is the fault of their supporters, no one else.

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grace:  1100 days ago

Bye, Bye Pia!! So sad, but shes doing great now

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Dorothy Langley:  1100 days ago

CAN YOU TELL ME HOW YOU HAVE ALL KINDS OF MUSIC EXCEPT GOSPEL? YOU EVEN HAVE HEAVY MEDAL WHERE THE GUITAR PLAYER DID THE PERFORMANCE. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? THE FEMALE YOU SHOULD HAD STOOD UP FOR LEFT AND THE ONE THAT IS HERE SHOULD HAVE LEFT.

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Kristen:  1098 days ago

"Can you tell me how you have all kinds of music except Gospel?"

Jacob is about as much of a gospel singer as anyone out there...and he's still in the competition - in fact, he's only been in the bottom three once. This season is great because almost every genre is being represented: pop, country, rock, folk, gospel, and jazz. I couldn't be happier.

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