After nine season of American Idol, not every female sang like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson. It’s not easy to sing with a live audience on a big stage, and a lot of the ladies on this list had talent and potential, they just weren’t ready for American Idol. One of them proves that you can have a decent voice and ride your personality all the way to a successful career. Let’s take a look at the ladies who took a limited vocal talent and made it all the way to the top 12 on American Idol.
(10) Kellie Pickler: This is the lovely lady who has an amazing post-idol career. She has an average singing voice, with a tone that can ring like a bell or grate on you. She wasn’t quite ready to sing with a live band and that especially showed on Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Her range is decent and she definitely has a country nitch. What got her where she is would have to be her sunny personality. She’s goofy, not afraid to laugh at herself, and very pretty.
(9) Lindsey Cardinale: Lindsey Cardinale is a lovely singer, who is an average range and a deep tone. It’s hard to compete with singers on American Idol as an alto. there’s nothing wrong with having a lower range, but American Idol has always been about the money notes and Lindsey simply didn’t have them. She also didn’t have the stage presence to fill up the big stage. She has a lot of potential, and I think if she went down a country songwriting path she could do really well.
(8) Amanda Overmyer: I love rock vocals, don’t get me wrong, but Amanda Overmyer’s voice was just kind of nuts and all over the place. She definitely had a cool tone, but her technique wasn’t existent and she had terrible diction. Add in some pitch problems and you land right here on this list. She was definitely fun to watch and a strong performer, but vocally she needed some work.
(7) Megan Joy: Gorgeous and geeky, Megan Joy was an interesting personality on American Idol. She sang in a throw back jazzy style, which would have been fine if she could do it well. She lacked the vocal consistency to make this work, and a lot of the time it just didn’t come off well. She had problems picking good songs for herself, but definitely seemed like outside of a vocal competition she could find her way in the indie scene.
(6) Mikalah Gordon: Oh Mikalah. She had a huge personality and brought a lot of energy to the American Idol stage. However, she was not a consistent vocalist. She could pull out a magical performance like God Bless the Child and then suddenly take a knife to your ear drums with a Taylor Dane number. It was crazy. She always had a rough time staying on during the up-tempo numbers as well, but I gotta say, I’ve always liked her.
(5) Paige Miles: Season nine was full of questionable vocals, Paige’s problem was the judges had hyped her up and the only time she lived up to it was when she was sick. Her performance of Against all Odds was the worst vocal on American Idol ever. That alone lands her here. You can have a nice tone and range, but if you can’t control it and stay on pitch, it really doesn’t end up mattering.
(4) Nikki McKibbin: Poor Nikki. She’s the first person to have to go through sending more talented people home before her. She hated it and would cry her eyes out during results shows. Her last week she pulled out a couple competent performances. Unfortunately, we had to listen to quite a few weeks of her being put up against vocalists like Kelly Clarkson and Tamyra Gray. Thus, she came of hopelessly average.
(3) Carmen Rasmusen: Carmen was sweet, young, and plucked out of nowhere for the wild card show. She worked hard and had a lot of gumption, but she just wasn’t ready for American Idol. She had a terrible vibrato and was always inconsistent. Her limited range made it difficult for her to have any moments during her performances.
(2) Lacey Brown: Attempting a singing style much like Megan Joy’s, Lacey Brown managed to do it worse. She was wildly inconsistent and her vocals ended up being more annoying and off pitch than anything else. She was cute as a button and definitely had potential, but she needs a lot of work on her voice if she wants to compete in a singing competition.
(1) Ryan Starr: The hottie from season one definitely seemed like a great package for the pop world. Unfortunately, she went the American Idol root, which would be a mistake for Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and several other ladies of the pop world. It was a mistake for Ryan as well. She could move around the stage well, but her voice didn’t have a pleasant tone, range, and lacked any kind of technique. Her performance of You Really Got Me is still one of the worst things I have ever heard.