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‘American Idol’ judges rankings: All 14 judges ranked from worst to best

“American Idol” just finished its 19th season, hosted as always by Ryan Seacrest. The judging panel for the show’s four seasons on ABC has stayed the same: country music star Luke Bryan, pop princess Katy Perry and the legendary Lionel Richie. There were 11 famous faces who sat in judgement during the 11 seasons that the show ran on FOX. Take a scroll through our “American Idol” judges ranked photo gallery to see where your favorites fall.
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‘American Idol’ Winners Ranked From Worst to Best: Who is #1?

“American Idol” just crowned the winner of season 19. And that got us thinking about the previous 18 winners of this reality competition series and wondering which of them has been the most successful. We did some digging and uncovered a lot, including the whereabouts of some of the past champs who were one-hit wonders. For others, “American Idol” launched them into the stratosphere and they still have star power. Take a tour of our photo gallery below to see all the “American Idol” winners ranked from worst to best.
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Caleb Kennedy Exits 'American Idol' Over Controversial Video

Top five American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy is leaving the show after a video surfaced of him sitting next to a friend in what looked like a Ku Klux Klan hood. While Idol and ABC haven't yet commented on the video or his exit, Kennedy took to social media to say he won't be on the show any longer because of the controversial clip.
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And the winner of ‘American Idol’ is ...

“American Idol” has crowned a new winner. On Sunday night, after a three-hour season finale, “American Idol” announced that Chayce Beckham is the newest champion of the singing competition. “American Idol” judge Katy Perry predicted from the start that Beckham would go far in the competition, going as far as...
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This season of ‘American Idol’ was a close competition — until one very strategic move by the winner

Sometimes, while watching the “American Idol” finale, it’s difficult to predict who will win. This was not one of those times. On Sunday night, the long-running competition series crowned 24-year-old Chayce Beckham the champion of Season 19. The race was pretty close this year, as runner-up Willie Spence and third-place finisher Grace Kinstler were also deemed front-runners at various times. But during the penultimate episode, Beckham made a strategic move that all but ensured his victory: He doubled down on country, returning to the genre he started out with on the show, and sang an original song that wound up topping the iTunes country chart.

Casey Bishop Fans Were Upset After Her and Luke Bryan’s 'American Idol' Finale Performance

Before Chayce Beckham was crowned the next American Idol winner, Casey Bishop took the stage one last time during the 2021 season finale. A week after coming in fourth place and her shocking elimination from the ABC competition show, the 16-year-old vocalist returned to perform Bon Jovi’s hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer” with fellow Idol judge Luke Bryan. Ahead of the performance, the country music star teased on Instagram that he and Casey had an exciting surprise in store.

8 ‘American Idol’ Contestants Who Left the Competition Early

The music has come to a screeching halt for some American Idol contestants, especially the ones who had to withdraw or were disqualified from the Fox-turned-ABC reality competition. Season 19 aspirant Caleb Kennedy, for example, announced his Idol exit on May 12 after a video of him seated next to...
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Who will win ‘American Idol’?

“American Idol” is officially down to the final three contestants, and on Sunday, the show will crown a new winner. Here’s a breakdown of the top three singers and their most recent performances. The “American Idol” season finale — which lasts for three hours — will air on May 23 at 6 p.m. MT.
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See Lindsey Buckingham Play ‘Go Your Own Way’ on ‘American Idol’

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham showed up on the season finale of American Idol to perform "Go Your Own Way" with onetime contestant Cassandra Coleman. Buckingham traded lines with Coleman, who added tambourine and appeared in Stevie Nicks-style attire for the Rumours hit. The singer and guitarist appeared to be in good voice last night. He had open-heart surgery in 2019 and returned to performance with a livestream concert last December.