Singing competition fans were rocked this week by the news that long running series American Idol will end its run after its 15th season next year.
The show that at its peak drew an average of 30 million viewers per episode and was very influential in molding the music culture has struggled for ratings in the last few years.
While some of its alumni like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have carved out successful careers, recent winners haven't been that lucky. In fact, the debut albums of season 12 winner Candice Glover and season 13 winner Caleb Johnson were huge flops, which may have contributed to Fox's decision to not renew the show for a 16th season.
It may not be where it once was, but when American Idol was good, no other singing reality show could even match it. Down below are 10 of the best American Idol performances of all time.
10 – Kris Allen's Heartless From Season 8
9 – Phillip Phillips' Home From Season 11
8 – Fantasia Barrino's Summertime From Season 3
7 – Jennifer Hudson's Circle Of Life From Season 3
6 – Carrie Underwood's Alone From Season 4
5 – Chris Daughtry's Walk The Line From Season 5
4 – Adam Lambert's Mad World From Season 8
3 – Kelly Clarkson's Respect From Season 1
2 – David Cook's Hello From Season
1 – Clay Aiken's Bridge Over Troubled Water From Season 2