Worst 'American Idol' Finalists Ever: #2 -- John Stevens

by Andrew Scott, posted May 25th 2010 1:00PM
John StevensWe're teaming with Vote for the Worst to name the 12 worst 'American Idol' finalists ever. Check back tomorrow to see their pick for number one.

Name:
John Stevens
Season: 3
Worst Performance: 'Crocodile Rock'
Why We Loved to Hate Him: Of all the 'American Idol' contestants, none affected me as personally as John Stevens. Though I hate to admit it, we went to high school together at the time of his meteoric rise (and subsequent fall) on season 3, and six years later, it remains one of the most bizarre experiences of my life.

It all started innocently enough: I had heard through a friend that summer that John had made it to Hollywood, and though my stomach churned a little, I thought very little of it. By that point, John was, to me, simply that really tall, red-headed sophomore who looked a heckuva lot like Conan O'Brien.

I felt the same way when John officially appeared at the New York City auditions and gave a pleasant, albeit weak, rendition of 'The Way You Look Tonight.' Though he seemed like a really nice kid, I assumed that, like most things from Buffalo, NY, John wouldn't make it very far.John StevensWe're teaming with Vote for the Worst to name the 12 worst 'American Idol' finalists ever. Check back tomorrow to see their pick for number one.

Name:
John Stevens
Season: 3
Worst Performance: 'Crocodile Rock'
Why We Loved to Hate Him: Of all the 'American Idol' contestants, none affected me as personally as John Stevens. Though I hate to admit it, we went to high school together at the time of his meteoric rise (and subsequent fall) on season 3, and six years later, it remains one of the most bizarre experiences of my life.

It all started innocently enough: I had heard through a friend that summer that John had made it to Hollywood, and though my stomach churned a little, I thought very little of it. By that point, John was, to me, simply that really tall, red-headed sophomore who looked a heckuva lot like Conan O'Brien.

I felt the same way when John officially appeared at the New York City auditions and gave a pleasant, albeit weak, rendition of 'The Way You Look Tonight.' Though he seemed like a really nice kid, I assumed that, like most things from Buffalo, NY, John wouldn't make it very far.


And then came the semifinals. Despite another weak performance (this time, Billy Joel's 'She's Always a Woman'), America had obviously (irrationally?) fallen for the 16-year-old crooner, and when Ryan Seacrest announced that John was through to the finals, I knew, as my stomach plummeted to the ground, that something horrible was about to happen.

By the time 'Idol' had reached the finals, Buffalo was overcome by Idolmania. Every Tuesday morning, a student would come on the announcements and remind us to vote for John. So did our local radio station. (According to them, being from Buffalo was reason enough to vote for him.) There were mandatory pep rallies; there were assemblies; and at one point, John even brought the cameras back for his big 'Idol' hometown visit. And the whole time, everyone seemed convinced that John was this incredible singer, that he really was the second coming of Frank Sinatra.

Meanwhile, I sat there, dumbfounded, as the lone dissenting voice of Buffalo. Fueled by rational thinking (and, okay, rage from Jennifer Hudson's unjust elimination), I argued against John Stevens, determined to convince everyone that he really wasn't that good of a singer.

At one point, I even called our local radio station and asked them, point-blank, why they were telling us to vote for John that night when we hadn't even heard him sing yet. (I hung up after they put me on hold.) But no matter what I said, or how many bad performances John gave, nobody would listen to me. It was like I was in that famous scene from 'The Twilight Zone'; a human face in a world of pig-like snouts.


Luckily, the rest of America was slowly boarding the anti-John train, and by the time Gloria Estefan week came around, everything fell into place: John was sent packing after an infamously bad take on 'Music of my Heart,' and, with a heavy sigh of relief, it was all over.

And by that point, even John seemed well-aware of his place in the competition. Watching him perform that night, he looked sad and defeated, as though he was consciously throwing the game so that the millions of Andy Scotts out there would leave him alone.


Ironically enough, by the time John returned for his final mandatory pep ralley, Idolmania was officially dead in Buffalo. As we sat there huddled onto the bleachers at 8AM, listening to our principal read a fake speech from Simon Cowell, everyone looked miserable -- a rare high school moment, in which we all would have much rather been in class. And at that point, I actually felt a little bad for John, who, at the end of the day, really was a nice kid.

Do I apologize for my actions? No. For better or worse, I maintain that I was right all along. But if you're reading this, John, I offer you this: Whatever you decide to do in life, you've finally got my vote -- just as long as it has nothing to do with singing.

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Steve O

What a sad, sorry *******, jealous loser you must be to spend so much time and energy creating this page. You sad little ****. And no I'm not John Stevens's or even a friend or family member. I'm sure unlike me he and they has/have too much class to lower himself/themselves to respond to your pathetic little rant. FYI Personally I never watched that lousey show but recently caught the John on You Tube and think he has a really nice, mellow voice. OK I'm done with you so go back to washing cars or stacking shelves or whatever you do you bitter little troll.

July 03 2014 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jombolia

I was the first person on the anti John Stevens train. I got my first class ticket in the beginning. I don't think he felt defeated on those last few weeks. I read somewhere that he was getting death threats. I think he was scared, but I have to give this kid credit. He never said anything and he went out there still. That took a lot for a 17 year old to do.

April 28 2011 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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