'American Idol:' The Top 10 Moments From Season 10

by Hilary Rothing, posted May 24th 2011 2:02PM
As we prepare to bid farewell to another season of 'American Idol,' let us look back and celebrate all that it gave us; the heart wrenching audition stories, the emotional performances, the shocking eliminations and of course, the flaming pianos and reggae-rap breakdowns.

Sure, we could run down the season's top performances but it's really Casey Abrams burying his head in Ryan Seacrest's crotch and Jacob Lusk having a diva meltdown outside the audition room that we'll look back on with warm hearts when we reminisce over 'Idol's tenth outing.
Pia Toscano's Shocking Elimination

Look at Paul McDonald scratching his head. He was just as perplexed as we were when the second coming of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston ended up in 9th place on 'Idol.'
Alright, maybe Pia Toscano wasn't all that but she had some serious vocal chops and was a frontrunner in the Top 13. A string of female contestants fell in her wake, with fans laying the blame on teen girls swooning over the likes of Stefano and Scotty. Sigh.

"Baby, Lock Them Doors..."

If we never hear those four words again...It's the song that launched Scotty McCreery to the top of the 'Idol' heap and kept the Josh Turner tune on repeat in our heads.

No matter what the seventeen-year-old does post-'Idol,' he'll be forever associated with locking doors and turning lights down low. Not sure that's a good thing...

Hulkamania Runs Wild!

Who among us hasn't fantasized about Ryan Seacrest getting tossed around like some rag doll by a professional wrestling legend?

Well our dreams, and James Durbin's, came true when the Hulkster busted out on the 'Idol' stage, putting his "24-inch pythons" to good use on Ryan Seacrest.

James Durbin Sets a Piano on Fire

Say what you will about James Durbin and his sky-high vocals, the guy knew how to put on a show.

Thanks to Elton John, we all know that Saturday night's alright for fighting but Durbin taught us that it's also alright for setting piano's on fire.

Casey Abrams Gets the Judges' Save

No one was more shocked by the judges' decision to give their one save of the season to Casey Abrams, than the man himself.

Abrams suffered from health issues in the early weeks of his 'Idol' run so his onstage collapse into Ryan Seacrest's crotch gave us all a scare. That's a place no man should go.

Steven Tyler Speaks...

Paula who? Steven Tyler more than filled the void left by Paula Abdul with his expletive-laden limericks and bawdy commentary.

To pick just one would be too hard. The man's ability to get away with talking about $%*king a duck on a show geared towards thirteen-year-olds is sheer brilliance.

Jacob Lusk's Diva Meltdown

No one was more touched by Jacob Lusk's performance of "God Bless the Child" than Jacob, himself. Collapsing into the arms of his family members outside the audition room, Jacob's tearful meltdown was a sign of things to come from a man clearly not afraid to cry on national television...again and again.

Casey and Haley's "Moanin' Musicality"

Casey Abrams insisted there was nothing between him and Haley Reinhart but "musicality." But astute 'Idol' viewers know better. There's way more than music to this pair's goo-goo eyed growlin' or so we'd like to think.

Chris Medina's Fiance Meets Steven Tyler

Chris Medina's audition was as controversial as it was heartbreaking. The young Chicagoan found inspiration in his fiancee, Juliana, whose life was forever changed in a tragic accident. After bringing her out to meet the judges, Steven whispered some encouraged words in the young woman's ear. Some called it inspirational while others labeled it exploitation. Either way, it's a moment 'Idol' fans won't soon forget.

Naima Adedapo's Rhianna Reggae Rap

One of this season's most exciting and eclectic performers, Naima Adedapo wasn't afraid to take risks if it meant showing the judges and fans who she really is. Though maybe not the best performance of the night, her reggae-infused rendition of "Umbrella" was a breakout moment for both Naima and 'American Idol.'

'American Idol' airs this Tuesday and Wednesday at 8PM ET on FOX.

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