Worst 'American Idol' Performances Ever

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 7th 2008 6:00AM
Bad performances on 'American Idol' aren't just limited to the audition room.

In just seven seasons, we've seen over a handful of performances bad enough to shut down any karaoke bar in the country -- everything from Carmen Rasmusen's 'Can't Fight the Moonlight' to Jon Peter Lewis' 'A Little Less Conversation.'

The members of Votefortheworst.com (VFTW) recently narrowed down the performances and compiled a definitive list of the top 20 guiltiest 'Idol' pleasures of them all.

Click through the gallery to see their picks. Just don't forget to bring your earplugs.

American Idol' Worst Performances Ever

20. Nikki McKibbin: 'Always Something There to Remind Me'
The 411: The members of Votefortheworst.com (VFTW) narrowed down the performances and compiled a definitive list of the top 20 guiltiest 'Idol' pleasures of them all.
Awfully Good: Season one's Nikki managed to hang on, despite subpar vocals, to finish in a shocking third place. Her energy level and overall off-key singing made this performance an instant classic.

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19. Constantine Maroulis: 'Hard to Handle'
Awfully Good: Constantine may have made the girls swoon during season four, but he turned in one clunker of a performance early in the semifinals. The cherry on this VFTW sundae were a series of bizarre screaming noises that Constantine made to make himself appear more "rock" and less "poser." (They didn't work.)

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18. Tamyra Gray: 'New Attitude'
Awfully Good: Tamyra Gray probably should've won the first season of 'American Idol.' What happened? 'New Attitude' happened. In the final four, Tamyra let out this terrifyingly off-key performance, ruining her chances and launching VFTW darling Nikki McKibbin into the top three.

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17. Kellie Pickler: 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Awfully Good: Although the judges loved it, Kellie's rendition of the Queen classic was dripping with Velveeta. From the messy hair to the black leather jacket to the gyrating motion she made while kneeling, Kellie campaigned for VFTW votes in the worst way.


16. Anthony Fedorov: 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain'
Awfully Good: Having the 'Idol' kids sing show tunes was already a mistake (even frontrunners Carrie and Bo couldn't pull them off), but Anthony brought the pain to a whole new level with this song. By trying to make the song into a pop tune, he just looked kind of silly, leading up to a final off-key glory note. The result was a deliciously corny performance.

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15. Carmen Rasmusen : 'Can't Fight the Moonlight'
Awfully Good: In season two, the judges decided to bring back people who were cut earlier to compete for the wildcard round. Carmen was one of those people, and she quickly proved why she wasn't chosen in the first place. Her goat-like vibrato and side-slapping antics led Simon to tell her that she did an awful job ... only to have him pick her the next day as his wildcard.


14. Jon Peter Lewis: 'A Little Less Conversation'
Awfully Good: Jon Peter Lewis attempted an Elvis song and added his own ridiculous choreography to make this an instant VFTW classic. The public agreed when they voted him into the top 12, yet soon gave JPL the nickname "Just Please Leave" once he kept up his over-the-top antics.

Ray Mickshaw, Fox

13. Sylvia Chibiliti: 'Didn't We Almost Have It All'
Awfully Good: Imagine a muppet with a lisp singing on 'Idol,' and you have Sylvia. For some reason, Sylvia couldn't quite grasp the concept of diction, and her song came out sounding more like, "Dibit we awmos hab it aw?" Simon also criticized her song choice, leading her to shout back, "I wath feeling my thong!"


12. Ace Young: 'Drops of Jupiter'
Awfully Good: Ace's star was falling fast, so he decided to tackle Train's 'Drops of Jupiter' for his Top 10 performance. The highlight of this corny, almost pathetic rendition was his revealing of the "permanent scar" on his chest during the matching lyrics. He succeeded at taking cheese to a whole new level and making VFTW cheer for him.

Ray Mickshaw, WireImage

11. Scott Savol: 'She's Gone'
Awfully Good: Scott made VFTW famous for a reason, and part of that reason was his bizarre performance of the Hall and Oates classic. He first insulted Bo and Constantine by calling himself "the real rocker in this competition" and then massacred the song. That bravado made us fall in love with Scott and made this performance a classic.

Ray Mickshaw, WireImage

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